Today sees the following born this day, beginning with – Elizabeth I of England, who started to ‘video et taceo’ from 1533. Straggly bearded explorer of Australia who’s now got a road named after him out there, (somewhere), John McDouall Stuart had his first expedition in 1815. Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Henry Campbell-Bannerman lost a deposit shortly after arriving into the world back in 1836. John Pierpont ‘Jack’ J.P. Morgan Jr., who took over the family bank when his old man ‘moved on’ found today was his cut off time in 1867. Co-founder of temperamental computer equipment company with William Hewlett, David Packard spewed out in 1912. Actor John Anthony Quayle accepted the challenge in 1913. Harri Webb, no, not the perpetual ‘Peter Pan of Pop’, Victoria Beckham looky likey and hair dye enthusiast, but Welsh poet was lost for words in 1920. Continuing with the Welsh theme, designer of everything floral, Laura Ashley (née Mountney), fell down for the first time in 1925. Voice over artist responsible for Scooby Doo, Bam Bam Rubble, and Mutley in Wacky Races, (among others), Donald Earl ‘Don’ Messick found his voice in 1926. Philanthropist Eugene, (later to become John), Paul Getty was pretty pumped about his arrival in 1932. Two time Prime Minister of Lebanon Omar Abdul Hamid Karami had his work cut out during birth in 1934. Bespectacled pop star of the 1950’s, Charles Hardin ‘Buddy’ Holley/Holly, was slippin’ and slidin’ in 1936. Fourth President of Indonesia with his little hat, Abdurrahman ad-Dakhil, now known as Abdurrahman Wahid had a natural awakening in 1940. Disco singer and gay icon, Gloria Gaynor has managed to survive to being 67. Lead singer with the distinctive voice, Christine Ellen ‘Chrissy’ Hynde didn’t stop her sobbing in 1951. One hit wonder William Jermaine Stewart didn’t have a lot of say in having his clothes taken off from 1957. Actor who starred in dire re-make of classic sit-com Dad’s Army, Toby Jones’s parents weren’t dropping the baby from 1967.
As for deaths, it’s a very quiet day, so much so we start in 1978 when Keith Moon found his Ketamine pill popping, hotel room destroying, heavy drinking and stuffing explosives down toilets days over. Australia’s best wicket keeper Donald ‘Don’ Tallon bailed out in 1984. Actor born Earl Stanley Morner, who used the pseudonym Richard Stanley before settling on Dennis Morgan found God was his co-pilot from 1994. Corrupt embezzler Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga, (born Joseph-Desiré Mobutu), President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (now Zaire) – the one with what looks like a leopard print tea cosy on his head, hasn’t really been missed since 1997. Television executive Bruce Gyngell switched off in 2000. Older sis to Aretha, Erma Vernice Franklin found the choir assembled in the church for her funeral in 2002. Also not making it through that year, gun designer Gotthard Glas who is probably better known as Uziel ‘Uzi’ Gal had his final shot at life, and lost. Singer known for his song, ‘Werewolves of London’, Warren William Zevon found life’ll kill ya in 2003. Finally, actor William Glenn Shadix had an empty mirror from 2010.