We start today’s births paragraph with Girolamo Masci, (or, not wanting to disappoint all those Pope fans out there), Pope Nicholas IV found he didn’t quite have the immaculate conception in 1227. Architect who’s jobs included London’s Hyde Park, (among many others) – Decimus Burton was his parents tenth child, arriving in 1800. Next up is the person every cleansing manager, (and operative), in councils around the world bemoan for his invention, chewing gum – William Wrigley Jr. started chomping in 1861. Physicist who co-invented counter bearing his name, Johannes Wilhelm ‘Hans’ Geiger’s parents were off the scale in 1882. Drummer/band leader, Bernard ‘Buddy’ Rich found the art of swing in 1917. Also arriving that year, co-inventor of the teleprompter, Irving Berlin Kahn arrived on cue. Stage/screen/film actress born Deborah Jane Trimmer, known professionally as Deborah Kerr started to have tea and sympathy from this day in 1921. Novelist Truman Streckfus Persons but went by the name of Truman Garcia Capote, didn’t get his first breakfast at Tiffany’s, (well not unless his mum was called that) in 1924. Mum to shouting/screaming singer Whitney, singer Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston, (née Drinkard), was face to face with her mother in 1933. Crooner John Royce ‘Johnny’ Mathis wasn’t too much, too little or too late for his parents in 1935. It goes without saying Ian Raymond Ogilvy was a saintly child from 1943. Having mentioned glam rocker Marc Bolan, (born Marc Feld), on 16th September when he took a career defining moment by taking on a tree, (and losing), here he is again given he had his first make over in 1947. Member of Polish nobility with a coat of arms to prove it, ex-Mrs D. Waterman – Róźa Maria Leopoldyna Łubieńska, or as her equity card says, Rula Lenska had both feet in the cot from 1947. Writer of science fiction/fantasy, (double yawn) books, S(tephen) M(ichael) Sterling started his back story in 1953. Co-founder of Sun Microsystems who’s made a few quid from backing Google, Andreas ‘Andy’ von Bechtolsheim started networking in 1955. Model/actress Monica Anna Maria Bellucci didn’t look back when delivered in 1964. Sometime fairly amusing comedian who’s muscled into acting, Omid Djalili wondered what now? after his birth in 1964. Norwegian of the day goes to author with the swept back hair and Royal Mrs, Ari Mikael Behn, (or Bjørshol), started life in more modest surroundings in Århus back in 1972. Also born that year, Indian singer Shantanu Mukherjee/Shaan started making some noise. Actress who questioned man’s landing on the moon and other significant events- Marion Cotillard has had blood ties to her parents since 1975. Five time Grand Slam, (tennis), winner – Martina Hingis didn’t hit the net when delivered in 1980.
There aren’t that many deaths to report on today, but we do start with Archbishop of Canterbury Saint Honorius who had his initial audience with God in 653. King of West Francia Louis IV, lost his spot on the coins way back in 954. Having mentioned an Arch Bish of Canterbury, (above) – I guess it’s only fair Tsultrim Gyatso, the 10th Dalai Lama also gets a look in given he didn’t have to robe up after 1837. Dead Norwegian of the day, composer Sigurd Lie ran out of excuses in 1904. Dutch bronze medalist in team military pistol shooting at the 1900 Olympics, Anthony Ahasuerus Hendrik Sweijs culled himself in 1937. Iconic actor, (apparently), James Byron Dean managed to bring his career to a crashing halt in 1955. Seismologist with the earthquake meter named after him, Charles Francis Richter had a reading of zero in 1985. Having pedalled from Sweden to Mount Everest and then climbing it, (without oxygen or a Sherpa), Göran Kropp found himself in a slightly different bivvy bag from 2002. Defence attorney to OJ Simpson during his murder trial and dad to various boring self publicising children – Robert George Kardashian has been unable to keep up with the rest of his family from 2003. Game show host Monte Halparin or Monty Hall as he was also known, was unable to beat the clock in 2017. Television presenter/actor Charles Geoffrey Hayes went to the other side of the rainbow in 2018. Finally, opera singer who’s trilled at no less than two American Presidential inaugurations – Jessye Mae Norman didn’t get her breathing exercises right in 2019.
With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps