Thursday, 30 January 2014


On This Day in Weird, January 30...

1911: Ivan Terence Sanderson, credited by some with coining the term "cryptozoology," is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1921: Despite a lack of victims' remains, a French court convicts "Bluebeard" serial killer Henri-Desire Landru of murder, sentencing him to death.

1948: The Avro Tudor Star Tiger airliner vanishes with 25 passengers and six crew aboard, en route from the Azores to Bermuda, fueling legends of the "Bermuda Triangle."

1962: The Tanganyika "laughter epidemic" begins at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha.

1982: A trawler nets a female giant squid at 600 meters, off New South Wales, Australia (33°44′S 153°00′E). Its mantle measures 16½ inches. No other measurements are recorded.

2010: Ed Ragozzino, producer of the 1977 film Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot, dies at age 79 in a Eugene, Oregon, medical center.

2013: Bigfoot historical researcher and archivist Scott McClean dies from cancer in Southern California.

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