1016 (-) King of England Ethelred the Unready dies at the age of 48 in London, United Kingdom.
1564 (+) Writer William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.
1597 (x) "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Writer William Shakespeare is first performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom.
Queen Elizabeth I was among the audience.
1616 (-) Writer William Shakespeare dies of a bad cold at the age of 52 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.
He drank a bit too much on a birthday-party and went home catching the deadly cold.
1616 (-) Writer Miguel Saavedra de Cervantes dies at the age of 68 in Madrid, Spain.
1775 (+) Artist William Joseph Mallord Turner is born in London, Covent Garden, United Kingdom.
1791 (+) 15th president of the USA James Buchanan is born in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
1850 (-) Romantic poet William Wordsworth dies of pleurisy at the age of 80 in Cumberland, United Kingdom.
1858 (+) Physicist Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck is born in Kiel, Germany.
1885 (x) Start of the trial against 45-year-old Serial poisoner Maria Catharina Swanenburg aka Goeie Mie, for the poisoning of over 100 people, killing at least 30, in Leiden, the Netherlands.
1895 (+) Detective-writer Ngaio Edith Marsh is born in Christchurch, New Zealand.
1907 (-) Notorious Cannibal Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer dies of senility at the age of 65 in Deer Creek, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA.
In 1874 he killed a party of gold-seekers, for which he featured as a guide, and ate them.
1928 (+) Actress Shirley Temple originally Black, is born in Santa Monica, California, USA.
1936 (+) Musician Roy Kelton Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas, USA.
1940 (x) 198 Die in The Rhythm Night Club fire in Natchez, Mississippi, USA.
1941 (x) Greece capitulates for Nazi-Germany.
1961 (x) Serial Rapist Ted Edward John Louis Paisnel aka The Beast of Jersey, abducts and rapes an unidentified 11-year-old girl in St. Martin, Jersey.
1962 (-) Petra Giese is strangled and partly eaten by Joachim Kroll aka The Ruhr Hunter, at the age of 13 in Dinslaken-Bruckhausen, NordRhein-Westfalen, Germany.
1967 (x) 39-year-old Murderer James Earl Ray aka The Man Who Shot Martin Luther King, escapes from the Missouri State Penitentiary, but is recaptured a couple of days later in Missouri, USA.
1968 (+) Patriot Movement member Timothy McVeigh aka The Oklahoma Bomber, is born in Lockport, New York, USA.
1969 (-) Linda Savee is strangled and a breast cut off by Jerry Brudos aka The Lust Killer, at the age of 22 in Salem, Oregon, USA.
The breast he used as a paper-weight.
1974 (x) Start of the trial against 23-year-old Serial Killer Gustaaf Wilfried André Van Eyken aka De Vampier van Muizen, in Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium.
1974 (x) 28-year-old Performance artist Chris Burden performs "Trans-fixed" in Venice, California, USA.
1982 (x) 39-year-old Theodore Ted Kaczinski aka The UnaBomber, mails a bomb to Professor Patrick Fisher at Pennsylvania University in Provo, Utah, USA.
The package is forwarded to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
1986 (-) Actor and filmmaker Otto Ludwig Preminger dies of cancer and Alzheimer's disease at the age of 79 in New York, New York, USA.
1991 (-) New York Doll Johnny Thunders originally John Anthony Genzale Jr., dies of drug related causes at the age of 38 in New Orleans, St. Peter House, room 37, Louisiana, USA.
His death may also been the result of a robbery or foul drug deal.
1992 (-) Murderer William ‘Billy’ Wayne White is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
It took the executioner 47 minutes to find a suitable vein, White eventually helped him.
1998 (-) Murderer James Earl Ray aka The Man Who Shot Martin Luther King, dies of cancer of the liver at the age of 70 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
1998 (x) The country’s most feared criminal, 41-year-old Serial Killer Marc Dutroux escapes from the courthouse, where he was consulting the records for his defence, by knocking down a state trooper and running out of the building in Neufchateau, Luxemburg, Belgium.
He is found by a forest watcher about 3 hours later in a wood, where his stolen car got stuck in the mud.
1999 (-) Mass Murderer David J. Lawrie is executed by lethal injection at the age of 37 in Smyrna, Delaware, USA.
2007 (-) First President of the Russian Federation Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin dies of congestive heart failure at the age of 76 in Moscow, Russia.