Today’s births paragraph begins with King of Portugal and the Algarves – Afonso VI found himself victorious in birth back in 1643. William Murdoch, (the person responsible for bringing gas lighting to Britain) coincidentally started contributing to the gas supply in 1754. King of Great Britain and Ireland (with Hanover tacked on for good measure), William IV sailed through in 1765. Respected big band leader William James ‘Count’ Basie arrived on cue in 1904. Unsung hero in the cartoon world, (responsible for some of the biggest cartoon characters for Warner Bros), Isadore ‘Friz’ Freleng was quite animated in 1906. Son of Winnie the Pooh writer A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne joined the party in 1920. Queen Liz’s younger sis who liked to puff on a few ciggies a day, Princess Margaret started playing second fiddle to the future queen from 1930. Film critic Barry Lesley Norman came out of the dark in 1933. Gangly ex-Scottish Labour MP and First Minister of Scotland, (who, it has to be said, was better than ‘King Alex’), Donald Campbell Dewar had no opposition being born in 1937. Sash/chain wearing President of Ecuador Gustavo José Joaquín Noboa Bejarano made it out the right way in 1937. Country singer who’s managed to shift 165 million records, (apparently), (though no figures are available as to how many ended up in charity shops), and celebrity chicken burger flipper, Kenneth Ray ‘Kenny’ Rogers started seeing in the dark in 1938. Third President of Botswana Festus Gontebanye Mogae had as much hair back in 1939 as he seems to have today. Songwriter responsible for ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Robert Rimato or as he became known Robert Hazard found boys can have a bit of fun too from 1948. John Graham Mellor, who goes by the slightly edgier name of Joe Strummer found the answer to his conundrum of, ‘Should I stay or should I go’ in 1952. New York born physic – Chip Coffey knew he was entering the world in 1954, but probably doesn’t know about his mention here. Known for her role in Sex in the City, marriage fan Kim Victoria Cattrall was dead on target in 1956. Singer with family band Sister Sledge – has been saying, ‘Thank you for the party’ this day since 1957. Creator of cartoon character Sponge Bob Square Pants, (among many other varied and diverse things he’s done), Stephen McDannell Hillenberg hopefully had the usual nappies, (or diapers), rather than square pants when born in 1961. Controversial King of Morocco Mohammad VI haggled his way through in 1963. Cartoonist and ex-editor of Charlie Hebdo – Stéphane Charbonnier didn’t upset anyone when born in 1967. Co-founder of electronic band The Prodigy, Liam Paris Howlett wasn’t a baby with a temper from 1971. Computer whizz who helped set up data gathering behemoth that is Google, Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin searched all the possibilities in 1973. Chef/singer Kelis Rogers was young, fresh n’ new in 1979. Eight (or is it nine?) time Olympic gold medalist, Jamaican jogger Usain Bolt was out of the starting blocks in 1980.
As for deaths, it’s another fairly quiet day and we begin with Lev Davidovich Bronstein or top red flag waver Leon Trotsky who took the revolutionary step of having an ice pick in his head back in 1940. Another member of super car manufacturing family – Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti came to the end of his particular avenue in 1947. Dead Norwegian of the day, meteorologist Harald Ulrik Sverdrup stormed off in 1957.
Chair designer Charles Ormond Eames Jr., actually got to lie down in 1978. Founding member of the Irish National Liberation Army, Michael James ‘Mickey’ Devine was a bit hungry when he expired in 1981. Sleight of hand hand expert, Canadian magician David Frederick Wingfield Verner or Dai Vernon disappeared in a puff of smoke in 1992. All the Coulrophobics out there will be pleased to hear Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin stopped clowning around in 1997. Inventor of the Moog synthesizer Robert Albert ‘Bob’ Moog made some odd noises when he expired in 2005. Also not making it through that year, mountaineer with the rather unfortunate surname – Marcus Schmuck entered his last bivvy bag. Scandal ridden Minister-President of the Walloon Region in Belgium, Guy Gustave Arthur Ghislain Spitaels stepped down in 2012. Finally, Albert Reynolds – ninth Taoiseach of Ireland progressed to the graveyard in 2014.