Suicide of the “father of modern bank robbery”

December 16, 1930 Sidell, Illinois Herman "Baron" Lamm kills himself after a botched bank robbery Lamm is considered to be the "father of modern bank robbery" and was so successful other robbers, including the infamous John Dillinger, would study "The Lamm Technique" to improve the own strategies. After robbing $15,567 (approximately $250,000 in 2016) from…

Massacre at Pakistan’s Army Public School

December 16, 2014 Peshawar, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Taliban militants attack the Army Public School, killing 141 The militants attacked the school with the intent to kill as many students, who ranged in age from 8 to 18, as possible. The fired at children assembled in the auditorium training in first aid and killed teachers and Principal Tahira…

Actress Thelma Todd killed by carbon monoxide poisoning

December 16, 1935 Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California Actress Thelma Todd dies of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning Todd had been a staple of American silent movies and early talkies, including the Marx brothers' Horse Feathers, The Maltese Falcon, Laurel and Hardy's Another Fine Mess, and with Buster Keaton in Speak Easily among many others. Todd…