Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 1st May

Today sees the birth of, (and take a deep breath here), Kalani Pai’ea Wohi o Kaleikini Keali’ikui Kamehameha o ‘Iolani i Kaiwikapu kau’i Ka Liholiho Kūnulākea, or Kamehameha King of the Hawaiian Islands, parents must have spent a day filling out the birth certificate in (or around) 1736. Irish born English soldier, two time British Prime Minister and Napoleon’s mate – Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington found himself dispatched for the first time in 1769. Norwegian of the day, painter and bestie to Edvard Munch, Eilert Adelsteen Normann began to draw on life’s experiences from 1848. Frontierswoman Martha Jane Cannary, or as Wild Bill Hickok knew her Calamity Jane, trailed along in 1852. Founder of card manufacturer’s third favourite event, (Mother’s Day), Anna Marie Jarvis added to the card sales from 1864. Having mentioned American game show host Arthur Fleming Fazzin, (shortened to Art Fleming), a week ago when he died, here he is again given he was born in 1924. To give you a clue about this person she was a charade loving Aunt Sally who liked summer holidays, Una Stubbs’ mum needed to call the midwife in 1937. Former CEO of Polly Peck, billionaire and convicted fraudster, Asil Nadir is spending his first birthday in a Turkish jail whilst not celebrating it, despite being 75. Ex-Mrs Kris Kristofferson who spans several genres of music, Rita Coolidge entered the loving arms of her mum in 1945. Edina Monsoon and Gurkha’s best friend, Joanna Lamond Lumley will probably crack open a bottle of Bolly to console herself reaching 70. Light fingered sandy haired smoking ‘celebrity’ chef, Henry Anthony Cardew Worrall Thompson didn’t blanch when born in 1951. Writer/performer of theme tune to Ghostbusters, Ray Erskine Parker Jr.’s parents only needed to call the hospital in 1954. Mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks, Ramzi bin al-Shibh started terrorising his parents in 1972.

Death wise it’s another fairly quiet day, but given we haven’t featured a Pope for few days we start with Pope Marcellus II who lasted all of 22 days in the job before taking his eternal leave in 1555. Sipping wine and singing hymns a bit longer was Pope Pius V who decided to call it a day in 1572. Explorer David Livingstone presumed he’d live a bit longer than his 60 years before giving up in 1873. Champion of the 1923 Tour de France, (won without the aid of drugs, see it can be done Mr L Armstrong, Mr B Riis, Mr D Millar etc), Henri Pélissier unweighted himself in 1935. Both Joseph & Magda Goebbles, Propaganda Minister of the Nazi Party and mates of Hitler saw fit to shoot themselves in 1945. Third President of Sri Lanka, Ranasinghe Premadasa bombed in 1993. F1 driver Ayrton Senna came to an abrupt halt in 1994. Finally, Indian actress Shanmugasundari left her 751st film incomplete in 2012.


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