Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th November

Notable births today include Charles XI King of Sweden who had rosy cheeks after birth in 1655. Uniform wearing 12th President of the United States of America, Zachary Taylor was young, rough and ready in 1784. English clergyman widely credited with inventing rugby union, William Webb Ellis didn’t have the medical joker deliver him in 1806. Having mentioned inbred French painter with the short legs, Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa on the 9th September when he put his paintbrushes down, here he is again given the nurses weren’t too sure whether he was standing up in 1864. Cardiologist Frederick Arthur Willus let out a mumur when born in 1888. Pioneering plastic surgeon Albert Ross Tilley changed his looks over the years from 1904. Fellow Canadian, author of young adult fiction Eric Hamilton Wilson, didn’t make up his birthdate in 1940. Someone else who had a mention earlier this year when he unplugged from life, guitarist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn is featured again as he plucked his way through in 1941. Also born that year, drummer with The Beatles, Randolph Peter Scandland but known as Randolph Peter ‘Pete’ Best found the rhythm in Madras, British India. Welder/boilermaker who went onto become comedian/actor, William ‘Billy’ Connolly didn’t give a stuff, (polite version) about being born in 1942. Serial killer Theodore Robert Cowell (or Bundy as he was also known), didn’t get off to the best of starts in 1946. Known for his role in The A Team as Captain ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, William Dwight Schultz was no longer alone in the dark from 1947. Australian stand up comedian and television host, Shane Keith Bourne wondered how the hell did I get here? in 1949. Having mentioned Merv Hughes yesterday, today we see fund raiser and willow bat holder Ian Botham, who managed to get through the sticky wicket in 1955. Someone else born that year, drummer for Blondie – Clement ‘Clem’ Burke isn’t downbeat given he’s now 61. Apologies to all, (but especially the ‘Russellers’, who told me I was a day early for Russell Watson’s big day – I’m more than happy to correct this oversight) and hope he’ll take an even deeper breath to blow out the 50 candles on his cake. Lanky bespectacled sidekick to Ricky Gervais, Stephen James Merchant certainly wasn’t an extra in 1974. Oldest son to actor Tom Hanks, actor Colin Hanks has managed to get over it having been born in 1977.

As for deaths, the following fell into the grasp of the reaper – Sethus Calvisius who proposed a change to the calendar found it did him no favours given he died in 1615. There are no Popes to mention (again) today, but we do see ninth of the ten Gurus of the Sikh religion, Guru Tegh Bahadur feature today as he found himself minus his head in 1675. Mohawk military and political leader Thayendanegea or Joseph Brant to his friends, left his teepee for the last time in 1807. British Prime Minister William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, (the one with the city in Australia named after him), was able to leave it alone from 1848. Argentine presidenti between 1874 and 1880, Nicolás Remigio Aurelio Avellaneda Silva died in 1885, a few years before the Falkland Islands became an issue. We have Anna Jarvis to thank for us celebrating Mother’s Day, (and there I was thinking it was the card companies inventing it, how cynical is that?), mind you she didn’t give us Death Day every year after her demise in 1948. Alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald met his own maker in 1963. Quebec born cook, Jehane Benoît (née Patenaude), who wrote 30 cook books before finding the benefits of microwave ovens heard the final ping on her life support machine in 1987. Rock star with the distinctive teeth, Faroukh Bulsara or Freddy Mercury as he was better known didn’t get to live forever as he failed to inhale from 1991. Character actor who played General Erich Von Klinkerhoffen in ‘Allo ‘Allo, Roger Michael Hilary Minster was able to cry freedom in 1999. Finally, owner of numerous American sports teams, Abraham ‘Abe’ Pollin slam dunked life in 2009.


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