Today’s posting starts with Samuel Finley Breese Morse, he of dot dash fame who signalled his entrance to the world in 1791. 18th President of the United States of America with various ships and submarines named in his honour as well as featuring on $50 bills, born Hiram Ulysses Grant, or Ulysses S. Grant found a pleasant point in 1822. Norwegian of the day, Theodor Severin Kittlsen wasn’t a little troll in 1857. Creator of Woody Woodpecker, Walter Benjamin Lantz pecked his way through in 1899. Poet Laureate and dad to actor Daniel, Cecil Day Lewis found the starting point in 1904. President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-kuo began wearing little blue suits from 1910. South African politician Roelof Frederik ‘Pik’ Botha had separation issues with his mum in 1932. Mr Hurricane, or rather weatherman Michael Fish, was cut off low in 1944. Professional trickster and subject of film, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Frank William Abagnale, Jr. Made his first break for freedom in 1948. Also born that year is B52’s singer Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kate’ Pierson who left the love shack. Champion darts chucker Eric Bristow bounced out in 1957. One time bestie to Prince, Sheena Shirley Easton, (née Orr), isn’t really a modern girl given she was born in 1959. Talented screen writer Stephen Russell Davies, but goes by the pen name Russell T Davies, had his push moment in 1963. Pirouetting judge on boring dance programme Strictly Come Dancing, Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle aka Darcey Andrea Bussell did her initial échappé in 1969. Singer Mica Paris (or, as her parents know her, Michelle Antoinette Wallen), never felt like this before in 1969.
As for deaths, we begin with Pope Leo XI who managed to serve all of 26 days before the conclave had to meet again 1605. Brewer of weak Canadian lager John Labatt started the fermentation process himself in 1915. El-Presidenti (complete with sash and gold epaulettes), of Bolivia René Barrientos Ortuño lost power in 1969. Founder of the Panasonic Corporation, Konosuke Matsushita went more than fuzzy in 1989. Mrs Slocombe looky likey and creator of the Barbie Doll, Ruth Handler found herself in a box in 2002. Finally, Indian actor Feroz Khan’s agent didn’t have to bother him again after 2009.