Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st April

Today’s posting begins with oldest of the writing sisters, Charlotte Brontë had the correct advance in 1816. Inventor of both Odour Eaters and Clearasil, Ivan DeBlois Combe found he didn’t have smelly feet or a spotty face, but did suffer nappy rash in 1911. Fashion photographer with the little moustache and hats, not forgetting his sausages – Ronald William Parkinson Smith but known as Norman Parkinson, wasn’t over exposed in 1913. Barrister, (not a coffee maker), and writer of dull legal series Rumpole of the Bailey, John Mortimer exhibited himself for the first time in 1923. Despite Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (along with heading up the Commonwealth), having two birthdays, this is her proper one having started wearing tiaras in 1926. Non-relation to John (above), tennis player Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett was inside out from 1932. James Newell Osterberg Jr., the torso showing American rocker known as Iggy Pop was a real wild child from 1947. Actress/singer Patti LuPone found the cradle will rock in 1949. Probably best known for out acting Hugh Grant, (which isn’t that difficult), in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Rosalie Anderson ‘Andie’ MacDowell found herself a unstrung hero in 1958. Straggly haired Jo Brand looky likey, Goth warbler Robert James Smith started having lullaby’s sung to him in 1959. Reigate (Surrey) born boy racer still trying his luck in America with Indy racing cars, Maximilian Alexander ‘Max’ Chilton qualified for his birthday in 1991. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark or Countess of Monpezat started to watch the changing of the guard in 2007.

Death wise, another Pope entered the history books as Pope Alexander II met one’s maker in 1073. Not to be outdone, Anselm of Canterbury, Archbishop of said city took his mitre off for the final time in 1109. Henry VII had his suit of armour start to go rusty in 1509. Samuel Langhorne Evans or Mark Twain as he was also known stopped writing, and, come to think of it, breathing, in 1910. German fighter pilot known as ‘The Red Baron’, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen stalled in 1918. Having mentioned despot ruler of Haiti and leader of the Tonton Macoute, François ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier a few days ago, here he is again given he reluctantly gave up power to start counting worms in 1971. Someone else mentioned a few days ago – Australian PM Arthur William Fadden went ‘bung’ in 1973. Second youngest of the Marx Brothers, Milton ‘Gummo’ Marx found he didn’t need his teeth after 1977. Character actor Walter Slezak has enjoyed the long intermission since 1982. Singer Nina Simone obviously wasn’t ‘Feelin’ Good’ given she died in 2003. Fellow singer Allen LeMar ‘Al’ Wilson has been unable to count the days since 2008. Another singer, this one with Australian group The Divinyls, Christine Joy ‘Chrissy’ Amphlett found she couldn’t touch herself again after 2013. Finally, the small purple slave who had a squiggle on his cheek and released an excessive amount of albums, Prince Rogers Nelson left planet earth in 2016.


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