Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th February

Today’s births paragraph starts with ancient royal of the week – King of Germany and King of Italy, Conrad II of Italy who popped out as Duke of Lower Lorraine in 1074, despite his mum being called Bertha. Chess master Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov ignored the fifty move rule in 1794. Naturalist (not to be confused with naturist), and old sea dog Charles Robert Darwin, started contributing to the evolutionary theory in 1809. Also born that year, 16th President of the United States of America who’s immortalised in Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln didn’t need a wig. Writer of the Queensbury Rules for boxing, (whilst not swimming the English Channel or editing a national newspaper among other things), John Graham Chambers was well below the belt in 1843. 13th Dalai Lama (with the Salvador Dali moustache), Thubten Gyatso contemplated which day to be born on in 1876. Co-founder of car company bearing his name and alleged Nazi collaborator, Louis Renault captured his parents attention in 1877. Having mentioned ballerina with the name of a pudding on 23rd January when she died, here’s Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova again given she pirouetted out in 1881. Norwegian of the day, speed skater Charles Mathiesen found himself pushing in 1911. Baseball player (and younger bro to Joe), Dominic Paul ‘Dom’ DiMaggio had his home run in 1917. Hindi actor with huge pencil moustache, Pran Krishan Sikand, (or just Pran), stole the scene in 1920. Director of films, Franco Zeffirelli was the champ in 1923. Actress known for being Victor Meldrew’s wife, Annette Crosby couldn’t belieeeve it, being born in 1934. Co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, Ray Manzarek heard other voices from 1939. Hammer House of Horrors actor who went onto star in 80’s sit-com Dear John, Ralph Bates obviously did want to be born this day in 1940. Israeli Prime Minister born Ehud Brog, before changing it to Ehud Barak resigned himself to celebrating his birthday from 1942. Ex-late night chat show host with an interesting first name, Arsenio Hall came to America in 1956. Finding fame in ‘The Goonies’, Josh James Brolin was thrashin’ in 1968. Child star, actress Christina Ricci wasn’t a member of the Addams Family until 11 years after her birth in 1980.

Death wise it appears to be a bit quieter though Adolf Frederick King of Sweden should have eased off on the semlor in 1771. Another philosopher mentioned in Eric Idle’s song, Immanuel Kant found perpetual peace from 1804. Fez wearing founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Hassan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna finally ran out of breath whilst trying to say his full name in 1949. Multiple department store owner James Cash ‘J.C.’ Penney Jr., pulled the shutters down in 1971. James Patrick Bulger was brutally murdered by deranged delinquents Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993. Jalacy Hawkins who found fame as rhythm and blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins only managed a murmur in 2000. Also not making it through that year, Peanut cartoon creator Charles Monroe Schulz was a finisher. Irish actor who I remember from both Fawlty Towers and Robin’s Nest, David Kelly headed into the west back in 2012. Comic actor Isaac Sidney ‘Sid’ Caesar no longer had the busy body in 2014. Finally, New Romantic Steven John Harrington who went by the stage name Steve Strange faded to grey in 2015.


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