Another King Louis of France kicks things off today as we see Louis X who also had the nicknames: the Quarreler/the Headstrong and the Stubborn found he was quite relaxed in 1289. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, King Charles IX of Sweden, (although he was only the third Swedish King called Charles), despite that anomaly he came along in 1550. Astronomer with the long name – Christen Sørensen Longomontnus had his first eclipse in 1562. 19th President of the United States of America, Rutherford Birchard Hayes constructed himself in 1822. Serbian American we ultimately have to thank for receiving long distance calls about non-existent accidents, Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin or Michael I. Pupin rang in the changes back in 1858. Norwegian of the day, speed skater who picked up a load of gold medals at the World & European Championships Oscar Wilhelm Mathisen didn’t have a false start in 1888. Silent film star, (amongst many other things), ‘The Great Stone Face’ Joseph Frank ‘Buster’ Keaton must have made some noise upon his entrance to the world in 1895. Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, James Ford ‘Jim’ Cairns, from completely the other end of the continent – Carlton Victoria, wasn’t able to be economic with the truth over his birthday in 1914. Film star with a penchant for guns, born John Charles Carter, or possibly Charlton John Carter but known as Charlton Heston started the greatest show on earth, (for him at least) in 1923. Designer, shop keeper and restauranteur Terence Orby Conran has made it a habit to celebrate his birthday from 1931. Younger sis to Joan who wrote a few slushy novels, Jacqueline Jill ‘Jackie’ Collins, had some confessions of a wild child to admit a good few years after her birth in 1937. Actress Susan Abigail Sarandon (née Tomalin), was a pretty baby to her parents in 1946. English politician who’s great mates with Eminen, has her own website, (the widdy web) and danced her frocks off on Strictly Come Dancing, Ann Noreen Widdicombe had a conservative start to live in 1947. Having found fame running and flying around the United Kingdom and now presenting a Saturday morning breakfast show on Radio 2, Anne/Anneka Rice dashed out in 1958. Mute hat/sunglass wearing member of the Pet Shop Pensioners, (sorry, Boys), Christopher Sean ‘Chris’ Lowe wondered ‘what have I done to deserve this?’ now he’s 57. Singer Juan Fransisco Secada Ramírez, who had a hit as John Secada has been one of a kind since 1962. Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone’s parents needed the babysitter from 1976.
As for deaths, we see the following making the obit column: Dutch painter beating Madonna and various other celebs only using their first names by a few hundred years, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn didn’t get to mix the paint again after 1669. After mentioning various Native American Chiefs yesterday, here’s another – leader of the Seneca tribe, Tanacharison or the Half King wasn’t scalped in 1754. ‘Mother of the Salvation Army’, Catherine Booth wife to William found today was her day to be ‘promoted to glory’ in 1890. Sculptor responsible for the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi lost his chiselled looks in 1904. Dull hippy singer Janis Lyn Joplin had her farewell song in 1970. 165th Prime Minister of Greece, (for all of one year and ninety six days), Stefanos Stefanopolous found himself a former Greek Prime Minister in 1982. Member of legendary 70’s comedy team Monty Python, Graham Chapman didn’t have to shout, ‘STOP THAT’ as he’d done it himself in 1989. New Zealand F1 champ (from 1967), Dennis Clive ‘Denny’ Hulme came to an abrupt halt in 1992. Dead Norwegian of the day, drummer with various death metal groups, Erik Brødreskift, (aka ‘Grim’), stopped the beat in 1999. Albania’s favourite film star and ex-Epsom (Surrey) resident, Sir Norman Wisdom had his final slap stick moment in 2010. Finally, son of iron fisted dictator François ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier, Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier President of Haiti, destabilised in 2014.