Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th August

People who have/are receiving a piece of overpriced card with a corny caption on it include, among others, founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well as Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Henry Bergh obviously didn’t factor in the pain caused to his mum during birth in 1911. Andrew Fisher, (not the grumpy ex-landlord from The Skimmington Cadyle on Reigate Heath), but fifth Prime Minister from the land of Oz had a high satisfaction rating in 1862. Star of over 100 films spanning 50 years, Barry Sullivan may have thought he was the immortal in 1912. Known for her role in Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman found it was only a matter of time before her debut in 1915. Having mentioned gap toothed luvvie and older brother to David five days ago when he died, here’s Richard Attenborough again as he staged his great escape in 1923. Singer born Ruth Lee Jones, but known as Dinah Washington, thought, (wrongly), ‘I’ll never be free’ given she arrived in 1923. Donald Marshall Gray, who changed his first name to Charles and is probably better known as Blofeld in the James Bond film, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, had the heart of a child in 1928. Leading singer of Laikó, Stelianos ‘Stelios’ Kazantzidis, (who’s not featured in my record collection, funnily enough), found he woke his parents from this day in 1931. F1 shunter born in Belmont, Surrey, who got a mention on 15th June when he got the black flag, James Hunt gets another go seeing as he swerved his way through in 1947. Having started his career on a stage version of The Black and White Minstrel Show before taking on a slightly more challenging role in Othello, (via Tiswas), Lenworth George Henry, or just Lenny Henry was alive and kicking in 1958. Also born that year is monkey, (and allegedly young boys) liking, spangly glove wearing, black turned white, moonwalking, pill popping singer Michael Jackson. American celebrity chef, (we have a few of them here, however, being on one cooking programme doesn’t make you a ‘celebrity’), William Todd English battered his way through in 1960. Dirge singer with group the Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth (Liz) Davidson Fraser had both the milk and the kisses in 1963. One of the few German rugby union players, Alexander Hug got exactly that from his mum in 1984.

As for deaths, we have a dead Norwegian Royal as Eystein Magnusson Etstein I of, (guess where), Norway, hand his crown on to Sigurd in 1123. Not wanting to be outdone by previous Popes, Pope Pius VI joined his ‘brothers’ in 1799. Brigham Young, second president of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, (or Mormons), got bored of banging doors, (and having them slammed in his face), in 1877. Holder of US patent 59,915 for a pedal cycle, Pierre Lallement went downhill in 1891. Other co-founder of label Abercrombie & Fitch, David Thomas Abercrombie obviously got too cold standing about in his underpants outside his store in 1931. Adolphus Busch III brewer of gassy American lager went flat in 1946. Third President of Ireland Éamon de Valera, or George de Valero swigged his last pint of the black stuff in 1975. Having mentioned Ingrid Bergman, (above), she’s one of those unfortunate people who left the world the same day she was born, in 1982. First President of Egypt, Muhammad Naguib left the camel rides to someone else from 1984. Actor Lee Marvin didn’t need to die a thousand times, given he succeeded in 1987. Finally, French Prime Minister Pierre Joseph Auguste Messmer has been a long time dead, given he rolled over in 2007.

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