We start today’s posting way back in 106BC when Roman statesman and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero decided to make his entrance to the world. American revolutionary soldier John Storm breezed through in 1760. British tennis player who actually won some titles, William ‘Willie’ Charles Renshaw hit the sweetspot with his parents from 1861. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who founded the National Health Service, Clement Richard Attlee was unable to oppose his birthdate in 1883. Fantasy writer John Roland Reuel (J. R. R.) Tolkien was a foolhardy baby from 1892. Having mentioned Børge Rosenbaum (or Victor Borge), on the 23rd December when he shuffled off stage, here he is again given he plonked himself into the thick of it back in 1909. Actor William Inge ‘Bill’ Lindon-Travers was born free in 1922. Record producer known for his work with The Beatles, George Henry Martin was unable to claim to be a Friday child given he arrived on a Sunday in 1926. Sports presenter for the BBC, David Martin Vine didn’t quite have a grandstand view of things in 1935. Actor of stage, screen and television – John Edward Thaw was two into one back in 1942. Singer who’s one third/fourth of Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) – Stephen Arthur Stills had quite a bit of movement after birth in 1945. Known for her role in dull soap opera Dallas, Victoria Principle left the pleasure palace in 1950. President of the Maldives, Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik experienced the waters breaking in 1953. Actor from the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon film franchises, Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson thought he was going to be forever young from 1956. Seven time F1 champ, but hopeless skier – Michael Schumacher was bottoming out in 1969. One half of mask wearing French group Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter’s parents got to see his face in 1975.
Two Popes start the death paragraph – first up, Pope St Anterus was unaware of entering the Catacomb of Callixtus in 236, whilst in 492 Pope Felix III gained a halo. King Philip V of France and Navarre aka The Tall, found himself lying in a coffin from 1322. Louis I, Prince of Monaco left the oversized bow off his box in 1701. Maker of various plates, tea pots, urns etc – Josiah Wedgwood pottered off in 1795. Adolf Hitler’s dad, Alois Schicklgruber who altered that to Alois Hitler Sr., didn’t get to finish his glass of wine in 1903. Assassin of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Leon Ruby finished his moves in 1967. Founder of hotel chain bearing his name, (who was mentioned on Christmas Day), one of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ex-husbands Conrad Hilton has had an extended stay at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas since 1979. Having mentioned Bill Travers, (above), here’s fellow Born Free person – Friederike Victoria ‘Joy’ Adamson (née Gessner), who started searching for the spirit in 1980. Head of family brewing company, Alfred Henry ‘Freddy’ Heineken swopped the barrel for a box in 2002. Finally, one half of guitar playing singers, The Everly Brothers – Philip ‘Phil’ Everly was gone, gone, gone in 2014.