Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th October

Having been tapping these postings out for over two years now it’s quite amazing to find there are still days, (such as today), where there has been no posting. That trivial fact over with, we start with Abu’l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar, or Akbar I – 3rd Mughal Emperor was a great great baby from 1542. Another old King of England and Ireland – James II and in Scotland as King James VII struggled through in 1633. Continuing the Royal theme, King Ferdinand VII of Spain was the desired child for his folks in 1784. 34th President of the United States of America and five star general in the Second World War, Dwight David ‘Ike’ Eisenhower planned his invasion back in 1890. Wooden actor with the eyebrow, Roger George Moore has had that lucky touch since 1927. Fashion designer – born Ralph Lifshitz, who somewhat wisely took the surname Lauren and has subsequently built a global empire admired by celebs and chavs alike, was in the hood from 1939. Committed Christian who’s known as ‘The Peter Pan of Pop’, (and wasn’t terribly friendly when my brother and myself met him), Harry Webb or Cliff Richard started to move it from 1940. Having mentioned James Alfred ‘Alf’ Wright, or to give him his pen name, James Herriot a couple of weeks ago, here’s his screen being – actor Christopher Timothy had the starring role in 1940. Songwriter and lead singer with band the Moody Blues, Justin David Haywood started to have a question of balance in 1946. Band mate of St. Vitus Dance sufferer Bobby Farrell in 70’s manufactured band Boney M, Marcia Barrett came to the fore in 1948. English jogger with a few Olympic medals dangling on the back of the downstairs toilet door, Stephen ‘Steve’ Cram wheezed his way through in 1960. Comedian with a penchant for going a little bit too fast on the roads and who’s come up with some decent characters, Stephen John ‘Steve’ Coogan’s parents went, ‘Aaahhhaaa!’ after he was born in 1965. Another cyclist who admitted taking drugs whilst peddling round France in the 2006 Tour de France, (and then having an arrest warrant issued for computer hacking over said drug taking), Floyd Landis descended in record time back in 1975. Singer/songwriter Usher Raymond IV was escorted into the world in 1978.

As for deaths, Harold Godwinson or Harold II King of England, got an arrow in the eye for his troubles turning up at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, (and having the event immortalised on the Bayeux Tapestry). Disputed King of Ireland, Edubard a Briuis or Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick lost the craic from 1318. Nazi in charge of various campaigns in the Second World War, including in North Africa, Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, or ‘der Wüstenfuchs’ – ‘The Desert Fox’ retreated to his den in 1944. Swashbuckling heartthrob actor Errol Leslie Flynn faced uncertain glory from 1959. Singer who’s flogged over a billion records, Harry Lillie ‘Bing’ Crosby Jr., was unable to say, ‘Oh, what a beautiful mornin” from 1977. Composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein dropped his baton in 1990. Paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse was able to experience his trade from the other side after today in 2006. Comic book artist known for his works on The Marvel Family, non relation to Patrick – Marcus Deshawn Swayze or just Marc Sawyze left his last bubble empty in 2012. Finally, actress Elizabeth Maria Peñahas been off the map since 2014

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