Ancient royal, Edward of Woodstock aka the Black Prince who was mentioned eight days ago when he stopped breathing features again given he started breathing in 1330. Norwegian of the day, composer Edvard Hagerup Greig had an impromptu entrance to the world in 1843. Psychoanalyst who coined the term identity crisis – born Erik Salomonsen but went by the name of Erik Homburger Erickson, had no such issues in 1902. Creator of Thomas the Tank Engine Wilbert Vere Awdry, arrived on time back in 1911. Short lived stern looking General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov popped out in 1914. Singer Harry Edward Nilsson III had everyone talkin’ in 1941. French heart throb who only performs in his native tongue, Jean-Philippe Smet or Johnny Hallyday had his initial audience in 1943. Mutton chopped big hat wearing seemingly dyslexic shouter to glam rock, Neville John ‘Noddy’ Holder started to feel the noize in 1946. Also born that year, Greek wearer of large kaftans – Artemois ‘Demis’ Ventours-Roussos found he had the voice and the vision. Luvvie of both stage and screen, Simon Phillip Hugh Callow saw to it that he had thunderpants in 1949. Head honcho of steel making company (unless you’re in the UK), ArcelorMittal – Lakshmi Niswas Mittal wasn’t implicated in any scandal when born in 1950. Current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jining commanded attention in 1953. Younger brother to John, James Adam ‘Jim’ Belushi had an overnight delivery in 1954. Star of the Airplane films, Julie Beth Hagerty had a rude awakening in 1955. Helen Elizabeth Hunt’s mum was having babies in 1963. Fellow actress who starred in un-amusing sit-com with the canned laughter – Friends, Courtney Bass Cox started to scream 53 years ago. O’Shea Jackson or as he’s also known Ice Cube had his mum pushin’ weight in 1969. Actor known for his roles in Doogie Howser M.D. and How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris was beyond all boundaries in 1973. Chief contributor to band Snow Patrol, Gary Lightbody has had his eyes open from 1976. Lanky haired tattooed muso with a penchant for black eye liner, William Dean ‘Billy’ Martin was one of the little things in 1981. Younger and lesser known sister to Natalie, Laura Imbruglia found it makes a crunchy noise when born in 1983.
Deaths today include – and it seems rather apt to start this paragraph the same as the one above with an ancient royal, Robert I of France King of West Francia didn’t get to see his suit of armour go rusty from 923. Leader of peasant’s revolt over the poll tax, and it wasn’t Hamish McCrusty protesting over Maggie T’s version, but Walter ‘Wat’ Tyler who didn’t have a lot to say after 1381. Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia stopped fighting, ruling and breathing all in one fell swoop in 1389. Court jester to Henry VIII of England, William ‘Will’ Sommers didn’t find the funny side to dying in 1560. 11th President of the United States of America, James Knox Polk kept his word and keeled over in 1849. German Emperor and King of Germany, Frederick III was carried to his resting place in Potsdam in 1888. Actor Victor Edwin French took the highway to heaven in 1989. Belmont (Surrey) born F1 legend and chief womaniser of the 1970’s, James Simon Wallis Hunt had his final shunt in 1993. Jazz queen Ella Jane Fitzgerald didn’t know what to do today after working for 60 years so decided to call it a day in 1996. South Korean army general and controversial figure in taekwondo circles, Choi Hong Hi took his final bow in 2002. Indian actor S Manivannan Rajagopal or just Manivannan needed the make up artist one final time in 2013. Finally, Disc Jockey and voice of Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers in Scooby-Doo, Kemal Amin ‘Casey’ Kasem saw the dark permanently in 2014.