Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 1st January


Firstly, Happy New Year to you! It’s fair to say 2016 was a pretty horrific year for losing so many well known and talented people, we can but hope some of the people born last year year become equally as talented and well known as their predecessors. That said, you’ll be pleased to hear today’s posting is quite light, so you can nurse your hangover with a cold towel whilst browsing the following, and we even have a Pope kicking things off as Roderic Borgia or Pope Alexander VI started off holier than thou in 1431, although that changed later in his life. Credited with making the first American Stars and Stripes flag, Elizabeth Griscom ‘Betsy’ Ross was hanging the wrong way up in 1752. Novelist Edward Morgan ‘E.M’ Forster had the helping hand of a midwife during birth in 1879. First Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Edgar Hoover started keeping tabs on things from 1859. Top spy for the reds, Harold Adrian Russell ‘Kim’ Philby was unable to keep quiet in 1912. Writer Jerome David ‘J.D.’ Salinger had the catcher in the hospital at the ready back in 1919. Co-founder of Costco, James D. Sinegal gained his membership to society in 1936. 15th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zafarullah Khan Jamali started his own party a year after birth in 1944. Norwegian of the day, racing driver/politician – Martin Schanche heard the pacenotes in 1945. Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde (née Lallouette) counted her blessings being born in 1956. Hip hopper Joseph Saddler, or Grandmaster Flash was minus his furious five in 1958. Photographer of crowds of naked people, Spencer Tunick made it through the aperture in 1967. Actor known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films, 2ft 8in (or 81cm) Verne Troyer has been looking up to his parents since 1969.

Death wise it’s another quiet day, but we start with dead Norwegian of the day
Haakon Sverresson King of Norway no longer reigned it large from 1204. Eleventh surviving child and youngest son of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Johan Christian Bach didn’t drone on after 1782. Architect responsible for The Cenotaph in London and various buildings in New Delhi (among other things), Edwin Lutyens didn’t get out of Golders Green Crematorium in 1944. Singer/songwriter Hiram King ‘Hank’ Williams jumped on the devil’s train in 1953. Actor Maurice Auguste Chevalier went out with a smile in 1972. Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and computer scientist, Grace Brewster Murray Hopper crashed irrevocably in 1992. Finally, actor remembered for his role in the television series of Batman, Cesar Julio Romero Jr., was unable to joke around after 1994.


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