December 31

Dec 31 1898

Joseph Vacher, known as “Jack the Ripper of France”, guillotined. He had a hideous appearance and suffered from Bell’s Palsy, a partial paralysis of the face. Vacher killed and mutilated at least 14 victims, young men and women, and committed necrophilia on many of their corpses.

Dec 31 1916

Forty-five retarded girls die in a fire at the St. Ferdinand de Halifax convent asylum in Canada.

Dec 31 1929

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played “Auld Lang Syne” as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time.

Dec 31 1970

The Beatles break up, as Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve their partnership.

Dec 31 1973

Carlos the Jackal tries to assassinate Teddy Zeiff, Jewish owner of a major English department store chain. His gun jams. But we all learn his name when he takes the OPEC ministers hostage two years later.

Dec 31 1980

Author and media pundit Marshall McLuhan dead at age 69.

Dec 31 1982

A coordinated series of four bombs planted by the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN explode in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan inside of 90 minutes, injuring three police.

Dec 31 1984

The drummer from Def Leppard, Rick Allen, has his arm torn off in a car accident. He continues with the band single-handedly.

Anita Wagner

She loves history and has a PhD in History and Antopology. Loves to dig up a past.

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