Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st May

Births today start with not only King of Spain, but also Portugal, Naples and Sicily, Philip II started getting used to the attention in 1527. Having mentioned priest and vulcanologist with the earthquake scale named in his honour on March 19th when he died, here’s Giuseppe Mercalli again given the earth shifted in his favour back in 1850. Singer Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller started goin’ about his business in 1904. Original founding member of family singing group The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley started twisting and shouting in 1941. Seventh President of Ireland, Mary Therese Winifred Robinson had her parents toast her birth with a few pints of the black stuff in 1944. Diminutive frizzy haired popster from the 1970’s who’s name is rhyming slang for ‘all dayer’, Leo Sayer found the show must go on in 1948. Known for the excessive gold chains/rings and Mandinka warrior haircut, born again Christian Laurence Tureaud or just Mr T, wasn’t freaked when delivered in 1952. Edward Ernest ‘Judge’ Reinhold Jr. made sure his mum didn’t have a baby on board from 1957. American serial killer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (the Milwaukee Cannibal), started on life’s right path in 1960. Also born that year, Indian actor Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair, had his initial audition. Known for her role in SpongeBob SquarePants, Carolyn Lawrence didn’t have fairly odd parents from 1964. Rapper Christopher George Latore Wallace, who went onto be better known as The Notorious B.I.G. started wearing biggie smalls in 1972. Unfunny surreal comedian in the silver jumpsuit who traded non amusing quips on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Noel Fielding had his mighty boosh moment in 1973. Having mentioned various cyclists over the past few days, here’s another – Mark Cavendish dropped a gear in 1985. Also launching off that year is Norwegian doggy paddler who gained a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, Alexander Dale Oen. Keeping with the water theme, budgie smuggling bronze medal winner at the London Olympics, diver Thomas Robert ‘Tom’ Daley broke the waters in 1994.

As for deaths, definite King of England and disputed King of France Henry VI of England was confirmed dead in 1471. Not to be out done, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden took his place in Roskilde Cathedral in 1481. German physicist with the rather unfortunate surname, August Adolf Eduard Eberhard Kundt wasn’t that physical after 1894. 37th President of Mexico, José Venustiano Carranza found his sombrero was surplus to requirements in 1920. Then, in 1929, Archibald Primrose – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom didn’t get lost in the Houses of Parliament again after 1929. Designer of combat aircraft incorporating his name, Geoffrey de Havilland found the chocks were put on his life in 1965. Having mentioned Sammy Davies Jr. a mere five days ago, here’s his old man with the imaginative name of Sammy Davis Snr. was to adopt the third position in 1988. Scandal ridden son of ex-Indian Prime Minister, Indhira, Rajiv Ghandi came to an unexpected end (for him) in 1991. Fan of all things pink who was an extensive writer of slushy romantic stories and owner of numerous yappy ankle biting mutts, born Mary Barbara Hamilton, but known as Barbara Cartland, thankfully found her career at an end in 2000. Also not making it through that year was original luvvie and one of the best English actors, Sir Arthur John Gielgud didn’t get to say, ‘Darling’ again. Third person not making it past 2000 is Mark Reynolds Hughes, founder of pyramid selling, (or ‘multi level’ as they’ve now dressed it up), company Herbalife, obviously didn’t take his company’s products given he keeled over.


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