Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 24th May

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. 

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 23rd May

Births today start with ancient King of the Franks, Philip I, (work that one out), crowned a great day for his mum way back in 1052. Architect responsible for rebuilding the Palace of Westminster, (or for those who use brown sauce, Houses of Parliament), Charles Barry had a measured entrance to the world in 1795. Eleventh President of Brazil, Epitácio Lindolfo da Silva Pessoa was a natural born leader in 1865. Actor born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman before changing it to Douglas Fairbanks was headin’ south in 1883. Norwegian of the day, mathematician Thoralf Albert Skolem started keeping tabs from 1883. Aviatrice with a few world records to her name, Hélène Boucher glided through in 1908. Also born that year, two time Nobel prize winning engineer who co-invented the transistor John Bardeen didn’t resist being delivered. Actor John Payne gave his mum fair warning of his arrival in 1912. Founder of the Voluntary Service Overseas – Alexander Graeme Dixon didn’t give his mum any choice in 1914. Cricketer in the summer and penalty taker for Arsenal in the winter, Dennis Charles Scott Compton wasn’t offside when delivered in 1918. Jazz musician/broadcaster – Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton didn’t have the humph being born in 1921. Another broadcaster – Desmond Herbert Carrington didn’t hit the post during birth in 1924. Actor Arthur Nigel Davenport had the cry of the innocent in 1928. Cabaret singer/actress – Rosemary Clooney, (paternal aunt to George), found she started something in 1928. Five time married ex-plugger of miniscule Snickers chocolate bars, Joan Henrietta Collins did her homework as to the best day to be born on in 1933. Founder of music company bearing his name as well as inventing synthesizer with his name plastered over it, Robert Arthur ‘Bob’ Moog made some noise in 1934. General Norman Johnson, singer with Chairman of the Board didn’t give his mum any more time given he was born in 1943. Former member of bomb enthusiasts group the IRA, and ex-Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, James Martin Pacelli McGuinness rose through the ranks from 1950. Master pawn and king mover across chess boards, Anatoly Yevgeny Karpov had his opening gambit in 1951. Boxer born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, but now known as Marvellous Marvin Hagler settled on being born this day in 1952. Other half of 80’s popster band Dollar – Thereza Bazar found it’s nature’s way in 1957. Also born that year, singer with another 80’s band – Baltimora, James Harry ‘Jimmy’ McShane wasn’t living in the background. Former US Marine Corps before hitting the comedy circuit in America – Drew Allison Carey joined the community in 1958. Unamusing comedian Robert Renwick ‘Bob’ Mortimer joined the circuit in 1959. Retired English cricketer Graeme Ashley Hicks was all out in 1966. Frugal ex-bean counter for the United Kingdom and carrier of the red box carrying whiskey/dull papers, and now editor of the London Evening Standard – born Gideon Oliver Osborne, but better known as George, found he was dispatched for the first time in 1971. A year later Brazillian driver who goes round the same track 100 or so times but has yet to win a championship, Rubens Barrichello got the slipstream right in 1972. Singer with Welsh group The Pipettes, Gwenno Mererid Saunders or Gwenno Pipette started to pull shapes in 1981. 

Deathwise, Pedro Martínez de Luna y Pérez de Gotor or Antipope Benedict XIII was unable to succeed in surviving the day way back in 1423. Scottish pirate Captain William Kidd walked the plank in 1701. American frontiersman Christopher Houston ‘Kit’ Carson entered the legend book in 1868. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to writer of Peer Gynt with the extensive mutton chops, Henrik Yohan Ibsen had his own burial mound from 1906. Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow) the American gangsters, (well before the Bloods and the Crips came along), were both quite literally blown away in 1934. Person with various sites in New York named after him, John Davison Rockefeller Sr. didn’t have to worry about his funeral expenses in 1937 given he was worth in excess of $1.4 billion back then, (and in case you’re wondering how much that is today, it’s approx $23 billion apparently). Founder of car manufacturer bearing his name, Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin – trundled off into the sunset back in 1941. One time mate of Hitler, Heinrich Luitpold Himmler stopped goose stepping in 1945. Creator of neon lighting, Georges Claude, saw everything go very dark in 1960. Lorreta Mary Aiken or Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley was no longer out on a limb from 1975. Co-founder of Dutch vehicle manufacturer DAF – Hubert Josef ‘Hub’ van Doorne didn’t get into hearses until 1979. Ninth President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun stopped eating dogs in 2009. Indian cricketer Madhav Krishnaji Mantri went through the gate in 2014. Subject of book and film ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., didn’t work out his date of death in 2015. Finally, James Bond actor with an eye brow doing its own thing – Roger Moore wasn’t the man who wouldn’t die given he keeled over last year.  

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 22nd May

Births today begin with Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, (and no it’s not the current queen, even though she’s knocking on a bit), who turned out to be the seventh child (and third daughter) of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1770. Physicist and inventor of not only the first electromagnets but also the first practical electric motor, William Sturgeon sparked into life back in 1783. Stephen Fry looky likey who was into various musical things, Wilhelm Richard Wagner conducted his entrance to the world in 1813. Writer of classic crime capers featuring Sherlock Holmes & Co, (when he wasn’t doctoring on the side), Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle started the memories and adventures from 1859. Fifth Prime Minister of South Africa Daniel François Malan had separation issues from his mum in 1874. Creator of dull cartoon series Tintin, Georges Prosper Remi or to give him his pen name, Hergé, was joined by another English luvvie actor, Laurence Olivier, who arrived without prompting in 1907. Known in America for being the voice of The Price is Right, John Leonard ‘Johnny’ Olson kept his family guessing until his arrival into the world in 1910. Oldest swinger in town and singer, Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian or Charles Aznavour got to star in his first act in 1924. Subject of film starring left leaning actor Sean Penn, Harvey Milk was very happy, (some might say gay), being born in 1930. Band leader and trumpet player Kenneth Daniel ‘Kenny’ Ball was full of wind having also been born in 1930. Former sprinter who went onto lead the yellow team in Britain – Walter Menzies ‘Ming’ Campbell was, unsurprisingly, born in Scotland back in 1941. Theodore John Kaczynski aka ‘The Unabomber’ professed to being born in 1942. Ex-Upper Gatton (Surrey) resident and bar propper in The Chequers Pub, (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey), George Best kicked his way out in 1946. Reg Dwight’s mate, Bernard John ‘Bernie’ Taupin started the circle of life in 1950. Camp creosote fan and host of ex-quiz on the National Lottery show, Dale Jonathan Winton dropped by in 1955. Gladioli swinging miserablist Manc songster Steven Patrick Morrissey, or just Morrissey, won’t be munching on vegetable cake to console himself reaching his 59th birthday. Mobile throwing champion and temperamental ‘super’ model who likes chunky shoes, Naomi Elaine Campbell, launched herself off in 1970. Another slightly different ‘model’, (among other things), Katrina Amy Alexandra Alexis Infield who became Jordan, before being known as Katie Price pushed it to the limit in 1978. According to the rankings, current 22nd net avoider and three time winner of Wimbledon along with a few other tennis tournaments around the world, Novak Djokovic rallied in 1987.

As for deaths, they appear to be a bit thin on the ground, but we do start with latter day Julius Caesar – Roman Emperor Constantine the Great/Constantine I/Saint Constantine left it a good few years after his death in 337 to get people excited about him. Pope Alexander VII who took 80 days to become Pope, but found it took only one to die in 1667. First First Lady of the United States of America – Martha Washington was also the First dead First Lady of the United States of America having not made it through today in 1802. King of the Two Sicilies with the jaunty angled hat, Ferdinand II was nearly taken out in 1856, but managed to hang on until 1859. Writer of not only Les Misérables but also The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo didn’t get to ring in the changes from 1885. Having mentioned wobbly chinned English actress Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford a few days ago, here she is again given the curtain came down in 1972. Also not making it through that year is dad to Daniel Day-Lewis, Cecil Day Lewis had his buried day. Wolfgang Reitherman who’s probably not known for his work on various classic Disney cartoons, found himself less than animated in 1985. Lee Jong-wook, sixth Director General of World Health Organisation obviously wasn’t feeling too healthy given he died in 2006. Finally, soldier and drummer Lee Rigby unfortunately found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time in 2013.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 21st May

Births today start way back in 120 BC with mum to Julius Caesar – Aurelia Cotta who didn’t realise her contribution to history. Not only King of Spain, but also Portugal, Naples and Sicily, Philip II started getting used to the attention in 1527. Prison reformer and ex-star of the £5 note in England, Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney) didn’t quake when born in 1780. Having mentioned priest and vulcanologist with the earthquake scale named in his honour on March 19th when he died, here’s Giuseppe Mercalli again given the earth shifted in his favour back in 1850. Post impressionist painter – Henri Rousseau didn’t have guide coat when born in 1844. Inventor of the first practical electrocardiogram – Willem Eindhoven made it through the other ‘Eindhoven Triangle’ in 1860. Aviation pioneer who came up with the hydroplane – Glenn Hammond Curtiss found the freedom of the air in 1878. Singer Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller started goin’ about his business in 1904. Actor from both Perry Mason and Ironside, Raymond William Stacey Burr didn’t have a raw deal being born in 1917. 22nd Prime Minister of Australia John Malcolm Fraser experienced his first swing in 1930. Broadcaster and Mr Esther Rantzen (after an eight year affair with her) – Desmond Wilcox found that’s life from 1931. Original founding member of family singing group The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley started twisting and shouting in 1941. Seventh President of Ireland, Mary Therese Winifred Robinson had her parents toast her birth with a few pints of the black stuff in 1944. Diminutive frizzy haired popster from the 1970’s born Gerard Hugh Sayer, but now going by the name Leo Sayer (rhyming slang for ‘all dayer’), found the show must go on in 1948. Previous editor of The Sunday Times who’s now demanding answers from MP’s on his television show – Andrew Ferguson Neil had his first mention in the papers back in 1949. Known for the excessive gold chains/rings and Mandinka warrior haircut, born again Christian Laurence Tureaud or just Mr T, wasn’t freaked when delivered in 1952. Edward Ernest ‘Judge’ Reinhold Jr. made sure his mum didn’t have a baby on board from 1957. American serial killer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (the Milwaukee Cannibal), started on life’s right path in 1960. Also born that year, Indian actor Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair, had his initial audition. Known for her role in SpongeBob SquarePants, Carolyn Lawrence didn’t have fairly odd parents from 1964. Rapper Christopher George Latore Wallace, who went onto be better known as The Notorious B.I.G. started wearing biggie smalls in 1972. Unfunny surreal comedian in the silver jumpsuit who traded non amusing quips on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Noel Fielding had his mighty boosh moment in 1973. Having mentioned various cyclists over the past few days, here’s another – Mark Cavendish dropped a gear in 1985. Also launching off that year is Norwegian of the day, doggy paddler who gained a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, Alexander Dale Oen. Keeping with the water theme, budgie smuggling bronze medal winner at the London Olympics, diver Thomas Robert ‘Tom’ Daley broke the waters in 1994.

As for deaths, definite King of England and disputed King of France Henry VI of England was confirmed dead in 1471. Not to be out done, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden took his place in Roskilde Cathedral in 1481. German physicist with the rather unfortunate surname, August Adolf Eduard Eberhard Kundt wasn’t that physical after 1894. 37th President of Mexico, José Venustiano Carranza found his sombrero was surplus to requirements in 1920. Archibald Primrose – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom didn’t get lost in the Houses of Parliament again after 1929. Designer of combat aircraft incorporating his name, Geoffrey de Havilland found the chocks were put on his life in 1965. Having mentioned Sammy Davies Jr. a mere five days ago, here’s his old man with the imaginative name of Sammy Davis Snr. was to adopt the third position in 1988. Scandal ridden son of ex-Indian Prime Minister, Indhira, Rajiv Ghandi came to an unexpected end (for him) in 1991. Fan of all things pink who was an extensive writer of slushy romantic stories and owner of numerous yappy ankle biting mutts, born Mary Barbara Hamilton, but known as Barbara Cartland, thankfully found her career at an end in 2000. Also not making it through that year, original luvvie Sir Arthur John Gielgud didn’t get to say, ‘Darling’ again. Third person not making it past 2000 is Mark Reynolds Hughes, founder of pyramid selling, (or ‘multi level’ as they’ve now dressed it up), company Herbalife, obviously didn’t take his company’s products given he keeled over.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th May

We start today’s posting with architect of the United States Capitol, (or just the Capitol building), William Thornton began to sketch his life out from 1759. Another of the philosophers mentioned in Monty Phython’s song – John Stewart Mill wasn’t particularly ill after being born in 1806. Founder of both difficult to use charge card company – American Express and bank bearing his name – Wells Fargo, William George Fargo got his mum to express herself in 1818. We have a lot to thank, (and curse), Emile Berliner for as he is credited with inventing the phonograph record thereby opening the door to the likes of Jedward, (other boy and girl groups are also unfortunately available along with (c)rap music, the dreaded Country & Western etc), got into the groove back in 1851. Danish born Norwegian of the year – writer Sigrid Undset had happy times in Norway from 1882. Over dressed King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria and Iraq, Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hasimi, or just Faisal I, started wearing robes in 1885. Aeronautical engineer responsible for the iconic Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane, Reginald Joseph Mitchell lifted the flaps in 1895. Star of cheery Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, (among others), James Maitland Stewart who abbreviated that to Jimmy Stewart, wasn’t quite born to dance rather to act in 1908. Co-founder of computer hardware and software manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, William ‘Bill’ Reddington Hewlett decoded himself in 1913. Comedian/ actor George Leslie Gobel got to learn about the birds and the bees a few years after 1919. Former guerrilla who then went onto become 40th President of Uruguay – José Alberto ‘Pepe’ Mujica Cordano seized the day in 1935. Sheffield (England) shouter to music, and non relation to Jarvis, John Robert ‘Joe’ Cocker, had more than a little help from the nurses in 1944. Also born that year, is co-founder of energy drink Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz who found his wings. 1946 saw American singer who doesn’t like wearing clothes, (and no, it’s not Iggy Pop), Cherilyn Sarkisian but better known as Cher who probably wishes she could turn back time. Prime Minister of Japan, (for all of fifteen months), Yoshihiko Noda admitted defeat and was born in 1957. Singer/songwriter and member of 80’s girl group The Go-Go’s, Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin has had some get up and go about her since 1958. Not so fresh faced popster from early 1980’s band Haircut 100, Nicholas ‘Nick’ Hayward’s parents had a fantastic day in 1961. Younger bro to Di, Charles Edward Maurice Spencer the 9th Earl Spencer or Viscount Althorp has climbed even further up the title ladder since his birth in 1964. Interviewer and son of Paul, Louis Sebastian Theroux started documenting his life from 1970. Singer Trevor George Smith took the wise decision to change his name to slightly hipper Busta Rhymes, found it’s a party this day every year since 1972. Professional ball kicker Petr Čech was clear in 1982. Actor from Game of Thrones (yawn) – Jack Gleeson has been with all the good children since 1992. 

Death wise, Pope John XXI found his time at the Vatican was up in 1277. Original telluric traveller Christopher Columbus stopped his transatlantic crossings in 1506. Born Charles Rudolph Harrell, singer Rudy Lewis drifted away in 1964. Belgian linguist with the rather unfortunate surname, Willem Pee stopped mid flow in 1986. Co-inventor of Paint by number, Max Klein went grey in 1993. Actor and probably  the best Dr. Who before going onto be a scarecrow, John Devon Rowland ‘Jon’ Pertwee found the body finally said no in 1996. Terrorist convicted of downing Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi found himself downed in 2012. Also not making it through that year is odd looking Bee Gee minus the bleached teeth and medallion, Robin Hugh Gibb wasn’t stayin’ alive. Finally, Rupert Louis Ferdinand Frederick Constantine Lofredo Leopold Herbert Maximilian Hubert John Henry zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenburg, Count of Löwenstein-Scharffeneck whose only claim to fame was being the Rolling Stones financial manager found he ran out of breath saying his name in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 19th May

Today’s births paragraph begins with opera singer who’s got four food dishes named in her honour, Helen ‘Nellie’ Porter Mitchell, (or Melba as she became known), served herself to the world in 1861. Geodesist (all to do with measuring the earth’s fundamental properties apparently), John Fillmore Hayford got his measurements right in 1868. Unhinged American serial killer Hamilton Howard ‘Albert’ Fish slipped through in 1870. Socialite and first woman to grace the green benches in Parliament, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor made her presence known from 1879. Founder of the Republic of Turkey (and its first President) with the slicked back hair, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk born Ali Riza oglu Mustafa was perfection in his parent’s eyes back in 1881. Communist revolutionary with a city and airport named after him, (and I’m sure there are a few roads/bridges etc as well) along with his wispy little beard, Nguyễn Sinh Cung or Hố Chi Min wasn’t confused with his birthday in 1890. Assassin of bare foot blanket wearing bespectacled Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandi – Nathuram Vinayak Godse, started hanging about in 1910. Keeping with the Indian theme, sixth President of the country, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, wasn’t a speaker until at least a couple of years after being born in 1913. First woman to swim the English Channel both ways – Florence May Chadwick freestyled it in 1918. Known for appearing in the Marlboro cigarette adverts, born Eugene Joseph Hugh, but known as David McLean, puffed his way through in 1922. Despot dictator of Cambodia who wore little green suits Saloth Sar, or as he used to order everyone to address him Pol Pot, made sure the population celebrated his birthday from 1925. Also born that year is black Muslim human rights activist Malcolm X, (as he couldn’t spell Little) found his voice. Presenter of BBC show Juke Box Jury – David Lewis Jacobs started climbing the ladder from 1926. Founder of English F1 team and sports car manufacturer which starts every model with an ‘E’, LOTUS (Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious), Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman found traction in 1928. Actor/wrestler Francis Patrick ‘Pat’ Roach joined the monster club in 1937. Ex-MP for the red team and broadcaster – Robert Kilroy Silk, took his place in the house from 1942. First of five people in the music world to celebrate their big day today is windmill guitarist, song writer and visitor of ‘interesting’ websites, Peter Dennis Blandford ‘Pete’ Townsend got to see for miles, (well the end of the hospital ward), in 1945. Glam rocker with Marc Bolan’s group T. Rex, Steve Currie was born to boogie in 1947. Sofa hogger Russell Harty’s favourite guest, model/singer Grace Jones hasn’t had a private life since 1948. One third of rock band ZZ Top (and yes he does have a beard), Joseph Michael ‘Dusty’ Hill found his legs in 1949. Another singer, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, known by the slightly hipper name Joey Ramone made some noise in 1951. Near national treasure taken too soon from us who was often found behind a piano, Victoria Wood had a new face in 1953. Creator of Java programming format, James Arthur Gosling logged on for the first time in 1955. Ex-(and murdered) wife of O.J. Simpson Nicole Brown Simpson started out in life back in 1959. 1980’s one hit wonder Yasmin ‘Yazz’ Evans found the only way was out in 1960. Son of Dirty Harry, Kyle Eastwood made his dad’s day in 1968. Singer with now defunct band Ace of Base – Jenny Cecilia Petrén gave her mum the sign this day in 1972. Norwegian of the day is ball kicker Pål Steffens Andresen who started dribbling in 1982. Somehow successful singer Samuel Frederick ‘Sam’ Smith found he’s not the only one born this day in 1992. 

Death wise, Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury stopped carrying his cross with him in 988. Not to be outdone by him, Pope Celestine V didn’t get to see his last audience at his funeral in 1296. Having seen off Francis Weston, Henry Norris and William Brereton a couple of days ago, Henry VIII saw to it that mum to Queen Liz I, Anne Boleyn was headless in 1536. British Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, left the back benches in 1898. Co-designer of the Forth Bridge who also developed the London Underground, Sir Benjamin Baker was a dead load from 1907. Welsh born soldier Thomas Edward ‘T.E.’ Lawrence who liked to ride around on the back of a camel whilst wearing traditional Arab dress admitted defeat and died in 1935. Waxed moustached ex-soldier and hundred and twenty second Spanish Prime Minister – Dámaso Berenguer y Fusté didn’t get any more medals after 1953. English sonnet writer with a statue at St Pancras Station, Sir John Betjeman was summonsed by the bells in 1984. Ex-Mrs of both John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis, Jacqueline Lee ‘Jackie’ Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier) finally had her sunglasses removed in 1994. Prime Minister of Japan Sōsuko Uno lost his deposit on life in 1998. Keeping with Prime Ministers, John Gorton, 19th PM of Australia found he didn’t need sun cream from 2002. Singer with Freddie and the Dreamers – Freddie Garrity found it’s not great this day in 2006. Racing legend Sir John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham saw the chequered flag in 2014. Finally, also not making it through 2014 -entrepreneur who invented online shopping, Michael Aldrich was delivered to the undertakers. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 18th May

Chemist, mineralogist and zoologist John George Children was in the singular, so to speak, from 1777 and starts today’s posting. Last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II had his folks raise a glass or two of vodka in celebration of his birth in 1868. Rupprecht, no, not the one from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, but Crown Prince of Bavaria made sure his parents never told him off from 1869 given his full title was, His Royal Highness Rupprecht Maria Luitpold Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Bavaria, Duke of Bavaria, of Franconia and in Swabia, Count Palatine of the Rhine. Mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Arthur William Russell was a peaceful baby in 1872. Norwegian of the day, composer with the surname like a typeface – Ole Wingdingstad started to conduct his business from 1886. Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh looked as happy during birth in 1882 as he did later in life. Sash wearing Presidenti of Brazil – Eurico Gaspar Dutra’s parents would have done the samba after he was delivered in 1883. Film director Francesco Rosario Capra, or Frank Russell Capra, depending when you met him in life, found it happened one night for him in 1897. Three time Wimbledon winner who also played table tennis but is now better known for his line of clothes, Frederick John ‘Fred’ Perry had his first drop shot in 1909. Having mentioned Pierino Ronald ‘Perry’ Como a mere six days ago when he stopped breathing, here he is again given it certainly was a good day for him in 1912. Actor James Donald found the way ahead in 1917. Probably Reigate’s most famous resident born Margaret Evelyn Hookham, or as she liked to be known, Margot Fonteyn, sprung forth in 1919. Karol Jôzef Wojtyla the Polish Pope, John Paul II had to confess his birthday was today in 1920. Third Prime Minister of Jamaica Hugh Lawson Shearer had a laid back birth in 1923. Gravy train member and ex-Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jacques Santer has had his own party every year since 1937. Stalwart actress of the Harry Potter franchise (double yawn), but better known to me as Lady Whiteadder, from, err, Blackadder – Miriam Margolyes was a rugrat in 1941. Member of World Cup winning team, Norbert ‘Nobby’ Peter Stiles didn’t require extra time when born in 1942. Singer/songwriter responsible for ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’ – Albert Louis Hammond started off in not so sunny London, England back in 1944. Cape wearing original grumpy old man and prog rocker with dull band Yes, Richard Christopher ‘Rick’ Wakeman will be happy celebrating his 69th birthday. Member of family group, Tavares, Feliciano Vierra ‘Butch’ Tavares was future bound in 1953. 80’s singer with the lisp and different hair colours, Toyah Ann Wilcox got her wish of wanting to be free in 1958. One, (or was it two?) hit wonder, Marta Marrero or just Martika, nearly bounced back in 1969. Singer/songwriter Jack Hody Johnson has managed to sleep through the static since 1975. 

Having had a Pope in the births paragraph, it seems only right to have one in the deaths paragraph and to this end, Pope John I obliges given he didn’t have to wash his cassock again after 526. Polymath who wrote plays on the side, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais didn’t get to see the statue made in his honour given he died in 1799. Credited with inventing Bourbon whiskey Elijah Craig headed down ‘Wibbly Wobbly Way’ in 1808. Actor with the mutt by his side, Andrew Allan ‘Andy’ Clyde didn’t get Lassie to tell him he was about to die in 1967. Depressed singer with Joy Division, Ian Curtis was still from 1980. Voice of Yogi Bear, among other Hanna Barbera cartoons, Charles Dawson ‘Daws’ Butler went very quiet in 1988. Actress known for her role in Bewitched, Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery entered the twilight zone in 1995. Not to be outdone by Daws Butler, voice of Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Wayne Anthony Allwine didn’t manage to kill the mouse in 2009. Designer of 1970’s classic bike, the Chopper, Alan Oakley took his final spin in 2012. Dead Norwegian of the day, politician Jo Benkow or Josef Elias Benkowitz, abstained from life in 2012. Finally, another politician, this one 12th Prime Minister of South Korea, Nam Duck-woo didn’t manage to dodge death in 2013.