1254 (+) Explorer Marco Polo is born in Venice, Italy.
1440 (x) 36-year-old Serial Killer Gilles De Rais is arrested in Nantes, France.
1857 (+) 27th president of the USA William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
1881 (+) Automobile designer Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti is born in Milan, Italy.
1890 (+) Writer Agatha Dame Clarissa Mary Christie is born in Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom.
1894 (+) Filmmaker Jean Renoir is born in Paris, France.
1911 (+) Murderess Lea Papin is born in Le Mans, France.
1919 (+) Cycling legend Fausto Angelo Coppi aka Il Campionissimo, is born in Catsellania, Italy.
1935 (-) Isabella “Belle” Kerr is strangled by Buck Ruxton in Lancaster, Dalton Square 2, United Kingdom.
In order to prevent their housemaid, Mary Jane Rogerson, from discovering his crime before he could dispose of the body, he suffocated her too.
1941 (-) Britain’s oldest bachelor Alfred Arnold dies at the age of 112 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
1942 (+) Murderer Leon Jerome Moser is born in Pennsylvania, USA.
1945 (-) Composer Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern is shot dead by US-soldiers during curfew at the age of 61 in Vienna, Austria.
1946 (+) Filmmaker Oliver Stone is born in New York, New York, USA.
1970 (x) The Radical Left Organisation the Weathermen helps 49-year-old Spiritual theorist Timothy Francis Leary escape from the California Men's Colony prison where he had been locked up for four years for the possession of marihuana in San Luis Obispo, California, USA.
1974 (x) 71 die when hi-jackers blow up a Boeing 727 in the air in Phan Rang, Vietnam.
1977 (-) Robert Gilroy is murdered by John Gacy aka The Killer Clown, at the age of 21 in Chicago, Des Plaines, Illinois, USA.
1978 (-) Airplane designer and pioneer Wilhelm Emil Messerschmidt dies at the age of 80 in München, Germany.
1987 (-) Stephen Tuomi is strangled and cut to pieces as second victim by Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal, at the age of 24 in Milwaukee, Ambassador Hotel, Wisconsin, USA.
1996 (-) Serial Killer and accomplice of Henry Lee Lucas, Ottis Elwood Toole aka The Hand of Death, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 49 in Raiford Prison, Florida, USA.
1997 (x) 43-year-old Mass Murderer Hastings Arthur Wise kills four co-workers at the R.E. Phelon Lawn Mower Company in Alken, South Carolina, USA.
Afterwards he swallowed insecticide in a suicide attempt, but survived.
1999 (-) Rote Armee Fraktion 3rd Generation member Horst Ludwig Meyer shot dead by the police during his arrest at the age of 43 in Vienna, Austria.
His girlfriend was arrested. Meyer was the last RAF member to die violently during the organisation's lifetime.
2004 (-) Punk Rocker Johnny Ramone originally John William Cummings, dies of prostate cancer at the age of 55 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
2006 (-) Journalist Oriana Fallaci dies of cancer at the age of 77 in Florence, Italy.