We begin today’s posting with ancient Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro who went by the pen name Virgil, found he spent ages from his birth in 70BC trying to work out what rhymed with his name. Writer of some classic books about a dim-wit and his valet, (among other stories) – Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was his parent’s little nugget in 1881. 11th President of India, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen ‘A.P.J.’ Abdul Kalam found the law of physics early on in life back in 1931. Having mentioned various First Ministers of Scotland over the past few months, it seems only fair to give a shout out to first First Minister of Northern Ireland – William David Trimble had his maiden speech a year or so after his birth in 1944. Older brother to dieter of the year in 1983, Richard Carpenter was made in America back in 1946. Argentinian born Irish singer, Christopher John Davison or as his record company knows him, Chris de Burgh was delivered into the light in 1948. Founder of classic English comedy group ‘The Comic Strip’, Peter Richardson joined all the other funseekers born in 1951. Original member of The Jackson 5 as well as The Jacksons, older bro to oddball singer Michael, Toriano Adaryll ‘Tito’ Jackson started goin’ places in 1953. Toe sucking ex-wife to Andy – Sarah, Duchess of York (née Ferguson), started hanging on in 1959. Act tor Dominic West broke the mould in 1969.
You will be pleased to see there are more than one Pope mentioned here today, and to this end we start with Pope Theophilus of Alexandria who started to grow his beard from 412. Catholic Pope Urban VI vacated the confession box in 1389. Native American Chief Victorio of the Tchihendeh (or Chihenne) tribe, was unable to track anything from 1880. Exotic dancer and spy mentioned back in August, Margaretha Geertruida ‘Margreet’ MacLeod (née Zelle), who’s probably better known as the Mata Hari, stopped keeping secrets in 1917. Bare foot Indian spiritual master Sai Baba of Shirdi or Shirdi Sai Baba found eternal peace in 1918. Having mentioned Rommel yesterday, today’s senior Nazi is founder of the Gestapo Hermann Wilhelm Göring (or Goering), did everyone a favour by taking cyanide in 1946. Broadway songster, Cole Albert Porter found you never know when your time’s up in 1964. American gangster and head of the Gambino Mafia group, Carlo ‘Don Carlo’ Gambino died ‘in a state of grace’ back in 1976. Film/theatre critic with The New York Times, who reviewed in excess of a thousand films, Vincent Candy was used to the dark by 2000. Finally, two time King and then Prime Minister of Cambodia – Norodom Sihanouk, may well have rolled over on this day in 2012, but it took until February 2013 until he was cremated.