Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 4th January

Births today start with one half of story telling brothers, Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm wrote himself into folklore back in 1785. Inventor of blind people’s way of reading and writing – Louis Braille felt his way through in 1809. Creator of a different type of reading and writing, Isaac Pitman didn’t suffer from a shorthand at birth in 1813. Circus performer Charles Sherwood Stratton, or to give him his stage name, ‘General Tom Thumb’ only grew for six months after birth in 1838. James Bond, (no, not that one), but an ornithologist was seen for the first time in 1900. Disney voice actor Sterling Price Holloway, wasn’t hard to handle from 1905. Known for playing Jefferson Davis ‘Boss’ Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard, actor Sorrell Brooke followed the guiding light in 1930. Heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson weighed in for the first time in 1935. Celebrity chef and fish & chip restaurants owner Rick Stein was fully prepared for birth in 1947. Founding member of both Joy Division and its later incarnation New Order, Bernard Edward Sumner didn’t regret being born in 1956. Singer with R.E.M. John Michael Stipe was an automatic baby in 1960. Singer/songwriter with dirge band Portishead – Beth Gibbons came through the magic doors in 1965. Actress from Epsom, Surrey, Julia Karin Ormand was a legend of the fall in 1965. Judge on dull dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, who’s also ‘done an Elton’ (and Ricky Martin), Craig Revel Horwood put his best foot forward in 1965. Television presenter/comedian Charlotte Anne Hudson presented herself in 1972. Yet another doped up cyclist who took part in the Tour de France, but can now be seen co-presenting Channel 4’s coverage of said race, David Millar started to lead out in 1977.

As for deaths, the following failed to make it through today: King Sancho II of Portugal has had an extended siesta since 1248. Philosopher Moses Mendelssohn failed to make it into Eric Idle’s song despite dying in 1786. Ferdinand IV of the Kingdom of Naples and Ferdinand III of the Kingdom of Sicily took up his spot in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi from 1825. Writer Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot had his very own Ash Wednesday in 1965. World speed record holder on both land and water, Donald Malcolm Campbell flipped in 1967. Afro-hired frontman to rock group Thin Lizzy, Philip Parris ‘Phil’ Lynott got to give it up in 1986. Owner of the Empire State Building, (among other properties), in Manhattan – Harry B. Helmsley could have done with owning a cemetery in 1997. Voice of both Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Mae Kwestel/ Questel stopped the show in 1998. Singer/songwriter Gerald ‘Gerry’ Rafferty found life doesn’t go on after 2011. Finally, actor from various gangster shows, Frank Anthony Vallelonga or just Tony Lip had his last rites read to him in 2013.


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