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. Actor born Eduard Franz Schmidt, (before dropping his surname), had a certain smile in 1902. 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 in 1922. Toothy character actor John Talfryn Thomas had to wait a few years from 1922 to ask, ‘come play with me’ to his friends. 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. Surfer/sailing entrepreneur Hobart Laidlaw ‘Herbie’ Alter wasn’t caught inside back in 1933.

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, then 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. Ball kicker who took on the English Government – Marcus Rashford started his free meals in 1997. 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 16.

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. 30th Prime Minister of New Zealand Sir Wallace Edward ‘Bill’ Rawlings went through the closure motions in 1995. South African President responsible for dismantling apartheid, Pieter Willem (PW) Botha has been in the wilderness from 2006. Voice of the speaking clock in the United Kingdom, Brian Cobby hung up in 2012. Finally, ardent Scottish independence campaigner, (from the Bahamas) and James Bond actor Sean Connery has managed to be shaken or stirred since 2020.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 30th October

Births today begin with Emperor Chūkyō, 85th Emperor of Japan who headed things up two years after his birth in 1218. King of Portugal, Duarte, (or Edward), was quite eloquent from 1391. Keeping with ancient royalty, according to the Old Style calendar – 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. Actress with the hang dog face – Anna Eva Lydia Catherine Wing was the calcium kid in 1914. Character actor John George Norman Bird found there was no hiding place from 1924. 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. English singer/songwriter with band better known in America, Gavin McGregor Rossdale found the only way out in 1965. Presenter of game show Cash Cab – Benjamin Ray Bailey hailed from Bowling Green Kentucky in 1970. Daughter of tweeting Republican President with the mop of blonde hair, Donald – Ivanka Trump was the apprentice in 1981. Child violinist Christian Li found the passage in 2007.

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. Dancing actress from Hawaii Five O (among others) – Margaret O’Rene “Peggy” Ryan has been unable to get up and dream since 2004. Organised crime boss turned snitch – James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr., has been in hiding since 2018. Finally, English footballer/manager Norbert Peter ‘Nobby’ Stiles passed on in 2020.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 29th October

Today’s posting begins with suit of armour clad Iron Duke of the Netherlands Fernando Álvarez de Toledo y Pimentel -3rd Duke of Alba, started off further south, (in more ways than one), given he arrived in Spain way back in 1507. Ferdinand August Franz Anton who got to rule Portugal when we got hitched to Queen Maria II had to make do with the cloudier climes of Austria from 1816. Intellectual and revolutionary who co-founded the Chinese Communist Party with Chen Duxiu – Li Dazhao or Li Ta-chao was equal to his fellow bothers and sisters in 1889. Baggy trousered arm band wearing Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis as 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. Founder of Fleetwood Mac, (before the bickering couples turned up) – born Peter Allen Greenbaum, but known as Peter Green, found he can’t go back in 1946. 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. Another 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. Actress Carlson Elizabeth Young wasn’t premature in 1990.

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. 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. Finally, comic artist for DC Comics – Murphy C. Anderson Jr., has had strange adventures since 2015.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 28th October

We start today with Holy Roman Emperor Henry III, (‘the Black’ or ‘the Pious’) who got in with the name 190 years before English King Henry III given he was born in 1017. 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. Diminutive ousted 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. Singer/songwriter Charles Edward Daniels was born by the light of the moon in 1936. 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 65th birthday. Actress Julia Fiona Roberts gave her parents something to talk about from 1967. Country singer/songwriter with the Stetson who used to 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. Poet Laureate Edward James ‘Ted’ Hughes 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. Without Porter Wagoner we wouldn’t have had Dolly Parton warbling away with ex-chicken burger flipper Kenny Rogers, although his days of wearing gingham shirts came to a halt in 2007. 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. 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 has left his suitcase untouched from 2014. ‘Comedian’ born Robert Harper before going onto be known as Bobby Ball hasn’t being going out since 2020.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 27th October

We celebrate the births, and the lives of the following: non relation to bankrupt travel agent Thomas – famous captain and explorer James Cook started to map out his life from 1728. Violinist and composer Niccoló Paganini strung along in 1782. Founder of sewing machine company bearing his name, Isaac Merritt Singer managed to have his thread cut in 1811. William Smith who started Scotland’s answer to the Cub Scouts – the Boys’ Brigade was paraded for the first time in 1854. Five time Italian Prime Minister – Giovanni Giolitti started his transformismo in 1842. Nobel Peace Prize winning 26th President of the United States of America, who’s also credited with being the person teddy bears are named after – Theodore Roosevelt Jr., forged the way in 1858. American writer on etiquette – born Emily Price, but known on the dustcover as Emily Post had to learn her ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ from 1872. Actor John Elmer ‘Jack’ Carson had his parents bringing up baby in 1910. Known for his poetry, Dylan Marlais Thomas experienced a child’s Christmas in Wales from 1914. Ex-President of the African National Congress and anti-apartheid campaigner Oliver Reginald Tambo escaped to freedom in 1917. Pop artist Roy Fox Lichtenstein went ‘Whaam!’ in 1923. Another poet, Sylvia Plath was short of words in 1932. Legendary lanky comedy actor John Marwood Cleese started the Ministry of Silly Walks a year or so after 1939. Head of the Gambino crime family, John Joseph Gotti Jr., started deflecting the blame in 1940. Norwegian of the day, jazz musician/composer Arild Andersen’s parents were listening for the silence from today in 1945. Football, (or soccer), player, (depending where you are in the world), and second rate singer – Glen Hoddle started his first season in 1957. Filled out lead singer with early 80’s New Romantic band Duran Duran, (who are still pushing records out), Simon James Charles Le Bon entered planet earth in 1958. Also born that year, gay friendly singer born Hazel Dean Poole, who dropped the Poole bit and added an L to her first name had her parents close their eyes and count to ten on more than occasion. Another ex-Mrs D. Trump – Marla Ann Marples took the executive decision to celebrate her birthday from today in 1963. Ex-Australian cricketer now found in the commentary box drinking the complementary grog – Mark Anthony Taylor wasn’t a perhapser in 1964. Singaporean born British string plucker, and alpine skier, (for Thailand), Vanessa-Mae created a storm in 1978. Potty mouthed tattooed daughter of Ozzy and Shaaarrroon, Kelly Osborne hasn’t shut up since 1984. Sandpaper enthusiast and cricketer, David Andrew Warner had his first skiddy in 1986.

Death wise, King Athelstan I of England must have used some proper Anglo Saxon words before his death in 939. Keeping with ancient royalty – Albert the Magnanimous, King of Hungary and Croatia, King of Bohemia, elected King of the Romans, (as Albert II), Duke of Luxembourg and Archduke Albert V of Austria freed up some titles in 1439. Ivan III Vasilyevich or Ivan the Great found he was Ivan the Stiff in 1505. Third Mughal emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar (or Akbar I) found he shouldn’t have drunk water in 1605. Two time Prime Minister of Greece Thrasyvoulos Zaimis found a sunny spot in 1880. Australian gangster Joseph Theodore Lesley ‘Squizzy’ Taylor took his bullet in 1927. One time land speed record holder Ernest Arthur Douglas Eldridge found things a lot slower in 1937. Indian mathematician Chakravarthi Padmanabhan Ramanujam got his numbers mixed up and died in 1974. Also not making it through that year, founder of sportswear company Puma – Rudolf ‘Rudi’ Dassler found himself bagged up. Author of The Postman Always Rings Twice – James Mallahan Cain reached the rainbow’s end in 1977. Scrawny actor from The Carry On film franchise – George Frederick Joffre Hartree who went by the other name, Charles Hawtrey wasn’t as good as new in 1988. Daughter of Arch Duke Frank Ferdinand of Austria, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg found herself in a crypt from 1990. Musical arranger who came up with theme tunes for The Brady Bunch, (among others) – Frank Denny De Vol stated ‘send me no flowers’ in 1999. Actor in Bengali and Hindi films Pradeep Kumarhad had his final wrap in 2001. Innovator of the multitrack recording method – Thomas John Dowd turned it down to zero in 2002. Radio and television announcer Robert Ray ‘Rod’ Roddy took his garish jacket off in 2003. Ex-husband of current Argentinian President, who was also El-Presidenti of Argentina, (minus the Falkland Islands), Néstor Kirchner didn’t have a beef about dying in 2010. Lewis Allen ‘Lou’ Reed didn’t have a perfect day in 2013. Finally, business man and (ex-)owner of Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had bad karma back in 2018.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 26th October

Welcome back! Let’s start today’s births paragraph with 11th Emperor of the Ming dynasty born Zhu Houzhao, but known as Zhengde didn’t have any say about being dressed in oversized clothes from 1491. Dorset born explorer and co-founder of Charleston – William Sprague set sail on life’s journey in 1609. Next up is Romanian born Prince of Moldova – Dimitrie Cantemir composer of both music and letters got in the groove of life back in 1673. Architect of the Grand Kremlin Palace, Konstantin Andreyevich Thon got used to having people filing past him from 1794. King of Portugal and the Algarves, Miguel I who went onto become Duke of Braganza Miguelist, celebrated regally from 1802. Competitor to Kellogg’s cereals, Charles William ‘C.W.’ Post found his appetite in 1854. 13th Brazilian President Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa propped himself up about nine months after his birth in 1869. American Bronze medal winning divot maker at the 1904 St Louis Olympics, Harold Fraser tee’d off in 1872. Another Olympic participant, this one French cyclist and fencer who won Gold in the 25 kilometre, (15 miles 940.33 yards in old money), track event at the Paris Games, Louis Bastien had his first experience of wobbling in 1881. Actor who started out as the kid with un-amusing film star Charlie Chaplin before going onto be known as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family – John Leslie ‘Jackie’ Coogan was nice and friendly from 1914. Womanising President of France François Mitterrand put up no resistance to being born in 1916. Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as he had his first hurrah! this day, (and not yesterday), in 1919. English actor Robert William ‘Bob’ Hoskins was unleashed in 1942. One third of original Charlie’s Angels – Jacquelyn Ellen “Jaclyn” Smith termed the family album in 1945. Former weatherman and talk show host who presents Wheel of Fortune, born Patrick Leonard Sajdak, but has managed to abbreviate that to Pat Sajak filled in the blanks with his parents from 1946. Wife to philandering impeached ex-President of America, Bill – Hilary Rodham Clinton has made it to 73 with the same steely gaze. English Poet Laureate for 10 years, Andrew Motion shouldn’t have too much trouble thinking up a ditty for his birthday card in honour of his 65th birthday. Also born that year, co-founder and ex-Secretary General of terrorist group Hezbollah – Abbas al-Musawi/Moussawi was a sort of twelver given he arrived this day. Previous President of Bolivia – Juan Evo Morales Ayma got to hear pan pipes for the first time in 1959. Singer/songwriter Natalie Anne Merchant’s mum didn’t have to eat for two after 1963. Fellow singer/songwriter and Mr Nicole Kidman, born Keith Lionel Urbahn, but now known as Keith Urban, pulled the ripcord in 1967. Actor/filmmaker Seth Woodbury McFarlane has had an American dad since 1973. Sasha Cohen, (no, not Borat, Ali G or Bruno), but American figure skater who slid her way to a Silver medal at the 2006 Olympics launched herself off in 1984.

Deaths today include Alfred the Great, King of Wessex – took to Hyde Abbey in Winchester back in 899. Birthday boy William Sprague, (mentioned above), didn’t get his birthday presents after 1675. Painter William Hogarth didn’t fake his death in 1764. Irish born Canadian brewer of Pilsner lager – John Kinder Labatt started his own fermentation process in 1866. Writer of book about Pinocchio, born Carlo Lorenzini, but went by the pen name Carlo Collodi, gave up on his adventures in 1890. Four time Japanese Prime Minister – Itō Hirobumi got the bullet in 1909. Electrical engineer credited who developed alternating current (AC) initially known as Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, before going onto be called Charles Proteus Steinmetz was more DC, (Dead Charles), in 1923. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, not disgraced Prince Andy and Sarah ‘Toe Sucker’ Ferguson’s off spring, but daughter of Queen Victoria found life too much in 1944. Also not making it through that year, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple actually got to meet his maker. Oscar winning actress Hattie McDaniel would have gone with the wind if she hadn’t been buried in 1952. Dead Norwegian of the day – composer Arne Eggen left the chamber in 1955. Helicopter designer Igor Sikorsky got his blade stuck in 1972. American runner who wheezed his way to two Gold medals at two different Olympics along with a Silver gong at the 1924 Paris games, Jackson Scholz ultimately ran out of breath in 1966. Anyone suffering from Coulrophobia should give up reading now as American clown Glen ‘Frosty’ Little had to wear some rather different makeup from what he was used to in 2010. Finally, leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL), born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai, but known to the FBI as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew it in 2019.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th October

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 went by the pen name John le Carré, found he had some smiley people around him in 1931. Ex-military leader, (or dictator), of Nigeria – Yakubu ‘Jack’ Gowon was unaware of the scam mail wheeze in 1934. 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. Founding member of The Delfonics was alive and kicking in 1947. 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(!) Co-creator of both South Park and Book of Mormon, Randolph Severn ‘Trey’ Parker III started the tales from the crapper in 1969.

As for deaths, there aren’t a great deal to report on, but we do begin with Patron Saint of Oxford, (England) – Frithuswith graduated to death in 727. Pope Urban III 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. National treasure Lynda Bellingham went off the boil in 2014. Saxophonist known for his bit on Baker Street – Raphael Ravenscroft stopped living in our lifetime from 2014. Finally, singer with a band named after him – Spencer (David Nelson) Davies left it a bit late to say, ‘Every little bit hurts’ in 2020.

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

This is my last posting for a week as I’m taking a well earned break from here and work, will look forward to seeing you back next Tuesday!

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th October

Today’s births and deaths paragraphs both start with a Pope, so without any further ado we see Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini – a mild pornographic writer who went onto become Pope Pius II found he had cleaner thoughts in 1405. Artist born Giovanni Antonio Canal who signed his daubings as Canaletto took his first view in 1697. Happy looking Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua aka Rama IV who went by the title King Mongkut of Siam, (now Thailand) and inspiration for film ‘The King & I’ didn’t take a vow of silence in 1804. Actor who appeared in various Hitchcock films – Leo Gratten Carroll took the starring role in 1886. 25th Prime Minister of New Zealand – Sidney George Holland held the seat at his parties from 1893. Also born that year, founder of Gwynnie Paltrow’s favourite diet – born Nyoichi Sakurazawa but known as George Ohsawa obviously got his idea from his macro-biotic diet after birth. Actress who wasn’t a fan of Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins was in the world and the flesh in 1902. Character actor born Sen Yew Cheung later known as Victor Sen Yung was his parents bonanza in 1915.

Prime Minister of Greece, Konstantinos Mitsotakis found the trickle down effect first hand from 1918. 15th Prime Minister of Canada and dad to current PM, Justin – Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau was a real PET in 1919. Duck walking, guitar playing rock’n’roller, Charles Edward Anderson ‘Chuck’ Berry thought it was too dark in there, hence arriving in 1926. Actor George Campbell Scott was the descending angel in 1927. Known for her role in Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Elberta Wells, was one of the new interns born in 1938. Pot shotter at John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald saw his opportunity in 1939. One half of Stealers Wheel, singer/songwriter Joseph ‘Joe’ Egan appeared out of nowhere in 1946. Odd looking slapstick children’s comedian, Barry David Elliott (or Barry Chuckle), had the nurse say, ‘To me, to you’ to his mum in 1947. Singer/songwriter with the Grateful Dead, Robert Hall ‘Bob’ Weir was equally grateful to be alive in 1947. Indian actor Om Puri heard Bollywood calling in 1950. Annoying garish shirt wearing former children’s television host and now artist – Timmy Mallett was a member of the wide awake club in 1955. Fan of comfortable, (tennis), shoes – Martina Šubertová who’s better known as Martina Navratilova had her mum adopt the open stance during birth in 1956. Stacy Allison, first female mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest was a screamer in 1958. Actor and beer plugger, Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg or action man Jean-Claude Van Damme wasn’t straight to his feet in 1960. English cricketer with Klippel-Feil syndrome, Gladstone Cleophas Small started his innings in 1961. Two hit wonder Curtis Stigers started sleeping with the lights on in 1965. Male tennis player, and winner of Wimbledon, Michael Detlef Stich had his drop shot in 1968. Also born that year, comedian Rhod(ri) Paul Gilbert got his delivery right. Songwriter Peter Svensson had to make do with a little jumpsuit in 1974. Welsh ball kicker Robert William ‘Robbie’ Savage didn’t feel the pressure in 1974. Son in law to Liz of Windsor, (having got hitched to Zara Phillips), rugby player Michael James ‘Mike’ Tindall was outside the centre in 1978. Singer with the bling who likes to give the two finger salute in his publicity pictures, Shaffer Chimere Smith who somehow managed to come up with Ne-Yo from that, didn’t quite live the champagne life in 1979. Bollywood actress Frieda Selena Pinto has been a girl rising since 1984. Actor/singer from kids series High School Musical, Zachary David Alexander ‘Zac’ Efron went through that awkward moment in 1987.

As promised above, the deaths paragraph also begins with a Pope, yes, Pope John VII ended up in stone way back in 707. Sancho Garcés III, or Sancho the Great – King of Pamplona didn’t get to run with the bulls after 1035. Second dead Pope – Pope Gregory XII dropped the collection plate in 1417. Not to be outdone, Pope Pius III who led the faithful for all of 26 days could have done with a visit to Lourdes in 1503. Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots stopped having her daily dram in 1541. John Manners, Marquess of Granby – namesake of grotty local pub to me, has been spinning in his grave over this since 1770. Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston and two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, didn’t manage to cross the floor again after 1865. Person credited with coming up with the concept of a programmable computer, Charles Babbage got his algorithm wrong in 1871. Psychologist who came up with first practical IQ test, born Alfredo Binetti before successfully shortening his name to Alfredo Binet found he failed the living test in 1911. Last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III decided to cede his title in 1921. Serial inventor Thomas Alva Edison flickered out of life in 1931. Seventh President of Portugal, Manuel Teixeria Gomes has been in-absentia from 1941. Inventor of the pop up toaster – Charles Perkins Strite rather ironically got burnt in 1956. Cosmetic queen Florence Nightingale Graham, but went by the name Elizabeth Arden, found her make up surplus to requirements in 1966. Diminutive actress Esma Ellen Charlotte Litman,(née Cannon), didn’t get to see the way ahead from 1972. Actor Al Lettieri became pulp in 1975. Founder of far left militant group Red Army Faction – Gudrun Ensslin calmed down a bit after 1977. Assassin of Leon Trotsky, Jaime Ramón Mercader Del Río who abbreviated that to Ramón Mercader served his time before dying in 1978. Sort of dead Norwegian of the day, (given his parents were of that persuasion), actor/model Jon-Erik Hexum shouldn’t have pulled the trigger in 1984. Having mentioned his co-star, Victor Sen Yung, above here we see his mate from Hawaii Five-O, born Kam Tong Chun but known as Kam Fong Chun wave goodbye to paradise in 2002. Dad to game show host Victoria – satirist Alan Coren called everyone’s bluff in 2007. Finally, comedy actor Felix Dexter went down the line in 2013.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th October

It was a bit of a quiet day on the births front, until I revisited the listing for today, where we start in 1696 with King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania along with taking the title Elector of Saxony – Augustus III was two months and 14 days late in his quest of arriving on the same day as his name. Physiologist who worked out the effects of air pressure and oxygen toxicity to various insects, mammals etc – Paul Bert didn’t suffer the bends upon his arrival in 1833. Baseball pitcher William Arthur “Candy” Cummings gave his parents a curveball in 1848. Actress from The Beverley Hillbillies, Jesse Irene Noblitt, (or Irene Ryan), started off as a redneck in Texas in 1902. Albino Luciano – the Pope for all of 33 days as Pope John Paul I, found himself under water for his baptism this day in 1912. Co-creator of Superman, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Siegel who also answered to Joe Carter and Jerry Ess marvelled at the world in 1914. Playwright responsible for Death of a Salesman, (among others) – Arthur Asher Miller, did the honours at dawn in 1915. Actress/dancer Margarita Carmen Cansino who went onto find fame as Rita Hayworth, left the money trap in 1918. Frank Bruno’s favourite sports commentator, Harry Leonard Carpenter was into the one-two combo back in 1925. Nutritionist with the controversial diet named in his honour Robert Coleman Atkins, started on liquids in 1930. Born Jeanne-Paule Marie ‘Jeannine’ Deckers who also went by the name Sœur Sourire but was better known as ‘The Singing Nun’ got into the habit of celebrating her birthday from 1933. Stunt motorcyclist and breaker of multiple bones in the process, Robert Craig ‘Evel’ Knieval launched off in 1938. Leopard skin thong enthusiast who had the mirrored ceiling, ex-mullet owning strip/night club owner Peter Stringfellow shimmied his way through in 1940. Theatrical producer of various dull musicals, Cameron Anthony Mackintosh has never made a song and dance about being born in 1946. Having mentioned co-creator of Superman, (above), here we have Margaret Ruth ‘Margot’ Kidder who played Lois Lane in the film franchise and was a little treasure to her parents in 1948. First African American to travel into space – Mae Carol Jemison started off in a jump suit back in 1956. Co-creator of un-amusing comedy series ‘The League of Gentlemen’ and writer for Dr. Who, Mark Gatiss was a bright young thing in 1966. Also born that year, President and CEO of Walmart, Carl Douglas McMillon started out on the floor. Singer/songwriter with twice revived popster group Aqua – René Dif was a rookie in 1967. Woolly hat wearing son of Bob, reggae singer David Nesta ‘Ziggy’ Marley started spending family time with his folks from 1968. A year later in 1969 South African divot maker Theodore Ernest ‘Ernie’ Els was on the charge. Also born that year, contender for Haitian President whilst not rapping, Wyclef Jeanelle Jean was unable to hold on any longer. Another rapper, this one partial to wearing a grey hoodie all the time and bestie to MP Ann Widdicombe – Marshall Bruce Mathews III or Eminem found what his name is from 1972. Actor David Matthew Macfadyen’s mum suffered the pain and the itch in 1974. Former rally driver now to be found in F1 cars on starting grids around the world, Kimi-Matias Räikkönen slipstreamed it in 1979. Actress Felicity Rose Hadley Jones started to breathe in from 1983.

Death wise, mum to Caligula third Roman Emperor – Vipsania Agrippina or Agippina the Elder slipped off her mortal coil in AD33. Then in 532 Pope Boniface II found it wasn’t a miracle dying. Composer Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin or to give his alternative spelling, Frédéric François Chopin left his heart in Warsaw from 1849. Last Emperor of China and final ruler of the Qing dynasty Henry Pu Yi or just Puyi, ended up as ashes in 1967. George, Crown Prince of Serbia lasted ten years and a day longer than sister given he keeled over in 1972. Third President of the Italian Republic, Giovanni Gronchi, was more dead than a lame duck from 1978. Actress who played another busy body crime solver, Miss Marple – Joan Bogle Hickson wasn’t the body in the library, more the one in the hospital bed back in 1998. Dead Norwegian of the day, frontman to rock band Jokke & Valentinerne – Joachim Nielsen, or just Jokke, didn’t suffer from feedback after 2000. Member of the Rat Pack – born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, but known as Joey Bishop, was the naked and the dead from 2007. Singer with the Four Tops, Levi Stubbs found he was unable to reach out from 2008. Composer to The Addams Family, Victor ‘Vic’ Mizzy has managed to take it easy from 2009. Inventor of the nickel-metal hydride battery along with rewritable CD’s and DVD’s among many other things – Stanford Robert Ovshinsky lost capacity after 2012. Finally, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba – Alicia Ernestina de la Caridad del Cobre Martínez del Hoyo, or just Alicia Alonso, found her tutu excess to requirements in 2019.

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

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th October

Effeminate looking King James II of Scotland kicks the births paragraph off today as he started fighting the midges off from 1430. We have Noah Webster to thank for the different ways Americans spell words to the rest of the English speaking countries, but he was a child of few words in 1758. Officer who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava – James Thomas Brudenell showed his face in 1797. Noted Irish wit and playwright, Reading Goal resident and one time Jonathan Ross looky likey – Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde found freedom in 1854. Another Irish man, revolutionary leader, politician and member of the IRA who had a film made about him a few years ago, (1996 to be precise), Mícheál Ó Coileáin, or Michael Collins might have been born today in 1890, but then again it may have been the 12th October. Having mentioned Walter William ‘Max’ Bygraves on the 31st August in the second paragraph, here he is again as he found you need hands from 1922. Actress who turned into meddlesome old biddy Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote – Angela Brigid Lansbury wanted to know whodunnit in 1925. Suave act tor Peter Bowles was a perfect scoundrel from 1936. High pitched squeaker, (sorry singer), Joseph ‘Joe’ Francis Robert Dolan was in the here and now from 1939. Sari wearing actress Hema Malini was a dream girl to her parents in 1948. Actor known for his role in The Shawshank Redemption – Timothy Francis Robbins found the cradle will rock from 1958. Having mentioned his younger brother, Martin a mere six days ago, here’s older sibling and band mate in Spandau Ballet, Gary James Kemp had the instinction to be born in 1959. Michael Peter Balzary, or ‘Flea’ as he’s known by fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, found he started scratching from 1962. DJ who knows quite a lot about music, Stephen Paul ‘Steve’ Lamacq cued up his arrival in 1964. Shouty television presenter – Davina Lucy Pascale McCall didn’t have a big brother upon her arrival in 1967. Singer and daughter to Brian – Wendy Wilson didn’t get to hold on for one more day in 1969. Indian actor Prithviraj Sukumaran used his one way ticket in 1982. Winner of X-Factor, (yawn), in 1995 – Shayne Thomas Ward was as well known in 1984 as he is today.

People at the other end life include, among others: Antipope Nicolas V absolved himself in 1333. King Louis, (the Child), of Sicily was plagued by death in 1355. Pope Gregory XIV, (who lasted all of about 10 months in the job), found himself excommunicated in 1591. Queen of France, (from Austria), born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen, but known as Marie Antoinette didn’t get to eat any more cake after 1793. Keeping with the French theme, Marshal Marie Esme Patrice Maurice, Count of MacMahon, Duke of Magenta – second president of the Third Republic of France made sure he had a funeral with national honours in 1893. Writer/illustrator of Baba the Elephant – Jean de Brunhoff hasn’t forgotten his date of death in 1937. Various Nazis found guilty at the main Nuremberg trail, (including Joachim von Ribbentrop), were left hanging in 1946. First Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, or Shaheed-e-Millat bit the bullet in 1951. (Hopefully), non-corrupt President of FIFA, Jules Rimet received the red card in 1956. Actor known for his roles in various Hitchcock films along with his work in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Leo Gratten Carroll lost the right to live in 1972. Dead Norwegian of the day, author Johan Collett Müller Borgen wrote himself out of the plot in 1979. Bearded Internet moderator, (and geek), who administered the IP address allocation, Jonathan Bruce ‘Jon’ Postel lost his connection in 1998. Founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Timothy DuPron ‘Tim’ Hauser couldn’t have been hotter at his cremation following his death in 2014. Last ruling King of Rwanda – born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, but went by the name Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was unable to pretend not to be dead in 2016. Finally, comedian with the hang dog expression John, (who managed to make Sean out of that), Hughes entered the grey area in 2017.

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