1798 (+) Artist Eugène Victor Ferdinand Delacroix is born in Charenton-Saint-Meurice, Île-de France, France.
1865 (-) Murderer John Wilkes Booth aka The Man Who Shot President Abraham Lincoln, is shot dead by Sergeant Boston Corbett at the age of 26 in Port Royal, Virginia, USA.
"Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment."
1889 (+) Philosopher Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein is born in Vienna, Austria.
1894 (+) Nazi leader Rudolf Walter Richard Hess is born in Alexandria, Egypt.
1900 (+) Seismologist Charles Francis Richter is born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA.
1905 (+) Filmmaker Jean Vigo is born in Paris, France.
1910 (+) Actress Lingyu Fenggeng Ruan is born in Shanghai, China.
1912 (+) Science Fiction writer Alfred Elton Van Vogt is born in Gretna, Manitoba, Canada.
1924 (-) Robert Witzel is killed and his meat sold by Fritz Haarmann aka Der Hannover Werwolf, at the age of 18 in Hannover, Germany.
1933 (x) The Gestapo is founded by 40-year-old Nazi-leader Hermann Göring in Berlin, Germany.
1937 (x) Over 200 Die in a Nazi-Germany bombing by the Luftwaffe's Condor-Legion in Guernica, Spain.
1938 (+) Guitarist Duane Eddy is born in Corning, New York, USA.
1942 (x) 1549 Die in coal-mine explosion in Manchuria, Honkeiko Gallery, China.
1944 (-) Serial Killer Bruno Ludke is executed by lethal injection at the age of 36 in Vienna, Austria.
He was first extensively experimented upon by the SS.
1952 (x) 176 Die in US Hobson destroyer and US Wasp aircraftcarrier collision in the Atlantic.
1959 (+) Mass-murderer Dirk De Winne is born in Belgium.
1968 (-) Collage artist John Heartfield originally Helmut Jozef Hertzfeld, dies at the age of 76 in Berlin, Germany.
1971 (x) 25-year-old Performance artist Chris Burden starts his performance "Five Day Locker Piece" at the University of California in Irvine, California, USA.
1974 (x) 19 Old Masters are stolen from the house of millionaire Sir Alfred Beit by the Terrorist Movement Provisional Irish Republican Army serving as ransom for money and the freedom of some of their imprisoned members in Dublin, Wicklow, Ireland.
1982 (x) 112 Die in Trident crash in Guilin, China.
1984 (-) Bandleader William “Count” Basie dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79 in Hollywood, Florida, USA.
1985 (x) 25-year-old Serial Killer Thomas Rath aka The Devil’s Moor Murderer, is sentenced to life imprisonment in an asylum for the criminally insane in Bremen, Germany.
1986 (x) An unknown number of people die and thousands are infected with radiation due to a fire in a nuclear reactor in Tsjernobyl, Russia.
1989 (-) Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ihei Aoki commits suicide by a scandal in Tokyo, Japan.
1989 (-) Actress Lucille Désirée Ball dies of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at the age of 77 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
1991 (-) Nazi-executioner Walter Reder aka The Slaughterer of Marzabotto, dies at the age of 76 in Vienna, Austria.
1994 (x) 264 Die in China Airlines Flight 140 Airbus A-300-600 crash in Nagoya Airport, Japan.
1994 (-) Murderer Larry Anderson is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
1997 (-) Double Murderer Ernest Baldree is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA.
2002 (-) Spree Killer Alton Coleman is executed by lethal injection at the age of 46 in Lucasville, Southern Correctional Facility, Ohio, USA.
He had standing death sentences in Indiana and Illinois resulting from a 54-day rampage of rape, abduction and murder which left eight dead.
2002 (-) Mass murderer Robert Steinhäuser commits suicide by a shot in the head at the age of 19 in Erfurt, Germany.
He shot and killed 16 people in the Gutenberg-Gymnasium before.
2004 (-) Writer Hubert Jr. Selby dies of tuberculosis at the age of 75 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
He took the Last Exit to Brooklyn.
2004 (-) Murderer Song Baoliang is executed by lethal injection at the age of 44 in Beijing, China.
He was executed for paying 10.000 yuan ($1.204) to hire a killer to murder his mistress' husband.
2004 (-) Murderer Li Yong is executed by lethal injection at the age of 42 in Beijing, China.
2007 (-) Murderer Ryan Dickson is executed by lethal injection in Texas, USA.