Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st December

Today’s another day where both paragraphs start with a Pope, and to this end we see Alfons de Borja who went onto become Pope Callixtus III found himself extra omnes in 1378. French palette holder Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse impressed his parents from 1869. Cosmetic queen Florence Nightingale Green, or to use her business name – Elizabeth Arden had a bit of colour to her in 1878. Luvvie Philip Anthony Hopkins was a legend of the fall in 1937. Ill tempered gum chomping football boot throwing ex-Manager of Manchester United and best mate of Dave ‘you know’ Beckham, Alexander Chapman ‘Alex’ Ferguson made it through the defences in 1941. Guitarist with 70’s/80’s band The Police – Andrew James ‘Andy’ Summers parents weren’t so lonely from 1942. Singer of virtually every genre of music I dislike, not to mention being a disqualified pilot, (not that it stopped him flying), Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., or just John Denver, had poems, prayers and promises bestowed upon him in 1943. Also born that year, Krishna Bhanji, or, to use his stage name, Ben Kingsley, had to pardon his expression. Disco queen not averse to a spangly top and glitter balls, LaDonna Adrian Gaines who went with the stage name Donna Summer, found it was all systems go in 1948. Loooserrr of the Scottish referendum, seemingly power crazy ex-leader of the Scottish National Party – Alexander Elliot Anderson ‘Alex’ Salmon didn’t put up any opposition to being born in 1954. Actor who not only researches his roles, but also likes a decent spat with his fellow breed (apparently), Val Edward Kilmer must have had blood out in 1959. Norwegian of the day, writer Are Kalvø began his backstory in 1969. Youngest of nine(!) children singer Joseph Mulrey ‘Joey’ McIntyre was the new kid on the block in 1972. Having had his video viewed over 2.4 billion times Park Jae-sang, or just Psy did it gangnam style in 1973. Son to billionaire President elect Donald Trump Snr., (the one against immigrants, Asians and various other random groups he sees fit from barring entry to America), the imaginatively named Donald John ‘Don’ Trump Jr., started trumping in 1977.

As for deaths, it’s a very quiet day – but we start with Pope Saint Sylvester I who handed in his robes and sandals way back in 335. First Astronomer Royal who catalogued over 3,000 stars, John Flamsteed found his star well in the descendent in 1719. Russian physicist Alexander Stepanovich Popov did exactly that in 1905 (on the Old Style calendar). Land and water speed record holder who used to live in Reigate, Surrey, Sir Malcolm Campbell had a dead start in 1948. Eric Hillary Nelson who found fame as singer/songwriter Ricky Nelson has been on a long vacation since 1985. Finally, comedian John C Wood or John Fortune didn’t have the last laugh in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th December

Today’s posting begins with tenth Emperor of the Roman Empire, Titus – who must have felt the cold in his parents villa way back in 39AD. Union general in the American Civil War before becoming the first Mayor of San Fransisco, John White Geary (the one with the dodgy beard), wasn’t territorial when born in 1819. Given other Presidents get their names mentioned here, I guess it’s only fair eighth President of France Émile François Loubet also sees his name here, given he presented himself in 1838. Writer of ‘The Jungle Book’ (amongst others), Joseph Rudyard Kipling found being born as easy as A.B.C. in 1865. Actress Jeanette Nolan told everything but the truth over her birthday from 1911. Host of Miss America, (so basically perving at young ladies in swimsuits), Bertram Jacobson or Bert Parks as he was better known, took one giant step into the unknown back in 1914. Actor John Joseph Patrick Ryan who went by the stage name Jack Lord was a real ray of sunshine to his folks from 1920. Born Ellas Otha Bates before adopting the name Ellas McDaniel but better known as blues guitarist with the hat, Bo Diddley was a living legend from 1928. Singer Charles Weedon Westover or Del Shannon, wasn’t a runaway after birth in 1934. Folk singer in threesome Peter, Paul & Mary – Noel Paul Stookey was something new and fresh in 1937. First of sixties pop ‘sit-com’ stars from The Monkees to feature – Robert Michael Nesmith was a believer in being born this day in 1942, with David Thomas ‘Davy’ Jones following in 1945. ‘Visual artist’ and singer of the one hit (co-written with Bruce Springsteen), Patricia Lee ‘Patti’ Smith had the dream of life realised in 1946. Curly haired perpetual sunglass wearer who fronted the ELO, (which is a band not a political movement), before going onto co-found The Travelling Wilburys, Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Lynn was a livin’ thing from 1947. One time singer of cover versions before moving to America and inflicting over running moralistic cartoon family ‘The Simpsons’ on us, Trace/Tracey Ullman had her breakaway moment in 1959. Disgraced Canadian athlete Benjamin Sinclair ‘Ben’ Johnson actually qualified in 1961. Hollywood madam to the stars and wealthy, Heidi Florissant wasn’t a member of the doom generation in 1965. Odd head dress wearer Jason Luís Cheetham who goes by the sobriquet Jay Kay found he was travelling without moving in 1969. Philandering divot maker Eldrick Tont ‘Tiger’ Woods had his first hole in one back in 1975. British songstress Elena Jane ‘Elle’ Goulding was under the sheets in 1986.

Pope Felix I not only kicks the bucket in 274, but also today’s deaths paragraph off. Not to be outdone, Pope Innocent XI gave up reading the bible in 1591, after only three months at the pulpit. Dead Norwegian of the day, Trygve Halvdan Lie who started people with odd names as Secretary-General of the United Nations was diplomatic about his death in 1968. Heavyweight boxing champion Charles L. ‘Sonny’ Liston hit the ropes in 1970. 41st Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Josef Maria Laurens Theo ‘Jo’ Cals gave up the cabinet for a coffin in 1971. Other half of the Hammerstein song writing team, Richard Charles Rodgers went to a higher and higher place in 1979. Singer John Alfred Moore aka Johnny Moore drifted away in 1998. Iron fisted and deluded ex-dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was a swinger in 2006. Having mentioned St. Vitus’ dance sufferer Roberto ‘Bobby’ Alfonso Farrell yesterday in relation to his hit ‘Rasputin’, here he is again given he was daddy cool in 2010. Finally, creator of St. Trinian’s School, Ronald William Fordham Searle is still wondering which way did he go in 2011.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th December

Paramour to Louis XV of France, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour aka Madame de Pompadour kicks things off today given she didn’t court controversy in 1721. Not quite founder of Goodyear tyre company, rubber enthusiast Charles Goodyear was a bouncing baby from 1800. Scowling 17th President of the United States of America, Andrew Johnson tailored his entrance to the world in 1808. Continuing the political theme, four time British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone had a liberal upbringing from 1809. 37th President of Mexico José Venustiano Carranza Garza was the eleventh of fifteen children born in 1859. Inventor of the chicken nugget, Robert C. Baker pecked his way out in 1921. Should be national treasure, actor Bernard Joseph Cribbins got the drift in 1928. Controversial and typically blunt Yorkshireman who took to wearing jodhpurs whilst steering a nag around a showjumping ring, Harvey Smith had a clear round in 1938. Also born that year, actor and dad to Angelina Jolie, Jonathan Vincent ‘Jon’ Voight had his deliverance. Indian actor/politician Jatin Khanna or Rajesh Khanna took star billing in 1942. Rug loving, Mars Bar storing ex-squeeze to Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful started a child’s adventure in 1946. Star of un-amusing sit-com Cheers, Edward Bridge ‘Ted’ Danson III was a little treasure to his parents 69 years ago. Previous editor of left leaning newspepar The Gruniad, Alan Charles Rusbridger hasn’t managed to get his birthdate wrong since 1953. Norihito, Prince Takamado of Japan became seventh in line for the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1954. Known for his single from The Snowman, old biddies favourite who pops up on television and radio at various times, Aled, (shouldn’t it be Pallid?!) Jones, saw daybreak for the first time in 1970. Having mentioned his ex-partner Sienna Miller only yesterday, today it’s David Jude Heyworth Law’s turn given he had his final cut from his mum in 1972. Rapper mentioned on 4th December when he handed things on to Pimp D, Chad Lamont Butler ‘Pimp C’ got to meet his homies in 1973. Daughter to singer/songwriter Billy, Alexa Ray Joel who is, wait for it, a singer/songwriter started to sketch out her life from 1985.

There aren’t that many notable deaths to report today, but we do start with one of the more famous Archbishops of Canterbury – Thomas Becket or Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and Thomas à Becket left the pulpit in 1170. Subject of song from St. Vitus Dance sufferer Bobby Farrell’s band Boney M, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin took the bullet in 1916. Extended car manufacturer (the one with little curtains in the back), Wilhelm Maybach spluttered to a halt in 1929. Another British Prime Minister here, this one Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton found all good things come to an end in 1986. Creator of science fiction cartoon character Barbarella, Jean-Claude Forest didn’t get to see the future from 1998. Classic British comedian with the wart who went onto host various game shows, Robert Alan ‘Bob’ Monkhouse failed to get the top prize in 2003. Finally, Indian writer Jagadish Mohanty tried to find a novel way to go in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th December

Today’s posting begins with Margaret of Parma, Duchess consort of Florence and Duchess consort of Parma and Piacenza who went on to become Governor of the Netherlands yet started off wrapped in linen in 1522. Brewer of beer bearing the Maple Leaf, John Molson barrelled along in 1763. 28th President of the United States of America, Thomas Woodrow Wilson broke through in 1856. Actor who portrayed Dr Kildare and ex-Mr Ginger Rogers, Lewis Frederick Ayres III, who managed to condense that to Lew Ayres left the servants’ entrance in 1908. Member of family singing group, Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples was able to see a little further (than his bed) from 1915. Co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk and various other comic superheroes, Stanley Martin Lieber or just Stan Lee had his parents marvel at him from 1922. Spluttering deputy leader of the red team in Britain, Roy Sydney George Hattersley started drooling in 1932. Distinguished actress Margaret Natalie ‘Maggie’ Smith was the child in the house from 1934. Wine swilling cook with the bow tie, Keith Floyd was fully prepared for his arrival in 1943. Game show host fond of eating Gypsy Cream biscuits whilst wearing garish blazers and telling terrible puns, John Richard Whiteley had his countdown to birth in 1943. Lead singer with The Shangri-Las, Mary Weiss was leader of the pack from 1948. French tinkler of the ivories, Philippe Pagés (or as his album releases state: Richard Clayderman), has been brushing cloth since 1953. Actor Denzil Hayes Washington started to cry freedom from 1954. Violinist with attitude, Nigel Kennedy strung along in 1956. Norwegian of the day, singer/actress Herborg Kråkevik started out in 1973. Actress and former other half to Jude Law, Sienna Rose Diana Miller has had unfinished business to attend to since 1981.

People at the other end of life, include, among others – Antipope Clement VIII found a sunny spot in Palma, Majorca way back in 1446. Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland – Mary II of England left her better half William to run things after she dropped her crown in 1694. Seventh Mayor of San Francisco, James Van Ness started having roads named after him in the city from 1872. Continuing the family tradition, composer Eduard Strauss had his final movement in 1916. Fellow composer, Joseph Maurice Ravel didn’t orchestrate his death in 1937. Diminutive King of Italy, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians, Victor Emmanuel III took to a child’s coffin in 1947. Co-founder of the Beach Boys, Dennis Carl Wilson shut down volume 1 in 1983. Actress from four James Bond films, Cassandra Harris didn’t get to die another day after 1991. Known for playing the Lone Ranger in the television series, Jack Carlton ‘Clayton’ Moore was south of Death Valley in 1999. Eye patch wearing rapper Glenn Thomas who went by the more showbiz name Doe B, was unable to trap life in 2013. Finally, raver Paul Walden aka ‘Guru Josh’ got in early, starting the death rush of musicians over the past twelve months in 2015.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th December

Both paragraphs start with a Pope, and to this end we see Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi who went onto become Pope Pius VI expel himself in 1717. Chemist/microbiologist known for founding pasteurisation, Louis Pasteur beat the germs in 1822. British born fifth Prime Minister of Canada, Mackenzie Bowell emptied his from 1823. German racing driver with no wins what-so-ever over his two year career, Hans Stuck didn’t live up to his surname in 1900. Marie Magdalene ‘Marlene’ Dietrich became the scarlett empress from 1901. Also born that year, classic actress Irene Handel who had a mention on the 29th November when she didn’t quite have such a good day. Illustrator of the Tarzan comic strip, John Celardo swung into action back in 1918. Founding member of dad rock band Foreigner, Michael Leslie ‘Mick’ Jones didn’t have double vision in 1944. Journo with the buck teeth and large glasses, not forgetting the distinctive voice, Janet Stwwweett Porrrrrterrr has been an independent individual since 1946. Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu the French (or is it Russian?) actor who’s mates with Putin and likes to relieve himself on aeroplanes having drunk 14 bottles of wine, found birth a pure formality in 1948. 54th Presidenti of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León probably had the local mariachi band present when born in 1951. Actress Maryam d’Abo didn’t scare the living daylights out of her parents in 1960. Child actress Heather O’Rourke had her, ‘I’m here moment’ in 1975.

As for deaths, Pope Zosimus found he was visited by the reaper in 418. George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach stopped following Martin Luther, (who must have been quite glad his stalker had been stopped in his tracks) in 1543. Founder of Texas, Stephen Fuller Austin started having places named after him in 1836. Having mentioned Alexandre Gustave Bönickhausen (or Eiffel) on the 15th December, here he is again given he started the rusting process in 1923. One of the founders of Warner Bros Pictures Inc., Hirsch Moses Wonsal, who changed it to the slightly more westernised Harry Morris Warner, took the executive decision to call it a day in 1958. Not only the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, but also recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Lester Bowles ‘Mike’ Pearson found things a lot more peaceful from 1972. Phylis Nan Sortain Pechey who became known as Fanny Craddock failed to rise after today in 1994. Scandal ridden first (and last) female Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was fired in 2007. Soldier with the multi coloured left hand side of his tunic not to mention leader of the American troops in Operation Desert Storm, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., took the losing side in 2012. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, Gunn Olsen didn’t labour her death in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th December

After yesterday’s festivities and cooking, (not forgetting the washing up), its good to sit back and relax safe in the knowledge you’ll be eating turkey for at least the next week. That aside, we start the births paragraph with early day Bill Gates as Charles Babbage was downloaded in 1791. Having mentioned Charles Pathé only yesterday when he ended up on the cutting room floor, here he is again given he flickered into life back in 1863. Next up is the man with a little red book credited to him, 1st Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (the one with the dodgy haircut) – Mao Zedong/Mao Tse-tung or Chairman Mao never suffered confusion over his birthday from 1893. Only original member of Motown group The Four Aims, who went onto find fame as The Four Tops, Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir found he was in a different world from 1935. Preposterous frizzy wig wearing former record producer now serving time for second degree murder, Harvey Philip ‘Phil’ Spector probably won’t be in the mood to celebrate his 77th birthday in pris. Having mentioned the 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan yesterday, today sees the birth of his predecessor Raja Pervaiz Ashraf who was first behind the (bed) post in 1950. Bald keyboard player (amongst the others) with Kraftwerk, Henning Schmitz joined the robots in 1953. Son of mountaineer Edmund Hillary – Peter Edmund Hillary, a, err, mountaineer, had his first descent in 1954. Co-founder and drummer with Metallica, Lars Ulrich became one in 1963. Norwegian of the day, skier Askel Lund Svindal slid through in 1982.

As for deaths, Pope Dionysius must have been annoyed having to take one last Mass on Christmas Day in 268, and the same goes for Pope Zosimus who found his last day on earth was in 418. Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey, (mentioned on 10th December), gets another go given he was filed for the last time in 1931. 33rd President of the United States of America responsible for dropping the N-bomb and being in charge at the start of the Cold War, Harry S. Truman found things a bit chilled in 1972. Comedian born Benjamin Kubelsky, or Jack Benny – started chasing rainbows in 1974. Indian actress Savitri Kommareddy saw the clapperboard come down for the final time in 1981. Singer Curtis Mayfield moved on up (to heaven) in 1999. Known for his role in sit-com Yes Minister and then Yes Prime Minister, Nigel Barnard Hawthorne was dead on time in 2001. Australian media mogul, no, not Rupert M, but Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer found himself switched off from 2005. Leslie Lynch King Jr., who went onto become 38th President of the United States of America as Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., relinquished control of the button in 2006. Dead Norwegian of the day, skier Ivan Formo also didn’t make it through 2006 when he found out he wasn’t an ice skater. Creator of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlett, Gerald Alexander Abrahams or Gerry Anderson found he had his strings cut in 2012. Finally, also not making it through that year, singer Fontella Bass failed to find someone to rescue her.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th December

People who have/will receive both Christmas and birthday presents today include, among others, the main man himself, (depending which religion you follow) who was actually a baby in a stable at some point – I obviously wasn’t paying attention in my RE lesson all those years ago as I only learnt last year no one knows exactly which year Jesus was born. Away from him, Queen Consort of Denmark, Norway and Sweden – Christina of Saxony started off further south in 1461. Know all Isaac Newton found out about gravity first hand in 1642. Cosmetic queen Chaka Rubinstein who went for the slightly more mainstream name of Helena Rubinstein was made up being born in 1870. Founder of Pakistan, Mahomedli Jinnahbhai or Mohammad Ali Jinnah established his place on the planet in 1876. Half Norwegian of the day, hotel magnate Conrad Nicholson Hilton, started getting clean towels everyday from 1887. Co-founder of old biddies favourite publication who run various dubious sweepstakes, Readers Digest – Lila Bell Wallace (née Acheson) was a condensed adult in 1889. Collector of odd facts who’s named now features at various tourist hotspots around the globe, funny toothed trivia king LeRoy Robert Ripley would be able to bore anyone interested that today was his birthday from 1890. Bogey, or to give you his full name, Humphrey DeForest Bogart wasn’t the Oklahoma Kid given he was born in New York City in 1899. Singer/bandleader Cabell ‘Cab’ Calloway started swinging his arms about uncontrollably from 1907. Noted raconteur (among other, ahem, things), born Denis Charles Prat before changing it to the slightly better known Quentin Crisp started doing it in style from 1908. Third President of Egypt and one of 13 (!) children, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat got to see the pyramids in 1918. Disgraced (and rightly so), broadcaster James Stuart Hall will be able to enjoy his birthday cake without finding a file in it in celebration of his 87th birthday. One half of Merchant Ivory film team, Ismail Noormuhammad Merchant saw the remains of the day after being born in 1936. Oldest bro in family group using their surname O’Kelly Isley Jr., wasn’t so much shouting as screaming in 1937. Comedian taken too soon from us Maurice James Christopher Cole, or Kenny Everett found being born all in the best possible taste back in 1944. Executive producer of various sci-fi television series Star Trek, Richard Keith ‘Rick’ Berman beamed himself down in 1945. Having mentioned the first President of Pakistan (above), it seems only right to give a mench to the 18th Prime Minister too – Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took the lead in 1949. Also born that year, actress Mary Elizabeth ‘Sissy’ Spacek got to meet the midwives. Singer who hasn’t lost her voice despite being in bands since the 1970’s, Ann ‘Annie’ Lennox had no more waiting in vain to enter the world in 1954. Canadian one hit wonder before going on to bother the lower regions of the charts, Alannah Myles has been living in our world, our times since 1955. Rotten toothed perpetual sunglasses wearing hard drinking singer who’s currently raking in the money, Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan has (sort of) enjoyed peace and love since 1957. Tall(ish) ex-squeeze to Michael Hutchence, Helena Christensen was a model child in 1967. Indian actress Nandita Arvind Morarji who goes by the name, Nagma, stole the scene in 1970. Dido Florian Vloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong or just Dido, was no angel as a child in 1971. Baby faced Prime Minister of the land of Mounted Police, maple syrup and lumberjacks, Justin Pierre James Trudeau is making everyone feel old given he was also born in 1971.

Relatives of the following were found queueing up to get refunds on their presents: Pope Adrian had someone else waft the incense about after 795. Having mentioned locksmith Linus Yale Jr., way back on the 4th April when he was released, here he is again given he was permanently locked out from 1868. 123rd Emperor of Japan, Emperor Taishō let his sushi go mouldy in 1926. Older brother in the family film business, Charles Pathé saw the spool run out in 1957. Un-amusing silent film star Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin waddled off into the distance back in 1977. Romanian Presidenti, (along with his Mrs), Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu got the bullet in 1989. Seventh Prime Minister of India Gyani Zail Singh went up in smoke back in 1994. Member of the original Rat Pack known for his quips, Dino Paul Crocetti, or Dean Martin, found that memories are made of this from 1995. Known for playing Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, Denver Dell Pyle has been to hell and back a few times since 1997. ‘The Godfather of Soul’ James Joseph Brown couldn’t get up offa that thing after 2006. Singer with the rather unfortunate name given its rhyming slang meaning, Eartha Kitt found she got nothin’ for Christmas in 2008. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, Halfdan Hegtun was deselected in 2012.