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.


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