Keith Haring painting a mural on The Berlin Wall. October 23, 1986. Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi.
Keith Haring had been invited
the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint the mural. He began shortly after 10 A.M., Since the first six feet of land on the Western side belong to the East, he was not just defacing property of the East German Government, he was entering that country without a visa. A West Berlin policeman used a megaphone to warn him of the fact. But Haring continued, sporadically leaping back onto Western soil when East German border guards looked as if they were about to arrest him.
After 90 minutes, he had completed a third of his mural. He painted an interlocking chain of red and black human forms on a bright yellow background. The colors were those of the East and West German flags.
The artist gave interviews to West German television and radio reporters as he worked and signed autographs. “It’s a humanistic gesture, more than anything else,” said Haring, who called his work “a political and subversive act - an attempt to psychologically destroy the wall by painting it.’‘Asked whether the event was merely a publicity stunt to draw attention to himself, he said, ’'The main objective here is that it is not an insignificant act that goes unnoticed. The entire world should know that it happened, reinforcing its political significance.”
Haring completed the mural shortly after 4 P.M., He denied that it was aimed specifically against East Germany. “It’s for people and it doesn’t matter which side of the wall they’re on. It’s about both sides coming together.”
By the next day, however, someone painted large sections of the mural grey and quickly, other artists painted graffiti on the hundred-metre section that Haring had used. Within months there was very little left to see.
George Harrison, 1987. Photos: Clive Arrowsmith (?).
“As the sun floats in through a crack in the curtains, [Barry] Gibb comes on like a serene guru, clad all in black, yoga beads looped around his wrist, likening himself to one especially well-known student of the Maharishi.
‘George Harrison seemed to be the happiest of all of them, the most comfy about life,’ says Gibb, ‘and I feel I’m in my comfort zone, where I won’t have negativity. I will not have it. I won’t have issues with you. I’m perfectly happy. There are a lot of people that fight. There’s no time for it. They don’t understand that.’” - Billboard, 6 October 2016
Evan Ramsey was the perpetrator of Alaska’s only school shooting. In 1997, he walked into Bethel Regional High and opened fire with his 12-gauge shotgun. 15-year-old Josh Palacios was shot in the stomach and later died in surgery. Two other students were injured, but not fatally. Ramsey then proceeded to the principal’s office, where he shot principal Ron Edwards twice, killing him instantly. Reports from witnesses state that the shooter put the gun under his chin, before dropping it and exclaiming “I don’t want to die!”.
Prior to the shooting, Ramsey had expressed to at least 15 of his friends that he was suicidal and that he was planning on killing himself. Two of them even helped him by giving him advice. One student named James Randall taught him how to load and fire a shotgun, and another named Matthew Charles encouraged him by saying that his death would go down in history.
Ramsey’s family life made him no stranger to guns: He was not the first of his family to brandish a gun in public as in October of 1986 his father, Don Ramsey, stormed into the headquarters of Anchorage Times armed with a rifle,a revolver, and over 200 rounds of ammo, and began to take hostages. His motive boiled down to the fact that they didn’t publish his letter.
Although nobody was hurt, Don was sentenced to 10 years in prison and had been paroled just weeks before his son committed the shooting.
After this, the family had their house burned down by locals and they were ran out of town. Mrs. Ramsey became an alcoholic, and a young Evan first attempted suicide at age 10.
On Friday 3 October 1986, off the coast of Bermuda, the Soviet submarine K-219, a Project 667A Navaga-clas (NATO: Yankee I-class) suffered a catastrophic missile silo explosion after seawater leaked into silo six while underwater, leading to a chemical reaction with the liquid propellant from the SLBM inside of it, producing large quantities of nitrogen dioxide gas that eventually detonated, killing three sailors and mortally wounding the submarine.
Thanks to the efforts of her crew, specially of enlisted seaman Sergei Preminin, who perished in his successful mission to shut down the boat’s nuclear reactor, the submarine managed to surface under battery power, where it was intermediately detected by US aircraft, becoming the most photographed soviet submarine of the Cold War.
A soviet tug managed to reach the stricken vessel, but the damage was so severe, and the silo kept leaking gas into the submarine, that her captain, Igor Britanov, ordered everyone but him to abandon ship and get into the tug, until the ship could no longer remain afloat and sank, the captain managing to abandon her just before she was lost beneath the waves.
The submarine was carrying 34 warheads in 17 missiles (the 18th silo had been welded shut after an earlier, eerily similar accident a few years back), where the explosion completely destroyed the missile inside silo 6, ejecting its warheads into the Atlantic, and the remaining 32 warheads were found missing after a soviet hydrographic research ship found the wreck in 1988, the silos having been found forced open, pointing to a successful recovery effort by the US government.