Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th January

Wide hat and odd shaped shoe wearing King Afonso V of Portugal and the Algarves starts today’s posting as he made his initial conquest in 1432. Norwegian of the day, (who was mentioned nine days ago upon his death), writer Peter Christen Asbjørnsen entered into folklore from 1812. Composer/actor with a gong named in his honour – Ivor Novello (or David Ivor Davies) got the best baby award in 1893. King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia started wearing his thobe in 1902. Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis made it through the lubbers hole in 1906. Expensive car manufacturer bearing his name, Gianoberto Maria Carlo Bugatti, (or just Jean Bugatti), designed his delivery to perfection in 1909. Dad to actors Beau and Jeff, actor Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr., became the talk of the town from 1913. Known for playing Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? Frank Thornton Ball found some will, some won’t be born in 1921. Civil rights campaigner Martin (Luther) King Jr., had his first dream in 1929. Singer Don Glen Vilet who went by the sobriquet ‘Captain Beefheart’ was the spotlight kid in 1941. Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida or minor royal Princess Michael of Kent began her duties in 1945. Founding member and original singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronald Wayne ‘Ronnie’ Van Zant was an endangered species when born in 1948. Reggae singer Carol Theresa East or Sister Carol was the original Rasta womb-man in 1959. Irish actor with the magical regrowing hairline, William James Nesbitt didn’t have cold feet about arriving in 1965. Actress Regina Rene King, took a drop rather than a leap of faith in 1971.

Death wise, Íte ingen Chinn Fhalad the patron saint of Killeedy somewhat ironically started having her feast day from 570. Mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson Emma, Lady Hamilton stopped knocking about the place in 1815. Third Premier of Queensland to get a mench this week, Edward Michael (‘Ned’) Hamlin hung his singlet up in 1952. Founder of light aircraft company bearing his name, William Thomas Piper Sr., had the chocks pulled away from him in 1970. Famed for playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Raymond Wallace ‘Ray’ Bolger didn’t get to go any further on the Yellow Brick Road in 1987. Singer/songwriter Harry Edward Nilsson III found the good times over in 1994. Inventor of the high resolution electron microscope saw everything in very low resolution from 2007. Finally, actor known for his roles in both Only Fools and Horses as well as The Vicar of Dibley, Roger Lloyd-Pack was no longer the living, more the dead from 2014.


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