Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th April

It’s a bit of a quieter day on both the births and deaths today, but we begin with founder of defunct bank, (thanks to Nick Leeson in 1995), Francis Baring left his initial deposit in 1740. 31st Prime Minister of Italy who jumped on the European gravy train when he became the President of the European Parliament, Giuseppe Pella was in alliance with his mum back in 1902. Film/TV composer responsible for the title tune for Constipation (sorry Coronation), Street – Eric Spear found there was no way back in 1908. Actress known for her role in long running dull fest series and films, Perry Mason – Barbara Hale hit the jackpot in 1922. Austrian mountaineer with the rather unfortunate surname, Marcus Schmuck descended into the world back in 1925. FBI agent who was passing info on to the red team and as a consequence is now serving 15 life sentences (without any parol), Robert Philip Hanssen will be tucking into his 73rd birthday cake, albeit behind bars. Former Hare Krishna member and current pescetarian, actress Hayley Catherine Rose Vivian Mills left the parent trap in 1946. Diminutive actor Frederick Allen ‘Rick’ Moranis has been a shrunk kid since 1954. Ventriloquist responsible for Achmed the Dead Terrorist (among others), Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Dunham found he had no dummy in 1962. Actor known for camping it up in un-amusing sit-com Will & Grace, Eric James McCormack reached the outer limits in 1963. Pill popping, St Vitus’ dance sufferer and maracas enthusiast Mark ‘Bez’ Berry sashayed his way through in 1964. Two time Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri designated this day as his birthday from 1970. Born David John McDonald the annoying wide eyed ex-Doctor Who better known as David Tennant, (double yawn), left the telephone box in 1971. Another of the Kardashian clan is celebrating their big day today, this time it’s Kourtney Mary Kardashian who’s trying to keep up with things given she’s now 38. Living Norwegian of the day goes to not quite a winner, (being fourth), in outdated talent show Pop Idol, Sandra Lyng Haugen began the performance of her life in 1987.

Death wise, we start with early Archbishop of Canterbury Theobald of Bec, who handed on the baton to Thomas Becket in 1161. Architect Robert Smirke had the smile wiped off his face in 1867. Japanese Admiral in charge of things when Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Midway kicked off, Isoroku Yamamoto was shot down in flames back in 1943. English comedy actor William Thompson ‘Will’ Hay had the clapperboard come down on his life in 1949. Eleventh President of Portgual, António Óscar Fragoso Carmona found he couldn’t drink any more port and lemon after 1951. Respected German physicist with the wild hair and pipe, Albert Einstein ran out of mass energy in 1955. Not to be outdone by the President of Portgual keeling over, Arturo Frondizi Ercoli el-Presidenti of Argentina saw his 81 years and added an extra 5 before munching his final steak in 1995. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to explorer Thor Heyerdahl who began an in depth study of the earth in 2002. Prime Minister/President of Fiji, Kamisese Mara didn’t get to see his grass skirt go up in flames in 2004. Finally, inventor of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)/high speed internet technology Joseph Lechleider has been off line since 2015.


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