Sunday, September 2, 2007
2 september 2001 - Köln, Germany
Thai artist Sutee Kunavichayanont from the Bangkok-Belgium-Bantam Project with one of his inflatable elephants at an exhibition in Köln.
1666 (x) The Great Fire breaks out in London, United Kingdom.
The fire raged for three days and destroyed 10.000 buildings.
1894 (-) Benjamin Pitezel is murdered by Herman Webster Mudgett aka The Torture Doctor, in Philadelphia, 1316 Callowhill St., Pennsylvania, USA.
1910 (-) Artist Henri Rousseau aka Le Douanier, dies at the age of 66 in Paris, Hôpital Necker, France.
1929 (-) Designer and film director Paul Leni aka The Forgotten Master, dies from blood poisoning due to a neglected ulcerated tooth at the age of 44 in Hollywood, California, Germany.
1944 (+) Serial Killer Manuel Leonard Moore aka The Black Zebra Killer, is born in California, USA.
1946 (-) Inge H. is killed and mutilated by Rudolf Pleil aka Der Großten Todmacher, at the age of 25 in Bergen, Border-control, Germany.
1948 (+) Astronaut Christa McAuliffe aka The First Teacher in Space, is born in Boston, Massachussets, USA.
1951 (+) Actor Mark Harmon is born in Burbank, California, USA.
1953 (+) Musician John Zorn is born in New York City, New York, USA.
1969 (-) Leader of the Viet Minh Independence Movement Ho Chi Minh originally Nguyen Sinh Cung, dies of heart failure at the age of 79 in Vietnam.
1972 (-) Karen Hill is raped and strangled by Arthur Shawcross aka The Monster of the Rivers, at the age of 8 in Watertown, Pearl Street, New York, USA.
1973 (-) Writer John Tolkien aka The Lord of the Rings, dies at the age of 81 in Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom.
1981 (x) 29-year-old Serial Killer Gerald Stano aka Blind Fury, is sentenced to three life-sentences in Volusia County, Circuit Court, Florida, USA.
1983 (-) Child murderer Jimmy Gray is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 34 in State Prison, Mississippi, USA.
Officials had to clear the room eight minutes after the gas was released when Gray's desperate gasps for air repulsed witnesses. "Jimmy Lee Gray died banging his head against a steel pole in the gas chamber while reporters counted his moans (eleven, according to the Associated Press)"
1988 (x) CCC-member Didier Chevolet starts hungerstriking in the prison of St. Gillis in Brussels, Brabant, Belgium.
1991 (-) Mary De Luca is strangled by Joel Rifkin at the age of 22 in a Nassau County Motel, New York, USA.
1994 (-) Rapist and Murderer Harold Otey is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 42 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
It was the first execution in Nebraska in 25 years, when Charles Starkweather went to the same chair.
1998 (x) 229 Die in Swissair Flight 111 McDonnel Douglas MD-11 crash in St. Margarets Bay, Nove Scotia, Canada.
2001 (-) Surgeon and heart-transplanter Christian Barnard dies of an asthma attack at the age of 78 in Paphos, Cyprus.