We start today’s posting way, way back in 42BC when Roman Emperor Tiberius Claudius Nero started as he meant to carry on by wearing sheets. ‘The Merrie Monarch’, David La’amea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua – King of the Hawaiian Islands was a ray of sunshine from 1836. Black shirted founder of the British Union of Fascists and dad to ‘adventurous’ bedroom antic laden son Max, Oswald Ernald Mosley started off wearing white, then brown nappies (diapers) in 1896. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe the first President of Nigeria wasn’t able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes over his birthdate in 1904. Known for playing The Penguin in Batman (the television series), Oliver Burgess Meredith started waddling around a year or two after 1907. Second World War spy and double agent Edward Arnold ‘Eddie Zig Zag’ Chapman didn’t give a lot away from 1914. Voice actor for Hanna Barbera, Charles Dawson ‘Daws’ Butler failed to do a loopy de loop in 1916. Diminutive fan of racing silks, William Fisher Hunter ‘Willie’ Carson didn’t defy the odds to be born in 1942. Amusing Welsh comic, (yes there are some out there if you take Max Boyce out of the equation), who’s now moved into presenting, Griff Rhys Jones started gurgling before talking back in 1953. Harry Carpenter’s favourite pugilist who lifted the WBC heavyweight belt before losing it six months later, Franklin Roy ‘Frank’ Bruno entered the fray in 1961. Mrs Elvis Costello, jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall didn’t so much step out as slip out in 1964. Tubby actor Mark Benton was on the edge in 1965. Youngest test cricket captain for Pakistan Waqar Younis Maitla has made it to 45 not out. Second Hawaiian to feature today – professional surfer Bruce Irons made it through the tubes in 1979.
Given we’ve gone a day or so without a Pope featured here, Pope Anastasius II sees to it that he gets a mention as he lost the top job in 498. Not to be out done, Archbishop of Canterbury Edmund Rich also handed in his bible in 1240. Henry of Winchester/King Henry III of England bagged his spot in Westminster Abbey back in 1272, well before any tourists started trudging round out it. King Gustav Adolphus of Sweden eased off the rollmop herrings from 1632. Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Robert ‘Rob’ Holbrook Smith/Dr Bob/Bill Wilson/Bill W went very dry in 1950. Ten years later, in 1960 star of some of the biggest films of all time, William Clark Gable was gone with the wind. Indian naval officer and actor Krishnan Nair who went by the name Jayan, found dangling from a helicopter wasn’t his best career move in 1980. Short comedian Arthur Bowden Askey managed to get even shorter after they amputated both his legs died before your very eyes 1982. Leading vegan campaigner Donald Watson started the growing process for turnips etc in 2005. First dead Norwegian of the day, Grethe Kausland who represented her country in overlong and dull Eurovision Song Contest, (where she received their usual nil points) took her last gasp in 2007. Second dead Norwegian of the day, also not making it through 2007 is comedian Trond Georg Kirkvaag who found he didn’t have the last laugh. First user of an ATM in Britain, who also starred in un-amusing 70’s sitcom ‘On The Buses’, Reginald Alfred ‘Reg’ Varney fell off the platform in 2008. Finally, E war Woo war, or to give him his full name Edward Woodward nearly became the wicker man, but went for pine instead in 2009.