We start today’s posting with architect of the United States Capitol, (or just the Capitol building), William Thornton began to sketch his life out from 1759. Another of the philosophers mentioned in Monty Phython’s song – John Stewart Mill wasn’t particularly ill after being born in 1806. Founder of both difficult to use charge card company – American Express and bank bearing his name – Wells Fargo, William George Fargo got his mum to express herself in 1818. We have a lot to thank, (and curse), Emile Berliner for as he is credited with inventing the phonograph record thereby opening the door to the likes of Jedward, (other boy and girl groups are also unfortunately available along with (c)rap music, the dreaded Country & Western etc), got into the groove back in 1851. Over dressed King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria and Iraq, Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hasimi, or just Faisal I, started wearing robes in 1885. Aeronautical engineer responsible for the iconic Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane, Reginald Joseph Mitchell lifted the flaps in 1895. Star of cheery Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, (among others), James Maitland Stewart who abbreviated that to Jimmy Stewart, wasn’t quite born to dance rather to act in 1908. Co-founder of computer hardware and software manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, William ‘Bill’ Reddington Hewlett decoded himself in 1913. Comedian/actor George Leslie Gobel got to learn about the birds and the bees a few years after 1919. Sheffield (England) shouter to music, and non relation to Jarvis, John Robert ‘Joe’ Cocker, had more than a little help from the nurses in 1944. Also born that year, is co-founder of energy drink Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz who found his wings. 1946 saw American singer who doesn’t like wearing clothes, (and no, it’s not Iggy Pop), Cherilyn Sarkisian but better known as Cher who probably wishes she could turn back time. Prime Minister of Japan, (for all of fifteen months), Yoshihiko Noda admitted defeat and was born in 1957. Not so fresh faced popster from early 1980’s band Haircut 100, Nicholas ‘Nick’ Hayward’s parents had a fantastic day in 1961. Younger bro to Di, Charles Edward Maurice Spencer the 9th Earl Spencer or Viscount Althorp has climbed even further up the title ladder since his birth in 1964. Interviewer and son of Paul, Louis Sebastian Theroux started documenting his life from 1970. Singer Trevor George Smith took the wise decision to change his name to slightly hipper Busta Rhymes, found it’s a party this day every year since 1972. Professional ball kicker Petr Čech was clear in 1982.
Death wise, Pope John XXI found his time at the Vatican was up in 1277. Original telluric traveller Christopher Columbus stopped his transatlantic crossings in 1506. Born Charles Rudolph Harrell, singer Rudy Lewis drifted away in 1964. Belgian linguist with the rather unfortunate surname, Willem Pee stopped mid flow in 1986. Co-inventor of Paint by number, Max Klein went grey in 1993. Actor and probably the best Dr. Who before going onto be a scarecrow, John Devon Rowland ‘Jon’ Pertwee found the body finally said no in 1996. Terrorist convicted of downing Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi found himself downed in 2012. Also not making it through that year is odd looking Bee Gee minus the bleached teeth and medallion, Robin Hugh Gibb wasn’t stayin’ alive. Finally, Rupert Louis Ferdinand Frederick Constantine Lofredo Leopold Herbert Maximilian Hubert John Henry zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenburg, Count of Löwenstein-Scharffeneck whose only claim to fame was being the Rolling Stones financial manager found he ran out of breath saying his name in 2014.