Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st January

Today, we do something totally different as both paragraphs start with the same person – King Henry I of Portugal and the Algarves, who could also claim to be a cardinal found himself consecrated in 1512. Norwegian of the day, ruff wearing Lutheran missionary Hans Poulsen Egede couldn’t spread the word of his birth in 1686. Composer Franz Peter Schubert entered the chamber in 1797. William Charles Lunalilo who went onto become King of Hawaii, was an ankle snapper in 1835. Spiritual leader Dungar Patel but known as Shastriji Maharaj, put his parents in a trance from 1865. Actor who was married Shirley Temple and right hand man to John Wayne, John George Agar Jr., made his breakthrough in 1921. Actress Jean Merilyn Simmonds thankfully wasn’t known as ‘Young Bess’ from 1929. Bouffant haired ex-Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, will probably knock back a couple of large glasses of Heineken whilst chomping birthday cake in celebration of her 79th birthday. Known for her role in classic 1970’s sit-com ‘Fawlty Towers’, ex-Mrs J Cleese – Constance ‘Connie’ Booth’s parents were in high spirits back in 1944. Founder of his own band, Harry Wayne Casey of KC, (see what he did there) and the Sunshine Band, found something’s happening in 1951. Fellow singer, Lloyd Cole was caught up in a bit of a commotion in 1961. Actress Amelia Fiona ‘Minnie’ Driver certainly didn’t suffer stage fright in 1970. Singer who started out on ‘The All-New Mickey Mouse Show’ before picking up Britney Spears and then being a member of boy band NSYNC, Justin Randall Timberlake started looking in mirrors from 1981.

As mentioned above, King Henry I of Portugal found himself released from his vows in 1580. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators in the gunpowder plot, Ambrose Rokewood and Thomas Wintour were hung out to dry in 1606. Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart, who’s better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France finally gave up on his plans in 1788. 11th Dalai Lama Khedrup Gyatso stopped praying in 1856. Canadian shopkeeper Timothy Eaton closed for business in 1907. Credited with creating frequency modulation (FM), Edwin Howard Armstrong tuned out in 1954. Writer of Winnie-the-Pooh books, Alan Alexander ‘A.A.’ Milne has been dead year in, year out, from 1956. Indian God born Merwan Sheriar Irani, but went by the name Meher Baba found eternal peace in 1969. Dead Norwegian of the day, economist Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch worked out the best day to depart in 1973. Founder of various film studios Szmuel Gelbfisz or Samuel Goldwyn had the clapperboard come down on his life in 1974. Inspiration for James Bond (apparently), Sir William Samuel Stephenson couldn’t be shaken or stirred after 1989. Film actor Cheyur Krishna Rao Nageshwaran who cut that down to Nagesh went up in smoke back in 2009. Fourth Prime Minister of Somalia Abdirizak Haji Hussein didn’t hijack his funeral in 2014. Finally, Irish hogger of the airwaves who liked the sound of his own voice, Sir Terence ‘Terry’ Wogan gave up the day job in 2016.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 30th January

Today’s posting starts quite late in 1882 and sees 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt named before the road and airport were given those monikers. Hindi novelist/poet, Jaishankar Prasad wrote herself into the plot back in 1890. Gardener who I remember as the green fingered old man chasing Blue Peter dogs off his vegetable patch, Percy John Thrower wasn’t quite a runner when born in 1913. Actor/film director John Benjamin Ireland started to wake up and dream from 1914. 5th Baron Profumo (albeit in the Kingdom of Sardinia), who’s better known as the British Cabinet Minister implicated in the scandal bearing his name, John Dennis ‘Jack’ Profumo was born without controversy in 1915. Film director Michael Joseph Anderson Sr., broke through the naked edge in 1920. Co-star of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Thomas Richard ‘Dick’ Martin wasn’t laughing when born in 1922. Now retired actor Eugene Allen ‘Gene’ Hackman went to extreme measures in 1930. American state senator (for The Maryland 9th District), with the great name of F. Vernon Boozer was teetotal in 1936. Extreme member of the red team, actress Vanessa Redgrave was, it’s fair to say, a drop out in 1937. Having mentioned 32nd President of the United States of America (above), here’s the 46th Vice President – Richard Bruce ‘Dick’ Cheney got his first term in 1941. Loathed by most, loved by others – diminutive drummer and singer Philip David Charles ‘Phil’ Collins didn’t get one more night in his mum’s stomach given he entered the world in 1951. Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein – King of Jordan, got the name of his grandad in 1962. Actor Christian Charles Philip Bale made it out of the furnace in 1974. Also born that year, ex-Mrs Imran Khan, Jemima Marcelo Goldsmith isn’t hacked off about it. Lanky footballer (soccer) more suited to being a basketball player, Peter Crouch stretched out in 1981.

Death wise, not Larry Grayson’s mate but ruff wearing Gunpowder plotter, Everard Digby wore a rope necklace in 1606. First King of England, Scotland and Ireland called Chas, King Charles I found himself headless in 1649. Peter II Alexeyevich, Emperor of Russia threw his last vodka glass on the fire in 1730. Maker of the first American flag who was mentioned on 1st January, Elizabeth Griscom ‘Betsy’ Ross, furled herself up in 1836. Pebble glassed, sandal and sheet wearing Indian independence activist, Mohandas Karamchand ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi took the bullet in 1948. Also not making it through that year, flying pioneer Orville Wright found the dead stick. Nazi assisting automotive engineer who created the Volkswagen Beetle before finding over priced car manufacturer named after himself, Ferdinand Porsche reached the end of his particular cul-de-sac in 1951. Another Nazi sympathiser with the thick rimmed glasses, Ernst Heinkel touched down for the last time in 1958. Founding member of folk (read beard and sandals wearer) group – The Dubliners, Luke Kelly was dead, plain and simple from 1984. Actor John Herrick McIntyre jumped off the wagon train in 1991. Writer Sidney Sheldon left the Merry Widow in 2007. Gammy handed prankster Jeremy James Anthony Gibson-Beadle wasn’t game for a laugh from 2008. Composer/conductor or film music, John Barry (Prendergast) found the party’s over in 2011. Close harmony singer, (hopefully not out of tune) with her sisters, Patricia Marie ‘Patty’ Andrews wasn’t so much fenced as boxed in from 2013. Finally, actor Francis ‘Frank’ Finlay left the waiting room in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th January

Births today begin with coiffured haired King Christian VII of Denmark and Norway who took up residence in Copenhagen from 1749. Stern faced 25th President of the United States of America, (and seventh child to his parents), William McKinley started trying to attract attention in 1843. Short story writer Anton Pavlovich Chekhov joined his three sisters in 1860. Comedian/actor, William Claude Dukenfield or just W.C. Fields was born the old fashioned way in 1880. Actor of stage, screen and television Victor John Mature started to wake up screaming from 1913. Illustrator for Disney with the rather unfortunate surname – William Bartlett Peed, who somewhat wisely renamed himself Bill Peet, started to draw on life’s experiences from 1915. Actor who was the voice of ‘Charlie’ in Charlie’s Angels (among other roles) John, or Jacob, Lincoln Freud started out in 1918 before changing his name to John Forsyth. Best known for his role in The Beatles Film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, John Francis Junkin started wombling free in 1930. Légion d’honneur holder and French crooner Alexandre ‘Sasha’ Distel was born round about midnight in 1933. Second wave bra burner who pops up on various television programmes, Germaine Greer under went the change in 1939. Sacked and then reinstated Radio DJ partial to wearing spangly jackets who tells corny jokes and had a melt down live on air, Anthony Kenneth ‘Tony’ Blackburn spun into life back in 1943. Proud moustache wearer who starred in Magnum P.I., Thomas William ‘Tom’ Selleck was in, then out in 1945. Irish broadcaster who’s actually stayed in Ireland, Patrick ‘Pat’ Kenny found his voice in 1948. Creator and voice actor for ALF, Paul Fusco wasn’t an Alien Life Form in 1953. Also born that year, member of The Gap Band, (not the house band for the clothes shop), Charles Kent ‘Charlie’ Wilson didn’t get to hear the nurse say, ‘Oops upside your head’ to him. Chat show queen who fluctuates between slim, and, err, not so slim, Oprah Gail Winfrey started tongues wagging in 1954. Actress Heather Joan Graham was blessed to be born in 1970. Starting out as a sports broadcaster, but now taking on the early Sunday morning God slot (along with anything else she’s offered), Clare Victoria Balding has been a good sport since 1971. Actor from the Free Willy films, (the ones about the whale in case you were wondering), Jason James Richter was a rugrat in 1980.

Beginning the deaths paragraph is a Pope, (yes, really), as Pope Gelasius II didn’t get to hear any more confessions after 1119. Aleksey Mikhailovich Tsar of All Russia, gave up procreating in 1676. Another Tsar of Russia, (well half Tsar, as he job shared with his younger brother), Ivan V Alekseyevich found he started lying still in 1696. King George III of the United Kingdom and Ireland handed on the crown in 1820. Poet, (or rather limerick writer), Edward Lear – he of The Owl and the Pussycat, didn’t get to see the boy on the burning deck after 1888. King Milan I of Serbia put his medal cleaner out of business in 1901. King Christian XI of Denmark finally took his sash off in 1906. Not only the name of a pub in Effingham (Surrey), but also a Field Marshall from the First World War, Douglas Haig took his last orders in 1928. Laurence of Arabia impersonator, ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ran dry in 1950. Actor/comedian James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Durante had his last judgement in 1980. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, actor Lars Andreas Larssen found himself edited out in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th January

Rather than start both paragraphs with a Pope, we see ancient Kings of England take that accolade today, and to this end we see King Henry VII of England, (or Henry Tudor 2nd Earl of Richmond as he was known before taking the top job), had a stable upbringing from 1457. Giulio Rospigliosi aka Pope Clement IX didn’t get any white smoke upon his arrival in 1600. George Hamilton-Gordon Prime Minister of Great Britain, peeled off in 1784. Getting his second mention in as many days, Charles George ‘Chinese’ Gordon found himself ready for his first battle in 1883. Explorer who tracked down Dr. Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley started off life as John Rowlands in 1841. Inventor of the calculating machine, William Seward Burroughs I found life added up from 1857. Having missed the big day by 35 days, (or 332 days depending which way you count), painter Ernest William Christmas got through the masking fluid in 1863. First President of Finland, Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg was a progressive child from 1865. Known as ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’, Robert Franklin Stroud started to feed from 1890. Successful splatterer of paint on canvas Paul Jackson Pollock made his first mess in 1912. Puppeteer who gave Sooty that surprised look on his face (and we all know why), Harry Corbett made a less than quiet entrance to the world in 1918. Saxophonist and jazz club owner, Ronald Schatt or Ronnie Scott’s parents blew their trumpet when he was born in 1927. Known for his stripy waistcoats, bowler hat, goatee beard and clarinet playing, Bernard Stanley ‘Acker’ Bilk wasn’t lonely in 1929. Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo who found fame as Hawkeye Pierce in ‘comedy’ M*A*S*H, Alan Alder will be celebrating his birthday the same time next year as he has been doing since 1936. Diminutive scandal ridden ex-President of France, Nicholas Paul Stéphane Sarkōzy de Nagy-Bosca, or just Nicholas Sarkozy was even more diminutive in 1955. Comedian Christopher Graham Collins, who now goes by the name of Frank Skinner, took a year or so to stand up from 1957. A slight battle of the boy bands now ensues given Joseph Anthony ‘Joey’ Fatone Jr., of NSYNC went pop in 1977. Not to be outdone, Nickolas Gene ‘Nick’ Carter of the Backstreet Boys found himself born in a hospital in 1980. Having made his debut in Back to the Future Part II, Elijah Jordan Wood made a deep impact on his parents from 1981. Athlete who bagged a gold during the 2012 Olympics and doesn’t start puffing half way through the heptathlon, Jessica Ennis was a champion baby in 1986.

As promised above, here’s the second (and more famous) old King of England – Henry VIII didn’t have to listen to his sixth wife Catherine Parr after 1547. Founder of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Sir Thomas Bodley has racked up a huge fine for not returning his books since 1613. Given Henry separated the Catholic Church from the Church of England, so Pope Paul V separated life from death in 1621. Dead Norwegian of the day, historian Ludvig Holberg found himself become history in 1754. Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (for all of 144 days) – took his last title, deceased, in 1859. Nobel prize winning poet William Butler ‘W.B.’ Yeats went to where there is nothing in 1939. Olympic medal winning athlete/gymnast, Edward Victor Siegler fell flat in 1942. Ninth Prime Minister from the land of convicts and VB, James Henry ‘Jim’ Scullion went to bed permanently in 1953. Also not making it through the day is another Aussie PM, (the 15th incumbent lasting all of seven days), Francis Michael ‘Frank’ Forde found himself demobilised in 1983. Ronald William Wycherley who restyled himself as Billy Fury must have been pretty annoyed at expiring in 1983. Gregory Jarvis, (the one with the memorial on The Strand, Hermosa Beach), Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Francis Richard Scobee and Michael J Smith tragically went up in smoke when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986. Voice actor Harold John ‘Hal’ Smith found the highway to heaven in 1994. Singer/songwriter with the girl’s name and founder of band ‘Traffic’, Nicola James ‘Jim’ Capaldi didn’t have something so strong in 2005. Sidekick to Benny Hill, Henry James Marris McGee didn’t get to slap any more bald men’s pates from 2006. Finally co-founding members of Jefferson Airplane, Signe Toly Anderson and Paul Lorin Kantner didn’t get to know it’s no secret they both died on the same day in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th January

We start today’s posting with Norwegian of the day who hedged his bets by being both a priest and poet, Jens Zetlitz had his prayers answered by being born in 1761. Gangster/crime boss Francesco Castiglia who became known as Frank ‘the Prime Minister’ Costello, started to be respected from 1891. Step mum/matriarch of family singers as featured in a film about them, Maria Augusta von Trapp or Baroness von Trapp bid so long, farewell etc to her mum’s stomach in 1905. Odd looking self righteous dictator, (sorry President) of Romania – Nicolae Ceausescu revolutionised his parents lives from 1918. Co-founder of Sony, Akio Marita switched on for the first time in 1921, whilst a year later in 1922 comedian Michael James Benton/Bentine had plenty of potty time. Actress born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel, but who went onto find fame as Joan Leslie, was too young to know she was born in 1925. Also making an appearance that year, sauce maker, actor and not forgetting his car racing pursuits – Paul Leonard Newman had a new kind of love bestowed upon him. Corrupt football official who’s best mates with deluded Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner kicked things off in 1943. Cellist Jacqueline du Pré strung along in 1945. Rocker with a band named after him, Edward Lodewijk ‘Eddie’ Van Halen didn’t so much jump as slip in 1955. One time sitcom star who’s now got her feet under the coffee table on her own chat show, Ellen Lee DeGeneres started burbling in 1958. ‘The Special One’ aka twice sacked manager of Chelsea Football (soccer) Club, José Mário dos Santos Mourhino Felix, (or just José Mourhino), took the lead in 1963. Also born that year, is silent half of 80’s band Wham! Andrew John Ridgeley experienced freedom for the first time. Founder of Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Colin ‘Col’ Needham added his name to the national database known as the birth register in 1967. Not a Hollywood, nor Bollywood, but Tollywood actor – Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju arrived on cue in 1968. Guinness world record holder, for having the largest feet – Brahim Takioullah’s granny started knitting baby socks in 1982. Actor Cameron Douglas Crigger or Cameron Bright, had his first birth in 1993. Child actor Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey had a Friday download in 1996.

Death wise it’s another pretty quiet day and to this end we start with another member of the composing Bach clan as Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach let out his last semi quaver in 1795. Major General Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon, (not known for his liking of Chop Suey, rather the Taiping Rebellion), had his ultimate takeaway in 1885. Engineer who developed the compressed charge internal combustion engine, Nikolaus August Otto found himself internally compressed in a coffin back in 1891. Possible inventor of baseball and definite Union general in the American Civil War, Abner Doubleday suffered the three strikes and you’re out rule in 1893. Founder of the other bain of council’s worldwide, sticky gum manufacturer found on train/bus seats not forgetting the soles of your shoes, William Wrigley, Jr., chewed his last in 1932. Mobster Salvatore Lucania but known as Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano saw his luck run out in 1962. Actor born Emanuel Goldenberg who went onto find fame as Edward G. Robinson found himself in a tight spot back in 1973. Possible male Russian athlete Valeriy Nikolayevich Brunel had his final high jump in 2003. Son of mussitating actor Marlon, Christian Devi Brando found his time was up in 2008. Singer with Motown all girl group, The Marvelettes – Gladys Catherine Horton didn’t get to keep holding on from 2011. Finally, actor Abraham Charles ‘Abe’ Vigoda definitely did die in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th January

Scottish poet Robert Burns kicks off today’s births paragraph given he was piped into the world back in 1759. Major general in the Confederate Army, George Edward Pickett led the charge in 1825. Esteemed writer William Somerset Maugham, had the good manners to be born in 1874. Female version of the above, Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen), didn’t know if she was born on Monday or Tuesday in 1882. Singer Farrell H. (‘Rusty’) Draper couldn’t shout, ‘Help me, I’m falling’ in 1923. Second President of Georgia, Eduard Amvroslyevich Shevardnadze started to rise through the ranks from 1928. Known for his role in The Herbie films, actor Dean Carroll Jones’ mum wasn’t called Mandie, but he still made it through the secret tunnel in 1931. Having mentioned Jamesetta Hawkins/Etta James a mere five days ago in the second paragraph, here she is again given she was all the way down in 1938. Model who moved around the Rolling Stones, Anita Pallenberg strode forward in 1944. Gay rights activist who tried to arrest TIM (That Idiot Mugabe), Peter Gary Tatchell didn’t hit a stonewall during birth in 1952. Classical singer (in Hindustani), Kavita Krishnamurthy recorded her first day in 1958. Singer Alicia Augello Coo, or as the IRS know her – Alicia Keys, found the element of freedom in 1981.

There aren’t many deaths to report on today, but we do start with Genseric (other alternatives are available), King of the Vandals and the Alans, (but not vandals called Alan), wrecked his own life in 477. Yet another Pope making it onto the list is non breathing Pope Gregory IV who expired in 844. Extremely wide hat wearer, King Christian II of Denmark & Norway, (as well as Sweden), or ‘Christian the Tyrant’ suffered his final downfall in 1559. Cartographer Guillaume Delisle plotted his grave in 1726. Russian chess player, Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin took the basic ending in 1908. Proper American gangster, (without his trousers hanging round his lower buttocks) who was mentioned eight days ago in the births paragraph – Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone didn’t speak easy after 1947. Fred’s older sis who also made a living twirling around the place, Adele Astaire waltzed off the planet in 1981. Youngest of seven children, actress (and ex-Mrs M. Rooney) – Ava Lavinia Gardner jumped off the band wagon in 1990. First cousin of Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti aka ‘Chemical Ali’ stopped hanging about in 2010. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, opera soprano Aase Nordmo Løvberg didn’t have a drawn out death scene in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th January

Chief wall builder, (and it’s not Donald before you ask), but Roman Emperor Hadrian who probably did the English a favour – starts today’s posting given he wasn’t boxed in from 73. King Gustav III of Sweden, the one with the curly hair, started camping it up from 1746. Not the tattooed big headed pop singer, but Olympic medal winning archer – Robert Williams hit the bullseye in 1841. Novelist Ethel Turner was a little larrikin in 1873. Oil executive James Howard Marshall II, the aged billionaire who thought all his ships came in when he married dolly bird Anna Nicole Smith, spilled forth in 1905. Walking pensioner activist Doris ‘Granny D’ Haddock, found her pace in 1910. Zoologist who must have had an interesting chat with his career teacher, Desmond John Morris discovered his inner ape in 1928. Turkey farmer Trevor Bernard Matthews knew where he was in the pecking order within his family from 1930. Guilty pleasure singer Neil Leslie Diamond made his first not so beautiful noise in 1941. Also born that year is one of multi million record selling family group, The Neville Brothers – Aaron Neville started his grand tour. Actress probably more famous for being killed by Charles Manson, Sharon Marie Tate was a model child in 1943. Comedy actor John Adam Belushi found sweet home Chicago in 1949. Keeping with tradition, Norwegian of the day is singer who actually won dull fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest, Hanne Krough Sundbø was a hit with her family in 1956. Alternative comedian and Mr Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Charles ‘Ade’ Edmundson has been the magnificent one since 1957. Musician and band leader (minus the sash), with the distinctive voice, Julian Miles ‘Jules’ Holland squeezed through in 1958. ‘Comedian’, James Roderick Muir who’s better known as Vic Reeves was born free in 1959. Another actress involved with Roman Polanski, Nastassja Aglaia Kinski didn’t make the wrong move in 1961. Fellow actress Mischa Anne Barton had her homecoming moment in 1986.

The following weren’t so lucky given their time was up, and we start with Pope Stephen III who saw his last sunrise over the Vatican in 772. It’s not the day to be a Churchill as first up is Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill, dad to Winston didn’t get to wear his top hat again after 1895. Founder of shipbuilding company bearing his name, Sir Alfred Fernandez Yarrow scuttled himself in 1932. Having just mentioned his dad, here’s the best Prime Minister Great Britain ever had – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill stopped giving the V sign in 1965. Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, who I can’t really tell you about given it’s supposed to be an anonymous organisation, but William Griffith ‘Bill’ Wilson didn’t know who his friends were when he died in 1971. Known for being one of The Three Stooges, Louis Feinberg or just Larry Fine was anything but in 1975. Founder of controversial religion Scientology, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard released his grip on the ‘stress-o-meter’ thing they get people to try in 1986. Serial killer Theodore Robert Cowell/Bundy found his days at an end in 1989. One time majority shareholder in rotting car maker Fiat, Giovanni ‘Gianni’ Agnelli rusted away in 2003. Star of Bonanza, Pernell Elven Roberts Jr., headed west himself in 2010. Actor of stage, screen and television, James Farentino had the final countdown in 2012. Finally, artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer Marvin Lee Minsky didn’t have to pretend about being a member of Mensa from 2016.