Births today include, among others, (and take a deep breath before even trying to read the following name) – Lili’u Loloku Walania Kamaka’eha/Lydia Kamaka’eha Pākī or as she became known, Liliuokalani Queen of the Hawaiian Islands made sure she got her money’s worth from the birth registrar in 1838. Co-founder of sports manufacturer bearing his name, ex-baseball player Albert Goodwill Spalding cleared the dugout in 1849. Norwegian of the day, writer and activist Hans Jæger became a lot more active after 1854. The great named radiochemist and Nobel prize winning chemist Frederick Soddy, was a little sod from 1877. Munchkin actor from The Wizard of Oz, Meinhardt Frank Raabe, started to grow to all of three feet six inches (or 1.067 metres in new money) from 1915. Corrupt second President of Kenya Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, started his ‘nyayo’ a few months after birth in 1924. Known for his roles in The Beatles films, the rather Italian sounding Vittorio Giorgio Andre ‘Victor’ Spinetti was actually born in Wales and started his own magical mystery tour in 1929. Not a Martha, or a Vandella, Rosalind ‘Roz’ Ashford-Holmes used her natural resources to get into the world back in 1943. Veteran newsreader who sometimes stumbles over her words whilst people suffer Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Moira Clare Ruby Stuart started to make the headlines in 1949. Winner of various tennis tournaments around the world, ball (and net), hitter James Scott ‘Jimmy’ Connors rallied in 1952. Founder of Cirque du Soleil, the circus without animals or clowns, Guy Laliberté swung into action in 1959. Second Norwegian of the day, Eddie Izzard looky likey Kristin Halvorsen elected to be born in 1960. Having starred in the dire Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as well as sci-fi (yawn) trilogy The Matrix, Keanu Charles Reeves had his point blank moment in 1962. Olympic gold medal winning pugilist Lennox Claudius Lewis took his first dive in 1965, and a year later in 1966 Salma Hayek started watching the grown ups.
As for deaths, seventh emperor of the Quing dynasty Aisin Gioro Yongyan or the Jiaqing Emperor didn’t get to eat any more insects and rice from 1820. Having got a town, college and bridge named after him, respected bridge builder Thomas Telford engineered his own death in 1834. Prime Minister of Greece Constantine Kanaris/ Canaris, found he stopped eating kebabs from today in 1877. Post impressionist painter Henri Julien Félix Rousseau kicked his easel for the last time in 1910. Founder of the gravy train that is the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin didn’t get any more rings from 1937. President with the little wispy beard, Nguyễn Sinh Cung or Nguyễn Tầt Thánh aka Nguyễn Ái Quồc, or to you and me the person with a city and airport named in his honour Hố Chi Minh didn’t lead the way after 1969. Writer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, (double yawn), John Roland Reuel Tolkien was six feet closer to middle earth from 1973. Having mentioned tap dancing, trumpet playing secondary smoker Roy Castle a mere three days ago when he celebrated his birthday, here he is again given he didn’t get to use his birthday presents after today in 1994. Pioneering heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard found his one gave up on him in 2001. Star of Gilligan’s Island Robert Osbourne ‘Bob’ Denver didn’t need his little buddy from 2005, whilst in 2013 ex-host of Juke Box Jury David Lewis Jacobs scored a miss.