It was on this date, January 7, 1997, in Los Angeles, that Heidi Fleiss, known as the “Hollywood Madam,” was sentenced to 37 months in prison for cheating on her taxes and laundering prostitution profits. Fleiss spent 21 months in a federal prison in Dublin, California, and was released in 1999. There was talk of a “little black book,” which supposedly contained names of top studio executives and other entertainment figures, but Fleiss later admitted it didn’t exist.
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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
Desiderius Erasmus (1466) It was on this date, October 27, 1466, that the Dutch author, and the greatest humanist scholar of the northern Renaissance, Desiderius Erasmus was born Gerrit Gerritszoon in Rotterdam, in what is now the Netherlands. He was the product of a liaison between a housekeeper-niece and a Dutch priest. Ordained a priest […]