Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 6th February

Today looks to be quite a busy one for births, so without any further ado, let’s begin with Anne, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland who took a few years after 1665 to hog the throne. Co-owner of tourists favourite department store in New York, Isidor Straus made his parents serve him from 1845, whilst four years later his wife Rosalie Ida Straus (née Blun) came to share his birthday, (and death given they both went down with the Titanic). Lexicographer Eric Honeywood Partridge was to come to learn all the different words for birth years after the event in 1894. Baseball player George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth slugged it out in 1895. Having graduated from a B-movie actor to being 40th President of the United States of America, Ronald Wilson Reagan gave his first performance in 1911. Companion and then wife (for all of 40 hours) of Adolf Hitler, Eva Anna Paula Braun was by her mum’s side in 1912. Voice actor behind Tony the Tiger (among others), Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft was the small one in 1914. Hopefully the following information is correct, so here goes; nine time married, Hungarian actress and ex-socialite Sári Gábor, otherwise known as Zsa Zsa Gabor was out the front in 1917. Naturist actor who found fame in The Avengers, Daniel Patrick McNee didn’t get the hot touch in 1922. Also born that year, best mate of Frank Muir (who was mentioned a day or so ago), comedy writer Dennis Mostyn Norden hoped it’d be alright on the night. Colin Albert Murdoch inventor of the tranquilliser gun took from 1929 to 2008 to tranquillise himself. ‘Comedian’ and game show host not to mention being father in law to rocker Phil Lynott, Leslie Douglas Crowther came on down in 1933. Gap toothed comedian and golfing mate of Brucie and Lynchie, James Joseph ‘Jimmy’ Tarbuck had the free drop in 1940. Singer with Motown girl group The Marvelettes, (who was mentioned a month ago in the other paragraph), Georgeanna Marie Tillman was in full bloom from 1943. Dreadlocked ‘Jamaican tobacco’ smoking reggae singer Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley was a wailer in 1945. We have Michael Philip Batt to thank(!) for giving us The Wombles/Katie Melua and found he had bright eyes in 1949. Daughter of singer Nat King Cole, singer Natalie Maria Cole was able to take a look in 1950. Actor Kevin Whately worked out the best day to be born on in 1951. Tattooed singer/screecher with Guns N’ Roses, William Bruce Rose/W. Axl Rose was welcomed to the jungle in 1962. Part of the Stock, Aitken & Waterman hit (with a capital S) factory, ex-tea boy Richard Paul ‘Rick’ Astley moved right out in 1966. Second wife to Prince Joachim of Denmark, Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier who’s now known as Princess Marie of Denmark started out in Paris in 1976. Extensively tattooed model and son to ballkicker George, Callum Milan Best started to fool around in 1981.

As for deaths, King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland left his legacy by having a spaniel named after him in 1685. Pope of the day is Pope Clement XII who didn’t get another audience (except at his funeral) in 1740. Landscape gardener to the greatest houses in Britain, Laurence ‘Capability’ Brown didn’t use the Spike Milligan epitaph, ‘Under this sod lies another one’ in 1783. Prince Alfred of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha aka Duke of Saxony aka Prince of Edinburgh didn’t have to worry which uniform to put on from 1899. Indian leader with the penchant for little hats and patriarch to the Nehru-Gandhi family, Motilal Nehru served his term by 1931. Another King, this one of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, George VI cleared the way for Queenie in 1952. Manchester United football players Geoffrey ‘Geoff’ Bent, Roger Byrne, Edward ‘Eddie’ Colman, Walter Crickmer, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Frank Swift and Tommy Taylor all died in the Munich air disaster back in 1958. Known for playing Alf Garnett’s Mrs – Elsie, Daisy Sander/Nicholls lived up to the title of the sit-com she starred in, ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ in 1986. Three time Grand Slam tennis winner, Arthur Robert Ashe Jr., flatlined in 1993. Actor Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr., was at heaven’s gate in 1994. Johann (Hans) Hölzel, or as the people that bought his single knew him, Falco, crashed out in 1988. Co-founder of The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson had his own shut down in 1998. Gerald Bouey, chief bean counter in Canada ran out of space on his abacus in 2004. Robert William Gary Moore, band mate to Phil Lynott has had dark days in paradise since 2011. Finally, screenwriter Daniel ‘Dan’ Gerson found something was not so right this day last year.


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