Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th April

Charles Emmanuel III Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia kicks todays posting off, given he was also kicking about in 1701. Samuel Finley Breese Morse, he of dot dash fame signalled his entrance to the world in 1791. 18th President of the United States of America with various ships and submarines named in his honour as well as featuring on $50 bills, born Hiram Ulysses Grant, or Ulysses S. Grant found a pleasant point in 1822. Norwegian of the day, Theodor Severin Kittlsen wasn’t a little troll in 1857. Inventor of nylon, Wallace Hume Carothers thankfully didn’t suffer his first static shock during birth in 1896. Creator of Woody Woodpecker, Walter Benjamin Lantz pecked his way through in 1899. Poet Laureate and dad to actor Daniel, Cecil Day Lewis found the starting point in 1904. President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-kuo began wearing little blue suits from 1910. Indian actress/dancer Zohra Sehgal choreographed her entrance to the world in 1912. South African politician Roelof Frederik ‘Pik’ Botha had separation issues with his mum in 1932. Mr Hurricane, or rather weatherman Michael Fish, was cut off low in 1944. Professional trickster and subject of film, ‘Catch Me If You Can’, Frank William Abagnale, Jr. Made his first break for freedom in 1948. Also born that year is B52’s singer Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kate’ Pierson who left the love shack. One time bestie to small purple singer Prince, Sheena Shirley Easton, (née Orr), isn’t really a modern girl given she was born in 1959. Screen writer Stephen Russell Davies, who goes by the pen name Russell T Davies, had his push moment in 1963. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, took the distinction of being the first male heir in the Dutch royal family since 1884 in 1967. Pirouetting judge on boring dance programme Strictly Come Dancing, Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle aka Darcey Andrea Bussell did her initial échappé in 1969. Singer Mica Paris (or, as her parents know her, Michelle Antoinette Wallen), never felt like this before in 1969. Having mentioned Darcey Bussell above here’s co-presenter of Strictly Come Dancing and wife to rehashed game show host Vernon Kay, Helen Elizabeth ‘Tess’ Daly, hasn’t been a child in need since 1971.

As for deaths, they really are thin on the ground, but we do begin with Pope Leo XI who managed to serve all of 26 days before the conclave had to meet again 1605. Brewer of weak Canadian lager John Labatt started the fermentation process himself in 1915. El-Presidenti (complete with sash and gold epaulettes), of Bolivia René Barrientos Ortuño lost power in 1969. Founder of the Panasonic Corporation, Konosuke Matsushita went more than fuzzy in 1989. Mrs Slocombe looky likey and creator of the Barbie Doll, Ruth Handler found herself in a box without a clear plastic window in 2002. Finally, Indian actor Feroz Khan’s agent didn’t have to bother him again after 2009.

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