Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th March

Odd faced composer responsible for patriotic song Rule Britannia (other tunes also available), Thomas Augustine Arne starts today’s posting, although he wasn’t in vocal melody when delivered in 1710. Third Prime Minister of Canada, John Joseph Caldwell Abbott had the confidence to be born in 1821. Ostracised land owner who give meaning to the term ‘to boycott’, Charles Cunningham Boycott was welcomed into his family with open arms in 1832. Chemist known for his dyes, William Henry Perkins was actually born in 1838. Prince Mohammad Idris bin Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi, later to become King Idris of Libya was probably wrapped in his keffiyeh once delivered in 1889. Eldest daughter of the von Trapp family immortalised in film shown every Christmas, Agathe Johanna Erwina Gobertina von Trapp found her range in 1913. Actress Georgette Lizette ‘Googie’ Withers found she couldn’t say no to being born in 1917. Head of rusting car manufacturer, Fiat – Giovanni ‘Gianni’ Agnelli was wheeled out in 1921. Norwegian of the day, three time Olympic gold medal winner in speed skating Hjalmar ‘Hjallis’ Johan Andersen, found he didn’t have a false start in 1923. Playwright of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (among others), Edward Franklin Albee III – had a delicate balance in 1928. American penny pincher who helped set up budget airline Southwest Airlines, Herbert ‘Herb’ David Kelleher took off in 1931. Jazz singer responsible for the Moonlighting theme tune (and no, it’s not Dennis Waterman), Alwin ‘Al’ Lopez Jarreau found himself breakin’ away in 1940. Daughter of Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland, actress Liza Minnelli has found life’s a cabaret from 1946. 70th Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful, Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney made his first unexpected appearance in 1947. Tattooed founding member of heavy metal band Iron Maiden, Stephen Percy ‘Steve’ Harris has had a fear of the dark since 1956. Sculptor responsible for Cloud Gate (or ‘The Bean’) in Chicago (among many other works), Anish Kapoor contorted his way through in 1954. One fifth of family band and older brother to spangly glove wearing, chimp owning/pill popping Michael, Marlon David Jackson was a baby tonight in 1957. Having mentioned her ex-husband Shane Ritchie only yesterday, here’s ex-singer with her sisters before going onto co-present dull day time television programme, (whilst upsetting viewers in the process), Coleen Nolan didn’t quite coming crashing down in 1965. Guitar player with Britpop band Blur, Graham Coxon staged the great escape in 1969. Drug addict, singer and general nuisance who’s an ex-boyfriend of Kate Moss, Peter ‘Pete’ Doherty started off life as a baby shambles in 1979 and seems to have carried on the shambles bit. Fellow singer, (this one with McFly) Daniel Alan David ‘Danny’ Jones, has obviously been celebrating his birthday this day every year since 1986.

We also mourn the following, starting with not one, but two Popes! First up Pope Innocent I didn’t have any more impure thoughts after 417. The second, Pope Gregory I found he had his last audience in 604. Engineer who came up with the railway air brake, George Westinghouse Jr., came to a standstill in 1914. Dead Norwegian of the day, sculptor Gustav Vigeland obviously chipped away a bit too much in 1943. Not the British wartime Prime Minister who liked to give the V sign whilst smoking cigars, but American novelist Winston Churchill found the uncharted way in 1947. Actor best known for playing Private Godfrey in classic sit-com Dad’s Army, William Arnold Ridley was excused for the final time in 1984. Screecher on a violin, before learning how to play it – Yehudi Menuhin became mute in 1999. Sixth Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Đinđić found the bullet with his name on it in 2003. Finally, large hat wearing writer of boring books, Sir Terence David John Pratchett snuffed it in 2015.


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