Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th December

We start today’s births paragraph with Louise of Great Britain who ended up as Queen of Denmark and Norway, but kicked things off in London back in 1724. Sixth Prime Minister from the land of surf and sun – not forgetting the spiders and snakes, (Australia), Joseph Cook didn’t have a Foster father in 1860. Co-founder of department store bearing his name, (along with his mate Alvah Curtis Roebuck), Richard Sears started to serve himself from 1863. Actor from various western films, Eli Herschel Wallach joined the lineup in 1915. There aren’t any Popes or Archbishops of Canterbury’s to mention today, however, there is Pramukh Swami Maharaj, born Shantilal Patel, ordained as Shastri Narayanswarupdas – guru and president of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha gets his day in the limelight and mentioned here since he had a spiritual birth in 1921. Not particularly amusing comedian Stanley ‘Stan’ Boardman was a little focke himself from 1940. Ex-Chief of the LAPD Bernard C. Parks broke and entered for the first time in 1943. Charles Anthony ‘Tony’ Thomas’ the person we have to blame, (and really don’t mean thank) for The Golden Girls produced himself in 1947. Co-founder of the Psychedelic Furs, Timothy George ‘Tim’ Butler wasn’t pretty in pink in 1958. Fan of acoustic (read boring) guitar, Damien Rice floated better than a cannonball in 1973. Member of reformed group All Saints and ex-Mrs L Gallagher, Nicole Marie Appleton wanted to get started, (sounds like her ex-husband) in 1973. Unpopular ex-captain of the English football team, John George Terry made it through the defences in 1980.

As for deaths, another two Popes called it a day – Pope Eutychian didn’t get to meet the Swiss Guard given he stopped breathing in 283. Next up is Pope Innocent IV who only got to ex-communicate people for 18 months before ex-communicating himself in 1254. Unlucky sailor who was in charge of HMS Bounty before being deposed as a Governor of New South Wales, William Bligh stepped overboard in 1817. Developer of the Suez Canal – Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de Lesseps cut a corner for the last time in 1894. Prog rockers favourite inventor – of the 33 1/3 rpm album, Peter Carl Goldberg reached the end of side two in 1977. Known for playing Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street, Will Lee has been whistling in the dark since 1982. Actor Harry Bratsberg who became known as Harry Morgan or Colonel Sherman T. Potter in long running and boring TV series M*A*S*H had his final scene in 2011. Finally, businessman who tried (and failed) to take over Walt Disney Productions, Saul Philip Steinbeck went the same day as his mum in 2012.


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