Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 3rd April

Another ancient English Royal kicks things off today as King Henry IV of England and Lord of Ireland didn’t blanch at being born in 1367. Alcide Amedeo Francesco De Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy found himself in his mum’s shadow from 1881. Keeping with the political theme, Norwegian of the day is their Prime Minister Per Borten who didn’t canvass opinion on the day to be born in 1913. Dutch PM, Petrus Jozef Sietse ‘Piet’ de Jong was lijsttrekker for being born in 1915. Actress Doris Mary Ann Kapplehoff who’s probably better known as Doris Day, began life in 1924 and it’s fair to say her life hasn’t been a calamity. Also born that year is actor Marlon Brando Jr. who wasn’t quite the ugly American. Having mentioned funny speaking, pipe smoking tape recording top red flag waving politician Anthony Neil Wedgwood ‘Tony’ Benn on 14th March when he met his maker, here he is again given he started to keep an eye on things from 1925. Ex-German Chancellor Helmut Josef Michael Kohl established his own union with his mum from 1930. William Jan Berry, one half of surfing singing duo Jan & Dean started riding life’s waves in 1941. Snooker player with the gaudy waistcoats, John Virgo had his big break in 1946. Actress who started in films, (The Railway Children) before graduating to sit-coms, Sally Thomsett was the baby about the house from 1950. American game show host Raymond Neil ‘Ray’ Combs Jr. didn’t cause a family feud in 1956. Oldest of the Baldwin acting brothers Alexander Rae ‘Alec’ Baldwin III saw birth as a prelude to a kiss in 1958. Fast talking comedian and actor Edward Regan ‘Eddie’ Murphy was the golden child in 1961. Doped up cyclist (and, funnily enough, Tour de France winner) Bjarne Riis started the wheel of life in 1951. Also born that year is pint drinking, cigarette smoking ex-leader/leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage, though he looks older than his 52 years. Simon Cowell puppet, (sorry protege), Leona Lewis found her lungs in 1985. Wife of hair weave and granny prostitute fan Coleen Mary Rooney, (née McLoughlin), kicked proceedings off in 1986. 

Death wise, Giacomo Savelli or Pope Honorius IV did the honourable thing in 1287. Subject of (another) terrible Cher song, Jesse Woodson James was to put his gun down in 1882, only to find himself shot in the head for his troubles. Composer and piano player Johannes Brahms took his last tinkle in 1897. Founder of Pan American World Airways, Juan Trippe had his last journey, to the morgue in 1981. Author Henry Graham Greene entered the potting shed in 1991. Writer of stage play Oliver! Lionel Bart died in 1999, though it’s doubtful he had ‘That’s Your Funeral’ played at his. Nina Wang, Asia’s richest woman, (apparently), found out having $4.2 billion still couldn’t avoid death in 2007. Finally, comic strip artist responsible for the Flash Gordon strip found out his superpowers ran out in 2014.


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