Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th November

Today’s posting starts with Charles X Gustav, King of Sweden – along with being Duke of Bremen and Verden at weekends, battled through in 1622. Edmond, (or Edmund) Halley’s parents were star struck with the new addition to their family in 1656. Board game manufacturer Milton Bradley rolled the dice and counted on being born in 1836. Writer of Dracula, Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker thankfully didn’t scare his parents once delivered in 1847. Norwegian of the day, composer and fan of the Quisling puppet government, David Monrad Johansen arranged his arrival in 1888. Actress and sister to Gypsy Rose Lee, June Havoc caused anything but in her family from 1912. Pioneering heart surgeon Christiaan Neethling Barnard sliced his way through in 1922. Toothy, scraggy haired, tickle stick waving, alleged tax dodging hoarder of cash in the attic, as Scouse comedian Kenneth Arthur ‘Ken’ Dodd shed a lot of tears in 1927. Hairy/heavily made up 60’s/70’s musician Roy Woods’ parents saw their baby jive from 1946 – whilst in 1947, singer Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph, or just Minnie Ripperton, was young willing and able. Another singer, Bonnie Lynn Raitt had the luck of the draw being born in 1949. Writer of various sit-coms/films and husband to Emma Freud (sounds painful), Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis didn’t have the Vicar of Dibley baptise him in 1956. Sort of ex-footballer with the lined forehead and odd chin, not forgetting the potty mouth, Gordon James Ramsey didn’t suffer any bottom cuts when he came along in 1966. Actress Parker Christian Posey has been the party girl this day every year since 1968. Co-founder of Myspace, (remember that site? no, me neither), Thomas Anderson had two fans, (his parents) back in 1970. Offspring of shaking pebble glass wearing rock star Ozzy and SHHAARROON, Jack Joseph Osborne started his first big adventure in 1985. Daughter of Prince Ted and Soph, Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor has found herself slip down the line of succession since 2003.

Death wise, we see odd named Pope Agapetus II find he didn’t get to smell the incense wafted around at his funeral in 955. King Louis VIII of France, (aka The Lion) concluded his crusade on the world in 1226. Gunpowder plotter Robert Catesby made it all of three days after the master plan before being shot in 1605. John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday – gambler, gunfighter (laying claim to have been at the OK Corral), and, of all things, dentist, shot his last look at the world in 1887. Military leader who liked to wear his hat, has an airport named after him along with an aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle’s wife – Yvonne de Gaulle outlived the old man by nine years before dying 1979. Bolshevik politician with a petrol bomb named after him, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov burnt himself out in 1986. Known for his role in sit-com On the Buses, Robert St Clair ‘Bob’ Grant took his last ride to his funeral in 2003. Finally, Indian actor Sajjiah Adeebh or Chitti Babu lost his support in 2013.


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