Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st October

 

Dutch painter Johannes/Jan/Johann Vermeer starts today’s posting, although his birthdate appears to be unknown he was baptised this day in 1632. For those missing the births/deaths of Popes, wait no more, as Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli or Pope Clement XIV’s mum didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1705. Romantic poet John Keats could have been born two days earlier in 1795, but then again it may well have been today. I’m very glad I wasn’t the person who registered the birth of, (and take a deep breath), Luis Filipe Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcântara António Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis João Augusto Júlio Valfando, or to give his shorter title: King Luis I of Portugal and the Algarves back in 1838. Balloonist and parachutist born Joseph Johnson but known as Charles Leroux made a huge leap in 1856, though 239 jumps later he died. Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA – Juliette Gordon Low née Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon was prepared in 1860. Leader of the Republic of China – Chiang Kai-shek/Chiang Chieh-shih/Chiang Chungcheng wasn’t confused about his birthdate from 1887. One of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Oliver Martin ‘Ollie’ Johnston Jr., thankfully didn’t draw out his birth in 1912. Steeplechase jockey turned crime writer, Richard Stanley ‘Dick’ Francis cleared his first hurdle in 1920. Also born that year, German photographer Helmut Newton wasn’t a negative child. Known for her role in dull soap opera Dallas, Barbara Bel Geddes came to be a little darling from 1922. Having mentioned disgraced, (though too late to do anything about it), DJ a mere two days ago when he died, here’s James Wilson Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile again given he tested his own sound system in 1926. Actor from Little House on the Prairie (among others) Eugene Maurice Orowitz, or as his co-stars knew him, Michael Landon was a real bonanza to his parents from 1936. Old school comedian/game show host – Thomas Patrick ‘Tom’ O’Connor found the password in 1939. Legendary comedy actor John Franklin Candy, was more in the class of ’50 than ’44. Also born that year, architect Zaha Mohammad Hadid left her footprint. Drummer with rock band fronted by sunglass wearing deity, (or so he thinks) – Laurence Joseph ‘Larry’ Mullen Jrs’ parents had a beautiful day in 1961. Another muso, this one guitar player and song writer in miserablist Manc group The Smiths, John Martin Maher or Johnny Marr, wasn’t the boy with a thorn in his side in 1963. Member of VW badge nicking group, Adam Keefe Horovitz who now goes by the names ‘Ad-Rock’ or ‘King Ad-Rock’ has been fighting for the right to party from 1966. Also born that year, member of Malcolm McLaren’s band Bow Wow Wow – Myant Myant Aye, but going by the name of Annabella Lwin, found her parents did wanna hold her. Another rapper, Robert Matthew Van Winkle, (or Vanilla Ice), woke up in 1967. Ex-rugby union player, now bald headed team captain on boring game show ‘A Question of Sport’, Matthew James Sutherland ‘Matt’ Dawson was part of the uncontested scrum in 1972. Skimpy costume wearing singing twins Gabriela and Monica Irimia aka ‘The Cheeky Girls’ had their mum touch their bum in 1982.

Whilst there don’t appear to be many deaths to report on today, we do begin with chief of the Blackfoot Native American tribe – Big Snake (brother to Standing Bear) left his feather in his hair back in 1879. Explorer George Washington De Long froze in 1881.
Indian spiritual figure Dayanand Saraswati found his inner peace from 1883. Founder of religious group – Jehova’s Witnesses, Charles Taze Russell certainly wasn’t awake! from 1916. Illusionist and stunt performer Erik Weisz/Harry Houdini didn’t manage to escape peritonitis in 1926. Indian born athlete who bagged two silver gongs at the 1900 Olympics, Norman Pritchard fell at the last hurdle in 1929. Bollywood music composer Sachin Dev Burman reached the end of his score in 1975. Another Indian, this one with the streak of grey hair who was also the first female Prime Minister of the country, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi found the bullet with her name on it in 1984. Actor who’s brother was mentioned a few days ago – River Jude Bottom/River Phoenix didn’t quite finish his life as he’d have probably wished at The Viper Room in 1993. Also not making it through 1993 – film director Federico Fellini finished his la dolce vita.
South African President responsible for dismantling apartheid, Pieter Willem (PW) Botha was in the wilderness from 2006. Finally, voice of the speaking clock in the United Kingdom, Brian Cobby hung up in 2012.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

 

Births today begin with King George II of Great Britain and Ireland, who also went with the titles: Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire held court in 1683. First inhabitant of the White House and second President of the United States of America, John Adams started off with white sheets in 1735. Bloody French physician, sodding expletive deleted Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette the one with the bloody expletive deleted neurological disorder named after him, was a right little sod in 1857. Goatee bearded 33rd President of Mexico, Francisco Ignacio Madero González was a stately child from 1873. Scrawny, weakling body builder who became an international star, Angelo Siciliano or as his adverts used to state, Charles Atlas, took a weight off his mum in 1893. First ever F1 champ Emilio Giuseppe Farina started driving his parents round the bend in 1906. Film director turned restaurant critic, Robert Michael Winner wasn’t told to, ‘calm down dear’ by the nurse in 1935. Grace Barnett Wing who went onto find fame as Grace Barnett Slick found nothing was going to stop her being born in 1939. Also born that year, songwriter Edward ‘Eddie’ Holland Jr., started the baby shake. Known for playing ‘The Fonz’ before graduating to pantomime, Henry Franklin Winkler started having happy days from 1945. Snapper of the stars and royalty, Mario Testino lit up his parent’s lives from 1954. Talented, (or cheating depending where you stand), footballer who was also a fan of the ‘Columbian marching powder’, Diego Maradona slipped through without the hand of god in 1960. Daughter of tweeting Republican President with the mop of blonde hair, Donald – Ivanka Trump was the apprentice in 1981.

As for deaths, the following were found rattling the Pearly Gates – King Charles IX of Sweden vacated the throne in 1611, much to the relief of Gustav II Adolf. Two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, William Henry Cavendish Cavendish Bentinck added another title to his extensive list in 1809, deceased. Third Prime Minister of Canada, who lasted all of 17 months at the helm, John Joseph Caldwell Abbott got to use the other dispatch box in 1893. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of The Red Cross Jean Henri Dunant couldn’t rely on one of his volunteers to save him in 1910. Another PM of Canada, this one the sixth to hold the title, (albeit for only 69 days), Sir Charles Tupper began wearing a pine overcoat in 1915. Second Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to be featured here today, Andrew Bonar Law entered another place in 1923. Inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (who was mentioned back on 26th September in honour of his birth), bumped to a halt in 1979. B-movie and television actor, Kirby Grant Hoon Jr., who was known as Kirby Hoon became a sky king in 1985. Thornton ‘T’ Hee, animator responsible for the Dance of the Hours in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, found himself on the cutting room floor in 1988. Finally, Jason William Mizell who adopted the slightly hipper moniker ‘Jam Master Jay’ has been down with the king since 2002.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

 

Today’s posting begins with baggy trousered arm band wearing Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis, Paul Joseph Goebbles found the limelight in 1897. Distinguished English act tor Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy had thunderpants in 1925. American actor who likes a spat with with his co-stars, Richard Stephen Dreyfuss didn’t get to hear the doctor say, ‘Hello done there’ in 1947. One of the original Charlie’s Angels, Lucy Kate Jackson was part of the baby boom in 1948. Ex-racing driver who did really well in 1979 by attaining no wins in eight races, before going onto present Top Gear with his droning voice, Timothy ‘Tiff’ Needell actually got pole position in 1951. Voice of Homer Simpson in moralistic over running cartoon series, Daniel Louis ‘Danny’ Castellaneta’s parents had their ‘whoo hoo!’ moment in 1957. Another member of the family that takes pet chimps, bowler hats, white members of the family and moonwalking as the norm, Steven Randall ‘Randy’ Jackson was goin’ places in 1961. Having mentioned her old man a couple of days ago, here’s model Yasmin Le Bon (née Parvenah) who made the right impression in 1964. Actor Rufus Frederik Sewell was somewhat restless in 1967. Norwegian of the day, speed skater Johann Olav Koss found he had the right of way in 1968. Winona Laura Horowitz, (but better known as Winona Ryder), not only gained the attention of Tim Burton but also the LAPD, had her first night on earth in 1971. Ex-captain of the ashes winning English cricket team in 2005, Michael Paul Vaughan wasn’t caught behind in 1974. Star of various Tamil and Telugu films, Reemma Sen had her first starring role in 1981.

As for deaths, medieval Archbishop of Canterbury Aethelnoth rested his sandals from 1038. King of Serbia – Stefan Uroš II Milutin somewhat ironically has had a feast day in his honour since 1321. Queen Liz the First’s favourite explorer Sir Walter Raleigh didn’t get to feel rough after today in 1618. Assassin of United States of America President William McKinley, (who was killed in 1901), Leon Frank Czolgosz found himself in the same state 45 days later having been executed. Joseph Pulitzer didn’t win any awards for dying in 1911. Novelist/playwright responsible for Little Lord Fauntleroy – Francis Eliza Hodgson Burnett entered the secret garden in 1924. King Gustaf V of Sweden found he was unable to indulge in roll mop herrings and resisted the Jannon’s for good after 1950. Co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Lazar Meir/Louis Burt Mayer saw the clapperboard fall on his life in 1957. Howard Stanton Levey, or as he renamed himself, Anton Szandor LaVey – founder of the Church of Satan, had his day of judgement in 1997. Finally, we started with a reviled character and we finish with another, tinted sunglass wearing, cigar chomping sex pest Sir James Winston Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile – I’ll say no more, except he got away with it until his death in 2011.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

 

Seeing as there are no Popes or Archbishops of Canterbury to mention today, we’ll start with Norwegian of the day, sailor in the Royal Dano-Norwegian Navy Peter Jansen Wessel Tordensjkold should have been called Derrick by his parents in 1691. Designer of the Remington rifle and founder of Remington Arms Co, Eliphalet Remington had his single shot at life and took it in 1793. Writer of various lengthy books and dad to son with the slightly alternative name ‘Auberon’ – Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh took a tactical exercise in 1903. Figurative painter Francis Bacon eased his way into life back in 1909. Singer/actress Clementine Dinah Bullock or Cleo Laine has been smilin’ through life since 1927. Now ousted diminutive boss of F1 (yawn) with a penchant for very tall ladies not forgetting his bunging money to German lawyers and looking like one of the Potty Time characters, Bernard Charles ‘Bernie’ Ecclestone saw his first skid marks in 1930. Respected television commentator, host of Question Time, recipient of a scorpion tattoo a few years ago and older bro to Jonathan, David Dimbleby found his voice in 1938. Known for his Cockney rhyming slang term as well as fronting Cliff Richard’s backing band, Brian Robson Rankin (or Hank Marvin), found the joy of living from 1941. Actor who starred in various American cop dramas, Dennis Franz Schlachta didn’t have a body double in 1944. Singer Glen Geoffrey Ellis, or Wayne Fontana, started to stop, look and listen from 1945. Olympic gold medal winning decathlete born Bruce Jenner but now known as Caitlyn, was one of the boys in 1949. The world’s richest person, (depending on which rich list you read/believe), is also the person you shout and curse when his company’s software slows down and eventually grinds to a halt, William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III successfully downloaded in 1955. Slightly unhinged sixth President of Iran, Mahmoud Sabbaghian or as he’s now known Mahmoud Ahmadinejad probably won’t bother having any cake in celebration of his 61st birthday. Actress Julia Fiona Roberts gave her parents something to talk about from 1967. Born Joaquín Rafael Bottom before taking the name Leaf Phoenix and then altering it (again) to Joaquín Rafael Phoenix younger bro to River Jude Bottom/Phoenix couldn’t perform a U turn in 1974. Short lived Doctor Who, actor Matthew Robert ‘Matt’ Smith started his time travels in 1982. Comedy actor Joseph ‘Joe’ Thomas wasn’t an inbetweener given he emerged in 1983.

Deaths appear to be a bit thin on the ground again today and to this end we start with wife of Haakon VI of Norway – Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Margaret I of Denmark relinquished her role in 1412. Flautist and bassoonist Michel Blavet didn’t get to blow his trumpet (or flute) again after 1768. Seventh Australian Prime Minister William Morris ‘Billy’ Hughes (where else would you get a PM called that?!) had his last deposit in 1952. Having mentioned his wife only yesterday, here’s Poet Laureate Edward James ‘Ted’ Hughes who obviously didn’t get any time to think of a witty epitaph for his headstone in 1998. Founder of clothing store company H&M, Erling Persson closed down in 2002. Star of Hawaii Five-O, James Gordon MacArthur was no longer walking tall from 2010. Finally, former platform sweeper/porter at London Victoria Station before taking a few steps up the ladder in life to become fifth President of Zaire, Michael Chilufya Sata left his suitcase untouched from 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th October

 

We celebrate the births, and the lives of the following: non relation to travel agent Thomas, famous captain and explorer James Cook started to map out his life from 1728. Violinist and composer Niccoló Paganini strung along in 1782. Founder of sewing machine company bearing his name, Isaac Merritt Singer managed to have his thread cut in 1811. William Smith who started Scotland’s answer to the Cub Scouts – the Boys’ Brigade was paraded for the first time in 1854. Five time Italian Prime Minister – Giovanni Giolitti started his transformismo in 1842. Nobel Peace Prize winning 26th President of the United States of America, who’s also credited with being the person teddy bears are named after – Theodore Roosevelt Jr., forged the way in 1858. Actor John Elmer ‘Jack’ Carson had his parents bringing up baby in 1910. Known for his poetry, Dylan Marlais Thomas experienced a child’s Christmas in Wales from 1914. Ex-President of the African National Congress and anti-apartheid campaigner Oliver Reginald Tambo escaped to freedom in 1917. Pop artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein went ‘Whaam!’ in 1923. Another poet, Sylvia Plath was short of words in 1932. Legendary lanky comedy actor John Marwood Cleese started the Ministry of Silly Walks a year or so after 1939. Head of the Gambino crime family, John Joseph Gotti Jr., started deflecting the blame in 1940. Norwegian of the day, jazz musician/composer Arild Andersen’s parents were listening for the silence from today in 1945. Football (or soccer) player (depending where you are in the world) and second rate singer – Glen Hoddle started his first season in 1957. Filled out lead singer with early 80’s New Romantic band Duran Duran, (who are still pushing records out), Simon James Charles Le Bon entered planet earth in 1958. Another ex-Mrs D. Trump – Marla Ann Marples took the executive decision to celebrate her birthday from today in 1963. Singaporean born British string plucker, and alpine skier (for Thailand), Vanessa-Mae created a storm in 1978. Potty mouthed tattooed daughter of Ozzy and Shaaarrroon, Kelly Osborne hasn’t shut up since 1984.

Death wise, King Athelstan I of England must have used some proper Anglo Saxon words before his death in 939. Ivan III Vasilyevich or Ivan the Great found he was Ivan the Stiff in 1505. Two time Prime Minister of Greece Thrasyvoulos Zaimis found a sunny spot in 1880. Australian gangster Joseph Theodore Lesley ‘Squizzy’ Taylor took his bullet in 1927. One time land speed record holder Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge found things a lot slower in 1937. Indian mathematician Chakravarthi Padmanabhan Ramanujam got his numbers mixed up and died in 1974. Scrawny actor from The Carry On film franchise – George Frederick Joffre Hartree who went by the other name, Charles Hawtrey wasn’t as good as new in 1988. Daughter of Arch Duke Frank Ferdinand of Austria, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg found herself in a crypt from 1990. Actor in Bengali and Hindi films Pradeep Kumarhad his final wrap in 2001. Ex-husband of current Argentinian President, who was also El-Presidenti of Argentina (minus the Falkland Islands), Néstor Kirchner didn’t have a beef about dying in 2010. Finally, Lewis Allen ‘Lou’ Reed didn’t have a perfect day in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th October

 

We start today’s births paragraph with Dorset born explorer and co-founder of Charleston William Sprague who set sail on life’s journey in 1609. Next up is Romanian born Prince of Moldova – Dimitrie Cantemir composer of both music and letters got in the groove of life back in 1673. King of Portugal and the Algarves Miguel I who went onto become Duke of Braganza Miguelist, celebrated regally from 1802. American Bronze medal winning divot maker at the 1904 St Louis Olympics, Harold Fraser tee’d off in 1872. Another Olympic participant, this one French cyclist and fencer who won Gold in the 25 kilometre, (15 miles 940.33 yards in old money) track event at the Paris Games, Louis Bastien had his first experience of wobbling in 1881. Actor who started out as the kid with un-amusing film star Charlie Chaplin before going onto be known as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family – John Leslie ‘Jackie’ Coogan was nice and friendly from 1914. Womanising President of France François Mitterrand put up no resistance to being born in 1916. It seems as though I was a day early in mentioning Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as he had his first hurrah! this day (and not yesterday) in 1919. English actor Robert William ‘Bob’ Hoskins was unleashed in 1942. Wife to philandering impeached ex-President of America, Bill – Hilary Rodham Clinton has made it to 70 with the same steely gaze. English Poet Laureate for 10 years, Andrew Motion shouldn’t have too much trouble thinking up a ditty for his birthday card in honour of his 62nd birthday. Actor/filmmaker Seth Woodbury McFarlane has had an American dad since 1973. Sasha Cohen, (no, not Borat, Ali G or Bruno), but American figure skater who slid her way to a Silver medal at the 2006 Olympics launched herself off in 1984.

Deaths today include Alfred the Great, King of Wessex – took to Hyde Abbey in Winchester back in 899. Birthday boy William Sprague (mentioned above) didn’t get his birthday presents after 1675. Painter William Hogarth didn’t fake his death in 1764. Irish born Canadian brewer of Pilsner lager John Kinder Labatt started his own fermentation process in 1866. Four time Japanese Prime Minister – Itō Hirobumi got the bullet in 1909. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, not Prince Andy and Sarah ‘Toe Sucker’ Ferguson’s off spring, but daughter of Queen Victoria found life too much in 1944. Also not making it through that year, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple actually got to meet his maker. Oscar winning actress Hattie McDaniel would have gone with the wind if she hadn’t been buried in 1952. Dead Norwegian of the day – composer Arne Eggen left the chamber in 1955. Helicopter designer Igor Sikorsky got his blade stuck in 1972. American runner who wheezed his way to two Gold medals at two different Olympics along with a Silver gong at the 1924 Paris games, Jackson Scholz ultimately ran out of breath in 1966. Finally, anyone suffering from Coulrophobia should give up reading now as the last person today is American clown Glen ‘Frosty’ Little who had to wear some rather different makeup from what he was used to in 2010.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th October

 

Births today include, among others, Whig Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – William Wyndham Grenville wasn’t the speaker of the family house for at least a year after his birth in 1759. Son of Johan Strauss who was named, somewhat imaginatively, Johan Strauss Il and who followed in his old mans footsteps from 1825. Another composer who started out as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, but changed it to Georges Bizet tuned into life from 1838. Founder of car company bearing his name that’s still going today, John Francis Dodge didn’t manage to dodge his birthday from 1864. Spanish artist with the brown finger (you might like to take a deep breath here), Pablo Diego José Franscisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipirano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, (or just Pablo Picasso to you and me), began to draw on life’s experiences from 1881. Notorious Nazi – Nikalous ‘Klaus’ Barbie should have been called ‘Ken’ by his parents in 1913. Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had his first hurrah! in 1919. 1970’s Feminist warbler Helen Reddy didn’t have a long hard climb, instead she had a fairly easy drop in 1941. Actress born Glynis van der Riet, but better known as Glynis Barber – nearly stepped out in 1955. Known for her voices on over run cartoon series ‘The Simpsons’, Nancy Cartwright was a rugrat herself in 1957. Now running British Airways, ex-pilot William Matthew ‘Willie’ Walsh got his angle of attack right in 1961. Television presenter/mortgage broker – Nick Hancock had his parents hold the baby in 1962. Lloyd Edward Elwyn ‘Ed’ Robertson saw his first bare naked lady (his mum) in 1970. Ex-Mrs Russell Brand, Katheryn Elizabeth ‘Katy’ Hudson/Perry was more a California baby than Californian Girl in 1984. Seeing as other royal children from around the world get a mention, it seems only fair Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant gets one too given she’s reached 16.

As for deaths, we start with two Pope’s, the first of which is Pope Marcellinus who vacated the pulpit in 304, whilst in 625 Pope Boniface V found the ultimate place of sanctuary. Royal Norwegian of the week goes to King Magnus I of Norway who was also King of Denmark put his crowns down in 1047. Bill Bailey looky likey and early day poet, Geoffrey Chaucer found a quiet corner (until all the tourists turned up) in Westminster Abbey way back in 1400. King of Great Britain and Ireland – George II backed the act of settlement in 1760. Tractor maker Henry George ‘Harry’ Ferguson, he of Massey Ferguson fame actually started fertilising the land, (as opposed to churning it up) in 1960. Co-inventor of loudspeakers Peter Laurits Jensen didn’t amplify his death in 1961. Country singer Roger Miller was more King of the Cemetery than the Road from 1992. Actor Richard St John Harris wasn’t 99 or 44, but he was 100% dead in 2002. Radio DJ who found many a band before the dross that is the X Factor hit our screens, John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, or John Peel as he was better known, entered the archive in 2004. Finally, act tor of stage, screen and television – Arthur Nigel Davenport was unable keep up appearances from 2013.