Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th December

Births seem to have picked up a bit today, and to this end we start with Mary Queen of Scots, or Mary Stuart, or Mary I of Scotland, (not forgetting her stint as Queen Consort of France), who waited all of six days before claiming the throne in 1542. Not wanting to miss out, Christina Queen of the Swedes, Goths and Wends was a bit white when born in 1626. Founder of the casino in Monte Carlo, Charles Honoré Grimaldi who went onto become Charles III, Prince of Monaco gambled on being born in 1818. Given there’s been a recent lack of Norwegians over the past few days, here we have Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson who was a happy boy in 1832. Elzie Crisler ‘E.C.’ Segar, cartoonist responsible for Popeye must have started eating spinach in 1894. Screenwriter responsible for not only West Side Story, but also The Sound of Music, Ernest Paul Lehman woke his parents to the sound of screaming from 1915. Uncle to Emma Freud (sounds painful), painter Lucian Michael Freud started off life in 1922 naked, just like the subjects of his paintings. Diminutive original member of the ‘Rat Pack’ with the pronounced jaw and liking of gold chains/rings, Samuel George ‘Sammy’ Davis Jr., was sweet and low in 1925. Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Alexsandrovich Shatalov, has nearly lived up to his name since 1927. Actor known for his role of Danny ‘Danno’ Williams in Hawaii Five-O, James Gordon MacArthur was the young stranger in 1937. James Galway, he of the flute (and not penny whistle), had wind for the first time in 1939, whilst in 1941 member of the last England team to lift the World Cup, Geoffrey Charles ‘Geoff’ Hurst found it wasn’t all over given it had just begun. Iconic (to some), overlong songsmith James Douglas ‘Jim’ Morrison broke on through to the other side in 1943. Indian film actress Begum Ayesha Sultana, or Sharmila Tagore depending how you know her, found the family come first in 1946. Anglophile author William McGuire ‘Bill’ Bryson didn’t get to walk about for a year or so after his birth in 1951. Also born that year, Richard Clive Desmond – owner of various tittle tattle magazines as well as some, ahem, adult channels where there’s less tattle and more, well, you get the idea. Ex-Mrs A. Baldwin and filer for bankruptcy, actress Kimila Ann ‘Kim’ Basinger had the get away in 1953. Former NFL cheerleader who went onto become Lois Lane, Teri Lynn Hatcher began to see the big picture in 1964. Singer, sort of priest and snap bride with the cropped hair, Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor was wearing the emperor’s new clothes in 1966. Singer (used in the broadest possible sense of the word), with Slipknot and Stone Sour, Corey Todd Taylor let the mask slip in 1973. Rapper with the blonde curly hair, Onika Tanya Minaj who’s better known as Nicki Minaj started to check it out in 1982. Former two time world champion in boxing the living daylights out of his opponent and bagging a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics – Amir Iqbal Khan was below the belt in 1986.

Deaths are a bit thinner on the ground, but Flemish astronomer and mathematician Johan Philip Lansberge obviously didn’t read his stars back in 1632 given they would have told him in a roundabout way he wouldn’t survive the day. Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry – last royal mistress of France found herself minus her head thanks to the guillotine in 1793. Inventor of Boolean algebra, (anyone know about this?), George Bool ran out of permutations in 1864. Oscar II – King of Sweden and on the other days King of Norway, put his epaulettes and odd hat away for the last time in 1907. Born Gladys Clare Evans, four times married actress known as Gladys George found herself below the surface from 1954. Ukrainian born fourth Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir (née Mabovich), left the kibbutz in 1978. Pebble glass wearing long haired bed botherer whilst holding a peace protest, ex-Beatle John Winston Lennon probably wished he hadn’t said, ‘I’m just stepping out’ to Yoko in 1980. Actor Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., or ‘Slim Pickens’ rested in the shadows of the tombstone from 1983. Russian weightlifter Yevgeny Minayev found himself considerably lighter in 1993. Actor Robert Lewis ‘Bob’ Bell known for playing Bozo the Clown pleased all those coulrophobics out there in 1997. Puppeteer responsible for both the Clangers and Bagpuss (among others), Richard Oliver Postgate stopped motioning in 2008. Finally, Malayalam actor Jagannathan found all those publicity photos surplus to requirements after 2012.

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