Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th October

Effeminate looking King James II of Scotland kicks the births paragraph off today, given he started off as the Duke of Rothesay in 1430. We have Noah Webster to thank for the different ways Americans spell words to the rest of the English speaking countries, but he was a child of few words in 1758. Noted Irish wit and playwright, Reading Goal resident and Jonathan Ross looks likey – Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde found freedom in 1854. Another Irish man, revolutionary leader, politician and member of the IRA who had a film made about him a few years ago, (1996 to be precise), Mícheál Ó Coileáin, or Michael Collins might have been born today in 1890, but then again it may have been the 12th October. Having mentioned Walter William ‘Max’ Bygraves on the 31st August in the second paragraph, here he is again as he found you need hands from 1922. Actress who turned into meddlesome old biddy Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, Angela Brigid Lansbury wanted to know whodunnit in 1925. Suave act tor Peter Bowles was a perfect scoundrel from 1936. High pitched squeaker, (sorry singer), Joseph ‘Joe’ Francis Robert Dolan was in the here and now from 1939. Sari wearing actress Hema Malini was a dream girl to her parents in 1948. Having mentioned his younger brother, Martin a mere six days ago, here’s older sibling and band mate in Spandau Ballet, Gary James Kemp had the instinction to be born in 1959. Michael Peter Balzary, or ‘Flea’ as he’s known by fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, found he started scratching from 1962. DJ who knows quite a lot about music, Stephen Paul ‘Steve’ Lamacq cued up his arrival in 1964. Indian actor Prithviraj Sukumaran used his one way ticket in 1982.

People at the other end life include, among others: King Louis (the Child) of Sicily was plagued by death in 1355. Pope Gregory XIV (who lasted all of about 10 months in the job), found himself excommunicated in 1591. Queen of France (from Austria), born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen, but known as Marie Antoinette didn’t get to eat any more cake after 1793. Keeping with the French theme, Marshal Marie Esme Patrice Maurice, Count of MacMahon, Duke of Magenta – second president of the Third Republic of France made sure he had a funeral with national honours in 1893. Various Nazis found guilty at the main Nuremberg trail were dispatched in 1946. First Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, or Shaheed-e-Millat bit the bullet in 1951. (Hopefully) non-corrupt President of FIFA, Jules Rimet received the red card in 1956. Actor known for his roles in various Hitchcock films along with his work in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Leo Gratten Carroll lost the right to live in 1972. Dead Norwegian of the day, author Johan Collett Müller Borgen wrote himself out of the plot in 1979. Bearded Internet moderator (and geek) who administered the IP address allocation, Jonathan Bruce ‘Jon’ Postel lost his connection in 1998. Finally, founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Timothy DuPron ‘Tim’ Hauser couldn’t have been hotter at his cremation following his death in 2014.

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