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.