Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th January

Starting today’s posting is straggly bearded founder of Western Union and co-founder of the university bearing his name, Ezra Cornell started to communicate with his mum from 1807. First Prime Minister of Canada, John Alexander Macdonald didn’t bribe his mother being born in 1815. Having not had a Norwegian of the day over past few days, here we see composer Christian Sinding make up for that oversight given he arrived in 1856. American shopkeeper who opened his store on Oxford Street London, Harry Gordon Selfridge found his life cycle started in 1858. Inventor of the organ (among other things) bearing his name, Laurens Hammond tuned in for the first time in 1895. Actor Rodney Stuart ‘Rod’ Taylor found it open season in 1930. Ex-Reigate resident, actor known for his role in now un-PC sit-com, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – Melvyn Hayes didn’t quite stage the silent invasion in 1935. Committed red team member, comb over king along with being deluded and disastrous strike leader, Arthur Scargill wasn’t numb when born in 1938. Saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Anicholas Clemons hit the right note in 1942. Australian popster Daryl Braithwaite started breaking the rules in 1949. Actor found in virtually every television and quiz show from the early to mid-90’s, John Gibb Marshall or as his equity card states John Sessions, wasn’t made in Dagenham given he was born in Largs, Ayrshire in 1953. Singer Mary Jane Bilge, (sorry Blige), had the breakthrough in 1971. Second Reigate resident to be mentioned today, dreadlocked ginger singer Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner wasn’t hand built by robots in 1985. Replacement for naked jogging machine casualty Carol Vorderman – who can do her sums, (without counting on her fingers) Rachel Riley was virtually famous in 1986.

Death wise, Pope John VI became a relic in 705. Irish born physician and collector with various roads in central London named after him and who’s stuff created the British Museum, Sir Hans Sloane didn’t donate his bones in 1753. Founder of brewery named after him, John Molson didn’t bottle it up after 1836. Amateur poet who wrote the lyrics to American National Anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, Francis Scott Key stopped his bible study in 1843. First Premier of New South Wales, Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson took his last breath in not so sunny Cumberland, England in 1867. Son of founder of Carlsberg Brewery, Carl Christian Hillman Jacobsen went flat in 1914. King of the Hellenes – Constantine I of Greece, not only lost his popularity but his life in 1923. Novelist Thomas Hardy has been in the grave by the handpost since 1928. Co-star to un-amusing silent film star Charlie Chaplin – Olga Edna Purviance joined the idle class in 1958. Inventor of both Clearasil and Odor Eaters, Ivan DeBlois Combe found he didn’t have a spotty face or smelly feet when he died in 2000. Act tor and other half to Dame Jude, Michael Leonard Williams had a dead cert in 2001. One of the first people to shin up Mount Everest with his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Percival ‘Ed’ Hillary found himself 29,035 feet or 8,849.65 metres from the summit in 2008. Sports presenter who was mentioned just over a week ago, David Vine went down hill in 2009. Inventor of the electronic handheld breathalyser, Thomas ‘Tom’ Parry Jones ran out of breath in 2013. Finally, actor Jerome Barry Willis found himself God’s outlaw from 2014.

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