Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 1st March

Given I’ve started this paragraph with both Popes and Archbishops of Canterbury, it seems only right Tsangyang Gyatso also gets a look in given he was born in 1683, before going onto become the sixth Dalai Lama. Polish born composer, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, or to give his French name Frédérick François Chopin found he had his first movement in 1810. Interior designer (think Laurence Llewelyn Bowen but better), who was responsible for decorating the Palace of Westminster – Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin began to stamp his mark from 1812. Band leader known for conducting his tunes whilst dressed as a soldier, Alton Glenn Miller swung by in 1904. Suave actor James David Graham Niven arrived better late than never in 1910. Fifth Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin took the middle ground and was delivered in 1922. King of Calypso Harold George ‘Harry’ Bellafanti Jr., or to give his stage name Harry Belafonte wasn’t born on a banana boat but in Harlem back in 1927. Lead singer with instrument smashing band The Who, Roger Harry Daltrey was released from the squeeze box in 1944. Actor Dirk Niewoehner, or Dirk Benedict was part of The A Team in 1945. Film director Ronald William ‘Ron’ Howard has had some happy days since 1954. Also born that year, denim hot pant wearing actress known for playing Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard television series – Catherine Bach started out as young and restless. Popster from the 1980’s and ex-teenage girls pin up, Nicholas David ‘Nik’ Kershaw solved the riddle as to when he’d be born in 1958. Chum and team mate of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, fellow disgraced cyclist Tyler Hamilton was catching air in 1971. Actor from over running film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Arthur Davenport was the cookie thief from 1973. Tattooed current teen heart throb and professional pain in the neck (polite version), Justin Drew Bieber still has a lot of growing up to do despite being born in 1994.

The deaths paragraph begins with Roman Emperor Aurelius Valerius Valens left his Dacia in 317. Patron Saint of the Welsh, Saint David stopped throwing daffodils about the place in 589. Antipope, then proper Pope Leo VIII entered Saeculum obscurum in 965. Guinness World Record holder as the shortest person to live (at 23 inches or 58cm), Pauline Musters failed to live up to her surname from 1895. One of the few Estonians to warrant a mention here, author Anton Hansen Tammsaare found he reached the last page in 1940. Having started off with Charlie Chaplin in The Kid before going onto star in The Addams Family, John Leslie ‘Jackie’ Coogan entered the rogues gallery in 1984. Co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, Edwin Herbert Land didn’t exit the dark room after 1991. Non-related member of the Jackson 5, Johnny Porter Jackson made sure it was the Jackson 4 from 2006. Finally, co-founder of AOL, James Verlin ‘Jim’ Kimsey lost his connection in 2016.

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