Things are a bit quieter after a busy couple of days and to this end we start with writer of children’s book and author of (The Wonderful) Wizard of Oz, Lyman Frank Baum who abbreviated that to L. Frank Baum was the littlest giant in 1856. Cartoonist mate of Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman was near to the bone in 1936. A year later in 1937, former first female American Secretary of State, Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, (born Marie Jana Korbelová) had her first assignment. Music star with one of the un-coolest names going, Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste Eno, (although he was only baptised Brian Peter George Eno apparently), finds he’s got another day on earth after being born in 1948, whilst five years later in 1953 the bells were ringing out when Michael Gordon ‘Mike’ Oldfield arrived. Close on the heels of Brian Eno, rapper Melvin Glover decided it’s probably better to be known by the moniker (Grandmaster) Melle Mel, (with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), who gave his mum the message he was about to be born in 1961. Current Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen taxed his mum for the first time in 1964. Minor Royal slipping down the succession tree who’s also an Olympic eventing medalist, Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (née Phillips) will be celebrating her 36th birthday, unlike dour tennis player and Olympic gold medalist, Andrew Barron ‘Andy’ Murray who hits 30 today.
Death wise, Pope Marinus I (or Martin II) didn’t have to learn any new languages after 884. Russian Prince and founder of Moscow, Yuri Dolgorukiy must have started the city’s cemetery in 1157. Writer and encyclopaedist, Ephraim Chambers got to research death first hand in 1740. Two time Prime Minister from the land of sunshine, crocodiles, awful beer (Foster’s) and Paul Hogan, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies had his dispatch box ready for him in 1978. Singer with The Chiffons, Barbara Lee was out of this world in 1992. Wife of ‘The Man in Black’ and warbler of various Doesy Do tunes, June Carter Cash turned for the last time in 2003. Composer of original theme tune to Star Trek, Alexander Mair ‘Sandy’ Courage Jr., wasn’t so much beamed up but buried in 2008. Finally, 63rd Prime Minister of Belgium Jean-Luc Dehaene supped his last litre of wife beater (Stella Artois) in 2014.