Edgar Allan Poe born

Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe Born January 19, 1809 Poe dropped out of the University of Virginia and was expelled from the United States Military Academy and struggled with finances when he decided to make a living entirely from his writing, but is recognized for creating the detective fiction genre and helping lay the groundwork…

700 flu deaths in 7 days

From the Chicago Tribune Monday, January 19, 1890 The flu claims 700 victims in 7 days The Influenza (sometimes also called The Grip) epidemic depicted in this article was only a small portion of the whole pandemic; it reached across the entire globe and during its reign from 1889-1890 (there were a few brief reoccurrences…

Pregnant woman and 3 children murdered over jealousy

January 19, 1999 Springfield, Missouri Erin Vanderhoef (36) and her 3 children Darlene Vanderhoef (8) Jimmy Vanderhoef (11) and Chris Franklin (10) are killed by Vanderhoef's former and occasional lover and 2 accomplices Vanderhoef had allegedly been sleeping with Richard DeLong, a man she used to date, while DeLong's girlfriend and mother of his child,…