It appears to be another pretty quiet day for births and deaths but we start with Dutch landscape painter, Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp had his portrait done in 1620. Architect and re-builder of various churches including St Paul’s Cathedral – Christopher Wren started to sketch his life out from 1630, (on the old style calendar). Today’s ancient Royal goes to chubby faced, grey wavy haired King Stanisław I Leszczyński of Poland who found the throne a year or so after his birth in 1677. Comic foil to the Marx Brothers, actress born Daisy Juliette Baker, but known as Margaret Dumont was a little giant in 1889. Public address announcer for both the New York Yankees and New York Giants, Robert Leo ‘Bob’ Sheppard put his best foot forward in 191. Known for growing a synthetic diamond, Howard Tracy Hall shone through in 1919. Tall character actor John Robert Anderson had landfall in 1922. Musician you either love or hate and member of The Travelling Wilburys, Thomas Earl ‘Tom’ Petty didn’t back down in 1950. Artistic director who sorted the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games, as well as directing a few films along the way Daniel Francis ‘Danny’ Boyle hasn’t had a life less ordinary since 1956. Lead singer with Level 42, Mark King was a star child for his parents in 1958. Actor from Neighbours who’s continued his comedy routine as a standup didn’t get any flying doctors in 1959. Fellow countryman, (or woman if you want to be totally PC), younger sis to hot pant wearing gay friendly popster Kylie, who’s also had a stab at singing herself – Dannii Jane Minogue found this is it in 1971. Also born that year is Calvin Cordoza Broadus Jr., otherwise known as attorney’s favourite rapper, Snoop Dogg started wearing oversized pants, and is seemingly still waiting to get a properly fitted pair today. English rugby union player who could actually play the game, (helping to win the Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003), William John Heston ‘Will’ Greenwood had the ankle tap in 1972.
Death wise, we start with redneck Confederate guerrilla – Champ Ferguson took his own bullet in 1865. 31st President of the United States of America, Herbert Clark Hoover stopped pushing his ideas forward (and back) from 1964. Shigeru Yoshida, Prime Minister of Japan found his power had slipped away in 1967. Original cheeky chappie who sang the theme tune to Dad’s Army, Chaim Reuben Weintrop or Bud Flanagan left the Crazy Gang in 1968. Burton Stephen ‘Burt’ Lancaster took the route from here to eternity in 1994. Two time Taoiseach of Ireland John Mary ‘Jack’ Lynch had the clash of the ash in 1999. Porn baron in competition with dressing gowned, younger model loving Hugh Hefner, Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini ‘Bob’ Guccione took his gold chains/medallion off for the last time in 2010. Dad/son combo, Al-Mutassim-Billah Muammar al-Gadaffi and his old man, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar ‘Colonel’ Gadaffi tanked it in 2011. Founder of Earth Day, John McConnell has celebrated it every day since 2012. Finally, East German weightlifter with the unfortunate surname, Gerd Bonk wasn’t quite so pumped up from 2014.
This will be my last posting until next Thursday, as I’m taking a well earned rest for a few days in Vienna. I’ll look forward to seeing you all then..!