Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th April

Today’s posting starts with Taksin the Great – King of Siam/Thonburi liberated himself in 1734. Next up is Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., ‘the father of baseball’ who left the dug out in 1820. American financier John Pierpoint (J.P.) Morgan brokered his arrival in 1837. Female ex-Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Ceylon, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike made it through the power vaccum in 1915. Actor William Franklin Beedle Jr., who went onto be known as William Holden was the golden boy from 1918.
Composer and big band leader Hans (now James) Last blasted out in 1929. Born in 1940 bequiffed rock’n’roll star with the not so rock’n’roll name, Ronald William Wycherley or as he became known Billy Fury was the one and only. Also born that year is misogynistic, blinged up odd looking horse racing pundit, John McCririck who made a bolt for freedom. Another actor who’s pay cheques increased after appearing in dull film franchise Harry Potter, David Bradley pricked up his ears in 1942. Yachtswoman and now novelist, Clare Mary Francis was cut adrift in 1946. Also born that year, television presenter and radio DJ, Patrick Henry Kelly announced his arrival. Prague born composer who gets a royalty every time the Miami Vice theme tune is played, Jan Hammer experienced his first seven days in 1948. Notorious Serbian warlord Željko ‘Arkan’ Ražatović forced his way through in 1952. Redhill, (Surrey), born author Nicholas Peter John ‘Nick’ Hornby found it was a long way down in 1957. Act tor who graduated from RADA, ex-RSC member and middle earth lover Sean Bean gave his best debut performance in 1959. Politician for the Pirate Party in Iceland, Birgitta Jónsdóttir won the day in 1967. One fifth of manufactured girl band in the 1990’s (the Spice Girls), singer(!), fashion designer and wife to ballkicker David ‘You Know’ Beckham, Moody Spice aka Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams) found 2 become 1 in 1974. Star of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films, Siddharth Suryanarayan found something something was happening in 1979.

Having not mentioned any Popes for a few days, here we see two who decided today was a good one to expire, and first up is Pope Alexander of Alexandria who should have been posthumously named Pope Stiff of Corpse in 326. Another Pope, this one Pope Benedict III was more than III (that’s ill) in 858. Rather large founding father of the United States (with the dodgy haircut) along with inventing the lightning rod and bifocals, Benjamin Franklin joined the great majority in 1790. Credited with inventing the first public flushing toilet, (and I’m sorry to report it wasn’t the wonderfully named Thomas Crapper), rather a George Jennings was swept away in 1882. Second Prime Minister of Canada, Alexander Mackenzie had his last taste of maple syrup in 1892. Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran took three steps to heaven in 1960. Vegetarian botherer and tambourine/triangle basher Linda Louise McCartney (née Eastman) lost her fight against cancer in 1998. Nutritionalist Robert Atkins who founded a diet named after him, has taken his diet seriously since 2003. Also dying that year is American born British philanthropist John Paul Getty Jr. who found out having all that money didn’t get to stop him breathing. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day goes to Yngve Moe who’s been dancing with strangers since 2013.

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