Births begin with John III King of Portugal and the Algarves who was a portly baby in 1502. British Prime Minister Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool calmed down after birth in 1770. Early day fop and fashion designer who got a name check on 30th March when he didn’t need his breeches, George Bryan ‘Beau’ Brummell gets another go today as he was suited to be born in 1778. Dad to deluded Austrian born dictator with a penchant for open topped Mercs, large scale rallies and baggy trousers, Alois Schicklgruber (or Hitler as he became known), was a real b’stard himself when born in 1837. Norwegian of the day is silent film actor and speaking actor when on stage, Thorleif Brinck Lund made some noise in 1880. Inventor of the Apgar score for newly born babies, Virginia Apgar had to fend for herself after birth in 1909. Actress Jessica Alice Tandy arrived in the still of night back in 1909. Noted wit, actor and committed member of the ‘Rat Pack’, Dino Paul Crocetti but better known as Dean Martin found himself part of the action in 1917. Film director who teamed up with Ismail Merchant, James Francis Ivory had a room with a view in 1928. Ex-Mrs Denholm Elliott and wildlife campaigner Virginia A McKenna was born free in 1931. My mum Lorraine popped out in 1939. Welsh born creosote enthusiast with the open shirt and medallion who gave up dying his hair last year, Thomas Jones Woodward, (or just Tom Jones), found out he woke up crying in 1940. Northern Oirish actor hitched to Natasha Richardson and known for his role in Schindler’s List, (another great new Cockney rhyming slang term) Liam Neeson had the full entourage when delivered in 1952. Diminutive recorder of dull records who had a penchant for purple, Prince Rogers Nelson or ‘Squiggle’ was soft and wet back in 1958. Painter of dots, pickler of cut up sharks and cows, sticker of diamonds to skulls, putting a medicine cabinet together and somehow making a fortune out of these activities, Damien Steven Hirst should make a half eaten birthday cake to celebrate his 51st birthday thereby making another statement about ‘art’. Prince Joachim of Denmark, Count of Monpezat was honoured to be born this day in 1969. Chief singer of ‘Ging Gang Gooly’ and marshmallow burner, Edward Michael ‘Bear’ Grylls was a born survivor in 1974. Russian grunter and hitter of tennis balls over a net, Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova’s mum served an ace in 1981.
Death wise, the person Alex Salmond wanted to be – Robert I/Robert the Bruce – King of Scots lost his last fight, with life, in 1329. Keeping with the ancient Royal theme, King of Prussia Frederick William III left his tunic hanging up from 1840. Founder of First Hawaiian Bank, Charles Reed Bishop left a hefty deposit when he passed in 1915. Harlean Harlow Carpenter but known to cinema goers as sex symbol Jean Harlow, was more the dead vamp from 1937. Computer scientist and mathematician who helped develop codes to crack the messages on Enigma machines, Alan Mathison Turing ran out of permutations in 1954. Broadway/film actress with the mink shawl draped round her shoulders, Judy Holliday vacated her dressing room in 1965. Writer of various class based books Edward Morgan Forster got to see where angles fear to tread in 1970. Man with the best make up in America, born Francis Factor but known as Max Factor Jr., needed more blusher after this day in 1996. Bolivian President Ángel Victor Paz Estenssoro deselected from life in 2001. Finally, American serial killer Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez or Richard Ramirez went before ‘Old Sparky’ got him in 2013.