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38th year  -  N° 34                 Friday, 3 February 2023         Antwerpen		
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18 events for 26 December:

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    160 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1863

    Film pioneer Charles Pathé is born in Chevry-Cossigny, Seine-et-Marne, France.


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    140 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 26th of December 1883

    Painter Maurice Utrillo is born as Maurice Valadon in Rue du Poteau, Paris, XVIIIe, Île-de-France, France.

    After Maurice was born to Suzanne Valadon, she went to Renoir, for whom she had modeled nine months previously. Renoir looked at the baby and said "He can't be mine, the color is terrible!". Next she went to Degas, for whom she had also modeled. He said, "He can't be mine, the form is terrible!". At a cafe, Valadon saw an artist she knew named Miguel Utrillo, to whom she spilled her woes. The man told her to call the baby Utrillo: "I would be glad to put my name to the work of either Renoir or Degas!"


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    132 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1891

    Writer Henry Valentine Miller is born in 450 East 85th Street, New York, Manhattan, New York, United States.


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    130 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 1893

    Communist revolutionary and father of the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong aka Mao Tse-Tung aka Chairman Mao is born in Mao Zhengongci, 309 County Road, Shaoshan, Hunan, China.


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    124 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 1899

    Punjabi revolutionary Udham Singh aka Shaheed-i-Azam is born as Sher Singh Jammu in Sunam, Punjab, India.


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    83 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 26th of December 1940

    Record producer and songwriter Phil Harvey Phillip Spector known for the ‘Wall of Sound’ production method is born in New York, Bronx, New York, United States.


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    73 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 1950

    Serial killer Randall Brent 'Randy' Woodfield aka The I-5 Killer is born in Salem, Oregon, United States.


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    64 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1959

    19-year-old Irmgard Feder is attacked by serial killer Manfred Wittmann aka The Beast of Oberfranken in Freiberg, Sachsen, Germany.


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    59 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1964

    10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey is abducted and killed by serial killers the Moors Murderers aka Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in Manchester, Ancoats, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom.

    Downey was undressed, gagged and forced to pose for photographs before being raped and killed while her pleas and screams were recorded on tape. Downey was buried the next day and Brady and Hindley slept a night on a blanket on her grave on Saddleworth Moors.


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    51 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 1972

    33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman dies of multiple organ failure at the age of 88 in Research Medical Center, 2316 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, United States.


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    51 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 1972

    20-year-old Eddie Edward Moore is found tortured and garotted by serial killer Randy Kraft aka The Scorecard Killer in 7th Street Intersection, Seal Beach, California, United States.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Friday 26th of December 1980

    Serial killer and cannibal Richard Trenton Chase aka The Vampire of Sacramento commits suicide by an overdose of medication at the age of 30 in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States.

    Chase saved up his daily dose of prison doctor-prescribed Sinequan (doxepin hydrochloride) for several weeks.


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    42 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1981

    Noise music band Club Moral play their eighth concert in Lokaal 01, Kloosterlaan 138, Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.


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    40 Years Ago Today

    Monday 26th of December 1983

    20-year-old Martina Volkmann is raped and stabbed to death by serial killer Thomas Rath aka Der Moormörder in Bremen, Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Germany.


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    36 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 26th of December 1987

    47-year-old Mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons kills his 23-year-old son William Billy and 22-year-old daughter-in-law Renata, their one-year-old son William Trae, his 24-year-old daughter Sheila and her 23-year-old husband Dennis McNulty, his incestuous 6-year-old daughter Sylvia Gail and 20-month-ol grandson Michael by gunfire and strangulation in Mockingbird Hill, Dover, Arkansas, United States.

    Four days earlier Simmons had already killed seven members of his family.



  • 24 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Sunday 26th of December 1999

    The famous Buddha head that was miraculously brought up from the earth by the roots of a Banyan tree in Wat Phra Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya, Thailand.


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    17 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 26th of December 2006

    38th President of the United States Gerald Rudolph Ford dies of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis at the age of 93 in Rancho Mirage, California, United States.


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    4 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 26th of December 2019

    Actress Sue Suellyn Lyon known for her role as ‘Lolita’ in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film dies of declining health at the age of 73 in Los Angeles, Studio City, California, United States.



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