Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th November

Today’s births paragraph starts with Princess Friederike Luise Wilhelmine of Prussia, who went on to become Queen of the Netherlands and joined the party in 1774. One half of dull ‘comedy opera’ writers, (who’s songs all sound pretty much the same), William Schwenck (W.S.) Gilbert ran out of patience and made his way into the world back in 1836. Ice hockey player who came up with the goaltender glove – Percy LeSueu was elbowing his way out in 1881. Statistician and pollster George Horace Gallop didn’t gauge opinion in 1901. Having mentioned designer of the Mini car, Alexander Arnold Constantine ‘Alec’ Issigonis on 26th July when he ran out of juice, here he is again newly off the production line in 1906. Member of the Buena Vista Social Club, Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz or as he became known Compay Segundo started making noises in 1907. Songwriter responsible for Moon River, (among many others) – John Herndon ‘Johnny’ Mercer had people tell him ‘You must have been a beautiful baby’ from 1909. Test pilot and developer of the V/STOL, (Vertical and/or Short Take Off and Landing) for aeroplanes – Alfred William ‘Bill’ Bedford landed in 1920. Astronaut who was the first American in space – Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., found his celestial coordinates in 1923. Cartoon character which started the whole thing for Walt Disney – Mickey Mouse started his domination of the world this day way back in 1928. Proving you should never ask a lady her age, Amanda Lear singer/artist and muse to Salvador Dali, was born this day in either a) 1939 b) 1946 c) 1948 or d) 1950, though as to which is correct I’ll leave you to work out. Soap opera star Linda Evans carried on the family dynasty from 1942. First woman to be elected Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation – Wilma Mankiller, was, (thankfully), anything but from 1945. One hit wonder from the 80’s John Parr wasn’t a member of the brat pack in 1954. Daughter to rock’n’roller Marty, born Kim Smith but known as Kim Wilde wasn’t a kid in America given she grew up in Chiswick London, from 1960. Danish footballer Peter Bolesław Schmeichel wasn’t offside in 1963. Frontman of the Polyphonic Spree Tim DeLaughter had his parents say, ‘Yes, it’s true’ in 1965. Actor Owen Cunningham Wilson got to meet the parents for the first time in 1968. His compatriot, wearer of mismatched clothes – Cholë Stevens Sevigny obviously wasn’t anti birth in 1974. Younger half of Simon Cowell’s cheeky chappies PJ & Duncan, or rather Ant & Dec, (or is it the other way round?), ex-pill popper Anthony David ‘Ant’ McPartlin wasn’t a celebrity but still got out of there in 1975. John David Jackson who must be dyslexic given goes under the stage name of Fabolous, (please let us be the judge of that), can’t deny it given he was born in 1977. Norwegian of the day – programmer responsible for reverse engineering data formats, Jon Lech Johansen, (or DVD Jon), went with the European date system for his birthdate in 1983.

As for deaths there aren’t that many to report on again, though the following weren’t so lucky: civil engineer responsible for West India Docks in London as well as one of the first railways in the world, (from Croydon to Godstone in Surrey), William Jessop engineered his passing in 1814. Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America didn’t elect to die this day in 1886. Novelist Marcel Proust failed to turn the page from 1922. Third prime minister of the land of eternal sunshine, (unless you live in Melbourne), John Christian Tanck or John Christian ‘Chris’ Watson didn’t get to barbecue another prawn or snag after 1941. Patriarch to the Kennedy clan, Joseph Patrick ‘Joe’ Kennedy Sr., left his surviving children to get on with it in 1969. Not the English Prime Minister and sailor, (sorry sailing), enthusiast with the same name, but trombone player and band leader Edward Heath has failed to conduct his since 1969. Cult leader of the Peoples Temple – James Warren ‘Jim’ Jones had his prediction of the end of the world, (for him), come true in 1978. Frederick Landis Fitzsimmons or as he was affectionately known ‘Fat Freddie’ the Major League Baseball player didn’t quite score a home run in 1979. First French cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, (Lance Armstrong take note), Jacques Anquetil peddled his last tale in 1987. American Bandleader and original singer of Minnie the Moocher, Cabell ‘Cab’ Calloway III was unable to get up and live from 1994. Austin ‘Red’ Robbins the basketball player for various teams throughout his career dribbled for the last time in 2009. Man mountain who payed rugby for New Zealand – Jonah Lomu hasn’t done the haka since 2015. Finally, co-founder and singer/songwriter for AC/DC – Malcolm Mitchell Young was as hard as a rock in 2017.

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

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