Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st July

Today’s posting starts way back in 1143 when 78th Emperor of Japan Emperor Nijō, started having his hair pulled up. 50th French Prime Minister Eugéne Henri Brisson advocated being born in 1835. Sebastian Spering Kresge founder of S. S. Kresge Company which was renamed to become Kmart Corporation was no longer free on board from 1867. Great cartoon producer known for his work on classic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Frederick Clinton ‘Fred’ Quimby was quite animated in 1886. Television producer responsible for various tedious game shows (including Family Feud/Family Fortunes, The Price is Right and What’s My Line?) William S. ‘Bill’ Todman was a bit quizzical back in 1916. Lawyer and founder of Amnesty International Peter Benenson (born Peter James Henry Solomon), was himself free in 1921. Actor Donald Patrick ‘Don’ Murray started doing childish things in 1929. 6ft 9in (2.06m in new money) actor Theodore Crawford ‘Ted’ Cassidy lurched forth in 1932. Comedian/game show host Robert ‘Roy’ Walker headlined for the first time in 1940. Younger bro of the Dimbleby clan, respected journo Jonathan Dimbleby became a public face in 1944. Top English act tor Richard Thomas Griffiths (Uncle Monty in Withnail & I) started having bedtime stories read to him from 1947. Latter day David Dimbleby, Andrew William Stevenson Marr started the week in 1959. Actor and martial artist Wesley Snipes had an appearing act in 1962. Another famous Reigate resident Quentin Leo Cook, now known as Norman Quentin Cook or Fatboy Slim found he’s come a long way since being a baby back in 1963. Writer of dull books based on a boy wizard with round glasses, (which is where my interest in this matter finishes), Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling or as she’s also known by the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith – left the chamber of secrets in 1965. Actress Amelia Fox had a few (non) silent witnesses at her birth in 1974.

Deaths include, among others, earlier version of Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury William Courtney stopped nibbling bread and swigging wine in 1396. King of Portugal and the Algarves, John V stopped rattling his Rosary beads in 1750. Indian freedom fighter Dheeran Chinnamalai found his ultimate freedom in 1805. 17th President of the United States of America, Andrew Johnson was unable to reconstruct himself after 1875. Singer James Travis ‘Jim’ Reeves wondered is it really over? in 1964. One of the few Belgians to feature here, Paul-Henri Spaak, ex-Prime Minister didn’t get to drink another fruit beer after 1972. Indian singer Mohammad Rafi left the backing band waiting in 1980. Canadian ice hockey player Albert Leduc pucked off in 1990. Considered one of the greatest footballers England has seen, Sir Robert William ‘Bobby’ Robson obviously wasn’t too good to go down in 2009. Finally, founder of Pukka Pies Trevor Storer must have ate all of them before keeling over in 2013.


Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th July

We begin today’s posting with eminent writer of Wuthering Heights and third sis of the clan, Emily Jane Brontë had a good reception when born in 1818. Also born that year -Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Heemskerk Abrahamszoon started trying to say his name. Competitor of Thomas Cook – founder of Lunn Poly, Henry Simpson Lunn ventured forth in 1859. Despite his later promise of being able to get your car in any colour so long as it’s black, I’m unsure whether Henry Ford got the idea from only having brown nappies in 1863. Another Henry, this one specialising in semi abstract bronze sculptures, Henry Moore busted out in 1898. Known for his blues singing and guitar plucking , George ‘Buddy’ Guy found his life was in the beginning from 1936. Inventor of useful things, (think pocket calculator) and not so useful, (think the C5), Sir Clive Sinclair will be using his calculator to work out his age, (it’s 76 this year Sir Clive). Singer/songwriter Paul Albert Anka may have been a lonely boy in 1941. Former Mr Universe, 38th Governor of California and ex-plugger of some insurance comparison site whilst singing along with meerkats Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger found himself a junior, but not a twin in 1947. Having mentioned writer of the book Wuthering Heights, (above), here’s warbler to the song of the same name, Catherine ‘Kate’ Bush was breathing from today in 1958. Also taking a leap into the world that year is multi medal winning Olympic athlete Francis Morgan Ayodélé ‘Daley’ Thompson. Having retired from kicking balls around a pitch, Jürgen Klinsmann now coach of the United States football team, (read soccer my American fans!), hopefully had a clean sheet when delivered in 1964. Actor Simon Baker made his mum sweat a bit during labour in 1969. Two time Academy Award (Oscar) winning actress Hilary Swank was the million dollar baby to her parents in 1974. Severely disgraced, (and rightly so), singer and convicted serious sexual predator Ian Watkins will be spending his third year behind bars whilst trying to celebrate his 39th birthday.

Deaths start with another Pope, this time it’s Pope Benedict I who vacated the Vatican in 579. Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg had the distinction of not only being the first Chancellor of Germany but also having a tub and drinking game named after him, yet found himself sunk in 1898. Emperor of Japan, Emperor Meiji/Meiji the Great saw to it that he didn’t have to pose for any more pictures after 1912. Founder of various football clubs, (FC Zurich and FC Barcelona to name but two), Joan/Hans Gamper was more than offside in 1930. Sir Joseph Cook, sixth Prime Minister of Australia couldn’t put any more prawns on the barbie after 1947. English actress with a theatre on Broadway named after her, Lynn Fontanne ended her days in Wisconsin back in 1983. Host of American children’s television show ‘Howdy Doody’, Robert Emil Schmidt or Buffalo Bob Smith said ‘Good Byeeee’ in 1998. Founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records, Samuel Cornelius Phillips had his last sunset in 2003. Having mentioned Ernst Ingmar Bergman a couple of weeks ago when he started making noise, here he is again given he found the silence in 2007. Finally, Norwegian of the day is drug spokesman and television personality Nini Stoltenberg had the plug pulled in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th July

Births today begin with colourful trouser wearing ex-cabinet minister of Britain Michael Portillo who now travels around with birthday boy George Bradshaw’s guide in hand and led the way in 1810. In a slightly different league, Alexi Sayle looky likey who ended up dangling from a service station, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini dictated his entrance to the world in 1883. Golden boy at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, William Horatio Powell had the heavenly body (apparently) in 1892. Business tycoon responsible for the world’s cheapest car and Air India, Jehangir Ratanji Dadbhoy Tata took off in 1904. Probable tinnitus sufferer best known for guitar amplifiers bearing his name, James Charles ‘Jim’ Marshall turned it up to 11 in 1923. Actor Lloyd Wolfe Bochner thought it seemed like a good idea at the time to be born in 1924. Known for playing Paulie ‘Walnut’ Gualtieri in The Sporanos Genaro Anthony ‘Tony’ Sirico, may have had the fairly odd parents in 1942. Another actor, this one Michael ‘Mike’ Starr had his initial baby’s day out in 1950. Member of the E Street band, thereby keeping up the tradition of wives joining their husband’s bands, Mrs B. Springsteen – Vivienne Patricia ‘Patti’ Scialfa found out you can’t go back after born in 1953. Controversial Bollywood actor Sanjay Balraj Dutt found no problem with his birth in 1959. Ex-inhabitant of children’s television ‘the broom cupboard’, (where he should have stayed), Andi Eleazu Peters had a smooth entrance to the world in 1970. Singer with R&B group Boyz II Men (and lower chart botherers after their number one hit, which in my opinion was a number two), Wayná Jermaine Morris has been doin’ just fine since 1973. Hip-hop musician Joseph Edgar Foreman but better known by the stage name ‘Afroman’, was waiting to inhale in 1974.

Dead Norwegian of the day goes to King of Norway Olaf II Haroldsson or St Olaf found himself known as Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae from this day in 1030. Next up are two Popes sharing the same name but are unlikely to be down with the kids – first is Pope Urban II who had to confess this was his last day in 1099, whilst in 1644 Pope Urban VIII failed the infallibility test. Leading light in the abolition of slavery, William Wilberforce managed to abolish himself in 1833. Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Jr, went the same way as his old man in 1844. One eared dauber of wheat fields (among other things) Vincent Willem van Gogh had his final shot at life (and lost) in 1890. King of Italy with the rather splendid moustache, Umberto I stopped strutting about the place in 1900. Singer Ellen Naomi Cohen, but known as either Cass Elliott or Mama Cass, found it’s not getting better in 1974. Olympic weightlifter and film actor who managed to pick up the odd job, Toshiyuki ‘Harold’ Sakata literally had his burial in 1982. James David Graham Niven found it was more a matter of death than life in 1983. Actor in depressing soap opera EastEnders, children’s entertainer and comedian, Michael ‘Mike’ Read had his final runaround in 2007. Finally, Punjabi singer Ishmeet Singh lost his voice in 2008.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th July

Another quiet(ish) day on both births and deaths – that said, we start with founder of piano company bearing his surname, Ignaz Bösendorfer had an equal temperament in 1796. Well known children’s author, (and lesser known sheep breeder), Helen Beatrix Potter started to plot her life from 1866. Inventor of airtight food containers featuring half his surname, Earl Silas Tupper managed to break the seal in 1907. Having mentioned 37th First Lady of the United States of America, Jacqueline Lee ‘Jacquie’ Onassis, (née Bouvier), on 19th May when they managed to prise the sunglasses off her, here she is again given she put her hands over her eyes when delivered in 1929. Retired over enthusiastic weatherman who got the pointing and vague weather forecasts to a T, Ian McCaskill must have had some wind in 1938. Voice actor who’s credited with various animated films Peter Claver Cullen, was one of the little rascals in 1941. Late mate of ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and proponent of Marxist/Leninist theory whilst enjoying better conditions than his subjects, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was born equal to everyone in 1954. Piano tinkling singer Beverley Craven wasn’t holding on given she appeared to the world in 1963. Hairy ‘comedian’ with a penchant for stalking and ex-mate of toothy/speccy camp comedian Alan Carr, Justin Lee Collins was the first and last child for his parents in 1974.

As for deaths, Pope Victor II has had an extended spiritual exhortation since 1057. Wife of Prince Leo of Armenia who had 16(!) children, Keran of Lampron – Queen of Armenia, probably died of exhaustion in 1285. Rodrigo de Bastidas who’s credited with sketching out the north coast of South America and discovering fraudster John Darwin’s favourite place, (Panama), started exploring his local graveyard in 1527. Having had Gérard Depardieu portray Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, the big nosed poet found he couldn’t breathe through it from today in 1665. Composer of various violin concertos known as The Four Seasons, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi experienced his autumn year in 1741. Joining him nine years later in 1750, Johan Sebastian Bach became a decomposing composer. Nathan Mayer, Friherr von Rothschild, second generation in the family bank had his ultimate withdrawal in 1836. Stage and screen actress who was first wife of luvvie Larry Olivier, Jill Esmond found the prompter surplus to requirements in 1990. Norwegian of the day, economist Trygve Haavelmo got his figures wrong given he died in 1999. Finally, actor James Saburo Shigeta died hard in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th July

After yesterday’s near mega posting, things have tailed off a bit today and given we don’t appear to have featured a Norwegian of the day for a little while, here’s Jacob Aall to rectify that given he arrived on time in 1773. General in the Confederate States Army, prior to which he was in the House of Representatives, Thomas Lanier Clingman thankfully didn’t cling on for too long in 1812. Sixth President of Portugal António José de Almeida started his medical research in 1866. Known for his aeroplane company bearing the family name, Geoffrey de Havilland pushed back in 1882. Vincent Canby, the New York Times film critic who reviewed in excess of 1,000 films (some of which he must have liked), had his first close up scene in 1927. Henry Patterson or Jack Higgins if you read his books started his first chapter in 1929. Ex-member of the red team before jumping ship with a few others and ultimately being one of the select few in the yellow corner -senior Liberal Democrat Shirley Williams was first past the post in 1930. Known for his role in Ironside, actor Donald Poe ‘Don’ Galloway entered the world at the general hospital in 1937. Co-creator of exceedingly dull game Dungeons & Dragons, Ernest Gary Gygax started to enjoy real life in 1938. Best known for his role in boring soap opera Knots Landing, actor John Pleshette premiered in 1942. Former captain of the Australian cricket team, Allan Robert Border wasn’t a blocker in 1955. British champion at Scrabble Allan (5) Simmonds (13) didn’t cheat on his birthdate back in 1957. One half of gold medal winning duo for England whilst wobbling around on ice skates at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, Christopher Colin Dean didn’t experience the death drop in 1958. Actor and son to a former Australian Prime Minister, Julian Dana William McMahon had a premonition about being born in 1968. Irish hurler Diarmuid O’Sullivan threw himself into things back in 1978.

As for deaths, Pope Celestine I served 10 years working Sundays before retiring permanently in 432. Having researched colour blindness in people and working on atomic theory in his spare time, John Dalton saw everything go white, (or was it black?) in 1844. Having mentioned his forebear above, here’s 100th Prime Minister of Portugal António de Oliveira Salazar, who released his grip in 1970. Act tor James Neville Mason thought heaven waited long enough for him given he died in 1984. Inventor of ice resurfacer at ice rinks which bears his name, Frank Zamboni went cold in 1988. Womaniser, super featherweight boxer, better known golfer, ‘comedian’ and actor Leslie Townes ‘Bob’ Hope became a worm burner in 2003. Singer and husband to Cyd Charisse, Alvin Morris (or Tony Martin as he was known), went back to nature in 2012. Also not making it through that year is actor Geoffrey Hughes who failed to keep his appearance up. Finally, co-founder of Russian Internet search engine Yandex, Ilya Valentinovich Segalovich froze in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th July

Births seem to have picked up somewhat today, so without any further ado we’ll kick off with non relation to dress staining impeached President of the United States of America, William Jefferson Clinton – George Clinton, (not the funkster I mentioned on 22nd July either, but fourth Vice President of the US of A found he had his own Declaration of Independence in 1739. 19th President of Mexico José Mariano Buenaventura Ignacio Nepomuceno García de Arista Nuez took all of the space up in the name box on his birth certificate in 1802. Nobel prize winner for Literature, writer of Pygmalion and co-founder of bolshy student establishment, London School of Economics, George Bernard Shaw showed his immaturity in 1856. Film and stage actor Lars Mauritz Hanson made it through the wings in 1886. Godalming (Surrey) born writer and pacifist with the alternative name, Aldous Leonard Huxley entered a brave new world in 1894. 29th President of Chile Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens started socialising in 1908. Sidekick to Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy, Vivian Roberta Jones/Vance, decided to take a chance on being born in 1909. William Blake Crump, or Blake Edwards – husband to Julie Andrews and director of great film franchise The Pink Panther, brought his smoke along in 1922. Actor whom I remember from The Dukes of Hazard, though he’d been in numerous things before that, Jewel Jules Franklin Guy, or as he was known professionally, James Best, burst through in 1926. Eighth President of Italy, Francesco Cossiga was leaning a bit after being born in 1928, also entering the world that year with his eyes wide shut was film director Stanley Kubrick. Another person born that year is dad to the Jackson clan, (the one’s who seem to think owning chimps as pets, wearing a spangly glove, moonwalking, popping copious amounts of various pills and wearing a bowler hat as the norm), Joseph Walter ‘Joe’ Jackson slipped into the world. Pro-Queen, (as in British monarch not the rock band), supporter who ran Southern Hemisphere continent full of snakes, spiders and bar-b-q’s, 25th Prime Minister of Australia John Winston Howard had his folks saying ‘Strewth’ in 1939. Original rubber lips, dad, grandad, great grandad and soon to be dad (again), geriatric singer Michael Philip ‘Mick’ Jagger got his mum to start him up in 1943. Glamorous pensioner (to some) and acclaimed actress Helen Lydia Mironoff (or Mirren as her Equity card states), had her first experience of a theatre in 1945. Having sort of mentioned his band above, drummer Roger Meadows Taylor managed to break free in 1949. Seeing as various other leaders of their respective country get a shout out, it seems only right to mention corrupt politician, Mr ex-Benazir Buhtto and 11th President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari has been truthful about his birthday since 1955. American actor who’s adopted England as his home, Kevin Spacey Fowler had his outbreak in 1959. Miss Congeniality Sandra Annette Bullock had a premonition about being born in 1954, whilst a year later in 1965, Mr Selfridge actor Jeremy Piven had his first entourage. Daughter of late and great sit-com actor Richard, Kathrin Romary Beckinsale has told nothing but the truth over her birthdate since 1973.

Thankfully deaths are slightly lighter on the ground and we start with Pietro Barbo or Pope Paul II who didn’t get another view of St Peter’s Square after 1471. Having commissioned the Royal Pavilion in Brighton (East Sussex) George IV of the United Kingdom breathed his last at Windsor Castle in 1830. Born in Austria, Prince Otto Freidrich Ludwig of Bavaria, ended up as King of Greece under the Convention of London found himself in a slightly larger ottoman box (a coffin) in 1867. Argentine First Lady, María Eva Duarte de Perón stopped making money in 1952 and let Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber start doing so in her name back in 1976. Three time Prime Minister of Greece Nikolaos Plastiras abstained from life in 1953. Polling pioneer George Gallop obviously didn’t gauge opinion on dying in 1984. Serial killer and body snatcher Edward Theodore Gein got to join the other dead people in 1984. Carry On/sit-com actor Owen John ‘Terry’ Scott gave up bumbling about whilst shouting ‘Juuune’ after today in 1994. Inventor of both Pop Rocks (popping candy) and Cool Whip (imitation whipped cream), Dr. William A. ‘Bill’ Mitchell popped his clogs in 2004. Singer/songwriter John Weldon Cale or as he was better known, JJ Cale has been outside looking in since 2013. Finally, pioneer of controversial shale gas extraction George Phydias Mitchell stopped producing methane in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th July

Today’s posting begins with ancient Duke of Poland Casimir I the Restorer who was a quiet child from 1016. Having mentioned Peter Sellers only yesterday and his sparring partner Burt Kwouk (his sparring partner in the Pink Panther films) on 18th July, here we have real life Japanese warlord Katō Kiyomsa Ho who came out fighting in 1561. Credited with introducing various fir trees to Britain, earlier version of David Bellamy – David Douglas must have been a prickly baby in 1799. British Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour started to cross the floor about nine months after being born in 1848. Gavrilo Princip who ultimately started World War One invaded the world in 1894. Actor in many a western film, Lyman Wakefield Perrin who went onto become known as Luke (not Reggie) Perrin, was certainly underage in 1896. Indian singer Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer started warming his voice up from 1908. Arms (but not legs) dealer from Saudi Arabia Adnan Khashoggi felt the heat when born in 1935. Now widow to the late and great David Bowie, model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid found the way out in 1955. Unrespectful ‘donutting’ host of Top Gear, and star of unamusing sit-com Friends, Matthew Steven ‘Matt’ LeBlanc was top of the heap in 1967. First ever IVF (test tube) baby in the world, Louise Joy Brown had a slightly different view of things in 1978. Yodeler and performer of Alpine folk music, (the long winter nights must just fly by in her house), Stefanie Anke Hertel started her career by screaming in 1979. Racing driver Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, or Nelson Piquet Junior, son of racing driver Nelson Piquet, was under starters orders in 1985.

As for people at the other end of their life, Pope Innocent VIII took over from Sixtus IV and was succeeded by (after the white smoke) Alexander VI in 1492. Founder of Kabbalah, (which a few celebs followed before jumping on the next bandwagon), Jewish mystic Rabbi Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi was mystified to find out yesterday in 1572 was his last full day on earth. Flashers favourite person, inventor of coat incorporating his name, Charles Mackintosh didn’t precipitate his demise in 1843. 12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent, didn’t get to have his last order in 1973. Dad to Liza Minnelli and husband to Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli entered the cabin in the sky in 1986. Co-owner of iconic New York nightclub Studio 54 Steve Rubell had his last jig in 1989. Finally, last surviving soldier from the First World War Henry John ‘Harry’ Patch surrendered in 2009.