Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th May

We see the births of the following today – Welsh pirate (getting in on the act well before the Somalis), John Roberts also known as Bartholomew Roberts and his professional name of Black Bart, had more arrr’s than oooh’s when born in 1682. Co-founder of helium gas, Joseph Norman Lockyer had a highly pitched squeaky voice from 1836. Also born that year, champion chess player Wilhelm Steinitz got his tactics right. Another co-founder, this one of American car company bearing his name, Horace Elgin Dodge steered his way through in 1868. Spanish King Alphonse Leon Ferdinand Mary James Isidore Pascal Anthony of Bourbon and Hadsburg-Lorraine, or just Alphonse XIII started off as he meant to carry on in 1886. Norwegian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate who was mentioned last week, Odd Hassel didn’t find it such given he was born in 1897. Known for watching Johnny Weissmuller swinging about sets in his loin cloth whilst playing Tarzan, his Jane, Maureen Paula O’Sullivan was too scared to scream during her birth in 1911. Forgotten co-founding member of Apple Computers, behind the scenes man Ronald Gerald Wayne was fronting things in 1934. A year later in 1935, alternative playwright/dramatist Dennis Christopher George Potter wrote himself into the plot. Another Dennis, this one starred in classic film Easy Rider and not so classic Super Mario Bros – Dennis Hopper arrived out of the blue in 1936. Boxer ‘Sugar’ Ray Charles Leonard was a featherweight in 1956. Also born that year, newsreader/ television presenter Sue Carpenter found her bed. Irish singer Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhronáin, or Enya Patricia Brennan who’s managed to cut that down to Enya, had her own Orinoco Flow in 1961. Member of short lived band Voice of the Beehive – Tracey Bryn was unable to say, ‘Don’t call me baby’ in 1962. Epsom (Surrey) born journo and older bro to Tim, BBC stalwart Jeremy Guy Vine presented himself to the world in 1965. Fourth President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed dived for it in 1967. Another Irish singer, this one part of family group The Corrs, Andrea Jane Corr wasn’t breathless when born in 1974. Two time Olympic medalist at speed skating, Christine Nesbitt was on the right track given she made it through in 1985. Norwegian of the day – cyclist with the sore legs and bottom, Edvald Boasson Hagen broke away for the first time in 1987.

Deaths have picked up a bit today given Emperor Wu of the Jin Dynasty took his robes off for the last time in 290. Painter of the early Renaissance Sandro Botticelli dropped his paintbrush in 1510. The next few people seem to have irked King Henry VIII by being accused of treason and ‘dabbling’ with his wife Anne Boleyn – real life Lord Percy Percy and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber Francis Weston, followed by real life Baldrick English courtier and Groom of the Stool, Henry Norris and finally real life Melchett English courtier and Groom of the Privy Chamber, William Brereton were all taken to the gallows in 1536. Given there are no Popes croaking today, Matthew Parker Archbishop of Canterbury found he didn’t have to get up early on a Sunday morning again after 1575. Founder of agricultural machinery company bearing not only a deer but also the founders name, John Deere plowed his furrow in 1886. Toy shop owner Frederick August Otto Schwarz stopped dressing as soldier and looking bored in 1911. 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand Georges William Forbes made it 6ft nearer middle earth in 1947. Not to be out done by Matthew Parker, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury Donald Coggan also found he had a perpetual lie in from 2000. Techno queen, LaDonna Adrian Gaines, or Donna Summer, started living in the state of independence from 2012. Finally, ex(enforced) leader (dictator) of Argentina Jorge Rafael Videla munched his last steak in 2013.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th May

Births today start with Everard Digby (not camp game show host Larry Grayson’s, ahem, ‘friend’), but less famous Gunpowder plotter who sparked into life back in 1578. In 1611 Benedetto Odescalchi, or Pope Innocent XI took to pontificating a bit before his time. Architect of both Amsterdam’s Central Station and Rijksmuseum, Petrus Josephus Hubertus (Pierre) Cuypers hit the bullseye window in 1827. Co-inventor of the microphone, David Edward Hughes, announced his arrival in 1831. Head of acting clan, Henry Jaynes Fonda didn’t suffer stage fright when born in 1905. Voice of the original Snow White, Adriana Caselotti was as innocent as her character in 1916. Candelabra hogging non gay(!) fan of all things sparkly, ivory tickler Władziu Valentino Liberace had a broken chord in 1919. Old style comedian and music hall aficionado with the cheeky gap toothed smile, Roy Hudd broke through in 1936. Known for playing Batgirl in TV series Batman, Yvonne Joyce Craig thought it was high time to be born in 1937. Having mentioned her husband, Richard Madeley a few days ago, here’s his wife, Judith Adele ‘Judy’ Finnigan will be ordering everyone to eat cake and drink pop in celebration of her 70th birthday. Founder of over priced fashion label bearing his name, Christian Lacroix designed his entrance to the world in 1951. Oirish James Bond, (yawn), Pierce Brosnan started off as a live wire in 1953. Also born that year, singer with Mr. Mister – Richard Page began to wear the face. Early 80’s singer Hazel O’Connor pushed and shoved her way through in 1955. Singer with 80’s synth pop band Heaven 17 – Glen Peter Gregory gave into temptation being born in 1958. Younger sis to odd ball singer Michael, Janet Damita Jo Jackson will celebrate her special day, (and her 52nd birthday), by having a slippery nipple. Tennis player Gabriele Sabatini started making a racket in 1970. Known for her role in her dad’s boring television series Beverley Hills 90210, Victoria Davey ‘Tori’ Spelling will have had the help in birth back in 1973. Also born that year, one of the stars of Jackass – Jason Shannon Acuña became known as ‘Wee Man’. Excessive eater Adam Richman had his first meal in 1974. Actress Megan Denise Fox had hope and faith about being born in 1986. 

Deaths today are again somewhat sparse, but we do start with Irish Saint – Brendan who took his final journey in 583. Not to be outdone, English Saint Simon Stock was given his scapular in 1265. French fairy tale writer who penned Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood to name but four, Charles Perrault signed off in 1703. Founder of confectionery company bearing his name, Harry Burnett ‘H.B.’ Reese – with the H.B. Reese Candy Company, went sour in 1956. Actress known for playing the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Margaret Brainard Hamilton became the invisible woman in 1985. Following on from his mate Frank Sinatra’s death a couple of days ago, another original Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. found his time was up in 1990. Also not making it through that year is chief muppet James Maury ‘Jim’ Henson. Comedy actor known for his role in classic BBC sit-com, Hi-de-Hi! and over enthusiastic (but not very good) singer born George Frederick Speight, but was better known as Paul Shane, started pushing up the green, green grass in 2013. Finally, Chairman/MD of Tata Steel, (plus associated companies), Russi Mody began going rusty in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th May

Things are a bit quieter after a busy couple of days and to this end we start with composer and pioneer of opera, Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi opened his lungs in 1567. Writer of children’s book and author of (The Wonderful) Wizard of Oz, Lyman Frank Baum who abbreviated that to L. Frank Baum was the littlest giant in 1856. Actor noted for his role in Citizen Kane – Joseph Cheshire Cotten Jr., wasn’t under Capricorn given he was Taurus having been born this day in 1905. Songwriter who came up with ‘It’s Not Unusual’ for Tom Jones, Gordon William Mills gave up the hide and seek in 1935. Cartoonist mate of Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman was near to the bone in 1936. A year later in 1937, former first female American Secretary of State, Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright, (born Marie Jana Korbelová) had her first assignment. Also born that year, first music star to feature – Trinidad ‘Trini’ López III found he didn’t need a hammer. Musician with one of the un-coolest names going, Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste Eno, (although he was only baptised Brian Peter George Eno apparently), finds he’s got another day on earth after being born in 1948, whilst five years later in 1953 the bells were ringing out when Michael Gordon ‘Mike’ Oldfield arrived. Close on the heels of Brian Eno, rapper Melvin Glover decided it’s probably better to be known by the moniker (Grandmaster) Melle Mel, (with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), who gave his mum the message he was about to be born in 1961. Current Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen taxed his mum for the first time in 1964. Son to guitarist Frank – Ahmet Emuukah Roden Zappa was ready to rumble in 1974. Minor Royal slipping down the succession tree who’s also an Olympic eventing medalist, Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (née Phillips) will be celebrating her 37th birthday, unlike dour tennis player and Olympic gold medalist, Andrew Barron ‘Andy’ Murray who hits 31 today.

Death wise, Pope Marinus I (or Martin II) didn’t have to learn any new languages after 884. Russian Prince and founder of Moscow, Yuri Dolgorukiy must have started the city’s cemetery in 1157. Writer and encyclopaedist, Ephraim Chambers got to research death first hand in 1740. Two time Prime Minister from the land of sunshine, crocodiles, awful beer (Foster’s) and Paul Hogan, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies had his dispatch box ready for him in 1978. Singer with The Chiffons, Barbara Lee was out of this world in 1992. Wife of ‘The Man in Black’ and warbler of various Doesy Do tunes, June Carter Cash turned for the last time in 2003. Composer of original theme tune to Star Trek, Alexander Mair ‘Sandy’ Courage Jr., wasn’t so much beamed up but buried in 2008. 63rd Prime Minister of Belgium Jean-Luc Dehaene supped his last litre of wife beater (Stella Artois) in 2014. Finally, infamous child killer born Ian Duncan Stewart but known as Ian Brady did us all a favour last year. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th May

Ermine/sash wearer Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden claimed the absolute right to his birthday in 1710. Landscape painter by numbers, Thomas Gainsborough found realism a reality from 1727. Know all in iconology in the Renaissance era, (sounds thrilling), with the rather unfortunate name, Edgar Wind started passing it from 1900. Film and stage actor who has 50 credits to his name on IMDb, (sadly all in Norwegian), Arve Opshal lifted the curtain on his life in 1921. Non-relation to René, British spy throughout the Second World War born Sonya Esmée Florence Butt, who went by the name Sonia d’ Artois said it more than once that she was born in 1924. Also born in 1924, creator of cartoon dog Marmaduke – Bradley Jay ‘Brad’ Anderson pencilled in this date as his birthday. Comedian and other half to Wise, John Eric Bartholomew who’s better known as Eric Morecombe, started making people laugh in 1928. A year later in 1929, (not so great) straight man Henry McGee joined the fray. Born Walden Robert Cassotto but deciding to change his name to something a bit more interesting selecting Bobby Darin, (for some reason) had his oh! look at me now moment in 1936. Posthumous VC medal holder awarded during the Falklands War, Herbert ‘H’ Jones was his mum’s little trooper from 1940. Also born that year, sea dog Charles ‘Chay’ Blyth bobbed along. Immensely successful film director of the Star Wars franchise, (triple yawn), George Lucas became his own Luke Skywalker in 1944. Scottish born American singer, David Byrne wasn’t quite a talking head in 1952. Actor Timothy Simon ‘Tim’ Roth was made in Britain back in 1961, (or 1960 if you take nine months off his birthdate). Actress Nancy Sorel reached the outer limits in 1964. Non-singing singer with miming group Milli Vanilli, Fabrice ‘Fab’ Morvan found it was all or nothing in 1966. Tall, 6ft 8ins (or 2.03m in new money), the taller version of Rik Mayall – Greg Davies wasn’t an inbetweener back in 1968. Actress Catherine Élise ‘Cate’ Blanchett didn’t suffer from the curious case of Benjamin Button when born in 1969. Daughter who followed her dad into the film business, Sofia Carmina Coppola found the bounce board in 1971. Singer Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox who goes by her first name, started having her parents turn down the lights from 1973. Also born that year, fellow singer Natalie Appleton has been an all saint. Another singer who’s also an actress and various other showbiz things, born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting but goes by the professional name Martine McCutcheon had her perfect moment in 1976. Leggy model Sophie Anderton  had plenty of front in 1977. Excessive data gatherer, billionaire co-founder of Facebook, and reluctant Congress/Parliament visitor Mark Eliot Zuckerberg started networking in 1984.

As for deaths, another Pope gave up breathing today – this time Pope John XI I took his permanent leave in 964, and just for impartiality, given more Popes get mentioned than anyone else, third of the ten Sikh Gurus, Guru Amar Dus couldn’t get to meet his maker in 1574. First of two Kings of France (and Navarre) – Henry IV felt more than ruff this day in 1610. Then, in 1643, Louis XIII coughed his last. Another European Royal, this one King Frederick VIII of Denmark held the top job for six years before abdicating in 1912. Henry John Heinz who blew away the competition during life, let out a little gasp in 1919. Writer of novels such as King Solomon’s Mines – Sir Henry Rider Haggard conducted a visit to the chief in 1925. Actress who portrayed Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the film version of The Wizard of Oz, Mary William Ethelbert Appleton ‘Billie’ Burke became the ghost who came home in 1970. Singer with The Yardbirds, William Keith Relf had been over under sideways down since 1976. 46th President of Mexico, Miguel Alemán Valdés didn’t get his mañana wish in 1983. Five timed married actress, Margarita Carmen Cansino who cinema goers knew as Rita Hayworth, had her little chair with the name on the back folded up for good in 1987. Ol’ blue eyes and slightly off key singer Francis Albert ‘Frank’ Sinatra found 1998 wasn’t a very good year for him. 84th Prime Minister of Japan, Keizō Obuchi saw the last sunrise in 2000. Finally, legendary blues guitarist/singer, Riley Ben ‘B.B’ King found there must be a better world somewhere in 2015. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th May

Today’s posting starts with Danish physician and antiquary Ole Worm, or to give him his Latinised name – Olaus Wormius started new times in 1588. Michelangelo del Conte or as his saints and sinners knew him, Pope Innocent XIII started to pontificate in 1655,. Without giving all of his titles, British Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth, left it a few years after 1730 before starting to wear a wig. Another Pope – Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, (Pope Pipus IX to those interested), had his first audience. Other half of dull ‘comedy’ opera writers Gilbert & Sullivan – Arthur Seymour Sullivan didn’t manage to do the Lambeth walk in 1842. For the ladies who’ve had a Pap smear, you have Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou to thank, and he slipped through in 1883. Author/playwright Daphne du Maurier found the years between birth (1907) and death (1989). Having mentioned Beatrice ‘Bea’ Arthur on 25th April when she died, here she is again given she wondered what’s the rush? in 1922. Inventor of misers’ radio, ex-stuntman and previous Eel Pie Island resident, Trevor Baylis started to wind his parents up in 1937. Still plugging over priced car insurance in Britain, Harvey Keitel didn’t have bad timing in 1939. Rock’n’Roll singer with the Chuckle Brothers haircut and dad to one hit wonder Sam, Joseph Roger ‘Joe’ Brown found out what a crazy world he was going to live in from 1941. It was also the year Chicano rock star Richard Steven Valenzuela, who abbreviated it to Ritchie Valens was cry, cry, crying. Daughter of American actor and Globe Theatre recreator, Sam – Zoë Wanamaker put the performance of her life on in 1949. Dreadlocked head bobber with the sunglasses and smile whilst playing the piano born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, before changing it to Stevland Hardaway Morris and then settling on the slightly easier Stevie Wonder, will probably bash out ‘Happy Birthday’ in celebration of his 68th birthday. Original presenter of BBC Breakfast Time, Selina Mary Scott started her early mornings in 1951. Singer/ songwriter who’s a two time time Eurovision Song Contest winner (so we know his fan base) – Johnny Logan has been thinking, ‘What’s another year’ from 1954. Light fingered, hen pecked ex-presenter of This Morning, awful Ali G impersonator but very good radio DJ, Richard Madeley will try to tell his wife Judy that he’s 62 today. North Korean fan with multi coloured hair and excessive piercings, not to mention a liking of a few sherberts, Dennis Keith Rodman didn’t get to bump the cutter in 1961. Member of Australian comedy group Doug Anthony All Stars, Paul Anthony Michael McDermott had his big gig in 1962. Alternative musician Alison Elizabeth Margaret Goldfrapp was out head first in 1966, along with singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker who found it was his time to make his arrival. Actress Samantha Morton was sweet and lowdown in 1977. Wicket keeper/batsman for Sri Lanka Dilshan Vitharana was a popper in 1978. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland found himself start life in the Royal Palace of Stockholm back in 1979. 

Deaths seem to be a bit thin on the ground again, but Regency architect responsible for Regent Street, Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion, John Nash stopped planning on doing anything after 1835. Writer of tales about Tevye the Dairyman which became Fiddler on the Roof, Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich or Sholem Aleichem would have been scattered far and wide if he hadn’t been buried in 1916. Dead Norwegian of the day is Nobel Peace Prize winning laureate and explorer who’s also a Captain Flashheart looky likey, Fridtjof Nansen found the third coldest place after the Artic and Antartic – the morgue in 1930. Two time Academy Award winning actor who graduated from being a silent stunt man to leading light – born Frank James Cooper, but finding fame as Gary Cooper, has had more than seven days’ leave since 1961. Writer of book Cider With Rosie, Laurence Edward Alan ‘Laurie’ Lee found he couldn’t stay long after 1997. Writer of fictional stories based in Malgudi, Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Naraynaswami entered the dark room in 2001. Frozen chip manufacturer Wallace McCain rather ironically ended up frozen himself in 2011. Finally, bass guitarist with Booker T and the MG’s along with the Blue Brothers, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn found his death wasn’t lost in translation when he was found in Tokyo in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th May

Ginger monarch of Sweden born Gustav Eriksson, later known as Gustav Vasa but professionally referred to as Gustav I liberated himself in 1496. Continuing the ancient Royal theme, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Augustus II the Strong found the strength to be born in 1674. Composer who didn’t give his name to a weak lager from the late 70’s and early 80’s, Frank Anton Hoffmeister had a clean sheet in 1754. Writer of limericks and literary nonsense, the most famous of which being ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, Edward Lear started burbling in 1812, (or was it 1813?). Known for wandering around Crimea with a lamp, nurse Florence Nightingale lit her parents lives up from 1820. Hugh Trumble two time captain of the Wallabies in cricket test matches had the perfect delivery in 1867. Amsterdam loft dweller and dad to both Anne & Margot, Otto Heinrich ‘Pim’ Frank began life in 1889. Writer of ‘The Saint’ books Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, but known by his pen name Leslie Charteris, wrote himself into the plot back in 1907. Also born that year is greatest star in Hollywood history (apparently), Katherine Houghton Hepburn’s mum started bringing up baby. English comedy actor Anthony John Tony ‘that’s almost an armful’ Hancock took longer than half an hour to be delivered in 1924. Baseball catcher Lawrence Peter ‘Yogi’ Berra had the backstop in 1925. Middle of the road song composer and fan of divorcing/remarrying, Burt Freeman Bacharach was wishin’ and hopin’ he’d be born this day in 1928. Guillermo Endara, 32nd President of Panama made it through the birth canal in 1936. Actress Susan Hampshire must have been somewhat baffled! with events back in 1937. Blockhead and singer Ian Dury’s parents had reasons to be cheerful from 1942. Multi talented musician Stephen Lawrence ‘Steve’ Winwood saw his chance and took it in 1948. Pakistani answer to white coated umpire Dickie Bird, until he was found guilty of corruption, Asad Rauf, wasn’t on the back foot in 1956. Brat pack actor and son of Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez became one of the outsiders in 1962. Singer who was one half of Charles & Eddie, Charles Pettigrew wouldn’t be able to lie to you about his birthdate in 1963. Un-amusing crude and ginger comedienne/actress born Catherine Ford, but better known as Catherine Tate made her debut in 1968. Another person born that year is skateboarder Anthony Frank ‘Tony’ Hawk who made it through the half pipe. You Tube star (apparently) – Kevin ‘Nalts’ Nalty had his dad film proceedings in 1969. 

Slap head rugby playing man mountain Jonah Tali Lomu had his first match in 1975. Star of over run film franchise American Pie – James Matthew Biggs was off centre in  1978. 

Deaths include Pope Silvester II who saw St. Peter’s Square for the last time in 1003, whilst in 1012 Pope Sergius IV gave the conclave something to do. Rebuilder of the Palace of Westminster, (or the Houses of Parliament), Sir Charles Barry started to deconstruct himself in 1860. Real life Willy Wonka, John Cadbury was unable to wispa his last words in 1889. Comic strip artist who was the first to draw Buck Rogers, Richard William ‘Dick’ Calkins failed to see the future after 1962. Doctor and second President of Singapore – Benjamin Henry Shears didn’t get any noodles after 1982. Creator of the hard taco shell, Joe Valdez Caballero didn’t get to comment on his hard shell – his coffin, in 1989. Ex-red team leader who liked a suit one size too big, John Smith ceased to carry his Labour membership card from 1994. Also dying that year, psychologist Erik Homburger Erickson wasn’t too worried about his identity crisis. Easy listening (for some, but not me), singer Pierino Ronald ‘Perry’ Como had his final magic moment in 2001. Hussein Yousef Maziq – Prime Minister of Libya, didn’t need his Keffiyeh after 2006. Dead Norwegian of the day – ball kicker Tor Marius Gromstad joined the group of death in 2012. Lastly, thirty second President of Finland Mauno Henrik Koivisto finished off in 2017. 

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th May

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th May

Person associated with psychological and behavioural condition feigning illness and subject of a couple of films, Hieronymous Karl Frederich von Münchausen starts today’s posting as he was unable to lie about his birthdate from 1720. Siam born,(hence Siamese twins), Americanised conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker, started sharing birthdays from 1811. American scout leader who helped found the international Scouting Movement, Frederick Russell Burnham didn’t get his birthing badge in 1861. Non-relation to cartoon supremo Fred, aviatrix Harriet Quimby – not only the first woman to get a pilot’s licence in America but also the first woman to fly across the English Channel, survived the turbulence in 1875. Excessive writer of songs for films and shows, Israel Isidore Baline, (changing it to the slightly more catchy Irving Berlin), found his birthday wasn’t always in April seeing as he was born this day in 1888. Wobbly chinned actress Margaret Rutherford found the curtain, or rather sheet, came up in 1892. Known for his alternative sketches and waxed moustache, artist Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Doménech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, or just Salvador Dali, saw daylight for the first time in 1904. Fast talking bespectacled comedian, probably best known for playing Sgt. Phil(ip) Silver(s) wasn’t top banana in the family given he was the youngest of eight children being born in 1911. Pakistani scribbler of short stories, Saadt Hasan Manto wasn’t pardey ke peechhy (behind the curtains) after 1912. Actor known for playing Jesse Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, Denver Dell Pyle pulled his ripcord successfully in 1920. Character actor Frank William Thring reached the age of consent 21 years after birth in 1926. Another gaudy and overpriced Italian fashion label owner, Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani who goes by his first name started to bustle about in 1931. Great-grandson to founder of family brewing company, Arthur Sackville Labatt started to have a mouthfeel in 1934. Singer/songwriter Eric Victor Burdon thought he’s gotta get out of this place in 1941. Inquisitor and host of University Challenge, Jeremy Paxman will be asking himself, (hopefully numerous times), how he came to be 68 today. Ex-husband to Liza Minelli, plastic surgery enthusiast and reality television contestant who was found dead in a London (England) hotel room two years ago, David Alan Gest thought he was ‘simply the Gest’ in 1953. Ex-graveyard shift DJ on  BBC Radio 2, Alexander Norman Charles ‘Alex’ Lester aka The Dark Lord, will hopefully be celebrating his 62nd birthday spouting all sorts of nonsense. Part of acting dynasty family that’s been mentioned over the past few months, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson made her debut in 1963. English snooker player John Parrott had his big break in 1964. Hijacker of United flight 93, deluded religious nutter Ziad Jarrah dropped by in 1975. Actress, singer etc., born Holly Rachel Vukadinović who also goes by the name Holly Rachel Candy but is probably better known as Holly Valance started leaving her footprints in 1983. German pedal pusher Marcel Kittel wobbled into life back in 1988.

As for deaths it’s another pretty quiet day, but we start with British Prime Minister William Pitt, (the Elder) 1st Earl of Chatham, who adjourned for good in 1778. Another British Prime Minister, this one Spencer Percival took the honour of being the only one to be assassinated in 1812. Actor known for playing Tarzan of the Apes, Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr., abbreviated to Lex Barker, swopped the loin cloth for a death shroud in 1973. Dead Norwegian of the day goes to chemist who was also a Nobel Laureate, Odd Hassel found death a hassle in 1981. Also not making it through that year is Jamaican ‘tobacco’ smoker Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley didn’t get up or stand up. Traitor and defector to the red team, Harald Adrian Russell ‘Kim’ Philby put his hammer and sickle down in 1988. Inventor of the Margarita drink, Carlos Herrera fell over in 1990. President of Nigeria, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe stopped receiving replies to spurious e-mails in 1996. Author of science fiction (yawn) book ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, Douglas Noel Adams had his last chance to see anything in 2001. One half of singing duo McFedden & Whitehead, John Whitehead found there was something stoppin’ him now in 2004. Actress Shanthi Lekha had her ultimate death scene in 2009. Finally, co-founder of overpriced stationery business Staples Inc, Leo Khan was stationary in 2011.