Today’s births and deaths paragraphs both start with a Pope, so without any further ado we see Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini – a mild pornographic writer who went onto become Pope Pius II didn’t need a miracle to be born in 1405. Happy looking Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua aka Rama IV who went by the title King Mongkut of Siam, (now Thailand) and inspiration for film ‘The King & I’ didn’t take a vow of silence in 1804. Actress who wasn’t a fan of Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins was in the world and the flesh in 1902. Duck walking, guitar playing rock’n’roller, Charles Edward Anderson ‘Chuck’ Berry thought it was too dark in there, hench being born this day in 1926. Known for her role in Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Elberta Wells, was one of the new interns born in 1938. Pot shotter at John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald saw his opportunity in 1939. Odd looking slapstick children’s comedian, Barry David Elliott (or Barry Chuckle), had the nurse say, ‘To me, to you’ to his mum in 1947. Singer/songwriter with the Grateful Dead, Robert Hall ‘Bob’ Weir was equally grateful to be alive in 1947. Indian actor Om Puri heard Bollywood calling in 1950. Fan of comfortable (tennis) shoes, Martina Šubertová who’s better known as Martina Navratilova had her mum adopt the open stance during birth in 1956. Stacy Allison, first female mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest was a screamer in 1958. Actor and beer plugger, Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg or action man Jean-Claude Van Damme wasn’t straight to his feet in 1960. Two hit wonder Curtis Stigers started sleeping with the lights on in 1965. Male tennis player, and winner of Wimbledon, Michael Detlef Stich had his drop shot in 1968. Son in law to Queen Liz of Windsor, (being married to Zara Phillips) rugby player Michael James ‘Mike’ Tindall was outside the centre in 1978. Singer with the bling who likes to give the two finger salute in his publicity pictures, Shaffer Chimere Smith who somehow managed to come up with Ne-Yo from that, didn’t quite live the champagne life in 1979. Actor/singer from kids series High School Musical, Zachary David Alexander ‘Zac’ Efron went through that awkward moment in 1987.
As promised above, the deaths paragraph also begins with a Pope, yes, Pope Gregory XII dropped the collection plate in 1417. Not to be outdone, Pope Pius III who led the faithful for all of 26 days could have done with a visit to Lourdes in 1503. Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots stopped having her daily dram in 1541. Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, didn’t manage to cross the floor again after 1865. Person credited with coming up with the concept of a programmable computer, Charles Babbage got his algorithm wrong in 1871. Last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III decided to cede his title in 1921. Serial inventor Thomas Alva Edison flickered out of life in 1931. Seventh President of Portugal Manuel Teixeria Gomes has been in-absentia from 1941. Cosmetic queen Florence Nightingale Graham, but went by the name Elizabeth Arden, found her make up surplus to requirements in 1966. Actor Al Lettieri became pulp in 1975. Sort of dead Norwegian of the day, (given his parents were of that persuasion), actor/model Jon-Erik Hexum shouldn’t have pulled the trigger in 1984. Finally, comedy actor Felix Dexter went down the line in 2013.