Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th January

Older and lesser known brother to Jesse James, Alexander Franklin ‘Frank’ James starts the posting today given he forced his way through in 1843. Writer with the rather unfortunate surname, Melchior Wańkowicz started his back story in 1892. Actor known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Raymond Wallace ‘Ray’ Bolger found life begins at 8:40 in 1904. Original ‘M’ in long running film franchise James Bond, (John) Bernard Lee was on the spot in 1908. Nephew to Walt, he of little mice and huge pleasure parks – Roy Edward Disney eased in when born in 1930. Actor of stage, film and television Anthony ‘Anton’ Rodgers had an impromptu entrance back in 1933. Singer/songwriter known for his one hit, Philip Wallach Blondheim who went onto become Scott McKenzie took a moment in 1939. Anatomist with the homberg hat and plasticine cadavers, Gunther Gerhard Liebchen who then went for Gunther von Hagens, started his study of bodies in 1945. Also born that year, gravelly voiced womanising Scottish (despite being born in London) singer/songwriter – Roderick David ‘Rod’ Stewart has never had a dull moment. Co-founder of Steely Dan, Donald Jay Fagen has been reelin’ in the years from 1948. Heavyweight boxing champ before going on to flog his own portable grill thing, George Edward Foreman shadow boxed his way out in 1949. Patricia Mae Andrzejewski who made Pat Benatar out of that was all fired up in 1953. Irish version of Gordon Brown, (who even looks a bit like him), ex-Taoiseach of Ireland, Brian Bernard Cowen had better approval ratings with his family in 1960 than he did with the electorate. Norwegian of the day, cross country skier Thomas Alsgaard kicked and glided in 1972.

As for deaths, we start with Pope Agatho who gave the Vatican balcony a miss from 681. Not wanting to be outdone, Pope Gregory X was unable to pontificate after 1276. Continuing the religious theme, Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud found himself without a head in 1645. Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Honoré II never got to see the pot bellied millionaires wandering around in their linen shirt/trouser combo from their yacht to the casino given he died in 1662. Revolver manufacturer Samuel Colt, successfully discharged himself in 1862. Frontiersman William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody started to lookout across the mountain in 1917. Fashion designer also known for her scents, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Co Co’ Chanel had her own unique smell from 1971. Blues musician Chester Arthur Burnett or Howlin’ Wolf as he was also known had the answer to who will be next answered in 1976. Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the rather unfortunately named Claude Nobs found his stop time was in 2013. Finally, singer with the different coloured eyes, David Bowie (or David Robert Jones), who was mentioned a mere two days ago in honour of his birth gets another go given his wife had to return his present in 2015.

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