We start today’s posting with Texan revolutionary and American frontiersman Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith, who actually got to hear for the first time in 1787. Norwegian of the day is inventor of the outboard motor Ole Andreassen Aaslundeie or Ole Evinrude found himself spluttering into life back in 1877. President of Brazil, Getúlio Dornelles Vargas dictated things from 1882. Two very different people were born in 1933 – first up is white coat wearer and bail enthusiast Harold Dennis ‘Dickie’ Bird who found he wasn’t stumped. The other is Marilyn Monroe wannabe and blonde bombshell Vera Jayne Palmer later to be known as Jayne Mansfield, who accepted the challenge. Sex thimble, not only but also a great drinker and even greater comedian, Dudley Stewart John Moore must have been bedazzled at being born in 1935. Actor known for his role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry found his favourite year has been 1946. Youngest daughter of Spanish dauber Pablo, jewellery designer Paloma Picasso shone through in 1949. American comedian and shrinks best friend, Ruby Wax is probably still in therapy over being born in 1953. Ex-squeeze to Cliff Richard, tennis player and now sports presenter Susan Barker rallied in 1956. Born Prince Makhosetive Diamini but now Mswati III King of Swaziland, (and with 15 wives in tow), found life a bit simpler, (and quieter), in 1968. Gold medal winning middle distance jogger at the Athens Olympics, Kelly Holmes hopefully won’t be out of breath blowing 46 candles out on her birthday cake. Daughter of Goldie Hawn, the rather talented actress Kate Garry Hudson had her first experience of the cutting room floor in 1979. Grunting tennis player who’s bagged four grand slams, Maria Yuryevna Sharapova made it through the entry system in 1987.
Deaths include both an Archbishop of Canterbury and a Pope, so without further ado we begin the paragraph with Alphege who graduated from Bishop of Winchester to Archbishop of Canterbury before stumbling from the pulpit in 1012. Next up is Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, but renamed Pope Leo IX by the Vatican who made those same people stoke the fire for him in 1054. Clergyman known for his epigrams, the Reverend Thomas Bastard found out his parents were married before keeling over in 1618. Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, but better known as Canaletto, didn’t get to see the price of his paintings go up from 1768. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron or just Lord Byron, random wordsmith who made a living out of writing poems stopped writing sonnets in 1824. Two time British Prime Minister with the chin stubble, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield found his ultimate dispatch box in 1881. A year later in 1882, English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin took his genes out of the pool. Daphne du Maurier spent the years between her birth, and death in 1989 writing various books. Francis Alick Howerd, one of the greatest comedians, was up the morgue in 1992. Born Vernon Wayne Howell, but known as David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect found things a little heated in 1993. Norris Dewar McWhirter didn’t get to have a Guinness World Record himself, given he only reached 79 before expiring in 2004. Novelist James Graham (J.G.) Ballard found his passport to eternity in 2009. Finally, sidekick to two Doctor Who’s and an electronic dog, Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen found the end of time in 2011.