Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th August

Births today begin with Margaretha Geertruida ‘Margareet’ MacLeod, (née Zelle), aka Dutch spy Mata Hari, who shimmied her way through in 1876. Swedish, (though born in Copenhagen), earlier version of Robin Cousins who won gold sliding around an ice rink at the 1908 London Olympics, Karl Emil Julius Ulrich Salchow wobbled into existence in 1877. Actress known for playing Glinda the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz film, Mary William Ethelbert Appleton ‘Billie’ Burke started having breakfast in Hollywood from 1884. Fellow actress Ann Harding had a westwards passage in 1901. Having mentioned Benito Mussolini on 28th July when he was born here’s his dopplegänger, (before he grew the beard) top Scouse comedian and standup Alexi David Sayle was one of the young ones in 1952. Shouter to heavy metal band Iron Maiden, (along with flying commercial aeroplanes and presenting radio shows), Paul Bruce Dickinson has become a tattooed millionaire since being born in 1958. Star of dull sci-fi series The X Files (as opposed to dull music programme The X Factor), David William Duchovny had his first full frontal in 1960. ‘Comedian’ Brian Paul Conley found which way up to be born in 1961. Co-founder of internet based encyclopedia Wikipedia Jimmy Donal ‘Jimbo’ Wales had all the right information (for once) as he arrived in 1996. DJ/television presenter Alexander Zane Reid Lowe, got his break in Auckland back in 1973. Living Norwegian of the day, grunter of indecipherable lyrics to another death metal band, Kristian Eivind Espedal or ‘Gaahl’ shouted his way through in 1975. Also born that year, actress Charlize Theron wasn’t trapped given she got out..

After yesterday’s dead Pope extravaganza, you’ll be pleased to hear there aren’t any featuring in this post so I’ll begin with Swede credited with being one of the founders of modern chemistry Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius didn’t manage to reach the bottom of the test tube from 1848. 19th President of Mexico Mariano Arista probably didn’t miss the Marachi bands after 1855. Scientist who studied lakes and was considered the founder of limnology François-Alphonse Forel, found he started to study earth from 1912. The other half of outstanding film duo Laurel & Hardy, Oliver Norvell ‘Babe’ Hardy had his final mess in 1957. Actress of stage, television and film, born Shirley H. Grossman but known on the film credits as Grayson Hall had her one life to live come to an end in 1985. Camille Chamoun, seventh President of Lebanon heaved a sigh of relief knowing he’d not be responsible for any more rebuilding projects from 1987. Actor who (apparently) looked like U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, John Robert Anderson took the hallelujah trail in 1992. Paul Neal ‘Red’ Adair, who was known for fighting fires was finally put out for good in 2004, as was ornithologist and conservationist Colin Bibby who twitched for the last time. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day goes to ex-politician Hans Hammond Rosebach who represented a small town in Southern Norway called Kristiansand, before getting elevated to national parliament and then having his last call in 2012.


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