French/Flemish mystic Antoinette Bourignon de la Porte starts today’s posting given she took her mum by surprise in 1616. Holder of four Olympic medals (from two different games), American wheezer Nathaniel Cartmell broke the tape for the first time in 1883. Ex-Queensland Premier Johannes ‘Joh’ Bjelke-Petersen delivered the right result for his parents in 1911. Writer of Paddington Bear, Thomas Michael Bond was born deepest darkest Berkshire, (Newbury to be precise) in 1926. Actress Frances Sternhagen reached the outer limits in 1930. Fellow actor Ian Mackendrick Hendry never got to meet his dopplegänger from 1931. Known for her appearances in Monty Python’s Flying Circus (among other shows), Carol Cleveland found the meaning of life from 1942. Long haired leather trousered rocker with thrash metal band Megadeath, James LoMenzo had a rude awakening in 1959. The shambolic birth and early life of Wayne Coyne, main man of alternative group The Flaming Lips started in 1961. Also born that year, fez/bowler hat wearing frontman to Ska band Madness – Graham McPherson, or Suggs didn’t get to wear baggy trousers, more baggy nappies/diapers. Comedian found on an ever increasing number of panel shows, wiry haired keyboard player Mark Robert ‘Bill’ Bailey didn’t look part troll in 1964. Ball dropper (on the snooker table), Stephen Gordon Hendry had his big break in 1969. Alleged doped up pedlar Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani staged his first breakaway in 1970. Footballer (soccer) player, Mark Bosnich obviously wasn’t too good to go down in 1972. Possibly conceived in Florida, actor Orlando Bloom was unlocked in 1977. Imran Khan, (no, not that one), but Indian actor had the Bombay talkies from 1983.
Deaths today start with Saint Kentigern (or Saint Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland over did it with the fried Mars bars in 614. Holy Roman Emperor with the rather cruel name – Charles the Fat, started to slim down in 888. Founder of the Quaker movement, George Fox did more than quake in his boots for the last time in 1691. King FredericK V of Denmark and Norway along with being Duke of Schleswig-Holstein found he wasn’t going to continue the effeminate poses after 1766. Former cricketer and founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, Thomas Lord ran himself out in 1832. Having celebrated the birth of Joh Bjelke-Petersen above, we now have the passing of George Henry Thorn another Premier of Queensland who stopped taking the sun in 1905. Man of many things including lawman and brothel keeper, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp didn’t dodge death in 1929. Novelist/poet James Joyce had his own wake, never mind Finnegans in 1941. Co-founder of Paramount Pictures, Jesse Louis Lasky had the clapperboard come down on his life in 1958. Singer Donny Edward Hathaway was giving up everything in 1979. President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-Kuo may have died in 1998 but he had to wait until the winter of 2005 to be buried. Dead Norwegian of the day, mountaineer and shipping magnate Arne Næss Jr (born Arne Rudolph Ludvig Raab), lost his footing on life in 2004. Also not making it through that year, ex-GP (General Practioner) Doctor who killed a few hundred of his patients, Harold Shipman did us all a favour by taking his life. Welsh socialite Sir David St Vincent ‘Dai’ Llewellyn wasn’t so sociable from 2009. Another person who died that year was Patrick Joseph McGoohan found himself released. Singer Theodore DeReese ‘Teddy’ Pendergrass found now was the time in 2010. Finally, religious leader Balagangadharanatha Swamiji ran out of breath saying his name in 2013.