Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th December

After yesterday’s festivities and cooking, (not forgetting the washing up), its good to sit back and relax safe in the knowledge you’ll be eating turkey for at least the next week. That aside, we start the births paragraph with early day Bill Gates as Charles Babbage was downloaded in 1791. Having mentioned Charles Pathé only yesterday when he ended up on the cutting room floor, here he is again given he flickered into life back in 1863. Next up is the man with a little red book credited to him, 1st Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (the one with the dodgy haircut) – Mao Zedong/Mao Tse-tung or Chairman Mao never suffered confusion over his birthday from 1893. Only original member of Motown group The Four Aims, who went onto find fame as The Four Tops, Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir found he was in a different world from 1935. Preposterous frizzy wig wearing former record producer now serving time for second degree murder, Harvey Philip ‘Phil’ Spector probably won’t be in the mood to celebrate his 77th birthday in pris. Having mentioned the 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan yesterday, today sees the birth of his predecessor Raja Pervaiz Ashraf who was first behind the (bed) post in 1950. Bald keyboard player (amongst the others) with Kraftwerk, Henning Schmitz joined the robots in 1953. Son of mountaineer Edmund Hillary – Peter Edmund Hillary, a, err, mountaineer, had his first descent in 1954. Co-founder and drummer with Metallica, Lars Ulrich became one in 1963. Norwegian of the day, skier Askel Lund Svindal slid through in 1982.

As for deaths, Pope Dionysius must have been annoyed having to take one last Mass on Christmas Day in 268, and the same goes for Pope Zosimus who found his last day on earth was in 418. Melville Louis Kossuth (Melvil) Dewey, (mentioned on 10th December), gets another go given he was filed for the last time in 1931. 33rd President of the United States of America responsible for dropping the N-bomb and being in charge at the start of the Cold War, Harry S. Truman found things a bit chilled in 1972. Comedian born Benjamin Kubelsky, or Jack Benny – started chasing rainbows in 1974. Indian actress Savitri Kommareddy saw the clapperboard come down for the final time in 1981. Singer Curtis Mayfield moved on up (to heaven) in 1999. Known for his role in sit-com Yes Minister and then Yes Prime Minister, Nigel Barnard Hawthorne was dead on time in 2001. Australian media mogul, no, not Rupert M, but Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer found himself switched off from 2005. Leslie Lynch King Jr., who went onto become 38th President of the United States of America as Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., relinquished control of the button in 2006. Dead Norwegian of the day, skier Ivan Formo also didn’t make it through 2006 when he found out he wasn’t an ice skater. Creator of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Captain Scarlett, Gerald Alexander Abrahams or Gerry Anderson found he had his strings cut in 2012. Finally, also not making it through that year, singer Fontella Bass failed to find someone to rescue her.

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