Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th February

For those of you who like to see Popes mentioned here, we see the first one of the day given Fabio Chigi set his sights on becoming Pope Alexander VII in 1599. Dad to Winnie, the British PM who liked cigars whilst giving people the V sign – Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill was on his feet a year or so after 1849. Eleventh President of the Republic of France, Paul Eugéne Louis Deschanel was an eccentric from an early age following his birth in 1855. Blacklisted stage/screen actress for supporting the pinkos, Jean Muir was at her mum’s bedside in 1911. Ex-British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Francis Leslie Pym invaded the world in 1922. Artist with the rather unfortunate surname, Ernst Fuchs didn’t mess up his parents lives from 1930. Charlotte Gercke who went onto become known as actress and aviatrix Susan Oliver, didn’t have a change of mind as to when her birthday should be from 1932. Actor George Segal Jr., started act one in 1934. Fellow actor, this one who liked a few sherbets – Oliver Reed joined the captain’s table in 1938. Norwegian of the day, computer scientist Arne Sølvberg programmed his released in 1940. Actor/musician Peter Halsten Thorkelson or just Peter Tork was a right little monkey in 1942. 56th Mayor of Cincinnati who hosted original shoutarama show with inhabitants of various trailer parks, Gerald Norman ‘Jerry’ Springer was unleashed to us in Highgate, London back in 1944. Comedy singer Dennis Bryant or Kevin Bloody Wilson wasn’t your average Australian yobbo in 1947. Early member of dad rock group Genesis, before going solo and enjoying world music, Peter Brian Gabriel has been growing up since 1950. Ex-bass player with New Order who spent years haggling over royalties with his old band mates, Peter Woodhead/Hook had true faith about being born in 1956. One half of comedy duo Punt & Dennis who also stars in Outnumbered, Peter Hugh Dennis impressed his parents in 1962. Ginger haired singer, Sonia (Evans) – wanted to wake up everybody from 1971. Fellow singer with the big ego and extensive tattoo collection who swings both ways, (according to the album title), Robert Peter ‘Robbie’ Williams has had a few lazy days since 1974. Second Norwegian of the day is deluded Islam hating right wing terrorist and killer, Anders Behring Breivik started his reign of terror in 1979.

As with the above paragraph starting with a Pope, so does this one – though I’m sure Pope Honorius II would rather have celebrated his birthday than death in 1130. Fifth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard found herself minus her head in 1542. Not content with that, Henry VIII also condemned Jane Boleyn to death for being a hanger on. Charles X Gustav King of Sweden found his empire diminish in 1660. Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia didn’t quite manage to live up to being ‘The Winter Queen’ seeing as she didn’t make it through 1662. Stephen Fry looky-likey and composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner scored his last note in 1883. Eleventh President of Brazil, Epitácio Lindolfo da Silva Pessoa left the favela in 1942. Agnes Campbell Macphail, the first female Canadian MP put her handbag down in 1954. Continuing that theme, English suffragette Dame Christabel Pankhurst stopped bashing people with hers from 1958. Also dying that year, painter Georges Henri Rouault found himself expressionless. Actress Mary Wayne ‘Mae’ Marsh ended her days in Hermosa Beach, (could think of worse places) in 1968. Known for playing Dr Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, David Janssen found it wasn’t a pleasure dying in 1980. Sports commentator who was constantly on the BBC during my childhood, Ronald James ‘Ron’ Pickering lost his voice, and life, in 1991. Actor Martin Henry Balsam found his time limit expired in 1996. Dead Norwegian of the day, author Axel Jensen start to hear the deafening silence in 2003. Cartoonist for D.C. Thompson, (think The Beano and Dandy), Gordon Bell wasn’t so sparkly from 2014. Finally, also dying that year, Ralph Waite who played John Walton Sr., switched the light off for the last time.


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