We start today’s posting with Prussian statesman and namesake of drinking game named in his honour, Otto Eduard Leopold – Prince of Bismarck or just Otto von Bismarck, didn’t sink without trace in 1815. Having mentioned piano tinkler Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff a few days ago when he settled his score, here he is again given he was composed enough to be born in 1873. Norwegian of the day, Olympic medal winning sailor Sigve Lie bobbed along in 1906. Sort of actor, (he was a Dalek operator in Dr. Who among other roles), John Scott Martin found the meaning of life in 1926. Continuing the sci-fi (yawn) theme going, Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney was beamed down in 1930. Known for her role in Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Frances ‘Debbie’ Reynolds was a bundle of joy to her folks in 1932. Fellow actress Elizabeth Alice ‘Ali’ MacGraw tried to glam it up in 1939. Also born that year, (and having mentioned his brother only yesterday), we see another founding member of family band bearing his name, Rudolph Isley started to get into something. Iconic and longest serving presenter on BBC Radio 1, Anne Avril ‘Annie’ Nightingale made her first broadcast by crying in 1940. Singer/founder of synthpop one hit wonder group ‘M’, Robin Edmund Scott scored a hit with his family in 1947. Fellow singer, this one in the Ska/reggae style, James Chambers or Jimmy Cliff – found he could see clearly now from 1948, whilst a year later yet another singer, Gil Scott-Heron lifted his parents spirits. Person put up by Libya for bombing Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie (the one who went on for years after after being released on compassionate grounds despite being told he only had months to live), Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed el-Megrahi was grounded in 1952. Ex-captain of the English cricket team, David Ivon Gower isn’t stumped at reaching 60. (Not) Frankie Boyle’s sister but Scottish warbler from Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle dreamed her first dream in 1961. Silver fox and sofa hogger on day time television, Philip Bryan Schofield will be popping the pomagne corks in celebration of his 55th birthday. Over chirpy chappie and ginger irritant who likes the sound of his own voice, Christopher James ‘Chris’ Evans has actually taken a day off from presenting his breakfast show, (though that’s only because it’s a Saturday), to celebrate his 51st birthday. Olympic medal winning doggy paddler Sandra Völker cast off in 1974. Another Olympic champ, Elizabeth Kimberley ‘Beth’ Tweddle made her first such move in 1985.
Deaths appear to be somewhat thin on the ground, but the following weren’t so lucky as to live another day: King Amalric II of Jerusalem left the wailing to others in 1205. Continuing the ancient royal theme, King Sigismund I of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania made it to 81 before dying in 1548, thereby adding the moniker ‘the Old’ to his other titles. Opera singer Guiditta Angiola Maria Costanza Pasta (née Negri) was boiled in 1865. Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria along with being King of Jerusalem, Grand Duke of Tuscany – the list goes on and on, Charles I, renounced participation in life from 1922. Australian sprinter Stan Rowley wasn’t quick enough to out run the reaper in 1924. King George II of Greece didn’t get to feature on any more drachmas after 1947. Founder of blood banks, Charles Richard Drew was dead positive in 1950. Cosmetic queen Chaja, (later changed to Helena) Rubinstein, needed some serious make up in 1965. Singer Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., or just Marvin Gay, heard it through the carbine in 1984. Drummer with The Cult, Nigel Preston must have let the world drag him down given he died from a drug overdose in 1992. Second Greek of the day, 175th Prime Minister Tzannis Tzannetakis bailed out in 2010. Finally, President of Mexico – Miguel de la Madrid didn’t get to reach the gusano at the bottom of the bottle in 2012.