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.