Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st November

Kicking proceedings off today, French philosopher Francçois-Marie Arouet who also went by the pen name Voltaire, took the nickname ‘Zozo’ from 1694. Founder of boat business bearing his name – Samuel Cunard was a little boy in 1787. Richest, (and stingiest), woman in America – (and no, it’s not Leona Helmsley), but Henrietta Howland ‘Hettie’ Green ‘The Witch of Wall Street’, looked almost as happy at birth in 1834 as she did throughout life. Daughter to Queen Vicky & Bert, the imaginatively named Victoria, Princess Royal Bever didn’t know whether people were talking to her or her mum from 1840. Sultan of Egypt and Sudan, (complete with fez and moustache), Hussein Kamel got to see his first dromedary mammal in 1853. Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chlesa or Pope Benedict XV received his orders in 1854. Norwegian of the day, with the moustache, (as well as being one of 16 children), Sigbjørn Obstfelder was a child of few words from 1866. Now, there’s a funny thing, original ‘Cheeky Chappie’ – comedian with the plus four trousers, born Thomas Henry Sargent before going on to be known as Max Miller arrived in 1894. Another famous Belgian, artist René François Ghislain Magritte found birth a surreal experience back in 1898. Silent film actress Alice Calhoun was between friends from 1900. Film director Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting left the magic box in 1913. National treasure who penned various dark tales, Beryl Margaret Bainbridge didn’t give her parents a quiet life from 1932. Songwriter for Sam & Dave, (among others), David Porter was a B-A-B-Y in 1941. Actress Goldie Jeanne Hawn had her ‘Good Morning, World’ moment in 1945. Daughter of Francis Ethel Gumm, (or Judy Garland to you and me), and half sister to Liza Minnelli – Lorna Luft was uncared in 1952. Former editor-in-chief of Tatler who went onto pick through the words in Vanity Fare – born Christina Hambley Brown, who then took it down to Tina Brown, held the position in 1953. Host of Saturday night Radio 2 show and daughter of gap toothed golf playing comedian Jimmy – Liza Tarbuck has been bonkers since 1964. Odd Icelandic singer Björk Guðmundsdóttir’s, (hence being known by her first name), mum probably wondered why it’s oh so quiet from 1965. Russian born chess Grandmaster Evgeny Bareev got his positioning just right in 1966. Guitarist with Britpop band Blur, Steven Alexander ‘Alex’ James started shoegazing in 1968. Singer known for her hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Carly Rae Jepsen had her curiosity satisfied once born in 1985.

It’s another slow day for deaths, but we begin in 496 as Pope Gelasius I stopped taking confessions. Composer Henry Purcell let out his last note in 1695. Sort of dead Norwegian of the day, Danish artist Peder Severin (P.S.) Krøyer didn’t leave a post-script in 1909. Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Croatia along with being King of Bohemia, Franz Joseph I of Austria found himself in a catacomb under the streets of Vienna from 1916. Olympic gold medal winning divot maker at the 1904 St. Louis Games, Edward Cummings was knocked down in 1926. Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, James Barry Munnik Hertzog/J.B.M. Hertzog has been remembered since 1942 as a jam filled tartlet named ‘Hertzoggie’. Real life ‘Bird Man of Alcatraz’, Robert Franklin Stroud fell off his perch in 1963. Camp writer and raconteur Dennis Charles Pratt, or Quentin Crisp, found himself somewhat crisp in 1999. Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, (Monarch), of Malaysia and eighth Sultan of Selangor – Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj didn’t have to worry about sticking any further decorations on his jacket after 2001. Another science fiction writer I’ve never heard of – Anne Inez McCaffrey didn’t get the dragons to burn her in 2011. Art Ginsberg or ‘Mr Food’, began an enforced diet in 2012. Finally, one time teen heart throb actor, singer/songwriter etc – David Bruce Cassidy wasn’t the spirit of ‘76 given he died in 2017. Also not making it through that year sit-com actor Rodney Bewes never did find out what happened to the likely lads.

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

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