Wednesday, May 24, 2017

32nd year - N° 144 Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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32nd year - N° 144 Wednesday, 24 May 2017

24 May / Today's 29 Events:
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523 years ago

Thursday 24th of May 1494

Painter Jacopo Pontormo, originally Jacopo Carucci is born in Pontorme, Toscana, Italy.


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474 years ago

Monday 24th of May 1543

Mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies of a stroke at the age of 70 in Frombork, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland.


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331 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1686

Physicist, engineer and glass blower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit is born in Hundegasse 32A, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland.


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274 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1743

Activist during the French Revolution Jean-Paul Marat is born in Boudry, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.


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198 years ago

Monday 24th of May 1819

Queen Alexandrina Victoria is born in Kensington Palace, Kensington, London, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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118 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 1899

Poet, writer and painter Henri Michaux is born in Namur, Namur, Belgium.


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108 years ago

Monday 24th of May 1909

Dentist Philip Blaiberg is born in Uniondale, Cape Province, South Africa.


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100 years ago

Thursday 24th of May 1917

Dentist and murderer Arthur Warren Waite aka The Playboy Poisoner is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 28 in Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, New York, United States.

He poisoned his mother-in-law Hannah Peck and his father-in-law John E. Peck with germs of diphtheria and tuberculosis between 30 January and 12 March 1916.


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87 years ago

Saturday 24th of May 1930

47-year-old Serial killer Peter Kürten aka The Vampire of Düsseldorf is arrested in Mettmanner Straße, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


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82 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1935

Murderer Tellie McQuate aka Thomas Jones is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in Folsom State Prison, Represa, Folsom, California, United States.

McQuate killed and dismembered wealthy eccentric 74-year-old Ella Straw on 8 October 1933 in San Diego.


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77 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1940

Poet Joseph Brodsky, originally Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky is born in St. Petersburg, Northwestern Federal District, Russia.


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76 years ago

Saturday 24th of May 1941

Musician Bob Dylan, originally Robert Allen Zimmerman is born in St. Mary's Hospital, 400 E 3rd Street, Duluth, Minnesota, United States.


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72 years ago

Thursday 24th of May 1945

Priscilla Presley, originally Priscilla Ann Wagner is born in Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States.


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63 years ago

Monday 24th of May 1954

Murderer Arthur Martin Ross is born in Ohio, United States.


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61 years ago

Thursday 24th of May 1956

Mass murderer Steven Timothy Judy is born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.


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45 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 1972

Actress Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen aka Die Asta dies of natural causes at the age of 91 in Frederiksberg, Hovedstaden, Denmark.


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45 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 1972

Car bomb attack by die Rote Armee Fraktion aka Baader-Meinhof Gruppe 'Kommando 15. Juli' - death of Petra Schelm - in Seventh United States Army Headquarters, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Captain Clyde R. Bonner, specialist Ronald A. Woodward and specialist Charles L. Peck are killed by the blast.


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43 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1974

Bandleader and composer Duke Edward Kennedy Ellington dies of lung cancer and pneumonia at the age of 75 in New York City, New York, United States.


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42 years ago

Saturday 24th of May 1975

Spree killer Russell Lee Smith commits suicide by a shot through the head at the age of 28 in Dayton, Ohio, United States.

On the same day he killed his 16-year-old girlfriend Joan Marie Gatewood and 25-year-old Paulette Couch, he also wounded 27-year-old James Bailey, 38-year-old Charles Baltozer, 38-year-old Carole Baltozer, 17-year-old Charles Baltozer Jr., 6-year-old Heather Baltozer, 28-year-old George Christopherson, 27-year-old Ocie Curry, 29-year-old Joseph Pickett and 19-year-old Ann Wenclewicz.


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35 years ago

Monday 24th of May 1982

Kidnap victim Suzanne Wagner escapes after being held imprisoned as a sex-slave for over a year by sex researcher Dr. Ulrich Kochwald in Regensburg, Bayern, Germany.


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34 years ago

Tuesday 24th of May 1983

Model and actress Seung-yeon Woo is born in Seoel, Seoul National Capital Area, South Korea.


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32 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1985

Serial killer Michael Wolter aka Der Neu-Isenburger Frauenmörder is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of six young women in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany.


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30 years ago

Sunday 24th of May 1987

Almost a million people attempt to walk from each side over the Golden Gate Bridge on it's 50th anniversary in Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, United States.

The celebration attracted 750.000 to 1.000.000 people, and ineffective crowd control meant the bridge became congested with roughly 300.000 people, causing the center span of the bridge to flatten out under the weight.


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28 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 1989

Murderer Stephen McCoy is executed by lethal injection at the age of 41 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.


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26 years ago

Friday 24th of May 1991

Anthony Hughes is drugged, strangled and dismembered by serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal in Oxford Apartments #213, 924 25th North Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

Hughes was strangled and his body left on Dahmer's bedroom floor for three days before being dismembered, with Dahmer photographing the dismemberment process. At his trial Dahmer said Hughes lost his life due to the "foreseeable but unintended consequences of the drilling technique."


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17 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 2000

Murderer Richard Donald Foster is executed by lethal injection at the age of 48 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

Foster's last words were "I'll see you when you get there, okay?'' to his cousin who witnessed the execution.


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11 years ago

Wednesday 24th of May 2006

Double murderer Jesus Ledesma 'Chuy' Aguilar is executed by lethal injection at the age of 43 in Huntsville Prison, 815 12th Street, Huntsville, Texas, United States.

Aguilar's last meal was a full meal of enchiladas. Family members of the victims were outraged at the final words, a 'shout-out' to his fellow Texas Syndicate prison gang members which came in a mixture of Spanish and English. Huntsville Unit Warden Charles O'Reilly silently requested the start of the lethal dosage, cutting off Aguilar's speech.


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10 years ago

Thursday 24th of May 2007

Murderer Christopher J. Newton is executed by lethal injection at the age of 38 in Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Lucasville, Ohio, United States.

His final meal request was of steak, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, feta cheese, a soft drink, cake and watermelon. Newton weighed 265 pounds and his veins were very difficult to locate. It took over two hours and 10 attempts before the execution was completed. It took so long that Newton was given a bathroom break.


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7 years ago

Monday 24th of May 2010

41-year-old Serial killer Stephen Shaun Griffiths aka The Crossbow Cannibal is arrested after a CCTV camera caught him shooting 36-year-old prostitute Suzanne Blamires in the head with a crossbow in Holmfield Courtflats, Thornton Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Parts of Blamires's body were found in the river Aire in Shipley on 25 May 2010.