Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th December

King John III of Sweden starts today’s posting but didn’t start wearing Edmund Blackadder hats until a few years after his birth in 1537. Founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Harvey Samuel Firestone left his first skid mark in 1868. Actor who starred in The Wizard of Oz, Charles Ellsworth ‘Chas’ Grapewin had his rendezvous in 1869. Longest serving Australian Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies was in accord with his mum from 1894. Continuing the political theme, ex-government bean counter as Chancellor of the Exchequer who was not only the longest serving cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, but also MP for the people of Reigate between 1970 and 1974, Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe was the incumbent member of the house in 1926. Seventh President of South Korea, Kim Young-sam was more Kim Infant-Sam in 1927. Actor known for his role in Magnum PI, John Hillerman wondered ‘What’s Up Doc?’ when delivered in 1932. Israeli spoon bender and ex-friend of chimp owning, little boy liking (allegedly) sparkly glove wearing near bankrupt singer, Michael Jackson – Uri Gellar told his mum through the powers of telepathy today was his day in 1946. Actress known for waving her underwear at train drivers in the film The Railway Children, Jennifer Ann ‘Jenny’ Agutter steamed through in 1952. Self centred shouter over his guitar, protest singer and left wing bore Stephen William ‘Billy’ Bragg was back to basics in 1957. Actress who was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (sounds enthralling), Nicole de Boer also starred in her family photos from 1970. Norwegian of the day, death metaller Anders Odden was actually happy being born in 1972. St. Lucian cricketer Darren Julius Garvey Sammy was all out in 1983.

At the other end of the scale, Pope Zephyrinus managed to attract the attention of the reaper in 217. King of all Serbian and Maritime Lands/Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks, Stefan Uroš IV Dušan apparently needed a hair cut and a longer coffin to fit in back in 1355. Doctor/zoologist implicated in the Burke and Hare murders, Robert Knox didn’t get dug up after 1862. Olympic golfer/tennis player, who bagged a silver at divot making in the 1904 St. Louis games, Frederick Humphrey Semple found himself in a bunker from 1927. Writer of Goodbye Mr Chips, (among others), James Hilton has been so well remembered since is death in 1954. 11th Prime Minister of Australia Sir Earle Christmas Grafton Page eased off the VB from 1961. Having mentioned his brother, sister-in-law and son within the past couple of weeks, we now see Roy O. Disney not being so animated after 1971. Singer/songwriter and actor Walden Robert ‘Bobby’ Darin was beyond the sea, given he was six feet under from 1973. Finally, British television reporter Brian Hanrahan filed his last report in 1980.


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