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.