Famous & Infamous Births Deaths 5th January

Ancient royal of the week starts today’s posting – Richard, King of the Romans, (but in reality was King of the Germans, if you can work that out) got to see the master bedroom in Winchester Castle way back in 1209. Inventor of the best selling safety razor, King Camp Gillette had a close shave in 1855. Indian yogi and guru born Mukunda Lal Ghosh but known as Paramahansa Yogananda started to stress his parents from 1893. Actor and dad to Mickey, George Dolenz started having young ideas from 1908. Fellow actor, known for playing Superman in the 1950’s television series – George Reeves wasn’t found in a telephone booth in 1914. Actress who was Ronnie Reagan’s first wife, born Sarah Jane Mayfield who went onto become known as Jane Wyman was a little pioneer from 1917. Founder of both Sun Studios and Sun Records, Samuel Cornelius ‘Sam’ Phillips had his birthday recorded in 1923. Dad to corrupt Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir, non-corrupt Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto became quite active in 1928. Actor/filmmaker Robert Selden Duvall reached the outer limits in 1931. Wife to ex-Soviet leader Mikhail (who liked his hat), Raisa Maximovna Gorbachev (née Titarenko) had her glasnost moment in 1933. Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón Dos Sicilias or just Juan Carlos I of Spain didn’t get to reach the throne in 1938. British television presenter and ex-newsreader Jan Leeming who was initially known as Janet Dorothy Atkins found her parents didn’t have any problems pronouncing her name in 1942. Actress Diane Hall, but goes by the name Diane Keaton was part of the baby boom in 1946. Issac Washington, or rather actor Theodore William ‘Ted’ Lange launched off into life back in 1948. Right hand man to Debbie Harry in Blondie, (and her ex-partner) – Christopher ‘Chris’ Stein didn’t know the hardest part about birth in 1950. Ball kicker turned thespian, Vincent Peter ‘Vinnie’ Jones had a two footed tackle in 1965. Odd ball singer Brian Hugh Warner, who now goes by the name Marilyn Manson has been at the high end of low since 1969, whilst actor Bradley Charles Cooper has been bending all the rules from 1975.

As for deaths, German palaeontologist Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel began the fossilisation process in 1904. Polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton warmed up a bit in 1922. 30th President of the United States of America John Calvin Coolidge Jr., kept things local being buried in Vermont in 1933. Aviatrix Amelia Mary Earhart was declared dead in absentia this day in 1939, (despite going missing on July 2nd 1937). Fellow female pilot Amy Johnson had a hard landing in 1941. Physicist/mathematician and Nobel laureate Max Born was dead in 1970. Taoiseach of Ireland, John Aloysius Costello had the gavel come down on him in 1976. Cinematographer (or director) of Ben Hur (among other films), Robert L. Surtees had his last picture show in 1985. Dead Norwegian/Canadian of the day, skier Herman ‘Jackrabbit’ Smith-Johannsen made it to 111 years 240 days before sliding away in 1987. Cricket commentator Brian Alexander Johnson, or just ‘Johnners’ bailed out in 1994. Singer, (being the other half to Cher), politician and hopeless skier Salvatore Phillip ‘Sonny’ Bono, was hard packed into his coffin back in 1998. Ex-President of the European Commission and Labour/SDP/ Liberal Democrat MP who couldn’t pronounce his ‘R’s’ pwopoorly Roy Harris Jenkins, Baron Jenkins of Hillhead left a gang of three in 2003. Inventor of instant and cup noodles, Momofuku Ando unraveled himself in 2007. Finally, Indian singer K. P. Udayabhanu found his record contract ran out unexpectedly in 2014.

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