Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th March

Old Scottish royal King James IV kicks things off today given he wasn’t called Stewart from 1473. Next up is James Felix ‘Jim’ Bridger, (not the legendary ex-sweet shop owner in my home town), but trapper/explorer who found his feet in 1804. Pioneer of the internal combustion engine, Gottlieb Wilhelm Daimler spluttered into life back in 1834. Member of the Terra Nova Expedition with Captain Scott, Laurence Edward Grace ‘Titus’ Oats just popped out in 1880 and was about for sometime, (32 years to be precise). Nathaniel Adams Coles, or singer Nat King Cole, had an unforgettable birth in 1919. First and fourth President of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman found birth a struggle in 1920. Russian tights wearer who pranced across stage with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was allegro in 1938. First person to sail around the world, (with his little captains hat), William Robert Patrick ‘Robin’ Knox -Johnson was adrift in 1939. Actor Patrick Duffy known for his role in dull 80’s soap opera Dallas as Bobby Ewing, didn’t think it was too good to be true being born in 1949. Fellow actor Kurt Vogel Russell didn’t suffer a backdraft in 1951. Colleague to Patrick Duffy in Dallas, Lesley-Anne Downey wasn’t the 13th child for her parents in 1954. Rotund know all comic and stalker, Patrick Rory McGrath thought it was all over after being born in 1956. Dream singer/actress for many a lad in the early to mid 80’s Claire (Clare) Patricia Grogan may well get a repeat fee for singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to herself in celebration of her 55th birthday. Scandal ridden actor Robert Hepler ‘Rob’ Lowe has been one hell of a guy since 1964. Fabric ripper Lee Alexander McQueen stretched out in 1969. Drummer/singer in family band The Corrs, Caroline Corr was breathless in 1974. Tattooed screecher and guitarist to his songs whilst fronting The Darkness, Justin David Hawkins started life in 1975 as he meant to carry on. Member of Irish boyband ‘Boyzone’, Stephen Gately was going to be born no matter what in 1976. Male version of his sisters (i.e. famous for nothing) Robert Arthur ‘Rob’ Kardashian has been trying to keep up with things from 1987.

Deaths include Irish Patron Saint – Patrick, who gave all the Irish people (plus pretty much every country), the reason to have a drink or three from 460 in his honour. King of England Harold I or Harold Harefoot passed the crown onto Harthacnut in 1040. Not wanting to be outdone, King of Alba (or Scotland), Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin swigged his last Scotch in 1058. Keeping with the ancient royal theme, ermine caped William II King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Duke of Limburg let the weasels repopulate from 1849. Seventh President of the Republic of the Philippines Ramon del Fierro Magsaysay Sr., didn’t say a great deal after 1957. Voice of Woody Woodpecker Grace Boyle/Lantz/Stafford had her final warble in 1992. One half of gangster twins who ruled East End London during the 1950’s & 1960’s, Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Kray put his knuckle duster down in 1995. One hit wonder William Jermaine Stewart was more cold than hot (until his cremation) in 1997. Children’s entertainer and amateur television aerial engineer, Rodney Stephen ‘Rod’ Hull learned the hard way when, exactly, he should have left Emu inside. Musical encyclopaedia and radio DJ, Charles Thomas ‘Charlie’ Gillett spun round for the last time in 2010. Mick Jagger found he was single again after leggy model Laura ‘Luann’ Bambrough or L’Wren Scott called it a day in 2014. Finally, small magician Newton Edward ‘Paul’ Daniels was under no illusion about dying in 2016.


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