Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th December

Paramour to Louis XV of France, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour aka Madame de Pompadour kicks things off today given she didn’t court controversy in 1721. Not quite founder of Goodyear tyre company, rubber enthusiast Charles Goodyear was a bouncing baby from 1800. Scowling 17th President of the United States of America, Andrew Johnson tailored his entrance to the world in 1808. Continuing the political theme, four time British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone had a liberal upbringing from 1809. 37th President of Mexico José Venustiano Carranza Garza was the eleventh of fifteen children born in 1859. Inventor of the chicken nugget, Robert C. Baker pecked his way out in 1921. Should be national treasure, actor Bernard Joseph Cribbins got the drift in 1928. Controversial and typically blunt Yorkshireman who took to wearing jodhpurs whilst steering a nag around a showjumping ring, Harvey Smith had a clear round in 1938. Also born that year, actor and dad to Angelina Jolie, Jonathan Vincent ‘Jon’ Voight had his deliverance. Indian actor/politician Jatin Khanna or Rajesh Khanna took star billing in 1942. Rug loving, Mars Bar storing ex-squeeze to Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful started a child’s adventure in 1946. Star of un-amusing sit-com Cheers, Edward Bridge ‘Ted’ Danson III was a little treasure to his parents 69 years ago. Previous editor of left leaning newspepar The Gruniad, Alan Charles Rusbridger hasn’t managed to get his birthdate wrong since 1953. Norihito, Prince Takamado of Japan became seventh in line for the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1954. Known for his single from The Snowman, old biddies favourite who pops up on television and radio at various times, Aled, (shouldn’t it be Pallid?!) Jones, saw daybreak for the first time in 1970. Having mentioned his ex-partner Sienna Miller only yesterday, today it’s David Jude Heyworth Law’s turn given he had his final cut from his mum in 1972. Rapper mentioned on 4th December when he handed things on to Pimp D, Chad Lamont Butler ‘Pimp C’ got to meet his homies in 1973. Daughter to singer/songwriter Billy, Alexa Ray Joel who is, wait for it, a singer/songwriter started to sketch out her life from 1985.

There aren’t that many notable deaths to report today, but we do start with one of the more famous Archbishops of Canterbury – Thomas Becket or Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and Thomas à Becket left the pulpit in 1170. Subject of song from St. Vitus Dance sufferer Bobby Farrell’s band Boney M, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin took the bullet in 1916. Extended car manufacturer (the one with little curtains in the back), Wilhelm Maybach spluttered to a halt in 1929. Another British Prime Minister here, this one Maurice Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton found all good things come to an end in 1986. Creator of science fiction cartoon character Barbarella, Jean-Claude Forest didn’t get to see the future from 1998. Classic British comedian with the wart who went onto host various game shows, Robert Alan ‘Bob’ Monkhouse failed to get the top prize in 2003. Finally, Indian writer Jagadish Mohanty tried to find a novel way to go in 2013.


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