On this day, September 21, 2018, the activist Zak Kostopoulos was lynched to death in a Kaningos jewelry store.
What happened like today in world history? Which great personalities were born and who passed away?
1937: The epic fantasy novel by J. RR Tolkien “The Hobbit”
1939: The Prime Minister of Romania, Armad Calinescu, is assassinated by members of the Iron Guard
1964: Malta is declared an independent state
1971: Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar become members of the UN
1972: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signs proclamation effectively placing country under martial law
1981: Belize becomes independent from the United Kingdom
1991: Secession of Armenia from the Soviet Union
1999: A 7.6 Richter earthquake shakes Taiwan (more than 2,300 dead).
2006: The 3.3-million-year-old skeleton of the world’s oldest known infant has been discovered in Ethiopia and offers new evidence of how human ancestors descended from the trees and began walking upright.
2011: Alternative rock band REM disbands.
1452: Girolamo Savonarola, political and religious leader of Florence, monk of the Dominican order. He advocated the burning of books and other “vanity” items, but later fell out of favor and was executed
1866: H. J. Wells, a British writer, distinguished himself in the genre of science fiction
1934: Leonard Cohen, Canadian musician and poet
1947: Stephen King, an American author, has distinguished himself mainly in the genre of fantasy and horror
1950: Bill Murray, American actor, known especially for his comedy films and his sarcastic humor
1972: Liam Gallagher, British singer and songwriter, member of the now disbanded band Oasis
19 BC: Virgil, an important Roman poet, best known for his epic poem, “The Aeneid”
1832: Walter Scott, Scottish author, known for historical novels such as “Ivanoy” and “Rob Roy”
1860: Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher of the school of German idealism, known for his work “The World as Will and Representation”
1974: Walter Brennan, American character actor, winner of three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor
1974: Jacqueline Susan, American author, known for the bestseller “Valley of the Dolls”
1990: Takis Kanellopoulos, Greek director (“The Excursion”)
1998: Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter. Known as the “fastest woman in the world”, her world records in the 100m and 200m category still stand. She won five medals from her participation in Olympiads. Rumors never stopped that her victories were the result of doping. She died in her sleep, during an epileptic fit.
2018: Zak Kostopoulos, 33, a Greek activist of the LGBT community, in a bloody incident in a jewelry store in Kaningos.