Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th June

Emperor of Russia Peter Alexeyevich or Peter I who was also known as Peter the Great, started having portraits painted from 1672. Early day train spotter George Stephenson gauged opinion before arriving in 1781. Slightly better looking American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Albert Porter may well have liked New York but he was delivered in Indiana back in 1891. First Norwegian of the day, (not to mention being well down on the pecking order for the British throne, 77th at the last count), is no less than Ragnhild Alexandra Lorentzen, Princess of Norway who was the first Norwegian Princess to be born on Norwegian soil in 629 years, (she also holds the record here for the amount of times her home country is mentioned). Singer Jack Leroy ‘Jackie’ Wilson Jr. or ‘Mr Entertainment’ started his baby workout from 1934. Unamusing and difficult to understand comedian who’s also a fan of hair dye, Yacov Moshe Maza or Jackie Mason started out in 1936. Baghdad born media man and art collector, Charles Saatchi advertised his arrival in 1943. Known as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future films, Michael Andrew (J) Fox saw the light of day for the first time in 1961. Dog smuggler into Australia, mate of Tim Burton and one of the most imitated characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean (yawn) John Christopher ‘Johnny’ Depp II made it through the sleepy hollow in 1963. Second Norwegian of the day goes to death metaller Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen/Samoth/Zamoth started making unrecognisable noises from 1974. Actress Neta-Lee Hershlag or Natalie Portman had no strings attached in 1981. Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark started acting up in 1983.

People dying are somewhat thin on the ground yet we start with Roman Emperor with a chain of coffee shops named after him, Nero (or Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) has been remembered in marble since 68. Prolific writer Charles John Huffam Dickens didn’t have great expectations about living after today in 1870. Lesser known Princess Helena, or Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein passed without comment in 1923. Keeping with the Royal theme, King of Thailand Ananda Mahidol or Rama VIII bit the bullet in 1946. William Maxwell ‘Max’ Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook ex-owner of tabloid rag The Daily Express hung his press pass up in 1964. American game show host Allen Ellsworth Ludden lost his password for good in 1981. Finally, one of the best ever comedy actors, Richard Michael ‘Rik’ Mayall found out the errors of the human body first hand in 2014.


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