Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, commonly known as "Witkacy", was a Polish poet, playwright, novelist, painter, photographer and philosopher. After hearing the news of the Soviet invasion of Poland on 17 September 1939, Witkacy committed suicide on 18 September by taking a drug overdose and trying to slit his wrists. He convinced his young lover Czesława to attempt suicide with him by consuming Luminal, but she survived. Source: Wikipedia.
Did you know? On this day in 1917 the British royal family changed their name of Hanover to Windsor. Anti-German sentiment during WWI caused George V to change his dynasty name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor. Older brother Prince Albert was in line for the throne, but died of pneumonia. George became successor and married his brother's fiancé.