Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th August

 

We see today’s births paragraph start with British Prime Minister John Russell (the one with the rather large mutton chops on his cheeks), found he gained his liberty in 1792. Keeping with the hairy faces, Franz Joseph I – Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Croatia as well as being King of Bohemia, annexed from his mum in 1830. Founder of Chicago department store bearing his name, Marshall Field began his life cycle in 1834. Named Francis Factor before going onto be known as Max Factor Jr., his parents were made up in 1904. Caspar Willard ‘Cap’ Weinberger holder of various titles throughout the Republicans time in office found he didn’t have to defend his birthdate from 1917. Actress Shirley Schrift or Shelly Winters entered laughing in 1920. Convicted sex pest, film director and French/Polish resident Roman Polanski must have been quite frantic when born in 1933. Founder of the Sundance Film Festival who managed to remember all 45 words in his last film, Charles Robert Redford Jr., was up close and personal in 1936. Norwegian of the day is Harald Heide-Steen Jr. who apparently started entertaining people in 1939. Also born that year is running bear Johnny Preston who found a cradle of love. Shuttlecock champ, (thankfully not ramming them down his shorts), but badminton player Rudy Hartono took his first drop shot in 1949. Latter day Fred Astaire, film actor/dancer (minus the bow tie, white shirt and tuxedo), Patrick Wayne Swayze breezed through in 1952. Member of plagiarising one hit wonder band Men at Work, Ronald ‘Ron’ Graham Strykert had his longest night in 1957. Actress Madeleine Marie Stowe didn’t have an illegal entry in 1958. 56th President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa didn’t oppose being born in 1962. Actor Edward Harrison Norton has managed to keep the faith since 1969. Also born that year, fellow thespian Christian Michael Leonard Slater was no longer alone in the dark. Having not mentioned any Hong Kong born people since starting this, here’s Jessica Hester Hsuan or Suen Huen, had her outburst in 1970. Gameshow host/poker player and wife to (very) occasionally mildly amusing comedian with the annoying voice David Mitchell, Victoria Coren (Mitchell) gave a crying call in 1973. Singer/songwriter Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr., who’s record label knows him as Mika couldn’t blame it on the girls in 1983. Late entrant on Norwegian of the day (part two), sees Siri, (though I doubt she’d know quite as much as the other one), Tollerød presented herself in 1988.

Deaths today feature no fewer than four Popes, but before we get to them, Temüjin or Genghis Khan died somehow in 1227. Next up are the Popes: Pope Sixtus III had his final audience at his funeral in 440. Pope Adrian V followed in 1276 when he hung his zucchetto and cassock up. 1503 saw Pope Alexander vacate the pulpit and in 1559 Pope Paul IV left the sinners waiting at confession. If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your house, (or lost your keys), you have inventor of the mortise lock – Eli Whitney Blake Sr. to thank and he found himself a deadbolt from 1886. Distiller of upper class hooch, Joseph Emm Seagram failed to get another drink after 1919. Founder of car company bearing his name, Walter Percy Chrysler drove off into the sunset in 1920. Gold medal winner at the Melbourne Olympics in hammer throwing, Harold Vincent ‘Hal’ Connolly finally let go in 2010. Best known for his song San Fransisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), Philip Wallach Blondheim, who changed that to the equally snappy Scott McKenzie got to have flowers on his coffin in 2012. Dead Norwegian of the day – star of Scandinavian sit-com based on Hancock’s Half Hour, Rolv Helge Wesenlund failed to raise a laugh or enough air in his lungs after 2013. Finally Pakistani squash player Hashim Khan found his coffin quite roomy in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths

 

Today’s posting starts with Richard of Shrewsbury, who was made Duke of York a year after his birth in 1473 and never did get to march his men to the top of the hill and back down again, given he died aged 10. American frontiersman and folk hero, (with his hat), David ‘Davy’ Crockett was unable to brag about his birthdate from 1786. Emperor of Ethiopia Sahle Maryam but known as Menelik II started his expansion plans from 1844. Film producer born Szmuel Gelbfisz before changing it to Samuel Goldfish and then settling on Samuel Goldwyn framed it just right in 1882. Sex symbol not averse to using double entendres, Mary Jane ‘Mae’ West gave her parents no sleep night after night from 1893. Singer/actress Maureen O’Hara fell into the parent trap back in 1920. Having mentioned gaudy blazer and eye patch wearing jazz musician Alan George Heywood Melly on 5th July when he suffered his demise, here he is again, (minus the above), given he found his voice in 1926. Poet/children’s writer and husband to Sylvia Plath, Edward James ‘Ted’ Hughes, had to write birthday letters a few years after 1930. Film star with the spot who’s played everything from a Mafia member to a paranoid grandfather, Robert Anthony De Niro had a bloody mama in 1943. Also born that year is Welsh waffler on BBC Radio 4 as well as knowing all the answers on Mastermind, (given he asks the questions), Desmond John Humphries was all the news in his family. Fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning started to soak up the sunshine in 1946. Writer of well received period drama Downtown Abbey, now seen snoozing in the House of Lords, Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes was more ‘downstairs’ in 1949. Ex-Reigate resident now living in Littlehampton, previous middleweight boxing champion of the world – Alan Minter, will probably have some halibut mornay and a drink or three in celebration of his 66th birthday, lovely, lovely, lovely! Three time F1 champion without managing to kill himself, Nelson Piquet Souto Maior left his first skid marks in 1952. Dungaree/dress wearing lead singer with 1980’s band Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Anthony Rowland didn’t resort to ‘Plan B’ in 1953. Tight trouser and frilly shirt wearer who bagged a gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics, Robin Cousins wobbled onto the scene in 1957. Member of 80’s girl group The Go-Go’s, Belinda Carlisle had her parents leave a light on from 1958. Another person born that year is disgraced ex-head honcho of Royal Bank of Scotland who handed his gong back to Liz, Frederick Anderson ‘Fred’ Goodwin started to count his blessings. Vernon Wayne Howell, or David Koresh leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect prophesied his arrival in 1959. Having mentioned his ex-Mrs only yesterday, Hollywood actor who spouted his somewhat skewed views on the Falkland Islands, Sean Justin Penn began climbing the tree of life from 1960. One hit wonder and subsequent lower chart botherer Maria McKee was the sweetest child from 1964. Tennis player James Spencer ‘Jim’ Courier Jr. took a drop shot in 1970. Ball kicker and diver for Arsenal before going onto plug small French cars – Thierry Daniel Henry started dribbling in 1977. First of three Norwegians to feature, Goth metal shouter Vibeke Stene saw life beyond the veil in 1978. Then, in 1980, Lena Marlin found out where she was headed.

Death wise there aren’t a great deal to report on today, but we begin with the rather rude sounding 89th Emperor of Japan Go Fukakusa who took his robes off for the last time in 1304. Admiral Robert Blake weighed anchor in 1657. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to violin screecher Ole Bornemann Bull who didn’t get another fiddle after 1880. Singer Paul Williams wasn’t tempted to stay alive after 1973. Older bro to George – Israel, or Ira Gershwin as he was also known, certainly couldn’t get started again after 1983. Another person getting their second mention this year is amateur pilot and ex-resident of both the Tower of London and Spandau Prison, senior Nazi Rudolph Walter Richard Heß (Hess) actually bent his arm in 1987. Sixth President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq stopped wearing his grey overcoat in 1988. Eighth President of Italy Francesco Cossiga didn’t get to finish his pizza in 2010. Finally, owner of French drink company bearing his name, Patrick Ricard was toasted in more ways than one in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th August

 

Births today start with Anne of Austria, born in 1573 who went onto become consort of Poland, Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania, and, not content with those titles, she also added Queen consort of Sweden to the list. Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia, (but born in Wales), didn’t revolt when born in 1888. Sixth Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin began breathing in 1913. Known for playing Davy Crockett, actor Fess Elisha Parker Jr. let out his first battle cry in 1924. Grandson to founder of Mars Inc. – Forrest Edward Mars Jr, didn’t use the dry method during birth in 1931. NASA astronaut Stuart Allen ‘Stu’ Roosa made it through the air lock in 1933. Singer/actress Revoyda Frierson who found success as Ketty Lester was queen for a day from 1934. Ex-shuffler of papers and pronouncer of unpronounceable names on the news, George ‘Trevor’ McDonald made his presence known in 1939. Another journo who did pretty much the same thing but in a self named newsround for children, and now known for wearing various jumpers whilst wandering around Britain, John Raymond Craven started circulating in 1940. Having played Terrance Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce in BBC sit-com ‘Only Fools and Horses’, John Challis was born this morning in 1942. Fashion designer Katherine Hamnett CHOSE LIFE in 1947. 13th President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yar’Adua convinced his mum to be born in 1951. Also born that year, real life Muppet (performer) Richard Hunt had his first cord cut. Three people were born in 1954: first up, performer with Kool & the Gang James Warren ‘J.T.’ Taylor gave his parents something to celebrate! Next up is film director of mainly sci-fi films (yawn), and two of the biggest grossing films (apparently), James Francis Cameron also directed things back then. Finally, cat impressionist and ironically a member of the Respect Party, George Galloway probably argued his way out. Convert to celebrity religion Kabbalah, continually changing pop star who’s shifted a few million discs over the years, Madonna (Louise Ciccone) had her first bedtime time story in 1958. Star of American version of The Office, (which was nowhere near as good as the original), Steven John ‘Steve’ Carell found it was open season in 1962. Ex-squeeze of HRH Prince Ted who’s been on various television programmes, Eva Ulrika Jonsson made her move in 1967. Italian pedlar and Olympic gold medalist Fabio Casartelli found the slipstream in 1970. Popular Indian actor Sajid (now Saif) Ali Khan, won the race in 1970. Offensive and (normally) amusing comedian Francis Martin Patrick ‘Frankie’ Boyle, (seemingly no relation to Susan), didn’t cause any controversy when delivered in 1972. Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton was a pretty baby (apparently) in 1980. Actress who’s pretty much based her career in Harry Potter films, Evanna Lynch did her own Houdini act in 1991.

As for deaths, 19th century mystic Gadadhar Chatterji or Gadadhar Chattopadhyay or Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who then abbreviated it to Ramakrishna had the mystery as to when he’d die taken away from him in 1886. Pharmacist and inventor of rust busting/tooth decaying drink Coca Cola, John Pemberton went flat in 1888. Inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen ran out of gas in 1899. Having not mentioned a Norwegian for a few days, here’s Carl Theodore Schultz to make up for it and who started pushing up his daises from 1914. Splendid moustache wearer whilst donned in his military uniform, Peter I of Serbia King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes retreated in 1921. Baseball player George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth Jr. ran himself out in 1948. Author of book ‘Gone With the Wind’, Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell reached the end of her story in 1949. Hungarian actor who portrayed Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, Béla Ferenc Deszō Blaskó, or just Bela Lugosi had the death kiss in 1956. Las Vegas and Teddy Boy’s favourite who was the biggest male singer, (in more ways than one), Elvis Aaron Presley munched his last peanut butter and fried squirrel sarnie in his spangly jumpsuit back in 1977. Estranged wife of Rudolph Valentino, silent film actress born Harriet Ackers, but known as Jean Acker passed without comment in 1978. 13th Prime Minister of Canada John George Diefenbaker stopped ordering people about in 1979. Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan started having visions of Allah in 2002. Also not making it through that year, actor (before he was blacklisted), Jeff Corey had the premonition of death. Corrupt, human rights denier and generally deluded third President of Uganda, Idi Amin found what dying was all about in 2003. Finally, Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco left the tagine unwashed from 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th August

 

Today, the following celebrated/are celebrating their special day of the year, and we begin with early day civil engineer and professional road builder – John ‘Blind Jack’ Metcalf who based himself in Knaresborough, Yorkshire from 1717. Diminutive French agitator and sparring partner of Wellington, born Napoléon di Buonaparte but is probably better known as Napoléon Bonaparte or Napoleon I revolutionised his parents lives in 1769. Keeping with the French theme, fourth President of France François Paul Jules Grévy resigned himself to being born in 1807. Having mentioned a couple of children’s authors last week, here we have Edith Bland, or to use her maiden/pen name, E. Nesbit waved goodbye to her mum’s stomach in 1858. Inventor of the theremin, Lev Sergeyevich Termin, (Léon Theremin) began eavesdropping on conversations from 1896. We have the following person to thank for having elderly people travelling at 5MPH whilst hogging the road given he invented the electric wheelchair, (among other things), George Johann Klein also took his time being born in 1904. A year later in 1905 fellow Canadian – dog musher and dog sled racer Emile St. Godard was on the right tracks. Sketcher of all sorts of corporate logos you take for granted, Paul Rand designed his entrance to the world in 1914. Swedish actress Signe Hasso thought heaven can wait when born in 1915, (and she did given she died in 2002). Actor Kreker Ohanian, who wisely renamed himself Mike Connors was too scared to scream in 1925. Also born that year, singer Bill Pinkney drifted through. Sixth President of Greece Konstantinos Stephanopoulos stood for the first time about nine months after his birth in 1926. Film director Nicholas Jack Roeg didn’t suffer bad timing given he arrived in 1928. Star of various Carry On films before going onto Pushing Daisies, James Smith or as his equity card states, Jim Dale, has been going since 1935. Founder of the Red Army Faction – Gudrun Ensslin didn’t take her mum by surprise in 1940. Famous for playing dim-witted Baldrick in comedy series Blackadder, before starting to dig things up Anthony ‘Tony’ Robinson had a cunning plan in 1946. Second eldest child to Queen Liz who’s continually slipping down the line of succession – Anne, Princess Royal will probably celebrate her 67th birthday by spending a bit of time with her horses and having a bit of cake, (or a sugar lump). Writer of various books, Steig Larsson started his backstory in 1954. Wife to computer crasher, sorry programmer Bill, Melinda Gates (née French), got the coding right herself in 1964. Star of un-amusing sit-com ‘Will & Grace’, Debra Lynn Messing took a literal meaning to her surname in 1968. Actor Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt or just Ben Affleck, would have been dazed and confused by his new surroundings in 1972. Gold medal winner at the 2004 Olympics with his horizontal bars, Igor Cassina swung into life back in 1977.

Deaths appear to be a bit thin on the ground today, and I’ll probably upset any actors reading this by mentioning the person you shouldn’t mention, Mac Bethad Mac Findlaích or just Macbeth, King of Scotland got fed up of pinching his nose and running around in circles every time his name was mentioned from 1057. Philippa of Hainault, Queen Consort to King Edward II could have chosen a better title, although she did die in Windsor Castle in 1369, rather than a tube station on the London Underground’s Central Line. First person to fly solo around the world who also discovered the jet stream, Wiley Hardeman Post found himself grounded in 1935. War Minister who surrendered Japan in the Second World War, Korechika Anami committed seppuku in 1945. Another famous Belgian, René Magritte made the right impression at the Purley Gates in 1967. First and fourth President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, or Bangbandhu, found he didn’t have to sing the national anthem again after 1975. Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu stopped rubbing noses in 2006. Co-founder of women’s clothing company Zara – Rosalia Mera Goyenechaea unstitched herself in 2013. Finally, also not making it through that year, Marich Man Singh Shrestha 28th Prime Minister of Nepal drank his last Gurkha beer.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th August

 

Births today begin with Barnaba Niccoló Maria Luigi Chiaramonti who went onto become Pope Pius VII and started pontificating in 1740. Physicist Hans Christian Ørsted (or Oersted) was known for his magnetic personality from 1777. Novelist responsible for scribbling The Forsyth Saga – John Galsworthy was the eldest son from 1867. Aleksander Obernovic, (not the meerkat advertising some price comparison site), but Aleksander I of Serbia turned out regally in 1876. Co-owner of American Football team New York Giants, Wellington Timothy Mara was first down in 1916. Actress/singer Alice Margaret Ghostley wondered what’s happening in 1926. Member of two legendary acts and slightly older Bill Bailey looks likey, David Van Cortlandt Crosby took a few years to remember his name from 1941. Born Melody Dawn Miller before going onto be named Caroline Smith, jockey and Mrs F Astaire (being all of 42 years his junior) – Robyn Smith Astaire tapped her way out in 1944. Comedy actor (if you discount the dire Pink Panther films he starred in), Stephen Glenn ‘Steve’ Martin took a leap, (or rather drop) of faith in 1945. Known for his role in classic 1970’s sit-com Are You Being Served? (whilst glossing over his role in dire sit-com Last of the Summer Wine), Trevor Gordon Bannister slid through in 1946. Also born that year, actor who had a part in Starsky & Hutch, Antonio Juan Fargas was quite a huggy baby.
Tambourine and spoons player, not to mention being lead singer with electric folk, (can it get any worse?) group Steeleye Span, Madelaine Edith ‘Maddie’ Prior was under the covers in 1947. Also born that year is author who’s made a fortune out of the same story line, Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel very sensibly didn’t want to waste all that print on her name given she’s known as Danielle Steel and answered her mum’s prayers. Off beat cartoonist Gary Larson made it through the far side in 1950. Lanky basketball player, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr. slam dunked himself in 1959. Singer, ex-dancer and Mrs. A. Lloyd-Webber, Sarah Brightman didn’t make a song and dance about her birth in 1960. Having nearly won the Miss USA pageant before taking up acting, careless driver Maria Halle Berry (who swopped her first and middle name around), had her initial casting call in 1966. If you can tell the difference between the singers in The Scissor Sisters, you’ll know the lead (female) singer is Ana Lynch, (or Ana Matronic), who’s parents didn’t feel like dancing in 1974. Joint holder of the Guinness World Record for longest continual role in a Australian soap opera, (yes, they’ll dole them out for anything these days), Home & Away actress Kate Ritchie wasn’t talkin’ bout her generation in 1978. Pole vaulter from the land of sharks, sunshine and Foster’s who’s one of 13 people to jump 6 metres, (or 19ft 8ins in old money), Paul Burgess strode out in 1979. Current host of Radio One breakfast show – Nicholas Peter Andrew ‘Nick’ Grimshaw started to turn people off from 1984.

Having begun the births paragraph with a Pope, it seems only right to begin the deaths paragraph with one too, and Pope Pius II, (or Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini), had his last view of St. Peter’s Square in 1464. Inventor William Ford Robinson Stanley who filed 78 patents failed to lodge 79 given he had a heart attack in 1909. Inventor of the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher – Josephine Garis Cochrane failed to have her final wash in 1913. Poet/playwright/theatre director Bertolt Brecht was contemplating hell from 1956. Actor Patrick Magee entered the sleep of death in 1982. Playwright John Boynton (J.B.) Priestley saw the blackout in Gretley back in 1984. Founder of overpriced sports car company bearing his name, Enzo Ferrari found himself no longer ‘II Grande Vecchio’ from 1988. Singer with The Platters Tony Williams found heaven isn’t on earth in 1992. Singer Lillian Patricia Lita Roza never did manage to find out how much that doggy in the window was after she keeled over in 2008. Finally, not the bookmaker, but Defence Minister for Ireland, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Power obviously powered down in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th August

 

I thought it was going to be a quieter day on the births front, but having trawled the internet I’ve come up with the following who have/are going to be scoffing cake whilst ripping their presents open and forgetting who they were from – and we start with: inventor of the clarinet Johann Christoph Denner managed to get his breathing right in 1655. Phoebe Ann Mosey, or sharpshooter Annie Oakley who got her aim straight in 1860. Founder of rusting Italian car maker, Fiat, Giovanni Agnelli rumbled along in 1866. Next up is the person who literally changed the lives of billions of people around the globe, not to mention giving parents a hard time as well as giving campaigning and whinging old biddy Mary Whitehouse, (see June 13 for her entry), something else to complain about – inventor of the television John Logie Baird tuned in for the first time in 1888. Actor known for playing the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Bert Lahr started to meet the people from 1895. Film/television actor who dined out for years on his story about sharing screen time with Humphrey Bogart, John Regis Toomey started the wheel of life in 1898. Known for his cameo roles in his own films, London, (England), boy made good Alfred Joseph Hitchcock kept everyone in suspense back in 1899. Inventor of internal combustion engine bearing his surname, Felix Heinrich Wankel got going in 1902. Television/film actor born Lawrence Neville Brand but dropped his first name, was a scalawag in 1920. Illegitimate communist Cuban leader with a penchant for green suits and cigars, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, got one over on his brother Raúl by being born five years earlier in 1926. Actor who’s gradually shortened his name over the years, Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr./Patrick Harrington Jr./Pat Harrington started to take it one day at a time from 1929. Un-PC overweight 1970’s comedian with a knack for upsetting pretty much everyone, Bernard John Manning raised his first smile in 1930. Indian food writer Madhur Jaffrey (born Bahadur) spiced things up from 1933. Unsuccessful amateur aerial adjuster, Michael Parkinson’s favourite guest and known for having his hand up Emu’s bottom, Rodney Stephen ‘Rod’ Hull made his debut in 1935. Drug smuggler and author Dennis Howard Marks was a nice baby in 1945. Successful voice actor who’s voiced everything from the Care Bears to Look Who’s Talking, John Stocker started babbling on from 1947. Funambulist Philippe Petit was petite when he made his initial appearance in 1949. Lanky Northern Irish singer with the distinctive look, Séan Feargal Sharkey started listening to his father in 1958. Not to be outdone, bandmate to Feargal – Michael ‘Mickey’ Bradley was the undertone given he arrived a year later in 1959. Having mentioned various British pointers at maps whilst giving vague weather forecasters, here’s their American counterpart Samuel James ‘Sam’ Champion who found his forte after being wet and windy in 1961. Also born that year radio DJ, Stuart Maconie started to find his voice.
Overworked Indian actress Sridevi Kapoor started to be wrapped in cloth in 1963. Retired Newcastle United footballer Alan Shearer striked it lucky in 1970. Saudi Arabian terrorist Hani Saleh Hasan Hanjour hijacked his mum’s day in 1972. Cricketer and fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar let slip in 1975. Known for his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise (yawn), actor Damien O’Hare breezed into life in 1977. Singer/songwriter James Morrison had the awakening in 1984.

Death wise, inventor of the stethoscope René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec took his last (laboured) breath in 1826. Artist who featured on the back of the old French 100 Franc note and probably inspired the character in Happy Families, Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix missed his last exhibition in 1863. ‘The Lady With the Lamp’, early nurse who tended the sick, lame (and probably lazy) in the Crimean War Florence Nightingale could have done with one of her mates in 1910. Prolific writer who penned War of the Worlds (among others), Herbert George (H.G.) Wells wondered what was coming from today in 1946. Pseudologia fantastica sufferer who claimed to be King of Albania and have started a political party, but in reality was an acrobat, Otto Witte fell off his perch in 1958. Disappointingly, this isn’t pervy vicar David Tudor, convicted (and somehow subsequently cleared) of ‘inappropriate’ relations with young girls, but the non-pervy American pianist/composer David Eugene Tudor didn’t give a sheet dying in 1996. 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand David Russell Lange has experienced middle earth from 2005. Mexican actress Columba Domínguez Adalid started to dissolve in 2014. Finally, actor who played R2D2 in dull film franchise Star Wars – Kenneth George ‘Kenny’ Baker started wombling free in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th August

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th August

 

After a few fairly quiet days on the births front, today, the ‘glorious’ 12th, things seem to have picked up a bit. That said, we must start with King of Norway and Denmark – Christian III reigned large from 1503. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, King of The United Kingdom, Ireland and Hanover, commissioner of Brighton Pavilion and remodeller of Buckingham Palace, George IV entered the world regally in 1762. Poet who wrote original version of The Story of the Three Bears (or just Goldilocks), Robert Southey didn’t refrain from celebrating his birthday after 1774. Mum to one of the most deluded people in history, Klara Hitler (née Pölzl), came out arms first in 1860. Film director Cecil Blount DeMille gave his parents something to think about in 1881. Actress Marion Lorne bewitched her parents from 1883. Keith Murdoch, journalist and dad to phone hacking hack Rupert, made the news in 1886. Actor with a theatre on Broadway named in his honour, Alfred Lunt who was mentioned on the 3rd August in the deaths paragraph gets his second mention in as many weeks given he lifted the curtain in 1892. Short lived member of the Three Stooges, Joe Beeser was caught on the bounce in 1907. Actor with the proper Scottish name: William Fulton Beith Mackay found himself released in 1922. Joint compilers of the Guinness Book of Records, Norris and Ross McWhirter had to share the spotlight in 1925. Film actor/director and fourth husband to Bo Derek, Derek Dullivan Harris or just John Derek didn’t lead a double life from 1926. Mathematician with the rather unfortunate surname, Jacques Tits only managed to count to two for the first few years of his life from 1930. One half of the band Sparks, (the one with the Hitler/Chaplin moustache) Ronald David ‘Ron’ Mael had a good morning in 1945. English naturalist, (not naturist), Terence Paul ‘Terry’ Nutkins didn’t grow up wild after his birth in 1946. Plucker of the strings with his bands, Mark Freuder Knopfler began the walk, (or rather crawl) of life from 1949. Singer with the high waisted trousers and long jacket, born Thomas August Darnell Browder but goes by the stage name Kid Creole hasn’t been too cool to conga since 1950. Really, really unpopular French ex-President, (until the next one), François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande won’t be allowed to hang the bunting or balloons outside the Élysée Palace in celebration of his 63rd birthday. Frizzy haired guitarist Patrick Bruce ‘Pat’ Metheny’s parents were hoping for one quiet night from 1954. Husky voiced singer with a couple of hits to her name, Tanita Tikaram was more of a Tuesday than Thursday child in 1969. Hairy tennis player Petros ‘Pete’ Sampras had his first exhibition match in 1971. It’s thanks to would be shoe bomber Richard Reid who didn’t quite blast through in 1973 that we now have to take our shoes/belts off at airports. Actor Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck Boldt but known as Casey Affleck has been committed to celebrating his birthday this day since 1975. Model/actress Cara Jocelyn Delevingne stormed the world in 1992.

Deaths today start with Cleopatra VII Philopator who may have looked younger than she was given her ass milk baths, but she still gave up breathing in 311BC. Next up are two Popes – Pope Sixtus IV had someone else waft the incense about for him in 1484, while in 1689 Pope Innocent XI had the fire burning in his honour. Poet/painter William Blake never did manage to find a word that rhymed with dead especially after 1827.
Having dabbled with developing miner’s safety lamps, civil and mechanical engineer George Stephenson fell off the rails in 1848. Designer of rifle and founder of company bearing his surname, Eliphalet Remington found the stopping power a reality in 1861. First undisputed world chess champion Wilhelm (William) Steinitz checkmated himself in 1900. Credited with creating stainless steel, Harry Brearley probably didn’t leave a stainless bed in 1948. Writer of dull spy tales (and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Ian Lancaster Fleming found you only live once given he died in 1964. Head of acting clan – Henry Jaynes Fonda went on his merry way in 1982. Having mentioned Jackson Pollock only yesterday, Jean-Michel Basquiat found his time was up in 1988. Acamedy award winning actress Loretta Young saw seven footprints to Satan in 2000. Creator of various boring game shows still being shown around the world, Mervyn Edward ‘Merv’ Griffin found the wheel of fortune didn’t spin in his favour back in 2007. Comb over king and quiz show host Robert Henry Robinson called his own bluff by dying in 2011.
Not the ex-tax dodging comedian who laughs like a seal, but American footballer Jimmy Carr entered coffin corner in 2012. Finally, Betty Joan Perske who went onto become known as Lauren Bacall entered the big sleep in 2014.