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38th year  -  N° 33                 Thursday, 2 February 2023         Antwerpen		
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34 events for 2 July:

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    457 Years Ago Today He Was Not Found Alive

    Saturday 2nd of July 1566

    Apothecary and seer Nostradamus known for his collections of prophecies dies of edema at the age of 63 in Salon-de-Provence, Provence, France.

    The night before Nostradamus told his secretary Jean de Chavigny "You will not find me alive at sunrise."


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    245 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 2nd of July 1778

    Philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 66 in Ermenonville, Oise, France.


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    207 Years Ago Today Some Resorted to Cannibalism

    Tuesday 2nd of July 1816

    The French frigate Méduse runs aground in Bank of Arguin, Mauritania.

    On 5 July a gale developed and Méduse showed signs of breaking up. 146 men and one woman boarded an unstable raft. The raft had few supplies and no means of steering or navigation. By the fourth day there were only 67 people left alive on the raft and some resorted to cannibalism to survive. On the eighth day the fittest decided to throw the weak and wounded overboard, leaving just 15 men remaining, all of whom survived another four days until their rescue on 17 July by the brig Argus which accidentally encountered them.


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    146 Years Ago Today

    Monday 2nd of July 1877

    Writer Hermann Karl Hesse aka Emil Sinclair known for his novel Steppenwolf is born in Marktplatz 6, Calw, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


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    142 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 2nd of July 1881

    50-year-old 20th President of the United States James Abraham Garfield is shot by mentally deranged assassin Charles Julius Guiteau in Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, District of Columbia, United States.

    One bullet grazed the Garfield's shoulder, and the other struck him in the back, passing the first lumbar vertebra but missing the spinal cord before coming to rest behind his pancreas. The wound was not immediately fatal for Garfield but his doctors' uncleaned and unprotected hands are said to have led to infection that caused his death on 19 September.


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    118 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 2nd of July 1905

    14-year-old Serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar Carl Panzram aka A Journal of Murder sets fire to the blacksmith shop and a warehouse in State Training School, Red Wing, Minnesota, United States.


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    114 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1909

    Murderer Joseph Anderson is executed by hanging at the age of 35 in Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, Oregon, United States.


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    101 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 2nd of July 1922

    Fashion designer Pierre Cardin is born as Pietro Cardin in San Biagio di Callalta, Treviso, Italy.


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    98 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 2nd of July 1925

    African American civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers is born in Decatur, Mississippi, United States.


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    94 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 2nd of July 1929

    Imelda Marcos aka The Steel Butterfly known for owning more than a thousand pairs of shoes is born as Imelda Remedios Visitación Trinidad Romuáldez in Manila, San Miguel, Metro Manila, Philippines.


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    92 Years Ago Today He Longed for the Pleasure to End All Pleasures

    Thursday 2nd of July 1931

    Serial killer Peter Kürten aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf is executed by the Guillotine at the age of 48 in Klingelputz Gefängnis, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

    Kürten's last words were: "Tell me, after my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." Kürten's mummified head is part of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum collection in Wisconsin Dells.


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    91 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 2nd of July 1932

    21-year-old Actress and sex symbol Jean Harlow aka The Blonde Bombshell marries 43-year-old Paul Bern in Hollywood, California, United States.

    Two months later Bern shot himself through the head.


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    86 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1937

    Aviation pioneer Amelia Mary Earhart disappears during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in a Lockheed Model 10 Electra at the age of 40 in Howland Island, United States.

    Earhart was declared legally dead on 5 January 1939.


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    78 Years Ago Today

    Monday 2nd of July 1945

    Donald McSwan and his wife Amy is beaten to death and solved in acid by serial killer John George Haigh aka The Acid Bath Murderer in 79 Gloucester Road, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    62 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 2nd of July 1961

    26-year-old Jerry Tharrington is raped and stabbed to death by serial killer Charles Ray Hatcher aka Evil Incarnate in Missouri State Penitentiary aka The Walls, 115 Lafayette Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, United States.

    Tharrington was found on the prison’s kitchen loading bay. Hatcher was the only kitchen crew member who was missing at the time of the murder. He was sent to solitary confinement but there was not enough evidence to convict him in court.


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    62 Years Ago Today His Death Was not Accidental

    Sunday 2nd of July 1961

    Writer Ernest Miller Hemingway commits suicide by a shot in his mouth at the age of 62 in Hemingway House, Ketchum, Idaho, United States.

    Hemingway unlocked the basement storeroom where his guns were kept went upstairs to the front entrance foyer and "pushed two shells into the twelve-gauge Boss shotgun, put the end of the barrel into his mouth, pulled the trigger and blew out his brains".


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    59 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 2nd of July 1964

    39-year-old Wiener Aktionist Otto Muehl performs 'Materialaktion nr. 10 / Das Stillleben / Aufführung mit Pferdekopf' in Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, Wien, Wien, Austria.


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    50 Years Ago Today

    Monday 2nd of July 1973

    Actress, dancer, singer and sex symbol Betty Elizabeth Ruth Grable aka The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs dies of lung cancer at the age of 57 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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    47 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1976

    4-year-old Marion Ketter is sexually assaulted, strangled and partly eaten by serial killer Joachim Kroll aka Jockel aka Der Ruhrkannibale in Friesenstraße 11, Duisburg, Laar, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

    Upon Kroll's arrest a boiling pot with Ketter's two hands, two feet and an arm were found boiling with carrots and potatoes in his kitchen. The rest of her body was packed in plastic bags in the freezer.


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    47 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1976

    Jean-Luc Solomon is poisoned by serial killer Charles Sobhraj aka Bad Blood in Hotel Ranjit, Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India.


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    46 Years Ago Today They Heard a Triple Moan of Descending Pitch

    Saturday 2nd of July 1977

    Writer Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov aka Vladimir Sirin known for Lolita dies of bronchial congestion at the age of 78 in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.


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    41 Years Ago Today It Worked

    Friday 2nd of July 1982

    40-year-old Mathematician and serial bomber Theodore John 'Ted' Kaczynski aka The Unabomber places a booby trap Bomb #7 in the facility lounge in Cory Hall Room #264, Berkeley, California, United States.

    62-year-old engineering professor Diogenes Angelakos is injured in the face and right hand when opening the package. Bomb #7 contained a note with the typed message “Wu— It works! I told you it would. —RV”. This was apparently a false clue left to confuse investigators.


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    41 Years Ago Today It Was Something He Had to Do

    Friday 2nd of July 1982

    33-year-old Truck driver Larry Lawrence Richard Walters aka Lawnchair Larry aka The Lawn Chair Pilot pilotes an aluminium lawn chair attached to 45 helium weather balloons, dubbed 'Inspiration I', 15.000 feet high in 1633 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, California, United States.

    Walters and his girlfriend Carol Van Deusen purchased 45 eight-foot weather balloons and obtained helium tanks from California Toy Time Balloons. Walters attached the balloons to his lawn chair, filled them with helium, put on a parachute and strapped himself into the chair in his backyard. He took his pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, soda, and a camera. When his friends cut the cord that tied his lawn chair to his Jeep, Walters's lawn chair rose rapidly to a height of about 15,000 feet (4,600 m). He slowly drifted over Long Beach and crossed the primary approach corridor of Long Beach Airport. After 45 minutes in the sky he shot several balloons and then accidentally dropped his pellet gun overboard. He descended slowly until the balloons' dangling cables got caught in a power line, causing a 20-minute electricity blackout in a Long Beach neighborhood. Walters was able to climb to the ground and was immediately arrested by waiting members of the Long Beach Police Department. Just after landing, Walters spoke to the press, saying "It was something I had to do. I had this dream for twenty years, and if I hadn't done it, I think I would have ended up in the funny farm."


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    41 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1982

    10-month-old Travis DeWayne Coleman is smothered by serial killer Christine Falling aka The Babysitter Killer in Blountstown, Florida, United States.


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    38 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 2nd of July 1985

    76-year-old Mary Louise Cannon is strangled and beaten to death by serial killer Richard Ramirez aka The Night Stalker in 310 E Haven, Los Angeles, Arcadia, California, United States.


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    34 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 2nd of July 1989

    Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko dies of a vascular problem at the age of 80 in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


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    33 Years Ago Today

    Monday 2nd of July 1990

    1426 pilgrims die in Al-Ma'aisim tunnel stampede in Mecca, Mina, Makkah l-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia.

    While pilgrims were traveling to perform the Stoning of the Devil ritual at 10am that morning, the disaster started when a pedestrian bridge railing was bent, causing seven people to fall off a bridge and onto people exiting the tunnel. The tunnel's capacity of 1000 soon filled with up to 5000 people.


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    32 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 2nd of July 1991

    Actress Lee Ann Remick dies of kidney and liver cancer at the age of 56 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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    30 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1993

    Over 200 devotees die in floating pagoda capsizing in Bocaue Pagoda, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.


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    26 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 2nd of July 1997

    Actor James Maitland Stewart dies of pulmonary embolism at the age of 89 in Beverly Hills, California, United States.


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    24 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1999

    Writer Mario Gianluigi Puzo known for his novel ‘The Godfather’ dies of heart failure at the age of 79 in West Bay Shore, New York, United States.


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    24 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 1999

    36-year-old Mass murderer Zhao Lianrong is sentenced to death in Beijing, Hebei, China.


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    20 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 2nd of July 2003

    Kidnapper and child murderer Hilton Lewis Crawford is executed by lethal injection at the age of 64 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

    Crawford's last meal request was for twelve beef ribs, three enchiladas, chicken fried steak with cream gravy, crisp bacon sandwich, ketchup, a loaf of bread, cobbler, three Cokes, three root beer, French fries and onion rings.


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    13 Years Ago Today

    Friday 2nd of July 2010

    230 die in tank truck explosion and fire in Sange, South Kivu, Congo.

    The truck overturned and an explosion occurred as villagers attempted to collect the fuel that was spilling from the overturned vehicle. One local resident was smoking a cigarette, a spark from which ignited the fuel. 196 people were injured.



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