Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st January

 

Today, we do something totally different as both paragraphs start with the same person – King Henry I of Portugal and the Algarves, who could also claim to be a cardinal found himself consecrated in 1512. Norwegian of the day, ruff wearing Lutheran missionary Hans Poulsen Egede couldn’t spread the word of his birth in 1686. Composer Franz Peter Schubert entered the chamber in 1797. William Charles Lunalilo who went onto become King of Hawaii, was an ankle snapper in 1835. Spiritual leader Dungar Patel but known as Shastriji Maharaj, put his parents in a trance from 1865. Also born that year, founder of doped up cyclists favourite race – the Tour de France, Henri Desgrange got his first red and white jumper, (well towel). Respected book seller (well before the likes of Amazon took the knowledge away), with a shop on London’s Charing Cross Road – Christina Foyle’s mum didn’t read the manual about birth in 1911. Actor who was married Shirley Temple and right hand man to John Wayne, John George Agar Jr., made his breakthrough in 1921. Inventor of the sailboard, a precursor to the windsurfer – Sidney Newman Darby Jr., didn’t have a broad reach in 1928. Actress Jean Merilyn Simmonds thankfully wasn’t known as ‘Young Bess’ from 1929. Bouffant haired ex-Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, will probably knock back a couple of large glasses of Heineken whilst chomping birthday cake in celebration of her 80th birthday. Leader of South African white supremacist group Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging Eugéne Ney Terre’Blanche didn’t bore people about his birthday from 1941. Known for her role in classic 1970’s sit-com ‘Fawlty Towers’, ex-Mrs J Cleese – Constance ‘Connie’ Booth’s parents were in high spirits back in 1944. Founder of his own band, Harry Wayne Casey of KC, (see what he did there) and the Sunshine Band, found something’s happening in 1951. Lead singer with ex-punk band The Sex Pistols – John Joseph Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, was raw and live in 1956. Fellow singer, Lloyd Cole was caught up in a bit of a commotion in 1961. Actress Amelia Fiona ‘Minnie’ Driver certainly didn’t suffer stage fright in 1970. Singer who started out on ‘The All-New Mickey Mouse Show’ before picking up Britney Spears and then being a member of boy band NSYNC, Justin Randall Timberlake started looking in mirrors from 1981.

As mentioned above, King Henry I of Portugal found himself released from his vows in 1580. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators in the gunpowder plot, Ambrose Rokewood and Thomas Wintour were hung out to dry in 1606. Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart, who’s better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France finally gave up on his plans in 1788. 11th Dalai Lama Khedrup Gyatso stopped praying in 1856. Canadian shopkeeper Timothy Eaton closed for business in 1907. Credited with creating frequency modulation (FM), Edwin Howard Armstrong tuned out in 1954. Writer of Winnie-the-Pooh books, Alan Alexander ‘A.A.’ Milne has been dead year in, year out, from 1956. Indian God born Merwan Sheriar Irani, but went by the name Meher Baba found eternal peace in 1969. Dead Norwegian of the day, economist Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch worked out the best day to depart in 1973. Founder of various film studios Szmuel Gelbfisz or Samuel Goldwyn had the clapperboard come down on his life in 1974. Inspiration for James Bond (apparently), Sir William Samuel Stephenson couldn’t be shaken or stirred after 1989. Film actor Cheyur Krishna Rao Nageshwaran who cut that down to Nagesh went up in smoke back in 2009. Fourth Prime Minister of Somalia Abdirizak Haji Hussein didn’t hijack his funeral in 2014. Finally, Irish hogger of the airwaves who liked the sound of his own voice, Sir Terence ‘Terry’ Wogan gave up the day job in 2016.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th January

 

Today’s posting starts with 79th Archbishop of Canterbury – William Sancroft who started burping (although he was unable to say his future title whilst doing so) in 1617. 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt named before the road and airport were given those monikers. Hindi novelist/poet, Jaishankar Prasad wrote herself into the plot back in 1890. Virologist who developed the vaccine against yellow fever – Max Theiler was a shot in the arm for his parents in 1899. Gardener I remember as the green fingered old man chasing Blue Peter dogs off his vegetable patch, Percy John Thrower wasn’t quite a runner when born in 1913. Actor/film director John Benjamin Ireland started to wake up and dream from 1914. 5th Baron Profumo (albeit in the Kingdom of Sardinia), who’s better known as the British Cabinet Minister implicated in the scandal bearing his name, John Dennis ‘Jack’ Profumo was born without controversy in 1915. Film director Michael Joseph Anderson Sr., broke through the naked edge in 1920. Co-star of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Thomas Richard ‘Dick’ Martin wasn’t laughing when born in 1922. Now retired actor Eugene Allen ‘Gene’ Hackman went to extreme measures in 1930. American state senator (for The Maryland 9th District), with the great name of F. Vernon Boozer was teetotal in 1936. Extreme member of the red team, actress Vanessa Redgrave was, it’s fair to say, a drop out in 1937. Having mentioned 32nd President of the United States of America (above), here’s the 46th Vice President – Richard Bruce ‘Dick’ Cheney got his first term in 1941. Loathed by most, loved by others – diminutive drummer and singer Philip David Charles ‘Phil’ Collins didn’t get one more night in his mum’s stomach after today in 1951. Actress Brett Butler was one of the women of the house from 1958. Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein – King of Jordan, got the name of his grandad in 1962. Actor Christian Charles Philip Bale made it out of the furnace in 1974. Also born that year, ex-Mrs Imran Khan, Jemima Marcelo Goldsmith isn’t hacked off about it. Lanky footballer (soccer) more suited to being a basketball player, Peter Crouch stretched out in 1981.

Death wise, not Larry Grayson’s mate but ruff wearing Gunpowder plotter, Everard Digby wore a rope necklace in 1606. First King of England, Scotland and Ireland called Chas, King Charles I found himself headless in 1649. Peter II Alexeyevich, Emperor of Russia threw his last vodka glass on the fire in 1730. Maker of the first American flag who was mentioned on 1st January, Elizabeth Griscom ‘Betsy’ Ross, furled herself up in 1836. Pebble glassed, sandal and sheet wearing Indian independence activist, Mohandas Karamchand ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi took the bullet in 1948. Also not making it through that year, flying pioneer Orville Wright found the dead stick. Nazi assisting automotive engineer who created the Volkswagen Beetle before finding over priced car manufacturer named after himself, Ferdinand Porsche reached the end of his particular cul-de-sac in 1951. Another Nazi sympathiser with the thick rimmed glasses, Ernst Heinkel touched down for the last time in 1958. Founding member of folk (read beard and sandals wearer) group – The Dubliners, Luke Kelly was dead, plain and simple from 1984. Actor John Herrick McIntyre jumped off the wagon train in 1991. Also not making it through that year, two time Nobel Prize winner in physics and co-inventor of the transistor, John Bardeen lost his connection. Writer Sidney Sheldon left the Merry Widow in 2007. Gammy handed prankster Jeremy James Anthony Gibson-Beadle wasn’t game for a laugh from 2008. Composer/conductor or film music, John Barry (Prendergast) found the party’s over in 2011. Close harmony singer, (hopefully not out of tune) with her sisters, Patricia Marie ‘Patty’ Andrews wasn’t so much fenced as boxed in from 2013. Contributor to the oral contraceptive pill – Carl Djerassi terminated himself in 2015. Finally, actor Francis ‘Frank’ Finlay left the waiting room in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th January

 

Births today begin with Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders and Overijssel – Frederick Henri cast off in 1584. Coiffured haired King Christian VII of Denmark and Norway took up residence in Copenhagen from 1749. Moses Cleveland, founder of, err, Cleveland, discovered this day from 1754 to be a good to celebrate his birthday. Stern faced 25th President of the United States of America, (and seventh child to his parents), William McKinley started trying to attract attention in 1843. Short story writer Anton Pavlovich Chekhov joined his three sisters in 1860. Comedian/actor, William Claude Dukenfield or just W.C. Fields was born the old fashioned way in 1880. Actor of stage, screen and television Victor John Mature started to wake up screaming from 1913. Illustrator for Disney with the rather unfortunate surname – William Bartlett Peed, who somewhat wisely renamed himself Bill Peet, started to draw on life’s experiences from 1915. Actor who was the voice of ‘Charlie’ in Charlie’s Angels (among other roles) John, or Jacob, Lincoln Freud started out in 1918 before changing his name to John Forsyth. Test pilot for now defunct aeroplane Concorde – Brian Trubshaw took his time during birth in 1924.
Best known for his role in The Beatles Film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, John Francis Junkin started wombling free in 1930. Légion d’honneur holder and French crooner Alexandre ‘Sasha’ Distel was born round about midnight in 1933. Second wave bra burner who pops up on various television programmes, Germaine Greer under went the change in 1939. Sacked, then reinstated Radio DJ partial to wearing spangly jackets and telling corny jokes who had a melt down live on air, Anthony Kenneth ‘Tony’ Blackburn spun into life back in 1943. Proud moustache wearer who starred in Magnum P.I., Thomas William ‘Tom’ Selleck was in, then out in 1945. Irish broadcaster who’s actually stayed in Ireland, Patrick ‘Pat’ Kenny found his voice in 1948. Creator and voice actor for ALF, Paul Fusco wasn’t an Alien Life Form in 1953. Also born that year, member of The Gap Band, (not the house band for the clothes shop), Charles Kent ‘Charlie’ Wilson didn’t get to hear the nurse say, ‘Oops upside your head’ to him. Chat show queen who fluctuates between slim, and, err, not so slim, Oprah Gail Winfrey started tongues wagging in 1954. Actress Heather Joan Graham was blessed to be born in 1970. Starting out as a sports broadcaster, but now taking on the early Sunday morning God slot on BBC radio (along with anything else she’s offered), Clare Victoria Balding has been a good sport since 1971. Actor from the Free Willy films, (the ones about the whale in case you were wondering), Jason James Richter was a rugrat in 1980.

It’s a pretty quiet day on the day Deaths front but starting things off is Aleksey Mikhailovich Tsar of All Russia, who gave up procreating in 1676. Another Tsar of Russia, (well half Tsar, as he job shared with his younger brother), Ivan V Alekseyevich found he started lying still in 1696. King George III of the United Kingdom and Ireland handed on the crown in 1820. Poet, (or rather limerick writer), Edward Lear – he of The Owl and the Pussycat, didn’t get to see the boy on the burning deck after 1888. King Milan I of Serbia put his medal cleaner out of business in 1901. King Christian XI of Denmark finally took his sash off in 1906. Not only the name of a pub in Effingham (Surrey), but also a Field Marshall from the First World War, Douglas Haig took his last orders in 1928. Laurence of Arabia impersonator, ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ran dry in 1950. Actor/comedian James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Durante had his last judgement in 1980. Dead Norwegian of the day, actor Lars Andreas Larssen found himself edited out in 2014. Finally, writer of book ‘The Thorn Birds’ Colleen Margareta McCullough finished life without the boring bits in 2015.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th January

This post last year started with two old Kings (makes a change from two old queens!), however, having gone through the list again this is rectified by having a King start the births paragraph and a Pope start the deaths one – so, if you’re sat comfortably we see King Henry VII of England, (or Henry Tudor 2nd Earl of Richmond as he was known before taking the top job), had a stable upbringing from 1457. Giulio Rospigliosi aka Pope Clement IX didn’t get any white smoke upon his arrival in 1600. George Hamilton-Gordon Prime Minister of Great Britain, peeled off in 1784. Not wanting to be left out – Alexander Mackenzie, Prime Minister of Canada wasn’t a loon in 1822. Getting his second mention in as many days, Charles George ‘Chinese’ Gordon found himself ready for his first battle in 1883. Explorer who tracked down Dr. Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley started off life as John Rowlands in 1841. Inventor of the calculating machine, William Seward Burroughs I found life added up from 1857. Having missed the big day by 35 days, (or 332 days depending which way you count), painter Ernest William Christmas got through the masking fluid in 1863. First President of Finland, Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg was a progressive child from 1865. Known as ‘The Birdman of Alcatraz’, Robert Franklin Stroud started to feed from 1890. Successful splatterer of paint on canvas Paul Jackson Pollock made his first mess in 1912. Puppeteer who gave Sooty that surprised look on his face (and we all know why), Harry Corbett made a less than quiet entrance to the world in 1918. Saxophonist and jazz club owner, Ronald Schatt or Ronnie Scott’s parents blew their trumpet when he was born in 1927. Known for his stripy waistcoats, bowler hat, goatee beard and clarinet playing, Bernard Stanley ‘Acker’ Bilk wasn’t lonely in 1929. Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo who found fame as Hawkeye Pierce in ‘comedy’ M*A*S*H, Alan Alder will be celebrating his birthday the same time next year as he has been doing since 1936. Diminutive scandal ridden ex-President of France, Nicholas Paul Stéphane Sarkōzy de Nagy-Bosca, or just Nicholas Sarkozy was even more diminutive in 1955. Comedian Christopher Graham Collins, who now goes by the name of Frank Skinner, took a year or so to stand up from 1957. A slight battle of the boy bands now ensues given Joseph Anthony ‘Joey’ Fatone Jr., of NSYNC went pop in 1977. Not to be outdone, Nickolas Gene ‘Nick’ Carter of the Backstreet Boys found himself born in a hospital in 1980. Having made his debut in Back to the Future Part II, Elijah Jordan Wood made a deep impact on his parents from 1981. Athlete who bagged a gold during the 2012 Olympics and doesn’t start puffing half way through the heptathlon, Jessica Ennis was a champion baby in 1986.

As promised above, Pope Gelasius II has kept his vow of silence since 1119. Second (and more famous) old King of England – Henry VIII didn’t have to listen to his sixth wife Catherine Parr after 1547. Founder of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Sir Thomas Bodley has racked up a huge fine for not returning his books since 1613. Given Henry separated the Catholic Church from the Church of England, so Pope Paul V separated life from death in 1621. Dead Norwegian of the day, historian Ludvig Holberg found himself become history in 1754. Half of body snatching duo Burke & Hare – William Burke found some rope and a large crowd watching in 1829. Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (for all of 144 days) – took his last title, deceased, in 1859. Nobel prize winning poet William Butler ‘W.B.’ Yeats went to where there is nothing in 1939. Olympic medal winning athlete/gymnast, Edward Victor Siegler fell flat in 1942. Ninth Prime Minister from the land of convicts and VB, James Henry ‘Jim’ Scullion went to bed permanently in 1953. Also not making it through the day is another Aussie PM, (the 15th incumbent lasting all of seven days), Francis Michael ‘Frank’ Forde found himself demobilised in 1983. Ronald William Wycherley who restyled himself as Billy Fury must have been pretty annoyed at expiring in 1983. Gregory Jarvis, (the one with the memorial on The Strand, Hermosa Beach), Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Francis Richard Scobee and Michael J Smith tragically went up in smoke when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986. Voice actor Harold John ‘Hal’ Smith found the highway to heaven in 1994. Co-creator of comic book hero Superman – Jerome ‘Jerry’ Siegel/Joe Carter/Jerry Ess gave up looking for phone boxes in 1996. Singer/songwriter with the girl’s name and founder of band ‘Traffic’, Nicola James ‘Jim’ Capaldi didn’t have something so strong in 2005. Sidekick to Benny Hill, Henry James Marris McGee didn’t get to slap any more bald men’s pates from 2006. Finally co-founding members of Jefferson Airplane, Signe Toly Anderson and Paul Lorin Kantner didn’t get to know it’s no secret they both died on the same day in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th January

 

Subject of mid-80’s song by Falco kicks things off today as we see Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, or just Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart compose himself from 1756. I’m pretty certain I gave a shout out to inventor of the mortise lock – Eli Whitney Blake on the 18th August upon his death, but given he unlocked himself in 1795 he’s worthy of another mention. Writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who went by the pen name Lewis Carroll found himself the other side of the looking glass in 1832. Captain of RMS Titanic – Edward John Smith was buoyed up arriving in 1850. Last German Emperor and King of Prussia, (with the moustache) – Wilhelm II was Queen Vic’s first grandchild in 1859. Norwegian of the day, philosopher Arne Dekke Eide Næss thought long and hard before being born in 1912. Gaudy shirt wearing ex-owner of a souk in central London with a bagpipe player following him around, Mohamed Abdel Moneim al-Fayed was open for business in 1929. Great train robber and ex-flower seller Robert Christopher ‘Buster’ Edwards started off as a scallywag in 1931. Drummer with Pink Floyd, Nicholas Berkeley ‘Nick’ Mason heard the feedback in 1944. Ex-Television medium born Derek Francis Johnson, just knew he’d become known as Derek Accora after his birth in 1950. Another ex-Mrs T. Cruise who now plays poker, Miriam ‘Mimi’ Rogers (née Spickler), was born in the blink of an eye back in 1956. Part of the Fonda acting clan, Bridget Jane Fonda reached the point of no return in 1964. Actor Alan Cumming started expanding his circle of friends from 1965. Member/ex-member/member/ex-member etc. of boy, (now middle aged man) band Take That, Mark Anthony Patrick Owen didn’t hold on in 1972. Leggy blonde actress Rosamund Pike entered the promised land in 1979.

Death wise, we start way back in 98 as Roman emperor Nerva didn’t get to see the mosaic finished. First of two Popes to feature – Pope Vitalian let Adeodatus take over in 672, then in 847 Pope Sergius II had a weight off his shoulders given he didn’t have to wear his cape again. Queen Liz the First’s favourite explorer Sir Francis Drake didn’t sink without trace in 1595. Opera composer Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi took his last deep breath in 1901. Non inventor of the flushing toilet, but inventor of the floating ballcock, Thomas Crapper pulled the chain on his life in 1910. Roger Chafee, Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom and Edward White, crew mates on the ill fated Apollo I space mission all had their final countdown in 1967. Given various other Presidents are mentioned here, I’ll also give space to Colonel Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, el-Presidenti of Guatemala who drowned his sorrows a bit too much in 1971. Thomas Sopwith who did many and varied things through his life, not least bagging a medal at the European ice hockey championships, had his ultimate time out start in 1989. Gene McFadden, other half to John Whitehead found there wasn’t one more time in 2006. Another President, this one fez wearing Muhammad Suharto of Indonesia hasn’t suffered from widespread unrest since 2008. Eighth President of India, Ramaswamy Venkatarman was hotter than a Madras curry on his funeral pyre in 2009. Writer of The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David ‘J.D.’ Salinger had his closing chapter in 2010. Finally, folk singer (yawn) and activist Peter Seeger has Turn! Turn! Turned in his grave since 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th January

 

We start today’s posting with Norwegian of the day who hedged his bets by being both a priest and poet, Jens Zetlitz had his prayers answered by being born in 1761.
Given the number of Popes mentioned here, it makes a refreshing change to report on the birth of the 12th Dalai Lama, Trinley Gyatso who blessed this world from 1857.
Gangster/crime boss Francesco Castiglia who became known as Frank ‘the Prime Minister’ Costello, started to be respected from 1891. Step mum/matriarch of family singers as featured in a film about them, Maria Augusta von Trapp or Baroness von Trapp bid so long, farewell etc to her mum’s stomach in 1905. Also born that year, dad to current eccentric 7th Marquess of Bath – Henry Frederick Thynne 6th Marquess of Bath, saw to it he had blue blood. Odd looking self righteous dictator, (sorry President) of Romania – Nicolae Ceausescu revolutionised his parents lives from 1918. Co-founder of Sony, Akio Marita switched on for the first time in 1921, whilst a year later in 1922 comedian Michael James Benton/Bentine had plenty of potty time. Actress born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel, but who went onto find fame as Joan Leslie, was too young to know she was born in 1925. Also making an appearance that year, sauce maker, actor and not forgetting his car racing pursuits – Paul Leonard Newman had a new kind of love bestowed upon him. Corrupt football official who’s best mates with deluded Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner kicked things off in 1943. Cellist Jacqueline du Pré strung along in 1945. Rocker with a band named after him, Edward Lodewijk ‘Eddie’ Van Halen didn’t so much jump as slip in 1955. One time sitcom star who’s now got her feet under the coffee table on her own chat show, Ellen Lee DeGeneres started burbling in 1958. ‘The Special One’ aka twice sacked manager of Chelsea Football (soccer) Club, José Mário dos Santos Mourhino Felix, (or just José Mourhino), took the lead in 1963. Also born that year, is silent half of 80’s band Wham! Andrew John Ridgeley experienced freedom for the first time. Another person born in 1963 – dreadlocked large hat wearing DJ Trevor Beresford Romeo who goes by the hipper name of ‘Jazzie B’ found his soul. Founder of Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Colin ‘Col’ Needham added his name to the national database known as the birth register in 1967. Not a Hollywood, nor Bollywood, but Tollywood actor – Ravi Shankar Raju Bhupatiraju arrived on cue in 1968. Guinness world record holder, for having the largest feet – Brahim Takioullah’s granny started knitting baby socks in 1982. Road cyclist who’s made it through the Tour de France without taking any drugs, (yes, really), Peter Sagan squeezed through a small gap in 1990. Actor Cameron Douglas Crigger or Cameron Bright, had his first birth in 1993. Child actor Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey had a Friday download in 1996.

Death wise it’s another pretty quiet day and to this end we start with another member of the composing Bach clan as Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach let out his last semi quaver in 1795. Son to potter Josiah and founder of the a Royal Horticultural Society – John Wedgwood wilted in 1844. Major General Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon, (not known for his liking of Chop Suey and spring rolls, rather the Taiping Rebellion), had his ultimate takeaway in 1885. Engineer who developed the compressed charge internal combustion engine, Nikolaus August Otto found himself internally compressed in a coffin back in 1891. Possible inventor of baseball and definite Union general in the American Civil War, Abner Doubleday suffered the three strikes and you’re out rule in 1893. Founder of the other bain of council’s worldwide, sticky gum manufacturer found on train/bus seats not forgetting the soles of your shoes, William Wrigley, Jr., chewed his last in 1932. Mobster Salvatore Lucania but known as Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano saw his luck run out in 1962. Actor born Emanuel Goldenberg who went onto find fame as Edward G. Robinson found himself in a tight spot back in 1973. Possible male Russian athlete Valeriy Nikolayevich Brunel had his final high jump in 2003. Son of mussitating actor Marlon, Christian Devi Brando found his time was up in 2008. Singer with Motown all girl group, The Marvelettes – Gladys Catherine Horton didn’t get to keep holding on from 2011. Finally, two people didn’t make it through 2016 – first up is actor Abraham Charles ‘Abe’ Vigoda started to see dark shadows. The other is Colin Vearncombe or, as he was better known singer Black was between two churches.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th January

 

Scottish poet Robert Burns kicks off today’s births paragraph given he was piped into the world back in 1759. Major general in the Confederate Army, George Edward Pickett led the charge in 1825. Esteemed writer William Somerset Maugham, had the good manners to be born in 1874. Female version of the above, Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen), didn’t know if she was born on Monday or Tuesday in 1882. Television presenter with the distinctive voice – Raymond Frederic Baxter saw tomorrow’s World from 1922. Singer Farrell H. (‘Rusty’) Draper couldn’t shout, ‘Help me, I’m falling’ in 1923. Second President of Georgia, Eduard Amvroslyevich Shevardnadze started to rise through the ranks from 1928. Known for his role in The Herbie films, actor Dean Carroll Jones’ mum wasn’t called Mandie, but he still made it through the secret tunnel in 1931. Successor to Ferdinand and his shoe obsessed wife Imelda – 11th President of the Philippines, Maria Corazon ‘Cory’ Cojuangco Aquino (née Sumulong) passed her first early day motion in 1933. Having mentioned Jamesetta Hawkins/Etta James a mere five days ago in the second paragraph, here she is again given she was all the way down in 1938. Gay rights activist who tried to arrest TIM (That Idiot Mugabe), Peter Gary Tatchell didn’t hit a stonewall during birth in 1952. Classical singer (in Hindustani), Kavita Krishnamurthy recorded her first day in 1958. Singer Alicia Augello Coo, or as the IRS know her – Alicia Keys, found the element of freedom in 1981.

There aren’t many deaths to report on today, but we do start with Genseric (other alternatives are available), King of the Vandals and the Alans, (but not vandals called Alan), wrecked his own life in 477. Yet another Pope making it onto the list is non breathing Pope Gregory IV who expired in 844. Extremely wide hat wearer, King Christian II of Denmark & Norway, (as well as Sweden), or ‘Christian the Tyrant’ suffered his final downfall in 1559. Cartographer Guillaume Delisle plotted his grave in 1726. Russian chess player, Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin took the basic ending in 1908. Proper American gangster, (without his trousers hanging round his lower buttocks) who was mentioned eight days ago in the births paragraph – Alphonse Gabriel ‘Al’ Capone didn’t speak easy after 1947. Fred’s older sis who also made a living twirling around the place, Adele Astaire waltzed off the planet in 1981. Youngest of seven children, actress (and ex-Mrs M. Rooney) – Ava Lavinia Gardner jumped off the band wagon in 1990. First cousin of Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti aka ‘Chemical Ali’ stopped hanging about in 2010. Dead Norwegian of the day, opera soprano Aase Nordmo Løvberg didn’t have a drawn out death scene in 2013. Kaftan wearing large hairy singer – Artemios ‘Demis’ Ventouris-Roussos bid ‘Auf Wiedersehn’ in 2015. Finally, actor mentioned a mere three days ago in honour of his birth – John Vincent Hurt staged the disappearance in 2017.