We begin today’s post with revered cabinet maker who would spin in his grave if he knew about the creosoted, oiled and pumped up lumps, (sorry hunks) named after him – Thomas Chippendale was ready assembled when born in 1718. Early day Patrick Moore (minus the Simon Cowell high waisted trousers, monocle and xylophone), who co-founded Neptune – John Couch Adams averted his vision in 1819. Known for killing Billy the Kid, Patrick Floyd Jarvis ‘Pat’ Garrett also managed to get his aim right in 1850. Upper class cobbler Salvatore Ferragamo was on the front foot in 1898. Co-founder of the Indian Communist Party with the rather apt name, Ravi Narayana Reddy led the way in 1908. Mitcham, Surrey barrister/biochemist who founded MENSA, Lancelot Lionel Ware – had the intelligence to be born in 1915. Writer responsible for book My Left Foot, Christy Brown also had a right foot in 1932, (although he didn’t use that one to write his books. Vote promiser (and reneger) who also became unpopular 16th Prime Minister of Canada, Charles Joseph ‘Joe’ Clark at least won the confidence of his family in 1939. Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group – Robert Kenneth Kraft, made it through the down box in 1941. Co-founder of Williams F1 team, Patrick Head, took in clean air back in 1946. Performance artist and widow to Lou Reed, Laura Phillips ‘Laurie’ Anderson responsible for the dreary 1981 hit ‘O Superman’ wasn’t quite bright red after birth in 1947. Champagne socialist and writer of dull books, Kenneth Martin ‘Ken’ Follett suffered the shakeout in 1949. Curly haired musician with the large forehead, Kenneth Bruce Gorelick who goes by the name of Kenny G was nearly breathless when born in 1958. Boston (USA) Police pin up, ex-fan of the Columbian marching powder who went onto become a rapper, underpants model and actor Mark Robert Michael ‘Marky Mark’ Wahlberg had his mum go through the pain to get the gain in 1971. Comedian with the flowing hair and motorbike, Ross Markham Noble was quick off the mark in 1976. Famous for showing everyone her, err, ‘kebab’ on national television, Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody didn’t have a big brother having been born in 1981.
As for deaths, King Louis ‘the Quarreler’ X of France stopped arguing in 1316. Field Marshall Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener KG, KP, GCB, OM, GSCI, GCMG, GCIE (not forgetting PC), known for pointing at people from a poster started pointing west from the middle of the First World War in 1916. Dull Country singer born Harold Lloyd Jenkins who cut his singles (and albums) under the name Conway Twitty found he was next in line back in 1993. Jazz musician Melvin Howard ‘Mel’ Tormé aka The Velvet Frog got to say, ‘That’s all’ in 1999. Musician with the dyed, black hair and fringe covering his eyes Douglas Glenn Colvin or Dee Dee Ramone obviously wasn’t too tough to die in 2002. Ex-holder of the nuclear button and receiver of calls from Nancy on the red phone, 40th President of the United States of America Ronald Wilson Reagan stopped having CIA men following him from 2004. Dead Norwegian of the day, politico Reiulf Steen didn’t labour his death in 2014. Controversial bankrupt (to the tune of A$1.8 billion), businessman who bank rolled the 1983 Americas Cup – Alan Bond collapsed in 2015. Finally, also not making it through that year, close advisor to Saddam Hussein born Mikhail Yuhanna but baptised Manuel Christo before settling on Tariq Aziz, had his last Ba’ath.