Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 3rd May

We start today’s births paragraph with inventor of tube named after him, Henri Pitot got into the flow of things back in 1695. Builder of the Savoy Hotel in London, the person who we also have to ‘thank’ for introducing Gilbert & Sullivan, as well as creating the opera company bearing his name, Richard D’Oyly Carte flexed his vocal chords in 1844. Co-founder of Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, (or Qantas to those that live in Australia), Fergus McMaster was in the arrival area back in 1879. Actress who finished her career in dull series The Waltons, Beulah Bondy/Bondi had the registered nurse deliver her in 1889. Singer/actor who flogged over half a billion records, (including one with David Bowie), and fan of garish jumpers in later life, Harry Lillis ‘Bing’ Crosby Jr., heard more than an echo in 1903. Folk singer (yawn) who also wailed on various protest songs about pretty much everything, Peter ‘Pete’ Seeger was thrown in with strangers and cousins back in 1919. Another, albeit different singer James Joseph ‘The Godfather of Soul’ Brown started livin’ in America from 1933. A year later in 1934, heavyweight fighter who doused himself with Brut 33, Henry Cooper had a catcher ready for him. Also born that year, falsetto screecher Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, (or just Frankie Valli), didn’t get to hang on. Wok botherer Ken Hom’s mum got hot under the collar in 1949. Singer songwriter Christopher Charles Geppert, better known as Christopher Cross had a rendezvous with his mum in 1951. Diminutive not terribly amusing comedian Sandra Birgitte ‘Sandi’ Toksvig joined the circuit in 1958. Very fast talking left wing comic and wearer of spangly suits who’s helped create some of the best British comedy over the past 30 years, Benjamin Charles ‘Ben’ Elton was one of the young ones in 1959. Another great comedian, actor and mimicker of voices, Robert Brydon Jones, took more than just a minute to be born in 1965. Previous presenter of cars driving round and round a track, (repeat about 150 times) F1 racing commentator Suzi Perry was off the starting grid in 1970.

The following didn’t get to make it through the day, and we start with Matilda of Boulogne and Queen Consort of England, didn’t manage another booze cruise after 1152. Pope Benedict XIV found his days of hearing odd tales via the confessions booth over in 1758. Tom Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh and Patrick Pearce all paid for their involvement at the Easter Rising by firing squad in 1916. Third President of India, Zakir Husain didn’t have to serve his country after 1969. Continuing the Indian theme, actor initially known as Fatima Rashid but went by the stage name Nargis, saw the clapperboard come down on her life in 1981. Left wing firebrand politician responsible for, among other things, introducing the breathalyser and 70 MPH speed limit on Britain’s motorways, Barbara Castle used the other type of dispatch box in 2002. Dad to golfer Eldrick Tont ‘Tiger’ Woods, Earl Dennison Woods had his last salute in 2006. Finally, Leopoldo Ramón Pedro Calvo-Sotelo y Bustelo, 1st Marquis of the Ría of Ribadeo the Spanish Prime Minister didn’t get to swig any more sangria after 2008.


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