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. Actor Carl William Raisch, known for his role in The Fugitive found himself dead from this day forward in 1984. Canadian ice hockey player Albert Leduc pucked off in 1990. King of the Belgians, Baudouin I was unable to add to his honours list after 1993. Considered one of the greatest footballers England has seen, Sir Robert William ‘Bobby’ Robson obviously wasn’t too good to go down in 2009. Founder of Pukka Pies Trevor Storer must have ate all of them before keeling over in 2013. Finally, yachtsman rescued during the 1996/97 Vendée Globe race – Tony Bullimore keeled over in 2018.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

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 (or 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. Ex-Mr Fay Dunaway and snapper of the 60’s – Terence Patrick O’Neill had the correct lighting ratio in 1938. 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 79 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. Actor Laurence John Fishburne III has had just cause to cut the cake since 1961. 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. Ex-Mr D Barrymore and comedian – Michael Thomas Green was a (family) superstar in 1971. 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 sixth year behind bars whilst trying to celebrate his 42nd birthday. Ex-goal keeper on the American soccer team, Hope Amelia Solo found her mum let her slip through in 1981.

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. Dead Norwegian of the day is drug spokesman and television personality – Nini Stoltenberg had the plug pulled in 2014. Finally, Stetson and sequinned jacket wearing country singer Lynn Rene Anderson managed to get a rose garden in her honour after her death in 2015.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th July

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. Mis-matched trouser and blazer wearing ex-cabinet minister of Britain, Michael Portillo, who now travels around with birthday boy George Bradshaw’s guide in hand 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. Founding member of NFL team the New York Giants – Timothy James ‘Tim’ Mara had a fair catch in 1887. 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. Actress who started out in silent films before moving onto talkies- Clara Gordon Bow was born before the plastic years in 1905. 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 is Pope who was unlikely to have been down with the kids – Pope Urban II had to confess this was his last day in 1099. King of the Franks, called Philip I was no longer amorous after 1108. Second dead Pope Urban VIII failed the infallibility test in 1644. 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.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 25th July

Today’s posting begins with ancient Duke of Poland, Casimir I the Restorer was a quiet child from 1016. Another ancient European royal – Afonso I of Portugal conquered birth in a) 1106 b) 1109 or c) 1111. Having mentioned Peter Sellers only yesterday and his sparring partner, (in the Pink Panther films) Burt Kwouk on 18th July, here we have real life Japanese warlord Katō Kiyomsa Ho who came out fighting in 1561. Credited with introducing various fir trees to Britain, earlier version of David Bellamy – David Douglas must have been a prickly baby in 1799. British Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour started to cross the floor about nine months after birth in 1848. Geologist who identified and named the San Andreas Fault – Andrew Cowper Lawson saw his first cleavage in 1861. Gavrilo Princip who ultimately started World War One invaded the world in 1894. Actor in many a western film, Lyman Wakefield Perrin who went onto become known as Luke (not Reggie) Perrin, was certainly underage in 1896. Indian singer Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer started warming his voice up from 1908. Actress and Golden Girl mentioned a mere three days ago in the second paragraph – Estelle Getty had the nanny on standby this day in 1923. Arms (but not legs) dealer from Saudi Arabia Adnan Khashoggi felt the heat when born in 1935. Now widow to David Bowie, model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid found the way out in 1955. Unrespectful ‘donutting’ ex-host of Top Gear and star of unamusing sit-com Friends – Matthew Steven ‘Matt’ LeBlanc was top of the heap in 1967. First ever IVF (test tube) baby in the world, Louise Joy Brown had a slightly different view of things in 1978. Yodeler and performer of Alpine folk music, (the long winter nights must just fly by in her house), Stefanie Anke Hertel started her career by screaming in 1979. Racing driver Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, or Nelson Piquet Junior, son of racing driver Nelson Piquet, was under starters orders in 1985.

As for people at the other end of their life, Pope Innocent VIII took over from Sixtus IV and was succeeded by (after the white smoke) Alexander VI in 1492. Founder of Kabbalah, (which a few celebs followed before jumping on the next bandwagon), Jewish mystic Rabbi Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi was mystified to find out yesterday in 1572 was his last full day on earth. Flashers favourite person, inventor of coat incorporating his name, Charles Mackintosh didn’t precipitate his demise in 1843. Having mentioned one of his brothers a few days ago, here’s Hirsch Moses Wonsal or Harry Morris Warner reeled at his death in 1958. 12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent, didn’t get to have his last order in 1973. Dad to Liza Minnelli and husband to Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli entered the cabin in the sky in 1986. Co-owner of iconic New York nightclub Studio 54 Steve Rubell had his last jig in 1989. Nine time golf major champion William Ben Hogan had his final stroke in 1997. Last surviving soldier from the First World War Henry John ‘Harry’ Patch surrendered in 2009. Finally, not only ex-wife to Zeppo Marx but also Frank Sinatra’s
last wife – Barbara Marx Sinatra (née Blakeley) did it her way in 2017.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

I’m taking a well earned break, so will see you all here on Monday!

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th July

Today’s posting is another pretty quiet one for both births and deaths – to this end we start with former captain of a slave ship who, having heard enough of sea shanties, came up with Amazing Grace – John Newton slipped out in 1725. King of Sardinia and Duke of Savoy, Victor Emmanuel I automatically picked up the title Duke of Aosta upon birth in 1759. Writer of The Three Musketeers (other books also available) – Dumas Davey de la Palletrie who abbreviated that on the dust cover to Alexandre Dumas was all for one and one for all in 1802. Second Presidenti of Paraguay – Francisco Solano López Carrillo was unable to resist being born in 1827. American aviatrix Amelia Earhart found the slipstream in 1897. Founder of ‘Honest Ed’s’ discount store (amongst other things) in Canada, Yehuda Edwin ‘Ed’ Mirvish set out his stall by being born in 1914. Food critic Egon Ronay had to make do with what he was given in 1915. Norwegian of the day makes a come back given cross country skier Simon Slattvik entered the contest in 1917. President of the International Flat Earth Research Society – Charles Kenneth Johnson, was a rotund baby in 1924. Actor and dad to Jennifer, Giannis Anastasakis, or as the viewers of the dull sounding day time drama Days of Our Lives know him, John Anthony Aniston was fired up enough to be born in 1933. Songwriter responsible for a couple of Tom Jones’s hits from the 60’s – Leslie David Reed had people tell him, ‘It’s your day today’ from 1935. Known as Ted Striker in Airplane! Robert Hayes reached the outer limits in 1947. Previous winner of Miss USA who went onto become Wonder Woman Lynda Jean Córdova Carter, or just Lynda Carter, had family blessings bestowed upon her in 1951. Having sung a few tunes, starred in some films, danced a bit, written some stuff, designed some fashion items and produced something or other, Jennifer Lynn Lopez had her mum tell the doc, ‘Hold it, don’t drop it’ in 1969. Actor Daniel John ‘Danny’ Dyer would like it known just for the record he was born in 1977.
Actress and co-star with Megs in Madmen – Elisabeth Singleton Moss staged her invasion in 1982. Having mentioned her mum only a few days ago, here’s Steve & Terri’s daughter, who seems to have done everything from songwriting to winning a dancing show, Bindi Sue Irwin was a young girl back in 1998.

Death wise, Emperor Shirakawa of Japan hasn’t had a car named in his honour despite dying in 1129. Eighth President of the United States of America, Martin van Buren had the Stars and Stripes at half mast in 1862. First person to swim the English Channel unaided – Captain Matthew Webb left the armbands at home from 1883. Mountaineer who made it up Everest before all the rubbish started to appear, Wilfred Noyce found the dead point in 1962. Hollywood star Constance Campbell Bennett learnt the code of the west in 1965. Another Greek Prime Minister, this one Konstantinos Dovas didn’t get to spend any more drachmas after 1973. Comedy actor Richard Henry Sellers or as he became known Peter Sellers, did let go in 1980. Slap head actor/wrestler Brian Glover lost his stiff upper lips in 1997. Also not making through that year, serial killer who took out Gianni Versace, Andrew Philip Cunanan took the bullet. Cue holding multi coloured ball dropping player mentioned back in March when he was born, Alexander Gordon ‘Alex’ Higgins took his final rest in 2010. Raymon Lee Cramton or Chad Everett could have done with the help of Dr. Joe Gannon back in 2012. Finally, also not making it through that year is inventor of computerised tomography (CT) scanner Robert Ledley who rather ironically didn’t get to use one before expiring.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd July

Births start today with fan of the two fingered salute and book donor Giovanni Francesco Albani or as he became known, Pope Clement XI graced the world from 1649. Sixth governor of New South Wales with a former penal colony named after him in Queensland, (see if you can guess where) – Thomas Makdougall Brisbane saw it in the stars that he was to be born in 1773. One of the Warner Bros. (born Abraham Wonsal), but known as Aaron ‘Albert’ Warner was on general release from 1884.
Rastafarian’s favourite Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael or as he’s better known – Haile Selassie I was pretty chilled about being born in 1892. Western film star and sidekick to ‘The Duke’ John Wayne – Norton Earl Worden, but known as Hank Worden wondered which way was up in 1901. Scruffy ex-leader of the red team with an affinity for old duffle coats, unkempt hair and thick glasses, Michael Mackintosh Foot was more popular in 1913, than 70 years later in 1983. Calvert DeForest also known by his character’s name Larry ‘Bud’ Melman was probably a little freaked by being born in 1921. First Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmad was a proper freedom fighter even back in 1925. Author Hubert ‘Cubby’ Selby Jr., took the first exit in Brooklyn back in 1928. Also born that year, expert on galaxy rotation rates, (sounds thrilling) astronomer who found dark matter in space, Vera Florence Cooper Rubin saw the light. Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu started rubbing noses in 1931. Actor Daniel Ronald ‘Ronny’ Cox had his own deliverance in 1938. Also making his debut that year was convicted murderer and dad to actor Woodrow ‘Woody’ Harrelson, Charles Voyd Harrelson. Depraved child killer Myra Hindley came to be in 1942. Heart throb actor and singer to ladies (and possibly some gentleman), of a certain age David Albert Cook/Essex had the smile in 1947. Singer in second line up of jazz vocal group Manhattan Transfer – Janis Siegel had her who, what, where, when, why, moment in 1952. Rebel cricketer Graham Gooch had his timing just right in 1953. Robert Smith looky likey, omnipresent game show panellist and comedian, Josephine Grace ‘Jo’ Brand headlined for the first time in 1957. Also born that year, great grandson to painter Vincent – Theodoor van Gogh had both his ears. Ethical vegan and raw foodist (as turnips have feelings too you know), actor who’s dad appears above – Woodrow Tracy ‘Woody’ Harrelson was more than seven pounds when born in 1961. Guitarist with the top hat, frizzy black hair, sunglasses and previous drug habit Saul Hudson or Slash to his fans, entered the paradise city in 1965. Respected but troubled actor Philip Seymour Hoffman took a leap of faith in 1967. Bluegrass country singer (still as awful as country singing) – Alison Maria Krauss has been able to forget about it being her birthday since 1971. Bill Clinton’s favourite intern to whom he gave a mouthful and in return she got him impeached, Monica Samille Lewinsky came forth (or was it second?) in 1973. Also born that year, singer with Scottish band Travis, Francis ‘Fran’ Healy was the boy with no name. Singer Tenitra Michelle Williams found it was her destiny to arrive in 1980. Boy actor who found fame as round glass wearing quiddich playing and loads of other stuff I’ve never heard of, (nor have any interest in), as Harry Potter – Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was the main star (not an extra) in 1989.

There aren’t that many deaths to report on today, yet we start with sewing machine manufacturer bearing his name, Isaac Singer was stitched up for the last time in 1875. 18th President of the United States of America Ulysses S Grant, the one with a submarine named in his honour, found himself only six feet under in 1885. Short term Prime Minister of Greece Spyridon Lambros or Lampros took his last look at the Acropolis in 1919. US Secretary of State who started the United Nations – Cordell Hull passed his last motion in 1955. Actor/director Victor ‘Vic’ Morrow has been looking for God’s little acre since 1982. King Hassan II of Morocco took his fez off in 1999. Star of dull legal series ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, Reginald ‘Leo’ McKern had his final hearing in 2002. King of Afghanistan Mohammed Zahir Shah took up prime position on Maranjan Hill in 2007. Talented tattooed singer with the beehive hairdo, Amy Jade Winehouse should have gone to rehab as if she had she probably wouldn’t have joined the ’27 Club’ in 2011. Astronaut who was the first American woman in space – Sally Kristen Ride found the dark matter a reality in 2012. Indian actress Manjula Vijayakumar didn’t have an alternative end in 2013. Finally, Swedish Prime Minister and sheep farmer – Nils Olof Thorbjörn Fälldin, hasn’t got tired of counting the woolly creatures since 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd July

We start today’s posting with King Philip I of Castile or ‘Philip the Handsome’ in 1478 who must have been quite vain when born. Oxford don noted for his mixed up speech, William Archibald Spooner didn’t get into a mucking fuddle over his birthday from 1844. James Whale, not the gobby British radio presenter, but film director of early day Frankenstein films found himself on set in 1889. Mum to the Kennedy Bros., (John, Robert & Ted) – Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (Kennedy) didn’t have such coiffured hair in 1890. Composer of the Singapore national anthem Zubir Said was unable to stand up for at least a year after birth in 1907. Writer of etiquette manual bearing her name, Amy Vanderbilt was on her best behaviour when born in 1908. Comedian and co-star of comedy series with his mate Dick Martin, Daniel Hale ‘Dan’ Rowan started touring in 1922. Indian singer Mukesh Chand Mathur (who went by his first name), found his voice in 1923. Republican nominee for President of the United States of America back in 1996, (when he was 73) – Robert Joseph ‘Bob’ Dole has kept himself busy since 1923. Actress known for her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – Estelle Louise Fletcher found what’s in a child’s name from 1934. Actor Terence Stamp had his first full frontal scene in 1939. Non relation to ex-user of Air Force One, keeper of the briefcase with the nuclear button and stainer of dresses Bill – funkster George Clinton joined the party in 1941. Singer with The Ronettes, Estelle Bennett thankfully didn’t have her parents say, ‘I want a boy’ in 1944. Hollywood worker Danny Lebern Glover had a witness (or three) at his birth in 1946. A year later in 1947, Eagle Donald Hugh ‘Don’ Henley didn’t let his mum take it easy during his birth. U.S. House of Representative for Ohio’s 14th District (wherever that is), Steven C (I dread to think what that stands for) ‘Steve’ LaTourette swears blind he was born in 1954. Actor with the distinctive face William J. ‘Willem’ Dafoe wasn’t born on the Fourth of July given he’s been celebrating this day since 1955. Curly red haired child actress who’s still putting on a show, Bonita Melody Lysette ‘Bonnie’ Langford screamed and screamed upon her arrival in 1964. Welsh speaking act tor with the unkempt hair, Rhys Owain Ifans took his cue in 1968. Dirge singer-songwriter from New York, Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright was just as happy being delivered to the world in 1973. Actress/singer Selena Marie Gomez has been one and the same since 1992. Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark also picked up the title Count of Monpezat when born in 2002. Not to be out done Prince George (Alexander Louis) of Cambridge will get some jelly and ice cream to celebrate his sixth birthday.

As for people expiring, King Charles VII of France also known as the Victorious or the Well-Served found himself beaten terminally in 1461. Alleged tallest Dutch woman Trijintje Cornelisdochter Keever, who stood, (or in this case laid) 8ft 4ins, (2.45 metres in new money), got another 3ft (0.91m) tacked on her coffin in 1633. Pope Clement X met his maker in 1676. Designer/builder of wire suspension bridges (including the Brooklyn Bridge), Johann August Röbling/John Augustus Roebling found his life spanned 63 years ending in 1869. Having designed a stamp for Canada he went onto bigger things by coming up with standard time zones across the globe, unfortunately Sir Sandford Fleming saw his time run out in 1915. Indian World War I flying ace Indra Lal Roy had the chocks applied in 1918. Tenth Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, found the other dispatch box a reality in 1950. Actress Edna Lewis Thomas hasn’t been able to turn right since 1974.
Wayne McLaren, who you probably know as the Marlboro Man, rather ironically went up in smoke himself in 1992. Actor known for his role in the Porky’s films – Eric Cuthbert Christmas was more than almost dead in 2000. Crazed sons of iron fisted dictator Saddam, Qusay and Uday Hussain found out the hard way not to take on the American Army in 2003. Easy listening (to some) singer, Alexandre ‘Sacha’ Distel was more stop than go from 2004. Lead singer with The Chi-Lites, Eugene Booker Record found his wiped clean in 2005. Another of ‘The Golden Girls’, Estelle Getty had her earth day special in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery back in 2008. Finally, actor Dennis Farina found his luck ran out in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st July

Today’s posting begins with Jean-Félix Picard, who must have been Jean-Luc Picard’s great great great grandfather given he waited for the stars to align in 1620. British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles, took a few years from 1693 to start wearing wigs. Founder of news agency bearing his name, born Israel Beer Josaphat before changing it to Paul Julius von Reuter found the tongues started wagging after his birth in 1816. One of the few people to be born, (and die), on the same day is American outlaw with the rather large moustache Sam Bass started off in 1851. Conch Republic resident who bagged the Nobel Prize in Literature whilst keeping odd cats, Ernest Miller Hemingway started having movable feasts in 1899. Having mentioned Miss Brahms only yesterday and her co-star – the pussy (cat) loving, multi coloured hair dyer a mere 20 days ago, when she breathed her last, here’s Isabel Mary ‘Mollie’ Sugden again given she breathed her first in 1922. Known for his role in Dad’s Army – William Desmond Anthony ‘Bill’ Pertwee saw the light turned on in 1926. Saxophone soloist who plays on The Pink Panther theme tune, Plas John Johnson, Jr. released some wind in 1931. Indian cricketer Chandrakant Gulabrao ‘Chandu’ Borde, wasn’t stumped when he came to be delivered in 1934. Singer who’s kept the passport office busy – born Steven Demetre Georgiou only then to become known as Cat Stevens before settling on Yusuf Islam, was the son to his father in 1948. Also born that year, unamusing cartoonist Gary Trudeau had his dad pacing during his birth. Hairy armed ex-coke fan who starred in loads of films, Robin McLaurin Williams went through nine months before improvising throughout his birth in 1951. Slap head ex-husband of red top (in more ways than one) editor Rebekah Wade – Ross Kemp joined the gang in 1964. Actor Joshua Daniel ‘Josh’ Hartnett cracked it in 1974. Wacky, (sorry retro and eccentric) singer Paloma Faith Blomfield wasn’t born upside down in 1985.

Deaths appear to be somewhat thin on the ground, yet we start with Sir Henry Percy or the slightly hipper Sir Harry Hotspur or just Hotspur, though it hasn’t been documented whether he ended up in Tottenham, London back in 1403. Haggis, tatties and neaps muncher whilst composing odes, Robert/Rabbie Burns found he didn’t have to listen to bagpipes after 1796. As mentioned above, American outlaw with the moustache, Sam Bass just about reached the ’27 Club’ in 1878. Inventor of the bullet proof jacket Bernard Spooner failed to duck in 1957. Swashbuckling act tor Philip St. John Basil Rathbone who was mentioned last month in honour of his birth, gets another mention as he had his last hurrah in 1967. Singing mate of Rod Stewart and Elton John, (among others) – John William ‘Long John’ Baldry got the silent treatment in 2005. Finally, boxer and All Black team member Kevin Lawrence Skinner lined out in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th July

Today’s posting starts way back in 356BC with Alexander III of Macedonia or Alexander the Great who was born either today (or tomorrow). Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti who went onto be known as Pope Innocent IX didn’t undertake his vow of silence in 1519. Inspiration for the Peter Pan books, (and surprisingly it’s not Cliff Richard) but George Llewelyn Davies took off in 1893. Songwriter who came up with the words to Teddy Bears’ Picnic (among others), James ‘Jimmy’ Kennedy didn’t have his parents hanging the washing out on the Siegfried Line from 1902. Bivouac residing crampon fan who was best mates with Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Percival Hillary had his initial descent in 1919. Target of various tabloid writers along with Maggie T, eighth President of the European Commission Jacques Lucien Jean Delors regulated his entrance to the world in 1925. Founder and owner of franchise chain Little Caesars Pizza – Michael Ilitch was out of the oven in 1929. Known for her role in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sally Ann Howes avoided the child catcher from 1930. Second rate game show host and ‘comedian’ Edward George ‘Ted’ Rogers counted down the days to his birthday in 1935. Actress Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg or as she was also known to people of a certain age, Emma Peel, and to a younger generation Olenna Tyrell, has been an honourable rebel since 1938. Miss Brahms in classic sit-com ‘Are You Being Served?’ before going onto star in depressing soap opera ‘EastEnders’, Wendy Emerton/Richard was a newcomer in 1943. One hit wonder before bothering the lower reaches of the charts, Kim Carnes did cry like a baby in 1945. Ex-mariachi enthusiast with the moustache and sunglasses, Carlos Santana didn’t hold on given he’s been celebrating his birthday since 1947. Actor Muse Watson gave his parents something to talk about in 1948. Another(!) ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew – actress Catherine ‘Katie’ Rabett found real life started in 1960. Widow to sandy coloured shorts/shirt wearer Steve, Theresa Penelope ‘Terri’ Irwin (née Raines) hatched in 1964. Latter day Bruce Forsyth, twinkle toed Anton du Beke put his best foot forward in 1966. Actress I know from Killing Eve, Sandra Muji Oh has had to tell the frank truth about her birthdate from 1971. Related to various royal families around Europe, (including the Windsors), Norwegian royal of the day – Haakon Crown Prince of Norway was delivered to the nation (and world) in 1973. Wearer of underwear as a job and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for their Environment Programme (whatever that means), Gisele Caroline Bündchen was made up being born in 1980. Daughter who followed her old man Bruce mum Demi into acting – Scout LaRue Willis took her cue in 1991.

As for deaths, given the amount of Pope’s mentioned here it’s quite refreshing to give Antipope Boniface VII a shout out seeing as he was permanently excommunicated in 985. Oshin, King of Armenia was the latest member of his family to be assassinated in 1320. Not to be outdone by Boniface VII, proper Pope, Pope Leo XIII found he couldn’t sip wine, nibble bread or waft incense about from 1903. Inventor who’s company is still going today, Guglielmo Marconi lost his signal in 1937. First wife of Charlie Chaplin and silent movie actress, Mildred Harris took the seal of silence in 1944. President of Haiti Léon Dumarsais Estimé exiled himself in 1953. Indian singer born Geetā Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri, but known as Geetā Dutt never quite got the breathing technique right again after 1972. Martial arts actor Bruce Lee stopped waving the nunchucks around in 1973. Actor from Star Trek, James Montgomery Doohan or ‘Scotty’, hasn’t missed the swishing doors since 2005. Wife to convicted felon and television evangelist Jim Bakker – Tamara Faye LaValley ‘Tammy’ Bakker Messner left the collecting plate on the sideboard from 2007. Non-talking older brother to Clement, paint splatterer Lucien Freud saw his final scene, the ceiling, in 2011. English journo Sir James William Alexander ‘Alastair’ Burnet shuffled his papers for the last time in 2012. Indian actor Kadhal Dhandapani called it a wrap in 2014. Finally, singer with rock band Linkin Park Chester Charles Bennington has another eight years before spending a decade underground given he died in 2017.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th July

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th July

It seems today is a bit of a slow day for both births and deaths, however, we start with First Presidenti of the new Republic of Ecuador – Juan José Flores started making funny noises (no doubt trying to say his name) from 1800. Founder of firearm maker bearing his name Samuel Colt had his first dummy in 1814. Artist Hilaire-Germain Edgar De Gas (Degas) was a stretcher in 1834. One of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, Charles Horace Mayo spread himself a bit thin in 1865. Having mentioned ‘The Father of Cricket’ only yesterday, here we have Kent (England) cricketer Arthur Fielder, (who was actually a bowler), and was off the mark in 1877. Animator responsible for Betty Boop and Popeye, (among others), Max Fleischer had his first clean up in 1883. First Norwegian of the day, composer Klaus Egge started with the wind section in 1906. Also born that year, co-founder of Van Doorne’s Automobielfabriek, or just DAF, Hubert Jozef ‘Hub’ Van Doorne rolled out. Actor and best mate with Clint Eastwood, Martin Patterson ‘Pat’ Hingle had a sudden impact on his parents from 1924. Singer with the Average White Band, Alan Edward Gorrie showed more than his hand in 1946. Songwriter for the Eagles, Bernard Matthew ‘Bernie’ Leadon III took it to the limit in 1947. Also born that year was frizzy haired badger loving astrophysicist and guitar plucker, Brian Harold May managed to break free. Actor known for his role in sit-com Hi-de-hi who was mentioned on 6th March in the second paragraph – Simon John Cadell took his cue in 1950. Actress and Mrs Steve Carell, Nancy Ellen Carell (née Wallis), improvised her entrance to the world in 1966. Person fixated on having a second referendum on Scottish independence and Jimmy Krankie lookey likey, current First Minister of Scotland Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon actually agreed to something in 1970. Former three time world heavyweight boxing champ who’s now Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko started the countdown to birth in 1971. 16 time removed second cousin to King Richard III, (so barely a relative at all), act tor Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch wasn’t inseparable from his mum in 1976. Norwegian of the day is stop motion animator Lasse Gjertsen found his birth happen in real time back in 1984.

As mentioned above it’s a slow day on the deaths front, but we do begin with Pope Saint Symmachus who needed more than a miracle to last the day back in 514. Captain of the Mary Rose, Roger Grenville didn’t get to leave Portsmouth Harbour in 1545. Cartographer with a train station named in his honour – Captain Matthew Flinders flat lined in 1814. Mexican general who went onto become Emperor of the country – Agustín Cosme Damián de Iturbide y Arámburu took a bullet in 1824. Clímaco Calderón Reyes President of Columbia for all of a day, stopped the marching powers in 1913. First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee stopped eating dogs in 1965. Actor Joseph A. ‘Joe’ Flynn floated away in 1974. Prime Minister of Turkey – Ismail Nihat Erim, left all the trimmings in 1980, whilst in 1982 70th Prime Minister of Japan, Zenkō Suzuki left the Geisha girls wanting more. English comedian and film director, Melvin Kenneth ‘Mel’ Smith folded his directors chair up in 2013. Television detective and maverick, James Scott Bumgarner who took the bum out to become James Garner obviously didn’t detect he’d be dead by the end of the day in 2014. Finally, creator of 70’s canned laughter show Happy Days – Garry Kent Marshall took the exit to Eden in 2016.