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37th year  -  N° 183                 Saturday, 2 July 2022         Antwerpen		
I'm Beginning to See the Light




27 events for 20 May:

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    745 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 20th of May 1277

    187th Pope Ioannes XXI dies of injuries suffered when the roof of his bedroom collapsed on 14 May at the age of 62 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy.


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    513 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 20th of May 1509

    Explorer, navigator, cartographer and captain Christophorus Columbus dies of Reiter's syndrome at the age of 58 in Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain.


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    501 Years Ago Today

    Friday 20th of May 1521

    30-year-old Founder of the Jesuits Ignatius de Loyola is severely injured when a French cannonball shatters his leg while storming the fortress in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain.


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    229 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 1793

    Professor of chemistry and geology and murderer John White Webster is born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.


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    223 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 1799

    Writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac known for La Comédie Humaine is born in Tours, Centre, France.


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    171 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 20th of May 1851

    Inventor Emile Berliner known for developing the disc record gramophone is born in Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany.


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    140 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 20th of May 1882

    Writer Sigrid Undset is born in Kalundborg, Sjælland, Denmark.


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    114 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 20th of May 1908

    Actor James Maitland Stewart is born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States.


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    107 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 20th of May 1915

    Israeli military leader and politician Moshe Kitaigorodsky Dayan is born in Degania Alef, Emek Hayarden, Israel.


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    105 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 20th of May 1917

    20-year-old Doctor and serial killer Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot aka The Triangular Chamber of Death Murderer has his left foot ripped open by a German hand-grenade during a bitter fight in Aisne, Picardie, France.


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    97 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 20th of May 1925

    Aircraft designer Alexei Andreyevich Tupolev is born in Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia.


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    95 Years Ago Today

    Friday 20th of May 1927

    Murderer Charles J. Blackburn is executed by hanging at the age of 35 in Arizona State Prison Complex, 1305 E Butte Avenue, Florence, Arizona, United States.


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    86 Years Ago Today She Kept Trying and Trying

    Wednesday 20th of May 1936

    31-year-old Geisha, prostitute, actress and murderess Sada Abe is arrested walking around the street with the cut off penis and testicles of her lover Kichizo Ishida in her handbag in Tokyo, Shinagawa, Kantō, Japan.

    "I felt attached to Ishida's penis and thought that only after taking leave from it quietly could I then die. I unwrapped the paper holding them and gazed at his penis and scrotum. I put his penis in my mouth and even tried to insert it inside me... It didn't work however though I kept trying and trying." After her arrest, Ishida's penis and testicles were moved to Tokyo University Medical School's pathology museum. They were put on public display not long after the end of World War II, but they have since disappeared.


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    82 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 1940

    Leader of the Verdinaso Joris Edmond Eduard Van Severen is brutally murdered by drunken French partizans at the age of 46 in Kiosque d'Abbeville, Abbeville, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

    Twenty one suspects of varying political stripe were selected and executed without trial.


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    78 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 20th of May 1944

    Singer and musician Joe John Robert Cocker is born in 38 Tasker Road, Sheffield, Crookes, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom.


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    76 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 1946

    Singer and actress Cher aka The Goddess of Pop is born as Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, United States.


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    70 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 20th of May 1952

    Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion Christian Klar is born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


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    67 Years Ago Today

    Friday 20th of May 1955

    Triple murderer James Demouchette aka Doom is born in San Antonio, Texas, United States.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 20th of May 1964

    Spree killer Reuben Rolle commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 31 in Nassau, Over-the-Hill, New Providence, Bahamas.

    Earlier that day Rolle killed six people including his wife Eloise and his nephew Carlton Sweeting, and wounded six others.


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    57 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 20th of May 1965

    121 die in Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720-040B Flight 705 crash in Cairo International Airport, Caïro, Al Qahirah, Egypt.

    There were 6 survivors.


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    57 Years Ago Today He Saved His Dog the Mourning

    Thursday 20th of May 1965

    Mass murderer Roger Girard commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 34 in Chavagneux, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

    Girard first killed his 34-year-old wife Jeannette, his 58-year-old mother Angèle, his 40-year-old brother Robert and 10-year-old Eliane, 8-year-old Jacqueline, 7-year-old Bernard, 4-year-old Yves, 2-year-old Daniel, 16-months-old Sylvianne and 6-months-old Pierre. Girard also shot his dog.


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    54 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 1968

    26-year-old Serial killer John Wayne Gacy aka The Killer Clown is sentenced for sodomy and sent to the Iowa Men Reformatory in Anamosa, Iowa, United States.


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    30 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 20th of May 1992

    Murderer Roger Keith Coleman is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 34 in Greensville Correctional Center, Jarratt, Virginia, United States.

    Coleman's last meal request was for cold pepperoni pizza, with chocolate marshmallow cookies and 7UP.


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    30 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 20th of May 1992

    Murderer Jesus Romero is executed by lethal injection at the age of 27 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.


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    25 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 20th of May 1997

    Rapist and murderer Clarence Allen Lackey is executed by lethal injection at the age of 43 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

    Lackey's last meal request was for t-bone steak, a large salad, french fries and chocolate ice cream. His request for a pack of Camel cigarettes was denied because of prison tobacco policy.



  • 15 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Sunday 20th of May 2007

    One of several lakes on the way from Pori for a performance in Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland.


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    3 Years Ago Today

    Monday 20th of May 2019

    Formula One racer Niki Andreas Nikolaus Lauda dies of a long illness at the age of 70 in Wien, Wien, Austria.



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