Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th April

Today’s posting begins with physician credited with being the ‘father of modern psychiatry’, Philippe Pinel didn’t drive his mum mad from 1745. Earlier version of Princess Beatrice, this one of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter started being called ‘Baby Bee’ from 1884. Next up is one of the most reviled and infamous people to have walked the earth, dictator with the greasy hair, funny moustache, baggy trousers and one testicle, vegetarian Adolf Hitler struggled through birth in 1889. At totally the other end of the scale, silent film star and stuntman Harold Clayton Lloyd Sr. had to look out below when born in 1893. Actor Leslie Phillips found some will, some won’t, share his birthday from 1924. Known for his character Hikaru Sulu in sci-fi series Star Trek (yawn), George Hosato Takei didn’t cling on any longer given he was born in 1937. Norwegian of the day, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned herself to being delivered in 1939. Actor and amateur boxer Charles Patrick Ryan O’Neal, had the big bounce in 1941. Fellow actor Michael Feldman or Michael Brandon was shattering the silence in 1945. 53rd Prime Minister of Italy, Massimo D’Alema made some progressive movements after birth in 1949. Also born that year, actress Jessica Phyllis Lange took the vow to celebrate her birthday. R&B singer Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. (and let’s face it most of his songs were dross), found his mum let him slide in 1951. Novelist Sebastian Charles Faulks wasn’t a trick of the light in 1953. Lanky actor Nicholas Simon Lyndhurst best known for playing Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, started learning new tricks from 1961. American radio personality Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr., (or, to give his stage name, Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf), became a family favourite in 1962. Actor Crispin Hellion Glover made some little noises in 1964. Fellow actor who provided the voice for Gollum in Lord of the Rings (yawn), Andrew Clement ‘Andy’ Serkis was also among giants in 1964. Another person known by their stage name, (Carmen Electra), rather than their birth one, (Tara Leigh Patrick), was full of it in 1972. Catwalk strutter and Victoria’s Secret model, Miranda Kerr was made up being born in 1983.

Antipope Victor IV starts the second paragraph off as he didn’t get to enter the fold again after 1164. He’s followed by Pope Clement V who found himself wrapped in another cloak from 1314. Author Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker joined Dracula in 1912. Chief sash wearer of Denmark, Christian X King of Denmark and Iceland found himself in a freezer from 1947. Italian Prime Minister Ivanoe Bonomi saw to it that he didn’t have to worry about handing out hand fulls of Lira after 1951. ‘The Guv’nor’ aka Fred Scuttle or Alfred Hawthorne ‘Benny’ Hill stopped chasing nurses around parks in 1992. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold both thought it a good idea to take a gun to Columbine High School and commit a bloodbath there before topping themselves in 1999. Sometime actor, stuntman and boxer, Frederick ‘Nosher’ Powell had his last fight with life, (and lost) in 2013. Finally, comedian/actress Victoria Wood nearly had a happy ending last year.


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