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34th year  -  N° 261                 Wednesday, 18 September 2019         Antwerpen		
Through the Night Softly




34 events for 8 December:

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    477 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1542

    Queen of Scots Mary Stuart is born in Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.


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    160 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 8th of December 1859

    Writer Thomas Penson De Quincey dies of unknown causes at the age of 74 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.


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    158 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 8th of December 1861

    Illusionist and film pioneer Georges Marie Jean Méliès is born in 29 Boulevard Saint-Martin, Paris, IIIe, Île-de-France, France.


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    155 Years Ago Today Her Logic Failed

    Thursday 8th of December 1864

    Mathematician, philosopher and logician George Boole dies of fever-induced pleural effusion at the age of 49 in Ballintemple, Munster, Ireland.

    One day in 1864, Boole walked two miles in the drenching rain and lectured wearing his wet clothes. He soon became ill, developing a severe cold and high fever. As his wife believed that remedies should resemble their cause, she put Boole to bed and poured buckets of water over him - the wet having brought on his illness. With neither spouse distinguishing good idea from bad, Boole's condition worsened and he died.


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    155 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 8th of December 1864

    Sculptor Camille Claudel is born in Fère-en-Tardenois, Aisne, France.


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    154 Years Ago Today

    Friday 8th of December 1865

    Composer Jean Johan Julius Christian Sibelius is born in Hämeenlinna, Tavastia Proper, Finland.


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    110 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1909

    Murderer Abel Atherton is executed by hanging by Henry Pierrepoint at the age of 29 in Durham Gaol, Durham, Elvet, North East, United Kingdom.


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    106 Years Ago Today

    Monday 8th of December 1913

    Poet Delmore Schwartz aka The European Son is born in New York, Brooklyn, New York, United States.


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    105 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1914

    Camp doctor in Auschwitz and Mauthausen Friedrich Karl Entress is born in Poznań, Wielkopolska, Poland.


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    104 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1915

    55-year-old Berthe-Anna Héon "Un aller-retour, un aller simple pour Gambais." is murdered by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru aka Le Barbe-Bleue de Gambais in l'Ermitage, Allée des Tilleuls et la Roserale, Gambais, Île-de-France, France.


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    104 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1915

    Black Cordella Stevenson is hung from the limb of a tree without any clothing in Mobile and Ohio Railroad Station, Columbus, Mississippi, United States.

    Stevenson was dragged from her house, raped and lynched because her son was suspected of the arson of Gabe Frank’s barn. The gruesomely scene was witnessed by thousands and thousands of passengers who traveled in and out of the city the next morning. Stevenson's body was left hanging until Friday morning.


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    103 Years Ago Today

    Friday 8th of December 1916

    Film director Richard O. Fleischer is born in New York, Brooklyn, New York, United States.


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    94 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1925

    Actor, singer and entertainer Sammy Samuel George Davis Jr. is born in New York, Harlem, New York, United States.


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    93 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1926

    Historian and journalist Joachim Clemens Fest known for his biography of Adolf Hilter is born in Berlin, Karlshorst, Berlin, Germany.


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    89 Years Ago Today

    Monday 8th of December 1930

    Actor Maximilian Schell is born in Wien, Wien, Austria.


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    83 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1936

    Actor David Carradine aka The Barefoot Legend known for his role as warrior monk Kwai Chang Caine is born as John Arthur Carradine in Hollywood, California, United States.


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    82 Years Ago Today They Had a Hammer

    Wednesday 8th of December 1937

    29-year-old Kidnapper and multiple murderer Eugen Weidmann aka The Handsome Devil is arrested in Villa La Voulzie, Avenue Pigault-Lebrun, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Île-de-France, France.

    Arriving at his home Weidmann found two officers waiting for him. Inviting them in he then turned and fired three times at them with a pistol. Although they were unarmed, the wounded Sûreté men managed to wrestle Weidmann down, knocking him unconscious with a hammer that happened to be nearby.


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    76 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1943

    Singer-songwriter and poet Jim James Douglas Morrison aka The Lizard King aka Mr. Mojo Risin' known from The Doors is born in Melbourne, Florida, United States.


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    75 Years Ago Today

    Friday 8th of December 1944

    Murderer Richard Layton is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 36 in Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, Oregon, United States.


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    66 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1953

    Actress Kim Kimila Ann Basinger is born in Athens, Georgia, United States.


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    65 Years Ago Today She Returned as a Mask

    Wednesday 8th of December 1954

    54-year-old Mary Hogan is shot dead by murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein aka America’s Most Bizarre Murderer in Plainfield, Wisconsin, United States.

    During a search of Gein's house, Hogan's face mask was found in a paper bag and her skull in a box among other artefacts made of human body parts.


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    53 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 8th of December 1966

    217 die in SS Heraklion ferry capsizing in Falkonera, Saronic Islands, the Aegean Sea.


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    53 Years Ago Today She Compared to Nothing

    Thursday 8th of December 1966

    Singer-songwriter Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is born in Glenageary, Leinster, Ireland.


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    50 Years Ago Today

    Monday 8th of December 1969

    90 die in Olympic Airways Douglas DC-6 Flight 954 crash in Keratea, Attica, Greece.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 8th of December 1973

    Bar owner Betty Satlow dies of carbon monoxide poisoning in Hoquiam, Washington, United States.

    After the autopsy Satlow’s body was taken to the Coleman Funeral Home where she was embalmed. On the next evening the Satlow family and their friends gathered at Coleman’s to conduct Catholic Rosary services over her body. After the services the funeral director closed and sealed the lower half of the casket before going home for the night. Around 1:00 a.m., a tenant living in an apartment above the chapel woke up smelling smoke and called the fire department. When the firemen arrived, they entered the chapel and found that Satlow’s coffin was at the center of a tremendously hot fire. Once they put the flames out they examined the metal coffin which seemed to have acted like an oven. They found that Satlow’s upper body was reduced to ashes and a few bone fragments. Her lower body was more or less intact below the hips.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 1976

    Triple murderess Patty Bolin commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 40 in Columbus, Ohio, United States.

    Earlier that day Bolin shot her 43-year-old husband Ronald, her 12-year-old daughter Tamela Jean and her 9‐year‐old son Todd Matthew in the head.


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    41 Years Ago Today

    Friday 8th of December 1978

    Teacher, kibbutznik and politician Golda Meyerson Meir dies of lymphatic cancer at the age of 80 in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.


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    39 Years Ago Today

    Monday 8th of December 1980

    40-year-old John Winston Lennon known from The Beatles is shot dead by murderer Mark David Chapman aka The Man Who Shot John Lennon in The Dakota, 72nd Street and Central Park West, New York, Manhattan, New York, United States.


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    38 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 8th of December 1981

    34-year-old Serial killer William George Bonin aka The Freeway Killer is beaten up by Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono and murderer John W. Stinson in a holding cell during his trial in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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    32 Years Ago Today There Was No Other Way Out

    Tuesday 8th of December 1987

    Mass murderer Frank Vitkovic commits suicide by jumping from a window at the age of 22 in Australia Post Offices, 191 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

    Before jumping to his death Vitkovic shot dead 19-year-old Judith Anne Morris, 20-year-old Julie Faye McBean,18-year-old Annunziata "Nancy" Avignone, 29-year-old Warren David Spencer, 38-year-old Michael Francis McGuire, 38-year-old Marianne Jacoba Van Ewyk, 28-year-old Catherine Mary Dowling and 32-year-old Rodney Gerard Brown with a sawn-off  M1 carbine in about five minutes time on several floors of the building. In a note addressed to his parents and dated the day of the massacre he wrote "Today is going to be the day. The anger in my head has got too much for me. I've got to get rid of my violent impulses. The time has come to die. There is no other way out."


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    29 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 8th of December 1990

    Theatre director, painter, sculptor and set designer Tadeusz Kantor known for his piece Dead Class dies of unknown causes at the age of 75 in Kraków, Województwo Małopolskie, Poland.


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    25 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 8th of December 1994

    325 schoolchildren die in Friendship Theatre fire in Karamay, Xinjiang Uyghur, China.

    During the fire, the students and teachers were ordered to remain seated to allow Communist Party officials to walk out first.



  • 20 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Wednesday 8th of December 1999

    Waiting for the bus with some monks in Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand.


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    9 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 8th of December 2010

    81 die in San Miguel Prison fire in San Miguel Prison, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile.



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