Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd October

 

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.

 

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th October

 

Today’s births and deaths paragraphs both start with a Pope, so without any further ado we see Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini – a mild pornographic writer who went onto become Pope Pius II didn’t need a miracle to be born in 1405. Artist born Giovanni Antonio Canal who signed his daubings as Canaletto took his first view in back in 1697. Happy looking Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua aka Rama IV who went by the title King Mongkut of Siam, (now Thailand) and inspiration for film ‘The King & I’ didn’t take a vow of silence in 1804. 25th Prime Minister of New Zealand – Sidney George Holland held the seat at his parties from 1893. Also born that year, founder of Gwynnie Paltrow’s favourite diet – born Nyoichi Sakurazawa but known as George Ohsawa obviously got his idea from his macro-biotic diet after birth. Actress who wasn’t a fan of Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins was in the world and the flesh in 1902. 15th Prime Minister of Canada and dad to current PM, Justin – Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau was a real PET in 1919. Duck walking, guitar playing rock’n’roller, Charles Edward Anderson ‘Chuck’ Berry thought it was too dark in there, hench being born this day in 1926. Known for her role in Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Elberta Wells, was one of the new interns born in 1938. Pot shotter at John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald saw his opportunity in 1939. Odd looking slapstick children’s comedian, Barry David Elliott (or Barry Chuckle), had the nurse say, ‘To me, to you’ to his mum in 1947. Singer/songwriter with the Grateful Dead, Robert Hall ‘Bob’ Weir was equally grateful to be alive in 1947. Indian actor Om Puri heard Bollywood calling in 1950. Annoying garish shirt wearing former children’s television host, Timmy Mallett was a member of the wide awake club in 1955. Fan of comfortable (tennis) shoes, Martina Šubertová who’s better known as Martina Navratilova had her mum adopt the open stance during birth in 1956. Stacy Allison, first female mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest was a screamer in 1958. Actor and beer plugger, Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg or action man Jean-Claude Van Damme wasn’t straight to his feet in 1960. Two hit wonder Curtis Stigers started sleeping with the lights on in 1965. Male tennis player, and winner of Wimbledon, Michael Detlef Stich had his drop shot in 1968. Son in law to Liz of Windsor, (being married to Zara Phillips) rugby player Michael James ‘Mike’ Tindall was outside the centre in 1978. Singer with the bling who likes to give the two finger salute in his publicity pictures, Shaffer Chimere Smith who somehow managed to come up with Ne-Yo from that, didn’t quite live the champagne life in 1979. Actor/singer from kids series High School Musical, Zachary David Alexander ‘Zac’ Efron went through that awkward moment in 1987.

As promised above, the deaths paragraph also begins with a Pope, yes, Pope John VII ended up in stone way back in 707. He’s followed by Pope Gregory XII who dropped the collection plate in 1417. Not to be outdone, Pope Pius III who led the faithful for all of 26 days could have done with a visit to Lourdes in 1503. Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots stopped having her daily dram in 1541. John Manners, Marquess of Granby – namesake of grotty local pub to me, has been spinning in his grave over this since 1770. Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston two time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, didn’t manage to cross the floor again after 1865. Person credited with coming up with the concept of a programmable computer, Charles Babbage got his algorithm wrong in 1871. Last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III decided to cede his title in 1921. Serial inventor Thomas Alva Edison flickered out of life in 1931. Seventh President of Portugal Manuel Teixeria Gomes has been in-absentia from 1941. Cosmetic queen Florence Nightingale Graham, but went by the name Elizabeth Arden, found her make up surplus to requirements in 1966. Actor Al Lettieri became pulp in 1975. Assassin of Leon Trotsky, Jaime Ramón Mercader Del Río who abbreviated that to Ramón Mercader served his time before dying in 1978. Sort of dead Norwegian of the day, (given his parents were of that persuasion), actor/model Jon-Erik Hexum shouldn’t have pulled the trigger in 1984. Finally, comedy actor Felix Dexter went down the line in 2013. This is my last posting until Monday 23rd October, as I’m taking a well deserved short break until then.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th October

 

Effeminate looking King James II of Scotland kicks the births paragraph off today, given he started off as the Duke of Rothesay in 1430. We have Noah Webster to thank for the different ways Americans spell words to the rest of the English speaking countries, but he was a child of few words in 1758. Noted Irish wit and playwright, Reading Goal resident and one time Jonathan Ross looks likey – Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde found freedom in 1854. Another Irish man, revolutionary leader, politician and member of the IRA who had a film made about him a few years ago, (1996 to be precise), Mícheál Ó Coileáin, or Michael Collins might have been born today in 1890, but then again it may have been the 12th October. Having mentioned Walter William ‘Max’ Bygraves on the 31st August in the second paragraph, here he is again as he found you need hands from 1922. Actress who turned into meddlesome old biddy Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote – Angela Brigid Lansbury wanted to know whodunnit in 1925. Suave act tor Peter Bowles was a perfect scoundrel from 1936. High pitched squeaker, (sorry singer), Joseph ‘Joe’ Francis Robert Dolan was in the here and now from 1939. Sari wearing actress Hema Malini was a dream girl to her parents in 1948. Actor known for his role in The Shawshank Redemption – Timothy Francis Robbins found the cradle will rock from 1958. Having mentioned his younger brother, Martin a mere six days ago, here’s older sibling and band mate in Spandau Ballet, Gary James Kemp had the instinction to be born in 1959. Michael Peter Balzary, or ‘Flea’ as he’s known by fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, found he started scratching from 1962. DJ who knows quite a lot about music, Stephen Paul ‘Steve’ Lamacq cued up his arrival in 1964. Shouty television presenter – Davina Lucy Pascale McCall didn’t have a big brother upon her arrival in 1967. Singer and daughter to Brian – Wendy Wilson didn’t get to hold on for one more day in 1969. Indian actor Prithviraj Sukumaran used his one way ticket in 1982.

People at the other end life include, among others: Antipope Nicolas V absolved himself in 1333. King Louis (the Child) of Sicily was plagued by death in 1355. Pope Gregory XIV (who lasted all of about 10 months in the job), found himself excommunicated in 1591. Queen of France (from Austria), born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen, but known as Marie Antoinette didn’t get to eat any more cake after 1793. Keeping with the French theme, Marshal Marie Esme Patrice Maurice, Count of MacMahon, Duke of Magenta – second president of the Third Republic of France made sure he had a funeral with national honours in 1893. Various Nazis found guilty at the main Nuremberg trail were dispatched in 1946. First Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, or Shaheed-e-Millat bit the bullet in 1951. (Hopefully) non-corrupt President of FIFA, Jules Rimet received the red card in 1956. Actor known for his roles in various Hitchcock films along with his work in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Leo Gratten Carroll lost the right to live in 1972. Dead Norwegian of the day, author Johan Collett Müller Borgen wrote himself out of the plot in 1979. Bearded Internet moderator (and geek) who administered the IP address allocation, Jonathan Bruce ‘Jon’ Postel lost his connection in 1998. Finally, founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Timothy DuPron ‘Tim’ Hauser couldn’t have been hotter at his cremation following his death in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th October

 

We begin today’s posting with ancient Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro who went by the pen name Virgil, found he spent ages from his birth in 70BC trying to work out what rhymed with his name. Third Mughal Emperor of India – Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar or just Akbar I reigned supreme (within his family) from 1542. Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche had a theory about his birth in 1844. Writer of some classic books about a dim-wit and his valet, (among other stories) – Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was his parent’s little nugget in 1881. 11th President of India, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen ‘A.P.J.’ Abdul Kalam found the law of physics early on in life back in 1931. Having mentioned various First Ministers of Scotland over the past few months, it seems only fair to give a shout out to first First Minister of Northern Ireland – William David Trimble had his maiden speech a year or so after his birth in 1944. Older brother to dieter of the year in 1983, Richard Carpenter was made in America back in 1946. Argentinian born Irish singer of dull songs, Christopher John Davison or as his record company knows him, Chris de Burgh was delivered into the light in 1948. Founder of classic English comedy group ‘The Comic Strip’, Peter Richardson joined all the other funseekers born in 1951. Bowler hatted original member of The Jackson 5 as well as The Jacksons, older bro to oddball singer Michael, Toriano Adaryll ‘Tito’ Jackson started goin’ places in 1953. Toe sucking ex-wife to Andy – Sarah, Duchess of York (née Ferguson), started hanging on in 1959. Internet entrepreneur from China – Jack Ma had his ‘Open Sesame’ moment in 1964. Act tor Dominic West broke the Mould in 1969. Given Prince George & Princess Lottie have been mentioned, it seems only fair Prince Christian of Denmark/Count of Monzepat also gets column space given the Danish army kept him awake with a 21 gun salute in 2005.

You will be pleased to see there are more than one Pope mentioned here today, and to this end we start with Pope Theophilus of Alexandria who started to grow his beard from 412. Catholic Pope Urban VI vacated the confession box in 1389. Native American Chief Victorio of the Tchihendeh (or Chihenne) tribe, was unable to track anything from 1880. Exotic dancer and spy mentioned back in August, Margaretha Geertruida ‘Margreet’ MacLeod (née Zelle), who’s probably better known as the Mata Hari, stopped keeping secrets in 1917. Bare foot Indian spiritual master Sai Baba of Shirdi or Shirdi Sai Baba found eternal peace in 1918. Founder of chemical company bearing his name – Herbert Henry Dow was pumped full of them in 1930. Having mentioned Rommel yesterday, today’s senior Nazi is founder of the Gestapo Hermann Wilhelm Göring (or Goering), did everyone a favour by taking cyanide in 1946. Broadway songster, Cole Albert Porter found you never know when your time’s up in 1964. American gangster and head of the Gambino Mafia group, Carlo ‘Don Carlo’ Gambino died ‘in a state of grace’ back in 1976. Film/theatre critic with The New York Times, who reviewed in excess of a thousand films, Vincent Candy was used to the dark by 2000. Finally, two time King and then Prime Minister of Cambodia – Norodom Sihanouk, may well have rolled over on this day in 2012, but it took until February 2013 until he was cremated.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th September

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th September

 

We start today’s posting with Abu’l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar, or Akbar I – 3rd Mughal Emperor who was a great great baby from 1542. Another old King of England and Ireland – James II and in Scotland as King James VII struggled through in 1633. Founder of Pennsylvania – William Penn had to write down his birthday after 1644. British Prime Minister (for the Whigs) – George Grenville stamped his mark from 1712. King Ferdinand VII of Spain was the desired child for his folks in 1784. 3rd President of Ireland who started off in 1882 as George de Valero before going on to be called Edward de Valera and then settling on Éamon de Valera. 34th President of the United States of America and five star general in the Second World War, Dwight David ‘Ike’ Eisenhower planned his invasion back in 1890. Cheerleading innovator and patent holder for the ‘pom-pom’ – Lawrence Russell Herkimer had touchdown in 1925. Wooden actor with the eyebrow, Roger George Moore had that lucky touch since 1927. Fashion designer – born Ralph Lifshitz, who somewhat wisely took the surname Lauren and subsequently built a global empire admired by celebs and chavs alike, was in the hood from 1939. Committed Christian who’s known as ‘The Peter Pan of Pop’, (and wasn’t terribly friendly when my brother and myself met him), Harry Webb or Cliff Richard started to move it from 1940. Having mentioned James Alfred ‘Alf’ Wright, or to give him his pen name, James Herriot a couple of weeks ago, here’s his screen being – actor Christopher Timothy had the starring role in 1940. Songwriter and lead singer with band the Moody Blues, Justin David Haywood started to have a question of balance in 1946. Band mate of St. Vitus Dance sufferer Bobby Farrell in 70’s manufactured band Boney M, Marcia Barrett came to the fore in 1948. English jogger with a few Olympic medals dangling on the back of the downstairs toilet door, Stephen ‘Steve’ Cram wheezed his way through in 1960. Comedian with a penchant for going a little bit too fast on the roads and who’s come up with some decent characters, Stephen John ‘Steve’ Coogan’s parents went, ‘Aaahhhaaa!’ after he was born in 1965.
Having mentioned her band mate a day or so ago, it seems only fair to give a shout out to Natalie Louise Maines who was a dixie chick in 1974. Another cyclist who admitted taking drugs whilst peddling round France in the 2006 Tour de France, (and then having an arrest warrant issued for computer hacking over said drug taking), Floyd Landis descended in record time back in 1975. Also born that year, singer with girl group All Saints – Shaznay Lewis’ mum had a black coffee to celebrate the birth of her daughter. Singer/songwriter Usher Raymond IV was escorted into the world in 1978. Daughter to ageing pop star who’s changed her image over the years – Lourdes Marie Ciccone Leon has hit 21 this year.

As for deaths, anti-Pope Dioscorus was pro-death in 530. Harold Godwinson or Harold II King of England, got an arrow in the eye for his troubles turning up at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, (and having the event immortalised on the Bayeux Tapestry). Disputed King of Ireland, Edubard a Briuis or Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick lost the craic from 1318. Nazi in charge of various campaigns in the Second World War, including in North Africa, Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, or ‘der Wüstenfuchs’ – ‘The Desert Fox’ retreated to his den in 1944. Swashbuckling heartthrob actor Errol Leslie Flynn faced uncertain glory from 1959. Singer who’s flogged over a billion records, Harry Lillie ‘Bing’ Crosby Jr., was unable to say, ‘Oh, what a beautiful mornin” from 1977. Composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein dropped his baton in 1990. Paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse was able to experience his trade from the other side after today in 2006. Comic book artist known for his works on The Marvel Family, non relation to Patrick – Marcus Deshawn Swayze or just Marc Sawyze left his last bubble empty in 2012. Actress Elizabeth Maria Peñahas been off the map since 2014. Finally known for her roles in dull soap opera Coronation Street and un-amusing sit com Last of the Summer Wine – Jean Mavis Hodgkinson but known as Jean Alexander or to give her character’s name, Hilda Ogden didn’t manage to cross the road after 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th October

 

Births today begin with first ancient royal of the day – Edward of Westminster who also went by the name Edward of Lancaster and title of Prince of Wales wasn’t too sure what people would call him from 1453. Next up is Queen of England & Ireland (for all of nine days) – Jane Grey or Lady Jane Dudley had a bit of colour to her cheeks in 1537. Indian actor Kumudlal Ganguly or Dadamoni who also went by the name Ashkok Kumar found he had a certain panache about him from 1911. Fellow (American) actor Kornél Lajos Weisz, or just Cornel Wilde saw to it that life began for him at eight thirty in 1912. Patriarch to tooth whitened perma-smiling singing Mormon family group, George Virl Osmond made himself known in 1917. Actor of stage, screen and radio – Cyril Leonard Shaps took part in operation daybreak in 1923. Leonard Alfred Schneider who went by his stage name Lenny Bruce, took about a year to have his first stand up in 1925. Another person born that year, Margaret Hilda Roberts, (later to be Thatcher), didn’t bother to canvass opinion. Co-star of The Incredible Hulk – Jack Colvin found birth child’s play in 1932. Eurovision contestant Iōánna Moûschouri, or as she came to be known Nana Mouskouri, found she could scream in 13 languages from 1934. Smaller half of the Simon/Garfunkel partnership, diminutive Paul Frederic Simon didn’t make the sound of silence in 1941. Known for her comments about eggs, (and to a lesser extent her affair with John Major), Edwina Jones, née Curry, née Cohen broke through in 1946. Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan started warming his voice up from 1948. Having mentioned her old man above, here’s his daughter – complete with white teeth and perma smile, Olive Marie Osmond found she didn’t make the world go away in 1959. Current Mrs J. Travolta, actress Kelly Preston wasn’t a twin in 1962. Sci-fi (yawn) actor, Douglas Christopher Judge has known as fact he was born this day in 1964Rotund ex-mobile phone salesman who won the first series of Britain’s Got Talent and had James Corden portray him – tenor singer Paul Potts took his one chance in 1970. Versatile comedy actor who’s created some classic comedy characters, Sasha Noam Baron Cohen was eastbound and down in 1971. Australian doggy paddler Ian James ‘The Thorpedo’ Thorpe didn’t have a negative spilt from his mum in 1982. Daughter to American President and one of his ex-wives – Tiffany Ariana Trump started laying down the law in 1993.

Death wise, subject of exceedingly dull 1970’s television series I Claudius – Claudius didn’t get to wear any more togas after 54. Dead Norwegian of the day, author Hans Ernst Kinck managed to knick the bucket in 1926. Creator of Popeye, Elzie Crisler (E.C.) Segar found spinach couldn’t keep him going from 1938. Sub-standard milk chocolate maker Milton Snavely Hershey broke off in 1945. Voice of Betty Rubble in The Flintstones, (among other roles), actress Beatrice ‘Bea’ Benaderet found it was lights out for her in 1968. Edward Vincent ‘Ed’ Sullivan known for his self titled television show saw the light go out in 1974. Indian playback singer, Abhas Kumar Ganguly or Kishore Kumar, (possible relation to the Kumar’s at No.42), found his ‘no money, no work’ statement come back to haunt him in 1987. Classic English actress Beryl Elizabeth Reid failed to gain the extra day in 1996. Member of 1970’s group The New Seekers, Peter John Doyle found ‘Goodbye’ is just another word in 2001. Guillaume Depardieu, acting son of Gérard Depardieu gave his best dying scene in 2008. Indian actor Dileepan had his last make up session in 2012. Finally, ninth monarch of Thailand – Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred the with title King Bhumibol the Great, gave up his title of the longest reigning monarch in 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th October

 

Today’s posting begins with son of King Henry VIII – King Edward VI of England and Ireland, started wearing ruffled nappies from 1537. Fellow King, of Portugal and the Algarves who spread his sea faring legs to be Emperor of Brazil – Dom Pedro I liberated himself in 1798. Confederate Army soldier who saw action in various wars throughout his life, William Joseph Hardee battled through in 1815. First Labour Party Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, James Ramsey MacDonald lost his first deposit in 1866. Dorking, (Surrey) resident and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was in harmony with his mum back in 1872. Another Surrey resident, occultist and founder of Thelema – born Edward Alexander Crowley, but known as Aleister Crowley, tore away for the first time in 1875. Co-founder of Weight Watchers who sensibly went with her married name – Jean Evelyn Nidtech (née Slutsky), had to watch the waist with all the cake eating from 1923. Pipe smoking host of brain ache quiz, (until they dumbed it down), Magnus Magnusson put his mum on the spot in 1929. Large framed hanky waving tenor, Luciano Pavarotti had a classical birth in 1935. Also born that year, one half of soul duo Sam & Dave, Samuel David Moore left a place nobody can find. Fellow singer, (this one with Motown group The Temptations), David Melvin English or Melvin Franklin’s parents were on cloud nine following his birth in 1942. Morecombe & Wise’s favourite newsreader who now pops up on various consumer programmes, Angela Rippon had her parents announce her arrival in 1944. Long haired three cord king (normally clad in denim), Richard John ‘Rick’ Parfitt rolled over and laid down in 1948.
Actor from The 70’s – born Robin Askwiths, who abbreviated his surname by taking the ‘s’ off, has had to confess to being born in 1950. Unamusing comedian and quiz show host, Leslie Heseltine who took on the name Les Dennis, can’t say, ‘I don’t really know’ when his birthday is given he’s been celebrating it since 1953. House cleaner who’s made a living doing so on television, Agnes MacKenzie (or to give her abbreviated name, Aggie MacKenzie), hasn’t been too posh to wash from 1955. Wolverine, aka Hugh Jackman had happy little feet in 1968. Founding member of alternative country band – The Dixie Chicks, Martha ‘Martie’ Elenor Erwin/Maguire was a little ‘ol cowgirl in 1969. Olympic cheat in the track and field events, having forfeited five medals – Marion Lois Jones or Marion Jones-Thompson found her pace in 1975. Indian actress Suhasini Rajaram Naidu, or just Sneha was too young to sign her autograph in 1981.

Another day, another two dead Popes – first up Pope Honorius I did the honourable thing in 638, whilst next but one Pope, Pope John IV gave the Vatican another ‘Sede vacante’ in 642. Relative (through marriage) to Fry’s chocolate maker Joseph, Elizabeth Fry, (who’s vanished from the back of English £5 notes), found herself buried rather than burnt in 1845. Courageous nurse Edith Louisa Cavell who saved soldiers of all nationalities during the First World War, found the bullet with her name on it when shot by the Germans in 1915. Early day Western actor Thomas Hezikiah Mix, or Thomas Edwin Mix wasn’t saved by the Pony Express in 1940. Dead Norwegian of the day, figure skater/actress Sonja Henie turned over in 1969. Vincent Eugene Craddock, (or just Gene Vincent) had his last session in 1971. Girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious, Nancy Laura Spungen looked pretty vacant in 1978. Veteran announcer John Leonard ‘Johnny’ Olson had to leave his obituary for someone else to announce in 1985. Tennis player Jean René Lacoste/the Crocodile, he of overpriced clothes found his game was up in 1996. Singer and useless amateur pilot – Henry John Deutschendorf Jr but went by the name John Denver, left in a light aeroplane in 1997.
Finally, James Ford ‘Jim’ Cairns, (from Melbourne) who was mentioned on the 4th October in the above paragraph gets another mention given he stood down in 2003.