Today’s births paragraph starts with Nordic cartographer who not only mapped Greenland first, but also named places there from old folk songs, Claudius Clavus got his co-ordinates right in 1388. Producer of films such as Casablanca and Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral, Aaron Blum Wolowicz (or Harold Brent ‘Hal’ Wallis), showed true grit during his birth in 1898. Brylcreemed 25th President of Guatemala Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán took on the family name from his dad in 1913. Having mentioned Hop Along Cassidy a couple of days ago, here’s The Lone Ranger – Jack Carlton (Clayton) Moore, who ride into town back in 1914. Norwegian of the day, Harry Danielsen led the independence movement against his mum in 1936. Also born that year, snapper of the stars Terence Donovan focused on being delivered. Architect who’s responsible for The Shard in London, The New York Times Building in New York and Osaka Airport to name but three buildings, Renzo Piano made it through the bullseye window in 1937. 181st Prime Minister of Greece Konstantinos Alexandrou Karamanlis stood again a few minutes after his first faltering steps sometime after his birth in 1956. Second Norwegian of the day, leather lace wearing bequiffed lead singer with A-ha Morten Harket has had his birthday cast in steel from 1959. Namesake and mascot of Wendy’s Burgers, Melinda Lou ‘Wendy’ Morse/Thomas, pressed her way through in 1961. Prime Minister and then President of Russia, until he was ‘replaced’ by Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev was told when his birthday would be in 1965. Tattooed and talented singer, Amy Jade Whitehouse found her day came in 1983.
As for deaths, Pope Stephen V found he didn’t quite get to Lourdes in time back in 891. Another war loving Syrian ruler, Imad ad-Din Zengi found his time was up in 1146. Yet another Pope, this one Pope Adrian VI took a new vow of silence in 1523. John Harvard, who’s got an Ivy League University named after him learned the hard way about death in 1638. French monk and poster boy for Moët & Chandon, Dom Pierre Pérignon went flat in 1715. Known not only for defeating Napoleon but also for being British Prime Minister, along with his boots, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington had his last hurrah! in 1852. Given the British PM gets a mench here, it only seems right to give the 25th President of the United States of America, William McKinley a nod given he was assassinated in 1901. First President of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk had his ‘hoar Tuesday’ in 1937. Short lived third President of Afghanistan, Nur Muhammad Taraki lost the pillow fight in 1979. Actress who graduated to royalty, Grace Patricia Kelly crashed out in 1982. Guinness drinking King of Mambo, Dámaso Pérez Prado spun round for the last time in 1989. Bow tied celebrity chef who was partial to guzzling a bottle of wine while cooking, and another whilst eating, Keith Floyd found himself burnt in 2009, also not making it through that year was Patrick Swayze who became a ghost. Finally, creator of various boring drawn out game shows, (think Crystal Maze), Jacques Antoine solved the conundrum in 2012.