Malibran, Maria Felicità b. March 24, 1808 d. September 23, 1836 Opera Singer. A mezzo soprano known for both her vocal prowess and tempestuous personality, she posessed a range stretching from contralto to high soprano and had a short but spectacular career during which she was perhaps music's first "media superstar". Born Maria Felicia Garcia Sitchez to the celebrated tenor Manuel Garcia and his second 'wife' Joaquina Sitchez, she was raised within the artistic milieu of Paris, becoming familiar with music and fluent in multiple languages from a young age...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cause of death: Complications after a fall from a horse Laken Cemetery, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Margaret of England b. September 11, 1275 d. 1318 English Royalty. Born at Windsor Castle, the daughter of Edward I, King of England and Eleanor de Castilla, the ninth of their seventeen children. She married Jean II de Brabant, Duc de Brabant, in July 1290 at Westminster Abbey. The couple had one son. She died at 43 in Brussels, Belgium and was buried at Collegiate Church of St. Gudule. (Bio by: Iola) Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: Mausoleum of the Dukes of Brabant
Remi, Georges 'Herge' b. May 22, 1907 d. March 3, 1983 Author, illustrator, creator of Tintin comic books. Born in Brussels, Belgium, he showed an early interest in drawing. Participation in the Boy Scouts movement spurred his affinity for travel and adventure. Using the pen name Hergé, he created a number of cartoon characters, the most famous being Tintin. The daring boy-reporter and his trusty friends were featured in twenty-four books which have been published worldwide in over fifty languages. The stories were also made into five films and a...[Read More] (Bio by: Milou) Uccle Cemetery, Uccle, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
The reliquary of the Gorcum martyrs d. 1572 The Gorcum martyrs were 19 Catholic clerics who were kidnapped from Gorcum (Gorinchem) by free-booting Protestant pirates in 1572 during the religious wars, and handed over to the Protestant authorities, who ordered them to be hanged when they refused to renounce the Pope. They were beatified in 1675 and canonized in 1867. Scenes from their martyrdom and canonization are depicted on the reliquary, which was made in 1870 and contains their remains, rescued from the site of the convent where the...[Read More] Cause of death: Hanged Church of St. Nicholas, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Thompson, George b. October 23, 1920 d. January 23, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Trinity Gask, Scotland, he served as a Flight Sergeant in the 9th Squadron, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force. On January 1, 1945, in an attack on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, Germany, his Lancaster bomber after releasing its bombs, was hit by ground fire and a fire broke out. Flight Sergeant Thompson who was the wireless operator, seeing that the mid-upper gun turret was ablaze, he went at once through the smoke filled fuselage into the fire, to the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Brussels Cemetery, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium Plot: CWGC section, X.27.45.