Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 31st March

Today’s posting begins with Giovanni Angelo Medici or Pope Pius IV as he was known to his cardinals, sinners/congregation and had his birthday confirmed from 1499. Not to be outdone, second of ten Sikh Gurus, Bhai Lehna or Guru Angad as his followers knew him started his dharam yudh in 1504. King Henry II of France held the balance of power in 1519. Another Pope, this one Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini or to give his Papal name, Pope Benedict XIV was Extra Omnes in 1675. Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach tuned in back in 1685. King of Denmark & Norway, Frederick V of Denmark started wearing his own hair in 1723. Another composer (Franz) Joseph Haydn had a clean sheet in 1732. Victorian civil engineer with the moustache, Benjamin Baker worked his way out in 1840. Inventor of the two stroke engine, Dugald Clerk was patted in 1854. Actor George Richard Chamberlain was the deputy from 1934. Musician and band leader Herp Albert was in tune with his mum back in 1935. Diminutive ex-leader of the Liberal Party in the United Kingdom, before they experienced helping to ruin, (sorry run), the country – David Martin Scott Steel had a good alliance with his parents from 1938. Ronald Walken or actor Christopher Walken arrived in the nick of time in 1943. 45th Vice President of the United States of America, Albert Arnold ‘Al’ Gore Jr., started contributing to global warming in 1948. Having mentioned Dermot Morgan (or Father Ted), on 28th February when he had his final communion, here he is again given his mum probably let out some ungodly terms during his birth in 1952. Eternal schoolboy with rock band AC/DC, Angus McKinnon Young must be in remedial class given he was born in 1955. Olympic medal winning wheezer, Roger Anthony Black was out of the starting blocks in 1966. Act tor Ewan Gordon McGregor had a little voice in 1971. Co-founder of micro blogging site Twitter, Evan Clark Williams was a start up himself in 1972.

Deaths include, among many others, King Francis I of France who was whinging about the weight of his crown before he croaked it in 1547. Keeping with old European royalty, King Philip III of Spain, Portugal and the other Hapsburg territories found he didn’t need another ruff from 1621. Johann Christoph Bach and great uncle to Johann Sebastian Bach (mentioned above) signed off in 1703. Physicist/mathematician Sir Isaac Newton dropped everything, thereby proving his point in 1727. Classic artist John Constable saw his last scene, the ceiling, in 1837. Scribbler of various books and older sis to Anne and Emily, Charlotte Brontë took the literal meaning of ‘deadline’ in 1855. Banker John Pierpont ‘J.P.’ Morgan had his final withdrawal in 1913. Indian actress born Mahjbeen Bano, but known as Meena Kumari saw the lights fade in 1972. Accomplished four time Olympic medal winning athlete, (much to Adolf Hitler’s disgust), James Cleveland ‘Jesse’ Owens took the long jump in 1980. Founding member of family group The Isley Brothers, O’Kelly Isley Jr., didn’t get to shout again after today in 1986. 20th Prime Minister of Australia Sir William ‘Billy’ McMahon found the crem was even hotter than Potts Point in 1988. Son of actor/martial artist, Bruce Lee – Brandon Bruce Lee who was a, err, actor and martial artist, didn’t leave a legacy of rage in 1993. Comedy writer (before Points of View), Barry Took found he had a permanent retirement from 2002. Not one of my old teachers from secondary school, (as far as I know), but equipment manager for University of Kentucky’s baseball team, William ‘Bill’ Bond Keightley was run out in 2008. President of Argentina, Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín revoked his right to live in 2009. Haulage director Edward Stobart had his last Yorkie bar in 2011. Lead guitarist with Australian band Chocolate Starfish, Zoran Romic went into the fire in 2012. Other half to Ronnie Barker, small comedian known for his large chair, rambling jokes, Pringle jumpers and adjustment of his glasses, Ronald Balfour ‘Ronnie’ Corbett was as tall lying down as standing in 2016.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th March

We celebrate the births of, among others, school children’s favourite inventor Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen (he of the burner fame), who started producing his own gas in 1811. Writer of nags story Black Beauty, Anna Sewell cantered through birth in 1820. Dutch dauber with the cut off ear, Vincent Willem von Gogh coloured things up a bit in Zundert in 1853. Not the ex-British Prime Minister who was into sailors, oh, sorry, sailing, but big band leader George Edward ‘Ted’ Heath started waving his arms around uncontrollably in 1902. Chief executioner of Great Britain, Albert Pierrepoint was left hanging himself when born in 1905. Fourth President of Malta, Vincent Ćensu Tabone wasn’t cross being born in 1913. Founder of flat pack palace Ikea, Ingvar Feodor Kamprand was a ready made kid in 1926. Novelist Thomas Ridley ‘Tom’ Sharpe didn’t suffer the throwback in 1928. Severely disgraced artist and entertainer not to mention sex pest, Rolf Harris will be chomping birthday cake (again) behind bars in celebration of his 87th birthday. Actor, (and younger bro to Shirley MacLaine), Henry Warren Beaty/Beatty had the fortune to be born in 1937. Previous acting President of Pakistan Wasim Sajjad was actually born in 1941. 1945 saw two people arrive into the world – first up, Eric Patrick ‘Slow Hand’ Clapton and respected radio DJ Peter Waters Dingley or Johnnie Walker. Ex-keeper of the national abacus and chief bean counter for the UK, Mervyn Allister King started counting the years in 1948. Also born that year, founder of defunct F1 team and analyst of cars driving around a track, Edmund Patrick ‘Eddie’ Jordan started giving his opinions. Sometime mildly amusing comedian who’s now making a living as an actor – Anthony Robert McMillan or Robbie Coltrane, was right on the nose being born in 1950. Wearer of ridiculous trousers whilst prancing around, Stanley Kirk Burrell who went by the slightly hipper name, M.C. Hammer certainly didn’t touch this in 1962. Singer of one hit before bothering the lower charts, Tracy Chapman has been talkin’ ’bout a revolution since 1964. Sacked American chat show host and best mate to Jeremy Clarkson, Piers Stefan O’Meara but now known as Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan started making headlines in 1965. Warbler of various dull hits, Céline Marie Claudette Dion, found her heart will go on since 1968. Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Geetali Norah Shanker who now goes by the name Norah Jones, had the fall in 1979. Also born that year, singer with defunct (thankfully) boy band Blue, Simon Webbe had no worries about being born.

As for deaths, seeing as there aren’t any Popes to mention we’ll make do with Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Bourchier who found a quiet spot in Canterbury Cathedral in 1486, well before the tourists started traipsing by. Original dandy George Bryan ‘Beau’ Brummell didn’t get to wear his trousers (as opposed to breeches) again after 1840. Three time French Prime Minister Léon Blum ate his last snail in 1950. British MP who was the first British officer to successfully escape Colditz, Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave was in the wrong place at the wrong time in 1979. Actor James Francis Cagney Jr., found the doorway to hell in 1986. Eighth President of Austria, Rudolf Kirchschläger who was mentioned a mere ten days ago in honour of his birth, gets another mention given he survived all of three months into the new millennium. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon, or the Queen Mum, made it to 101 before swigging her last gin and tonic in 2002. Journalist Alastair Cooke didn’t get any more letters from America after 2004. Finally, actress known for her role in Dynasty – Frances Meredith Carro, or as her equity card stated, Kate O’Mara, saw the curtain come down in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th March

Irish politician John Ponsonby starts things off today, although it took him a year or so after 1713 to become a speaker. Composer Supply Belcher (yes, that really was his name), had wind from 1751. Tenth President of the United States of America, John Tyler probably could have done with a whig in 1790. Not to be outdone, 14th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Edward Smith-Stanley joined the party in 1799. Swopping politics for religion, (two of the three things you should never mention in the pub/bar), Tsultrim Gyatso 10th Dalai Lama of Tibet started gathering his followers from 1816. Architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens had his footprint taken in 1869. 18th Prime Minister of Australia, John McEwen didn’t have a foster father in 1900. Antique expert and broadcaster Arthur George Negus would be celebrating his 114th birthday, if he hadn’t handed on the family heirlooms in 1985. Actor Phi Lip ‘Philip’ Ahn wasn’t a stowaway after 1905. Founder of both Walmart and Sam’s Club, Samuel Moore ‘Sam’ Walton opened for business in 1918. Not wanting to leave anyone out, here’s second President of Estonia Lennart Georg Meri who led the independence movement within his family in 1929. Norman Beresford Tebbit, government minister throughout most of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure of Great Britain will probably be using his bike to steady himself given he’s 86. Actress/singer and Cockney’s favourite, Ruby (Florence) Murray had her very first Christmas of all in 1935. Sharing the same year of birth, in 1943 are the following: classic comedy actor Eric Idle – who’s been anything but, grey (not to mention Currie) loving ex-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John Major and Greek electronic musician Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou who started the humus. Two hit wonder, Terrence Ross ‘Terry’ Jacks wasn’t quite born just like that in 1944. Older bro to actor David, newsreader/television presenter John Suchet arrived on cue in 1944. Actor Brendan Gleeson was on the edge of tomorrow in 1955. Singer Patricia Jean ‘Patty’ Donahue served herself up in 1956. Mountaineer Barry Blanchard had Elvis legs after being born in 1959. Hopefully Elle ‘The Body’ MacPherson won’t have scoffed all the cake at her 53rd birthday party. Small, bald and shouting ‘investigative’ journalist Dominic ‘Dom’ Littlewood wasn’t faking it in 1965. Actress from Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucille Frances ‘Lucy’ Lawless (née Ryan) started having bedtime stories read to her from 1968. Tear away tennis player Jennifer Maria Capriati rallied for the first time in 1976.

Death wise, poor old Pope Stephen IX got to see about eight months of
Popeing before he rolled over in 1058. Leading light in the Methodist movement and writer of 6,000 hymns, younger brother to John – Charles Wesley didn’t get to hear any of his works at his funeral in 1788. King Gustav III of Sweden left his hair curlers out from 1792. South Pole explorers on the Scott expedition: Henry Robertson Bowers, Edward Adrian Wilson and Sir Robert Falcon Scott were all cold in 1912. Dead Estonian of the day, architect Olev Siinmaa managed to the dimensions right for his coffin in 1948. Film mogul and flour (though some might say dour) merchant, Joseph Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank called it a wrap in 1972. Composer/conductor Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, was dead of Tunbridge Wells in 1980. Eric Eustace Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago death in 1981 reduced the islands population by one. Jeanine Deckers aka ‘The Singing Nun’ found she wasn’t a star in heaven from 1985. Actor/animal rights activist William Inge Lindon-Travers or just Bill Travers, was the one dead not two living in 1994. James Harry ‘Jimmy’ McShane, singer with one hit wonder band Baltimora, wasn’t going to be swinging about the stage again after 1995. Dead Norwegian of the day, explorer Helge Marcus Ingstad found his activities somewhat curtailed in 2001. Finally, composer and dad to synth king Jean-Michel, Maurice Jarre was an honorary member of the dead poets society from 2009.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 28th March

And here’s the updated version – I’ll make sure tomorrow’s posting is complete..!

We start today’s posting with Joseph William Bazalgette the sewage engineer who was mentioned in the other paragraph on 15th March when he died, gets a second mention given he didn’t kick up a stink over his birth in 1819. Writer Alexei Maximovich Peshkov who went by the pen name Maxim Gorky came to the conclusion being born in 1868 wasn’t so bad after all. Part of the brewing empire, August Anheuser ‘Gussie’ Busch Jr., barrelled along in 1899. Queen consort of Denmark – Ingrid Victoria Sofia Louisa Margareta was just Ingrid of Sweden in 1910. Actor with the long name, Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde who made Dirk Bogarde out of that, found he had an appointment in London back in 1921. First indigenous Australian to become a member of the Australian Parliament, Neville Thomas Bonner filled a casual vacancy in 1922. Long running chat show inquisitor Michael Parkinson, found his voice in 1935. Welsh windbag with the ginger comb-over with a penchant for Brighton Beach, ex-Labour Party leader who went onto join the Euro gravy train, Neil Gordon Kinnock turned out in 1942. Best known for having his hands up both Sooty & Sweep’s bottoms, puppeteer Peter Graham ‘Matthew’ Corbett pulled the strings in 1948. Member of rap group Salt-n-Pepa, Cheryl R. ‘Salt’ James pushed it real good in 1966.
Indian born ex-captain of the English cricket team, Nasser Hussain didn’t stump his parents in 1968. Rotund not terribly amusing comedian/film actor, Nicholas John ‘Nick’ Frost found himself the star in 1972. Top weirdo pop sensation and latest Madonna wannabe, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta or Lady GaGa as she’s known to her fans, was cheek to cheek with her mum in 1986.

As for deaths, Simon de Brion/Pope Martin IV kept his appointment with the reaper in 1285. Continuing the religious theme, second of the ten Sikh Gurus, Guru Angad said his ‘Waheguru’ in 1552. Tsar of all the Russias and Grand Prince of Moscow, Ivan IV Vasilyevich or Ivan the Terrible, or even Ivan the Fearsome wasn’t so scary from 1584. Writer Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen), left a haunted house in 1941. Piano hitter and composer Sergei Vasllievich Rachmaninov was more than A-flat major in 1943. Not content with being a five star general (so not like McDonalds then), Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Second World War and 34th President of the United States of America, Dwight David ‘Ike’ Eisenhower found he didn’t have to polish his medals from 1969. For the people suffering coulrophobia, they will be pleased to hear Emmet Leo Kelly, aka (and no sniggering please), Weary Willy took his final bow in 1979. Born Maria Augusta Kutschera before going onto become Maria Augusta von Trapp or Baroness von Trapp inspiration for singing film ‘The Sound of Music’ had her ‘So Long, Farewell’ moment in 1987. Also not making it through that year, is Dr. Who actor who was mentioned the other day, Patrick Troughton didn’t regenerate. Actor from various Westerns, Robert J. Wilke was the sheriff of sundown 1989. Game show announcer/host, Arthur Simeonovich Efimchick who was known as Art James lost his concentration in 2004. Another person dying that year, noted wit and raconteur Peter Alexander Ustinov hasn’t manage to recount this day. United States Secretary of Defence, Caspar Willard ‘Cap’ Weinberg became a ghost himself in 2006. Dead Norwegian of the day, actress Eva Wenche Steenfeldt Stang who went by the name Wench Foss, lost the life and death battle in 2011. Finally, large framed actor who played everyone’s favourite uncle (Monty), Richard Griffiths has had more than an afternoon off since 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th March

A really, really ancient King kicks things off today given Robert II of France – King of the Franks (and all other names), began his rule in 972. Continuing the French royalty theme, sort of King Louis XVII bestowed himself upon the world in 1785. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the person who discovered X-rays and bagged a Nobel Prize for doing so was more than a bag of bones in 1845. Australian cricketer George Goffen scored his first run about a year after birth in 1859. One half lottery winners and Saudi princes favourite car makers, Frederick Henry Royce glided out in 1863. Co-writer of the ‘Happy Birthday to You’ song, Patty Smith Hill had to go a good few years from 1868 until she could sing along to her work. Actress Gloria May Josephine Swanson best known for playing Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard was born at the end of a perfect day in 1899. Having mentioned useless British Prime Minister James ‘Jim’ Callaghan only yesterday when he expired, here he is again given he started having early day motions from 1912. Actress Angelina Mobley, going by the stage name of Angelina Anne Ramsey, known for her role in Throw Momma from the Train was goin’ south in 1929. Star of television series The Fugitive, David Janssen was no longer in hiding from 1930. Actor Michael York might have fallen from Grace (if that was his mum’s name) in 1942. Also born that year Michael James Jackson, not the monkey owning, pill popping spangly gloved singer but beer/whisky writer who shared the same name, had his parents toast his arrival. Founding member and keyboard basher for prog rock and now dad rock band Genesis, Anthony George ‘Tony’ Banks had the invisible touch in 1950. William MacArthur ‘Billy’ Mackenzie had party fears too from 1957. Another musician Andrew Charles Farris was a new sensation in 1959. Actress from both Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing – Jennifer Grey had a case of wind in 1960. Film director who shook things up in Hollywood when he burst on the scene all those years ago, Quentin Jerome Tarantino turned the crimson tide in 1963. Petite warbler Mariah Carey was born in either 1969 or 1970, and has kept to the rule of women not telling their age since. Chiselled faced F1 driver David Marshall Coulthard was off the starting grid from 1971. Dutch ball-kicker Jerrel ‘Jimmy’ Floyd Hasselbaink had a free kick in 1972. Not toe sucking ex-royal, but band mate to will.i.am (b.ill), Stacey Ann ‘Fergie’ Ferguson was behind the front in 1975.

Death wise, we start with Rupert of Salzburg who found he had his last waltz in 710. Pope Gregory didn’t get to see who replaced him in 1378. King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England/Ireland found he didn’t have to put his doublets on again from 1625. Architect Sir George Gilbert Scott drew a line on life in 1878. Inventor of the flask named after him, Sir James Dewar also went cold in 1923. Revered Prime Minister of New Zealand, Michael Joseph Savage left his wellingtons alone from 1940. Founder of loom/car maker, Kiichiro Toyoda ran out of spare parts in 1952. Russian space cadet Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin lost his battle with gravity in 1968. Having mentioned actor Ralph Bates on 12th February in honour of his birth, here he is again given he wrote his own Dear John letter in 1991. Ferdinand Anton Ernst ‘Ferry’ Porsche, he of the German overpriced car manufacturer, put the breaks on life in 1998. Singer Ian Robins Dury is still on 4,000 weeks holiday after dying in 2000. Unlikely sex thimble and one half of Pete & Dud, (as well as Derek & Clive), Dudley Stuart John Moore hung his boots up in 2002. Also not making it through that year, film director Samuel ‘Billy’ Wilder was one of those who liked it hot, at the crem. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day – actor Per Lillo Stenberg didn’t need his cardigan after 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th March

First up today is fez (or is it a tarboosh?) wearing, waxed moustached, King Faud I of Egypt and Sudan who was from the Muhammad Ali dynasty and must have managed to get the first punch in in 1868. Founder of Italian fashion brand bearing his name, Guccio Gucci bagged the right to be born in 1881. Older bro to Adolf Dassler, (founder of sportswear brand Adidas), Rudolf Dassler – founder of sportswear brand Puma, hot toed it in 1898. Writer of plays A Street Car Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Thomas Lanier ‘Tennessee’ Williams III had a period of adjustment after birth in 1911. Support actor to both John Wayne and Paul Newman, Strother Douglas Maher nearly strode into the scene in 1919. Sci-fi (yawn) actor with the odd look and ears, Leonard Simon Nimoy boldly went where millions have been before when he was born in 1931. Singer Diana Ernestine Earle Ross (minus her Supremes), found baby love in 1944. Rubber lipped frontman to Aerosmith and Mick Jagger pretender, Steven Victor Tallarico or as he’s better known Steve Tyler, pumped his way through in 1948. Singer Theodore DeReese ‘Teddy’ Pendergrass found the gift of life in 1950. Founder of organisation with people walking up and down subway trains whilst dressed in red with excessive badges, Curtis Silwa had his guardian angel overlooking him in 1954. Fan of baseball caps with his name emblazoned across it, ex-Leader of the House of Commons and First Secretary of State, (to name but two positions), William Jefferson Hague had the comparative advantage in 1961. Co-founder of data gathering behemoth that is Google, Laurence Edward ‘Larry’ Page got his logarithms right in 1973. Actress Keira Christina Knightley bent it like Beckham in 1985.

Dead Norwegian of the day, Sigurd I Magnusson/Sigurd the Conqueror, King of Norway heads the deaths paragraph given he conquered death in 1130. Not to be outdone, Sancho I, King of Portugal forsook the sunshine for a cooler setting in 1212. Non-inventor (and death penalty opposer) of the guillotine, Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotine spliced out of life in 1814. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven failed to get an encore in 1827. Patriarch to the Barrymore acting dynasty, Herbert Arthur Chamerlayne Blythe or Maurice Barrymore corpsed in 1905. Scandal ridden Liberal Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor was dispatched in 1945. Noted wit and actor (among other things), Sir Noël Peirce Coward found he went to a magnificent party in 1973. Spying art historian for the red team, Sir Anthony Frederick Blunt had his final assignment at the crematorium in 1983. One half of computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard, David Packard suffered a catastrophic failure in 1996. William Jan Berry, opposite half to Dean Ormsby Torrance, found dead man’s curve in 2004. Useless ex-British Prime Minister Leonard James ‘Jim’ Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff thankfully rolled over in 2005. Also not making it through that year, drummer with Split Endz/Crowded House Paul Newell Hester wasn’t locked out. Finally, Indian actress who found time to feature in more than 2500 films, Sukumari saw the credits role for the last time in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th March

Today’s posting begins with Arnošt of Pardubic, Archbishop of Prague who must have consulted the astronomical clock before being born in 1297. Not the toga wearing grape munching Roman emperor, but Surrey cricketer – Julius Caesar bowled out in 1830. Sculptor responsible for Mount Rushmore, (who was mentioned a couple of weeks ago in the deaths paragraph), John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum began to carve out a living from 1867. Best known for playing undertaker/Private Fraser in classic BBC sit-com Dad’s Army, John Paton Laurie was a happy go lovely baby in 1897. Serial marrier and film director David Lean had great expectations from 1908. Assassin of assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jacob Leonard Rubenstein or Jack Leon Ruby sparked into life back in 1911. Second Dr. Who and first actor to prance about in green tights as Robin Hood on television, Patrick George ‘Pat’ Troughton didn’t get to travel back in time once born in 1920. Founder of Domino’s Pizza, Thomas Stephen ‘Tom’ Monaghan didn’t keep anyone waiting in 1937. Soul singer Aretha Louise Franklin got some respect when born in 1942. Also making his debut that year, bald headed oddball transgender writer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and ex-presenter of The Crystal Maze, Richard O’Brien. Not to be outdone by these two, controversial television personality Patricia Mary McKenzie, also known as Kim Woodall had a clean delivery. A year later in 1943, non-singing, non-box crusher Paul (Manfred) Michael Glaser crashed through. Latter day Liberace and hair weave fan Reginald Kenneth Dwight, or ivory tinkler from Pinner, Middlesex – Elton Hercules John struck the right chord in 1947. Band mate of St. Vitus’ dance sufferer Bobby Farrell in Boney M, Maisie Ursula Williams, had a cool dad in 1951. Long faced actress Sarah Jessica Parker must have been full of glee at being born in 1965. Blind guitarist/singer mentioned on 2nd March when he died, Norman Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Healey slid through in 1966. Songwriter and winner of five Ivor Novello awards, Catherine Roseanne ‘Cathy’ Dennis scored her first number one in 1969.

Deaths include not quite Pope, Pope-elect Stephen II must have put the smoke makers at the Vatican in a quandary given he went up in smoke himself in 752. Afonso II, King of Portugal found things a bit chillier in a box from 1223. Camp looking long curly haired Frederick I of Sweden, was even more powerless from 1751. Pioneer of hypnotism, James Braid found himself under a very deep sleep from 1860. Composer Claude-Achille Debussy must have been less than impressed with his predicament in 1918. Hard drinking actor known for his role in Long John Silver, Robert Newton got to find out whether dead men are dangerous from 1956. Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudia Arabia didn’t have to worry which Rolls Royce to take out from this day in 1975. Test pilot and first one to fly supersonic plane Concorde, Brian Trubshaw went sub-sonic in 2001. World Cup commentator, Kenneth Wolstenholme found it really was all over in 2002. Dead Norwegian of the day, actor Pål Bang-Hansen gave his best dying performance in 2010. Finally, Indian actress Nanda made sure she didn’t receive any further calls from her agent after 2014.