Monday, December 24, 2007
24 december 1999 - Taling Chan, Thailand
A homeless person spending Christmas Eve in front of the shop of a gas station in Taling Chan, Bangkok.
1491 (+) Jezuït Ignatius De Loyola is born in Loyola, Italy.
1524 (-) Explorer Vasco da Gama dies of malaria at the age of 56 in Kochi, India.
1885 (-) Mrs Rooney dies of spontaneous human combustion in Ottawa, Illinois, USA.
1888 (x) 35-year-old Artist Vincent Van Gogh cuts off the lob of his left ear in France.
He supposedly gave it to a prostitute named Rachel.
1905 (+) Pilot, filmmaker and eccentric Howard Hughes is born in Houston, Texas, USA.
1913 (+) Artist Ad Reinhardt is born in New York, New York, USA.
1922 (+) Actress Ava Gardner is born in Brogden, North Carolina, USA.
1932 (+) Artist On Kawara is born in Kariya, Japan.
1935 (-) Composer Alban Berg dies of blood poisoning due to an insect bite at the age of 50 in Vienna, Austria.
1939 (+) Serial Killer Dean Corll aka The Candyman, is born in Fort Wayne, Waynedale, Indiana, USA.
1953 (x) 155 Die in North Island Main Trunk express train derailment in Tangiwai, New Zealand.
The train plunged into the Whangaehu River.
1961 (+) Serial Killer Charles Chitat Ng is born in Hong-Kong.
1963 (-) Artist Tristan Tzara originally Samuel Rosenstock, dies at the age of 67 in Paris, France.
1966 (-) Janina Kozielska is slashed to ribbons by Lucian Staniak aka The Red Spider of Katowice, at the age of 17 in Poland.
The body was found on the night-train from Krakow to Warsaw.
1966 (x) 129 Die in US military CL-44 crash in South Vietnam.
1974 (-) Ernst Dorf is is beaten to death with a stone by Kurt Steinwegs at the age of 59 in Gifhorn, Germany.
1975 (x) 22-year-old Serial Killer David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam, attacks 2 unidentified girls with a knife in New York, New York, USA.
They both survived.
1975 (-) Composer Bernhard Herrmann dies of cardio-vascular disease at the age of 64 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1976 (-) An unidentified woman dies of spontaneous human combustion at the age of 85 in London, Mayfair, United Kingdom.
1978 (-) Andrew Robinson is stabbed to death by Kurt Steinwegs at the age of 13 in Gifhorn, Germany.
1979 (-) Student-leader Rudi Dutschke dies of drowning after an epileptic seizure while in his bathtub at the age of 39 in Aarhus, Denmark.
Because of massive brain damage from an assassination attempt on 11 april 1968 he continued to suffer health problems which finally led to his death.
1980 (-) Commander of the Kriegsmarine and successor of the Führer, Karl Donitz dies at the age of 89 in Aumühle, Germany.
1982 (-) Writer Luis Aragon dies at the age of 85 in Paris, France.
1987 (x) 48-year-old Mass Murderer Gene Simmons kills 7 members of his family whom he invited for a christmas party at his home in Russelville, Arkansas, USA.
Several days before, he killed another 7, including his wife and 4 children.
1995 (x) 36-year-old Serial Killer Anatoly Onoprienko aka The Terminator, kills the Zaichenkos, a family of four, with a hunting rifle in Ukraïne, Russia.