It appears to be a bit of a quiet day on both the births and deaths front but we do kick things off with King Sancho I of Portugal, who started to populate the world from 1154. King Charles IV of Spain didn’t need to hunt the right day to be born in 1748. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians came to be known as ‘Sciaboletta’ from 1869. Indian independence activist Abdul Kalam Azad started off by separating from his his mum’s stomach in 1888. Wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph, Johanna Maria Magdalena ‘Magda’ Goebbles, (née Ritschel) found she didn’t need to convince her mum to be born in 1901. Also born that year, film producer who bagged three Oscars for his downstairs toilet, Sam Spiegel unspooled himself. Ex-British Labour politician who was one of the few to sign up to the Social Democratic Party, Roy ‘Woy’ Harris Jenkins joined the civilised society in 1920. Stalwart of the comedy scene since the 1950’s and sit-com queen, June Rosemary Whitfield blessed her parents house in 1925. Extensive Bollywood actress Mala Sinha got to see the light in 1936. Marxist/Leninist el-Presidenti of Nicaragua José Daniel Ortega Saavedra dictated which day he was going to arrive in 1945. Singer/songwriter Andrew John ‘Andy’ Partridge had his senses working overtime from 1953. Ex-Mrs Moore, Willis & Kutcher, Demi Gene Guynes, or Demi Moore got the taste for not wearing clothes in 1962. Given I thought her name was Ally McBeal, it came as a bit of a surprise to learn it was actually Calista Kay Flockhart, yes Mrs H. Ford had a clean cut in 1964. Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio has made it to 42 given the nurses caught him whilst they could.
Death wise, English highwayman Joseph ‘Blueskin’ Blake didn’t hold things up seeing as he met his maker in 1724. King Pedro of Portugal and the Algarves found he didn’t have to pose for any further pictures after 1861. Another highway robber, (before oil companies came along), Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly found himself at the gallows in 1880. Born Lydia Lili’u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka’eha or Queen Liliuokalani didn’t get to wear her hula skirt again after 1917. Having mentioned the original Martin Luther only yesterday, here’s civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Sr., who obviously didn’t campaign hard enough given he died in 1974. Nobel Peace Prize winning leader of the PLO, Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa or just Yasser Arafat stopped having to worry about getting his keffiyeh on at the right angle in 2004. Finally, fan of having ostrich feathers stuffed in his hat, ex-Governor of the Falkland Islands, Sir Rex Masterman Hunt was diplomatic about death in 2012.