Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st May

Today’s births start with King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Michał Korybut Wísniowiecki who started lording it up in 1640. Next up is Sistine Chapel ceiling admirer who used to get a good view of St. Peter’s Square, Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti or Pope Pius XI had his first blessing in 1857. Cartoonist with the term named in his honour, William Heath Robinson had a simple birth in 1872. English luvvie and distinguished act tor, Denholm Mitchell Elliott traded places in 1922. Husband to Grace Kelly and long serving monarch Rainier III of Monaco gambled on being born in 1923. Action hardman and star of various dull spaghetti Westerns Clinton ‘Clint’ Eastwood Jr. felt lucky upon his arrival to the world in 1930. 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand James Brendan ‘Jim’ Bolger joined the decent society in 1935. National service shirker, ex-gin and tonic server on Cunard who somehow became punchy Deputy Prime Minister in the United Kingdom John Leslie Prescott, foisted himself on us in 1938. Radiator staring champion, (managing five years in Lebanon), Archbishop of Canterbury’s envoy Terence Hardy ‘Terry’ Waite was released for the first time in 1939. Actress who starred in 1980’s American police series, Cagney & Lacey, Sharon Marguerite Gless turned about in 1943. Founder of Pineapple Dance Studios – Dorothy ‘Debbie’ Moore shimmied her way through in 1946. Everyone’s favourite cooking mum in the OXO ads, actress Meredith Lee Hughes/Lynda Bellingham was born in the general hospital back in 1948. Ex-member of German electronic band Kraftwerk, Karl Bartos plugged in in 1952. Not to be outdone, fellow band mate Freidrich ‘Fritz’ Hilpert was a lot more animated when born in 1956. Extra chunky gold chain wearing founder member of Run-D.M.C. Darryl Mathews McDaniels was unable to walk this way after birth in 1964. Ex-Mrs A Agassi, vegetable and nut loving (they have feelings too you know), and sort of animal rights campaigner Brooke Christa Shields wasn’t freaked when born in 1965. Two of my oldest friends, Pete & Dave have reached the milestone that is their 50th today. Norwegian of the day, cross country skier Frode Estil had his dad on the piste in celebration of his son’s birth in 1972. Irish actor who’s featured in films such as In Bruges, Saving Mr Banks and one about a phone booth – Colin Farrell had his first starring role in 1976.

Death wise, it’s a fairly quiet day but we start with Renaissance painter Jacopo Comin, or Tintoretto found his name changed again in 1594 when he became Jacopo Gone. King Frederick William I of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, left the great city of Berlin in 1740. French astronomer Pierre Lemonnier saw it in the stars (or was it the tea leaves?) that his time was up in 1757. Credited with inventing the clown (so luckily didn’t suffer from Coulrophobia), Joseph Grimaldi stopped messing about in 1837. Inventor of cheap man’s butter – margarine, Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés started to lose his fat in 1880. Drag queen who somehow had a successful career, Daniel Patrick Carroll or Danny La Rue, put his truss away for the last time in 2009. Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney found death a bit more serious in 2010. Finally, actress Jean Stapleton (born Jeanne Murray), entered her final bunker in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th May

Births today start with posh egg maker Peter Carl Fabergé who hatched in 1846. Voice artist for various cartoons – Melvin Jerome ‘Mel’ Blanc, found his voice in 1908. Jazz musician and bandleader Benjamin David ‘Benny’ Goodman was the youngest swinger in town back in 1909. El-Presidente of Bolivia – René Barrientos Ortunō, started in nappies (diapers) in 1919 before graduating to sashes in later life. Founder of upmarket disco (Annabel’s) in London, Marcus Lecky Oswald Hornby Birley, who’s changed that to Mark Birley made some noise in 1930. Canadian actress who’s known for her role in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, (and has probably been dining out on that tale since), Ruta Mary Kilmonis, or just Ruta Lee didn’t have a particularly funny face in 1935. One half of Swedish pop group Roxette Gun-Marie Fredriksson, joined the joyride in 1958. Horsham (Sussex) born latter day Dick Emery – sketch show star Henry Richard ‘Harry’ Enfield, started making people laugh in 1961. Bleached blonde mop headed singer with indie band The Charlatans, Timothy Allan ‘Tim’ Burgess came crashin’ in in 1967. Outrageous comedian with the bandaged wrist, Leigh Francis who goes by his alter ego Keith Lemon made it through the keyhole in 1973. Tubby bald headed and extensively tattooed singer Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, or just CeeLo Green started gettin’ growin in 1974. Previous spokesperson of Google and current CEO/President of Yahoo! Marissa Ann Mayer uncurled herself in 1975. Ex-Captain of Liverpool Football (soccer) team, Steven George Gerrard kicked things off in 1980.

As for deaths, subject of songs by both Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Doug Anthony All Stars, Maid of Orléans Joan of Arc found things a bit hot before going cold in 1431. King of France Charles IX faced less hostility dying in 1574. Lesser known Elizabethan writer and pal of William Shakespeare, Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe felt more than ruff today in 1593. Writer/philosopher and noted wit François-Marie Arouet who went by his nom de plume Voltaire, was quite philosophical about his death in 1778. Founder of MB Games Milton Bradley obviously tired of his board games in 1911. Thanks to Wilbur Wright we now have to suffer the likes of Ryanair, (or Spirit Airlines if you’re in America), but the oxygen mask didn’t fall fast enough for him in 1912. Overdressed King of Thailand Prajadhipok/Rama VII expired in Virginia Water in 1941. Dad to singing children as featured in The Sound of Music, Georg Johannes Ritter von Trapp had his so long, farewell moment in 1947. Author of Doctor Zhivago, (among others), Boris Pasternak was over the barriers in 1960. Actor William Claude Rains really did become the invisible man from 1967. Co-founder of (mainly) non-working biro company, Marcel Bich (or Bic), dried up in 1994. Frank Raymond Wilton ‘Lofty’ England, manager of Jaguar Cars Racing Team, came to an abrupt halt in 1995. Finally, Indian actor/director Rituparno Ghosh called it a wrap in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th May

Ancient King of England, Scotland and Ireland Charles II kicks things of today given he was born in 1630. Comedian with a soon to be renamed airport in California bearing his name, sometime (but not that often) amusing Leslie Townes ‘Bob’ Hope was caught in the draught back in 1903. Brewer of gassy beer as well as professing to represent his people as a politician, Hartland de Montarville Molson found his specific gravity in 1907. Probably the most famous Sherpa, born Namgyal Wangdi but better known as Tenzing Norgay struggled his way through in 1914. 35th President of the United States of America, the one with an airport, various schools, bridges and roads named in his honour, John Fitzgerald ‘Jack’ Kennedy democratically decided to arrive in the world in 1917. Non-relation to comedian Frankie, previous scorer on dull fest that is the Eurovision (amongst other things), Caterina Irene Maria Imperiali Di Francavilla who now goes by the name Katie Boyle, Lady Saunders had her parents announce her birth in 1929. Actress and plugger of washing up liquid, Nanette Newman left the pit of darkness in 1934. Eighth President of Pakistan, Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari started representing himself in 1940. Double denim fan with the fast receding hair line and three cord king on the guitar with Purley’s finest band, Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi started rockin’ gently in 1949. Composer of overrunning cartoon series The Simpons theme tune, Daniel Robert ‘Danny’ Elfman scored a hit being born in 1953. Unhinged Jodie Foster fan, (obviously not knowing her personal preferences), and Ronnie’s attempted assassin, John Warnock Hinckley Jr. is still eating prison cake on his 62nd birthday. Youngest sister of the family that takes chimps, wearing bowler hats and malfunctioning dresses as the norm, La Toya Yvonne Jackson was free to the world in 1956. Mrs Warren Beatty, or Annette Bening as she’s also known, found the great outdoors a reality in 1958. Potty mouthed actor, Rupert James Hector Everett didn’t suffer hysteria in 1959. Singer/songwriter, noted wit and warring brother Noel Thomas David Gallagher found time flies since being born in 1967. One fifth of the Spice Girls, the girl group that somehow managed to take over the world in the mid to late 1990’s Melanie Janine Brown, probably wasn’t that scary to her parents in 1975. Also born that year is hard to understand and not terribly amusing comedian Sarah Jane Millican, (née King).

As for deaths, armour suited King Christopher I of Denmark seized up in 1259. Wife of small French aggressor Napoleon I Joséphine de Beauharnais found he wasn’t going to bother her again after 1814. Not only known for discovering the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine but also his miner’s safety lamp, Sir Humphry Davy saw the light dim in 1829. Prince of Serbia Mihailo Obrenović was taken out permanently in 1868. One half of dull English ‘comic’ operas (and having suffered a couple of them, they are anything but comical), writing duo Sir William Schwenck Gilbert drew the curtain on his career in 1911. Co-founder of United Artists – Mary Pickford, went back to the soil in 1979. Having mentioned 35th President of the US of A, (above), it seems only fair to give a shout out to fifth Prime Minister of India, Charan Singh who gave up breathing in 1987. East German communist (and hypocrite), murderous leader Erich Honecker saw the walls close in on him in 1994. Finally, having mentioned Dennis Lee Hopper on 17th May in honour of his birthday, here he is again given he rode off into the sunset back in 2010.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th May

George I King of the United Kingdom and Ireland started the trend of royals bearing his name from 1660. Non-inventor of the guillotine and death penalty opponent, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin spliced through in 1738. Youngest British Prime Minister to take up the post, William Pitt the Younger was a real Tory wet in 1759. Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard the American Confederate States Army General put up less resistance being born in 1818. Inventor of the blowtorch, Carl Richard Nyberg felt the heat after being delivered in 1858. Designer of ornate village Portmerion (in North Wales), Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis took a different view of things from 1883. Writer of spy series James Bond (yawn) and children’s book, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, Ian Lancaster Fleming wasn’t shaken or stirred after 1908. Matriarch to far left acting dynasty, Rachel Redgrave, (née Kempson), had a touch of love in 1910. Sit-com star who also presented God slot programmes, and not forgetting the Churchill stairlift ads, Thora Hird thought she was the entertainer from 1911. Four time Prime Minister of Turkey, Mustafa Bülent Ecevit has democratically left his party in good time since 1925. Canadian politician Claude Forget hasn’t forgotten his birthday since 1936. Ska and rocksteady singer Cecil Bustamente Campbell, who’s known by his fans as Prince Buster had the presence to be born in 1938. Mayor of New York who held steady after the 9/11 attacks – Rudolph William Loius ‘Rudy’ Giuliani didn’t flinch at being delivered 73 years ago. Also born 73 years ago, was four time Grammy award winning singer Gladys Knight, (minus her pips). Actress known for her character ‘Marlene’ in Only Fools and Horses, Susan Joan Pringle ‘Sue’ Holderness found that’ll be the day in 1949. New Romantic synth popster Steven John Harrington or as his make up artist knew him, Steve Strange had a normal birth in 1959. Singer with 80’s band Fine Young Cannibals, Roland Lee Gift found it’s ok to be born in 1962. Dishevelled know all comedian, David Lionel Baddiel found what time bedtime was from 1964. Gay friendly hot pant loving pop minstrel Kylie (Boomerang) Minogue had tears on her pillow in 1968. Living Norwegian of the day, Jørgen Strickert started his fan club in 1980.

As for people taking up the undertaker’s offer, Archbishop of Canterbury – Lanfranc started counting worms in 1089. Afonso IV of Portugal was brave to the end in 1357. Youngest sis of the Brontë clan, Anne Brontë dropped her quill in 1849. John Russell, 1st Earl Russell or even Lord John Russell, two time British Prime Minister found his luck ran out (again) in 1878. One of the Nazi sympathising Mitford Sisters, Unity Mitford found more than her arm rigidly straight in 1948. Edward VIII King of the United Kingdom and its associated Dominions of the British Empire, (before he was snagged by Wallis Simpson), found he didn’t have to clean his medals after 1972. Known as Mr Grainger in 1970’s sit-com Are You Being Served? Frederick Arthur Baker/Arthur Brough checked out in 1978. Hero of the Falklands War, Lieutenant Colonel Herbert ‘H’ Jones (VC) didn’t manage to dodge the bullet in 1982. Comedian John Eric Bartholomew, or as he was better known, Eric Morecombe, found eternal sunshine in 1984. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to ski jumper/author Thorleif Schjelderup who started enjoying the apres-ski from 2006. Artist known for her portly ladies, Beryl Cook has left the smock unwashed from 2008. Diminutive sit-com actor Gary Coleman was left wondering what Willis was talkin’ about before expiring in 2010. Finally, not terribly popular ex-owner of both Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United, Michael Glazer wasn’t granted extra time in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th May

Births today begin with Dutch Prince, William II fan of Orange, (well before creosoting yourself became fashionable), started out in white linen back in 1626. Creator of the wind scale bearing his name, navy man Francis Beaufort started charting his life from 1774. Known for her name associated with ladies undergarments, women’s rights and her temperance views, Amelia Jenks Bloomer found the right to be born in 1818. Lanky haired tall story teller, James Butler Hickok or as he styled himself, Wild Bill Hickok, gambled on being born in 1837. Seventh President of Portugal Manuel Teixeira Gomes, entered the fray in 1860. Actor who played Chin Ho Kelly from Hawaii Five-O, Kam Tong Chan but altered it slightly to Kam Fong Chun detected the best day to be born in 1918. Having mentioned Peter Cushing only yesterday, here’s his acting buddy from the Hammer Horror films, Christopher Frank Carandini Lee peeped out from behind his sheet in 1922. 56th United States Secretary of State, born Heinz Alfred Kissinger but known as Henry Kissinger, was quite diplomatic about his birth in 1923. 1960’s warbler who was always on the look out for a new hat, Priscilla Maria Veronica White, but went by the name of Cilla Black, found out what it was all about in 1943. Professional cardboard box loving actor Lewis Collins crashed through in 1946. Controversial Australian politico born Pauline Lee Seccombe but known as Pauline Hanson didn’t bother with the exit poll in 1954. Punk singer Susan Janet Ballion or Siouxsie Sioux had a slowdive in 1957. Also born that year is worthy winner of Olympic gold and bronze medals for paddling round the pool Duncan Alexander Goodhew. Kiwi music maker, founding member of both Split Endz and Crowded House, Neil Finn was locked out in 1958. Keeping with the Antipodean theme, Australian parkour and tennis champion, Patrick Hart ‘Pat’ Cash bounced into life in 1965. Named after a service station on the M4 motorway, chef Heston Blumenthal became a happy eater in 1966. Geordie ball kicker and crier with various issues, Paul John Gascoigne will be weeping into his cake given he’s now 50. Non-guilty editor of News International newspapers in the shocking phone hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks got the circulation going in 1968. Current leader of the Yellow Team in British politics, Timothy James ‘Tim’ Fallon wasn’t first past the post in 1970 given he prefers proportional representation. Also born that year act tor and non relation to Ralph, Joseph Alberic Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was the escapist. Singer Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes had the doctors in scrubs during her birth in 1971. Lisping chef with a restaurant in virtually every town in Britain, who’s named is plastered all over various kitchen utensils and equipment, not forgetting being a campaigner for better school meals (chips are always good), James Trevor ‘Jamie’ Oliver was delivered to the world in 1975. Also born that year is André Lauren Benjamin or André 3000 who wasn’t an outcast.

Death wise it’s a quieter day, and to this end we start with founder of dull fact exhibition bearing his name – LeRoy Robert Ripley (or just Robert Ripley), had to believe it was his last day on the planet in 1949. First Prime Minister of India who learnt a lot from Ghandi, Jawaharlal Nehru followed his mentor in 1964. Inventor of the modern day hot air balloon, Paul Edward ‘Ed’ Yost headed the other way being six feet under in 2007. William Desmond Anthony ‘Bill’ Pertwee best known as ARP warden Hodges in 1970’s BBC sit-com Dad’s Army, put those lights out in 2013. Finally, designer of signage for the New York City Subway Massimo Vignelli found himself underground in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th May

Today’s births paragraph starts with Giulio do Giuliano de Medici, or as the people in the confessions booth knew him, Pope Clement VII had a legitimate birth in 1478. Norwegian of the day goes to sketcher and painter, Olaf Leonhard Gulbransson who had a decent hair line when delivered in 1873. Born Asa Yoelson but known as Al Jolson who took to blacking himself up and was, (apparently), ‘The World’s Greatest Entertainer’, left his mammy in 1886. Banjolele/ukulele player with t’northern accent, George Hoy Booth but probably better known as George Formby, wasn’t fretting about being born in 1904. Star of various dull western films and regular at Eat at Joe’s Redondo Beach, (worth a visit if you’re ever that way), The Duke – Marion Robert Morrison or John Wayne rolled into town back in 1907. Bushy eye browed rotund actor Robert Adolph Wilton Morley had his curtain up moment in 1908. Long term manager of Manchester United, and it’s not gum chewing hot tempered Alex Ferguson but Alexander Matthew ‘Matt’ Busby cleared the corridor of uncertainty in 1909. Actor known for his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, Harold John Smith who went by the name Jay Silverheels, showed true grit in 1912. Regular of Hammer House of Horrors films, Kenley (Surrey), born Peter Wilton Cushing didn’t scare his folks when born in 1913. Known for his trumpet playing Miles Dewey Davis III started trumping in 1926. Part of bickering partner’s group, Fleetwood Mac, Stephanie Lynn ‘Stevie’ Nicks went her own way in 1948. Wearer of garish blazers and chinos whilst travelling around Britain and Europe by train reading an old book, ex-MP Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo steamed through in 1953. Leonard Albert ‘Lenny’ Kravitz the American singer who likes his sunglasses, found it ain’t over till it’s over, (although that could also be used as his epitaph), in 1964. Classic English actress who’s starred in a few of the Harry Potter (yawn) films, Helena Bonham Carter won’t be popping next door to her ex-partners pad for cake in celebration of her 51st birthday. Also celebrating her 51st birthday today is Zola Budd the South African, (or is she British?) barefoot jogger and tripper upper at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Count of Monpezat may well crack open a can of Carlsberg Super Brew given he’s reached his 49th birthday. Temperamental singer with The Fugees, Lauren Noelle Hill found the world turns in 1975. Comedian who’s sold out by plugging useless internet provider, PlusNet, (though they should be called MinusNet), Jason John Manford’s parents weren’t off grid spoon whittlers when he was born in 1981.

Death wise, having mentioned Pope Clement VII (above), here’s Augustine of Canterbury, the first ever Archbishop of the Cathedral city who hung his mitre up way back in 604, (or was it 605?). Ancient King of the English, Edmund I ended up at Glastonbury Abbey having been murdered in 946. Eminent diary keeper, (as dairy keeper wouldn’t quite be the same), Samuel Pepys didn’t enter his thoughts from 1703. Bloody neurologist who discovered swearing and tic laden sodding condition bearing his name, Georges Gilles de la Tourette was effin’ brown bread in 1904. Co-founder of clinic using his name, Charles Horace Mayo was spread thinly in 1939. Oldest son of Henry who followed his old man into the family business and also had a range of unsuccessful cars named after him, Edsel Bryant Ford came to the end of his particular road in 1943. Singer with The O’Jays, William Powell, jumped off the love train in 1977. Side kick to Bette Davis in her films, actor George Brent lost the right to live in 1979. Co-founder of scale model car company, Matchbox – Leslie Charles Smith found he needed a bigger box to be carried off in 2005. Grandson of the original Michelin man, Édouard Michelin found his tyres didn’t float in 2006. Finally, 2008 saw film director Sydney Pollack have his eyes wide shut for good.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25 May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25 May

Abu’l Fath Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud Shah I, Mahmud Begarha or Mahmud Begada, the Sultan of Gujarat kicks things off here and found he had faith in being born in 1458. Tights wearing Prime Minister of Great Britain, John Stuart left his initial deposit in 1713. Newspaper baron (among other things), William Maxwell ‘Max’ Beaverbrook was hot off the presses in 1879. Helicopter and aeroplane designer Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky started hovering around from 1889. First Prime Minister of Burma, Nu, didn’t take long to get to know his name after 1907. Heavyweight journalist and dad to both Jonathan & David, Frederick Richard Dimbleby turned out in 1913. Other half of easy listening (for some) songwriting duo Bacharach & David, Harold Lane ‘Hal’ David had all the time in the world whilst being born in 1921. Novelist Robert Ludlum had the bourne ultimatum in 1927. Actor known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, (yawn) and The Hobbit, (double yawn), along with his Shakespearean work, Ian McKellen was centre stage in 1939. Puppeteer behind Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear from non-amusing show The Muppets, Frank Richard Oz(nowicz), was in, then out having been delivered in 1944. Slightly disgraced radio DJ born David Patrick Griffin but known professionally as Dave Lee Travis aka ‘The Hairy Cornflake’ took the lunchtime slot back in 1945. Reggae singer Lincoln Barrington ‘Sugar’ Minott had a good thing going in 1956. Woking, (Surrey), born mod-father John William ‘Paul’ Weller Jr. started speaking like a child in 1958. One time risqué comedian, sole member of The Joan Collins Fan Club, (or two if you count Fanny the Wonder Dog), and Norman Lamont’s mate – Julian Peter McDonald Clary made his own unique entry to the world in 1959. Canadian comedy actor, who came up with Austin Powers and the not so great Love Guru, Michael John ‘Mike’ Myers started shrieking in 1963. Actor Cillian Murphy didn’t retreat in 1976. Rugby player with the distinctive kicking style, Jonathan Peter ‘Jonny’ Wilkinson got his initial hospital pass in 1979. Norwegian of the day goes to footballer Daniel Braaten who winged it in 1982.

Today isn’t one to be a Pope or an Archbishop, though on the plus side, the bloke fanning the white smoke got some overtime as Pope Boniface IV rolled over in 615 with Pope Gregory VII following in 1085 and Pope Alexander IV deciding to stop breathing in 1261. Not to be outdone, Archbishop of Canterbury John Stafford wanted a bit of inaction from 1452. King Peter III of Portugal lost some weight from 1786. Another Archbishop of Canterbury, Randall Davidson didn’t have to bother selecting hymns from 1930. Earlier version of Dr. Harold Shipman, French quack and serial killer Marcel André Henri Félix Petiot found himself on the wrong end of a guillotine in 1946. Also not making it through that year, co-writer of tune which morphed into ‘Happy Birthday to You’, Patty Smith Hill had a few other (non-self penned) tunes sung at her funeral.
King Idris I of Libya, until Muammar Gadaffi took over proceedings in 1969, didn’t have a crown or cape to put down in 1983. Actress Patricia Doreen ‘Pat’ Coombes found the laughs dried up in 2002. Ska, rocksteady and reggae singer Desmond Adolphus Dacres, (or Decker) found you can get it if you really want it, (though that probably doesn’t apply to the heart attack that finished him off in 2006). Indian actor Dilip faded out in 2012. Finally, first President of the Republic of Poland before becoming second President of the Polish People’s Republic, Wojciech Jaruzelski found himself deadski in 2014.