Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th April

Original long haired know all Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci who paired that down to Leonardo da Vinci would have had a good idea about being born in 1452. Founder of Sikhism and first of the Sikh Gurus, Guru Nanek Dev has been worshipped since 1469. King of Denmark and Norway Christian V, reigned supreme from 1646. Artic/Antarctic explorer who was mentioned on 3rd April when he froze, here’s James Ross Clark again given he bobbed along in 1800. Legitimate distiller, (along with many other things), Joseph Emm Seagram had proof he was born in 1841. Eighth Prime Minister of Australia, Stanley Melbourne Bruce was very diplomatic about his birth date in 1883. Inventor of cats eye studs in the road, Percy Shaw saw the light for the first time in 1890. Slap head Soviet Union Cold War leader Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was unleashed onto the world in 1892. Actress and second wife of Charlie Chaplin, Lillita Louise McMurray but known as Lita Grey was the kid in 1908. Odd looking, (rather like the rest of his family) despot dictator of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, (or just North Korea), born Kim Sōng-ju, but better known as Kim Il-sung started juche in 1912. Heir to his family’s department store who also set off the credit card boom, Alfred Schiffer Bloomingdale found the interest in him started in 1916. Female President of Iceland, Vigdís Finnbogadòttir saw her first theatre in 1930. Early rocker with the un-rock star name (Reginald Leonard Smith) and dad to Kim, Marty Wilde was quite tame back in 1939. Disgraced fiction creator who denies everything, Jeffrey Howard Archer can’t get out of being born in 1940. Kenneth Lee ‘Ken’ Lay CEO and chairman of Enron (until it went under) wasn’t corrupted about his birthday being in 1942. Paramour to Princess Diana and son to Egyptian grocer Mohamed, Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim al-Fayed, who shortened that to Dodi Fayed slid through in 1955. Rasta poet Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah has spent the last 59 years trying to find something rhyme with his name. English actress and ex-Mrs K Branagh, Emma Thompson didn’t have an impromptu birth in 1959. Singer with one hit wonder band 4 Non Blondes and now composer/producer, Linda Perry got the party started in 1965.
Glamour model and out of tune singer, Samantha Karen Fox started off life in 1966 as she meant to carry on, wearing no clothes. Guitar player Francis Gilles Poullain-Patterson, known as Frankie Poullain, was let out of the darkness in 1967. Carrying on the family tradition, Fränk Schleck was a descender in 1980. Actor/comedian Seth Aaron Rogen observed and reported in 1982. Actress from dull film franchise Harry Potter, Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson found this is the beginning in 1990.

Death wise, we start with Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France who relinquished her position in 1764. Sixteenth President of the United States of America and slave abolisher, Abraham Lincoln took the assassins bullet in 1865. There are too many crew/passengers of RMS Titanic to mention after the unsinkable ship sunk in 1912. Actor with the alcoholic surname, Walkace Fitzgerald Beery, has been behind the door since 1949. We lost three actors/comedians on this day over the years, Captain Mainwaring or Arthur Lowe left us in 1982, with Tommy Cooper following in 1984 and Kenneth Williams in 1988. Pete & Dud’s favourite Swedish actress Greta Garbo didn’t get to find out she’d stopped breathing in 1990. Author of The Saint, Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, or Leslie Charteris found his halo in 1993. Gold medal winning figure skater at the 1976 Winter Olympics, John Currie suffered the death drop in 1994. Cambodian totalitarian dictator Saloth Sar or Pol Pot, got to join all those he killed in 1998. Singer with The Ramones, Jeffrey Ross Hyman who re-named himself Joey Ramone, obviously wasn’t too tough to die in 2001. Finally, non-talking brother to Lucien and grandson to Sigmund, Clement Freud bowed out in 2009.


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