Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th January

 

Today’s worthy bunch include, among others, King Valdemar I of Denmark and Duke of Schleswig who staked his claim in 1131. American, then British, soldier in the American Revolutionary War – Benedict Arnold got his marching orders in 1741, (on the old style calendar). Governor of Victoria Australia with the excessive sideburns, Charles Hotham had to wait a few years from 1806 before getting to sample VB. Author of countless children’s books – Thornton Waldo Burgess began his adventures in 1874. Fashion designer born Maria Adélaide Nielli but known as Nina Ricci was a one off product in 1883. Producer of Laurel & Hardy, Harold Eugene ‘Hal’ Roach Sr., saw the lights for the first time in 1892. Star of over 230 films, born Phyllis Virginia Daniels before going onto be known as Bebe Daniels, was a daring youth from 1901. Television producer who’s co-responsible for various game shows including: Family Feud, What’s My Line and The Price Is Right – Mark Goodson came on down in 1915. Actor known for his roles in Zorro and Lost in Space, born Armand Joseph Catalans but renamed himself Guy Williams, was a real bonanza to his parents in 1924. Actor who played shouty bigot Alf Garnett, Warren Miselle (later to become Mitchell), didn’t suffer a two way stretch in 1926. Fellow sit-com actor (with the false teeth), Richard David Briers was all the down (rather than up) in 1934. Country singer born Billie Jo Moore, but known as Billie Jo Spears was unable to stay away from the apple tree after 1937. Fellow singer John Allan Jones wasn’t on his Jack in 1938. Academy award winning actress Dorothy Faye Dunaway, solved the puzzle of a downfall child in 1914. Having mentioned patient killing doctor Harold Shipman only yesterday when he topped himself, here he is again as he embarked on life in 1946. Film director Steven Soderbergh was granted access all areas in 1963. Actor who I know from his role in The Full Monty, Mark Addy had his parents make the announcement of his birth in 1964. Annoying television chef with the bins and wavy hair, Hugh Christopher Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall was locally produced in 1965. James Todd Smith, or, to give his stage name, Ladies Love Cool James, (so no vanity there then), had his first (c)rap in 1968. Drummer with grunge band Nirvana before going onto front his own one, David Eric ‘Dave’ Grohl found the rhythm in 1969. Norwegian of the day, bagger of 5 Winter Olympic gold medals – alpine skier Lasse Kjus slid out in style back in 1971. Singer with family band The Kings of Leon, Caleb Followill gave four kicks before birth in 1981.

Deaths start with astronomer and general know all with a comet named after him and the Brian May hair – Edmond/Edmund Halley stopped seeing stars in 1741. Not an actual person, but Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier who has a statue in Edinburgh, which rather ironically other dogs now relieve themselves on, entered the great kennel in the sky back in 1872. Writer, (among many other things), Charles Lutwidge Dodgson or to give his nom de plume, Lewis Carroll, didn’t have any further pillow problems from 1898. Having mentioned car manufacturer John Francis Dodge on 25th October, here he is again given he suffered a fatal breakdown in 1920. Hollywood actor Humphrey DeForest Bogart entered the big sleep in 1957. Fellow actor Barry Fitzgerald became the quiet man in 1961. King Frederick IX of Denmark hung his sailors outfit up for the last time in 1972. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Robert Anthony Eden had his own exit poll confirmed in 1977. Raymond Albert ‘Ray’ Kroc who built McDonalds into what it is today, had one final drive through, the funeral home in 1984. Two years later, Donna Belle Mullenger or Donna Reed, who appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life found it wasn’t so wonderful dead in 1986. First dead Norwegian of the day, grunter Terjen Bakken or ‘Valfar’ as he was known to his Viking metal fans stopped suffering from tinnitus in 2004. Outlandish German fashion designer Rudolph Moshammer found his life cut short in 2005. Actress Shirley Schrift or Shelley Winters lost that lucky touch in 2006. Second dead Norwegian of the day, Jon Bing – he of the moustache and bald head with long hair at the back, got his dust to dust moment in 2014. Finally, act tor Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman has had an eye in the sky since 2016. Also not making it through that year – music producer and husband/manager to Celine Dion, René Angélil has been enjoying the silence.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th January

 

French/Flemish mystic Antoinette Bourignon de la Porte starts today’s posting given she took her mum by surprise in 1616. Holder of four Olympic medals (from two different games), American wheezer Nathaniel Cartmell broke the tape for the first time in 1883. Ex-Queensland Premier Johannes ‘Joh’ Bjelke-Petersen delivered the right result for his parents in 1911. Writer of Paddington Bear, Thomas Michael Bond was born deepest darkest Berkshire, (Newbury to be precise) in 1926. Actress Frances Sternhagen reached the outer limits in 1930. Fellow actor Ian Mackendrick Hendry never got to meet his dopplegänger from 1931. Known for her appearances in Monty Python’s Flying Circus (among other shows), Carol Cleveland found the meaning of life from 1942. Long haired leather trousered rocker with thrash metal band Megadeath, James LoMenzo had a rude awakening in 1959. The shambolic birth and early life of Wayne Coyne, main man of alternative group The Flaming Lips started in 1961. Also born that year, fez/bowler hat wearing frontman to Ska band Madness – Graham McPherson, or Suggs didn’t get to wear baggy trousers, more baggy nappies/diapers. Comedian found on an ever increasing number of panel shows, wiry haired keyboard player Mark Robert ‘Bill’ Bailey didn’t look part troll in 1964. Ball dropper (on the snooker table), Stephen Gordon Hendry had his big break in 1969. Alleged doped up pedlar Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani staged his first breakaway in 1970. Football (soccer) player, Mark Bosnich obviously wasn’t too good to go down in 1972. Possibly conceived in Florida, actor Orlando Bloom was unlocked in 1977. Imran Khan, (no, not that one), but Indian actor had the Bombay talkies from 1983.

Deaths today start with Saint Kentigern (or Saint Mungo), patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland over did it with the fried Mars bars in 614. Holy Roman Emperor with the rather cruel name – Charles the Fat, started to slim down in 888. Founder of the Quaker movement, George Fox did more than quake in his boots for the last time in 1691. King Frederick V of Denmark and Norway along with being Duke of Schleswig-Holstein found he wasn’t going to continue the effeminate poses after 1766. Former cricketer and founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, Thomas Lord ran himself out in 1832. Having celebrated the birth of Joh Bjelke-Petersen above, we now have the passing of George Henry Thorn another Premier of Queensland who stopped taking the sun in 1905. Man of many things including lawman and brothel keeper, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp didn’t dodge death in 1929. Novelist/poet James Joyce had his own wake, never mind Finnegans in 1941. Co-founder of Paramount Pictures, Jesse Louis Lasky had the clapperboard come down in 1958. Singer Donny Edward Hathaway was giving up everything in 1979. President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-Kuo may have died in 1998 but he had to wait until the winter of 2005 to be buried. Dead Norwegian of the day, mountaineer and shipping magnate Arne Næss Jr (born Arne Rudolph Ludvig Raab), lost his footing in 2004. Also not making it through that year, ex-GP (General Practioner) Doctor who killed a few hundred of his patients, Harold Shipman did us all a favour by taking his life. Welsh socialite Sir David St Vincent ‘Dai’ Llewellyn wasn’t so sociable from 2009. Another person who died that year was Patrick Joseph McGoohan found himself released. Singer Theodore DeReese ‘Teddy’ Pendergrass found now was the time in 2010. Religious leader Balagangadharanatha Swamiji ran out of breath saying his name in 2013. Finally, photographer and ex-husband to Princess Maggie – Anthony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowden who Debrett’s knew as Lord Snowden snapped in 2017.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th January

 

Today’s posting starts with fairy tale writer Charles Perrault who spun a yarn about being born in 1628. Ferdinand II King of the Two Sicilies started getting a sun tan in 1810. Person who introduced Vedanta and Yoga to the western world – born Narendranath Datta but went onto be known as Swami Vivekananda contorted his way through in 1863. Two people born in 1893 – Hermann Wilhelm Göring/Goering and Alfred Rosenberg were both yet to develop into despicable people leading the Nazi Party. Ex-South African President Pieter Willem Botha started to have separation issues in 1916. Spiritualist who came up with transcendental meditation Mahesh Prasad Varma or Maharashi Mahesh Yogi’s mum should have been put in a trance when giving birth in 1917. Alleged singer and comedian, Desmond Bernard ‘Des’ O’Connor never suffered loneliness having been born in 1932. Former drainpipe layer and gardener before going onto being a television presenter/broadcaster – Michael Aspel had his break in 1933. Blues singer John William ‘Long John’ Baldry found it’s good to be alive from 1941, (until his death in 2005). Heavyweight pugilist Joseph William ‘Joe’ Frazier had some fancy footwork when being born in 1944. Actress known for her role in un-amusing sit-com Cheers, Kirstie Louise Alley found it takes two in 1951. Frizzy haired radio DJ who’s pushed the boundaries somewhat, Howard Allan Stern shocked everyone by being born in 1954. Half of Swedish pop duo Roxette, Per Håkan Gessle was dressed for success (in his nappies/diapers) back in 1959. Founder of company who make people run around vast warehouses, Amazon – born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen but now known as Jeffrey Preston Bezos, was off the bed (as opposed to the shelf) in 1964. One legged dancer and ex-Mrs, (or Lady) McCartney, Heather Mills stumbled into life in 1968. Norwegian of the day, ex-ice hockey player Kjell Espen Knutsen Jahre has started skating over his age having been born in 1972. Tattooed previous member of the Spice Girls, Melanie Jayne Chisholm who abbreviated that to Melanie C and then managed to get that down to Mel C, found 2 become 1 in 1974. Actress Gemma Arterton was the girl with all the gifts in 1986. Pop singer/songwriter who’s passed me by, Victoria Louise ‘Pixie’ Lott found gravity in 1991. Former boy band member who left One Direction (yawn), Zain Javadd ‘Zayn’ Malik started keeping his parents up all night from 1993.

As for deaths, archaeologist John Horsley, who, in 1732 started his own archaeological study. Anne, Princess Royal (no, not the horsey one) but Princess of Orange looked distinctly white in 1759. British Prime Minister (for all of 11 months), William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville didn’t need his Whig from 1834. Vice President of the Vegetarian Society, (yes they were about back then), who also invented his method of shorthand, Issac Pitman took the long handed way to die in 1897. Founder of Canadian Club whisky, Hiram Walker matured to the point of death in 1899. Crime writing queen Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, (née Miller) didn’t keep anyone in suspense given she died, (without any suspicious circumstances) in 1976. Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme of the Soviet Union, Nicolai Viktorovich Podgorny gave up drinking vodka in 1983. Co-founder of computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard, William ‘Bill’ Redington Hewlett ran out of life in 2001. Disastrous Argentinian General and 44th Presidenti who took his country to war over the Falklands, Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri Castelli released his grip in 2003. Also not making it through that year, one third of medallion wearing white toothed brother group The Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb saw the lights go down over Massachusetts. Finally, Indian actor, Amrish lal Puri had his death scene in 2005.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th January

 

Todays posting has a some what transatlantic feel to and first up is academic who studied at Harvard before becoming their President – John Rogers passed his first test in 1630. Founding father of the United States of America and 1st United States Secretary of The Treasury – Alexander Hamilton started to cost his parents from either 1755 or 1757. Straggly bearded founder of Western Union and co-founder of the university bearing his name, Ezra Cornell started to communicate with his mum from 1807. First Prime Minister of Canada, John Alexander Macdonald didn’t bribe his mother being born in 1815. Having not had a Norwegian of the day over past few days, here we see composer Christian Sinding make up for that oversight given he arrived in 1856. American shopkeeper who opened his store on Oxford Street London, Harry Gordon Selfridge found his life cycle started in 1858. Inventor of the organ (among other things) bearing his name, Laurens Hammond tuned in for the first time in 1895. Person who discovered lysergic acid diethylamide (or just LSD) – Albert Hoffman was on his biggest trip in 1906. Actor Rodney Stuart ‘Rod’ Taylor found it open season in 1930. Ex-Reigate resident, actor known for his role in now un-PC sit-com, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – Melvyn Hayes didn’t quite stage the silent invasion in 1935. Committed red team member, comb over king along with being deluded and disastrous strike leader, Arthur Scargill wasn’t numb when born in 1938. Saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Anicholas Clemons hit the right note in 1942. Australian popster Daryl Braithwaite started breaking the rules in 1949. Actor found in virtually every television and quiz show from the early to mid-90’s, John Gibb Marshall or as his equity card states John Sessions, wasn’t made in Dagenham given he was born in Largs, Ayrshire in 1953. Son to committed Scottish independence activist Sean, (who lives in the Bahamas) – actor Jason Joseph Connery was the boy who had everything from 1963. Singer Mary Jane Bilge, (sorry Blige), had the breakthrough in 1971. Second Reigate resident to be mentioned today, dreadlocked ginger singer Sam Newton Battenberg Faulkner wasn’t hand built by robots in 1985. Replacement for naked jogging machine casualty Carol Vorderman – who can do her sums, (without counting on her fingers) Rachel Riley was virtually famous in 1986.

There’s another Pope to kick the deaths paragraph off, as we see Pope John VI became a relic in 705. Irish born physician and collector with various roads in central London named after him and who’s stuff created the British Museum, Sir Hans Sloane didn’t donate his bones in 1753. Founder of brewery named after him, John Molson didn’t bottle it up after 1836. Amateur poet who wrote the lyrics to American National Anthem ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, Francis Scott Key stopped his bible study in 1843. First Premier of New South Wales, Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson took his last breath in not so sunny Cumberland, England in 1867. Developer of condensed milk – Gail Borden II found himself canned in 1874. Son of founder of Carlsberg Brewery, Carl Christian Hillman Jacobsen went flat in 1914. King of the Hellenes – Constantine I of Greece, not only lost his popularity but his life in 1923. Novelist Thomas Hardy has been in the grave by the handpost since 1928. Co-star to un-amusing silent film star Charlie Chaplin – Olga Edna Purviance joined the idle class in 1958. Inventor of both Clearasil and Odor Eaters, Ivan DeBlois Combe found he didn’t have a spotty face or smelly feet when he died in 2000. Act tor and other half to Dame Jude, Michael Leonard Williams had a dead cert in 2001. One of the first people to shin up Mount Everest with his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Percival ‘Ed’ Hillary found himself 29,035 feet or 8,849.65 metres from the summit in 2008. Sports presenter who was mentioned just over a week ago, David Vine went down hill in 2009. Inventor of the electronic handheld breathalyser, Thomas ‘Tom’ Parry Jones ran out of breath in 2013. Finally, actor Jerome Barry Willis found himself God’s outlaw from 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th January

 

Older and lesser known brother to Jesse James, Alexander Franklin ‘Frank’ James starts the posting today given he forced his way through in 1843. Writer with the rather unfortunate surname, Melchior Wańkowicz started his back story in 1892. Actor known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Raymond Wallace ‘Ray’ Bolger found life begins at 8:40 in 1904. Original ‘M’ in long running film franchise James Bond, (John) Bernard Lee was on the spot in 1908. Nephew to Walt, he of little mice and huge pleasure parks – Roy Edward Disney eased in when born in 1930. Actor of stage, film and television Anthony ‘Anton’ Rodgers had an impromptu entrance back in 1933. Singer/songwriter known for his one hit, Philip Wallach Blondheim who went onto become Scott McKenzie took a moment in 1939. Anatomist with the homberg hat and plasticine cadavers, Gunther Gerhard Liebchen who then went for Gunther von Hagens, started his study of bodies in 1945. Also born that year, gravelly voiced womanising Scottish (despite being born in London) singer/songwriter – Roderick David ‘Rod’ Stewart has never had a dull moment. Co-founder of Steely Dan, Donald Jay Fagen has been reelin’ in the years from 1948. Heavyweight boxing champ before going on to flog his own portable grill thing, George Edward Foreman shadow boxed his way out in 1949. Patricia Mae Andrzejewski who made Pat Benatar out of that was all fired up in 1953. Irish version of Gordon Brown, (who even looks a bit like him), ex-Taoiseach of Ireland, Brian Bernard Cowen had better approval ratings with his family in 1960 than he did with the electorate. Singer with Canadian band Crash Test Dummies – Bradley Kenneth ‘Brad’ Roberts, reached the promised land in 1964. Norwegian of the day, cross country skier Thomas Alsgaard kicked and glided in 1972. One half of (alleged) comedy duo – Flight of the Conchords, Jermaine Clement found people places things from 1974.

 

As for deaths, we start with Pope Agatho who gave the Vatican balcony a miss from 681. Not wanting to be outdone, Pope Gregory X was unable to pontificate after 1276. Continuing the religious theme, Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud found himself without a head in 1645. Sovereign Prince of Monaco, Honoré II never got to see the pot bellied millionaires wandering around in their linen shirt/trouser combo from their yacht to the casino given he died in 1662. Revolver manufacturer Samuel Colt, successfully discharged himself in 1862. Frontiersman William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody started to lookout across the mountain in 1917. Fashion designer also known for her scents, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Co Co’ Chanel had her own unique smell from 1971. Blues musician Chester Arthur Burnett or Howlin’ Wolf as he was also known had the answer to who will be next answered in 1976. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, (basically a cookie with chocolate chips in it) – Ruth Graves Wakefield found herself baked in 1977. Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the rather unfortunately named Claude Nobs found his stop time was in 2013. Singer with the different coloured eyes, David Bowie (or David Robert Jones), who was mentioned a mere two days ago in honour of his birth gets another go given his wife had to return his present in 2016. Finally, journo who broke the story of (last) century, (the outbreak of World War II) – Clare Hollingworth surrendered at 105 in 2017.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th January

 

Another day, another Pope – this one, Pope Gregory XV had a select congregation around him when born in 1554. Chief engineer on the Golden Gate Bridge – Joseph Baermann Strauss wasn’t suspended in 1870. Person who introduced the word robot into everyday lingo – Karel Căpek started to believe in people from 1890. Born Grace Stansfield but known as actress Gracie Fields, started to look up and laugh in 1898. Founder of odd Catholic practice Opus Dei, Josemaría Escríva de Balaguer y Albás was a mere laity in 1902. Nearly impeached 37th President of the United States of America President – Richard Milhous Nixon, kind of resigned himself being born in 1913. Known for playing Corporal Jack Jones in classic BBC sit-com Dad’s Army and his not so classic single ‘Grandad’, Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn wasn’t holding on in 1920. Actor Lee Van Cleef was the good, the bad and the ugly in 1925. Novelist Wilbur Addison Smith started the quest in 1933. Star of Gilligan’s Island, Robert Osbourne ‘Bob’ Denver had the sweet ride in 1935. Actress born Susannah Yolande Fletcher who went by the name Susannah York – lifted the curtain on life in 1939.
Folk singer, (no more said there) and activist (also nothing further to add), Joan Chandos Baez had no expectations in 1941. Comedian who married a significantly younger lady and allegedly ate a hamster – Frederick Leslie Fowell or Freddie Starr was live and dangerous in 1943. Also born that year, one half of singing duo The Walker Brothers, Noel Scott Engel or Scott Walker had no regrets. Founder of mega rock band Led Zeplin, James Patrick ‘Jimmy’ Page made his presence known in 1944. Geneticist responsible for developing both the RNA (fingerprinting or dactylograms) DNA profiling – Alec John Jeffreys got to know his parentage from 1950. Another singer, albeit in a completely different genre, Brenda Gail Webb or Crystal Gale as she’s now known was a bit restless in 1951. Actress of stage and screen Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton starts another year having been born in 1956. Assassin who kissed his target of Pope John Paul II – Mehmet Ali Ağca was on target in 1958. Singer with a few hits under his belt before taking the lower charts by storm, Nestor Alexander Haddaway, had the drive to be delivered in 1965. Also born that year, part of the Redgrave acting clan, Joely Kim Richardson found herself shining through. Another person born in 1965 was choreographer in numerous Bollywood films, Farah Khan Kunder found she had the right moves. Television presenter with her finger in many different pies, Sarah Lucinda Beeny developed into a proper baby after birth in 1972. Having mentioned Farah Khan (above), here’s one of her dancers in her films – Farhan Akhtar arrived on cue in 1974. Lisping member of boy band the Backstreet Boys Alexander James ‘A.J.’ McLean, has been larger than life since 1978. Spanish bunker avoider, Sergio García Fernández started playing around in 1980. Daughter of party popper and napkin seller, Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kate’ Middleton who’s climbed the social ladder a few rungs by now being known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge had her folks celebrate her birth in 1982. Singer from Scotland (as opposed to Italy), Paolo Giovanni Nutini got his new shoes in 1987.

As for deaths, Abû ‘Uthmân Sâ ‘îd ibn Hakam al Qurashi ruler of Minorca started to miss the sunshine from 1282. Astronomer Caroline Lucretia Herschel found her telescope surplus to requirements in 1848. Fifth and last President of Texas, Anson Jones rode out of town in 1858. King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, the one with the distinctive moustache excommunicated himself permanently in 1878. Silent film star who gave Rudolph Valentino a run for his money, John Cecil Pringle or John Gilbert became the man beneath six feet of earth in 1936. Unable to keep the family name going conductor Johann Strauss III dropped the baton in 1939. Comedian known for his satire and work with Dudley Moore, Peter Edward Cook didn’t get in the wrong box back in 1995. Ex-chairman of ICI and troubleshooter, Sir John Harvey-Jones didn’t take his own advice by rolling over in 2008. Singer/songwriter born David John Harmon but known as Dave Dee left Dozy, Beaky, Mitch and Tich to it in 2009. Raw food activist Rynn Berry wrinkled and dried himself in 2014. Finally, British DJ and broadcaster – Edward Stuart Mainwaring or Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart – was no longer able to shout ‘Crackerjack’ after 2016.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th January

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th January

 

We start today’s posting with co- discoverer of evolution through natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace proved his point having been born in 1823 and living until he was 90. First Prime Minister of Northern Ireland – James Craig was in union with his mum back in 1871. Also born that year, Princess Elena of Montenegro who went onto become Queen consort of Italy, Empress consort of Ethiopia and Queen consort of the Albanians started wearing bling. 14th Prime Minister of Australia – John Joseph Ambrose Curtin was in a minority of one from 1871. 1886 saw American football (as in soccer) player, Thomas Thurston January get the right month to be born in. Inventor of bubble gum -Walter E Diemer burst on to the scene in 1904. First ever Dr. Who, William Hartnell started his time travels in 1908. Tutu skirt wearing prancer of the stage with the Bolshoi – Galina Sergéyevna Ulánova was on her toes about a year after birth in 1910. Burlesque performer Rose Louise Hovick, but went by the name Gypsy Rose Lee was the vedette in 1911. Actor known for playing Fagin in Oliver! (among other roles), Ronald Moodnick (or just Ron Moody), had a revelation in 1924. Actor of stage, film and television Saeed Jaffrey was everywhere and nowhere in 1929. Tubby actor Roy Mitchell Kinnear started raising the roof in 1934. Overweight, spangly suited, squirrel and peanut butter sarnie eating singer who took Vegas by storm, Elvis Aaron Presley had his first number one in 1935. Singer Shirley Veronica Bassey was good, bad but beautiful (according her parents) in 1937. Surreal comedian with the pipe, Graham Arthur Chapman was told to, ‘Stop that! It’s silly, very silly indeed!’ from 1941. Extremely clever bloke in the motorised wheelchair with the speech aid, Stephen William Hawking started to find the theory of everything in 1942. Singer with the different coloured eyes who managed to flog over 140 million records, Sarf London boy done good – David Roberts Jones or David Bowie was more the boy who fell to earth in 1947. Drummer Paul Hester didn’t go home to a crowded house in 1959. Singer/songwriter Ronald Eldon ‘Ron’ Sexsmith found his whereabouts in 1964. Another singer, who’s been implicated with various scandals throughout his career, Robert Sylvester Kelly, or as his attorney knows him – R. Kelly, thought he was the world’s greatest baby in 1967. Norwegian of the day, rally driver Henning Solberg navigated his way in 1973. Owner of a smaller red button than D. Trump, (apparently), despotic leader (with the odd haircut), of North Korea who likes to bump his relatives off and test missiles – Kim Jung-un, foisted himself upon the world in either January or July 1984.

Antipope Clement III kicks the death paragraph off given he stopped hating proper Popes in 1100. He’s followed by Pope Celestine III who took his last orders in 1198. Explorer Marco Polo didn’t get to see the hole in the middle from 1324. Continuing the Italian theme, know all Galileo Galilei was hoping the stars weren’t lined up as they were in 1642. Scout master with the large hat and all the little badges sewed onto his tunic, Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell had his last ging-gang gooly moment in 1941. Member of family Country singing group Sara Elizabeth Carter, (née Dougherty) and later Sara Carter Bayes, found the place where you never grow old in 1979. Gap toothed bounder and caddish character actor Terry Thomas was the ghost that goes west in 1990. Randy leftist President of France François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand bombed in 1996. Having mentioned Walter E Diemer above, he’s one of those people arriving and departing the world on the same day, albeit 94 years after birth. Founder of alternative fast food burger joint – Wendy’s, Rex David ‘Dave’ Thomas wasn’t fried in 2002. British Labour MP who always had something to say to the media – Anthony Louis ‘Tony’ Banks found himself silenced in 2006. Finally, singer known for his one hit – Peter Eardley Sarstedt has been mellowed out since 2017.