Famous & Infamous Births &Deaths 8th April

Ancient foreign Royal, Peter I of Portugal kicks the births paragraph off today given he was a ray of sunshine in his parents lives from 1320. Keeping with the foreign royalty theme, King Philip IV of Spain and the other Habsburg territories found he had to ruff it a few years after 1605. As that isn’t enough, Christian IX of Denmark (the one with the mutton chops and sash across his chest), had to admit defeat in being born in 1818. Living Norwegian of the day goes to three time Olympic ice skating champ, Sonja Henie scored a perfect 10 with her parents in 1912. Former First Lady of the United States of America and alcoholics favourite Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Ford’s (née Bloomer) folks wet the baby’s head in 1918. First President of once great country Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe), Ian Douglas Smith unilaterally declared independence from his mum in 1919. Seventh Secretary General of the United Nations, (and it’s not the imaginatively named Boutrous Boutrous Ghali),but Kofi Atta Annan who has been diplomatic about being born in 1938. Punk fashion designer, different hair colour enthusiast and ex-squeeze of Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Isabel Swire, but better known by the surname Westwood, didn’t start rebelling until a few years after being born in 1941. Icelandic Prime Minister, (not implicated in the latest scandal), Geir Hilmar Haarde made good progress having been born in 1951. Lower chart botherer who happens to be John Lennon’s son -John Charles Julian Lennon found the secret value of daydreaming from 1963, also born that year is the most capped English cricketer in test matches, Alec James Stewart slipped through. Actress Patricia Arquette was a girl in progress back in 1968.

It’s a bit of a quiet day for deaths, but we do start with old French King John II of France who mumbled his last in 1364. Founder of Otis Elevator Company, Elisha Otis – reached the basement in 1861. Spanish artist with the brown finger Pablo Picasso did his last doodle in 1973. Having mentioned Vivienne Westwood (above), here’s her ex-partner Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren who chose this day of all days to expire in 2010. Finally, top blue flag wearer and handbag wielding British Prime Minister, Margaret Hilda Thatcher started to go rusty in 2013.


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