Today’s posting starts way back in 1143 when 78th Emperor of Japan, Emperor Nijō, started having his hair pulled up. Duke of Burgundy – Philip the Good began as Philip the Noisy in 1396. 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 birth 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. Second dead Belgian of the day King 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.