Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd May

Births today start with ancient King of the Franks, Philip I, (work that one out), crowned a great day for his mum way back in 1052. Architect responsible for rebuilding the Palace of Westminster, (or for those who use brown sauce, Houses of Parliament), Charles Barry had a measured entrance to the world in 1795. Eleventh President of Brazil, Epitácio Lindolfo da Silva Pessoa was a natural born leader in 1865. Actor born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman before changing it to Douglas Fairbanks was head in’ south in 1883. Norwegian of the day, mathematician Thoralf Albert Skolem started keeping tabs from 1883. Aviatrice with a few world records to her name, Hélène Boucher glided through in 1908. Actor John Payne gave his mum fair warning of his arrival in 1912. Cricketer in the summer and penalty taker for Arsenal in the winter, Dennis Charles Scott Compton wasn’t offside when delivered in 1918. Cabaret singer/actress Rosemary Clooney, (paternal aunt to George), found she started something in 1928. Five time married plugger of miniscule Snickers chocolate bars, Joan Henrietta Collins did her homework as to the best day to be born on in 1933. Founder of music company bearing his name as well as inventing synthesizer with his name plastered over it, Robert Arthur ‘Bob’ Moog made some noise in 1934. General Norman Johnson, singer with Chairman of the Board didn’t give his mum any more time given he was born in 1943. Former member of bomb enthusiasts group the IRA, and now Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, James Martin Pacelli McGuinness has risen through the ranks from 1950. Master pawn and king mover across chess boards, Anatoly Yevgeny Karpov had his opening gambit in 1951. Singer with 80’s band Baltimora, James Harry ‘Jimmy’ McShane wasn’t living in the background from 1957. Unamusing comedian Robert Renwick ‘Bob’ Mortimer joined the circuit in 1959. Frugal bean counter for the United Kingdom and carrier of the red box carrying whiskey and dull papers, born Gideon Oliver Osborne, but better known as George, found he was dispatched for the first time in 1971. A year later Brazillian driver who goes round the same track 100 or so times but has yet to win a championship, Rubens Barrichello got the slipstream right in 1972.

Deathwise, we see Scottish pirate Captain William Kidd walk the plank in 1701. American frontiersman Christopher Houston ‘Kit’ Carson entered the legend book in 1868. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to writer of Peer Gynt with the extensive mutton chops, Henrik Yohan Ibsen had his own burial mound from 1906. Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) the American gangsters, (well before the Bloods and the Crips came along), were both quite literally blown away in 1934. Person with various sites in New York named after him, John Davison Rockefeller Sr. didn’t have to worry about his funeral expenses in 1937 given he was worth in excess of $1.4 billion back then, (and in case you’re wondering how much that is today, it’s approx $23 billion apparently). One time mate of Hitler, Heinrich Luitpold Himmler stopped goose stepping in 1945. Creator of neon lighting, Georges Claude, saw everything go very dark in 1960. Lorreta Mary Aiken or Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley was no longer out on a limb from 1975. Ninth President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun stopped eating dogs in 2009. Finally, Indian cricketer Madhav Krishnaji Mantri went through the gate in 2014.


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