Births today begin with member of landed gentry John de Warrene 7th (and last) Warrene Earl of Surrey found what a lovely place it is to live in from 1286. Ancient King of France, Charles VIII was an affable baby from 1470. Earlier incarnation of David Bellamy, Abraham Lincoln looky likey and best mate of Charles Darwin, Joseph Dalton Hooker saw the meaning of evolution first hand in 1817. German rower, (as in boats not arguing), Franz Kröwerath found he was an outrigger from 1880. Early day film actress Margaret Derden Philpott/Madge Bellamy found mother knows best from 1899. Having mentioned Joseph-Michel Montgolfier a few days ago, here’s the inventor of the modern hot air balloon, Paul Edward Yost was full of wind himself in 1919. American version of Paul Daniels, (though minus the toupée), Harry Blackstone Jr. entered the world in a puff of smoke in 1935. Member of Motown group the Supremes, Florence Glenda Chapman (née Ballard), was shown baby love from 1943. Founding member of children’s band ‘The Wriggles’, Murray James Cook took his time being born in 1960. Goth rocker and chart botherer with group All About Eve back in the late 1980’s/early 90’s, Julie Ann Regan wasn’t phased about being born in 1962. Ear biting tattooed faced pugilist and wooden actor, Michael Gerard ‘Mike’ Tyson had his first weigh in 50 years ago. Already retired younger brother to clumsy skier Michael, racing driver Ralph Schumacher took pole position in 1975. Geordie pop minstrel with a rose tattoo across her bottom (apparently) and sometime judge on boring show – the X Factor, Cheryl Ann Fernandez Versini (née Tweedy, formerly Cole) had her name called for the first time in 1983. Most decorated Olympian of all time, doggy paddler Michael Fred Phelps II freestyled it in 1985.
As for deaths, these include English pirate (for all of about a year and before the Somalis took over the franchise), John Quelch walked the plank in 1704. Charles Julius Guiteau, assassin of James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States of America didn’t hang around for long after being convicted in 1882. Champion fencer, (not the sort between you and your neighbour but swords), Alphonse Kirchoffer disengaged in 1913. First Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Andrass Samuelsen missed his 81st birthday by a day. Keeping with the Scandinavian theme, dead Norwegian of the day is silent film actor Thorleif Brinck Lund went quietly in 1956. Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky, Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev and Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov astronauts on the Soyuz 11 space mission all came back to earth with a bump in 1971. English javelin and discus throwing record holder, Louie Fawcett crossed the scratch line in 1990. Indian politician Sarhib Singh Verma’s world collided with a truck in 2007, and lost. Finally, seventh Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Yezernitsky who rebranded himself as Yitzhak Shamir, started having stones left on his headstone from 2012.
Births today begin with inventor of boat propellers, Joseph (Josef) Ludwig Franz Ressel powered forth in 1793. Numerous medal and odd hat wearer with the distinctive moustache, Peter I King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was delivered to the nation in 1844. 15th President of Chile, Pedro Elías Pablo Montt Montt was successful in his first bid for life in 1849. Co-designer of the Panama Canal now with a bridge and ship named after him, George Washington Goethals found the birth canal shortened in 1858. Melbourne Australia based gangster Joseph Theodore Leslie ‘Squizzy’ Taylor was a little sod from day one in 1888. Actress who debuted in Citizen Kane and went onto star in All My Children, Ruth Elizabeth Warrick issued a secret command to let her mum know she was ready to be born in 1915. Singer Eva Narcissus Boyd or Little Eva steamed through in 1943. Fifth President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga joined the freedom movement in 1945. Lead singer with Australian band Men at Work, Colin James Hay’s mum must have wondered who can it be now? when he came along in 1953. The rather unfortunately named 98th Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Anthony Nutter cracked it and was born in 1957. Ex-squeeze to Adam Ant who propped up the bar of The Woolpack in dull soap opera Emmerdale, (among other work), Amanda Donohoe castaway in 1962. Pedal and dope enthusiast not to mention old team mate of Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie suffered a dropout in 1973. Previous member of some pop group and ex-girlfriend of Lewis Hamilton, Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Vallente or just Nicole Scherzinger didn’t hold her breath in 1978. Latter day Vera Lynn, Katherine Jenkins premiered in 1980.
Deaths are a bit thin on the ground, but we start with Able, King of Denmark and Duke of Schleswig who found he was unable to breath from 1252. Second President of Brazil, Floriano Vieira Peixoto went the way of Deodoro da Fonseca, the first President in 1895. Silent film star, Roscoe Conkling ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle slimmed down considerably from 1933. Leggy and buxom actress Vera Jayne Palmer, (or Jayne Mansfield), took a wrong turn in 1967. Another actress Julia Jean Turner, who went by the stage name Lana Turner, had her homecoming moment in 1995. Dead Norwegian of the day – computer scientist Ole-Johan Dahl froze permanently in 2002. Recognised as one of Hollywood’s finest, Katharine Houghton Hepburn found she didn’t get any further awards from 2003. Finally, actor Don Matheson had his voyage to the bottom of the grave plot in 2014.
We start today’s posting with Spanish hating Gian Pietro Carafa or Pope Paul IV who was a mere laity in 1476. Continuing with the Catholic theme, six time married (before they frowned on divorce) and Pope disagreer, Tudor King Henry VIII of England decreed it was his time in 1491. Teetotal hymn writing founder of Methodism, John Wesley felt the love in 1703. Dogging enthusiast, (as in founding the dog show named after him), Charles Alfred Cruft was well trained after being born in 1852. Prime Minister of France, Pierre Laval held the balance of power in 1883. Ex-Cabinet Minister in Britain with the hangdog expression, William Stephen Ian ‘Willie’ Whitelaw had a commencement order in 1918. Continuing the political theme, ninth Indian Prime Minister, Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao didn’t debate about being delivered in 1921. Melvin James Kaminsky who’s probably better known as Mel Brooks, was unsure to be or not to be this day in 1926. Real life Mr Creosote, child abuser and ex-Cabinet member who got everything hushed up about him, Cyril Smith popped out in 1928. President of Brazil, Itamar Augusto Cautiero Franco bobbed along in 1930. Top sit-com actor in ‘Are You Being Served?’, Frederick John Inman was free in 1935. One fat lady, Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elise Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright kept the birth registrar busy in 1947. A year later in 1948, Tennessee actress Kathleen Doyle ‘Kathy’ Bates showed signs of life. Controversial writer Adrian Anthony (A.A.) Gill must have been an objectionable baby in 1954. Actor John Paul Cusack made it through the thin red line in 1966. Tall daughter of short F1 mogul Bernie, Tamara Ecclestone Rutland was under starter’s orders in 1984.
The deaths paragraph also starts with a Pope, this one III before the one above, given Pope Paul I gave wearing sandals and wafting incense about a rest from 767. Roman emperor Louis the Blind was also Louis the Dead in 928. Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović ruler of Serbia opted for the eternal heavenly kingdom option in 1389. Fourth President of the United States of America, James Madison Jr., found he ran out of time in 1836. Lesser known mate of James Butler ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, John Baker ‘Texas Jack’ Omohundro headed west in 1880. 33rd, 37th and 41st Prime Minister of France, Jules Armand Stanislas Dufaure never got to see the Élysée Palace again after 1881. Fourth President of Brazil, Dr. Manuel Ferraz de Campos Sales left the sash off from 1913. Precipitator of the First World War, with a Scottish band named after him, Archduke Franz Ferdinand drew his last breath in 1914. Cricketer Victor Thomas Trumper probably let out more than a trump before dying in 1915. Actress Irene Joan Marion Sims didn’t get to carry on in 2001. Finally, ex-manager of band with the extreme make up – Kiss, as well as producing Supermarket Sweep (well before Dale Winton got to hear about it), William ‘Bill’ Aucoin saw the end game in 2010.
Today’s posting begins with King of France and Naples, Louis XII wasn’t a usurper in 1462. Continuing the ancient French royal theme, King Charles IX was feeling ruff in 1550. Having mentioned co-founder of Southwest Airlines yesterday when he died, here’s the founder of Pan American World Airways – the aptly named Juan Terry Tripp flew out in 1899. Extensive Geordie, (Newcastle, England for my foreign friends), writer of books Catherine Cookson (or rather Catherine McMullen), was a novel addition to the family in 1906. IT billionaire and maverick politico who’s thrown his Stetson into American Presidential race on two occasions, Henry Ross Perot downloaded successfully in 1930. Taller, un-amusing half of ‘comedy’ duo Cannon & Ball, Thomas Derbyshire or Tommy Cannon as he’s known professionally, had the open spot in 1938. Living Norwegian of the day goes to actress Kjersti Døvigen who started wearing thick woolly jumpers this day in 1943. Eighth President of Ireland Mary Patricia McAleese reconciled to be being born in 1951. Another non-amusing comedian Feroza ‘Meera’ Syal had her goodness gracious me moment in 1961. West End musical luvvie and extensive talker on BBC Radio 2, Michael Ashley Ball was centre stage in 1962. Stern faced nanny Joanne ‘Jo’ Frost had her first time out in 1971. Second living Norwegian, black metaller Olve Eikemo has so far been immortal given he’s now 43. Singer/songwriter with Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Bingham Nash was in the early years from 1976. South African born English (thanks to his mum), cricketer Kevin Peter Pietersen has reached 36 not out and should celebrate by having a duck. F1 driver who’s yet to win the championship, Nico Erik Rosberg was under starters orders in 1985.
As for people dying, founder of the Sikh Empire Maharaja Ranjit Singh loosened the turban in 1839. First President of the Church of Christ of the Latter Day Saints, (or Mormons to you and me), Joseph Smith Jr. found his days of door knocking and annoying people over in 1844. Dead Norwegian of the day, Ragna Wettergreen had everyone convinced with her death scene in 1958. Not only an English tennis player (who lifted the Wimbledon trophy five times), but also a golfer and field hockey player who picked up a silver medal for archery at the 1908 Olympic Games, Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Dod had her last quiver in 1960. Known for bringing James Bond to life (yawn), Albert Romolo Broccoli found you don’t live twice in 1996. Actor John Uhler ‘Jack’ Lemmon III wasn’t one of those who liked it hot in 2001 given he’s buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles. Having gone to Las Vegas, John ‘The Ox’ Entwhistle found his life ended in a hotel room with a stripper/groupie after suffering a heart attack, so no guessing what they were up to. One third of The Three Degrees Fayette Regina Pinkney made sure it was Two Degrees in 2009. Finally, another fan of the Colombian marching powder, (other drugs are available), Robert Dwayne ‘Bobby’ Womack found it’s all over now in 2014.
Earliest official to be called President of Yale College, Thomas Clap starts today’s posting given he had a round of applause when delivered in 1703. Lesser known artist and poet brother to the Brontë sisters, Branwell Brontë started spouting incomprehensible sentences back in 1817. Nazi’s favourite aeroplane maker before branching out into little three wheeled cars, Wilhelm Emil ‘Willy’ Messerschmidt designed his entrance to the world in 1898. Also born that year is Lewis Burwell ‘Chesty’ Puller, who’s not an adult entertainer but an American soldier with so many medals you could hardly see the left side of his jacket. Stetson wearing Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk otherwise known as Elvis Presley’s manager Thomas Andrew ‘Colonel Tom’ Parker left the womb in 1909. Known for designing the iconic ‘I (insert heart) New York’ logo, among others – Milton Glaser had a good bounce rate in 1929. Band mate of Van Morrison and young lady admirer Bill Wyman, Clive Powell or as he’s better known Georgie Fame had his first getaway in 1943. Morose singer Christopher Joseph ‘Chris’ Isaac’s mum found someone crying, which turned out to be her son in 1956. Three time winner of the Tour de France (without drugs), Gregory James ‘Greg’ LeMond had his first experience of a pusher in 1961. Another person born that year, singer with one hit wonder band, Berlin – Terri Kathleen Nunn took her mum’s breath away. Member of odd Finnish metal band Lordi, Jussi Antero Sydänmaa didn’t get to wear anything but a towel after being born in 1973.
As for deaths, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier co-inventor of the hot air balloon ran out of air himself in 1810. Prince of Monaco and Duke of Valentinois Albert I, sunk to 6ft (or 1.829m) in 1922. Third President of Czechoslovakia Emil Dominik Josef Hácha, stopped swigging cheap beer in 1945. 11th Prime Minister of Canada, Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett found himself the only former PM of his country not to be buried there, given he sourced a quiet plot to rest in Michelham, Dorking (Surrey) from 1947. Maggie T’s other half, mac and hat wearing Sir Dennis Thatcher stopped drinking G&T’s at his golf club from 2003. Wearer of garish blazers whilst presenting long running game show Countdown, John Richard Whiteley nibbled his last gypsy creme in 2005. Finally, co-founder of American budget airline, Southwest Airlines Rollin W. King was permanently grounded in 2014.
Today’s births begin with Beatrice of England, not the rather funny looking daughter of Sarah ‘Toesucker’ Ferguson and Prince Andy, but daughter of Henry III of England and Eleanor of Provence joined the house of Plantagenet in 1242. Early day surgeon Wilhelm Fabry made it into the world back in 1560, without the aid of a machine that went ping. Serial bed jumper and Prince Chas’s favourite uncle, born Prince Louis of Mountbatten, but to give him his full name Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, launched himself off in 1900. Keeping with the royal theme, Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu of Japan started wearing braid in 1902. Born Eric Arthur Blair, (no relation to charades expert Lionel, or the unhinged Tony), in India – writer George Orwell came out for air in 1903. Boss eyed winged chair hogger in his dinner jacket whilst reading Odd Odes on That’s Life, Cyril Fletcher pinned back his lug holes for the first time in 1913. Vishwanath Pratap (V.P.) Singh Prime Minister of India for all of about eleven months had his direct action day in 1931. Pop artist credited with creating iconic album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (among others), Peter Thomas Blake has been drawing on life’s experiences since 1932. Lead singer with group bearing his name – Harold Melvin was reaching for the world in 1939. Non relation to Paul, fellow singer Carly Simon isn’t so vain about reaching 71. Older brother to Neil, but still a leading light in his own bands, Kiwi born Brian Timothy ‘Tim’ Finn found it runs in the family 64 years ago. Reading (Berkshire) most famous son, Ricky Dene Gervais grinned his way into life back in 1961, whilst a year later in 1962 large framed omnipresent quiz show panellist Phillip Christopher Swan, or just Phil Jupitus, didn’t realise he had his first audience. Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou also known as George Michael ex-singer with teen girls favourite band Wham! found his freedom in 1963, but that was before he was banged up in 1998 after being caught in a public toilet in Beverley Hills after a careless whisper, (amongst, ahem, other things). Actress known for playing Kelly Gaines in un-amusing sitcom Cheers, Jackie Swanson started the baby talk in 1963. The rather unfortunately named model Michele Merkin doesn’t need proof about being born in 1975. Great actress Sheridan Smith had her eyes down in 1981.
Having dealt with the births above, we now turn our attention to deaths, and to this end Pope Cornelius made sure the fire was started in 253. Niels, King of Denmark found his reign over in 1134. Mum to Eleanor of England (above), chose today of all days to call it a day in 1291. French musketeer Charles Ogier de-Batz Castlemore d’Artagnan found it was all for one in 1673. The Custer Brothers – Boston, George Armstrong and Thomas all took their last stand at the Battle of the Bighorn in 1876. Animator David ‘Dave’ Fleischer found his stop motion moment came in 1979. Underwater diver who was mentioned a couple of weeks ago in honour of his birthday, Jacques Cousteau found his overground air tanks (his lungs) stopped working in 1997. Charlie’s Angel Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett became a real life angel in 2009. Finally, also not making it through that year, sparkly glove wearing, moon walking, chimp owning fan of young boys, Michael Joseph Jackson the bleached skinned fan of propofol and benzodiazepine found out this really was it for him.
We kick the births paragraph off with chief finger pointer and poster boy for the army in the First World War, Horatio Herbert Kitchener got his first medal in 1850. Prince George of Greece and Denmark (the one with the waxed moustache), had spilt loyalties from 1869. Older brother to Walt and co-founder of cartoon company, Roy Oliver Disney was quite animated after being born in 1893. Charles Hollis ‘Chuck’ Taylor, known for throwing a ball through a hoop as well as his legendary canvas boots had a fast break in 1901. Not the lead singer with heavy rock band AC/DC, but commentator with the rather more genteel sport of cricket, Brian Alexander Johnson (Johnners) was all out in 1912. Previous President of Chile, Eduardo Alfredo Juan Bernardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle lowered gradually into the world back in 1942. Wallington (Surrey) born guitarist with various bands, Geoffrey Arnold ‘Jeff’ Beck plucked his way through in 1944. Also born that year is ‘alternative’ flamboyant singer Arthur Wilton Brown who set his parents world on fire. Ex-Mayor of New York, George Elmer Pataki has been in the running for his birthday every year since 1945. Fan of drinking a bottle of brandy whilst banging out a beat on the drums, Maui resident Michael John Kells ‘Mick’ Fleetwood will probably be sipping mint tea celebrating his 69th birthday whilst his band mates bicker around him. Reggae encyclopaedia and radio DJ, David Michael Rodigan shouldn’t need to smoke the Jamaican tobacco for him to enjoy his 65th year on the planet. Pioneer of electronic music who then let the side down by founding the dire Atomic Kitten, George Andrew ‘Andy’ McCluskey didn’t so much talk as scream loud and clear in 1959. Given we haven’t had a Norwegian for a few days, Erik Poppe solves that given he popped out in 1960. One half of band Tears for Fears, Curt Smith was born from the seeds of love in 1961. Non drug taking cyclist, (now there’s a novelty eh Lance, Bjarne, Robert Miller et al), Robbie McEwen had a baby head in 1972. Very tall (6ft 6ins, or in new money, 1.98m) cricketer, Stuart Christopher John Broad bowled his family over in 1986.
Deathwise, (I don’t think this person is from Harry Potter), Higbald of Lindisfarne ran out of time in 803. Founder of Chinese pot makers and head of Ming Empire, Hongwu Emperor found himself in the earth in 1398. 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America, Stephen Grover Cleveland lost the body guards in 1908. Another English comedian who died too young, Anthony John ‘Tony’ Hancock didn’t get to donate another armful of blood given he expired in 1968. Third President of the National Hockey League, Clarence Sutherland Campbell hasn’t left the sin bin since 1984. Known for playing George Banks in Mary Poppins, actor David Cecil MacAlister Tomlinson found the magic box in 2000. Cocaine using Ex-Prime Minister of Italy Emilio Colombo was resigned to dying in 2013. Finally, star of various dull Westerns, (among others), Eli Herschel Wallach became the ghost writer in 2014.