Births today include painter by numbers – Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was well ahead of his time in 1475 given he was only known by his first name. Poet and dualist with the rather large nose, Cyrano de Bergerac began to take his place in folklore from 1619. Composer of Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov started buzzing about the place in 1844. Designer of pistol bearing his name, Georg Johann Luger’s mum didn’t have an accidental discharge in 1849. Norwegian of the day, tennis player Anna Margrethe ‘Molla’ Bjurstedt Mallory rallied for the first time in 1884. Having mentioned comedy actor Louis Francis ‘Lou’ Cristillo, or Lou Costello, only three days ago when he had his final act, here he is again given he made his debut in 1906. English comedian with the ill fitting toupee, Francis Alick ‘Frankie’ Howerd didn’t titter when born in 1917. Founder of scale model car company, Lesney – better known by the name ‘Matchbox Cars’, Lesley Charles Smith had a die-cast alibi about his whereabouts in 1918. Ex-Reigate resident, actress born Jean Dance but known as Jean Boht wasn’t the understudy in 1932. Co-presenter of children’s programme Blue Peter, John Noakes survived his first stunt in 1934. Middle distance wheezer who bagged a gold in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Ronald Michael ‘Ron/Ronnie’ Delany broke the tape in 1935. Soviet cosmonaut who was the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova had a soft landing in 1937. Opera singer born Claire Mary Teresa Rawstron before changing it to the rather more refined Kiri Janette Te Kanawa, held her first note, in a scream back in 1944. Guitarist with Pink Floyd and step dad to flag swinger Charlie, David Jon Gilmour had a pulse in 1946. Singer Pauline Matthews who goes by the name Kiki Dee, found she had perfect timing in 1947. Also born that year, athlete credited with changing the way they jump over a bar, Richard Douglas ‘Dick’ Fosbury didn’t adopt the back first technique during birth. Frontman to band Elbow, Guy Edward John Garvey wasn’t the seldom seen kid in 1974.
As for deaths, British Prime Minister Henry Pelham has had a permanent recess since 1754. The following all breathed their last at the Battle of the Alamo, (not the car hire office in Texas) in 1836: James Butler Bonham, James ‘Jim’ Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Barrett Travis. Engineer and industrialist Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler didn’t internally combust in 1900. Sculptor of Mount Rushmore, John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum found himself in a cold cast from 1941. Composer with an award given out each year in his honour, David Ivor Davies, or Ivor Novello, went downhill terminally in 1951. Banjoele/ukulele playing actor George Hoy Booth/Formby found it hadn’t turned out nice again in 1961. King of the Hellenes, Paul of Greece saw to it that he wasn’t going to feature on any more drachmas from 1964. Actress who worked with The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont saw the clapperboard come down for the last time in 1965.
Actor known for playing Jeffrey Fairbrother in BBC sit-com Hi-de-Hi, Simon John Cadell found hIs final season was in 1996. Radio DJ, Richard Anthony Crispian Francis Prew Hope-Watson who managed to make Tommy Vance out of that, started spinning in his grave from 2005. ‘Wine’ maker Ernest Gallo was pressed in 2007. Finally, wife to Ronnie R, previous owner of the red telephone in the White House – born Anne Frances Robbins, but known as Nancy Davis Robbins was unable to just say ‘No’ to dying in 2016.