We start today’s posting with inventor of the steam digester forerunner to the steam engine and pressure cooker, Denis Papin released the pressure in his mum stomach from 1647. I’d take deep breath before trying to say, Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga, but turned into the slightly easier to say Pope Leo XI arrived on the scene in 1760. Composer Claude-Achille Debussy made the right impression when born in 1862. Fan of a little grey suit, red book and hair dye, Chairman of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, Deng Xiaoping was equal with the rest of the country in 1904. Known for his photo journalism Henri Cartier-Bresson was fully developed in 1908. Great blues guitarist/singer John Lee Hooker was born in Mississippi (in 1917), and raised in Tennessee. Ex-Bond girl who went onto star in The Avengers, Honor Blackman had her breakaway moment in 1925. Leader of coalition troops during Operation Desert Storm Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf invaded the world himself in 1934. Champion coloured ball dropper (in the right order), Steve Davis had his first flagrant foul in 1957. Co-founder of Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal found out what a mad world it was in 1961. Also born that year, Deborah Mary ‘Debbi’ Peterson saw a different light. Another singer, Myra Ellen Amos or Tori Amos as she’s better known sparked into life back in 1963. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had his best laid plans realised in 1967.
Death wise, poor old Pope Gregory IX gave way (after the white smoke) to Pope Celestine IV in 1241. The next one to stop wafting incense about and talk Latin from a balcony in 1280 is Pope Nicholas III. King of France, Philip VI wasn’t terribly fortunate this day in 1350. Isabella of France, but Queen of England decided to follow eight years later by calling it a day in 1358. Continuing the old royal theme, occupier of a car park in Coventry, (without getting a ticket), Richard III found his time was up during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with more hair on his face than his head, Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury fell out of his chair in 1903. Subject of a film about his life, self confessed member of the IRA Michael Collins found the bullet with his name on it in 1922. 21st President of Brazil Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira left his sash hanging from 1976. First President of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta gave up going on safari from 1978. Founder of aeroplane manufacturer bearing his name, James Smith ‘Mac’ McDonnell found himself permanently grounded from 1980. Co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey Percy Newton found the party was over in 1989. Premier of Tasmania Sir Walter Angus Bethune, got a good view over the Tasman Sea from 2004. One half of husband and wife song writing duo Ashford & Simpson, Nickolas Ashford didn’t get one more try given he rolled over in 2011. Finally, also breathing his last that year was Jerome ‘Jerry’ Lieber, (the composer not the lyricist), that was the other one.