King John I of France and Navarre starts things off today given he was born to be king from 1316. Born Tommaso Parentucelli (later to be Pope Nicholas V) with the rather distictive nose entered the world on a wing and a prayer in 1397. British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder, (as opposed to his son who was somewhat imaginatively named William Pitt the Younger) clung on for the first time in 1708. Founder of schoolboys favourite planet – Uranus, Frederick William Herschel didn’t experience anti-gravity in 1738. First Norwegian of the day is their first Labour Prime Minister who also probably claimed an extra salary as Minister of Finance, Christopher Anderson Hornsrud didn’t demand a recount having been born in 1859. Known as ‘The Desert Fox’ in the Second World War, Field Marshall Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel was crafty being born in 1891. One of ten children, (you can tell there was no television back then), founder of the National Health Service who also had boys squirrelling around underground during the Second World War, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan dug his way out in 1897. Annunzio Paolo Mantovani orchestrated his arrival in 1905. Writer of a few books, (some of which made it to the big screen), James Graham ‘J.G.’ Ballard had his day of creation in 1930. Epsom born Sally Olwen Clark, but better known as singer Petula Clark, headed downtown for the first time in 1932. William Edward ‘Little Willie’ (but less said about that the better), John had no regrets about being born in 1937. Designer of overpriced clothes/perfumes, Roberto Cavalli has fashioned a living since 1940. Second Norwegian of the day, (to a German father, but we don’t talk about that), one fourth of Swedish 70’s Eurovision winning group, ABBA – Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad’s (the brunette one without the excessive blue eye make up), mother hopefully did know what was going on in 1945. R&B singer who must have been short of a few dollars given he headed into the Big Brother house, Alexander O’Neal hasn’t criticised hitting 63. Modern master of the hidden camera show, Dominic John Romulus ‘Dom’ Joly made his presence known in 1967. Having mentioned Russell Tyrone Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard a mere two days ago when he died, here he is again given he started making indecipherable noises from 1968. Singer/guitarist with Nickelback, Chad Robert Kroeger has been in the here and now since 1974. Grandson to queenie of the United Kingdom, Peter Mark Andrew Philips was fifth in line to the throne when born in 1977.
As for deaths, these appear to be a bit thin on the ground but we start with Dutch artist Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp who saw his final scene, the ceiling, from his bed in 1691. Sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso disappeared in 1706. Maria da Glória Joana Carlota Leopoldina da Cruz Francisca Xavier de Paula Isidora Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga who became known as Queen Maria II of Portugal and the Algarves, sipped her last port and lemon in 1835. Ornithologist Frank Michler Chapman saw the vultures circling in 1945. Narayan Apte and Nathuram Godse assassins of Mahatma Gandhi were taken out themselves in 1949. Non-relation to swimming pool party host Michael, (but grandfather to Drew), Lionel Barrymore was a free soul from 1954. Actor Tyrone Edmund Power III didn’t have the luck of the Irish in 1958. Original ‘Jane’ in the Tarzan films from 1918, Enid Markey swung off in 1981. Known for playing Sgt. Wilson in classic sit-com Dad’s Army, John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley, or just John Le Mesurier didn’t quite have the happy ending he’d hoped for in 1983. Notorious child murderer Myra Hindley didn’t get a great deal of sympathy when she rolled over in 2002. Finally, Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Chandra Pant stopped wearing his from 2012.