January 1999

January 3, 1999
Michael Scaglione killed himself with a golf club in 1982. Angry about a poor shot, he threw the club at a golf cart. A portion broke off, flew back at him, and severed his jugular vein. (Trivial Trivia, donated by Fiendish Freya Harris)


January 4, 1999
William Shortis, of England, and his wife Emily Ann were found dead in 1903. They were walking up the stairs in their home when Emily, 204 pounds, fell backward on top of William. She died immediately, but he lived for three days, pinned under her body, before he also died. (Trivial Trivia, donated by Fiendish Freya Harris)


January 5, 1999
In July 1995, a Ukrainian man accused of killing a woman and making a bra and shorts out of her skin told a court that he did it to calm his nerves. (donated by Academy Receptionist)


January 8, 1999
In January, 1905, striking Russian workers marched on the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to present their petition of grievances to Czar Nicholas II. They were met, not by the czar, who had left the city, but by a hail of bullets from barricaded Russian troops. Outrage over the killing of 1,000 strikers and the wounding of another 1,000 helped spark an unsuccessful revolution later that year. (The People's Almanac #2)


January 9, 1999
Engineer Suhrid Ganguly, 22, hanged himself in Calcutta, India, after becoming despondent trying to get his telephone fixed. He discovered it was impossible to get a phone engineer out without paying a bribe. Wrote Ganguly in his suicide note, "[T]here is no other way to change the system and get an honest right to live." (Bizarre, 2/99)


January 11, 1999
In March, 1912, British naval captain and explorer Robert F. Scott, 44, and four others died in Antarctica, after reaching the South Pole on January 18. (The People's Almanac #2)


January 13, 1999
On the afternoon of November 15, 1996, the emergency services in El Cerrito, California received a call for help from one Marlene Corrigan saying that her daughter was unconscious and that she was unable to revive her. When police and paramedics arrived at the Corrigan apartment a few minutes later, they were horrifed by the spectacle that confronted them. The body of Christina Corrigan was lying on the living room floor in front of a blaring television set. She was naked, save for a filthy blanket, and was surrounded by fast food wrappers, empty pizza, and half-gallon ice cream tubs. Her body was also covered in bed sores and stank of feces and urine, but what horrifed the emergency services most was the sheer bulk of the child. She was enormous. It took 10 men to remove her corpse from the apartment to the morgue where a postmortem showed that Christina had died of congestive heart failure, a condition caused directly by her obesity. Though only 13 years old, she weighed in at an incredible 680 lbs and the circumference of each thigh measured an enormous 50 inches. Police pressed child abuse and neglect charges against Christina's mother, who was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and sentenced to a six-month suspended jail sentence. (Crimes And Punishment Yearbook 1999)


January 14, 1999
Joan Tribblet and Everett Johnson of Chicago were accused on June 13, 1998, for killing their 16-month-old daughter, Onowanique. On Dec. 19, she would not sleep through the night, so they either strangled or suffocated her. The couple then dismembered the child's body and dissolved the remains in battery acid. Undissolved pieces were battered, deep fried, and tossed into the alley for animals to eat. (Trivial Trivia, donated by Fiendish Freya Harris)


January 16, 1999
The following people were hit by trains in May, 1998: Mr. Heath Hess, Hornell, New York (didn't hear the whistle because he was talking on a cell phone); Jesse Jones, San Mateo, California (tried to beat a train by driving around a flashing railroad crossing gate); Brian McArdle, 27, Burlingame, California (sitting on the edge of a station platform, though the train could go by without hitting him); and David Flannery, 22, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (beat his friend at a game of "Who Can Stand on the Tracks Longer in Front of an Oncoming Train") (Bizarre)


January 25, 1999
Marie-Madeleine-Sophie Armant, second wife of North American hot air balloon pioneer Jean Pierre Blanchard carried on the Blanchard family name in ballooning after Jean Pierre's death from a heart attack in 1809 and became the best-known woman aeronaut in Europe. However, Madame Blanchard also had the dubious honor of being the first woman balloonist to die in an aerial accident. When her balloon caught fire during a pyrotechnic night flight on July 6, 1819, she fell out of the basket, struck a roof and fell to her death in the street. (The History Net)


January 26, 1999
On May 31, 1915 London suffered its first air raid. A Zeppelin LZ-38 dropped nearly 100 incendiary bombs totaling 3,000 lb. on the northeast sector of the city. Seven people were killed. The zeppelin attacks continued, but the airships proved too cumbersome to pose any real threat to Britain. (The People's Almanac #2)


January 27, 1999
A man known for his few words, president Calvin Coolidge's entire will was only 23 words long: "Not unmindful of my son, I give all of my estate, both real and personal, to my wife, Grace Coolidge, in fee simple." He died in 1933 from a heart attack as he finished a jigsaw puzzle of George Washington. His estate was valued at $70,000. (Wills And Obituaries)


January 28, 1999
In separate incidents in a three-week period in April and May, three people attempted to set fire to their spouses yet botched the jobs and actually lit themselves up: Ms. Solonia Gene, 25, Des Moines, Iowa (intended to punish husband for staying out all night); a Durham, N.C., man (just planned to scare his wife after a fight); and Tarance Love, 37, St. Louis (ordinary domestic fight). (News Of The Weird)


January 29, 1999
As he and his wife were leaving the LAX (Los Angeles) airport, country music star Randy Travis was forced to vault into the front seat and turn off the ignition of his out-of-control limousine when his driver dropped dead of a heart attack at the wheel. (Bizarre)


January 30, 1999
Sandra Ilene West, an oil heiress, was buried in 1977 wearing a lace negligee and seated behind the wheel of her powder-blue 1964 Ferrari. (Trivial Trivia, donated by Fiendish Freya Harris)



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