Births today begin with member of landed gentry, John de Warrene 7th (and last) Warrene Earl of Surrey found what a lovely place it is to live in from 1286. Ancient King of France, Charles VIII was an affable baby from 1470. Earlier incarnation of David Bellamy, Abraham Lincoln looky likey and best mate of Charles Darwin, Joseph Dalton Hooker saw the meaning of evolution first hand in 1817. German rower, (as in boats not arguing), Franz Kröwerath was an outrigger from 1880. Actor known for his role along side a dog, George Chandler didn’t play second fiddle on proceedings in 1898. Early day film actress Margaret Derden Philpott/Madge Bellamy found mother knows best from 1899. Writer of books which spawned mumbling actors in breeches and no tops in Poldark – Winston Mawdsley Green was born in 1908 nine months after the act. Having mentioned Joseph-Michel Montgolfier a few days ago, here’s the inventor of the modern hot air balloon, Paul Edward Yost was full of wind himself in 1919. American version of Paul Daniels, (though minus the toupée), Harry Blackstone Jr. entered the world in a puff of smoke in 1935. Satirical comedian – born John C Wood but known as John Fortune found his saving grace was being born in 1939. Member of Motown group the Supremes, Florence Glenda Chapman (née Ballard), was shown baby love from 1943. Founding member of children’s band ‘The Wriggles’, Murray James Cook took his time being born in 1960. Goth rocker and chart botherer with group All About Eve back in the late 1980’s/early 90’s, Julie Ann Regan wasn’t phased about being born in 1962. Ear biting tattooed faced pugilist and wooden actor, Michael Gerard ‘Mike’ Tyson had his first weigh in 52 years ago. Television chef James Martin was sweet baby James, (apparently) in 1972. Already retired younger brother to clumsy skier Michael, racing driver Ralph Schumacher took pole position in 1975. Geordie pop minstrel with a rose tattoo across her bottom (apparently) and sometime judge on dull show – the X Factor, Cheryl Ann Tweedy (formerly Fernandez Versini and Cole) had her name called for the first time in 1983. Most decorated Olympian of all time, doggy paddler Michael Fred Phelps II freestyled it in 1985.
As for deaths, these include English pirate (for all of about a year and before the Somalis took over the franchise), John Quelch walked the plank in 1704. Charles Julius Guiteau, assassin of James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States of America didn’t hang around for long after being convicted in 1882. Champion fencer, (not the sort between you and your neighbour but swords), Alphonse Kirchoffer disengaged in 1913. First Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Andrass Samuelsen missed his 81st birthday by a day. Keeping with the Scandinavian theme, dead Norwegian of the day is silent film actor Thorleif Brinck Lund went quietly in 1956. Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky, Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev and Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov astronauts on the Soyuz 11 space mission all came back to earth with a bump in 1971. Inventor of the ‘Twinkie’ – James Alexander Dewar went off in 1985. English javelin and discus throwing record holder, Louie Fawcett crossed the scratch line in 1990. Indian politician Sarhib Singh Verma’s world collided with a truck in 2007, and lost. Seventh Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Yezernitsky who rebranded himself as Yitzhak Shamir, started having stones left on his headstone from 2012. Finally, actor Robert Frances ‘Bob’ Hastings became moon pilot in 2014.