Ancient King of England Edward II starts things off today given he decided to poke his head out in 1284. Next up is puritan Roundhead and general agitator Oliver Cromwell who launched his first offensive on the world in 1599. Dad to engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, engineer responsible for the Thames Tunnel – Marc Isambard Brunel worked out the best day to arrive in 1769. Norwegian of the day, statesman born Jørgan Sverdrup but went by the name Georg Sverdrup assembled himself in 1770. Inventor Guglielmo Marconi transmitted his voice for the first time in 1874. Mum to eventual spangly suited singer and muncher of peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches, Elvis (the Pelvis) – Gladys Love Presley didn’t quite have child bearing hips in 1912. Nicknamed ‘The Queen of Jazz’, Ella Fitzgerald was fine and mellow after being born in 1917. Second Norwegian of the day, speed skater Finn Helgesen took his time in 1919. Not guilty soap star William Patrick ‘Bill’ Roche started acting up in 1932. Also born that year, Harlem Globetrotting basket ball player who went by the alternative name, Meadowlark Lemon III didn’t have a BEEF arriving today. Hard man actor Alfredo James ‘Al’ Pacino has been on the look out for his godfather since 1940. Professional prancer and now ex-judge on Strictly Come Dancing, (double yawn), Leonard Gordon Goodman will probably end up doing a conga in celebration of his seven ty third birthday. One fourth of Swedish super group ABBA, (the one with the beard – and it’s not the brunette), Björn Ulvaeus had his arrival in 1945. Co-founder of ubiquitous tax dodging, over priced coffee shops around the world, (Starbucks) Zev Siegl must have been wired when delivered in 1955. Five time world champ darts player, Eric Bristow (the crafty Cockney), found it was game on 1957. Singer songwriter Derek William Dick, who somewhat wisely became known as ‘Fish’ was no longer incommunicado from 1958. Voice behind numerous characters on The Simpsons, Henry Albert ‘Hank’ Azaria found the cradle will rock in 1964. Also born that year, camp singer with Erasure Andrew Ivan ‘Andy’ Bell has been going non stop. Renée Kathleen Zellweger may well have had Nurse Betty look after her on the maternity ward in 1969. F1 racing driver, Felipe Massa had a flying start in 1981. Left handed cricketing bowler with the butter fingers Mudhsuden Singh Panesar, better known as Monty Panesar didn’t have the unplayable delivery in 1982.
Deaths today include Pope Benedict XII who laid down for the stone mason in Avignon way back in 1342. Zhu Youjian 16th (and last) emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen Emperor, was beyond repair after falling down 1644. Astronomer, physicist, mathematician and general know all Anders Celsius (or was it Fahrenheit?) started to feel very cold from 1744. Seeing as we’ve had a Pope get a mention here today, with the occasional Archbishop of Canterbury thrown in for good measure, here’s a slightly different religious leader – Trinley Gyatso the 12th Dalai Lama keeled over in the Himalayas back in 1875. Writer responsible for the novel Black Beauty – Anna Sewell was put out to pasture in a graveyard in 1878. Voice of Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, George Henry Sanders was on the doomwatch in 1972. Two very different people didn’t make it through the day in 1995, and first up is American game show host Arthur ‘Art’ Fleming was in more than jeopardy, whilst Fred Astaire’s dancing mate Virginia Katherine McMath, or just Ginger Rogers stopped tapping her feet. Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez from girl group TLC had the fan mail stop in 2002. Singer of novelty hit ‘Monster Mash’, Robert George Pickett who went by the name Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett became a crypt kicker himself in 2007. Jazz musician/broadcaster Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttleton or just ‘Humph’ has enjoyed his interlude since 2008. Finally, star of un-amusing sit-com ‘The Golden Girls’, Bernice Frankel or Bea Arthur as she was also known was the toast of the town in 2009.