Today’s posting starts with Danish physician and antiquary Ole Worm, or to give him his Latinised name – Olaus Wormius started new times in 1588. Michelangelo del Conte or as his saints and sinners knew him, Pope Innocent XIII started to pontificate in 1655, whilst in 1792 another Pope – Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, (Pope Pious IX to those interested), had his first audience. Without giving all of his titles, British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth, left it a few years after 1730 before starting to wear a wig. Other half of dull ‘comedy’ opera writers Gilbert & Sullivan – Arthur Seymour Sullivan didn’t manage to do the Lambeth walk in 1842. For the ladies who’ve had a Pap smear, you have Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou to thank, and he slipped through in 1883. Author/playwright Daphne du Maurier found the years between birth (1907) and death (1989). Having mentioned Beatrice ‘Bea’ Arthur on 25th April when she died, here she is again given she wondered what’s the rush? in 1922. Inventor of misers’ radio, ex-stuntman and Eel Pie Island resident, Trevor Baylis started to wind his parents up in 1937. Still plugging over priced car insurance in Britain, Harvey Keitel didn’t have bad timing in 1939. Rock’n’Roll singer with the Chuckle Brothers haircut and dad to one hit wonder Sam, Joseph Roger ‘Joe’ Brown found out what a crazy world he was going to live in from 1941. It was also the year Chicano rock star Richard Steven Valenzuela, who abbreviated it to Ritchie Valens was cry, cry, crying. Daughter of American actor and Globe Theatre recreator, Sam, Zoë Wanamaker put the performance of her life on in 1949. Dreadlocked head bobber with the sunglasses and smile whilst playing the piano born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, before changing it to Stevland Hardaway Morris and then settling on the slightly easier Stevie Wonder, will probably bash out ‘Happy Birthday’ in celebration of his 67th birthday. Original presenter of BBC Breakfast Time, Selina Mary Scott started her early mornings in 1951. Light fingered, hen pecked ex-presenter of This Morning, awful Ali G impersonator but very good radio DJ, Richard Madeley will try to tell his wife Judy that he’s 61 today. North Korean fan with multi coloured hair and excessive piercings, not to mention a liking of a few sherberts, Dennis Keith Rodman didn’t get to bump the cutter in 1961. Member of Australian comedy group Doug Anthony All Stars, Paul Anthony Michael McDermott had his big gig in 1962. Alternative musician Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp was out head first in 1966, along with singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker who found it was his time to make his arrival. Actress Samantha Morton was sweet and lowdown in 1977. Wicket keeper/batsman for Sri Lanka Dilshan Vitharana was a popper in 1978. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland found himself start life in the Royal Palace of Stockholm back in 1979.
Deaths seem to be a bit thin on the ground again, but Regency architect responsible for Regent Street, Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion, John Nash stopped planning on doing anything after 1835. Writer of tales about Tevye the Dairyman which became Fiddler on the Roof, Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich or Sholem Aleichem would have been scattered far and wide if he hadn’t been buried in 1916. Dead Norwegian of the day is Nobel Peace Prize winning laureate and explorer who’s also a Captain Flashheart looky likey, Fridtjof Nansen found the third coldest place after the Artic and Antartic – the morgue in 1930. Writer of book Cider With Rosie, Laurence Edward Alan ‘Laurie’ Lee found he couldn’t stay long after 1997. Writer of fictional stories based in Malgudi, Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Naraynaswami entered the dark room in 2001. Frozen chip manufacturer Wallace McCain rather ironically ended up frozen himself in 2011. Finally, bass guitarist with Booker T and the MG’s along with the Blue Brothers, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn found his death wasn’t lost in translation when he was found in Tokyo in 2012.