Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th July

Welcome back! Without any further ado, we start with early adopter of the easel and paint smattered smock Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was no oil painting when born in 1606. Fan of sashes and padlocks/chains, Emmeline Pankhurst, (née Goulden), had a say as to when her birthday was from 1858. Jean Ray, Second President of the European Commission, started out in life in 1902 doing nothing and continued doing the same throughout it. Politician from the Tamil Nadu region in the Indian National Congress, Kumarasami Kamaraj saw his very first cabinet in 1903. Writer/philosopher, Jean Iris Murdoch became a word child a few years after being born in 1919. Known for his spat with Britain over the Falkland Islands, dictator and ex-leader of Argentina, Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri Castelli forced his way through in 1926. Popular, (as in the style of singing), Linda Maria Ronstadt found it’s so easy being delivered in 1946. Pete Waterman looky likey and more than one hit wonder Trevor Charles Horn found the art of noise in 1949. A year later, co-founder of sometime fairly amusing blog bearing her name, Arianna Huffington (née Stasinopoúlou), puffed her way out. Great actress who excelled in Acorn Antiques, (and who I had the pleasure of meeting last year), Celia Diana Savile Imrie didn’t suffer a hiccup when born in 1952. Not quite a member of the ’27 Club’, singer Ian Kevin Curtis certainly wasn’t still during birth in 1956. Also born that year, Marc Steven Bell or Marky Ramone started having pleasant dreams. Amazonian ex-Mrs of grunting bread salesman Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen wasn’t that tall when delivered to the world in 1963. Former singer of, ‘We’ll Keep the Red Flag Flying Here’, older bro to Ed and now in charge of Virgil, Scott, John, Alan and Gordon at the International Rescue Committee, David Wright Miliband experienced labour in 1965. Model/actress Diane Heidkrüger, who abbreviated that to Diane Kruger was the infiltrator in 1976.

Thankfully, it’s a bit of a quiet day on the deaths front, that said, we start with respected Russian writer Anton Pavlovich Chekhov checked out in 1904. Tallest ever human, Robert Pershing Wadlow who came in at 8ft 11.1 in, (or 2.72m in new money), must have had a few more undertakers carry his coffin in 1940. 49th President of Mexico Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Bolaños left the sombrero on its hook from 1979. Designer and founder of gaudy designer label bearing his name, Giovanni Maria Versace or just Gianni Versace found a bullet with his name on it in 1997. Founder of Naturally Fresh Inc as well as helping to set up Hooters, Robert Howell Brooks was anything but naturally fresh from 2006. Star of the black and white screen, Georgette Lizette ‘Googie’ Withers entered the dark world in 2011. Finally, American actress Celeste Holm didn’t get to say, ‘Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding’ in 2012.


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