Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th July

We start today’s posting 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. Also born that year, Academy Award winning actress – Anna Hélène Paquin has found it all the rage to celebrate her big day today. First of the famous offspring to feature – model Arissa LeBrock/Seagal would have strutted her stuff if she could have walked in 1993. Next up, 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. 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. Finally, television presenter, talk/game show host and Guinness world record holder, (for the most hours spent on U.S. television) – Regis Francis Xavier Philbin reluctantly let someone else on the box in 2020.

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

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