Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th December

King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden kicks things off today given he got things going back in 1594. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, Queen consort of Spain Maria Luisa of Parma found herself wrapped in linen back in 1751. Having mentioned founder of frozen food company Clarence Frank Birdseye II on October 7th when he froze himself, here he is again given he thawed out in 1886. If you suffer coulrophobia I’d look away now as Emmet Leo Kelly or ‘Weary Willy’, (which would raise a few eye brows these days), started fooling around in 1898. Actress known for playing the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Margaret Brainard Hamilton found you only live once from 1902. Ex-sailor who went onto acting, Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr., didn’t have loose ankles in 1909. Not to be outdone, Issur Danielovitch or the slightly easier to say, Kirk Douglas (and dad to sex addict Michael), has had a lust for life given he’s reached the ton having been born in 1916. 1929 saw the birth of Aussie Prime Minister – Robert James Lee ‘Bob’ Hawke, the one that liked to manhandle monarchs and sink pints of beer as a bet at cricket matches. Actor and Academy Award winning screenwriter/director, Henry Zuckerman or Buck Henry found heaven can wait from 1930. Refined actress from Outwood Surrey, (often found rifling through the freezers at The Priory Farm in Nutfield), Judith Olivia ‘Judi’ Dench left the womb with a view from 1934. Lloyd Vernet ‘Beau’ Bridges III gave his mum a two minute warning in 1941. Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading showed love and affection from 1950. John Gavin Malkovich started being John Malkovich in 1953. Donald Clark ‘Donny’ Osmond the white toothed wonder who warbled his way into the hearts of teenaged girls in the early 1970’s was sweet and innocent in 1957. Bass player with Crowded House, Nicholas More ‘Nick’ Seymour began his time on earth in 1958. Born Masako Owada who is now known as Masaka, Crown Princess of Japan entered the fray in 1963. Guitarist with the rather un-rock star name Brian Lane Bell, certainly wasn’t a weezer after his birth in 1968. Actress Dia Handrich, now known in Bollywood circles as Dia Mirza Sangha was unable to proclaim ‘Hello Mumbai’ in 1981 given she a) couldn’t speak and b) was born in Hyderabad. Prince Joachim Karl-Maria Nikolaus Isabelle Marcus d’Aviano of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este has kept the family title going from 1991.

As for deaths, King Malcolm IV of Scotland found Paget’s disease caught up with him in 1165. Pope Pius IV dropped everything bar his cassock in 1565. Then, in 1669, Pope Clement IX saw to it that he didn’t have to make his bed again. Peter II, King of Portugal and the Algarves, he of the Brian May hair lived up to his nickname ‘o Pacifico’ (the peaceful) from 1706. Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet engineer of MiG Jets found himself grounded in 1970. Gossip columnist Louella Parsons (born Louella Rose Oettinger) went very quiet in 1972. Lead singer of The Waitresses, known for their one hit, Christmas Wrapping – Patricia Jean ‘Patty’ Donahue didn’t get any tips on how to live longer in 1996. Heir to the du Pont fortune, John Eleuthére du Pont who was mentioned on 22nd November when he was born, gets another go given he obviously wasn’t Teflon coated in 2010. High waisted trouser and monocle wearer who enjoyed playing the xylophone whilst looking at the stars, Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, found he had his ultimate eclipse moment in 2012. Finally, co-creator of the bar code, Norman Joseph Woodland also checked out in 2012.


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