Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 31st October

Dutch painter Johannes/Jan/Johann Vermeer starts today’s posting, although his birthdate appears to be unknown he was baptised this day in 1632. For those missing the births/deaths of Popes, wait no more, as Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli or Pope Clement XIV’s mum didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1705. Romantic poet John Keats could have been born two days earlier in 1795, but then again it may well have been today. I’m very glad I wasn’t the person who registered the birth of, (and take a deep breath), Luis Filipe Maria Fernando Pedro de Alcântara António Miguel Rafael Gabriel Gonzaga Xavier Francisco de Assis João Augusto Júlio Valfando, or to give his shorter title: King Luis I of Portugal and the Algarves back in 1838. Balloonist and parachutist – born Joseph Johnson but known as Charles Leroux made a huge leap in 1856, though 239 jumps later he died. Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA – Juliette Gordon Low née Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon was prepared in 1860. Leader of the Republic of China – Chiang Kai-shek/Chiang Chieh-shih/Chiang Chungcheng wasn’t confused about his birthdate from 1887. One of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Oliver Martin ‘Ollie’ Johnston Jr., thankfully didn’t draw out his birth in 1912. Steeplechase jockey turned crime writer, Richard Stanley ‘Dick’ Francis cleared his first hurdle in 1920. Also born that year, German photographer Helmut Newton wasn’t a negative child. Known for her role in dull soap opera Dallas, Barbara Bel Geddes came to be a little darling from 1922. Having mentioned disgraced, (though too late to do anything about it), DJ a mere two days ago when he died, here’s James Wilson Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile again given he tested his own sound system in 1926. Actor from Little House on the Prairie (among others) Eugene Maurice Orowitz, or as his co-stars knew him, Michael Landon was a real bonanza to his parents from 1936. Old school comedian/game show host – Thomas Patrick ‘Tom’ O’Connor found the password in 1939. Comedian with the deadpan voice – Norman Lovett wasn’t upstaged in 1946. Legendary comedy actor John Franklin Candy, was more in the class of ’50 than ’44. Also born that year, architect Zaha Mohammad Hadid left her footprint. Drummer with rock band fronted by sunglass wearing deity, (or so he thinks) – Laurence Joseph ‘Larry’ Mullen Jr’s parents had a beautiful day in 1961. Another person born in 1961, film director responsible for dull film franchise Lord of the Rings, Peter Robert Jackson found he was crossing the line. Another muso, this one guitar player and song writer in miserablist Manc group The Smiths, John Martin Maher or Johnny Marr, wasn’t the boy with a thorn in his side in 1963. Member of VW badge nicking group, Adam Keefe Horovitz who now goes by the names ‘Ad-Rock’ or ‘King Ad-Rock’ has been fighting for the right to party from 1966. Also born that year, member of Malcolm McLaren’s band Bow Wow Wow – Myant Myant Aye, but going by the name of Annabella Lwin, found her parents did wanna hold her. Another rapper, Robert Matthew Van Winkle, (or Vanilla Ice), woke up in 1967. Singer with Swedish band who scored a few hits before scraping the lower charts – Malin Sofia Katarina Berggren or just Linn Berggren joined the happy nation in 1970. Ex-rugby union player, now bald headed team captain on boring game show ‘A Question of Sport’, Matthew James Sutherland ‘Matt’ Dawson was part of the uncontested scrum in 1972. Skimpy costume wearing singing twins Gabriela and Monica Irimia aka ‘The Cheeky Girls’ had their mum touch their bum in 1982. Proving it’s not what you know, but who you know, singer/ songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, oh, and daughter to Will Smith – Willow Camille Reign Smith has packed a fair bit in her life since 2000. Given other royal children get mentioned here it seems only fair Leonor, Princess of Asturias gets a mench given she’s also managed to accrue the following titles:
Princess of Girona, Princess of Viana, Duchess of Montblanc, Countess of Cervera and Lady of Balaguer by the age of 13.

The day of the dead begins with Third son of King George II of Great Britain and Ireland – Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland stopped munching sausages in 1765. Chief of the Blackfoot Native American tribe – Big Snake (brother to Standing Bear) left his feather in his hair back in 1879. Explorer George Washington De Long froze in 1881. Indian spiritual figure Dayanand Saraswati found his inner peace from 1883. Founder of religious group – Jehova’s Witnesses, Charles Taze Russell certainly wasn’t awake! from 1916. Illusionist and stunt performer Erik Weisz/Harry Houdini didn’t manage to escape peritonitis in 1926. Indian born athlete who bagged two silver gongs at the 1900 Olympics, Norman Pritchard fell at the last hurdle in 1929. Bollywood music composer Sachin Dev Burman reached the end of his score in 1975. Another Indian, this one with the streak of grey hair who was also the first female Prime Minister of the country, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi found the bullet with her name on it in 1984. Actor who’s brother was mentioned a few days ago – River Jude Bottom/River Phoenix didn’t quite finish his life as he’d have probably wished at The Viper Room in 1993. Also not making it through 1993 – film director Federico Fellini finished his la dolce vita. South African President responsible for dismantling apartheid, Pieter Willem (PW) Botha has been in the wilderness from 2006. Finally, voice of the speaking clock in the United Kingdom, Brian Cobby hung up in 2012.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

Births today begin with King George II of Great Britain and Ireland, who also went with the titles: Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire started to hold court in 1683. First inhabitant of the White House and second President of the United States of America, John Adams started off with white sheets in 1735. Bloody French physician, sodding expletive deleted Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette the one with the bloody expletive deleted neurological disorder named after him, was a right little sod in 1857. Goatee bearded 33rd President of Mexico, Francisco Ignacio Madero González was a stately child from 1873. Scrawny, weakling body builder who became an international star, Angelo Siciliano or as his adverts used to state, Charles Atlas, took a weight off his mum in 1893. First ever F1 champ Emilio Giuseppe Farina started driving his parents round the bend in 1906. Actor born Reginald Herbert Lockwood but known as Preston Lockwood was in high spirits this day from 1912. Film director turned restaurant critic, Robert Michael Winner wasn’t told to, ‘calm down dear’ by the nurse in 1935. Grace Barnett Wing who went onto find fame as Grace Barnett Slick found nothing was going to stop her being born in 1939. Also born that year, songwriter Edward ‘Eddie’ Holland Jr., started the baby shake. Founding member, (and last original member) of The Temptations – Otis Miles Jr., but now goes by the name of Otis Williams, was gettin’ ready in 1941. Known for playing ‘The Fonz’ before graduating to pantomime, Henry Franklin Winkler started having happy days from 1945. Snapper of the stars and royalty, Mario Testino lit up his parent’s lives from 1954. Stage/screen actress Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson was breaking and entering back in 1956. Talented, (or cheating depending where you stand), footballer who was also a fan of the ‘Columbian marching powder’, Diego Maradona slipped through without the hand of god in 1960. Daughter of tweeting Republican President with the mop of blonde hair, Donald – Ivanka Trump was the apprentice in 1981.

As for deaths, the following were found rattling the Pearly Gates – King Charles IX of Sweden vacated the throne in 1611, much to the relief of Gustav II Adolf. Two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, William Henry Cavendish Cavendish Bentinck added another title to his extensive list in 1809, deceased. Third Prime Minister of Canada, who lasted all of 17 months at the helm, John Joseph Caldwell Abbott got to use the other dispatch box in 1893. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of The Red Cross Jean Henri Dunant couldn’t rely on one of his volunteers to save him in 1910. Another PM of Canada, this one the sixth to hold the title, (albeit for only 69 days), Sir Charles Tupper began wearing a pine overcoat in 1915. Second Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to be featured here today, Andrew Bonar Law entered another place in 1923. Inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Neville Wallis (who was mentioned back on 26th September in honour of his birth), bumped to a halt in 1979. B-movie and television actor, Kirby Grant Hoon Jr., who was known as Kirby Hoon became a sky king in 1985. Thornton ‘T’ Hee, animator responsible for the Dance of the Hours in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, found himself on the cutting room floor in 1988. Jason William Mizell who adopted the slightly hipper moniker ‘Jam Master Jay’ has been down with the king since 2002. Finally, organised crime boss turned snitch – James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr., has been in hiding since 2018.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

Today’s posting begins with baggy trousered arm band wearing Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis, Paul Joseph Goebbles found the limelight in 1897. Contributor to the contraceptive pill – Carl Djerassi found steroids made it possible in 1923. Distinguished English act tor Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy had thunderpants in 1925. 24th President of Liberia – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf didn’t have a re-run on her birth date in 1938. Singer born Beatrice Melba Hill but known as Melba Moore had a solitary journey in 1945. American actor who likes a spat with with his co-stars, Richard Stephen Dreyfuss didn’t get to hear the doctor say, ‘Hello down there’ in 1947. One of the original Charlie’s Angels, Lucy Kate Jackson was part of the baby boom in 1948. Ex-racing driver who did really well in 1979 by attaining no wins in eight races, before going onto present Top Gear with his droning voice, Timothy ‘Tiff’ Needell actually got pole position in 1951. Voice of Homer Simpson in moralistic over running cartoon series, Daniel Louis ‘Danny’ Castellaneta’s parents had their ‘whoo hoo!’ moment in 1957. Another member of the family that takes pet chimps, bowler hats, white members of the family and moonwalking as the norm, Steven Randall ‘Randy’ Jackson was goin’ places in 1961. Having mentioned her old man a couple of days ago, here’s model Yasmin Le Bon (née Parvenah) who made the right impression in 1964. Actor Rufus Frederik Sewell was somewhat restless in 1967. Norwegian of the day, speed skater Johann Olav Koss found he had the right of way in 1968. Winona Laura Horowitz, (but better known as Winona Ryder), not only gained the attention of Tim Burton but also the LAPD, had her first night on earth in 1971. Ex-captain of the ashes winning English cricket team in 2005, Michael Paul Vaughan wasn’t caught behind in 1974. Star of various Tamil and Telugu films, Reemma Sen had her first starring role in 1981.

As for deaths, medieval Archbishop of Canterbury Aethelnoth rested his sandals from 1038. King of Serbia – Stefan Uroš II Milutin somewhat ironically has had a feast day in his honour since 1321. Queen Liz the First’s favourite explorer Sir Walter Raleigh didn’t get to feel rough after today in 1618. Confederate Army general during the American Civil War who was also the first leader of the Klu Klux Klan – Nathan Bedford Forrest started seeing plenty of other people in white sheets from 1877. Assassin of United States of America President William McKinley, (who was killed in 1901), Leon Frank Czolgosz found himself in the same state 45 days later having been executed. Joseph Pulitzer didn’t win any awards for dying in 1911. Novelist/playwright responsible for Little Lord Fauntleroy – Francis Eliza Hodgson Burnett entered the secret garden in 1924. King Gustaf V of Sweden found he was unable to indulge in roll mop herrings and resisted the Jannon’s for good after 1950. Co-founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Lazar Meir/Louis Burt Mayer saw the clapperboard fall on his life in 1957. Howard Stanton Levey, or as he renamed himself, Anton Szandor LaVey – founder of the Church of Satan, had his day of judgement in 1997. Comedian Abbott Vaughan Meader left the first family in 2004. Finally, we started with a reviled character and we finish with another, tinted sunglass wearing, cigar chomping sex pest Sir James Winston Vincent ‘Jimmy’ Savile – I’ll say no more, except he got away with it until his death in 2011.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

Sincere apologies for the non-posting over the past few days, I was away and forgot to post on Friday letting you know of my absence – anyway, we start today with philosopher/humanist Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, aka Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam who’s accepted to have arrived in 1466. Given there aren’t any Popes or Archbishops of Canterbury to mention today, we’ll make do with Norwegian of the day – sailor in the Royal Dano-Norwegian Navy Peter Jansen Wessel Tordensjkold should have been called Derrick by his parents in 1691. Designer of the Remington rifle and founder of Remington Arms Co, Eliphalet Remington had his single shot at life and took it in 1793. Botanist who discovered viruses – Dmitri Ivanovsky was a healthy child from 1864. Writer of various lengthy books and dad to son with the slightly alternative name ‘Auberon’ – Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh took a tactical exercise in 1903. Figurative painter Francis Bacon eased his way into life back in 1909. Virologist who developed the polio vaccine – Jonas Edward Salk injected some fun into his parents lives from 1914. Singer/actress Clementine Dinah Bullock or Cleo Laine has been smilin’ through life since 1927. Actress Joan Ann Oliver (née Plowright) was on promised land in 1929. Now ousted diminutive boss of F1 (yawn) with a penchant for very tall ladies not forgetting his bunging money to German lawyers and looking like one of the Potty Time characters, Bernard Charles ‘Bernie’ Ecclestone saw his first skid marks in 1930. Respected television commentator, ex-host of Question Time, recipient of a scorpion tattoo a few years ago and older bro to Jonathan, David Dimbleby found his voice in 1938. Known for his Cockney rhyming slang term as well as fronting Cliff Richard’s backing band, Brian Robson Rankin (or Hank Marvin), found the joy of living from 1941. Actor who starred in various American cop dramas, Dennis Franz Schlachta didn’t have a body double in 1944. Singer Glen Geoffrey Ellis, or Wayne Fontana, started to stop, look and listen from 1945. Olympic gold medal winning decathlete born Bruce Jenner but now known as Caitlyn, was one of the boys in 1949. The world’s richest person, (depending on which rich list you read/believe), is also the person you shout and curse when his company’s software slows down and eventually grinds to a halt, William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III successfully downloaded in 1955. Slightly unhinged sixth President of Iran, Mahmoud Sabbaghian or as he’s now known Mahmoud Ahmadinejad probably won’t bother having any cake in celebration of his 63rd birthday. Actress Julia Fiona Roberts gave her parents something to talk about from 1967. Country singer/songwriter with the Stetson who can be found on BBC Radio 2 at some point in the week – Brad Douglas Paisley has had plenty of little moments since 1972. Born Joaquín Rafael Bottom before taking the name Leaf Phoenix and then altering it (again) to Joaquín Rafael Phoenix younger bro to River Jude Bottom/Phoenix couldn’t perform a U turn in 1974. Actress who’s made a living by appearing in films I’ve never seen (nor will ever see) – Gwendoline Tracey Philippa Christie was in fabric from 1978. Short lived Doctor Who, actor Matthew Robert ‘Matt’ Smith started his time travels in 1982. Comedy actor Joseph ‘Joe’ Thomas wasn’t an inbetweener given he emerged in 1983.

Deaths appear to be a bit thin on the ground again today yet we start with Roman emperor Maxentius found out he was unable swim this day in 312. Wife of Haakon VI of Norway – Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Margaret I of Denmark relinquished her role in 1412. Clergyman and mathematician who started using ∞ for infinity – John Wallis found his theory flawed in 1703, (although he continued to live until 8th November on the New Style calendar). Flautist and bassoonist Michel Blavet didn’t get to blow his trumpet (or flute) again after 1768. Second First Lady of the United States – Abigail Adams (née Smith) took her lace bonnet off in 1818. Inventor of Linotype printing machine – Otto Mergenthaler went with the grain in his coffin in 1899. Seventh Australian Prime Minister William Morris ‘Billy’ Hughes (where else would you get a PM called that?) had his last deposit in 1952. English theatre critic Jack Tinker didn’t get to review his dying swan routine in 1996. I would’ve mentioned his wife yesterday, if I’d posted something, but worry not here’s Poet Laureate Edward James ‘Ted’ Hughes who obviously didn’t get any time to think of a witty epitaph for his headstone in 1998. Founder of clothing store company H&M, Erling Persson closed down in 2002. Star of Hawaii Five-O, James Gordon MacArthur was no longer walking tall from 2010. Also not making it through that year, Scottish actor born Paul Kelly, but known as Gerard Kelly, lost his fags, (cigarettes) mags and bags. Finally, former platform sweeper/porter at London Victoria Station before taking a few steps up the ladder in life to become fifth President of Zaire, Michael Chilufya Sata left his suitcase untouched from 2014.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th October

We see the following celebrate their birthday’s today starting with: 11th Emperor of the Roman Empire who started off in 51 with the name Titus Flavius Domitianus before extending it gradually to the following – Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus/Titus Flavius Caeser Domitianus Augustus/Imperator Caesar Domitianus Augustus Germanicus. David Stewart, though not the ‘paradise syndrome’ sufferer who was in The Eurythmics, but heir to the throne of Scotland who started wearing skirts, (sorry kilts), from 1378. Writer who came up with nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ – Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, didn’t quite get to see the rising sun in 1788. Inventor of butter alternative, margarine – Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés spread out in 1817. Born Horace John Waters, but known as Jack Warner (or PC George Dixon of Dock Green) began his shift in 1895. Known for his bow ties and interviewing technique, Robin Day put his mum on the spot in 1923. Mechanical engineer responsible for developing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles now found scattering land and sea alike – Nathaniel C Wyeth broke the seal in 1911. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi found his voice in 1913. Co-creator of comic strip hero Batman – born Robert Khan, but went by the name Robert ‘Bob’ Kane, arrived in Gotham City back in 1915. Norwegian of the day polemologist, (not someone who studies poles, but war) – Johan Vincent Galtung came out fighting in 1930. Next up are notorious gangster (in the proper way) leaders, twins Reginald ‘Reggie’ and Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Kray didn’t terrorise their parents in 1933. William George Perks Jr. or ex-Rolling Stone member and child bride enthusiast Bill Wyman as he’s better known had sticky fingers in 1936. Oscar winning actor born Murray Abraham who then added an F to the front of that found the slipstream in 1939. Fellow thespian Kevin Delaney Kline was crying freedom in 1947. Ex-Prime Minister of Australia, (the 29th apparently), Malcolm Bligh Turnbull elected to be born in 1954. Football team owning oligarch with more money than he knows what to do with, Roman Abramovich took glasnost to new levels in 1966. Actress Dervla Kirwan didn’t give her parents silent hours from 1971. Hair weave recipient and grandma prostitute loving ball kicker, Wayne Rooney made the right clearance in 1985. Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham, the Canadian rapper’s parents found nothing was the same after today in 1986. YouTuber born Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg but known on his channel as PewDiePie had his dad video his birth in 1989.

As for deaths, these appear to be a bit thin on the ground again today but we start with First King of the Franks of the House of Capets – Hugh Capet left the crown to Robert II in 966. He was followed in 1375 by King Valdemar IV of Denmark who dropped his bacon sandwich. Third wife of Henry VIII – Jane Seymour may have kept her head, but she still didn’t survive the day in 1537. Astronomer with the distinctive moustache – born Tyge Ottesen Brahe, died Tycho Brahe in 1601. All round killjoy, puritan William Prynne stopped making people’s lives a misery from 1669. Chocolate maker George Cadbury lost his sweet tooth in 1922. Founder of French car company (the one with the plasticky interior) Louis Renault actually had a comfortable ride to his funeral in 1944. Non-popular Norwegian of the day, Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssen Quisling found his strings cut from 1945. Born Lásló József Schweiger, inventor known for his pen – Lásló József Biró dried up in 1985. Known for inflicting the television version of ‘Star Trek’ on us Eugene Wesley ‘Gene’ Roddenberry beamed himself up in 1991. Voice artist for various Hanna-Barbera cartoons including Scooby Doo and Muttley – Donald Earl ‘Don’ Messick saw the horizons west in 1997. Civil rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks gave up her fight for life in 2005. Playwright responsible for Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein didn’t get an encore in 2010. Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, John McCarthy lost his powers of reasoning in 2011. Indian singer with the little hat, Prabodh Chandra Day or, to give him his stage name, Manna Day didn’t get his breathing exercises right from 2013.
Actress who featured in various Western films, born Maureen FitzSimons but went by the name Maureen O’Hara, joined the fallen sparrow in 2015. Plastic surgery fan with the trout lips, singer Peter Jozzeppi Burns had the undertakers spin him round in 2016. Also not making it through 2016, fellow singer Robert Thomas Velline or just Bobby Vee was unable to keep on trying to breath. Finally pianist/singer with the flat head – Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino Jr., wasn’t walking to New Orleans from 2017.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd October

We see Roman general Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa start today’s posting given he entered the world either in 64 or 62BC at a) Arpino, b) Istria or c) Asisium and I’m sure there are plenty of people who’d like to have birth details like that these days. Inventor who tried his luck with internal combustion engines along with steam boats – Samuel Morey paddled through in 1762. Not to be outdone, car pioneer Frederick William Lanchester pootled along in 1868. American football player/coach John William Heisman got his first forward pass in 1869. Physicist who helped develop X-ray machines – William David Coolidge saw the future in 1873. Comedy actor Milton Marx, who went by the other name of Gummo Marx didn’t upstage his brothers in 1892. First woman to swim the English Channel – Gertrude Caroline Ederle made it down the birth canal in 1905. Early day desk hogger who occasionally let his guests get a word in to plug their latest book or film – John William ‘Hhhherrreeee’s Johhnyyy’ Carson had to tell the truth over his birthday from 1925. Blonde actress who liked to host ‘adult’ parties and was mentioned back in May when she died – Diana Mary Fluck, who somewhat wisely went by the name Diana Dors was a good time girl from 1931. (Another) greatest footballer of all time – Edson Arantes do Nascimento who went by the slightly more abbreviated name, Pelé, found the dummy in 1940. Known for founding business ‘The Body Shop’ (having taken the name, and, seemingly, the company leaflet wording from an identical shop in San Francisco) – Anita Lucia Roddick, only managed a self made bubble bath in 1942. Also born that year, author Michael Crichton was odds on favourite arriving. Film director Ang Lee had pushing hands in 1954. Parody singer – Alfred Matthew ‘Weird Al’ Yankovich has dared to be stupid since 1959. Television presenter Catherine Elizabeth ‘Cat’ Deeley was a star in her parents eyes back in 1976. Actress from dull series Game of Thrones – Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke hasn’t crowed about her birthday from 1986. Intersectional feminist, ‘non-binary’ pansexual actress who starred in The Hunger Games – Amandla Stenberg found where hands touch in 1998.

As for deaths, inventor of the turning screw machine – Cullen Whipple found himself enclosed in a box battened down with his invention from 1868. Three time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (and still longest serving leader of the Conservative Party) – Edward George Geoffrey Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby conceded defeat in 1869. Take a deep breath as Prah Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunia Chom Klao Chao Ya Hua or just Rama V, King of Siam – didn’t get to see Yul Brynner dancing about as his predecessor given he rolled over in 1910. Large bearded/framed cricketer – William Gilbert ‘W.G.’ Grace bailed out in 1915. Re-inventor of the pneumatic tyre, John Boyd Dunlop ran flat in 1921. Known for wearing black/white makeup whilst singing – Asa Yoelson or Al Jolson was unable to do jazz hands after 1950. Fashion designer Christian Dior became a silhouette of himself in 1957. Having mentioned Al Jolson above, here’s actress Tamara Shayne known for playing his mum in two films who reached the northwest outpost in 1983. Inventor of Automatic Teller Machines and teleprompters (among other things) – Luther George Simjian read his last line in 1997. Bequiffed leather wearing glam rocker mentioned on 27th September when he was born Bernard William Jewry before going onto be called Shane Fenton and then settling on Alvin Stardust has had a wonderful time up there since 2014. Finally, Emir of Qatar – Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani gave up sweating under his thawb in 2016.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd October

Ancient royal of the day – King John Francis Anthony Joseph Benedict Bernard V of Portugal and the Algarves starts today’s posting, despite having the title Infante of Portugal in 1689. Physician who originally defined the term ‘alcoholic’ – Magnus Huss raised his arm in 1807. One half of Cockney rhyming slang composers Brahms & Liszt, Frank Liszt was the tonic for his parents in 1811. Special ‘friend’ of noted wit and Reading goal resident Oscar Wilde – Alfred Bruce Douglas was a lovely boy from 1870. Bio-chemist who isolated vitamin C, Charles Glen King was a sunny child in 1896. One third of The Three Stooges, born Jerome Lester Horwitz, but known as Curly Howard found he couldn’t turn back the clock from 1903. Last Vietnamese emperor under the Nguyễn dynasty – born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh Thụy, but known as Bảo Đại, found his position created in 1913. Actress born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Japan, before going onto be known as Joan Fontaine in Hollywood circles had a certain smile from 1917. Child actress Elizabeth Keno, but known as Mitzi Green, wasn’t lost in Alaska given she was born in The Bronx, New York in 1920. Boys Own paper reader and explorer, John Blashford Snell breezed through in 1936. Actor known for his role in Back to the Future – Christopher Allen Lloyd didn’t have a clue about what awaited him in 1938. Also born that year, actor of the classics before starring in dire sit-com Vicious – Derek George Jacobi managed to break the code. Fellow thespian born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, but known as Catherine Deneuve wondered who wants to sleep? in 1943. Previous editor of red top rag The Sun – Kelvin Calder MacKenzie didn’t have an iron fist in 1946. Ex-Arsenal manager who clung on for 22 years – Arsène Wenger took the one-two move in 1949. Actor who’s been in a few big films and is now trying his hand at playing the piano – Jeffrey Lynn ‘Jeff’ Goldblum went the whole nine months in 1952. Orville Richard Burrell who had some hits in the 90’s with the slightly snappier name Shaggy – couldn’t say, ‘It wasn’t me’ in 1968. Actress/model Saffron Dominique Burrows went the full stretch in 1972. Head butting, (but seemingly not drug taking) cyclist Mark Renshaw had the right tempo in 1982. One time teeny bopper Zac Hanson appeared from the middle of nowhere in 1985.

Having started the births paragraph with a King of Portugal, so we start the deaths one with Ferdinand I King of the Kingdom of Portugal aka ‘the Handsome’ or ‘the Inconstant’ didn’t get sun burnt again after 1383. Dutch Prince of Orange-Nassau William IV found he turned white in 1751. Dead Norwegian of the day, zoologist Michael Sars didn’t expire from severe acute respiratory syndrome in 1869. Dauber Paul Cézanne did his best impression of a dead person from 1906. Not the miserable old landlord of The Skimmington Castle Public House on Reigate Heath, but fifth Prime Minister of Australia, Andrew Fisher didn’t get to see his alternative dispatch box in 1928. American bank robber Charley Arthur ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd found the FBI stopped looking for him in 1934. Founding father of Pakistan serving serving as second Prime Minister of the country – Khawaja Nazimuddin wasn’t finished off by the Mafia Raj in 1964. Folk singer who came up with cover favourite ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, (among others), and dad Kirsty – born James Edward Miller but known as Ewan MacColl took his solo flight in 1989. Actor of stage/screen (large and small), known for his role in Blazing Saddles – Cleavon Jake Little, reached vanishing point in 1992. Physicist who came up with endoscopes (among other things), Harold Horace Hopkins went for the DD (definitely dead) method in 1994. Author Sir Kingsley Ames didn’t get a particularly bright November given he rolled over in 1995. Film/television character actress born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser, who whittled it down to Mary Wickes found the spirit is willing in 1995. Comedian Milton Supman who went by the stage name of Soupy Sales liquidised in 2009. Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud didn’t have a hit squad finish him off in 2011. Finally, older bro to Malcolm and Angus – musician/songwriter George Redburn Young had more than a stiff upper lip in 2017.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st October

Romantic poet who was best mates with William Wordsworth – Samuel Taylor Coleridge took a year or so to have a conversation from 1772. Dynamite inventor/peace prize giver Alfred Bernhard Nobel detonated in 1833. Charlie Chaplin’s leading lady, Olga Edna Purviance made more noise in 1895 than she did during her eight years in films. Non-relation to the deluded Tony, toe tapping Lionel or even Ian, Disney artist born Mary Browne Robinson, but known as Mary Blair thought it’s a small world in 1911. Bandleader and trumpeter John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie was the real thing in 1917. Person who inherited the L’Oreal fortune, (and as a consequence of this was the richest woman in the world for a year), Liliane de Bettencourt had some colour to all her cheeks in 1922. Cuban singer dubbed ‘The Queen of Salsa’ (though whether this is due to her penchant for the dip or dancing seems to have gone undocumented) – Úrsula Hilaria Celia Caridad Cruz Alfonso had her ‘Ole’ moment in 1925. Comedy actor Leonard Rossiter wasn’t born in Britannia Hospital back in 1926. Baseball pitcher Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, nicknamed “The Chairman of the Board” didn’t balk at arriving this day in 1928. Indian film actor Shamsher Raj ‘Shammi’ Kapoor was the best boy from 1931. Hitter of not only cricket balls, but also, it seems, women – Geoffrey Boycott was a dropper in 1940. Also born that year 1960’s popster born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz or as he’s probably better known, Manfred Mann didn’t have his parents say, ‘Oh no! Not my baby’. Acid tongued television Judge – Judy Sheindlin didn’t adjourn her arrival in 1942. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu took part in Operation Gift back in 1949. The Prince of Darkness aka slimy politicio spin doctor Peter Benjamin Mandleson is resigned to celebrating his 66th birthday today. Actress with the distinctive hair do – Princess Leia Organa or Carrie Fisher found the force awakened in 1956. Singer/songwriter with a couple of hits to his name – Julian Cope was one of the bouncing babies in 1957. Australian rugby player David Campese didn’t have the medical joker deliver him in 1962. Daughter of rubber lipped singer Mick, Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger began socialising in 1971. Person I have no interest in whatsoever, reality television ‘star’ and socialite (apparently) – Kimberley ‘Kim’ Kardashian West was beyond the break in 1980.

Death wise, Charles VI King of France called the Beloved, and the Mad – took to the Saint Dennis Basilica in 1422. Britain’s most famous sailor Admiral Horatio Nelson had his final lie down on HMS Victory’s deck during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Dead Norwegian of the day – Johan Sebastian Cammermeyer Welhaven ran out of words and breath in 1873. Tunnelling master responsible for various parts of the London Underground – James Henry Greathead has rather ironically only been six feet under since 1896. Hans Asperger (yes, the one the disorders are named after), succumbed to another disorder – death, in 1980. Dead Norwegian of the day, jazz singer Ellen Radka Toneff died sometime ago, in 1982 to be precise. Spiritual leader from India, Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar found inner peace in 1990. Novelist responsible for Midnight Cowboy (among others), James Leo Herlihy found it wasn’t quite the crazy October he was expecting in 1993. Singer with her sister’s group – Maxene Andrews was unable to talk it over from 1995. Sheep dog trial commentator Eric Halsall never did get to know whether they were innocent or guilty after his demise in 1996. Finally, 21st Prime Minister of Australia, Edward Gough Whitlam found things got even hotter when cremated in 2014.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th October

It appears to be another pretty quiet day for births and deaths but we start with Dutch landscape painter, Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp had his portrait done in 1620. Architect and re-builder of various churches including St Paul’s Cathedral – Christopher Wren started to sketch his life out from 1630, (on the old style calendar). Today’s ancient Royal goes to chubby faced, grey wavy haired King Stanisław I Leszczyński of Poland who found the throne a year or so after his birth in 1677. Two time British Prime Minister and turncoat politician having switched between three parties – Henry John Temple, (3rd Viscount Palmerstone) negotiated his way out in 1784. Fellow politician who wrote about Tom Brown’s School Days during the recess – Thomas Hughes was a co-operative child from 1822. Comic foil to the Marx Brothers, actress born Daisy Juliette Baker, but known as Margaret Dumont was a little giant in 1889. Actor Rex Ingram joined the hoola boola in 1895. Leopard print crown wearing Prime Minister and then (self appointed) President of Kenya – Jomo Kenyatta is assumed to have been born in 1897. Public address announcer for both the New York Yankees and New York Giants, Robert Leo ‘Bob’ Sheppard put his best foot forward in 1910. Known for growing a synthetic diamond, Howard Tracy Hall shone through in 1919. Tall character actor John Robert Anderson had landfall in 1922. Recording engineer credited with creating the multitrack recording method – Thomas John ‘Tom’ Dowd turned up the volume from 1925. Actor now found swigging glasses of wine on various boats whilst navigating canals with his wife Prunella Scales, Timothy Lancaster West started to cry freedom in 1934. Snapper who got the pic of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road, Iain Stewart Macmillan lined up in 1938. Late member of supergroup The Travelling Wilburys with a penchant for wearing top hats and sunglasses who you either loved or hated, Thomas Earl ‘Tom’ Petty didn’t back down in 1950. Italian ball kicker who now tells others how to kick a ball – Claudio Ranieri, didn’t hit the post in 1951. Artistic director who sorted the opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games, as well as directing a few films along the way – Daniel Francis ‘Danny’ Boyle hasn’t had a life less ordinary since 1956. Lead singer with Level 42, Mark King was a star child for his parents in 1958. Actor from Neighbours who’s continued his comedy routine as a standup Mark Little didn’t get any flying doctors in 1959. Actress who started out in Grange Hill before graduating to Albert Square – Susan Tully wasn’t a silent witness to her birth in 1967. Fellow countryman, (or woman if you want to be totally PC), to Mark Little – younger sis to hot pant wearing gay friendly popster Kylie, who’s also had a stab at singing herself, Dannii Jane Minogue found this is it in 1971. Also born that year is Calvin Cordoza Broadus Jr., otherwise known as attorney’s favourite rapper, Snoop Dogg started wearing oversized pants, and is seemingly still waiting to get a properly fitted pair today. English rugby union player who could actually play the game, (helping to win the Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003), William John Heston ‘Will’ Greenwood had the ankle tap in 1972. Olympic and world champion in ‘wiff waff’ or as it’s also known, table tennis – Ma Long started his footwork in 1988.

Death wise, we start with a Pope, yes, Pope Urban III gave up trying to cure the sick, lame and lazy from 1187. Redneck Confederate guerrilla – Champ Ferguson took his own bullet in 1865. Founder of chiropractic – Daniel David ‘D.D’ Palmer inadvertently got a straight spine in 1913. 31st President of the United States of America, Herbert Clark Hoover stopped pushing his ideas forward (and back) from 1964. Shigeru Yoshida, Prime Minister of Japan found his power had slipped away in 1967. Original cheeky chappie who sang the theme tune to Dad’s Army, Chaim Reuben Weintrop or Bud Flanagan left the Crazy Gang in 1968. Musicians in Lynyrd Skynyrd – Ronnie Van Zant, Steven Earle ‘Steve’Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines had a very rough landing in 1977. Burton Stephen ‘Burt’ Lancaster took the route from here to eternity in 1994. Two time Taoiseach of Ireland John Mary ‘Jack’ Lynch had the clash of the ash in 1999. Porn baron in competition with dressing gowned, younger model loving Hugh Hefner – Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini ‘Bob’ Guccione took his gold chains/medallion off for the last time in 2010. Dad/son combo, Al-Mutassim-Billah Muammar al-Gadaffi and his old man, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar ‘Colonel’ Gadaffi tanked it in 2011. Founder of Earth Day, John McConnell has celebrated it every day since 2012. East German weightlifter with the unfortunate surname, Gerd Bonk wasn’t quite so pumped up from 2014. Finally, first female to climb Mount Everest and ascend all Seven Summits – born Junko Ishibashi, but known as Junko Tabei has been unable to dial in since 2016.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th October

19/10

Today’s posting begins with future Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbott was a divine child from 1562. Not the boxer who ‘flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee’ – but advocate of the abolition of slavery, Cassius Clay established himself in 1810. Clergyman Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache-Tollemache, who chose ever random names for his children, (one of whom was mentioned a few months ago), started off with a normal name in 1826. Having mentioned Louis Jean Lumière on the 5th October, here’s his older brother Auguste Marie Louis Lumière who saw his first scene in 1852. World champion speed skater and cyclist – Jacobus Johannes ‘Jaap’ Eden had the right of way in 1873. Co-founder of Merrill-Lynch, Charles Edward Merrill had his initial deposit in 1885. Film, television and radio actor, Robert Rutherford Beatty found it didn’t happen one Sunday in 1909 given he was born on a Tuesday. Norwegian of day is the person his fellow countrymen can blame for their performance in dull fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest, Arne Joachim Bendiksen received more than ‘Nil points’ from his folks in 1926. Born David John Moore Cornwell who now goes by the pen name John le Carré, found he had some smiley people around him in 1931. Known equally for his roles in Dennis Potter television plays as for his portrayal of some professor in the boring Harry Potter films, Michael John Gambon wasn’t the insider in 1940. 1970’s high pitched screecher to disco music George Warren McCrae Jr., had his parents rock their baby in 1944. Singer/songwriter who had the original hit with ‘Tainted Love’ and girlfriend of Marc Bolan, Gloria Richetta Jones wasn’t a bad seed in 1945. Also born that year, Harris Glenn Milstead who grew into cross-dressing queen Divine, certainly didn’t drag things out. Manager of the England football team for all of 67 days before being embroiled in a bribery scandal, Samuel ‘Sam’ Allardyce obviously had better anticipation skills in 1954. Boxer Evander Holyfield didn’t hit the ropes when delivered in 1962. Prince Laurent of Belgium had his folks toast his arrival with a decent Trappist beer in 1963. Ex-girlfriend of high trousered pop mogul who clogs the airwaves with his ‘protégés’ – Sinitta Renay Malone found it was never too late to be born in either 1963 or 1968(!)

As for deaths, there aren’t a great deal to report on, but we do begin with Pope Urban III who had a pretty good excuse not to be Pope after 1187. Ye olde King of England John, or John Lackland, booked a space in Worcester Cathedral from 1216.
Writer of Gulliver’s Travels (other titles are available) The Very Reverend Jonathan Swift found his ink and quill surplus to requirements in 1745. Another King, this one Luís I of Portugal relinquished his towel over the sun lounger in 1889. George Mortimer Pullman, he of comfy railway carriages started a sleep in that lasts to this day from 1897. First President of Mexico to be featured today, Plutarco Elías Calles munched his last burrito in 1945. Not to be outdone, 44th President of Mexico Lázaro Cárdenas Del Río didn’t get to preside over his funeral in 1970. Manufacturer of tyres and ‘other rubber products’ – Alberto Pirelli didn’t get to see the inner liner of his coffin back in 1971. Acclaimed cello player Jacqueline Mary du Pré didn’t string out her death in 1987. Acting singer and Olympic skiing son to Rex – Noel John Christopher Harrison found life is a dream in 2013. Finally, national treasure Lynda Bellingham went off the boil in 2014.

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