Having mentioned King Richard III of England when he overstayed his welcome at the Leicester car park for 538 years, (all the while not picking up a single parking ticket), here he is again as we celebrate his birth in 1452. King of Sardinia and Duke of Savoy Charles Albert certainly wasn’t hesitant given he chose today as his birthday from 1798. Second President of Germany with the ill fated Zeppelin named in his honour, Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenberg breezed through in 1847. Head of Indian political dynasty and prominent independence campaigner who liked to wear sheets and old sandals, Mohandas (Mahatma) Karamchand Ghandi gained swaraj from his mum in 1869. Someone else getting their second mention – comedian and chief wit Julius Henry ‘Groucho’ Marx hit the mark in 1890. Slim half of legendary comedy duo Abbott & Costello, William Alexander ‘Bud’ Abbott found out who was on first in 1895. Prolific novelist/author, (Henry) Graham Greene found the ways to escape in 1904. Given there aren’t any Popes to feature today, we’ll settle on Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie who prayed for today in 1921. Pakistani film actor/director Waheed Murad took his cue in 1938. First of a few musicians to feature today is Donald ‘Don’ McLean III who found he didn’t need much headroom in 1945. Fashion designer with her own label, Donna Ivy Faske, or Donna Karan was a DKNY baby in 1948. One time nearly bankrupt snapper of the stars, Anna-Lou ‘Annie’ Leibovitz got her close up in 1949. Michael John Cloete Crawford ‘Mike’ Rutherford guitarist with dad rock band Genesis, started the living years in 1950. Lute playing tantric sex God who’s friends with Kayapó tribe, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, or just Sting, had his parents wrapped around his finger from 1951. Known for his dodgy haircut and makeup whilst fronting 80’s synth band The Human League, now bald singer Philip ‘Phil’ Oakey found the divinity of labour in 1955. Lead singer with Australian band the Hoodoo Gurus, David Jonathan ‘Dave’ Faulkner found what his scene was in 1957. I told you there were a few musicians featuring here, and next up is Robert S. ‘Robbie’ Nevil who’s been living by the term ‘C’est La Vie’ from 1958. Beanie hat wearing Damon Michael Gough, or Badly Drawn Boy was born in the UK back in 1969. One hit wonder and subsequent lower chart botherer, shopping mall singer Tiffany Renee Darwish knew she wasn’t alone now from 1971. Final singer is also Norwegian of the day, Lene Grawford Nystrøm, (or as she is now Lene Nystrøm Rasted), popster with annoying, (and thankfully short lived) band Aqua, was released into the world back in 1973.
People at the other end of life include, William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire but also answered to the names of: Lord Cavendish and Marquess of Hartington, oh and Prime Minister of Great Britain, found himself in a hurry to do nothing from 1764. American statesman now plastered all over beer bottles bearing his name, Samuel Adams didn’t get to go to any more tea parties after today in 1803. Builder of the first ever self propelled vehicle (allegedly), Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot ran out of steam in 1804. American doggy paddler who got the bronze medal at the 1904 Olympics, William Robert Orthwein had his final stroke in 1955. Actor Roy Harold Scherer, or as his agent knew him, Rock Hudson found his magnificent obsession with death became a reality in 1985. Best known for her role in The 39 Steps, actress Madeleine Carroll found the world moved on after she died in 1987. Designer of iconic British rust bucket of a car, the Mini, Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine ‘Alec’ Issignois managed to ram himself into an even smaller space than his car in 1988. Finally, Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark spilt the difference and died in London in 2007.