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38th year  -  N° 33                 Thursday, 2 February 2023         Antwerpen		
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32 events for 18 December:

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    397 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1626

    Queen of Sweden Kristina Augusta is born in Tre Cronor Castle, Stockholm, Södermanland, Sweden.


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    286 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of December 1737

    Stringed instruments crafter Antonio Stradivari dies of natural causes at the age of 93 in Cremona, Lombardia, Italy.


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    160 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1863

    Archduke of Austria-Este and Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia Franz Ferdinand is born as Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Josef von Habsburg-Lothringen in Graz, Steiermark, Austria.


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    144 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1879

    Artist Paul Klee is born in Münchenbuchsee, Mittelland, Switzerland.


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    144 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1879

    General secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin is born as Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili in Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia.


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    133 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1890

    Electrical engineer and inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong known inventing frequency modulation (FM) radio transmission is born in 347 West 29th Street, New York, Chelsea, New York, United States.


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    131 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of December 1892

    First performance of the ballet 'The Nutcracker' by 52-year-old Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Northwestern Federal District, Russia.


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    116 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of December 1907

    43-year-old Murderer John Henry George Lee aka Babbacombe Lee aka The Man They Couldn't Hang is released from prison in Exeter Prison, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom.

    On 23 February 1885 three attempts were made to carry out Lee's execution. All ended in failure as the trapdoor of the scaffold failed to open despite being carefully tested by executioner James Berry beforehand. As a result Home Secretary Sir William Harcourt commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.


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    109 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1914

    38-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Lloyd is drowned by serial killer George Joseph Smith aka The Brides in the Bath Murderer in 14 Bismarck Road, London, Highgate, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    107 Years Ago Today

    Monday 18th of December 1916

    Actress, dancer, singer and sex symbol Betty Elizabeth Ruth Grable aka The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs is born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.


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    80 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of December 1943

    Musician Keith Richards known from The Rolling Stones is born in Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom.


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    77 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of December 1946

    Anti-apartheid activist Steve Stephen Bantu Biko is born in King William's Town, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.


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    76 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1947

    Film director Steven Allan Spielberg is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.


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    75 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 18th of December 1948

    Serial killer Edmund Emil Kemper aka The Co-ed Killer is born in Santa Cruz, California, United States.


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    70 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1953

    Kidnapper and murderer Carl Austin Hall aka John James Byrne is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 34 in Missouri State Penitentiary aka The Walls, 115 Lafayette Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, United States.


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    70 Years Ago Today Honey Was Doing All Right Mama

    Friday 18th of December 1953

    Kidnapper and murderess Bonnie Emily Brown Heady is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 41 in Missouri State Penitentiary aka The Walls, 115 Lafayette Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, United States.

    Along with her lover Carl Hall the two were allowed to hold hands for a moment and they kissed goodbye. They were blindfolded, led into the chamber and strapped into adjacent chairs. Heady said "Are you doing all right, honey?" Hall replied "Yes, mama."


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    60 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of December 1963

    Murderer John William Byrd is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.


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    59 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1964

    Actor Brad William Bradley Pitt is born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States.


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    56 Years Ago Today Tout Était Fini en Cinq Secondes

    Monday 18th of December 1967

    Child killer Günther Volz is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 29 in Metz, Lorraine, France.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 18th of December 1974

    Serial killer Paul John Knowles aka The Casanova Killer is shot dead by FBI-agent Ron Angel after making a grab for Sheriff Earl Lee’s gun on transport to a maximum security jail at the age of 28 in Henry County, Georgia, United States.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1980

    Soviet statesman Alexei Nikolayevich Kosygin dies of a heart attack at the age of 76 in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1980

    34-year-old Mass murderer Freddy André Horion aka De Zonnebril and Roland Feneulle are convicted to death in Assisenhof, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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    37 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1986

    Murderer Richard Andrade is executed by lethal injection at the age of 25 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.


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    36 Years Ago Today

    Friday 18th of December 1987

    Sound engineer and producer Conny Konrad Plank dies of cancer at the age of 47 in Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


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    26 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 1997

    55-year-old Serial killer Myra Hindley aka The Moors Murderers (with Ian Brady) is rushed to a hospital only hours after her appeal against having to spend the rest of her life in jail was turned down in Durham Gaol, Durham, Elvet, North East, United Kingdom.



  • 24 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Saturday 18th of December 1999

    A magician in the bustling street of Soi Wanit in Bangkok, Pahurat, Central Thailand, Thailand.


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    22 Years Ago Today He Didn't Survive 100.000 Volts

    Tuesday 18th of December 2001

    Singer and actor Gilbert Bécaud aka Monsieur 100.000 Volts dies of cancer at the age of 74 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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    20 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 18th of December 2003

    26-year-old Serial killer Richard Arinaitwe is sentenced to death in Kampala, Kampala, Uganda.



  • 19 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Saturday 18th of December 2004

    Standing on the corner of Koolmijnenkaai and Vandermaelenstraat where serial killer András Pándy killed two of his wives and four of his children and dissolved their bodies in acid in Vandermaelenstraat, Brussel, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brabant, Belgium.


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    12 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of December 2011

    Multiple murderer Donald Neilson aka The Black Panther dies of motor neurone disease at the age of 75 in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, off the A11 road and the Watton Road, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom.


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    12 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of December 2011

    1st President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel dies of respiratory failure at the age of 75 in Hrádeček, Královéhradecký Kraj, Czech Republic.


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    7 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 18th of December 2016

    Actress Zsa Zsa Gábor aka Sári Prinzessin von Anhalt dies of a heart attack at the age of 99 in Los Angeles, Bel Air, California, United States.



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