Sunday, January 28, 2007

28 january 2005 - Bern, Switzerland

A figure detail from the diorama 'Plunge' by Ferdinand Hodler in the Alpines Museum in Bern, Switzerland.
Taking his theme from the triumph and tragedy in the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, Hodler created two gigantic dioramas in 1865 and 1894 measuring 7,25 x 4,35m each for the World's Fair in Antwerp. They are a symbolic representation of human fate in general.

1596 (-) Explorer Sir Francis Drake dies of dysenteria at the age of 56.
1725 (-) Peter the Great dies of an inflammation of the bladder at the age of 53.
1768 (-) Composer John Wainwright dies at the age of 44 in Cheshire, United Kingdom.
1788 (+) Poet George Gordon aka Lord Byron, is born in Scotland, United Kingdom.
1802 (-) Murderer Joseph Wall Esq. is executed by hanging in the United Kingdom.
1829 (-) Murderer William Burke aka The Bodysnatcher, is executed by hanging at the age of 37 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
A huge crowd showed up to see him hang.
1881 (-) Writer Fjodor Dostojewski dies of a lung-bleeding at the age of 60 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1887 (x) America’s first Serial Killer Herman Webster Mudgett aka The Torture Doctor, marries Myrta Z. Belknap as Henry Howard Holmes in Colorado, USA.
1912 (+) Artist Jackson Pollock is born in Cody, Wyoming, USA.
1924 (+) Artist Marcel Broodthaers is born in Brussels, Brabant, Belgium.
1929 (+) Artist Claes Oldenburg is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1936 (+) Actor Alan Alda originally Alphonso D’Abruzzo, is born in New York, New York, USA.
1936 (-) Richard Loeb aka The Perfect Murderer, is slashed to ribbons in the showers by Jimmie Day at the age of 30 in Stateville Prison, Illinois, USA.
1939 (-) Writer William Butler Yeats dies at the age of 74 in Roquebrune, Alpes-Maritimes, France.
1948 (x) Over 250 Die in Joo Maru freighter collision in Japan.
It collided with an abandoned mine.
1949 (-) Rapist and murderer Charlie Pool is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 44 in Kentucky, USA.
1958 (-) Lauer and 46-year-old Clara Ward are shot dead by Charles Starkweather aka Little Red, at the age of 47 in Lincoln, 2843 24th Street, Nebraska, USA.
1965 (+) Fifth victim of Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal, Anthony Sears is born in Wisconsin, USA.
1974 (x) 32-year-old Tana Smith, 45-year-old Jane Holly, 69-year-old Vincent Wollin and 84-year-old John Bambic are shot dead by the Black Zebra Killers while 23-year-old Roxanne McMillan is shot and paralysed from the waist down in San Francisco, California, USA.
1976 (-) Artist Marcel Broodthaers dies at the age of 52 in Köln, Germany.
1978 (x) Serial Killer Richard Chase aka The Vampire of Sacramento, is arrested in Sacramento, California, USA.
Assorted human and animal organs are found in his refrigerator.
1986 (x) US-astronauts 49-year-old Michael Smith, 36-year-old Judith Resnik, 35-year-old Ronald McNair, 39-year-old Ellison Onizuka, 41-year-old Gregory Jarvis, 37-year-old Christa MacAuliffe and 46-year-old Francis Scobee are killed in the explosion of their Challenger Spacecraft, just 1 min 12 sec after take-off in the USA.
2005 (-) Actress Karen Lancaume originally Karine Bach, commits suicide by an overdose of medication at the age of 32 in Paris XIV, France.
She played a violent murderess in the movie 'Baise-Moi'.

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