1054 (-) 152nd Pope Leo IX originally Bruno, dies at the age of 51 in Rome, Italy.
1689 (-) Queen of Sweden Christina dies of a lung-bleeding at the age of 62 in Stockholm, Sweden.
1824 (-) Poet George Gordon aka Lord Byron, dies of violent fever due to sepsis at the age of 36 in Missolonghi, Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece.
1878 (-) Murderer Samu Steenburgh is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in New York, USA.
1882 (-) Naturalist Charles Darwin dies of a heart-attack at the age of 73 in Down House, Kent, United Kingdom.
1903 (+) FBI-agent Eliot P. Ness aka The Untouchable, is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1906 (-) Physicist Pierre Curie has his skull crushed by a horse drawn cart as he fell in the street at the age of 46 in Paris, France.
1927 (x) 33-year-old Actress Mae Mary Jane West is sentenced to 10 days imprisonment for obscenity during her play 'Sex' in New York, New York, USA.
She got out of jail two days early due to good behaviour.
1928 (-) Murderer Charles Birger is executed by hanging at the age of 44 in Illinois, USA.
1933 (+) Actress Jayne Mansfield originally Vera Jane Palmer, is born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.
1942 (+) Artist Bas Jan Ader is born in Winschoten, the Netherlands.
1949 (+) Actress and fashion designer Paloma Picasso is born in Vallauris, France.
1949 (+) Adventurer Lawrence “Larry” Richard Walters aka The Lawn Chair Pilot, is born in California, USA.
1963 (x) Serial Rapist Ted Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey, assaults an unidentified 9-year-old boy in St. Saviour, Jersey.
1967 (-) First Chancellor of the German Federal Republic Konrad Adenauer dies of pneumonia at the age of 91 in Rhondorf, Germany.
1970 (-) Designer Robert Salem is mutilated and decapitated by an unidentified Zodiac copycat-killer at the age of 40 in San Francisco, 754 Stevenson St., California, USA.
1971 (x) 36-year-old Family leader Charles Miles Manson is sentenced to death for the Tate/LaBianca murders in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1977 (x) 23-year-old Serial Killer David Richard Berkowitz aka Son of Sam, mails a second threatening letter to his neighbour Sam Carr to shut up his dog Harvey in New York, Yonkers, New York, USA.
1984 (-) Robert Sheldon is abducted, tortured and killed by Robert Berdella aka The Kansas City Butcher, at the age of 18 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
1989 (-) Writer Daphne Du Maurier dies at the age of 81 in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
1992 (-) Actor Benny Hill originally Alfie Hill, dies of renal failure at the age of 67 in London, Teddington, United Kingdom.
He was found sitting dead in his armchair two days later.
1993 (x) Over 80 members of the Branch-Davidians sect, including their 33-year-old Leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect David Koresh originally Vernon Wayne Howell, die in a suicide-pact by poisoning and gunfire after their farm has been besieged by the FBI for 51 days in Waco, Texas, USA.
1995 (x) 162 die in a bomb-attack on the Murrah Government-building by 27-year-old Patriot Movement member Timothy McVeigh aka The Oklahoma Bomber, as an eventual revenge for the massacre in Waco, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
2000 (-) Rapist and murderer Robert Glen Coe is executed by lethal injection at the age of 44 in West Virginia, USA.
2009 (-) Writer James Graham Ballard dies of prostate cancer at the age of 78 in London, United Kingdom.