Welcome back! I hope you missed this posting as much as I did having to tap it out – yes, even after three and a half years, I still find there are days where nothing has been posted before. But that’s enough of that as we’ve got some births and deaths to mention, starting with: Roman general Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa who entered the world either in 64 or 62BC at a) Arpino, b) Istria or c) Asisium and I’m sure there are plenty of people who’d like to have birth details like that these days. Inventor who tried his luck with internal combustion engines along with steam boats – Samuel Morey paddled through in 1762. Not to be outdone, car pioneer Frederick William Lanchester pootled along in 1868. Physicist who helped develop X-ray machines – William David Coolidge saw the future in 1873. Comedy actor Milton Marx, who went by the other name of Gummo Marx didn’t upstage his brothers in 1892. Early day desk hogger who occasionally let his guests get a word in to plug their latest book or film – John William ‘Hhhherrreeee’s Johhnyyy’ Carson had to tell the truth over his birthday from 1925. Blonde actress who liked to host ‘adult’ parties and was mentioned back in May when she died – Diana Mary Fluck, who somewhat wisely went by the name Diana Dors was a good time girl from 1931. (Another) greatest footballer of all time – Edson Arantes do Nascimento who went by the slightly more abbreviated name, Pelé, found the dummy in 1940. Known for founding business ‘The Body Shop’ (having taken the name, and, seemingly, the company leaflet wording from an identical shop in San Francisco) – Anita Lucia Roddick, only managed a self made bubble bath in 1942. Also born that year, author Michael Crichton was odds on favourite being born. Parody singer – Alfred Matthew ‘Weird Al’ Yankovich has dared to be stupid since 1959. Television presenter Catherine Elizabeth ‘Cat’ Deeley was a star in her parents eyes back in 1976. Actress from dull series Game of Thrones – Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke hasn’t crowed about her birthday from 1986. ‘Non-binary’ pansexual actress who starred in The Hunger Games – Amandla Stenberg found where hands touch in 1998.
As for deaths, inventor of the turning screw machine – Cullen Whipple found himself enclosed in a box battened down with his invention from 1868. Three time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (and still longest serving leader of the Conservative Party) – Edward George Geoffrey Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby conceded defeat in 1869. Take a deep breath as Prah Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunia Chom Klao Chao Ya Hua or just Rama V, King of Siam – didn’t get to see Yul Brynner dancing about as his predecessor given he rolled over in 1910. Large bearded/framed cricketer – William Gilbert ‘W.G.’ Grace bailed out in 1915. Re-inventor of the pneumatic tyre, John Boyd Dunlop ran flat in 1921. Known for wearing black/white makeup whilst singing – Asa Yoelson or Al Jolson was unable to do jazz hands after 1950. Fashion designer Christian Dior became a silhouette of himself in 1957. Having mentioned Al Jolson above, here’s actress Tamara Shayne known for playing his mum in two films who reached the northwest outpost in 1983. Inventor of Automatic Teller Machines and teleprompters (among other things) – Luther George Simjian read his last line in 1997. Finally, bequiffed leather wearing glam rocker mentioned on 27th September when he was born Bernard William Jewry before going onto be called Shane Fenton and then settling on Alvin Stardust has had a wonderful time up there since 2014.