Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th November

Today’s births paragraph starts with Princess Friederike Luise Wilhelmine of Prussia, who went on to become Queen of the Netherlands and joined the party in 1774. One half of dull ‘comedy opera’ writers (who’s songs all sound pretty much the same), William Schwenck (W.S.) Gilbert ran out of patience and made his way into the world back in 1836. Statistician and pollster George Horace Gallop didn’t need to gauge opinion on being born in 1901. Having mentioned designer of the Mini car, Alexander Arnold Constantine ‘Alec’ Issigonis back on 26th July when he ran out of juice, here he is again newly off the production line in 1906. Member of the Buena Vista Social Club, Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz or as he became known Compay Segundo started making noises in 1907. Proving you should never ask a lady her age, Amanda Lear singer/artist and muse to Salvador Dali, was born this day in either a) 1939 b) 1946 c) 1948 or d) 1950, though as to which is correct I’ll leave to you work out. Soap opera star Linda Evans carried on the family dynasty from 1942. One hit wonder from the 80’s John Parr was not a member of the brat pack in 1954. Daughter to rock’n’roller Marty, born Kim Smith but known as Kim Wilde wasn’t a kid in America given she grew up in Chiswick London, from 1960. Danish footballer Peter Bolesław Schmeichel wasn’t offside in 1963. Frontman of the Polyphonic Spree Tim DeLaughter had his parents say, ‘Yes, it’s true’ in 1965. Actor Owen Cunningham Wilson got to meet the parents for the first time in 1968. His compatriot and wearer of mismatched clothes, Cholë Stevens Sevigny obviously wasn’t anti birth in 1974. Younger half of Simon Cowell’s cheeky chappies PJ & Duncan, or rather Ant & Dec (or is it the other way round?), Anthony David ‘Ant’ McPartlin wasn’t a celebrity but still got out of there in 1975. John David Jackson who must be dyslexic given goes under the stage name of Fabolous, (please let us be the judge of that), can’t deny it given he was born in 1977.

As for deaths there aren’t that many to report on, though the following weren’t so lucky: civil engineer responsible for West India Docks in London as well as one of the first railways in the world (from Croydon to Godstone in Surrey), William Jessop engineered his passing in 1814. Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America didn’t elect to die this day in 1886. Novelist Marcel Proust failed to turn the page from 1922. Third prime minister of the land of eternal sunshine (unless you live in Melbourne), John Christian Tanck or John Christian ‘Chris’ Watson didn’t get to barbecue another prawn or snag after 1941. Not the English Prime Minister and sailor, (sorry sailing), enthusiast with the same name, but trombone player and band leader Edward Heath conducted his demise in 1969. Frederick Landis Fitzsimmons or as he was affectionately known ‘Fat Freddie’ the Major League Baseball player didn’t quite score a home run in 1979. First French cyclist to win the Tour de France five times (Lance Armstrong take note), Jacques Anquetil peddled his last tale in 1987. American Bandleader and original singer of Minnie the Moocher, Cabell ‘Cab’ Calloway III was unable to get up and live from 1994. Finally, Austin ‘Red’ Robbins the basketball player for various teams throughout his career dribbled for the last time in 2009.


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