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38th year  -  N° 34                 Friday, 3 February 2023         Antwerpen		
One's Young Life is Like a Flower in Bloom




36 events for 29 December:

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    302 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1721

    Courtisane and official chief mistress of King Louis XV Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson aka Madame de Pompadour is born in Rue de Cléry, Paris, IIe, Île-de-France, France.


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    223 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1800

    Engineer and chemist Charles Goodyear is born in New Haven, Connecticut, United States.


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    215 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 1808

    17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson is born in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.


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    198 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 1825

    Painter Jacques-Louis David is struck by a carriage upon leaving the Théatre de la Monnaie and dies of a stroke at the age of 77 in Rue Léopold 7, Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.


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    189 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1834

    Poet Charlotte Stieglitz commits suicide by driving a dagger through her heart at the age of 28 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.


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    158 Years Ago Today

    Friday 29th of December 1865

    Murderer John Hundley is executed by hanging in Lawrence, Kansas, United States.


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    147 Years Ago Today

    Friday 29th of December 1876

    92 die in Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Pacific Express Train n° 5 derailment in Ashtabula River Bridge, Edgewood, Ohio, United States.

    The train plunged off a poorly constructed bridge. The survivors were led, carried and conveyed on sleds to hotels and private houses in the town, there being no hospital. However, people assisting also stole money and valuables from the survivors and dead, $1500 (about $33000 today). Bridge designer Amasa Stone committed suicide seven years later after experiencing financial difficulties with some foundries he had interests in, suffering from severe ulcers that kept him from sleeping and scorn from the public over the disaster.


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    133 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1890

    Between 175 and 300 Lakota Indians are massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside in Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, United States.


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    120 Years Ago Today It Was a Good Morning

    Tuesday 29th of December 1903

    Murderess Emily Swan is executed by hanging by William Billington at the age of 42 in Armley Gaol, Gloucester Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

    Swan was hanged with 31-year-old John Gallagher for the murder of her husband William. Hooded and noosed on the gallows Swan said "Good morning John" to which Gallagher replied "good morning love".


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    120 Years Ago Today It Was a Good Morning

    Tuesday 29th of December 1903

    Murderer John Gallagher is executed by hanging by William Billington at the age of 31 in Armley Gaol, Gloucester Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

    Gallagher was hanged with 42-year-old Emily Swan for the murder of her husband William. Hooded and noosed on the gallows Swan said "Good morning John" to which Gallagher replied "good morning love".


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    102 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 1921

    Founder of the Solar Lodge secret society Georgina Jean Brayton aka Soror Capricornus is born in London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    100 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1923

    Victim of Charles Starkweather aka Little Red Merle Collison is born in Great Falls, Montana, United States.


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    100 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1923

    Presumed murderer Sam Samuel Holmes Sheppard is born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.


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    97 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 29th of December 1926

    Poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke dies of leukemia at the age of 51 in Clinique de Valmont, Route de Valmont, Glion sur Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.

    Rilke suffered ulcerous sores in his mouth, pain troubled his stomach and intestines and he struggled with increasingly low spirits.


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    90 Years Ago Today

    Friday 29th of December 1933

    Quaker and anti-war protester Norman Morrison is born in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.


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    87 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 29th of December 1936

    Actress Mary Tyler Moore known from The Mary Tyler Moore Show is born in New York, Brooklyn, New York, United States.


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    86 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 29th of December 1937

    Mass murderer Gian Luigi Ferri is born as Gianluigi Ettore Ferri in Asmara, Maekel, Ethiopia.


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    85 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 1938

    Actor Jon Jonathan Vincent Voight is born in Yonkers, New York, United States.


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    80 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 29th of December 1943

    12-year-old Serial killer Albert Henry DeSalvo aka The Boston Strangler aka The Measuring Man aka The Green Man is charged with burglary and committed to the Lyman School for Boys in Lyman School for Boys, Lyman School Road, Westborough, Massachusetts, United States.


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    78 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1945

    Augusta Gein dies at the age of 67 of a cerebral hemorrhage, leaving her son 39-year-old Murderer and body snatcher Ed Edward Theodore Gein aka America’s Most Bizarre Murderer all alone on the farm and his fantasies on the loose in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States.


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    77 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 29th of December 1946

    Singer-songwriter Marianne Evelyn Faithfull is born in London, Hampstead, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    67 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1956

    Victim of Randy Kraft aka The Scorecard Killer Michael Joseph Inderbieten is born in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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    66 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 29th of December 1957

    The skeletonised remains of 19-year-old Victim of Harvey Glatman aka The Pin-Up Killer Judy Ann Dull are found in a shallow grave in Thousand Palms, Indio, California, United States.

    Dull was abducted, raped and strangled on 1 August 1957. Glatman took several photos before and after the murder.


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    61 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1962

    Serial killer Sergei Vasilyevich Ryakhovsky aka The Hippopotamus aka The Balashikha Ripper is born in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


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    54 Years Ago Today There Was Speculation She Was Fed to the Pigs

    Monday 29th of December 1969

    55-year-old Deputy to Rupert Murdoch Muriel McKay is kidnapped and held for ransom by Arthur and Nizamodeen Hosein in 20 Arthur Street, London, Wimbledon, Greater London, United Kingdom.

    The Hosein brothers were arrested on 7 February 1970 and convicted on the charges of blackmail, kidnap and murder without a body at the Old Bailey on 6 October 1970. It was never established what happened to McKay's remains, though there was speculation that the Hoseins had fed them to their pigs.


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    51 Years Ago Today

    Friday 29th of December 1972

    101 die in Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar Flight 401 crash in Area 3A, The Everglades, Florida, United States.

    The crash occurred as a result of the entire flight crew becoming preoccupied with a burnt-out landing gear indicator light and failing to notice the autopilot had inadvertently been disconnected. 75 people survived.


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    50 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 1973

    23-year-old Vincent Cruz Mestas is found tortured and killed by serial killer Randy Kraft aka The Scorecard Killer in San Bernardino, California, United States.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 1977

    51-year-old Ambrose Griffin is shot dead by serial killer and cannibal Richard Chase aka The Vampire of Sacramento in 3734 Robertson Avenue, Sacramento, California, United States.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1980

    Musician Tim James Timothy Hardin dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 39 in Hollywood, California, United States.


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    37 Years Ago Today

    Monday 29th of December 1986

    Film director Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky dies of lung cancer at the age of 54 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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    28 Years Ago Today

    Friday 29th of December 1995

    Actress Lita Grey dies of cancer at the age of 87 in Los Angeles, California, United States.



  • 24 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Wednesday 29th of December 1999

    Late night dinner at my favourite foodstall at the busstop in Taling Chan, Central Thailand, Thailand.


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    22 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 29th of December 2001

    291 die in Mesa Redonda shopping center fire in Mesa Redonda, Lima, Lima Metropolitana, Peru.

    The fire started when a fireworks display created a chain reaction, setting off the fireworks of other nearby vendors. The aftermath created a "wall of fire" that spread for four blocks and raged for several hours.


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    14 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 29th of December 2009

    Pakistani-British businessman and drug trafficker Akmal Shaikh is executed by lethal injection at the age of 53 in Xishan Detention Centre, Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur, China.

    On 12 September 2007 Shaikh was arrested at Ürümqi Airport carrying 4 kilograms (9 lb) of heroin of 84.2% purity hidden in a compartment of his case which was "practically empty" but for a few clothes.


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    3 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 29th of December 2020

    Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies of unknown causes at the age of 98 in American Hospital, 63 Blvd Victor Hugo, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France.


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    1 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 29th of December 2022

    Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood dies of natural causes at the age of 81 in London, Clapham, Greater London, United Kingdom.



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