Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 2nd May

First up today is ruddy faced 12th Prime Minister of Great Britain, William Petty didn’t find birth a trifling matter in 1737. Norwegian of the day, philosopher Henrik Steffens made the rational decision to enter the world in 1773. Abraham Pineo Gesner inventor of kerosene who was mentioned a few days ago, gets another mench today given he set his parents lives alight from 1797. Three Men in a Boat, (not Griff Rhys Jones, Dara Ō Briain and Rory McGrath), but author Jerome Klapka Jerome launched off in 1859. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron, made it through the apron in 1892. Not the odd looking character in Star Trek, but paediatrician Benjamin McLane Spock started gaining tips for his career in 1903. Also born that year, singer/actor who’s flogged over a billion songs throughout the years, (including one with David Bowie) and fan of garish jumpers in later life, Harry Lillis ‘Bing’ Crosby heard more than an echo. Actor from The A Team, Lance LeGault (no, I don’t remember him either), was kissin’ cousins a year or so after his birth in 1935. Middle of the road singer Arnold George Dorsey who decided to change it to the equally catchy Englebert Humperdinck was pleased to be released in 1936. Eighth person to be on the gravy train, Jacques Jean Marie Rogge – President of the Olympic Committee, (read travel the world first class and stay in five star hotels all the time), didn’t have a false start in 1942. Ex-wife to rubber lipped and hipped front man of the Rolling Stones, Bianca Jagger, (née Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias), was flesh coloured when born in 1945. Also born that year, ska/reggae singer Alexander Minto Hughes or Judge Dread must have rather looked forward to this day every year. Star of dull Agatha Christie series, Poirot and younger brother to newsreader John, David Suchet wasn’t hidden from 1946. Smug, self centred, old biddies favourite non green fingered gardener and wannabe chat show host, Alan Fred Titchmarsh came to fruition in 1949. Italian fashion designer, (if you like gaudy clothes), who took over from her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace cut her way through in 1955. Celebrity chef Philip ‘Phil’ Vickery was born this morning in 1961. Also born that year, singer from 1980’s pop band The Blow Monkeys, Bruce Robert Howard who went by the name Dr Robert, had his mum shake it off. Champion snooker player James Warren ‘Jimmy’ White, didn’t balk at being born in 1962. Legendary cricketer Brian Charles Lara led the charge in 1969. Wrestler (among other things), Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was more a pebble in 1972. Another, you know, popular (for some, you know, reason), sportsman and husband to, you know, dour faced ex-Spice Girl, you know, ball kicker and, you know, tattoo lover, David Robert Joseph Beckham, was, you (probably) know born in 1975. Actor Keith Allen’s daughter, singer Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen), certainly didn’t smile when born in 1985.

People passing today include Leo I King of Armenia, let his daughter Isabella I get on with things after 1219. Having mentioned Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci a couple of weeks ago, here he is again given his time was up in 1519. Initially soap and candle maker before moving onto brewing beer, Eberhard Anheuser certainly wasn’t hopping in 1880. First woman to take her seat in the Houses of Parliament, Viscountess Nancy Astor swopped her red box for a more traditional wooden one for her funeral in 1964. All round nosy parker, ex-head of the FBI, John Edgar Hoover stopped hoovering information up in 1972. Co-founder of E & J Gallo Winery, Julio Gallo was a better vintage than his wine given he died aged 82 in 1993. Actor from The Bill, Alfred ‘Tosh’ Lines, or to give his real name – Kevin Reardon Lloyd has been on a Code 99 since 1988. Great drinker and actor who invariably turned up drunk on various chat shows and ex-Dorking (Surrey) resident, Robert Oliver Reed found the party’s over in 1999. Ever the professional, game show host Ted Rogers counted down 3-2-1 before expiring in 2001. Fourth President of Singapore Wee Kim Wee, relieved himself in 2005. Lynne Redgrave part of the acting dynasty and political agitating family wasn’t the picture of national health in 2010. Leading terrorist and religious nutter Osama bin Laden was found in a room in Pakistan and taken out for good in 2011. Finally, writer of the dull Inspector Wexford novels, Ruth Rendell has led a sleeping life since 2015.


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