Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th January

Whilst not having mentioned any Popes for a few days, here we see Pope Saint Pius V set things straight, despite entering the world as Antonio Ghislieri in 1504. Inventor of not only lightning rods but also bifocal lenses as well as being a Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin wasn’t quite the first American in 1706. Youngest sister of the Yorkshire writing trio, Anne Brontë wrote herself into the plot back in 1820. Jimmy Edwards looky-likey, first President of Ireland Douglas Ross Hyde had to try and start understanding what his parents were saying from 1860. Scandal ridden, womanising last Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Lloyd George was definitely first past the (bed) post in 1863. Norwegian of the day, psychologist Ola Raknes didn’t analyse his birth in 1887. Notorious American gangster and inmate of Alcatraz, Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone wasn’t prohibited being born in 1890. Actress/singer with the rather unfortunate Cockney rhyming slang term, Eartha Kitt had the nanny looking after her from 1927. Hair chopper to the stars, Vidal Sassoon made it through the layers in 1928. Female ventriloquist Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz or Shari Lewis started to throw her voice in 1933. Iconic boxer born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr later to become Muhammad Ali, let his mum count to ten in 1942. Former Prime Minister and President of Haiti, René Garcia Préval has got to like being born in 1943. Last of Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands, Larry Fortensky wasn’t in denial about his birth in 1952. 1980’s popster/teen idol Paul Anthony Young, has been looking for hope in a hopeless world since 1956. Ex-children’s television presenter who pops up from time to time, Keith Chegwin wasn’t shaken or stirred after birth in 1957. Co-founder of female band The Bangles, Susanna Lee Hoffs saw different light from 1959. Comedy actor James Eugene ‘Jim’ Carrey found he had a rubber face back in 1962. Born in 1964, wife to Barry – near ex-El Presidente of the US of A, Michelle Obama wasn’t the First Lady in the Robinson family. One hit wonder Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon who went by the slightly hipper name ‘Shabba Ranks’, found his roots and culture in 1966. Another ex-Mr P Anderson, Robert James Ritchie (or Kid Rock), has had a rebel soul since 1971. Frontman to band The Kaiser Chiefs, Charles Richard ‘Ricky’ Wilson didn’t predict a riot when born in 1978. Actor Max Adler’s parents showed their glee upon his birth in 1986.

Deaths appear to be a bit thin on the ground today – painter Paulus Potter found himself in a box back in 1654. Thai/American conjoined twins Chang & Eng Bunker (the ones we have to thank for the term Siamese Twins), both hung their boots up in 1874. 19th President of the United States of America Rutherford Birchard Hayes, found where Lucy is in 1893. Founder of the Girl Scouts in the USA, Juliette Gordon Low ended up six feet lower in 1927. Stained glass lamp designer Louis Comfort Tiffany extinguished the light in 1933. Actor Winstead Sheffield Glendinning Dixon ‘Doodles Weaver’ featured in a real life two shots to the chest episode in 1983. Dead Norwegian of the day, King Olaf V left the throne, (much to the relief of the others in the Palace) in 1991. Character actress Queenie Leonard didn’t get to see any more palm trees in LA after 2002. Finally, star of The Wire, Robert Frederick Chew stopped masticating in 2013.


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