We start today’s births paragraph with balletmaster Jean-Georges Noverre who got his legs working in 1727. Emperor of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland – Alexander II had his folks toast his arrival in 1818. Founder of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham was adagio during birth in 1879. Fellow chief conductor at The Proms Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent got some early practice waving his arms about in 1895. Big band leader Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington, jazzed up his birth in 1899. Emperor Shōwa, or Hirohito as he was known everywhere else but Japan, saw the rising sun in 1901. Designer of cartoon characters Scooby-Doo and Penelope Pitstop, Iwao Takamoto was a pesky kid in 1925. Singer known for the song Yakety Yak, Carl Edward Gardner coasted through in 1928. Skiffle King Anthony James ‘Lonnie’ Donegan didn’t hold back till tomorrow in 1931. Singer Willie Hugh Nelson has found it’s funny how time slips away, especially as he’s now 84. Investment banker Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild didn’t leave his options open having been born in 1936. At the other end of the scale, ‘investment advisor’ Bernard Lawrence ‘Bernie’ Madoff, who’s into his eighth year (of 150) in prison, probably won’t be getting any cake in celebration of his 79th birthday. Motown singer mentioned on March 16th when she died, Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, but better known as Tammi Terrell was united with her mum in 1945. Mad hair woman, (who takes after her husband Brian May), actress Anita Dobson started learning new tricks from 1949. Ex-footballer and television presenter now self professed odd ball, David Vaughan Icke didn’t blame it on the aliens on being born in 1952. Un-amusing comedian Jerome Allen ‘Jerry’ Seinfeld had his first audience in 1954. Act tor Daniel Michael Blake Day Lewis didn’t know there will be blood during his delivery in 1957. Former cult member and PVC loving vegan Michelle Pfeiffer was up close and personal with her mum in 1958. Omni-present television presenter and ex-cricketer Philip Clive Roderick ‘Phil’ Tufnell bowled out in 1966. Ex-beau of Barbra Streisand, (despite the obvious age gap), who’s now hitched to Steffi Graff, Andre Kirk Agassi had his first buggy whip in 1970. Also born that year is one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite actresses, Uma Thurman who managed to kick her way out. Norwegian divot maker Knut Børsheim made it out of the bunker in 1987. Royal Norwegian of the day, Maud Angelica Behn started the next generation of royals in 2003.
Famous deaths are somewhat thin on the ground again, and we start with inventor of kerosene who had the large sideburns Abraham Puneo Gesner didn’t get to see if he went up in flames in 1864. Michael Joseph O’Rahilly member of the Irish Easter uprising must have run out of Easter eggs in 1916. President of Portugal with the large moustache Bernardino Luis Machado Guimarāes, wasn’t so sunny from 1944. Leytonstone boy made good, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock ended the suspense as to when he’d die in 1980. Chemist who discovered lysergic acid diethylamide, (LSD to you and me), Albert Hoffman started the longest trip of his life in 2008. Dead Norwegian of the day, actor Arve Opsahl left it to the understudy from 2007. English actor Robert William ‘Bob’ Hoskins didn’t have a heart condition given he passed away with pneumonia in 2014. Finally, co-founder of Weight Watchers Jean Evelyn Nidetch has managed to lose quite a bit of weight since 2015.