Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th December

After a couple of days off, we’re straight back into things as we see Philip William, Prince of Orange start off somewhat red in 1554. Another ancient Royal, this one King of Spain, King of Naples, King of Sardinia, King of Sicily, Sovereign of the Netherlands and Duke of Milan, Philip V started off as the Duke of Anjou in 1683. Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, James Jay Archer battled to get out in 1817. Norwegian of the day, author Ingeborg Refling Hargen had her calling in 1895. Dad to imaginatively named Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist Martin Luther King Sr., had a dream about being born in 1899. Inventor of forerunner to both impact dot matrix printers and faxes, Rudolf Hell was an angelic child in 1901. Top red leader with the stern face and title, ‘General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’ Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev saw the iron curtain in his nursery back in 1906. Singer nicknamed ‘The Little Sparrow’, Édith Giovanna Gassion but known as Édith Piaf, didn’t regret anything about being born in 1915. Producer of television, films and stage as well as being a talk show host, David Howard Susskind got people talking in 1920. Another television star, this one Irishman Eamonn Andrews found out his life was starting in 1922. Actor known for his roles in both Upstairs, Downstairs and The Professionals – Gordon Jackson staged the great escape in 1923. 12th President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil played it cool in 1934. Singer/songwriter and founding member of 1970’s funk outfit Earth, Wind and Fire – Maurice ‘Moe’ White, (who’s black), didn’t have another time given he was born in 1941. Weight loss queen Rosemary Jean Neil Conley rather ironically started putting weight on in 1946. Singer with 80’s pop band, Kajagoogoo – Christopher Hamill or as he’s also known, Limahl had some ‘ooh to be ah’ moments in 1958. Italian skier who’s bagged three Olympic golds, Alberto Tomba made it through the gates in 1966. One third of the Top Gear and now Grand Tour presenters, Richard ‘the hamster’ Hammond found the speed to be delivered in 1969. Also born that year, actress Kristen Noel ‘Kirsty’ Swanson has always looked pretty in pink. Former Australian cricket captain, Ricky Thomas Ponting bowled everyone over in 1974. Part of acting family, Jacob Benjamin ‘Jake’ Gyllenhaal has been lovely and amazing to his parents from 1980.

Given there haven’t been any Pope’s featured here over the past few days, here we see two make up for that oversight and first up, we see Pope Anastasius I probably wondered why he didn’t wake up in 401. Then in 1370, Pope Urban V found himself relieved of hanging up the Christmas decs in the Vatican. Danish explorer with the Bering Straits (among other things) named in his honour, Vitus Jonassen Bering found himself quite straight himself (with rigorous mortis) in 1741. Writer of Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë left the plot finished in 1848. Neuroscientist who’s credited with identifying presenile dementia, Alois Alzheimer didn’t forget to die in 1915. King of Burma Thibaw Min rolled over in 1916. Co-founder of Sony, Masaru Ibuka went fuzzy in 1997. Known for playing Q in dull film franchise James Bond, Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn failed to see the living daylights from 1999. Designer of the Cosworth DFV (Double Four Valve) engine, David Keith Duckworth broke down for good in 2005. Finally, builder of various ‘Fisher Price Mansions’ in Britain, Sir Lawrence Arthur ‘Laurie’ Barratt found himself concreted over in 2012.

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