Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th November

Today’s posting starts way back in 270 when chief toga wearer and laurel leaf wearer Maximinus II/Maximinus Daia/Maximinus Daza started off wrapped in a sheet. Francesco Saverio Castiglioni who went onto become Pope Pius VIII got his first blessing in 1761. Inventor of the crown cork bottle cap and bottle opener – William Painter popped out in 1838. Henri Charles Wilfred Laurier, seventh Prime Minister of old British outpost, Canada, didn’t break the record with his labour in 1841. Edwin Powell Hubble, (yes, the one who’s got a telescope named in his honour), saw through the aperture in 1889. Actor born Reginald Leigh Dugmore, but went onto be known as Reginald Denny made sure his parents weren’t without children from 1891. Co-founder of diabetics favourite drug, insulin – James Bertram Collip had plenty of energy in 1892. Aviatrix who was the first woman to fly solo from Australia to the United Kingdom – Maude Rose ‘Lores’ Bonney landed in 1897. Cartoonist who created Dick Tracy – Chester Gould was the court jester back in 1900. Broadcaster best known for his radio, (though he’d probably say wireless), show ‘Letter from America’ – Alastair Cooke made his presence known from 1908. Comedy actor known for his reflection trick in shop windows – born Harry Bourlon Illingsworth, but known as Harry Worth got his thirty minutes worth in 1917. Younger brother to ex-President of the United States of America, JFK, (the one with everything named after him), Robert Francis ‘Bobby’ Kennedy, (the one without everything named after him), was in his shadow from 1925. Car designer Erhard Schnell had a fast birth in 1927. Co-founder of the London Marathon, John Disley found his legs about a year after his birth in 1928. Also arriving that year, actor from The Jeffersons – Franklin Edward Cover wasn’t a mirage. Born Colin Lionel Emm, but known to Americans as game show host Richard Dawson didn’t get involved with any family feuds once born in 1932. Actor from Fawlty Towers – Brian Charles Hall checked in in 1937. Having mentioned RFK, (above), here’s another American politician, now President of the United States of America, Joseph Robinette ‘Joe’ Biden Jr., was actually awake in 1942. Singer famous for his song Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum was more down to earth in 1942. Mary Cathleen Collins, (or Bo Derek), had to wait until 1966 to hit 10. Michael Diamond who abbreviated that to Mike D, VW badge nicker from The Beastie Boys, started to put his roots down in 1965. Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor arrived without prompting in 1976. Tattooed basketball player with the interesting name – Carlos Austin Boozer Jr., had his dad lift a glass in his honour back in 1981. Also born that year, manufactured popster girl group member – Kimberley Walsh wasn’t tangled up, whilst a year later risqué actress Margo Stilley had her first scene. Singer, (well rapper), and songwriter Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn started to see the future in 1983.

As for deaths, King Edmund of East Anglia found himself buried in Bury in 869. King John I of France who was mentioned five days ago upon his birth/coronation gets another go given he became John the Posthumous in 1316. Not quite a Pope, but papal nuncio Karl von Miltitz found he couldn’t swim in 1529. Leo Nikolayveich Tolstoy writer of epic novel War and Peace obviously tired of it given he rolled over in 1910. Sportsman who drafted the first set of rules for football, (or soccer to my American fans), Ebenezer Cobb Morley fell foul of the offside rule in 1924. Alexandra of Denmark, Queen Consort of Great Britain, Ireland and Empress Consort of India left Sandringham in a box in 1925. Her youngest daughter who made it to Queen of Norway – Maud of Wales, (rather than anywhere in Norway), celebrated the 13th anniversary of her mum’s death by doing exactly the same thing in 1938. Clyde Vernon Cessna, he of little aircraft, found his life stalled in 1954. Born Allan Copelon, but finding fame as Allan Sherman, singer of novelty song ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’ said, ‘Goodbye Muddah, Goodbye Faddah’ in 1973. Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco Bahamonde, didn’t get to experience mañana after today in 1975. 18th Prime Minister of Australia – Sir John McEwan found things even hotter at the crem in 1980. Dead Norwegian of the day, ex-Prime Minister Trygve Martin Bratteli opted out in 1984. Eighth Prime Minister of Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe previously run by TIM – That Idiot Mugabe), Ian Douglas Smith failed to see any further Christmas’s from 2007. First man to reach the summit of K2, Lino Lacedelli entered his bivvy bag in 2009. Author and self proclaimed medium – Sylvia Celeste Browne has failed to reach the other side since 2013. Finally, game show host, announcer etc., James Edward Dooley/Jim Perry lost the game of life in 2015.

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

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