Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st October

For those missing the births/deaths of Popes, wait no more, as Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli or Pope Clement XIV’s mum didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1705. Romantic poet John Keats could have been born two days earlier in 1795, but then again it may well have been today. I’m very glad I wasn’t the person who registered the birth of, (and take a deep breath), Luis Filipe Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcântara António Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis João Augusto Júlio Valfando, or to give his shorter title: King Luis I of Portugal and the Algarves back in 1838. Balloonist and parachutist born Joseph Johnson but known as Charles Leroux made a huge leap in 1856, though 239 jumps later he died. One of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Oliver Martin ‘Ollie’ Johnston Jr., thankfully didn’t draw out his birth in 1912. Steeplechase jockey turned crime writer, Richard Stanley ‘Dick’ Francis cleared his first hurdle in 1920. Also born that year, German photographer Helmut Newton wasn’t a negative child. Known for her role in dull soap opera Dallas, Barbara Bel Geddes came to be a little darling from 1922. Having mentioned disgraced, (though too late to do anything about it), DJ a mere two days ago when he died, here’s James Wilson Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile again given he tested his own sound system in 1926. Actor from Little House on the Prairie (among others) Eugene Maurice Orowitz, or as his co-stars knew him, Michael Landon was a real bonanza to his parents from 1936. Legendary comedy actor John Franklin Candy, was more in the class of ’50 than ’44. Drummer with rock band fronted by sunglass wearing deity, (or so he thinks) – Laurence Joseph ‘Larry’ Mullen Jrs’ parents had a beautiful day in 1961. Another muso, this one guitar player and song writer in miserablist Manc group The Smiths, John Martin Maher or Johnny Marr, wasn’t the boy with a thorn in his side in 1963. Member of VW badge nicking group, Adam Keefe Horovitz who now goes by the names ‘Ad-Rock’ or ‘King Ad-Rock’ has been fighting for the right to party from 1966. Also born that year, member of Malcolm McLaren’s band Bow Wow Wow Myant Myant Aye, but going by the name of Annabella Lwin, found her parents did wanna hold her.
Another rapper, Robert Matthew Van Winkle, (or Vanilla Ice), woke up in 1967. Ex-rugby union player, now bald headed team captain on boring game show ‘A Question of Sport’, Matthew James Sutherland ‘Matt’ Dawson was part of the uncontested scrum in 1972.

Whilst there don’t appear to be many deaths to report on today, we do begin with Indian spiritual figure Dayanand Saraswati found his inner peace from 1883. Illusionist and stunt performer Erik Weisz/Harry Houdini didn’t manage to escape peritonitis in 1926. Indian born athlete who bagged two silver gongs at the 1900 Olympics, Norman Pritchard fell at the last hurdle in 1929. Bollywood music composer Sachin Dev Burman reached the end of his score in 1975. Another Indian, this one with the streak of grey hair who was also the first female Prime Minister of the country, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi found the bullet with her name on it in 1984. Actor who’s brother was mentioned a few days ago – River Jude Bottom/River Phoenix didn’t quite finish his life as he’d have probably wished at The Viper Room in 1993. South African President responsible for dismantling apartheid, Pieter Willem (PW) Botha was in the wilderness from 2006. Finally, voice of the speaking clock in the United Kingdom, Brian Cobby hung up in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

Births today begin with first inhabitant of the White House and second President of the United States of America, John Adams started off with white sheets in 1735. Bloody French physician, sodding expletive deleted Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette the one with the bloody expletive deleted neurological disorder named after him, was a right little sod in 1857. Goatee bearded 33rd President of Mexico, Francisco Ignacio Madero González was a stately child from 1873. Scrawny, weakling body builder who became an international star, Angelo Siciliano or as his adverts used to state, Charles Atlas, took a weight off his mum in 1893. Film director turned restaurant critic, Robert Michael Winner wasn’t told to, ‘calm down dear’ by the nurse in 1935. Grace Barnett Wing who went onto find fame as Grace Barnett Slick found nothing was going to stop her being born in 1939. Also born that year, songwriter Edward ‘Eddie’ Holland Jr., started the baby shake. Known for playing ‘The Fonz’ before graduating to pantomime, Henry Franklin Winkler started having happy days from 1945. Snapper of the stars and royalty, Mario Testino lit up his parent’s lives from 1954. Talented, (or cheating depending where you stand), footballer who was also a fan of the ‘Columbian marching powder’, Diego Maradona slipped through without the hand of god in 1960. Daughter of trailing Republican Presidential candidate with the mop of blonde hair, Donald – Ivanka Trump was the apprentice in 1981.

As for deaths, the following were found rattling the Pearly Gates – King Charles IX of Sweden vacated the throne in 1611, much to the relief of Gustav II Adolf. Two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, William Henry Cavendish Cavendish Bentinck added another title to his extensive list in 1809, deceased. Third Prime Minister of Canada, who lasted all of 17 months at the helm, John Joseph Caldwell Abbott got to use the other dispatch box in 1893. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of The Red Cross Jean Henri Dunant couldn’t rely on one of his volunteers to save him in 1910. Another PM of Canada, this one the sixth to hold the title, (albeit for only 69 days), Sir Charles Tupper began wearing a pine overcoat in 1915. Second Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to be featured here today, Andrew Bonar Law entered another place in 1923. Inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (who was mentioned back on 26th September in honour of his birth), bumped to a halt in 1979. B-movie and television actor, Kirby Grant Hoon Jr., who was known as Kirby Hoon became a sky king in 1985. Thornton ‘T’ Hee, animator responsible for the Dance of the Hours in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, found himself on the cutting room floor in 1988. Finally, Jason William Mizell who adopted the slightly hipper moniker ‘Jam Master Jay’ has been down with the king since 2002.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

Today’s posting begins with baggy trousered arm band wearing Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis, Paul Joseph Goebbles found the limelight in 1897. Distinguished English act tor Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy had thunderpants in 1925. American actor who likes a spat with with his co-stars, Richard Stephen Dreyfuss didn’t get to hear the doctor say, ‘Hello done there’ in 1947. One of the original Charlie’s Angels, Lucy Kate Jackson was part of the baby boom in 1948. Ex-racing driver who did really well in 1979 by attaining no wins in eight races, before going onto present Top Gear with his droning voice, Timothy ‘Tiff’ Needell actually got pole position in 1951. Voice of Homer Simpson in over running cartoon series, Daniel Louis ‘Danny’ Castellaneta’s parents had their ‘whoo hoo!’ moment in 1957. Another member of the family that takes pet chimps, bowler hats, white members of the family and moonwalking as the norm, Steven Randall ‘Randy’ Jackson was goin’ places in 1961. Having mentioned her old man a couple of days ago, here’s model Yasmin Le Bon (née Parvenah) who made the right impression in 1964. Norwegian of the day, speed skater Johann Olav Koss found he had the right of way in 1968. Winona Laura Horowitz, (but better known as Winona Ryder), not only gained the attention of Tim Burton but also the LAPD, had her first night on earth in 1971. Ex-captain of the ashes winning English cricket team in 2005, Michael Paul Vaughan wasn’t caught behind in 1974. Star of various Tamil and Telugu films, Reemma Sen had her first starring role in 1981.

As for deaths, medieval Archbishop of Canterbury Aethelnoth rested his sandals from 1038. King of Serbia – Stefan Uroš II Milutin somewhat ironically has had a feast day in his honour since 1321. Queen Liz the First’s favourite explorer Sir Walter Raleigh didn’t get to feel rough after today in 1618. Assassin of United States of America President William McKinley, (who was killed in 1901), Leon Frank Czolgosz found himself in the same state 45 days later having been executed. Joseph Pulitzer didn’t win any awards for dying in 1911. King Gustaf V of Sweden found he was unable to indulge in roll mop herrings and resisted the Jannon’s for good after 1950. Co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Lazar Meir/Louis Burt Mayer saw the clapperboard fall on his life in 1957. Howard Stanton Levey, or as he renamed himself, Anton Szandor LaVey – founder of the Church of Satan, had his day of judgement in 1997. Finally, we started with a reviled character and we finish with another, tinted sunglass wearing, cigar chomping sex pest Sir James Winston Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile – I’ll say no more, except he got away with it until his death in 2011.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

Seeing as there are no Popes or Archbishops of Canterbury to mention today, we’ll start with Norwegian of the day, sailor in the Royal Dano-Norwegian Navy Peter Jansen Wessel Tordensjkold should have been called Derrick by his parents in 1690. Painter better known by his surname, (thereby pre-empting all those mono named celebs by a few years), Giovanni Antonio Canal, (or as his scrawl on his paintings states Canaletto), had his first viewing in 1697. Designer of the Remington rifle and founder of Remington Arms Co, Eliphalet Remington had his single shot at life and took it in 1793. Writer of various lengthy books and dad to son with the slightly alternative name ‘Auberon’ – Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh took a tactical exercise in 1903. Figurative painter Francis Bacon eased his way into life back in 1909. Singer/actress Clementine Dinah Bullock or Cleo Laine has been smilin’ through life since 1927. Diminutive billionaire with a penchant for very tall ladies as well as being the boss of F1 (yawn) not to mention bunging money to German lawyers and looking like one of the Potty Time characters, Bernard Charles ‘Bernie’ Ecclestone saw his first skid marks in 1930. Respected television commentator, host of Question Time, recipient of a scorpion tattoo a couple of years ago and older bro to Jonathan, David Dimbleby found his voice in 1938. Known for his Cockney rhyming slang term as well as fronting Cliff Richard’s backing band, Brian Robson Rankin (or Hank Marvin), found the joy of living from 1941. Actor who starred in various American cop dramas, Dennis Franz Schlachta didn’t have a body double in 1944. Singer Glen Geoffrey Ellis, or Wayne Fontana, started to stop, look and listen from 1945. The world’s richest person, (depending on which rich list you read/believe), is also the person you shout and curse when his company’s software slows down and eventually grinds to a halt, William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III successfully downloaded in 1955. Slightly unhinged sixth President of Iran, Mahmoud Sabbaghian or as he’s now known Mahmoud Ahmadinejad probably won’t bother having any cake in celebration of his 60th birthday. Actress Julia Fiona Roberts gave her parents something to talk about from 1967. Born Joaquín Rafael Bottom before taking the name Leaf Phoenix and then altering it (again) to Joaquín Rafael Phoenix younger bro to River Jude Bottom/Phoenix couldn’t perform a U turn in 1974. Short lived Doctor Who, actor Matthew Robert ‘Matt’ Smith started his time travels in 1982. Comedy actor Joseph ‘Joe’ Thomas wasn’t an inbetweener given he emerged in 1983.

Deaths appear to be a bit thin on the ground again today and to this end we start with wife of Haakon VI of Norway – Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Margaret I of Denmark relinquished her role in 1412. Flautist and bassoonist Michel Blavet didn’t get to blow his trumpet (or flute) again after 1768. Seventh Australian Prime Minister William Morris ‘Billy’ Hughes (where else would you get a PM called that?!) had his last deposit in 1952. Having mentioned his wife only yesterday, here’s Poet Laureate Edward James ‘Ted’ Hughes who obviously didn’t get any time to think of a witty epitaph for his headstone in 1998. Founder of clothing store company H&M, Erling Persson closed down in 2002. Star of Hawaii Five-O, James Gordon MacArthur was no longer walking tall from 2010. Finally, former platform sweeper/porter at London Victoria Station before taking a few steps up the ladder in life to become fifth President of Zaire, Michael Chilufya Sata left his suitcase untouched from 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th October

After a relaxing few days in Vienna, here we are again celebrating the births, as well as the lives of the following:

Non relation to travel agent Thomas, famous captain and explorer James Cook started to map out his life from 1728. Violinist and composer Niccoló Paganini strung along in 1782. Founder of sewing machine company bearing his name, Isaac Merritt Singer managed to have his thread cut in 1811. William Smith who started Scotland’s answer to the Cub Scouts – the Boys’ Brigade was paraded for the first time in 1854. Nobel Peace Prize winning 26th President of the United States of America, who’s also credited with being the person teddy bears are named after – Theodore Roosevelt Jr., forged the way in 1858. Actor John Elmer ‘Jack’ Carson had his parents bringing up baby in 1910. Known for his poetry, Dylan Marlais Thomas experienced a child’s Christmas in Wales from 1914. Ex-President of the African National Congress and anti-apartheid campaigner Oliver Reginald Tambo escaped to freedom in 1917. Pop artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein went ‘Whaam!’ in 1923. Another poet, Sylvia Plath was short of words in 1932. Legendary lanky comedy actor John Marwood Cleese started the Ministry of Silly Walks a year or so after 1939. Head of the Gambino crime family, John Joseph Gotti Jr., started deflecting the blame in 1940. Norwegian of the day, jazz musician/composer Arild Andersen’s parents were listening for the silence from today in 1945. Filled out lead singer with early 80’s New Romantic band Duran Duran, (who are still pushing records out), Simon James Charles Le Bon entered planet earth in 1958. Another ex-Mrs D. Trump Marla Ann Marples took the executive decision to celebrate her birthday from today in 1963. Singaporean born British string plucker, and alpine skier (for Thailand), Vanessa-Mae created a storm in 1978. Potty mouthed tattooed daughter of Ozzy and Shaaarrron, Kelly Osborne hasn’t shut up since 1984.

Death wise, King Athelstan I of England must have used some proper Anglo Saxon words before his death in 939. Ivan III Vasilyevich or Ivan the Great found he was Ivan the Stiff in 1505. Two time Prime Minister of Greece Thrasyvoulos Zaimis found a sunny spot in 1880. Australian gangster Joseph Theodore Lesley ‘Squizzy’ Taylor took his bullet in 1927. One time land speed record holder Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge found things a lot slower in 1937. Indian mathematician Chakravarthi Padmanabhan Ramanujam got his numbers mixed up and died in 1974. Daughter of Arch Duke Frank Ferdinand of Austria, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg found herself in a crypt from 1990. Actor in Bengali and Hindi films Pradeep Kumarhad his final wrap in 2001. Ex-husband of current Argentinian President, who was also El-Presidenti of Argentina (minus the Falkland Islands), Néstor Kirchner didn’t have a beef about dying in 2010. Finally, Lewis Allen ‘Lou’ Reed didn’t have a perfect day in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th October

It appears to be another pretty quiet day for births and deaths but we start with Dutch landscape painter, Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp had his portrait done in 1620. Architect and re-builder of various churches including St Paul’s Cathedral – Christopher Wren started to sketch his life out from 1630, (on the old style calendar). Today’s ancient Royal goes to chubby faced, grey wavy haired King Stanisław I Leszczyński of Poland who found the throne a year or so after his birth in 1677. Comic foil to the Marx Brothers, actress born Daisy Juliette Baker, but known as Margaret Dumont was a little giant in 1889. Public address announcer for both the New York Yankees and New York Giants, Robert Leo ‘Bob’ Sheppard put his best foot forward in 191. Known for growing a synthetic diamond, Howard Tracy Hall shone through in 1919. Tall character actor John Robert Anderson had landfall in 1922. Musician you either love or hate and member of The Travelling Wilburys, Thomas Earl ‘Tom’ Petty didn’t back down in 1950. Artistic director who sorted the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games, as well as directing a few films along the way Daniel Francis ‘Danny’ Boyle hasn’t had a life less ordinary since 1956. Lead singer with Level 42, Mark King was a star child for his parents in 1958. Actor from Neighbours who’s continued his comedy routine as a standup didn’t get any flying doctors in 1959. Fellow countryman, (or woman if you want to be totally PC), younger sis to hot pant wearing gay friendly popster Kylie, who’s also had a stab at singing herself – Dannii Jane Minogue found this is it in 1971. Also born that year is Calvin Cordoza Broadus Jr., otherwise known as attorney’s favourite rapper, Snoop Dogg started wearing oversized pants, and is seemingly still waiting to get a properly fitted pair today. English rugby union player who could actually play the game, (helping to win the Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003), William John Heston ‘Will’ Greenwood had the ankle tap in 1972.

Death wise, we start with redneck Confederate guerrilla – Champ Ferguson took his own bullet in 1865. 31st President of the United States of America, Herbert Clark Hoover stopped pushing his ideas forward (and back) from 1964. Shigeru Yoshida, Prime Minister of Japan found his power had slipped away in 1967. Original cheeky chappie who sang the theme tune to Dad’s Army, Chaim Reuben Weintrop or Bud Flanagan left the Crazy Gang in 1968. Burton Stephen ‘Burt’ Lancaster took the route from here to eternity in 1994. Two time Taoiseach of Ireland John Mary ‘Jack’ Lynch had the clash of the ash in 1999. Porn baron in competition with dressing gowned, younger model loving Hugh Hefner, Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini ‘Bob’ Guccione took his gold chains/medallion off for the last time in 2010. Dad/son combo, Al-Mutassim-Billah Muammar al-Gadaffi and his old man, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar ‘Colonel’ Gadaffi tanked it in 2011. Founder of Earth Day, John McConnell has celebrated it every day since 2012. Finally, East German weightlifter with the unfortunate surname, Gerd Bonk wasn’t quite so pumped up from 2014.

This will be my last posting until next Thursday, as I’m taking a well earned rest for a few days in Vienna. I’ll look forward to seeing you all then..!

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th October

Today’s posting begins with future Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbott was a divine child from 1562. Not the boxer who ‘flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee’ – but advocate of the abolition of slavery, Cassius Clay established himself in 1810. Clergyman Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache-Tollemache, who chose ever random names for his children, (one of whom was mentioned a few months ago), started off with a normal name in 1826. Having mentioned Louis Jean Lumière on the 5th October, here’s his older brother Auguste Marie Louis Lumière who saw his first scene in 1852. Co-founder of Merrill-Lynch, Charles Edward Merrill took his initial deposit in 1885. Norwegian of day is the person his fellow countrymen can blame for their performance in dull fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest, Arne Joachim Bendiksen received more than ‘Nil points’ from his folks in 1926. Born David John Moore Cornwell who now goes by the pen name John le Carré, found he had some smiley people around him in 1931. Known equally for his roles in Dennis Potter television plays as for his portrayal of some professor in the boring Harry Potter films, Michael John Gambon wasn’t the insider in 1940. 1970’s high pitched screecher to disco music George Warren McCrae Jr., had his parents rock their baby in 1944. Singer/songwriter who had the original hit with ‘Tainted Love’ and girlfriend of Marc Bolan, Gloria Richetta Jones wasn’t a bad seed in 1945. Also born that year, Harris Glenn Milstead who grew into cross-dressing queen Divine, certainly didn’t drag things out. Manager of the England football team for all of 67 days before being embroiled in a bribery scandal, Samuel ‘Sam’ Allardyce obviously had better anticipation skills in 1954. Boxer Evander Holyfield didn’t hit the ropes when delivered in 1962. Prince Laurent of Belgium had his folks toast his arrival with a decent Trappist beer in 1963. Ex-girlfriend of high trousered pop mogul who clogs the airwaves with his puppets, (sorry protégés), Sinitta Renay Malone found it was never too late to be born in 1966. Shouty television presenter Davina Lucy Pascale McCall’s parents didn’t say, ‘Fc@k’ or ‘Bu@$€r’ when she was born in 1967.

As for deaths, there aren’t a great deal to report on, but we do begin with Pope Urban III who had a pretty good excuse not to be Pope after 1187. Ye olde King of England John, or John Lackland, booked a space in Worcester Cathedral from 1216. Another King, this one Luís I of Portugal relinquished his towel over the sun lounger in 1889. George Mortimer Pullman, he of comfy railway carriages started a sleep in that lasts to this day from 1897. First President of Mexico to be featured today, Plutarco Elías Calles munched his last burrito in 1945. Not to be outdone, 44th President of Mexico Lázaro Cárdenas Del Río didn’t get to preside over his funeral in 1970. Acclaimed cello player Jacqueline Mary du Pré didn’t string out her death in 1987. Finally, national treasure Lynda Bellingham went off the boil in 2014.