People born today include, among others, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit rival inventor to Anders Celsius who warmed to 37C (or 98.6F) after being born in 1686. Sour faced, Prince Albert loving, long serving (and mourning) sitter of the throne, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with being Empress of India, held court in 1819. Known equally for his confectionery as for his philanthropy, Joseph Rowntree was a real sweetie in 1836. Second Prime Minister of South Africa, Jan Christiaan Smuts kept it clean from 1870. Inventor of peanut butter cups who got a mention a few days ago, Harry Burnett (‘H.B’) Reese obviously wasn’t allergic to birth given he made it through in 1879. Soprano singer/golfer – Joan Hilda Hood Hammond didn’t arrive with the croquet style in 1912. Irish actress Siobhán Giollamhuire Nic Cionnaith, but known as Siobhán McKenna entered stage right in 1923. Comedian Stanley Baxter impressed his parents in 1926. One half of comedy duo Cheech & Chong, not forgetting being a marijuana expert, Thomas B. Kin ‘Tommy’ Chong was a mellow baby having been delivered in 1938. Folk musician and singer/songwriter with the nasal tone, Robert Albert Zimmerman or Bob Dylan was just as hard to understand back in 1941. Singer born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, who flogs records under the name Patti LaBelle, turned it out in 1944. Wife of fried squirrel and peanut butter sandwich lover, Elvis – wooden panto star Priscilla Ann Presley, (née Wagner) started to grace this land from 1945. Versatile actor James ‘Jim’ Broadbent wasn’t born topsy turvey in 1949. Eldest daughter to country singer Johnny Cash – singer/ songwriter Rosanne Cash didn’t suffer the seven year ache after her birth in 1955. Keeping with the acting theme, Kristin Scott Thomas was the English patient in 1960. Olympic paddler and gold medalist at the Seoul Games, Adrian David Moorhouse pushed his way off in 1964. Not only a ball kicker but also adept at the Kung Fu style too, would be French philosopher Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona wasn’t off side in 1966. My twin sisters Claire & Lisa arrived in 1971, whilst 1973 saw Radio 2 DJ who likes the sound of his own voice, (and I’m not talking Chris Evans or Steve Wright), but Dermot O’Dreary who experienced his first audience. Person who claims to be developer of Parkour, Sébastien Foucan was freerunning a couple of years after being born in 1974. Norwegian of the day, Mohammed Fellah was a mere baby in 1974.
Deaths today seem to be a bit thin on the ground, that said, we begin with David I of Scotland who found his kilt didn’t lift up in the wind after 1153. English statesman who discovered the Gunpowder Plot – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, didn’t get to go up in smoke as he ended up in a graveyard at Hatfield Parish Church in 1612. Architect of Lenin’s Mausoleum Aleksey Shchusev didn’t have Lenin design his grave in 1949. Band leader Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington stopped waving his arms about in 1974. Policeman actor born Horace John Waters, but known as Jack Warner had his Bang! You’re Dead moment in 1981. Founder of WWF – World Wrestling Federation, oh sorry WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment, Vincent James ‘Vince’ McMahon Sr. was on the ropes in 1984. Stage/television actress who I remember from her role in Fawlty Towers, Joan Sanderson joined the ghosts of Motley Hall in 1992. Pipe smoking Prime Minister of Great Britain in the mid 1970’s with the odd voice and small majority of just 3, James Harold Wilson had his last gasp in 1995. Actor Edward Mulhare reached the outer limits in 1997. Having mentioned his daughter Roseann (above), here’s Johnny Cash’s first wife – Vivian Liberto found her days of wearing gingham blouses over in 2005. Reigate resident, ventriloquist (and ex-neighbour of mine), Ray Alan made Lord Charles redundant in 2010. Finally, Herbert Tsangtse ‘Burt’ Kwouk found the gate to heaven in 2016.