Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 4th February

Having mentioned his fellow countryman (and composer) Mendelssohn only yesterday, Johann Ludwig Bach was a few years ahead of him given he was born in 1677. Actor William Nigel Ernie Bruce didn’t have Dr. Watson deliver him in 1895, although he did go onto play him in the Sherlock Holmes film and radio series. Aviator (among other things), Charles Lindbergh took off in 1902. Comedienne Hylda Baker was the nearest and dearest to her mum in 1905. Norwegian of the day, politician Ola Skjåk Bræk had a liberal upbringing from 1912. Hamilton Burger from the Perry Mason series, or to give him his real name – William Whitney Talman Jr., wasn’t the kid from Texas given he was born in Detroit in 1915. Also born that year, slapstick actor and national hero – in Albania, Norman Joseph Wisdom was the early bird. Bushy eye browed President of Pakistan, Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan took over his parents lives from 1917. Known for playing Philip Drummond in Diff’rent Strokes, Conrad Stafford Bain didn’t jump but pushed in 1923. Voice actress for Joyce Jetson and Penelope Pitstop (among others), Janet Marie Waldo was no longer a person in hiding from 1924. Wife to Argie Presidenti Juan Peron, who herself became President, María Estela Martínez Cartas de Perón, who took that down to Isabel Martínez de Perón and then abbreviated it further to Isabel Perón staked her claim in 1931. Drummer with The Animals, John Steel found he gotta get of this place in 1944. American Vice President under George H.W. Bush, James Danforth ‘Dan’ Quayle got the vote of confidence in 1947. Shock rocker turned mellow golfer, Vincent Damon Furnier or Alice Cooper was released from inside back in 1948. Slap head singer with Manchester band James, Timothy John ‘Tim’ Booth wasn’t born of frustration in 1960. Comedian and general know all, Dara Ó Briain started making people chuckle in 1972. Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar nominated today as her birthday in 1974. Having started out in dull soap opera (aren’t they all?) – Neighbours, before releasing a few songs, Natalie Jane Imbruglia’s parents finished counting down the days to when she was born in 1975. Ex-member of short lived girl group The Pussycat Dolls, (the ones with a trestle table of spangly clothes in Las Vegas), Kimberley Wyatt made her mum wait more than a minute in 1982.

Death wise, Roman emperor Septimius Severus made it to Eboracum (present day York), before conking out in 211. Poor old Pope Sisinnius waited all that time to see the white smoke emerge from the Vatican on January 15th 708, and then not get to see the black smoke billow forth from the same chimney a mere 20 days later. I remember giving Belgium instrument designer and maker Adolphe Sax a mention on 6th November in honour of his birth, but here he is again given he wheezed his last in 1894. Early day BASE jumper and one time parachutist, Franz Reichelt/Frantz Reichelt/ François Reichelt aka ‘the (non) Flying Taylor’ found out the hard way in 1912 it pays to have a working parachute when jumping from the Eiffel Tower. Writer of various fantasy and science fiction tales, Henry Kuttner found the day he died was in 1958. Actress Una O’Connor decided to call it a day in 1959. One half of family group and dieter of the year for 1983, Karen Carpenter found there was a kind of hush. Flamboyant non gay piano player with a penchant for candelabras, Władziu Valentino Liberace, (or just Liberace) was no longer upright from 1987. Member of 1960’s girl group The Shirelles, Doris Coley didn’t get a last minute miracle in 2000. Singer/songwriter Reginald Maurice Ball who’ better known as Reg Presley of The Troggs got out of Andover Hampshire, for good in 2013. Finally, founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire Maurice ‘Moe’ White had his last days and time in 2016.

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