Ancient Royal of the day who kicks things off today is Princess Caroline of Great Britain, who entered the world at Herrenhausen Palace Hanover in 1713. First Norwegian of the day, Telemark skier Sondre Auverson/Norheim made it through the chute in 1825. Original inventor of the internal combustion engine, (so is ultimately responsible for every vehicle from the Trabant to Rolls Royce), Nikolaus August Otto spluttered into life back in 1832. Captain in the British Army – Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache’s parents made sure they got their money’s worth from the birth registrar in 1884. Actress Hattie McDaniel started going with the wind from 1895. Singer Chester Arthur Burnett who went by the name Howlin’ Wolf didn’t suffer the blues having been born in 1910. Retired gaff prone Greek born naval officer and second in command after Liz, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh saw active service for the first time in 1921. I think Francis Ethel Gumm did the right thing by changing her name to Judy Garland and knowing a star was born in 1922. Robbing and lying newspaper owner Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch who is better known as Ian Robert Maxwell or Cap’n Bob couldn’t get out of being born in 1923. Actor Lionel Jeffries didn’t suffer stage fright in 1926. Lead singer with the Shirelles Shirley Alston Reeves, was in the hear and now from 1941. American comedian with the drawl Richard ‘Rich’ Hall had his first opener in 1954. Dreadlocked reggae singer Max Alfred ‘Maxi’ Elliott or Maxi Priest needed just a little bit longer to be born in 1960. Ex-girlfriend of Hugh Grant, (no, not Devine Brown), but model and fembot Elizabeth Jane ‘Liz’ Hurley had her first experience of safety pins in 1965. Footballer David Platt took a dive in 1966. First ever Luxembourg person to be mentioned here, winner of the 2010 Tour de France Andy Raymond Schleck left the neutral zone in 1985.
Deaths include, among others, Alexander III of Macedon or Alexander the Great or Pharaoh of Egypt or King of Persia or King of Asia stopped adding titles to the list in 323BC. Founder of measurement of electric current, which just so happens to be named after him, André-Marie Ampère lost his spark in 1836. Eighth Prime Minister from the land of lumberjacks who’s mug is now featured on the $100 bill, Sir Robert Laird Borden didn’t get to have any more maple syrup after 1937. Spencer Bonaventure Tracy actor and paramour to Katherine Hepburn, had the last hurrah in 1967. Co-founder of Paramount Pictures Adolph Zukor was canned in 1976. Having mentioned the Shirelles singer Shirley Alston Reeves, (above), here’s her band mate Addie Harris McPherson who’s been a thing of the past since 1982. Actor known for his role in Lassie, George Chandler didn’t have a barking mutt to warn him of his impending demise in 1985. English comedian who played the piano in his own inimitable style Leslie ‘Les’ Dawson stopped telling mother in law jokes from 1993. Dad to current deluded President of Syria, Bashar – Hafez al-Asad was cut off in 2000. Mafia boss, John ‘Teflon Don’ Gotti gave up eating prison food in 2002. Blind blues and soul singer/ivory tinkler Ray Charles (Robinson) put his sunglasses down in 2004. Finally, hairdresser responsible for the beehive hairdo, Margaret Vinci Heldt found she no longer suffered ‘bed head’ in 2016.