Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th March

Births today start with composer who followed in his old man’s footsteps – Karl Philipp Emmanuel Bach started making chamber (pot) music from 1714. Portly William V, Prince of Orange and chief sash wearer of the Dutch Republic started off in white linen back in 1748. Builder of the first oil refinery before inventing the kerosene lamp, Jan Józef Ignacy Łukasiewicz lit up his parents lives from 1822. Second timbrel basher in The Salvation Army, William Bramwell Booth received his calling in 1856. Writer of Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, entered the golden age in 1859. Co-star of Gilligan’s Island, Alan Hale MacKhan or just Alan Hale Jr., found his birthday happened every spring from 1921. Also born that year, Tula Ellice Finklea before becoming actress Cyd Charisse gave her parents something to shout about. Early video game developer born Rudolph Heinrich Baer, or Ralph Henry Baer, had to console himself being born in 1922. Part of English acting dynasty and extreme red flag waver, Lynn Redgrave started calling the shots from 1943. George Michael, (no, not the late drug taking, public toilet dwelling singer) but Monkee ‘Mickey’ Dolenz Jr., has been a believer in celebrating his birthday since 1945. Person who regularly pops up on television wearing garish jumpers, Gyles Daubeney Brandreth started annoying people in 1948. Born Rita Maria Crudgington, (or if you prefer Cheryl Baker), member of 1980’s skirt whipping (and winning) band Bucks Fizz in dull fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest, wanted a piece of the action in 1954. Also born that year, Olympic medal winning armband wearer, David Andrew Wilkie had a quick turnaround. Synth enthusiast with the make up and leather suits, Gary Anthony James Webb or as he’s also known, Gary Numan – found he had a strange charm in 1948. One hit wonder Shawn Mullins had his first lullaby sung to him in 1968. Tall fore headed snooker player Fergal O’Brien dropped through the big pocket in 1972. Singer with the mutton chops from 90’s indie band Supergrass, Gareth Michael ‘Gaz’ Coombes wasn’t caught by the fuzz in 1976. David Cameron looky likey singer with Keane, Thomas Oliver ‘Tom’ Chaplin let it slide in 1979. Fellow singer with the odd hairstyle, Eleanor ‘Elly’ Jackson who goes by the name La Roux was let down gently in 1988.

Pope Celestine II starts the deaths paragraph given he vacated the Vatican in 1144. Dutch born King William III of England and Ireland, King William II of Scotland and Stadholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel – William of Orange found his resting place in Westminster Abbey back in 1702. Continuing the royal theme, born Jean Bernadotte in France before assuming the title Charles XIV & III John – King of Sweden and Norway, became the previous King of Sweden and Norway in 1844. Thirteenth President of the United States of America Millard Fillmore lost more than his Whig in 1874. Aircraft manufacturer Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf Von Zeppelin ran out of gas in 1917. Not wanting to be outdone by Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft the 27th President of the United States of America started to lose weight from 1930. Hachikō the dog who sat by his owners grave for more than nine years, finally got to join his master underground in 1935. Silent comedy actor Harold Clayton Lloyd Sr., didn’t hang about after 1971. Baseball player Joseph Paul ‘Joe’ DiMaggio has been having a dirt nap since 1999. Also losing the will to live in 1999, William Wrigley III he of one of local council’s least favourite companies, chewed his last meal without spitting it out. Terence ‘Terry’ Nelhams-Wright or ex-teen idol Adam Faith found the time has come in 2003. Frederick John Inman who’s probably better known as Mr Humphries in sit-com Are You Being Served? was free from 2007. Also dying that year, newsreader Carol Barnes saw the autocue finish. President of the Magic Circle and Vic Reeves looky-likey William Oliver Wallace or Ali Bongo disappeared in a puff of smoke in 2009. Finally, Olympic bronze medal winning shot putter for Germany, Hartmut Briesenick lost his footing in 2013.

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