Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th April

We start today’s posting with Texan revolutionary and American frontiersman Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith, who actually got to hear for the first time in 1787. Emperor of Austria, President of the German Confederation, King of Hungary along with at least another 13 such titles, Ferdinand I gave his parents a conundrum as to which one to use on his birth certificate in 1793. Norwegian of the day is inventor of the outboard motor Ole Andreassen Aaslundeie or Ole Evinrude found himself spluttering into life back in 1877. President of Brazil, Getúlio Dornelles Vargas dictated things from 1882. Actor from TV series Bewitched, Richard Stanford Cox but known as Dick Sargent pulled the ripcord in 1930. Two very different people were born in 1933 – first up is white coat wearer and bail enthusiast Harold Dennis ‘Dickie’ Bird found he wasn’t stumped. The other is Marilyn Monroe wannabe and blonde bombshell Vera Jayne Palmer later to be known as Jayne Mansfield, who accepted the challenge. Sex thimble, not only but also a great drinker and comedian, Dudley Stewart John Moore must have been bedazzled at birth in 1935. Prime Minister of Belgium (from the Flemish half), Wilfried Achiel Emma Martens led his own birthday party from 1936. Chef/restaurateur Michel Roux Snr., was weighed out in 1941. Actor known for his role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry found his favourite year has been 1946. Youngest daughter of Spanish dauber Pablo, jewellery designer Paloma Picasso shone through in 1949. Also born that year, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Richard Walters or ‘Lawnchair Larry’, (the man who thought it great idea to affix 45 helium weather balloons to his garden chair), didn’t need the ballast in 1949. American comedian and shrinks best friend, Ruby Wax is probably still in therapy over being born in 1953. Ex-squeeze to Cliff Richard, tennis player and now sports presenter Susan Barker rallied in 1956. Born Prince Makhosetive Diamini but now Mswati III King of Swaziland, (and with 15 wives in tow), found life a bit simpler, (and quieter), in 1968. Gold medal winning middle distance jogger at the Athens Olympics, Kelly Holmes hopefully won’t be out of breath blowing 47 candles out on her birthday cake. Daughter of Goldie Hawn, actress Kate Garry Hudson had her first experience of the cutting room floor in 1979. Grunting tennis player who’s bagged four grand slams, Maria Yuryevna Sharapova made it through the entry system in 1987.

Deaths include both an Archbishop of Canterbury and a Pope, so without further ado we begin the paragraph with Alphege who graduated from Bishop of Winchester to Archbishop of Canterbury before stumbling from the pulpit in 1012. Next up is Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, but renamed Pope Leo IX by the Vatican who made those same people stoke the fire for him in 1054. Robert II King of Scotland stopped galloping through the heather in 1390. Clergyman known for his epigrams, the Reverend Thomas Bastard found out his parents were married before keeling over in 1618. Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, but better known as Canaletto, didn’t get to see the price of his paintings go up from 1768. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron or just Lord Byron, random wordsmith who made a living out of writing poems stopped writing sonnets in 1824. Two time British Prime Minister with the chin stubble, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield found his ultimate dispatch box in 1881. A year later in 1882, English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin took his genes out of the pool. Daphne du Maurier spent the years between her birth, and death in 1989 writing various books. Comedian Francis Alick ‘Frankie’ Howerd was up the morgue in 1992. Born Vernon Wayne Howell, but known as David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect found things a little heated in 1993. Norris Dewar McWhirter didn’t get to have a Guinness World Record himself, given he only reached 79 before expiring in 2004. Test pilot who was the first person to fly at Mach 2, Albert Scott Crossfield was grounded from 2006. Novelist James Graham (J.G.) Ballard found his passport to eternity in 2009. Finally, sidekick to two Doctor Who’s and an electronic dog, Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen found the end of time in 2011.


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