Today’s births paragraph begins with opera singer who’s got four food dishes named in her honour, Helen ‘Nellie’ Porter Mitchell, (or Melba as she became known), served herself to the world in 1861. Unhinged American serial killer Hamilton Howard ‘Albert’ Fish slipped through in 1870. Socialite and first woman to grace the green benches in Parliament, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor made her presence known from 1879. Communist revolutionary with a city and airport named after him, (and I’m sure there are a few roads/bridges etc as well) along with his wispy little beard, Nguyễn Sinh Cung or Hố Chi Min wasn’t confused with his birthday in 1890. Assassin of bare foot blanket wearing bespectacled Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandi – Nathuram Vinayak Godse, started hanging about in 1910. Keeping with the Indian theme, sixth President of the country, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, wasn’t a speaker until at least a couple of years after being born in 1913. Despot dictator of Cambodia who wore little green suits Saloth Sar, or as he used to order everyone to address him Pol Pot, made sure the population celebrated his birthday from 1925. Also born that year is black Muslim human rights activist Malcolm X, (as he couldn’t spell Little) found his voice. Founder of English F1 team and sports car manufacturer which starts every model with an ‘E’, LOTUS (Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious), Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman found his traction in 1928. Actor/wrestler Francis Patrick ‘Pat’ Roach joined the monster club in 1937. First of five people in the music world to celebrate their big day today is windmill guitarist, song writer and visitor of ‘interesting’ websites, Peter Dennis Blandford ‘Pete’ Townsend got to see for miles, (well the end of the hospital ward), in 1945. Glam rocker with Marc Bolan’s group T. Rex, Steve Currie was born to boogie in 1947. Sofa hogger Russell Harty’s favourite guest, model/singer Grace Jones hasn’t had a private life since 1948. One third of rock band ZZ Top (and yes he does have a beard), Joseph Michael ‘Dusty’ Hill found his legs in 1949. Another singer, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, known by the slightly hipper name Joey Ramone made some noise in 1951. Near national treasure taken too soon from us who was often found behind a piano, Victoria Wood had a new face in 1953. Creator of Java programming format, James Arthur Gosling logged on for the first time in 1955. Ex-(and murdered) wife of O.J. Simpson Nicole Brown Simpson started out in life back in 1959. 1980’s one hit wonder Yasmin ‘Yazz’ Evans found the only way was out in 1960. Son of Dirty Harry, Kyle Eastwood made his dad’s day in 1968. Norwegian of the day is ball kicker Pål Steffens Andresen who started dribbling in 1982.
Death wise, Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury stopped carrying his cross with him in 988. Not to be outdone by him, Pope Celestine V didn’t get to see his last audience at his funeral in 1296. Having seen off Francis Weston, Henry Norris and William Brereton a couple of days ago, Henry VIII saw to it that mum to Queen Liz I, Anne Boleyn was headless in 1536. British Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, left the back benches in 1898. Welsh born soldier Thomas Edward ‘T.E.’ Lawrence who liked to ride around on the back of a camel whilst wearing traditional Arab dress admitted defeat and died in 1935. English sonnet writer with a statue at St Pancras Station, Sir John Betjeman was summonsed by the bells in 1984. Ex-Mrs of both John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, Jacqueline Lee ‘Jackie’ Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier) finally had her sunglasses removed in 1994. Prime Minister of Japan Sōsuko Uno lost his deposit on life in 1998. Keeping with Prime Ministers, John Gorton, 19th PM of Australia found he didn’t need sun cream from 2002. Finally, fellow countryman and racing legend Sir John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham saw the chequered flag in 2014.