Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th December

 

The following have/will be ripping open their birthday pressies today, starting with Emperor of Rome who’s got a chain of coffee shops named after him in Great Britain – Nero served himself up in his own time way back in 37. Alexandre Gustav Bönickhausen (who later changed that to Eiffel), architect of large scale Meccano set in Paris, started to tower over his parents from 1832. First person to discover evidence of radioactivity – Antoine Henri Becquerel was fully exposed in 1852. Pola inventinto de alternativa lingvo Esperanto, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof festos sian 158th naskigtago se li ne mortis en 1917. Founder of oil company bearing his name, John Paul Getty started nodding in 1892. American version of Michael Eavis, dairy farmer Max B. Yasgur who’s land was used for hippy fest Woodstock, had some early celebrations when born in 1919. Cartoonist Kurt Schaffenberger marvelled his parents from 1920. Gotthard Glas, better known as Uziel ‘Uzi’ Gal designer of machine gun bearing his name, discharged himself in 1923. Having mentioned her bandmates in The Supremes, it seems only fitting birthday girl Cynthia Ann ‘Cindy’ Birdsong also gets a look in given she’ll be eating cake in honour of her 78th birthday whilst muttering, ‘Happy Birthday to Me’. 60’s popster in co-ordinated group named after him, David ‘Dave’ Clark was feeling glad all over in either a) 1939 or b) 1942. Actress/voice actress Melanie Chartoff was a rugrat herself in 1948, (or was it 1950?). Wearer of shiny jackets rolled up to his elbows and ex-Mr Melanie Griffith, Donnie Wayne ‘Don’ Johnson was eastbound and downward in 1949. Mark William Wainwright who changed his surname to Orbit was a ray of light to his parents in 1956. One time West Indian cricket captain Carl Llewelyn Hooper knocked ’em for six in 1966. Diminutive fan of wearing silk, Lanfranco ‘Frankie’ Dettori unsaddled himself in 1971.

Death wise, there are still no Popes – but we do have a dead royal Norwegian of the day, as King Haakon IV of Norway was ten days short of seeing another Christmas in 1263. Painter famed for his picture of a girl with a pearl earring – Johannes/Johan/Jan Vermeer eased the easel in 1675. Food manufacturer known for his custard and baking powder, Alfred Bird went to seed in 1878. Tribal chief born a Jumping Badger and ending his days as Sitting Bull, found himself more of a lying down bull in 1890. Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller has been keeping out of mischief for 77 years now. Big band leader Alton Glenn Miller obviously wasn’t in the mood to carry on living after today in 1944. Having mentioned Walter Elias ‘Walt’ Disney a mere ten days ago in honour of his birthday, here he is again given his relatives would have had to take those presents back for a refund in 1966. American actor Theodore Childress ‘Chill’ Wills found himself way out west in 1978. Best known for playing ‘Grandad’ in classic BBC sit-com Only Fools and Horses, Leonard Pearce had his hole in one moment in 1984. Director of the Pink Panther films not to mention being Mr Julie Andrews, William Blake Crump (or Blake Edwards) didn’t get another breakfast at Tiffany’s after 2010. Finally, Hollywood actress born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland but known as Joan Fontaine was dead beyond a reasonable doubt in 2013.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th December

 

Today’s posting begins with one of the first people to use one part of their name – Michel de Nostredame, or as he was more widely known – Nostradamus, not only predicted his birthday, he kept to it from 1503. American politician and businessman Erastus Corning railroaded his way through in 1794. Dad to Liz II, Queen of the United Kingdom and associated outposts around the world, Albert Frederick Arthur George VI, didn’t quite seize the throne when born in 1895. Failing to live up to his surname, American General James Harold ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle who gained a Medal of Honour in the Second World War marched on through in 1896. Having mentioned King George VI (above), here’s a relative of his daughters husband with the rather un-royal name – Paul, King of Greece, reigned supreme in his family from 1901. Seeing as Dick van Dyke had his named checked yesterday, it’s only fair his sidekick Moritz ‘Morey’ Amsterdam gets one today given he was young and restless in 1908. Ex-Nazi who graduated to become President of the Federal Republic of Germany (or just West Germany), Karl Carstens started the wets and dries from 1914. Television executive responsible for putting Gilligan’s Island and The Beverly Hillbillies on screen, James Thomas Aubrey tuned in back in 1918. Creator of 60 Minutes, (the American news show), Donald Shepherd ‘Don’ Hewitt presented himself in 1922. Noted actor with the pencil moustache, Ranbir Raj Kapoor made his debut in 1924. Two time gold medal winner in lobbing a javelin for East Germany, the rather unfortunately named Ruth Fuchs didn’t need steroids in 1946. Impeached ex-President of Brazil, Delma Vana Rousseff had her inaugural session in 1947. Straggly haired rocker with AC/DC Clifford ‘Cliff’ Williams had the answer to who made who in 1949. Actress known for her role in BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! – Vicki Michelle has had no reasons not to celebrate her birthday since 1950. Divot maker with the interesting surname, Joseph Brian Gay got himself out of the bunker in 1971. A year later in 1972, tall long faced comedienne who likes to fall over and make stupid faces at the camera, Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke, got nearly as many laughs (i.e. not many). Son of American bounty hunter, (as in hunting crims down, not chocolate bars), Duane – Leland Blane Chapman made his break for freedom in 1976. Ballkicker for various football (soccer) teams – Michael James Owen started his warm up movements in 1979.

As for deaths, Pope Adrian II lasted five years in top job before going into permanent retirement way back in 872. Vlad III Prince of Wallachia or Vlad the Impaler found out having killed 10,000 people what it was like to die himself in 1476. King James V of Scotland found he was the dead King of Scotland in 1542. Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Tenison dropped his overlarge crooked walking stick in 1715. King Charles III of Spain, along with being King of Naples and Sicily who also found time to be Duke of Parma and Piacenza had his new national flag draped over his coffin in 1788. First ever President of the United States of America – George Washington didn’t get to see the capital named after him, (or the people who used to put curlers in his hair) after 1799. Husband to Queen Vicki, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha failed to get any more intimate piercings from 1861. Also not making it through that year – first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to be mentioned today, George Hamilton-Garden gave up logrolling in 1861. Co-founder of cereal company bearing his name, John Harvey Kellogg munched his last cornflake in 1943. Second Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to be mentioned today – Stanley Baldwin swopped his red box for proper pine one in 1947. Ruth Lee Jones who started recording under the name of Dinah Washington found what a diff’rence a day makes in 1963. Actress who starred in loads of films, including the original Jazz Singer – Myrna Loy probably wished she could have turned back the hours in 1993. Co-founder of Atlantic Records – Ahmet Ertegun has been spinning in his grave since 2006. Ex-BBC newsreader and presenter of Treasure Hunt, Kenneth Kendall found his auto cue run out in 2012. Finally, Laurence of Arabia actor, Peter O’Toole saw the final curtain in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th December

 

Pope’s begin both paragraphs in today’s posting – so without any further ado, Felice Peretti de Montalto or Pope Sixtus V failed to undertake a vow of silence from 1521. Ginger King with the rather unregal name – Eric, XIV of Sweden led a less than stable life from 1533. Founder of company bearing his name, Ernst Werner Siemens started leaving stains in 1816. Composer of Christmas hymn ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – Phillips Brooks hummed along in 1835. Norwegian of the day, scientist Kristian Olaf Bernhard Birkeland began looking skyward in 1867. Writer of fiction, (including, it seems, parts of his life), and dead godfather to Prince Bill – Laurens Jan van der Post ventured to the exterior in 1906. 60th United States Secretary of State, George Pratt Schultz found himself born without fanfare in 1920. Gangster mentioned on 26th November when he was mentioned in the second paragraph – ‘Mad’ Frank Davidson ‘Frankie’ Fraser was merely irritating in 1923. Purveyor of a dodgy Cockney accent who went to his agent as Richard Truck Lesbian and was told he’d get nowhere with that name, so changed it to Dick van Dyke has never had a dull moment since arriving in 1925. Founder of Commodore Computers – born Idek Trzmiel, but went by the name of Jack Tramiel had to make do with a leading hand in 1928. Singer Marti Webb couldn’t take that look off her face in 1944. Royal Shakespeare Company act tor who also portrayed Wolfie Smith in classic sit-com Citizen Smith, Robert Lindsay Stephenson has made much ado about nothing since 1949. Also born that year, fellow sit-com star, Mary Paula Wilcox can see the bright side about being 68. Un-PC comedian you either love or hate, five time married James Cameron ‘Jim’ Davidson had his big break in 1953. Distinctive looking Hollywood actor, Steven Vincent ‘Steve’ Buscemi had a parting glance in 1957. Eric Morlon Bishop, or as he’s better known Jaime Foxx was held up after his birth in 1967. English broadcaster – Sarah Joanne Cyzer or as the BBC know her, Sara Cox got the levels just right in 1974. Co-founder and lead singer with band Evanescence – Amy Lynn Hartzier née Lee, was through the open door in 1981. Country singer/popster with minimal clothes Taylor Alison Swift has had her eyes open from 1989. Two Belgians finish off the births paragraph – Princely twins, Aymeric and Nicholas arrived in regal style back in 2005.

As mentioned above, this paragraph also starts with a Pope – as tufty haired Pope Callixtus II who started out as Guy of Burgundy ended up as Callixtus of white sheet in 1124. King of Portugal and the Algarves – Manuel I wasn’t the fortunate one in 1521. Lexicographer Samuel Johnson didn’t find another word for death in 1784. Herman of Alaska, a Russian Orthodox hermit went quietly in 1837. Josef Kramer or ‘The Beast of Belsen’ didn’t hang about long after 1945. Indian actress of stage and film, Smita Patil had her last wrap party in 1986. Pioneer in airbag development within vehicles – Allen Breed had a soft landing in 1999. Member of one hit wonder band the Lovin’ Spoonful – Zalman ‘Zal’ Yanovsky wasn’t alive and well in Argentina, nor for that matter was he in Kingston, Ontario in 2002. Co-founder of the West Side Crips and convicted murderer – Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams III left his blue hankie on the floor from 2005. Finally, actress born Minnie Higginbottom or Kathy Staff, known as Nora Batty in un-amusing and over running sit-com ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ went out with a no frills funeral in 2008.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th December

 

Albert II, Duke of Austria and Styria, known as ‘the Wise’ and ‘the Lame’ starts today’s posting given he was fully functional in 1298. First Chief Justice of the United States, (among his many official titles), John Jay ratified his birth in 1745. Early day CEO of American Express and founder of Wells Fargo & Company – Henry Wells has been credited with being born in 1805. Leader of the Cherokee Nation/brigadier general in the Confederate States Army, Standhope Uwatie, Degataga who also went by the name Stand Watie started to stand firmie about a year after being born in 1806. Inventor of the modern adjustable spanner – Johann Petter Johannson found it a wrench being born in 1853. Norwegian of the day, painter Edvard Munch screamed upon his arrival in 1863. Born Hirsch Moses Wonsal before settling on Harry Morris Warner, one of the founders of film studio Warner Bros., directed his entrance to the world in 1881. Having mentioned his son a mere four days in honour of his birthday, here’s his old man Samuel George ‘Sammy’ Davis Snr., wriggled his way through in 1900. Given out of key singer Francis Albert ‘Frank’ Sinatra was mentioned on 14th May when he did it his way, here he is again as strangers in the night delivered him in 1915. American game show host Robert William ‘Bob’ Barker has had to bear the truth or consequence from being born in 1923. Three time Mayor of New York (among many other things), Edward Irving ‘Ed’ Koch made his initial pitch in 1924. Co-founder of Intel Corporation, and known as ‘the Mayor of Silicone Valley’, Robert Norton Noyce computed his birthdate in 1927. Toe tapper and ex-captain of charades game show with the perma tan and grin, Henry Lionel Blair Ogus gave the nurses a clue as to when he’d arrive in 1931. Singer from the late 1950’s and early 60’s, Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero or just Connie Francis was born many tears ago in 1938. Singer and aunt to the late Whitney Houston – Marie Dionne Warwick had her ‘here I am moment’ in 1940. Brazilian racing driver who bagged both the F1 title and the Indy 500 one twice, Emerson Fittipaldi took the inside track in 1946. Caterham born act tor of stage, television and film William Francis ‘Bill’ Nighy has had total recall over his birthday from 1949. Former bus conductor before finding fame as Indian actor Shivaji Rao Gaekwad or just Rajinikanth, counted his blessings in 1950. Singer born Neville Keighley but known as Belouis Some found some people share his birthdate in 1959. Old dear’s fav singer – Daniel Francis Noel O’Donnell didn’t earn his nickname ‘Wee Daniel’ for nothing in 1961. Short skirt wearer whilst chasing tennis balls around a court, Tracy Ann Austin Holt rallied for the first time in 1962. 37th President of Panama – Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez made it through the other canal in 1963. Princess Diana’s favourite rugby union player who captained England in the early 1990’s, William David Charles ‘Will’ Carling kicked things off in 1965. Wildlife presenter on the BBC, Katherine ‘Kate’ Humble started mumbling in 1968. Younger brother to tattooed screecher Justin, Daniel Francis ‘Dan’ Hawkins had permission to land in 1976.

As for deaths, seeing as there aren’t any Pope’s or Archbishop’s of Canterbury to mention we’ll settle with Geoffrey, Archbishop of York who still didn’t have a surname when he moved on in 1212. King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania along with being Prince of Transylvania Stephen Báthory booked his space in Wawel Cathedral from 1586. Texan cattle rancher – Charles Goodnight didn’t get to say, ‘Good morning’ again after 1929. Excessive ermine cape wearer, King William I of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg had enough of orange and wanted a change of colour in 1843. Fourth Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John Sparrow David Thompson didn’t have the heart to die at home given he keeled over in Windsor, England back in 1894. Dead Norwegian of the day, Nordic skier Thorleif Haug had his ultimate sitzmark in 1934. Having mentioned his son a few days ago, here’s his old man who shared his name (minus the Jr. bit), Douglas Fairbanks (or Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman), didn’t get his picture in the papers after 1939. Wife beating ex-husband to Tina Turner, Izear Luster ‘Ike’ Turner, Jr., found it’s all over in 2007. Finally, actress who lived up to her surname – Audrey Mary Totter found it was the beginning of the end for her in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th December

 

Given most of the Popes’ mentioned over the past week or so have been dead, it makes a refreshing change to begin today’s posting with the birth of Giovanni de Lorenzo de’Medici, or as the others in the Vatican knew him Pope Leo X – found he didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1475. Mutton chopped inventor of the kaleidoscope – David Brewster rotated upon birth in 1781. I bet Lota Liholiho Kapuāiwa Kalanimakua Kalanikapuapaikalaninui Ali’iolani Kalani-a-Kekūanaō’a or Kamehameha V, King of Hawaii’s parents didn’t realise how long it would take them to fill his name out in 1830. Brewer of weak lager who was mentioned way back on 27th April when he went flat, John Labatt was fully fermented in 1838. Physicist/mathematician Max Born lived his to his surname in 1882. Bookmaker Joseph Kagarlitsky (better known as Joe Coral), found all bets were off in 1904. King of Mambo – Dámaso Pérez Prado, anticipated his arrival in 1917. Born Betty Glendale but better known as character actress Liz Smith, didn’t join the Royle family in 1921. Method actor Muhammad Yusuf Khan or Dilip Kumar arrived on cue in 1922. Norwegian of the day, skier and Olympic gold medalist – Stein Eriksen negotiated his way down in 1927. Guru to the rich (and gullible) – Chandra Mohan Jain then known as Acharya Rajneesh before swopping to Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and then doing a ‘Prince’ by becoming known as ‘Osho’, was mystified as to what was going on in 1931. Designer of the Porsche 911, Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzie’ Porsche kept it in the family from 1935. Long faced ex-American Secretary of State, John Forbes Kerry started representing himself in 1943. Actress Terry Ann ‘Terri’ Garr may have been born in either: a) 1947 b) 1944 c) 1945 or d) 1949, as to which is correct, she’s been pretty tight lipped about it. Brenda Mae Tapley who recorded Christmas song ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’, currently being played relentlessly under the name Brenda Lee, hasn’t grown a great deal given she’s all of 4ft 9ins (or 1.45m). Having mentioned heiress to the family fortune on 19th November when she died, Christina Onassis slipped out in 1950. Member of dysfunctional family along with part of family group The Jackson 5, (though not the one with a penchant for chimps, little boys (allegedly) or bowler hats), Jermaine La Juane Jackson blamed it on the boogie in 1954. Leeds (England) born chef with the tousled hair and French name who plugs some ready made stock pots – Marco Pierre White was a little pickle in 1961. Rapper Dante Terrell Smith who went by the slightly hipper moniker ‘Mos Def’ began performing in 1971. Old biddie’s favourite game show host – Benjamin Peter Sherrington Shepherd reached the tipping point in 1974. Not 1970’s hairy rocker with the excessive make up who’s song is also clogging the airwaves, but American comedian Roy Wood Jr., had his momma make him wear nappies from 1978.

Having started the births paragraph (above) with a Pope, so we begin the deaths one with a Pope – this one Pope Damacus I didn’t take to his pulpit again from 394. King Charles/Carl XII of Sweden surrendered in 1718. Maria Leopoldina of Austria who spread her wings a bit given she was also Empress Consort of Brazil and Queen Consort of Portugal didn’t get another Brazilian after 1826. Kamehameha V etc, (as above) King of Hawaii celebrated his birthday by having his grass skirt go up in flames in 1872. Founder of harmonica and accordion manufacturer bearing his name – Matthias Hohner, died too late having invented the bloody things in 1902. Dead Norwegian of the day, Nobel Peace Prize winner Christian Lous Lange found things very peaceful from 1938. Singer/songwriter Samuel Cook or Sam Cooke didn’t get an encore in 1964. One half of fast food brothers who came up with the golden arches, clown and litter strewn streets around the globe, Maurice James ‘Mac’ McDonald was as fast at dying in 1974 as his staff are at serving food. Quiz show host Robert Q. Lewis had the question as to when his time was up in 1991. Co-star of dire 1970’s sit-com On the Buses, (among others), Michael Anthony Robbins found that’s his funeral in Caterham, Surrey back in 1992. Co-founder and cartoonist for Private Eye, William George ‘Willie’ Rushton took his leave in 1996. Child actress Susan Lynn Gordon entered the twilight zone in 2011. Finally, rug sitter with the sitar, Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury or Ravi Shankar went out of tune in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th December

 

Having had a bit of a mega day on the births front yesterday, things have settled down a bit and we see the following celebrate their birthday, starting with James I King of Scotland, was no longer in captivity from 1394. Pioneer in educating the deaf – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet started using his hands in 1787. I wonder what one of the founders of the Republican Party in America, (the one with chin hair) – Zachariah Chandler would make of the present incumbent of the White House if he hadn’t been born in 1813. Inventor of incomprehensible library index system bearing his name, Melville Louis Kossuth ‘Melvil’ Dewey was a quiet baby in 1851. American actress possibly related to Angela – Una Merkel had her command performance in 1903.
Co-star of the Road to… films, born Mary Leta Dorothy Kaumeyer, but known as Dorothy Lamour, didn’t have a disputed passage in 1914. Fellow actress who was one of the first scream queens, born Marguerite Gwynne Trice who became known as Anne Gwynne got some early practice in 1918. Fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica Michael Norman Manley gets a name check given he voted with his feet in 1924. Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza, actor Dan Davis Blocker was anything but in 1928. Star of Lassie television programmes before going onto programme computers, Thomas Noel (Tommy) Rettig wasn’t found down a well before being saved by a barking mutt in 1941. Two singers sharing a birthday in 1942 – Ralph Vierra Tavares found new directions, whilst accordion aficionado Peter Eardley Sarstedt found his voice. Founder/leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, (as opposed to Palestine Liberation Front), splitter born Muhammad Zaidan but known as Abbu Abbas, forced his way through in 1948. Norwegian of the day is another ‘nil point’ contestant in overlong and dull Eurovision Song Contest – Ellen Helen Nikolaysen had freckles as a child in 1951. A year later, the Bee Gees (non) favourite television interviewer Clive Stuart Anderson solicited comment on his birth. Musician known for his hit, ’19’, Paul Hardcastle saw daybreak (by first light) in 1957. Latter day luvvie and ex-Mr E. Thompson, Kenneth Charles Branagh stole the scene in 1960. American version of Gordon Ramsey, (minus the grooved forehead, funny chin and potty mouth), Robert William ‘Bobby’ Flay left the oven in 1964. Odd singer with Placebo – Brian Molko started suffering teenage angst 13 years on from 1972. Drummer with defunct band ‘The White Stripes’, Megan Martha ‘Meg’ White had her conquest in 1974. Youngest of the Bottom acting clan, Summer Joy Bottom/Phoenix has been suffering growing pains since 1978. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shivanand who’s cut that down to Shilpa Anand, shimmied her way through in 1982.

As for deaths, Leopold I King of the Belgians (despite being a German Prince), started having navy vessels named in his honour from 1865. Peace prize (among many others) founder who also invented dynamite, (tested in a quarry near Redhill, Surrey) – Alfred Bernhardt Nobel, found himself going up in smoke back in 1896. Native American leader of the Oglala Lakota, Red Cloud/Mahpíya Lúta actually got to lie in the ground rather than put his ear to it in 1909. Fifth Prime Minister of Canada – Sir Mackenzie Bowell entered the box, rather than the cabinet in 1917. Co-founder of car making company bearing his name, Horace Elgin Dodge Snr., didn’t manage to dodge the reaper in 1920. Singer Otis Redding wasn’t sitting on the dock of the bay in 1967, given he was in a coffin. Headman Shabalala, singer with Ladysmith Black Mambazo found he lost his voice, and life, in 1991. The voice of Wimbledon tennis, Daniel ‘Dan’ Maskell hasn’t managed any more juice since 1992. Having mentioned legendary comedian Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor a mere eleven days ago in honour of his birth, here he is again given he was in more than critical condition in 2005. Dictator of Chile, Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte released his iron fist in 2006. Being the only person to register for the presidency, Iajuddin Ahmed found himself the 14th President of Bangladesh, although that ceased in 2012. Finally, British writer and critic – Adrian Anthony Gill has failed to have breakfast at the Wolseley since 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th December

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th December

 

King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden kicks things off today given he got things going back in 1594. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, Queen consort of Spain Maria Luisa of Parma found herself wrapped in linen back in 1751. Having mentioned founder of frozen food company Clarence Frank Birdseye II on October 7th when he froze himself, here he is again given he thawed out in 1886. If you suffer coulrophobia I’d look away now as Emmet Leo Kelly or ‘Weary Willy’, (a name which would surely raise a few eye brows these days), started fooling around in 1898. Actress known for playing the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Margaret Brainard Hamilton found you only live once from 1902. Ex-sailor who went onto acting, Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr., didn’t have loose ankles in 1909. Not to be outdone, Issur Danielovitch or the slightly easier to say, Kirk Douglas (and dad to sex addict Michael), would have received his second card from HM Queen if he was British having been born in 1916. 1929 saw the birth of Aussie Prime Minister – Robert James Lee ‘Bob’ Hawke, the one that liked to manhandle monarchs and sink pints of beer as a bet at cricket matches. Actor and Academy Award winning screenwriter/director, Henry Zuckerman or Buck Henry found heaven can wait from 1930. Refined actress from Outwood Surrey, (often found rifling through the freezers at The Priory Farm in Nutfield Surrey), Judith Olivia ‘Judi’ Dench left the womb with a view from 1934. Lloyd Vernet ‘Beau’ Bridges III gave his mum a two minute warning in 1941. Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading showed love and affection from 1950. John Gavin Malkovich started being John Malkovich in 1953.
Petulant 23rd Prime Minister of inconsequential country – Luxembourg, before going onto join the European gravy train as President of the European Commission – Jean Claude Juncker wasn’t as obstructive in 1954. Donald Clark ‘Donny’ Osmond the white toothed wonder who warbled his way into the hearts of teenaged girls in the early 1970’s was sweet and innocent in 1957. Bass player with Crowded House, Nicholas More ‘Nick’ Seymour began his time on earth in 1958. Born Masako Owada who is now known as Masaka, Crown Princess of Japan entered the fray in 1963. Guitarist with the rather un-rock star name Brian Lane Bell, certainly wasn’t a weezer after his birth in 1968. Actress Dia Handrich, now known in Bollywood circles as Dia Mirza Sangha was unable to proclaim ‘Hello Mumbai’ in 1981 given she a) couldn’t speak and b) was born in Hyderabad. Prince Joachim Karl-Maria Nikolaus Isabelle Marcus d’Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este has kept the family title going from 1991.

As for deaths, King Malcolm IV of Scotland found Paget’s disease caught up with him in 1165. Pope Pius IV dropped everything bar his cassock in 1565. Then, in 1669, Pope Clement IX saw to it that he didn’t have to make his bed again. Peter II, King of Portugal and the Algarves, he of the Brian May hair lived up to his nickname ‘o Pacifico’ (the peaceful) from 1706. Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet engineer of MiG Jets found himself grounded in 1970. Gossip columnist Louella Parsons (born Louella Rose Oettinger) went very quiet in 1972. Lead singer of The Waitresses, known for their one hit, Christmas Wrapping – Patricia Jean ‘Patty’ Donahue didn’t get any tips on how to live longer in 1996. Heir to the du Pont fortune, John Eleuthére du Pont who was mentioned on 22nd November when he was born, gets another go given he obviously wasn’t Teflon coated in 2010. High waisted trouser and monocle wearer who enjoyed playing the xylophone whilst looking at the stars, Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, found he had his ultimate eclipse moment in 2012. Finally, co-creator of the bar code, Norman Joseph Woodland also checked out in 2012.