Wednesday, December 12, 2007
12 december 1999 - Bangkok, Thailand
A fine traffic jam in central Bangkok.
1777 (-) Scientist and poet Albrecht von Haller excessive opium abuse at the age of 69 in Bern, Switzerland.
1821 (+) Writer Gustave Flaubert is born in Rouen, France.
1847 (+) Criminologist Hans Gross is born in Graz, Austria.
1863 (+) Artist Edvard Munch is born in Loten, Hedmark, Norway.
1875 (+) War leader Gerd von Rundstedt is born in Aschersleben, Germany.
1883 (-) Mien Frankenhuizen-Van Der Linden is poisoned by Maria Swanenburg in Leiden, the Netherlands.
1885 (+) Artist Wladimir Tatlin is born in Moscow, Russia.
1901 (x) 27-year-old Scientist Guglielmo Marconi realizes the first radio transmission across the Atlantic in St. Johns, Signal Hill, Newfoundland.
1913 (-) Alice Burnham is drowned by George Joseph Smith aka The Brides in the Bath Murderer, at the age of 25 in Blackpool, United Kingdom.
1915 (+) Musician Frank Sinatra aka The Voice, is born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.
1917 (x) Over 500 Die in train derailment in Modane, France.
1917 (+) Serial Killer Edward Leonski aka The Singing Strangler, is born in New York, New York, USA.
1934 (x) 64-year-old Serial Killer and Cannibal Albert Fish aka The Cannibal, is arrested in a rooming house in New York, 200 East 52nd Street, New York, USA.
1939 (-) Actor Douglas Fairbanks originally Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman, dies of a heart attack at the age of 56 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
1941 (+) Musician Dionne Warwick is born in East Orange, New Jersey, USA.
1946 (-) Lucie S. is beaten to death by Rudolf Pleil aka Der Großten Todmacher, at the age of 55 in Niedersachsen, Germany.
1949 (+) Xenophobic Serial Bomber Franz Fuchs is born in Gralla, Styria, Austria.
1951 (-) Mass Murderer Billy Cook is executed by the Gas Chamber at the age of 22 in San Quentin Prison, California, USA.
1965 (+) Victim of Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal, Richard Guerrero is born in Wisconsin, USA.
1965 (-) Irena S. is strangled by Zdzislaw Marchwicki aka The Wampir, at the age of 57 in Czeladz, Poland.
1969 (x) Fascist bomb attack in Milano, Piazza della Fontana, Italy.
1984 (-) Murderer Alpha Stephens is executed by Old Sparky at the age of 39 in the USA.
After the first jolt of electricity failed to kill him , Stephens struggled for eight minutes before a second charge finished the job. The first jolt took two minutes, and there was a six minute pause so his body could cool before physicians could examine him (and declare that another jolt was needed.) During that six-minute interval, Stephens took 23 breaths.
1985 (x) 258 Die in Arrow Air Flight 1285 McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF crash in Gander, Newfoundland.
1988 (-) Erika Namba is abducted and strangled by Tsutomu Miyazaki aka The Little Girl Murderer, at the age of 4 in Kawagoe, Japan.
1990 (-) Oljoscha Chobotow is stabbed to death by Andrej Tsjikatilo aka The Rostow Ripper, at the age of 10 in Schachty’s main cemetary, Russia.
1994 (-) Murderer Raymond Kinnemon is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1996 (-) Rapist and murderer Lem Tuggle is executed by lethal injection at the age of 44 in Virginia, USA.
1999 (-) Writer Joseph Heller dies of a heart-attack at the age of 76 in East Hampton, New York, USA.
2001 (-) Murderer Vincent Cooks is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.