Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th September

We start today’s births paragraph with Girolamo Masci (or, not wanting to disappoint all those Pope fans out there), Pope Nicholas IV found he didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1227. Next up is the person every cleansing manager, (and operative), in councils around the world bemoan for his invention, chewing gum – William Wrigley Jr. started chomping in 1861. Novelist Truman Streckfus Persons but went by the name of Truman Garcia Capote, didn’t get his first breakfast at Tiffany’s, (well not unless that’s what his mum was called) in 1924. Mum to shouting/screaming singer Whitney, singer Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston, (née Drinkard), was face to face with her mother in 1933. Crooner John Royce ‘Johnny’ Mathis wasn’t too much, too little or too late for his parents in 1935. It goes without saying Ian Raymond Ogilvy was a saintly child from 1943. Having mentioned glam rocker Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld), on 16th September when he took a career defining moment, by taking on a tree (and losing), here he is again given he had his first make over in 1947. Member of Polish nobility with a coat of arms to prove it, ex-Mrs D. Waterman – Róźa Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, or as her equity card says, Rula Lenska had both feet in the cot from 1947. Writer of science fiction/fantasy (double yawn) books, S(tephen) M(ichael) Sterling started his back story in 1953. Co-founder of Sun Microsystems who’s made a few quid from backing Google, Andreas ‘Andy’ von Bechtolsheim started networking in 1955. Model/actress Monica Anna Maria Bellucci didn’t look back when delivered in 1964. Sometime fairly amusing comedian who’s muscled into acting, Omid Djalili wondered what now? after his his birth in 1964. Norwegian of the day goes to author with the swept back hair and Royal Mrs, Ari Mikael Behn (or Bjørshol), started life in more modest surroundings in Århus back in 1972. Also born that year, Indian singer Shantanu Mukherjee/Shaan started making some noise. Five time Grand Slam (tennis) winner, Martina Hingis didn’t hit the net when delivered in 1980.

There aren’t that many deaths to report on today, but we do start with Archbishop of Canterbury Saint Honorius who had his initial audience with God in 653. King of West Francia Louis IV, lost his spot on the coins way back in 954. Dutch bronze medalist in team military pistol shooting at the 1900 Olympics, Anthony Ahasuerus Hendrik Sweijs culled himself in 1937. Iconic actor, (apparently), James Byron Dean managed to bring his career to a crashing halt in 1955. Seismologist with the earthquake meter named after him, Charles Francis Richter had a reading of zero in 1985. Having pedalled from Sweden to Mount Everest and then climbing it (without oxygen or a Sherpa), Göran Kropp found himself in a slightly different bivvy bag from 2002. Finally, defence attorney to OJ Simpson during his murder trial and dad to various boring self publicising children Robert George Kardashian was unable to keep up with the rest of his family from 2003.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th September

We start today’s posting with dauber of large walls who went by his surname, but before I reveal who it is, here’s his full name: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was a colourful child from 1571. Having not got a Pope to mention today, religious figure to feature goes to Thomas Tennison who went onto become Archbishop of Canterbury but didn’t get to be born again after 1636. The man with his column proudly on display in central London, Horatio Nelson set sail on life’s great journeys back in 1758. Born José Miguel Ramón Adaucto Fernández y Félix but known as Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico was a ray of sunshine in his parents lives from 1786. There’s no guessing what László Biró invented, but he did write himself into history back in 1899. Not wanting to be out done by President Victoria, Miguel Alemán Valdés, 46th President of Mexico waited until this day in 1902 to arrive. Actor Trevor Howard saw the way ahead in 1913. Legendary cartoonist Ronald ‘Carl’ Giles, who was mentioned back in August when he dropped his pens, gets another mention given he was his grandma’s favourite from 1916. Film noire actress, Lizabeth Virginia Scott found it wasn’t too late for tears in 1922. Writer of numerous books about dull policeman Inspector Morse – (Norman) Colin Dexter, was as good as gold in 1930. Actress/sex symbol Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was way, way out in 1931. Indian actor Mehmood Ali flickered into life in 1932. Original rock’n’roll singer and plonker of the ivories, Jerry Lee Lewis didn’t quite have great balls of fire when born in 1935. Scandal ridden, young ‘model’ appreciating, television station owning, lecherous 50th Prime Minister of Italy – Silvio Berlusconi found his slippery ways in 1936. Another Prime Minister, this one with the slightly unfortunate name, Wim Kok didn’t labour his birth in 1938. Serial killer who took the trouble to hang himself prior to his conviction, Frederick Walter Stephen ‘Fred’ West merely dangled for a bit in 1941. Actor who was an antique dealer before going onto star in Game of Thrones, Ian David McShane was too scared to scream in 1942. Trade unionist, human rights activist and ex-Polish President, Lech Wałęsa found solidarity with his folks from 1943. Actress of stage, screen and television, Patricia Hodge made her debut in 1946. Jogger who bagged a couple of gold and silver gongs at various Olympics, Sebastian Newbold Coe broke the tape in 1956. We have birthday boy Alan McGee to thank for bringing us various bands, including Oasis, but it was his parents who first sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him a year after his birth in 1960. 27th Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Eileen Gillard didn’t put up any opposition to being born in 1961. Lead vocalist with Britpop band Suede, Brett Lewis Anderson was, according to his parents, one of the beautiful ones in 1967. Previous teen boy band singing idol before trying acting, Luke Damon Goss had his mum push in 1968. Known for her role in Wish You Were Here, Trigger’s daughter Emily Lloyd-Pack found a brand new world waiting for her in 1970. Meanwhile in 1978, Norwegian of the day – winner of the first series of Norwegian Pop Idol, Kurt Nielsen found his voice in 1978.

As for deaths, we see King Gustav I of Sweden set the precedent of being called Gustav before croaking it in 1560. Fellow King, this one Ferdinand VII of Spain found he didn’t have to put his extra large cape on again after 1833. Inventor of spluttering pollutant engine, (well before Volkswagen told everyone otherwise), named after him – Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel ran out of juice in 1913. Inventor of the electrocardiogram, Willem Einthoven flat lined in 1927. Poet Wystan Hugh (W.G) Auden had the funeral blues in 1973. Grandson of Henry Ford, the imaginatively named Henry Ford II reached the end of his particular line in 1987. Cartoonist responsible for creating The Addams Family, Charles Samuel ‘Chas’ Addams started having dear dead days from 1988. Brewing chief August Anheuser ‘Gussie’ Busch Jr., started to ferment himself in 1989. ‘Comedian’, television host and father in law to Phil Lynott, Leslie Douglas Sargent Crowther obviously got the price right for his funeral in 1996. Artist with the distinctive style, Roy Lichtenstein went pop in 1997. John Peel’s mate from classic BBC documentary A Life of Grime – compulsive hoarder Edmund Zygfryd Trebus couldn’t get anything else up his chuff from 2002. Miss Moneypenny, or to give her proper name – Lois Maxwell live and let died in 2007. Finally actor Bernard Schwartz or as he was probably better known, Tony Curtis found he liked it hot at his funeral in 2010.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th September

We start today’s posting with Chinese philosopher Confucius (or Kong Qiu/Zhongni/ Kongzi or even Kong Fuzi), must have been somewhat confused with his surroundings after arriving into the world way back in 552 BC. Inventor of the ballcock, (but not the flushing toilet as is widely believed),Thomas Crapper left his first mark on society in 1836. Physicist responsible for discovering gamma rays, Paul Ulrich Villard looked radiant after birth in 1860. Hiranuma Kiichirō sadistic Japanese Prime Minister for eight months in 1939, also made his mum suffer during childbirth in 1867. One of the most famous American television hosts to have been on the box, Edward Vincent ‘Ed’ Sullivan was centre of attention in 1901. Actor who’s character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang still scares the bejesus out of me, Robert Helpmann did get caught by the child catcher (aka the nurse) in 1909. Actor William Windom started leaving ’em laughing from 1923. Sex symbol of her day before taking on the mantel of racial hate preacher and animal protector, Brigit Bardot began to grace the world from 1934. Soul and R&B singer Benjamin Earl King, who’s managed to cut that down to Ben E. King didn’t so much as stand by his parents as lie beside them in 1938. Fellow singer Elbridge ‘Al’ Bryant took temptation to another level given he arrived in 1939. Yet another singer, Helen Shapiro thought it was now or never in 1946. One hit wonder born Heidi Ster, but known as Jennifer Rush, found the power of love in 1960. If you thought Bob Geldof and Paula Yates gave their kids some pretty ‘exotic’ names, think again, as American rocker Frank Zappa should get that accolade given his daughter has walked around since 1967 answering to the name ‘Moon Unit Zappa’. Two time F1 champ, (who basically drove round a track 220 or so times the fastest), Mika Pauli Häkkinen overtook his mum in 1968. Ex-Mrs Manson and burlesque star, Dita Von Teese (or Heather Renée Sweet), wriggled her way through in 1972.

As for deaths, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus or Pompey the Great never got to visit Portsmouth before keeling over in 43BC. Distant relative of American musician who plasters his Facebook page with pleas to become vegan – Herman Melville, writer of Moby Dick finished his final chapter in life back in 1891. Micro biologist Louis Pasteur experienced pasteurisation himself in 1859. Founder of department stores with the big tower in Chicago bearing his surname, Richard Warren Sears closed for business in 1914. Star gazer Edwin Powell Hubble, (the one the telescope’s named after), found he was unable to focus from 1953. Aeroplane builder William Edward Boeing taxied off the planet in 1956. One of the Marx brothers, (and it’s not Karl), Adolph, or Arthur Duer Marx who was known as Harpo, found he couldn’t blow his horn from 1964. Not wanting to go a day without mentioning a Pope, here we have Pope John Paul I who landed the top job for all of, oohh, 33 days before going onto higher things in 1979. Having mentioned Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr., a week or so ago in honour of his birthday, here he is again given he stopped buying his wife shoes in 1989. Jazz musician and band leader Miles Dewey Davis III, not only ran out of puff but also stopped waving his arms about in 1991. Film producer who co-produced various James Bond films, Herschel ‘Harry’ Saltzman didn’t have his funeral in Berlin back in 1994. Dad to current Prime Minister of Canada who was himself 15th Canadian Prime Minister – Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau came to the end of his political, and personal, life in 2000. Finally, fellow Canadian who was not only part of the brewing dynasty, but also a senator – Hartland de Montarville Molson found his best before date was in 2002.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th September

You will be pleased to hear today’s listing contains not only two dead Popes, (more on them later), but the births of various musicians – one of which is, you’ve guessed it, Norwegian, along with other random people plucked from the information super bridleway. That said, we start with monarch from the House of Bourbon, (though whether this is the chocolate biscuit or type of whiskey hasn’t been recorded) – who ruled as not only King of France, but also Navarre, King Louis XIII of France and Louis II of Navarre de merged from his mum in 1601. American revolutionary leader now known for a beer named in his honour, Samuel Adams started to make a name for himself in 1722. Modest comedian, actor and magician who went with the titles, ‘The Great Ballantine’ and ‘The Amazing Ballantine’, (though whether he actually was will remain a mystery), entertainer Carl Ballantine appeared in a puff of smoke back in 1917. Baseball player/manager John Michael Paveskovich or Johnny Pesky may well have been a pesky child from 1919. Actor known for playing Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Muscogee (Creek) tribe member William ‘Will’ Sampson Jr., was born to the wind, (probably in more ways than one), in 1933. Black leather glove wearing 1970’s rocker with the sideburns, born Bernard William Jewry before renaming himself Shane Fenton and then settling on Alvin Stardust, had his first coo ca choo moment in 1942. One fourth of Canadian band bearing his name, Randolph Charles ‘Randy’ Bachman hadn’t seen anything yet in 1943. Un-amusing leek waving Welsh comedian/singer, Maxwell ‘Max’ Boyce started his incredible plan in 1943. Two years later in another part of the United Kingdom, Scottish singer Barbara Dickson had to wait another seven/eight months after January/February to make it into the world. Also born that year, Marvin Lee Aday, or Meat Loaf as he was also known, was welcomed to the neighbourhood. Actress best known for playing Frank Spencer’s wife in classic 1970’s BBC sit-com, ‘Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Michelle Dotrice was out of the unknown in 1948. Now we’re onto the Norwegian singer who represented his country in dull fest known as the Eurovision Song Contest no less than three times, Jahn Teigen got more than a ‘nil point’ with his family in 1949. Writer of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh wrote himself into the plot in 1958. Macro-biotic diet queen and ‘consciously uncoupled’ Mrs C Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow had great expectations after entering the world in 1972. Rapper Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., who adopted a slightly hipper name: Lil Wayne, hasn’t had a rebirth since 1982. Teen pop sensation born in Canada, (thankfully not Justin Bieber), but twice married tattooed singer Avril Lavigne had a happy ending in 1984.

Death wise, (as mentioned above), there are a further two Popes to mention today, so without any further ado, Pope Urban VII popped his velvet slippers off for the final time in 1590. He was followed by Pope Innocent XII who stopped wafting incense about in 1700. French dauber Edgar Degas did a great impression of a dead person in 1917. I remember mentioning composer Englebert Humperdink on 1st September, (given I thought he was the singer), when he started out in life, but here he is again seeing as he didn’t get to see another day from 1921. Actress who personified the ‘Roaring Twenties’, Clara Gordon Bow was beyond the rainbow from 1965. Actress, singer and comedienne with the crisp accent, Grace Stansfield or Dame Gracie Fields, found the show went on without her from 1979. American officer in United States Air Force, James Harold ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle has done exactly that since 1993. Indian singer Mahendra Kapoor hasn’t suffered any feedback from 2008. Finally, founder of fashion house Chloé Gabrielle ‘Gaby’ Aghion, (née Hanoka), cut her cloth a bit too much in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 26th September

Births today begin with non relation to Malcolm – Christian X, King of Denmark and Kristján X King of Iceland, started life in 1870 being dressed in girls clothes. Inventor of the bouncing bomb, Barnes Neville Wallis was himself a bouncing baby in 1887. Nobel laureate winner Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Elliott saw a different point of view from 1888. Rather than mentioning a dead Pope, I can actually report on one being born – yes, Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, or to give his shortened name, Pope Paul VI, had his first audience in 1897. Composer, pianist and subject of second rate Donna Summer hit, George Gershwin had his first tinkle in 1898. Red spy masquerading as an art historian, Anthony Frederick Blunt found himself on the right side of his family in 1907. Indian actor, producer etc with the garland of flowers around his neck, Dharamdev (Dev) Anand was welcomed to the world in 1923. Inventor of sickly and sugary drink Gatorade, James Robert Cade must have been a bit thirsty after being born in 1927. Nelson Mandela’s domineering ex-Mrs who likes to dance about on the spot, Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela or Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, was unleashed into the world back in 1936. Firebrand left wing actor and jailbird Eric (Ricky) Tomlinson saw red for the first time in 1939. Another television personality who’s known for her fiery character and no nonsense attitude, Anne Josephine Robinson is probably trying to purse her lips at being 72. Lead singer with Roxy Music who thinks he’s Mr. Cool, Bryan Ferry wasn’t quite sticking together with his mum in 1945. Overweight radical feminist Andrea Rita Dworkin didn’t get much say in being born female in 1946. English born Australian actress Olivia Newton John found her parents hopelessly devoted to her in 1948. Funny looking novelist/journo William Woodard ‘Will’ Self started the feeding frenzy in 1961. R&B singer with Boys II Men Shawn Patrick Stockman was a solo artist back in 1972. Muscular tennis playing sister with five Wimbledon titles and a gold gong from the London Olympics to her name, Serena Jameka Williams had the advantage in 1981. Actress Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn, who’s shortened that to Talulah Riley had her inception in 1985.

Deaths include, among others – mathematician Antoine Parent didn’t quite work out his last day in 1716. Davy Crockett wannabe – frontiersman Daniel Boone started exploring his coffin from 1820. Pioneer of denim jeans Levi Strauss, (or Löb Straß), wasn’t quite so riveted with life from 1902. Known for playing Maid Marian in the 1950’s television series, Bernadette O’Farrell found it wasn’t the beginning, rather the end for her in 1999. Singer Robert Palmer found his pressure drop in 2003. Actor who ventured into flogging various food sauces – Paul Leonard Newman, lost his appetite in 2008. Actress Gloria Stewart, (or rather Gloria Frances Stuart), became the invisible woman from 2010. Finally, Irish hurler Seán ‘Seánie’ Duggan showed his white flag in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th September

Today’s posting starts with Prime Minister of Great Britain – Henry Pelham, was first past the (bed) post in 1694. Chief mutineer on HMS Bounty, Fletcher Christian didn’t rebel over his birth date in 1764. Palaeontologist Karl Alfred von Zittel broke through the crust in 1839. Seventh Prime Minister of Australia, William Morris ‘Billy’ Hughes expelled himself for the very first time in 1862. Staying out in the Antipodes, 31st Prime Minister from the land of Kiwis and All Blacks, not forgetting their weak and gassy beer, Lion – Robert David ‘Rob’ Muldoon thought big in 1921. Spoonerism King and other half of The Two Ronnies, Ronald William George ‘Ronnie’ Barker had to wait a few years from 1929 before he could eat porridge. Another great comedy actor, Brian Trevor John Murphy – hen pecked husband to Yootha Joyce in classic 70’s sit-com George & Mildred, was hatched in 1932. Flamboyant Hindi actor Feroz Khan wasn’t a dancing dervish from 1939. Ex-sex maniac, son of Kirk and husband to Catherine, Michael Kirk Douglas shone through in 1944. Supplement queen and another 70’s sit-com star who found fame in The Good Life, Felicity Ann Kendall was in the theatre longer than thirty minutes in 1946. Other half to Linda, (no, not Paul), but Cecil Womack who wasn’t able to express himself in 1947. Superman, (until his horse bucked and put him in an electric wheelchair), otherwise known as Christopher Reeve, had his great escape in 1952. Actress Heather Deen Lockyear started going places from 1961. Willard Carroll ‘Will’ Smith Jr., was the fresh prince in 1968. Having mentioned her old man above, here’s his Mrs as Catherine Zeta Jones will also be trying to blow the candles out before tucking into the birthday cake in celebration of her 47th birthday. Cheating, (and now dead), cricketer Wessel Johannes ‘Hansie’ Cronje managed to fix his birthdate from 1969. Cheeky Geordie game show host, presenter of other dull programmes thought up by Simon Cowell’s company and who can forget their music, (actually, I’d like to do just that), Declan Joseph Oliver ‘Dec’ Donnelly, (or is it Ant McPartlin?), came to be in 1975. Model Jodie Kidd was a mere baby in 1978.

As for deaths, the Battle of Stamford Bridge occurred in 1066 leading to the deaths of Tostig Godwinson and Harald III of Norway, unfortunately, it was 950 years before José Mourinho was resident there. Pope Clement VII features given he went to meet his maker in 1534. Third son of timbrel enthusiasts William & Catherine, Herbert Henry Howard Booth stopped flogging The War Cry and found himself ‘promoted to glory’ in 1926. Etiquette expert Emily Post made her polite excuses and left us in 1960. Drummer with rock band Led Zeppelin, John Henry Bonham took his stairway to heaven in 1980. King of the Belgians, (though not too sure whether it was for the Walloons or Flemish), Léopold III abdicated in 1983. Actor Walter Pidgeon could have done with more than a two minute warning in 1984. Dead Norwegian of the day, linguist Hans Vogt found he lost his voice, (amongst other things) in 1986. Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie aka ‘the Butcher of Lyon’ hung on until 1991. Finally, singer Howard Andrew ‘Andy’ Williams certainly wasn’t warm and willing from 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th September

We start today’s posting not with a Pope, but fourth of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das was delivered on a wing and a prayer way back in 1534. Brewer of the black stuff in central Dublin, (and the only alcoholic drink that was available on the NHS), Arthur Guinness wet hopped it in 1725. The person have to thank for overly bright and blinking neon lighting, Georges Claude lit up his parents lives from 1870. Another five time Wimbledon Champion before getting bored with tennis and moving on to golf, field hockey and archery, Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Dod was all a quiver in 1871. Someone else who made a living out of building a global brand, Franklin Clarence Mars was all rest and play, with no work in 1882. Writer of The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (abbreviated to F. Scott Fitzgerald to fit on the dust jackets), didn’t go the same way as that story in 1896. Creator of The Muppets James Maury ‘Jim’ Henson found his own cord cut in 1936. Having mentioned both her son and daughter a couple of weeks back when it was their birthdays, it’s now their mum’s turn as chief triangle and tambourine player to to mention vegetarian microwave meal queen, Linda Louise McCartney, (née Eastman, formerly See), started to focus from 1941. Scouse songsmith Gerard ‘Gerry’ Marsden didn’t need a pacemaker when delivered in 1942. The day really wouldn’t be complete without a Norwegian of the day, and I don’t disappoint given Erik Hivju started out in 1947. Known for playing Det. Greg Medavoy in NYPD Blue, Gordon Clapp received light applause when born in 1948. Cyprus born entrepreneur who liked to try and break things on Dragon’s Den, Theo Paphitis will be getting Mrs P to break open the champers (or possibly pomange) in celebration of his 57th birthday. Miserablist comedian James Andrew Innes ‘Jack’ Dee was delivered lying down in 1961. Ex-ball kicker and team captain on dull sports quiz show ‘A Question of Sport’, Alastair Murdoch ‘Ally’ McCoist wasn’t offside when born 54 years ago. Another sports personality who won both gold and silver at the 2012 Olympics, Victoria Louise Pendleton was a descender in 1980.

Pope Liberius kicks the deaths paragraph off given he became a Holy Ghost in 366. Pepin the Short, King of the Franks, (though there are no records as to his height), found his time was up in 768. Another Pope, this one Pope Innocent II obviously had enough of pure thoughts in 1143. Serbian Grand Prince/King Stefan Nemanjic or Stefan the First Crowned, took his last vow in 1228. Emperor Pedro I of Brazil and King Pedro IV of Portugal and the Algarves was pretty subdued himself from 1834. Balloonist and parachutist Charles Leroux (born Joseph Johnson), bailed out of life in 1889. First Prime Minister of Sweden Louis Gerhard De Greer munched his last meatball in 1896. Physicist with the counter named after him, Johannes ‘Hans’ Wilhelm ‘Gengar’ Geiger went off the scale in 1945. Silent film star, Charles ‘Chuck’ Reisner started reducing from 1962. Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman TV Series (or James Neil Hamilton), saw the spotlight dim in 1984. Writer of the Dr. Suess books, Theodore Suess Geisel found he wasn’t going to get up from today in 1991. Finally, overworked actor Surendranatha Thilakan had his make up artist do one more days work in 2012.