Today is a special bonus posting given it’s the 29th February, so the following ‘leaplings’ actually get to celebrate their birthday, (if they’re still with us), and guess what? We start with a Pope! Yes, Alessandro Farnese who changed his name to Pope Paul III didn’t live a monastic life from 1468. Poet and inventor of a form of shorthand, John Byron also had short arms (and legs) in 1692. Writer of various operas including The Barber of Seville – Gioachino Antonio Rossini found his lungs in 1792. A very rare person is up next given eighth Premier of Tasmania, James Milne Wilson was born on this day in 1812 and you’ll have to wait to see when he died. Engineer who developed the first submarine commissioned by the American navy – John Philip Holland was down periscope in 1841. Fourth Prime Minister of India – Morarji Ranchhodji Desai was successful in his freedom struggle back in 1896. Film director of the original ‘A Star is Born’ – William Augustus Wellman found the boob in 1896. Act tor who’s starred in more 130 films, Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland was the little prince in 1928. Former police officer before going onto star in various films – Dennis Farina wasn’t out of sight in 1944. Rotund radio/television broadcaster
Jonathan ‘Jono’ Harry Coleman was born lucky in 1956. Serial killer/rapist and burglar – Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, or Richard Ramirez aka ‘Night Stalker’, broke through in 1960. Comedian born Frank Wood before deciding Frank Woodley was a better name, was a double act with his mum in 1968. Rapper who’s fallen out with pretty much all his contemporaries – born Jeffrey Atkins but now goes by the moniker ‘Ja Rule’ has been livin’ it up since 1976. Olympic gold medalist in the swimming pool – Cullen Andrew Jones did the front crawl about nine months after his birth in 1984.
We also start the deaths paragraph with a Pope, having mentioned Pope Hilarius yesterday, it would appear today is the day in 468 he actually slipped his slippers off. Not only do we have a Pope, but as an added bonus we also see Archbishop of Canterbury with a shopping centre and school named in his honour – John Whitgift is the only person to find eternal peace in Croydon Surrey, from 1604. King of Bavaria, Ludwig I dropped his stein in 1868. Having mentioned James Milne Wilson, above, here he is again seeing as he lost the Tasmanian devil in him back in 1880. Third Finnish President with the moustache Pehr Evind Svinhufvud af Qvalstad left society in 1944. Not to be outdone, sixth President of Philippines – born Elpidio Quirino y Rivera, but went onto be known as Elpidio Rivera Quirino didn’t have to dispose of hundreds of pairs of shoes in 1956. Actor Francis Healey Albertson didn’t have to call room service from 1964. We’ve gone for triple today as we now have a Norwegian of the day, poet Tore Ørjasæter found livesens tre cut down in 1968. Finally, having mentioned Pete Tork on 21st February, here we see fellow Monkee David Thomas ‘Davy’ Jones who fell from the tree in 2012.
With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.