Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st July

Today’s posting starts way back in 1143 when 78th Emperor of Japan, Emperor Nijō, started having his hair pulled up. 50th French Prime Minister Eugéne Henri Brisson advocated being born in 1835. Sebastian Spering Kresge founder of S. S. Kresge Company which was renamed to become Kmart Corporation was no longer free on board from 1867. Cartoon producer known for his work on classic Tom & Jerry cartoons, Frederick Clinton ‘Fred’ Quimby was quite animated in 1886. Sherry maker/taster, Jose Ignacio Domecq had the nose for a good birthday in 1914. Television producer responsible for various tedious game shows (including Family Feud/Family Fortunes, The Price is Right and What’s My Line?) William S. ‘Bill’ Todman was a bit quizzical back in 1916. Lawyer and founder of Amnesty International – Peter Benenson (born Peter James Henry Solomon), was himself free in 1921. Actor Donald Patrick ‘Don’ Murray started doing childish things in 1929. 6ft 9in (2.06m in new money) actor Theodore Crawford ‘Ted’ Cassidy lurched forth in 1932. Comedian/game show host Robert ‘Roy’ Walker headlined for the first time in 1940. Younger bro of the Dimbleby clan, respected journo Jonathan Dimbleby became a public face in 1944. English act tor Richard Thomas Griffiths (Uncle Monty in Withnail & I among other roles) started having bedtime stories read to him from 1947. Latter day David Dimbleby, Andrew William Stevenson Marr started the week in 1959. Actor and martial artist Wesley Snipes had an appearing act in 1962. Another famous Reigate resident Quentin Leo Cook, now known as Norman Quentin Cook or Fatboy Slim found he’s come a long long way since being a baby back in 1963. Older brother and fellow band member with his sisters, James Steven Ignatius ‘Jim’ Corr, left his mum breathless in 1964. Writer of dull books based on a boy wizard with round glasses, (which is where my interest in this matter finishes), Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling or as she’s also known by the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith – left the chamber of secrets in 1965. Actress Amelia Fox had a few (non) silent witnesses at her birth in 1974.

Deaths include, among others, mum to Dictator of the Roman Republic – Gaius Julius Caesar, Aurelia Cotta left her son in the limelight from 54BC. Earlier version of Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury William Courtney stopped nibbling bread and swigging wine in 1396. King of Portugal and the Algarves, John V gave up rattling his Rosary beads in 1750. Indian freedom fighter Dheeran Chinnamalai found his ultimate freedom in 1805. 17th President of the United States of America, Andrew Johnson was unable to reconstruct himself after 1875. Prolific 19th century composer (and the other half to Brahms), Franz Liszt, found his movements somewhat curtailed in 1886. Singer James Travis ‘Jim’ Reeves wondered is it really over? in 1964. One of the few Belgians to feature here, ex-Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak,  didn’t get to drink another fruit beer after 1972. Indian singer Mohammad Rafi left the backing band waiting in 1980. Canadian ice hockey player Albert Leduc pucked off in 1990. Considered one of the greatest footballers England has seen, Sir Robert William ‘Bobby’ Robson obviously wasn’t too good to go down in 2009. Finally, founder of Pukka Pies Trevor Storer must have ate all of them before keeling over in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th July

We begin today’s posting with eminent writer of Wuthering Heights and third sis of the clan, Emily Jane Brontë had a good reception when born in 1818. Also born that year – Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Heemskerk Abrahamszoon started trying to say his name. Competitor of Thomas Cook – founder of Lunn Poly, Henry Simpson Lunn ventured forth in 1859. Despite his later promise of being able to get your car in any colour so long as it’s black, I’m unsure whether Henry Ford got the idea from only having brown nappies in 1863. Another Henry, this one specialising in semi abstract bronze sculptures, Henry Moore busted out in 1898. Actor born Riccardo DiGuglielmo but known as Dick Wilson wasn’t the loner after birth in 1916. Actor known for his role in The Sopranos, born Frank Anthony Vallelonga but known as Tony Lip, was all out rather than all in from 1930. Known for his blues singing and guitar plucking , George ‘Buddy’ Guy found his life was in the beginning from 1936. Inventor of useful things, (think pocket calculator) and not so useful, (think the C5), Sir Clive Sinclair will be using his calculator to work out his age, (it’s 78 this year Sir Clive). Singer/songwriter Paul Albert Anka may have been a lonely boy in 1941. Actress I know from her role in 1970’s sit-com Rising Damp, but who’s starred in the dull Harry Potter film franchise, Francis de la Tour – started wombling free in 1944. Former Mr Universe, 38th Governor of California and ex-plugger of some insurance comparison site whilst singing along with meerkats, Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger found himself a junior, but not a twin in 1947. Drummer with The Damned Christopher John Millar who goes by the slightly edgier name of Rat Scabies was born in that punk hotspot of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey in 1955. Singer Phil Fearon wondered what do I do after being born in 1956. Having mentioned writer of the book Wuthering Heights, (above), here’s warbler to the song of the same name, Catherine ‘Kate’ Bush was breathing from today in 1958. Also taking a leap into the world that year is multi medal winning Olympic athlete Francis Morgan Ayodélé ‘Daley’ Thompson. Given other cast members have been given a shout out when it’s been their big day, I guess it’s only fair Lisa Valerie Kudrow, (or Phoebe Buffay from Friends), found herself the boss baby in 1963. Having retired from kicking balls around a pitch, Jürgen Klinsmann now coach of the United States football team, (read soccer my American fans!), hopefully had a clean sheet when delivered in 1964. Actor Simon Baker made his mum sweat a bit during labour in 1969. Two time Academy Award (Oscar) winning actress Hilary Swank was the million dollar baby to her parents in 1974. Severely disgraced, (and rightly so), singer and convicted serious sexual predator Ian Watkins will be spending his fifth year behind bars whilst trying to celebrate his 41st birthday.

Deaths start with another Pope, this time it’s Pope Benedict I who vacated the Vatican in 579. Maria Theresa of Spain/Archduchess of Austria along with being Queen of France found she didn’t need her curlers after 1683. Founder of the Province of Pennsylvania – William Penn found himself boxed rather than fenced in from 1718. Person granted the patent for a vapour compression refrigeration cycle (or refrigerator) – Jacob Perkins went cold in 1849. Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg had the distinction of not only being the first Chancellor of Germany but also having a tub and drinking game named after him, yet found himself sunk in 1898. Emperor of Japan, Emperor Meiji/Meiji the Great saw to it that he didn’t have to pose for any more pictures after 1912. Founder of various football clubs, (FC Zurich and FC Barcelona to name but two), Joan/Hans Gamper was more than offside in 1930. Sir Joseph Cook, sixth Prime Minister of Australia couldn’t put any more prawns on the barbie after 1947. English actress with a theatre on Broadway named after her, Lynn Fontanne ended her days in Wisconsin back in 1983. Co-creator of DC comic character Superman – Joseph ‘Joe’ Shuster started his space adventures in 1992. Host of American children’s television show ‘Howdy Doody’, Robert Emil Schmidt or Buffalo Bob Smith said ‘Good Byeeee’ in 1998. Founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records, Samuel Cornelius Phillips had his last sunset in 2003. Having mentioned Ernst Ingmar Bergman a couple of weeks ago when he started making noise, here he is again given he found the silence in 2007. Finally, Norwegian of the day is drug spokesman and television personality – Nini Stoltenberg had the plug pulled in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th July

Welcome back! I’m fully refreshed after my jaunt across the pond (and back) aboard the Queen Mary 2 – no internet for two whole weeks, which took me back to the pre-digital age..! 

Anyway, enough of that, births today begin with Henry II of Champagne (or Henry I of Jerusalem) who popped out in 1166. Inventor of various things including: the lockstitch sewing machine, fore runner of the Winchester repeating rifle and street sweeping machinery – Walter Hunt could have done with another of his inventions, the safety pin in 1796. Coloured trouser wearing ex-cabinet minister of Britain, Michael Portillo, who now travels around with birthday boy George Bradshaw’s guide in hand and led the way in 1800. In a slightly different league, one time Alexi Sayle looky likey who ended up dangling from a service station – Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini dictated his entrance to the world in 1883. Golden boy at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, William Horatio Powell had the heavenly body (apparently) in 1892. Business tycoon responsible for the world’s cheapest car and Air India, Jehangir Ratanji Dadbhoy Tata took off in 1904. Probable tinnitus sufferer best known for guitar amplifiers bearing his name, James Charles ‘Jim’ Marshall turned it up to 11 in 1923. Actor Lloyd Wolfe Bochner thought it seemed like a good idea at the time to be born in 1924. Known for playing Paulie ‘Walnut’ Gualtieri in The Sopranos – Genaro Anthony ‘Tony’ Sirico, may have had the fairly odd parents in 1942. Another actor, this one Michael ‘Mike’ Starr had his initial baby’s day out in 1950. Member of the E Street band, thereby keeping up the tradition of wives joining their husband’s bands, Mrs B. Springsteen – Vivienne Patricia ‘Patti’ Scialfa found out you can’t go back after being  born in 1953. Controversial Bollywood actor Sanjay Balraj Dutt found no problem with his birth in 1959. Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth running title holder, Sally Jane Janet Gunnell was off the starting blocks in 1966. Ex-inhabitant of children’s television ‘the broom cupboard’, (where he should have stayed), Andi Eleazu Peters had a smooth entrance to the world in 1970. Singer with R&B group Boyz II Men (and lower chart botherers after their number one hit, which in my opinion was a number two), Wayná Jermaine Morris has been doin’ just fine since 1973. Hip-hop musician Joseph Edgar Foreman but better known by the stage name ‘Afroman’, was waiting to inhale in 1974. Formula One Grand Prix (yawn) driver – Fernando Alonso was born in delta time back in 1981. 

Dead Norwegian of the day goes to King of Norway Olaf II Haroldsson or St Olaf found himself known as Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae from this day in 1030. Next up are two Popes sharing the same name but are unlikely to be down with the kids – first is Pope Urban II who had to confess this was his last day in 1099, whilst in 1644 Pope Urban VIII failed the infallibility test. Leading light in the abolition of slavery, William Wilberforce managed to abolish himself in 1833. Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Jr, went the same way as his old man in 1844. One eared dauber of wheat fields (among other things) Vincent Willem van Gogh had his final shot at life (and lost) in 1890. King of Italy with the rather splendid moustache, Umberto I stopped strutting about the place in 1900. Singer Ellen Naomi Cohen, but known as either Cass Elliott or Mama Cass, found it’s not getting better in 1974. Olympic weightlifter and film actor who managed to pick up the odd job, Toshiyuki ‘Harold’ Sakata literally had his burial in 1982. James David Graham Niven found it was more a matter of death than life in 1983. Songwriter responsible for Tom Jones’s hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’ – Gordon Mills found dying wasn’t one of the things he wanted to do in 1986. Actor in depressing soap opera EastEnders, children’s entertainer and comedian, Michael ‘Mike’ Read had his final runaround in 2007. Punjabi singer Ishmeet Singh lost his voice in 2008. Finally, horse racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan left the paddock in 2015. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th July

Today’s posting starts with person not quite in the same league as Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze at the potters’ wheel – Charles Darwin’s grandad, Josiah Wedgewood fired into the world back in 1730. Stern faced el-Presidenti of Argentina, (and take a deep breath now) – Juan Hipólito del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Yrigoyen Alem reached ‘The Agreement’ of celebrating his birthday this day every year from 1852. Non-relation to Linda the dead tambourine playing, vegetarian frozen food queen – George Eastman, inventor of now defunct roll film for cameras was fully developed in 1854. Clothes brush wearing Prince of Monaco, born Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi, but known as Louis II of Monaco – took the honour of celebrating his birthday from 1870. Another co-founder of film company with the lion in the crest, Louis B Mayer projected his entrance in 1884. Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II one half of song writing duo, with Richard Rogers had many a new day from 1895. Newsreader on The News at Ten in Great Britain – James William Alastair Burnet’s parents didn’t have any problem pronouncing his name from 1928. Actress who appeared with Bill Owen (see paragraph below) – born Minnie Higginbottom, but known to her fan as Kathy Staff, had a no frills birth in 1928. Convicted sex pest and unamusing comedy sit-com actor Bill Cosby set the scene in 1937. Seeing as various other Prime Ministers get a mention here, I see  ex-French PM, Lionel Jospin also arrived in 1937. Singer with bickering married couple’s band Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie went her own way in 1943. Band mate of St. Vitus’ dance sufferer Bobby Farrell, (from Boney M) Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Mitchell was a brown girl out of the ring in 1952. Cricket bat holder who racked up a couple of thousand runs for India, Sanjay Manjrekar had the perfect delivery in 1965. Television presenter Gaby Roslin has had a motormouth since 1964. One time pin up girl for British tennis – Annabel Croft had the advantage in 1966. Actress Anna Friel started her timeline in 1976. Winner of ITV ‘talent’ (used in the broadest sense of the word), Gareth Gates spluttered forth in 1984. Activist and youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – Malala Yousafzai won the admiration of her family in 1997. 

 

As for deaths we start with a founding father of the United States of America and 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury – Alexander Hamilton didn’t bank on waking up in 1804. First dead Norwegian of the day, (with the funny glasses and odd hair cut) who was mentioned on the 17th June – Henrik Wergeland came to the end of his chapter in 1845. Fourth First Lady, Dorothea ‘Dolly’ Dandridge Payne Todd Madison found she was unable to stay the course in 1849. Known as ‘Father of Baseball’, Alexander Cartwright scored his ultimate home run in 1892. Other half to Henry Royce, Charles Rolls didn’t die, he ‘ceased to function’ from 1910. Second dead Norwegian of the day, (having gone a good few days without mentioning one), Ole Evinrude ran out of juice in 1934. Singer/songwriter born Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph, but known as Minnie Riperton, started her adventures in paradise back in 1979. Star of (somehow) long running un-funny ‘comedy’ series Last of the Summer Wine, William John Owen Rowbotham or to preserve ink on his tax bill, Bill Owen had his final summer in 1999. Television producer of classic BBC sit-coms, (thankfully not the one above), Ray Butt didn’t manage to produce breath from 2013. Finally, blazer and slacks wearing, champagne guzzling, traveller documentary maker, Alan Whicker saw the sun set in the west in 2013.

This is going to be my last posting for a couple of weeks as I’m going on holiday tomorrow and will be taking a well earned rest. Please check back on the 29th July when we’ll resume normal service.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th July

Births today start with winner of the Battle of Bannockburn, and Scottish King who managed to declare independence from England (which was more than the last pretender, Alex Salmond) – Robert the Bruce started life as he intended to carry on in 1274. Continuing the independence theme as sixth President of the United States of America – John Quincy, elected to be born in 1767. Two time Oscar nominated actor who’s been in a few well known films – Thomas John Mitchell, had his first accident in 1892. First user of an ATM in the United Kingdom and star of un-amusing sit-com ‘On The Buses’, Reg Varney started his shift in 1916. Given the President of the USA gets a mench, it seems only fair 21st Prime Minister of the land of things (as in flip flops), deadly spiders and old convicts gets a look in – Edward Gough Whitlam didn’t canvas opinion about being born in 1916. Slap head Russian actor Youl Borisovich Briner, (or just Yul Brynner to you and me), had the sound and the fury in 1920. Actor known for his roles in various 1970’s British sit-coms – David Kelly didn’t give his parents a Dublin nightmare in 1929. Head of overpriced and garish garment house – Giorgio Armani cut a dash in 1934. Entrepreneur and ex-chairman of Millwall Football Club, Peter John de Savary started doing his business in 1944. Patricia Eve ‘Bonnie’ Pointer member of the 70’s/80’s family R&B and disco group ‘The Pointer Sisters’, (it must have been a cold day they thought of that name), was so excited to be born in 1950. Ex-pointer to non-magnetic weather symbols whilst giving a vague forecast – John Kettley had a stormy arrival in 1952. Long haired sunglasses rocker, Richard Stephen ‘Richie’ Sambora found he wasn’t born to follow in 1959. Also making it through that year is Suzanne Vega, who’ll be found at Tom’s Diner in celebration of her 59th birthday. Another famous Reigate, Surrey, resident – actress born Caroline Jones, but known as Caroline Quentin found life begins in 1960. Actor and disc jockey (among many other things), Craig Joseph Charles was told, ‘Don’t walk’ in 1964. One half of pop singing sisters – Mel Appleby was showing out in 1966. Kimberley Denise Jones or Lil’ Kim for those down with the kids, could be 43 if born in 1975 or 42 if the birth certificate states 1976. 

Death wise, it’s a bit quiet as we start in 1937 when a Jacob Gershowitz, or Donna Summers’ favourite dinner date George Gershwin started thinning. English luvvie Laurence Olivier gave his best ever dying performance in 1989. Modern day Archbishop of Canterbury, and boss of hostage of the year(s) 1987-1991 Terry Waite, Robert Runcie joined the choir invisible in 2000. 24th President of Columbia Alfonso López Michelsen overdosed on life given he keeled over at 94 in 2007. Member of group with the same adopted surname – Erdéyl Tamás/Tommy Ramone obviously wasn’t too tough to die in 2014. Finally, gamer and fourth President/CEO of Nintendo – Satoru Iwata ran off the screen in 2015. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th July

Today sees unpopular and ineffective James III of Scotland entering the fray in 1451. Best mate of Isaac Newton who made up the quadrature formulas, (whatever they are), and proofreader of the book Principa, mathematician Roger Coates started counting his fingers and toes in 1682. Abolitionist and writer of book ’12 Years a Slave’, Solomon Northup established himself in either 1807 or 1808. Co-founder of brewing company bearing his name, Adolphus Busch was the penultimate child (21st out of 22) for his poor mum in 1839. Physicist/inventor who developed alternating current as well as the Tesla Coil, and now has a car company named after him, Nikola Tesla had an electric personality from 1856. Sci-fi writer of ‘The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham Parker Lucas Benyon Harris had the outward urge  in 1903. Ex-Royal Navy Reservist, owner of The Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay and inspiration for Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, Donald Sinclair didn’t give a damn about being born in 1909. Gap toothed cigarette smoking comedy actor, born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens but known as Terry Thomas started to climb high a year or so after 1911. British born cartoonist, Reg Smythe, famous for his unfunny cartoon creation Andy Capp appeared for the first time in 1917. Harvey Ball, the American born commercial artist who conceived the smiley came out crying back in 1921. Also born that year, middleweight boxing champion and stand up comedian Giacobbe ‘Jake’ LaMotta earned the nickname ‘The Raging Bull’. Creator of dull 1970’s television series The Waltons, Earl Henry Hamner Jr., proved people wrong that you can’t get from there to here in 1923. Gospel singer who joined the family band – Mavis Staples was sweeter than the sweet in 1939. Former World No. 1 tennis player who bagged three grand slam titles, (including Wimbledon in 1975), American ball hitter Arthur Ashe rallied for the first time in 1943. Another tennis player who also won three grand slam titles including Wimbledon, (and was the last British female to do so back in 1977), Virginia Wade had her big serve in 1945. Also born that year, football (soccer) commentator John Motson had his parents shout their son’s arrival. Pet Shop Pensioner Neil Tennant will be looking to get some special deals to celebrate his 64th birthday. Member, ex-member/ member, ex-member etc., of Take That, Jason Orange, was born in 1970 – sorry his mention is so short, but there isn’t a lot out there about him, except he’s a Mormon, so be ready for him to bang on your door. By a strange quirk of fate, actor who brought 12 Years a Slave to life by his film, Chiwetel Ejiofor left the shadow line in 1974. Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby weighed in slightly lighter than 4.2 kg (or 9lb 3oz in old money) back in 1977. 

Death wise, it is the day Roman Emperor and chief wall builder, Hadrian laid his last stone between England and Scotland in 138. Pope Benedict IV nicknamed ‘the Great’ gave up saying his ‘Hail Mary’s’ in 903. King of France Henry II found jousting wasn’t his sport in 1559. William I, Prince of Orange or William the Silent passed away in 1584, but how long it took anyone to notice isn’t recorded. French priest and encyclopaedist, Louis Morèri got up to P and made it no further in 1680. Artist/photographer Louis Jacque Mandé Deguerre found himself more than cropped in 1851. First person to view the planet Neptune, astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle was unable to see Uranus from 1910. American voice actor, Mel Blanc, (who was mentioned here back on 30th May in honour of his birthday), stopped making voices and breath in 1989. Also not making it through that year, English comedian Thomas Edward ‘Tommy’ Trinder managed to laugh it off. Finally, actor and card player Michel Dimitri Chalhoub or Omar Sharif kept the appointment with the reaper in 2015. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th July

We start the posting with sort of Danish/Norwegian of the day as Queen Consort Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenberg, got used to living in castles from 1511. Inventor Jacob Perkins nailed it in 1766. Developer of the first DC electric motor – Thomas Davenport sparked into life back in 1802. Person credited with refining sewing machines to how we know them today, Elias Howe started spinning a yarn from 1819. Having mentioned lover of all things pink, ankle biting mutts and makeup on 21st May when she stopped writing slushy novels, Barbara Cartland began her first chapter in 1901. Former sailer and Prime Minister of Blighty (as opposed to the band leader of the same name), Edward Heath eased the sheets in 1916. Cartoonist with DC Comics for 50 years, Murphy C. Anderson Jr., started drawing on life’s experiences from 1926. Not content with being 13th Secretary of Defence, he came back for a second stab at it in 2001 as the 21st Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld fought his way through in 1932. Ian Carmichael Wilson or actor Richard Wilson known for playing curmudgeonly Victor Meldrew probably doesn’t believe making it to his 82nd birthday. One of Britain’s greatest artists (apparently) David Hockney brushed out in 1937. First lead singer with AC/DC, Ronald Belford ‘Bon’ Scott showed a stiff upper lip during birth in 1946. Former sportsman who took a career change and became an armed robber/kidnapper with the slow getaway vehicle, Orenthal James ‘O.J.’ Simpson made his first home run in 1947. Backing singer who managed to score a hit in her own right, Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Guthrie had a ticket to ride from 1950. Fellow singer from family group – Debbie Sledge, was one of the sisters from 1954. Versatile actor (who’s films have grossed over $8.4 billion dollars), Tom Hanks got his first big break in 1956. Tattooed singer Marc Almond waved hello to the world and said goodbye to his mum’s stomach in 1957. Also born that year is Kelly McGillis who had more than one witness to her arrival in the world. Another person who entered the world in 1957 is comedian and team captain on a quiz show – Paul James Martin or Paul Merton thought, ‘Have I Got News For You’. Ex-Mr Chrissie Hind  and Mr Patsy Kensit, singer James ‘Jim’ Kerr was alive and kicking (along with dribbling and screaming) in 1959. Also born that year, human rights lawyer Clive Adrian Stafford Smith started sticking up for himself. Widow of gun (sorry grunge) enthusiast Kurt Cobain, and singer with the eloquently named band ‘Hole’, Courtney Love has clearly had celebrity skin since 1964. Lead singer who was married to his wife, (or was she just his sister?) Jack White shook his way through in 1975. Street artist who featured as a swimming baby on the Nirvana album, Spencer Kenneth Royce Elden has never minded about being born in 1991.

As for deaths, we start in 1228 with Archbishop of Canterbury and publican (or to be more precise name of a pub in Abinger Common, Dorking), Stephen Langton obviously had enough of dividing the bible into chapters used today. King of Spain, (among the other 11 titles he held) Philip V – didn’t have to think which costume to wear from 1746. War lover and 12th President of the United States of America, Zachery Taylor left Washington in 1850. Clean shaven inventor of the safety razor, King C. Gillette started to grow a beard this day in 1932. Whilst I’d like to tell you the name of the founder of Narcotics Anonymous who died in 1985, that would defeat the whole point of the organisation. No nonsense dog trainer Barbara Woodhouse took her own advice and rolled over in 1988. Star of over 100 films including some well known ones, Rod Steiger found it was the end to his days in 2002. Finally, co-founder of model agency bearing her name – Eileen Ford stopped slapping on the make up and lippy in 2014. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th July

Another fairly quiet day’s posting begins with John Pemberton, founder of rusty bolt easer and rotting teeth drink – Coca Cola, popped out in 1831. Manufacturer of slow flying airship (that’s not a blimp), Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin didn’t so much fly as cruise through in 1838. Person with various buildings etc., named after him in New York City and founder of Standard Oil Company – John Davidson Rockefeller should have had the middle name Derrick in 1839. Bug eyed comedian Martin Alan ‘Marty’ Feldman started to make people laugh in 1934. Dicer of onions and mushrooms whilst wearing a pinny, Wolfgang Puck was served up in 1949. Third generation of the firm to win an Academy award, Anjelica Houston was good to go in 1951. Former bangle salesman, now green fingered television gardener, Montagu Denis Wyatt ‘Monty’ Don found the bottom heat from 1955. Actor and plugger of mobile phones in Britain, Kevin Bacon had one degree of separation from his mum in 1958. Sort of Jewish, mainly Scientologist mate of Tom C and musician, Bek David Campbell now known as Beck, had his first ‘hell yes’ moment in 1970. Irish ball kicker now chief diver for the Los Angeles Galaxy team, Robert ‘Robbie’ Keane didn’t quite have a clean sheet when born in 1980. 

Death wise, we start with a bit of a religious feel, given priest Peter the Hermit has managed to keep quiet since 1115. Pope Eugene III took his last orders in 1153, while in 1623 Pope Gregory XV made sure the conclave had something to do. Benefactor of college bearing his name, Elihu Yale found his knowledge slip away in 1721. Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley nearly found the triumph of life in 1822. King Oscar I of Sweden (and Norway) didn’t have to worry about the weighty shoulder pads after 1859. Bushy moustached non-founding member of family chocolate firm snaffled up by Kraft a few years ago -William Adlington Barrow Cadbury, ended up in a coffin and not a ballotin in 1957. Ex-Greek Prime Minister during the Second World War, Konstantinos Logothetopoulos didn’t have to get the printing presses fired up for more drachma’s, but did have to stop swigging the retsina in 1961. British stage and film actress, not to mention being ‘Mrs Luvvie’ (Laurence Olivier’s wife) for 20 years, born Vivian Mary Hartley or Vivien Leigh had her second fire over England when cremated in 1967. Deluded autocratic leader of the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’ or North Korea to you and me, Kim II-sung probably didn’t die in 1994. Voice of the Daleks (among others), Peter Hawkins found himself exterminated in 2006. Finally, alcoholics abstainer and 40th former First Lady of the United States of America, Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Ford found her mouth somewhat dry in 2011. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th July

It’s a bit of a slow day on both the births and deaths front, but having mentioned some of the other Sikh Gurus, it seems only right to start today’s posting with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan or ‘Bal Guru’ (Child Guru) gets the prize for most mentions of the word Guru in a sentence having been born in 1656. Inventor who created the first automatic bread slicing machine for commercial use – Otto Frederick Rohwedder was raised from 1880. English actor who played Dr Who and Worzel Gummidge – Jon Pertwee who was mentioned back on the 20th May when he passed away, found it was a perfect world from this day in 1919. Drummer with The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band and his All-Starr Band, Ringo Starr found he had some help from the nurses 75 years ago. Welsh born ex-leader of the blue team and one of Jeremy Paxman’s favourite interviewee’s, Michael Howard hasn’t lived all his life in the shadows since being born in 1941. Also born that year is ex-comedian, bird twitcher and now grumpy old man, Bill Oddy was a goody when younger. Golfer Anthony ‘Tony’ Jacklin was held aloft in 1944. Singer with one hit wonder band Doctor and the Medics, Clive ‘Doctor’ Jackson wasn’t black and blue after his birth in 1962. British chav’s favourite daytime TV host, Jeremy Kyle got his taste for shouting and crying when born in 1965. 

Deaths today include another Pope – this one is Pope Benedict XI who left the Vatican in a box back in 1304. Edward Longshanks or Hammer of the Scots who also went by the slightly grander title of King Edward I of England conquered death in 1307.  Colonial magistrate and administrator of Massachusetts Bay, not to mention being in charge of the Salem Witch Trials William Stoughton was obviously overcome by one of their spells given he pegged it in 1701. Proper smartie, German born confectioner Henri Nestlé condensed himself in 1890. Writer of book about Swiss mountain girl  ‘Heidi’ who was mentioned on the 12th June in honour of her birth, Johanna Louise Spyri (née Heusser), dropped her pen in 1901. Scottish physician and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle found his book title ‘The Adventure of the Dying Detective’ come back to haunt him in 1930. Father of modern day BASE jumping Carl Ronald Boenish was wheeled off on a stretcher in 1984. Actor with the large handlebar moustache, James Keith O’Neill ‘Jimmy’ Edwards had trouble with the air in 1988. Founding member and original singer with Pink Floyd (until he was kicked out of the band), Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett wanted to let there be more light in his world from 2006. Finally, original supermodel Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker swopped the cat walk for a chapel aisle at her funeral in 2008. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 6th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 6th July

Having mentioned Thomas Stamford Raffles only yesterday when birthday presents were surplus to requirements, here he is again as people needed to start buying them for him in 1781. Nicholas I of Russia – Emperor of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland, he of curly moustache and large brushes on shoulders spread himself a bit bit thin in 1796. Another Emperor, this one with a large beard and ermine cape, Maximilian of Mexico and only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire, invaded the world in 1832. Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary ‘Toria’ of the United Kingdom was Member First Class of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII from 1868. Charles Jean Baptiste Perrin (no relation to Reggie), champion rower in the 1900 Paris Olympics came forward in 1875. Designer of the Maple Leaf flag, (thus having a head start as to which way to hang it), George Francis Gillman Stanley fluttered into life back in 1907. Founder of people being thrown around in Lycra shorts or WWE, (professional wrestling to the uninitiated), Vincent James ‘Vince’ McMahon Sr., threw himself into things from 1914. 40th First Lady of the United States of America, Anne Frances Robbins/Nancy Davis Reagan just said yes to her inaugural appearance in 1921. Creator of game show Wheel of Fortune, (among others), Mervyn Edward ‘Merv’ Griffin spun into life back in 1925. Also born that year, William Kohn Clifton ‘Bill’ Haley had his mum pushing around the clock. Founder of hotel chain bearing his name and first husband to serial marrier Elizabeth Taylor – Conrad Nicholson Hilton didn’t have the no-show factor in 1926. Australian born DJ, all right, who made Britain his home, pop pickers, Alan Leslie ‘Fluff’ Freeman came along in 1927, not ‘arf! Also born that year actress best known for her role in Psycho, Janet Leigh’s parents found there were three on their couch. Seeing as there are no Popes to mention today, we’ll settle for Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalí Lama, who started getting up the nose of the Chinese from 1935. Half fingered whisky drinking comedian, David Tynan O’Mahoney, or Dave Allen as he’s better known, let his God go with him from 1936. Terence ‘Jet’ Harris came out of the shadows in 1939. Teetotal gaff prone Stetson and cowboy boot wearing 43rd President of the United States of America, son of 41st President of the United States of America and mate of unhinged British PM Tony B.Liar, George Walker Bush won’t be having a celebratory drinkie in honour of his 72nd birthday. Mussitating actor who’s been plugging bread in Britain, Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone found there was no place to hide from 1946. Sit-com actor and dad to Kate, Richard Arthur Beckinsale took a few years from 1947 to start eating porridge. Actor Geoffrey Roy Rush took his time to arrive in 1951. Wife to Ade and best mate to Dawn, Jennifer Jane Saunders looks absolutely fabulous having been born in 1958. One time possible teen idol, drummer with poncey, sorry, New Romantic band Spandau Ballet – John Leslie Keeble has been true in celebrating his birthday since 1959. Rapper Curtis James Jackson III, who’s worth slightly more than 50 cent, had his escape plan ready in 1975. Norwegian of the day is pop starlet (in Norway), Maria Arredondo who’s mum couldn’t say it hardly hurts at all after giving birth in 1985. Founder of some micro-blogging site, David Karp logged on for the first time in 1986.

Deaths start with King Henry II of England or Henry Curtmantle/Henry FitzEmpress/Henry Plantagenet laid down next to his wife, Eleanor, in Fontevraud Abbey in 1189. Not to be outdone, Alexander II of Scotland put his sword down in 1249. Sometime pal of Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More had a one way ticket to Tower Hill in 1535. King Edward VI of England and Ireland went to Christ’s Hospital in 1553. Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund Grindal took leave of his position in 1583. Founder of brewery bearing his name before taking up politics, Samuel Whitbread wasn’t bitter dying in 1815. Grenville Sharp English – campaigner for the abolition of the slave trade managed to abolish himself in 1831. Writer of Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, didn’t refill his pen in 1932. Flag waver for the British Labour Party who had boys running around underground and also founded the National Health Service, Aneurin Bevin was 6ft underground from 1960. Satchmo/Pops/Louis Armstrong found he didn’t have all the time in the world from 1971. Singer/songwriter Van Allen Clinton McCoy known for his hit ‘The Hustle’ shuffled off in 1979. Person we have to ‘thank’ for plastic bottles bobbing about the oceans and littering or streets – creator of polythene terephthalate (or PET plastic bottles), Nathanial C. Wyeth actually started the decaying process in 1990. Leonard Franklin Slye, who went onto become known as Roy Rogers headed west in 1998. Finally, actress known for her role in Bewitched Josie Imogene ‘Kasey’ Rogers bowed out in 2006.