Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 5th February

Today’s posting begins with two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (and early adopter of the police force), Robert Peel elected to be born in 1788. Norwegian of the day, violinist Ole Bornemann Bull was a relative minor in 1810. Evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody must have lifted his parents spirits when born in 1837. Inventor/veterinary surgeon who had a thing for rubber, John Boyd Dunlop left it a few months before rolling around in 1840. Fellow inventor, (of everything from a portable machine gun to fire sprinklers), Hiram Stevens Maxim expressed a general truth over his birthday from 1840. Having mentioned outlaw Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed ‘Belle’ Starr a mere two days ago, here she is again given she became a member of the gang in 1848. Given the tyre manufacturer (above) is warranted a mention, here we have the car manufacturer with a company named after him, André Citroën was a bouncy baby in 1878. Two time Greek Prime Minister Andreas Georgios Papandreou didn’t bankrupt his parents in 1919. Plummy voiced bow tie wearing raconteur, Frank Herbert Muir called his parents bluff by being born in 1920. Ex-Mrs Jean Michel Jarre, actress Tessa Charlotte Rampling finished the long duel in 1946. Football coach of various teams around the world, along with being ex-squeeze to leggy lawyer Nancy Dell’Olio, Sven Göran Eriksson didn’t go into extra time during birth in 1948. Also born that year, actor Christopher Haden-Guest joined the family tree. Rotund astrologer with the garish jumpers, Russell Grant obviously thought Uranus was in the ascendant when born in 1951. Actress born Jennifer Leigh Morrow, but now goes by the name Jennifer Jason Leigh was the best little girl in the world back in 1962. Troubled singer and ex-Mr W. Houston, Robert Barisford ‘Bobby’ Brown was a new edition to the family in 1969. Another person born that year, act tor of stage and screen, Michael Sheen started a special relationship with his parents. Multiple medal winning Olympic sailor Charles Benedict ‘Ben’ Ainslie had the baggy wrinkle cut in 1977. Overpaid ball kicker Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro made a striking entrance to the world in 1985. Other Norwegian of the day goes to my sister in law, Vibeke, but I’m unsure of her age, as you should never ask a lady how old she is..!

As for deaths, Dutch land surveyor and cartographer, Nicolaas Samuelszoon Kruik was unable to survey the terrain six feet under in 1754. Baseball player for the Boston Red Stockings Charles Roscoe ‘Ross’ Barnes has had a long stop in his career given he gave up in 1915. Developer of the automatic pencil, Slavoljub Eduard Penkala found himself permanently retracted in 1922. Bush poet responsible for ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Patterson had a happy dispatch in 1941. Mexican wrestler/actor managed to start living up to his nickname ‘El Santo’ (The Saint) in 1984. Non relation to snake hipped/rubber lipped singing pensioner Mick, actor Dean Jeffries Jagger reached vanishing point in 1991. Known for his role in western television series The Virginian, Douglas Osborne ‘Doug’ McClure won the death race in 1995. President who engineered his successes in Togo, Eyadéma Étienne or General Gnassingbé Eyadéma crashed out in 2005. Founder of Sting’s favourite relaxation method, Transcendental Meditation, Indian Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi entered a very deep sleep in 2008. Finally, Indian singer Juthika Roy lost her voice (and life) in 2014.


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