We start today’s posting not with one, but two Popes, so without any further ado, Marcello Cervini degli Spannochi or Pope Marcellus II didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1501. Following on from him in 1574 Giovanni Battista Pamphilj, aka Pope Innocent X, wouldn’t have heard the bells ring when born. Emma Freud’s (sounds painful) grandad born Sigismund Schlomo Freud, who altered it to Sigmund Freud, started analysing life in 1856. Indian freedom fighter Motilal Nehru bolted for it in 1861. Founder of the second Klu Klux Klan William Joseph Simmonds, started wearing white clothes in 1880. Actor Rudolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi da Valentina d’Antonguolla, who rather wisely shortened it to Rudolph Valentino, had the eyes of youth back in 1895. Big band leader throughout the 1920’s and 30’s William Edward ‘Billy’ Cotton started conducting his life in 1899. Actor/director known for his work on The War of the Worlds and Citizen Kane – Orson Welles found the cradle will rock from 1915. Voice of Snow White in the original cartoon film, Adriana Caselotti didn’t get to hear people say, ‘It’s a girl’ 1916. Singer Robert Clarke ‘Bob’ Seger went against the wind in 1945. British Prime Minister with the inane grin, who took the country into an illegal war, was embroiled in a cash for honours scandal as well as the phone hacking scandal, all the while having promised a ‘whiter than white government’ – Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, better known as Tony B.Liar started to grace the planet from 1953. Singer/songwriter with They Might Be Giants, John Conant Flansburgh, twisted his way through in 1960. Plugger of some coffee machine, general band wagon jumper and actor George Timothy Clooney found out all about gravity in 1961.
Deaths are again a bit thin on the ground, yet we start with Vicky & Bert’s oldest son Edward VII who vacated the throne after nine and a half years in 1910, much to the relief of others in the royal household. Author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Lyman Frank Baum reached the end of the yellow brick road in 1919. Founder of alternative way of educating children bearing her name, Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori started an eternal school holiday in 1952. Actor known for his roles in Zorro and Lost in Space, Armando Joseph Catalano or just Guy William found himself lost in the Pacific Ocean two years after his death in 1989. Actor known for his role in My Fair Lady, Wilfred Hyde-White reached that dangerous age in 1991. German born actress Marie Magdalene ‘Marlene’ Dietrich didn’t suffer stage fright after 1992. Controversial Dutch politician Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuijn or Pim Fortuyn found himself on the wrong end of a bullet in 2002. Author of various books including The Virgin Soliders series, Leslie Thomas was more in the departures than arrivals in 2014. Finally, ‘the singing Malteser’ with Hot Chocolate – Lester Errol Brown found it ended with a cry in 2015.