Births today start with Anne of Austria, born in 1573 who went onto become consort of Poland, Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania, and, not content with those titles, she also added Queen consort of Sweden to the list. Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia, (but born in Wales), didn’t revolt when born in 1888. Sixth Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin began breathing in 1913. Known for playing Davy Crockett, actor Fess Elisha Parker Jr. let out his first battle cry in 1924. NASA astronaut Stuart Allen ‘Stu’ Roosa made it through the air lock in 1933. Singer/actress Revoyda Frierson who found success as Ketty Lester was queen for a day from 1934. Ex-shuffler of papers and pronouncer of unpronounceable names on the news, George ‘Trevor’ McDonald made his presence known in 1939. Another journo who did pretty much the same thing but in a self named newsround for children, and now known for wearing various jumpers whilst wandering around Britain, John Raymond Craven started circulating in 1940. Having played Terrance Aubrey ‘Boycie’ Boyce in excellent BBC sit-com ‘Only Fools and Horses’, John Challis was born this morning in 1942. Fashion designer Katherine Hamnett CHOSE LIFE in 1947. 13th President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yar’Adua convinced his mum to be born in 1951. Also born that year, real life Muppet (performer) Richard Hunt had his first cord cut. Three people were born in 1954: first up, performer with Kool & the Gang James Warren ‘J.T.’ Taylor gave his parents something to celebrate! Next up is film director of mainly sci-fi films (yawn), and two of the biggest grossing films (apparently), James Francis Cameron also directed things back then. Finally, cat impressionist and ironically a member of the Respect Party, George Galloway probably argued his way out. Convert to celebrity religion Kabbalah, continually changing pop star who’s shifted a few million discs over the years, Madonna (Louise Ciccone) had her first bedtime time story in 1958. Star of American version of The Office, (which was nowhere near as good as the original), Steven John ‘Steve’ Carell found it was open season in 1962. Ex-squeeze of HRH Prince Ted who’s been on various television programmes, Eva Ulrika Jonsson made her moved in 1967. Italian pedlar and Olympic gold medalist Fabio Casartelli found the slipstream in 1970. Popular Indian actor Sajid (now Saif) Ali Khan, won the race in 1970. Offensive and (normally) amusing comedian Francis Martin Patrick ‘Frankie’ Boyle, (seemingly no relation to Susan), didn’t cause any controversy when delivered in 1972. Actress who’s pretty much based her career on Harry Potter films, Evanna Lynch did her own Houdini act in 1991.
As for deaths, 19th century mystic Gadadhar Chatterji or Gadadhar Chattopadhyay or Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who then abbreviated it to Ramakrishna had the mystery as to when he’d die taken away from him in 1886. Pharmacist and inventor of rust busting/tooth decaying drink Coca Cola, John Pemberton went flat in 1888. Inventor of the Bunsen burner, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen ran out of gas in 1899. Having not mentioned a Norwegian for a few days, here’s Carl Theodore Schultz to make up for it and who started pushing up his daises from 1914. Splendid moustache wearer whilst donned in his military uniform, Peter I of Serbia King of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes retreated in 1921. Baseball player George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth Jr. ran himself out in 1948. Hungarian actor who portrayed Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, Béla Ferenc Deszō Blaskó, or just Bela Lugosi had the death kiss in 1956. Las Vegas and Teddy Boy’s favourite who was the biggest male singer, (in more ways than one), Elvis Aaron Presley munched his last peanut butter and fried squirrel sarnie in his spangly jumpsuit back in 1977. Estranged wife of Rudolph Valentino, silent film actress born Harriet Ackers, but known as Jean Acker passed without comment in 1978. 13th Prime Minister of Canada John George Diefenbaker stopped ordering people about in 1979. Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan started having visions of Allah in 2002. Also not making it through that year, actor (before he was blacklisted), Jeff Corey had the premonition of death. Corrupt, human rights denier and generally deluded third President of Uganda, Idi Amin found what dying was all about in 2003. Finally, Princess Lalla Amina of Morocco left the tagine unwashed from 2012.