People who have/will receive both Christmas and birthday presents today include, among others, the main man himself, (depending which religion you follow) who was actually a baby in a stable at some point – I obviously wasn’t paying attention in my RE lesson all those years ago as I only learnt last year no one knows exactly which year Jesus was born. Away from him, Queen Consort of Denmark, Norway and Sweden – Christina of Saxony started off further south in 1461. Know all Isaac Newton found out about gravity first hand in 1642. Cosmetic queen Chaka Rubinstein who went for the slightly more mainstream name of Helena Rubinstein was made up being born in 1870. Founder of Pakistan, Mahomedli Jinnahbhai or Mohammad Ali Jinnah established his place on the planet in 1876. Half Norwegian of the day, hotel magnate Conrad Nicholson Hilton, started getting clean towels everyday from 1887. Co-founder of old biddies favourite publication who run various dubious sweepstakes, Readers Digest – Lila Bell Wallace (née Acheson) was a condensed adult in 1889. Collector of odd facts who’s named now features at various tourist hotspots around the globe, funny toothed trivia king LeRoy Robert Ripley would be able to bore anyone interested that today was his birthday from 1890. Bogey, or to give you his full name, Humphrey DeForest Bogart wasn’t the Oklahoma Kid given he was born in New York City in 1899. Singer/bandleader Cabell ‘Cab’ Calloway started swinging his arms about uncontrollably from 1907. Noted raconteur (among other, ahem, things), born Denis Charles Prat before changing it to the slightly better known Quentin Crisp started doing it in style from 1908. Third President of Egypt and one of 13 (!) children, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat got to see the pyramids in 1918. Disgraced (and rightly so), broadcaster James Stuart Hall will be able to enjoy his birthday cake without finding a file in it in celebration of his 87th birthday. One half of Merchant Ivory film team, Ismail Noormuhammad Merchant saw the remains of the day after being born in 1936. Oldest bro in family group using their surname O’Kelly Isley Jr., wasn’t so much shouting as screaming in 1937. Comedian taken too soon from us Maurice James Christopher Cole, or Kenny Everett found being born all in the best possible taste back in 1944. Executive producer of various sci-fi television series Star Trek, Richard Keith ‘Rick’ Berman beamed himself down in 1945. Having mentioned the first President of Pakistan (above), it seems only right to give a mench to the 18th Prime Minister too – Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took the lead in 1949. Also born that year, actress Mary Elizabeth ‘Sissy’ Spacek got to meet the midwives. Singer who hasn’t lost her voice despite being in bands since the 1970’s, Ann ‘Annie’ Lennox had no more waiting in vain to enter the world in 1954. Canadian one hit wonder before going on to bother the lower regions of the charts, Alannah Myles has been living in our world, our times since 1955. Rotten toothed perpetual sunglasses wearing hard drinking singer who’s currently raking in the money, Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan has (sort of) enjoyed peace and love since 1957. Tall(ish) ex-squeeze to Michael Hutchence, Helena Christensen was a model child in 1967. Indian actress Nandita Arvind Morarji who goes by the name, Nagma, stole the scene in 1970. Dido Florian Vloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong or just Dido, was no angel as a child in 1971. Baby faced Prime Minister of the land of Mounted Police, maple syrup and lumberjacks, Justin Pierre James Trudeau is making everyone feel old given he was also born in 1971.
Relatives of the following were found queueing up to get refunds on their presents: Pope Adrian had someone else waft the incense about after 795. Having mentioned locksmith Linus Yale Jr., way back on the 4th April when he was released, here he is again given he was permanently locked out from 1868. 123rd Emperor of Japan, Emperor Taishō let his sushi go mouldy in 1926. Older brother in the family film business, Charles Pathé saw the spool run out in 1957. Un-amusing silent film star Sir Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin waddled off into the distance back in 1977. Romanian Presidenti, (along with his Mrs), Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu got the bullet in 1989. Seventh Prime Minister of India Gyani Zail Singh went up in smoke back in 1994. Member of the original Rat Pack known for his quips, Dino Paul Crocetti, or Dean Martin, found that memories are made of this from 1995. Known for playing Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, Denver Dell Pyle has been to hell and back a few times since 1997. ‘The Godfather of Soul’ James Joseph Brown couldn’t get up offa that thing after 2006. Singer with the rather unfortunate name given its rhyming slang meaning, Eartha Kitt found she got nothin’ for Christmas in 2008. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, Halfdan Hegtun was deselected in 2012.