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34th year  -  N° 345                 Wednesday, 11 December 2019         Antwerpen		
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34 events for 23 February:

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    602 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 23rd of February 1417

    211th Pope Paulus II is born as Pietro Barbo in Venezia, Veneto, Italy.


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    572 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1447

    207th Pope Eugenius IV dies of unknown causes at the age of 64 in Vatican City, Rome, Lazio, Italy.


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    334 Years Ago Today

    Friday 23rd of February 1685

    Composer Georg Friedrich Händel is born in Zum Gelben Hirsch, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.


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    171 Years Ago Today It Was the Last of Earth

    Wednesday 23rd of February 1848

    6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 81 in United States Capitol, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

    Adams' last words were "This is the last of earth. I am content."


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    169 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 23rd of February 1850

    Hotelier César Ritz is born in Niederwald, Valais, Switzerland.


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    144 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1875

    Murderers John HollowayOwen Haggerty and Elisabeth Godfrey are executed by hanging at the age of 39, 24 and 34 respectively in Newgate Prison, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.

    In the crowd of nearly 40.000 spectators 31 were trampled to death and many more injured.


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    141 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 23rd of February 1878

    Abstract art pioneer Kazimir Severinovich Malevich is born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russia.


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    134 Years Ago Today They Couldn't Hang Him

    Monday 23rd of February 1885

    21-year-old Murderer John Henry George Lee aka Babbacombe Lee aka The Man They Couldn't Hang is brought upon the scaffold three times to be hanged but the trapdoor refuses to open upon each attempt despite being carefully tested by executioner James Berry in Exeter Prison, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom.

    Lee continued to petition successive Home Secretaries and was finally released in 1907.


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    122 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1897

    40-year-old Celestin Gautrais is beaten to death by serial killer Joseph Vacher aka L’Eventreur du Sud-Est in Lacaune, Tarn-et-Garonne, France.


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    115 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1904

    Organizer of the Soviet spy ring Rote Kapelle Leopold Trepper is born in Nowy Targ, Województwo Małopolskie, Poland.


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    113 Years Ago Today He Was Hanged for One

    Friday 23rd of February 1906

    Bigamist and multiple murderer Johann Otto Hoch aka The Bluebeard Murderer is executed by hanging at the age of 51 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

    Hoch was found guilty of the murder of one wife but is thought to have killed more, perhaps up to 50 victims.


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    89 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 23rd of February 1930

    34-year-old Hildegard Eid is attacked and raped by serial killer Peter Kürten aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf in Grafenberger Wald, Düsseldorf, Grafenberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

    She survived and met Kürten again on 3 March 1930.


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    89 Years Ago Today Endete das Lied

    Sunday 23rd of February 1930

    Sturmführer of the SA Horst Ludwig Georg Erich Wessel known for the song ‘Die Fahne Hoch’ aka das Horst-Wessel-Lied dies of blood poisoning at the age of 23 in Städtische Krankenhaus, Berlin, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany.

    On 14 January Wessel was shot in the head by Communist Albrecht Höhler at his house in the Großen Frankfurter Straße 62.


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    88 Years Ago Today Tiger Girl Sparked

    Monday 23rd of February 1931

    Cop killer Irene Schroeder aka Trigger Woman aka Iron Irene aka Animal Woman aka Tiger Girl is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 22 in Rockview Penitentiary, Benner Township, Pennsylvania, United States.

    Schroeder was the first woman to die in the Pennsylvania Electric Chair.


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    88 Years Ago Today

    Monday 23rd of February 1931

    Pop artist Tom Wesselmann is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.


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    82 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1937

    An unidentified woman is found hacked to death by unidentified serial killer Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run aka Cleveland Torso Murderer in Euclid Beach, Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

    The head was never found.


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    79 Years Ago Today

    Friday 23rd of February 1940

    Actor Peter Henry Fonda is born in New York City, New York, United States.


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    75 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 23rd of February 1944

    Chemist Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 81 in Craig Hause, Beacon, New York, United States.

    Baekeland became a recluse, eating all of his meals from cans and becoming obsessed with developing an immense tropical garden on his winter estate in Coconut Grove, Florida.


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    75 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 23rd of February 1944

    Musician Johnny John Dawson Winter is born in Beaumont, Texas, United States.


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    73 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 23rd of February 1946

    29-year-old Sex killer Neville Clevely Heath aka The Sadistic Romeo is found whipping an unidentified girl in Strand Palace Hotel, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    54 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1965

    Actor Stan Laurel known from Laurel and Hardy dies of a heart attack at the age of 75 in Santa Monica, California, United States.


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    53 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 23rd of February 1966

    Victim of Bobbie Joe Long aka The Adman Rapist Virginia Lee Johnson is born in Danbury, Connecticut, United States.


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    52 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 23rd of February 1967

    Double murderer Bobby Hopkins is born in Lea County, New Mexico, United States.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Monday 23rd of February 1970

    Daughter of actor Marlon Brando Cheyenne Tarita Brando is born in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.


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    48 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 23rd of February 1971

    20-year-old Serial killer Gustaaf Van Eyken aka De Vampier van Muizen assaults an unidentified woman in Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Friday 23rd of February 1973

    25-year-old Member of the 'Manson Family' Susan Denise Atkins aka Sadie Mae Glutz is baptised by Chaplain Sargent Wright in California Institution for Women, Chino, California, United States.


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    43 Years Ago Today

    Monday 23rd of February 1976

    Start of the first trial against 30-year-old Serial killer Ted Theodore Robert Bundy aka The Only Living Witness in Metropolitan Hall of Justice, 400 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

    Bundy stood trial for the DaRonch kidnapping.


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    38 Years Ago Today

    Monday 23rd of February 1981

    16-year-old Gabriella Bohn is beaten to death and raped by serial killer Bernd Bopp aka Der Hammermörder in Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.


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    34 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 23rd of February 1985

    Over 100 die in express train fire in Rajnandgaon, Madhya Pradesh, India.


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    29 Years Ago Today

    Friday 23rd of February 1990

    31-year-old Performance artist Danny Devos aka DDV performs 'Body Art' in Galerie Lydia Megert, Münstergasse 6, Bern, Mittelland, Switzerland.

    I was hanging naked upside down on a tree which I had brought into the gallery. Between my body and the door a long stick was stuck.


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    23 Years Ago Today

    Friday 23rd of February 1996

    Serial killer William George Bonin aka The Freeway Killer is executed by lethal injection at the age of 49 in San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States.

    Bonin was the first man to be executed by lethal injection in California. Bonin's last meal request was for two large pizzas, three pints of ice cream and three six-packs of Coke.


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    23 Years Ago Today The Strangler Prevented Him from Getting Strangled

    Friday 23rd of February 1996

    Convicted robber Paul Wilson tries to strangle 50-year-old Serial killer Peter William Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper with the flex of a headphone in Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

    Stockwell Strangler Kenneth Erskine and murderer Jamie Devitt came to rescue Sutcliffe.


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    19 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 23rd of February 2000

    Murderer Cornelius Alan Goss is executed by lethal injection at the age of 39 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

    Goss' last meal request was for one apple, one orange, one banana, coconut, and peaches.



  • 6 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Saturday 23rd of February 2013

    James Chance and the Contortions playing live in Petrol Club, d'Herbouvillekaai 25, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.



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