We start today’s posting with writer of the French national anthem – La Marseille, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, or de I’lsle, or even de Lile, surrendered and was born in 1760. Actor who obviously wasn’t that good as he wanted to get noticed, so assassinated American President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth shot through in 1838. Keeping with the political theme. Norwegian of the day – Prime Minister Einar Henry Gerhardsen didn’t abstain in 1897. Toe tapping best mate of Ginge, Frederick Austerlitz who changed that to Fred Astaire, bounced into life back in 1899. Gin and golf loving husband of ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Dennis T’eed off in 1915. Third President of Estonia, (with the coiffured hair), Arnold Rüütel spilt from his mum in 1928. Only surviving member of the Spinners, Henry Fambrough was the pick of the litter in 1938. Folk, (yawn), singer Donovan (Philips Leitch), was quite mellow when born in 1946. Also born that year is near national treasure and actress Maureen Diane Lipman. Founder of overpriced Italian label bearing her adopted name, Miuccia Bianchi (or Prada as she’s better known), acted up after her birth in 1949. Second assassin of the day, Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon unfortunately came to be in 1955. Punk rocker born John Simon Ritchie before being known as John Beverly and then settling on Sid Vicious wasn’t too fast to live in 1957. Sunglass wearer and general band wagon jumper, singer Paul David Hewson, aka Bono or Onob, depending whether you like/dislike him had the nurse say ‘Achtung Baby’ to his mum in 1960. Model Linda Evangelista hopefully won’t charge herself $10,000 to get out of bed in order to get her champers and cake in honour of her 52nd birthday. Olympic gold medalist for jumping into sandpits, Jonathan Edwards slipped out in 1966. Comedian known for his pub landlord character, Alastair James Hay ‘Al’ Murray, didn’t bung his mum up after 1968, whilst a year later in 1969 Dutch footballer Dennis Bergkamp kicked proceedings off. Comedy actress Sally Phillips joined her siblings in 1970. Second Norwegian of the day goes to one half of electronic music duo Röyksopp, Torbjørn Brundtland wondered what else is there? to birth in 1975.
As for deaths, Sarah Osborne first of the women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials obviously was a witch given she died in 1692. 114th emperor of Japan, Nakamikado stopped drinking saké in 1737. Monarch of the House of Bourbon. Louis XV, or Loius the Beloved of France gave up munching chocolate biscuits in 1774. Caroline Matilda of Great Britain yet queen consort of Denmark and Norway found the Carlsberg dried up in 1775. English naval officer with the Canadian city, island and various other places named after him, George Vancouver found his resting place in Petersham, Surrey, in 1798. Only Canadian heavy weight champion boxer, born Noah Brusso but known as Tommy Burns, didn’t get to count to ten again after 1955. First dead Norwegian of the day, leader of Brunstad Christian Church, Elias Asiaksen got his deputy to officiate at his funeral in 1976. Actress Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur), gave up on getting another Oscar in 1977. Finally, second dead Norwegian, Gunnar Sønsteby Norwegian resistance member and author obviously didn’t put up any resistance to dying in 2012.