Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st January

Today, we do something totally different as both paragraphs start with the same person – King Henry I of Portugal and the Algarves, who could also claim to be a cardinal found himself consecrated in 1512. Norwegian of the day, ruff wearing Lutheran missionary Hans Poulsen Egede couldn’t spread the word of his birth in 1686. Composer Franz Peter Schubert entered the chamber in 1797. William Charles Lunalilo who went onto become King of Hawaii, was an ankle snapper in 1835. Spiritual leader Dungar Patel but known as Shastriji Maharaj, put his parents in a trance from 1865. Actor who was married Shirley Temple and right hand man to John Wayne, John George Agar Jr., made his breakthrough in 1921. Actress Jean Merilyn Simmonds thankfully wasn’t known as ‘Young Bess’ from 1929. Bouffant haired ex-Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, will probably knock back a couple of large glasses of Heineken whilst chomping birthday cake in celebration of her 79th birthday. Known for her role in classic 1970’s sit-com ‘Fawlty Towers’, ex-Mrs J Cleese – Constance ‘Connie’ Booth’s parents were in high spirits back in 1944. Founder of his own band, Harry Wayne Casey of KC, (see what he did there) and the Sunshine Band, found something’s happening in 1951. Fellow singer, Lloyd Cole was caught up in a bit of a commotion in 1961. Actress Amelia Fiona ‘Minnie’ Driver certainly didn’t suffer stage fright in 1970. Singer who started out on ‘The All-New Mickey Mouse Show’ before picking up Britney Spears and then being a member of boy band NSYNC, Justin Randall Timberlake started looking in mirrors from 1981.

As mentioned above, King Henry I of Portugal found himself released from his vows in 1580. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators in the gunpowder plot, Ambrose Rokewood and Thomas Wintour were hung out to dry in 1606. Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart, who’s better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France finally gave up on his plans in 1788. 11th Dalai Lama Khedrup Gyatso stopped praying in 1856. Canadian shopkeeper Timothy Eaton closed for business in 1907. Credited with creating frequency modulation (FM), Edwin Howard Armstrong tuned out in 1954. Writer of Winnie-the-Pooh books, Alan Alexander ‘A.A.’ Milne has been dead year in, year out, from 1956. Indian God born Merwan Sheriar Irani, but went by the name Meher Baba found eternal peace in 1969. Dead Norwegian of the day, economist Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch worked out the best day to depart in 1973. Founder of various film studios Szmuel Gelbfisz or Samuel Goldwyn had the clapperboard come down on his life in 1974. Inspiration for James Bond (apparently), Sir William Samuel Stephenson couldn’t be shaken or stirred after 1989. Film actor Cheyur Krishna Rao Nageshwaran who cut that down to Nagesh went up in smoke back in 2009. Fourth Prime Minister of Somalia Abdirizak Haji Hussein didn’t hijack his funeral in 2014. Finally, Irish hogger of the airwaves who liked the sound of his own voice, Sir Terence ‘Terry’ Wogan gave up the day job in 2016.


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