Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 17th November

We start today’s births paragraph with Roman Emperor Vespasian who got his bulla in 9AD. Inventor of airtight food preservation, (through tin cans), Nicholas Appert opened himself up to the world in 1749. Overdressed King of France, Louis XVIII started off in 1755 somewhat under dressed. Norwegian of the day, composer with the rather large centre parting – Gerhard Rosenkrone Schjelderup tuned in from 1859. First President of the National Hockey League, (NHL) – Frank Sellick Calder wasn’t swathed in an Olympic sheet when born in 1877. Soldier with the two badges on his cap who commanded various battles throughout World War Two, Bernard Law ‘Monty’ Montgomery, (1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein), fought his way through in 1887. Founder of company bearing his name who manufacture cars, motorbikes, lawn mowers etc – Soichiro Honda spluttered into life back in 1906. Heart throb actor born Roy Harold Scherer but better known as Rock Hudson started to attract the ladies, (before the men), in 1925. Actress known for her double entendres, Fenella Feldman/Fenella Fielding started and carried on screaming from 1927. Actor born Harold Rance Beckenholdt, and then went onto be known as Rance Howard started to work out the lay of the land from 1928. Other half to Dud, comedian Peter Edward Cook bedazzled the nurses in 1937. Singer/songwriter Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr., was told to, ‘Sit Down Young Stranger’ after his arrival in 1938. Having mentioned his old man, (the one with a female name – Evelyn), on the 28th October when he finally put his pen down – here’s his son Auberon ‘Bron’ Waugh found himself more than a spectator in 1939. Known for violence and rude words in his films, Martin Charles Scorsese cued himself up in 1942. Also born that year, singer/songwriter Robert John ‘Bob’ Gaudio’s mum had a sherry to celebrate her son’s birth. Diminutive actor Daniel Michael ‘Danny’ DeVito Jr., has been a shorty since 1944. Non-critically acclaimed artist born Jack Hoggan but signs his daubings as Jack Vettriano had the longing to be born in 1951. Australian crim and author, Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read started off with both ears in 1954. Singer with 80’s band Go West – Peter John Cox was unable to tell his mum, ‘Don’t look down’ in 1955. Lewd telephone message leaver who’s best mates with toothy comedian Alan Carr and un-amusing ‘comedian’ Russell Brand, Jonathan Stephen Ross didn’t cause any controversy when born in 1960. Also arriving that year was outlandish performer RuPaul Andre Charles or just RuPaul, was born into the world naked. Singer/songwriter Jeffrey Scott Buckley was a mystery white boy in 1966. Another singer, Ronald Boyd DeVoe Jr., got to have a word to the mutha a year or so after arriving in 1967. Founder of Chinese search engine Baidu – Robin Li Yanhong, answered the call to action in 1968. Oldest brother in family band – Clarke Issac Hanson found, ‘I was born’ in 1980. Singer in another manufactured band from the 90’s, (Girls Aloud) – Sarah Nicole Hardman or Sarah Nicole Harding as she’s also known, was tangled up in 1981.

The deaths paragraph is very light today, yet we start in 1588 when two people rolled over, the first of which is Queen Mary I of England who also became known as ‘Bloody Mary’ left St. James’s Palace in a box. Having visited her, Archbishop of Canterbury Reginald Pole lasted all of couple of hours longer before calling it a day. King John III of Sweden left his beard to grow a bit longer from 1592. Creator of the Jolly Roger flag, John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham had a rum deal dangling and being cut up in 1720. Long wig wearer who led the Whig Party and ran the United Kingdom for a couple of years, Thomas Pelham-Holles added an eighth title to his list, deceased, in 1768. Having mentioned François Auguste René Rodin a mere five days ago in honour of his birth, here he is again given he wasn’t the walking man from 1917. Part of the Rockefeller clan, Michael Clark Rockefeller disappeared in somewhat mysterious circumstances whilst in Netherlands New Guinea back in 1961. Soul singer Jimmie Lee Ruffin who went onto become known as Jimmy Ruffin found farewell is a lonely sound first hand in 2014. Finally, mobster who headed up the Sicilian Mafia – Salvatore Riina or Totò ‘u Curtu, (Totó the Short) slipped away quietly in 2017.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 16th November

We start today’s posting way, way back in 42BC when Roman Emperor who lost out on the naming of a coffee chain – Tiberius Claudius Nero started as he meant to carry on by wearing sheets. ‘The Merrie Monarch’, David La’amea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua – King of the Hawaiian Islands was a ray of sunshine from 1836. Chemist responsible for mixing helium and oxygen for divers, (thereby stopping the bends) – Joel Henry Hildebrand had a squeaky voice from 1881. President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino started looking wistfully into the distance in 1890. Black shirted founder of the British Union of Fascists and dad to ‘adventurous’ bedroom antic laden son Max – Oswald Ernald Mosley started off wearing white, then brown nappies, (diapers), in 1896. Novelist born Joan à Beckett Weigall who also went by the names Lady Lindsay and Joan Lindsay, had the awakening in 1896. Nationalist who came up with the country name of Pakistan – Choudhry Rahmat Ali found himself created nine months before this date in 1897. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe the first President of Nigeria wasn’t able to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes over his birthdate in 1904. Known for playing The Penguin in Batman, (the television series), Oliver Burgess Meredith started waddling around a year or two after 1907. Radio/film actor George O. Petrie gets his first mention as he saw his folks! for the first time in 1912. Second World War spy and double agent Edward Arnold ‘Eddie Zig Zag’ Chapman didn’t give a lot away from 1914. Voice actor for Hanna Barbera, Charles Dawson ‘Daws’ Butler failed to do a loopy de loop in 1916. Neuroscientist who discovered REM, (not the American band who released an album a month in the late 80’s/early 90’s), but rhombencephalic sleep – Michel Valentin Marcel Jouvet, kept his parents awake from 1925. Diminutive fan of racing silks, William Fisher Hunter ‘Willie’ Carson didn’t defy the odds to be born in 1942. Video game designer for Nintendo – Shigeru Miyamoto found out about Wii’s from 1952. Amusing Welsh comic, (yes there are some out there), who’s now moved into presenting, Griff Rhys Jones started gurgling before talking back in 1953. Harry Carpenter’s favourite pugilist who lifted the WBC heavyweight belt before losing it six months later, Franklin Roy ‘Frank’ Bruno entered the fray in 1961. Comedian and one third of Australian troupe ‘Doug Anthony All Stars’ Timothy Dorcen Langbene ‘Tim’ Ferguson let it swing in 1963. Mrs Elvis Costello, jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall didn’t so much step out as slip out in 1964. Tubby actor Mark Benton was on the edge in 1965. Youngest test cricket captain for Pakistan Waqar Younis Maitla has made it to 50 not out. Comedian, writer, and many other things – Daniel Frederick ‘Danny’ Wallace was the centre of his parents universe in 1976. Actress who’s part of the Gyllenhaal clan – Margalit Ruth ‘Maggie’ Gyllenhaal has had the Mona Lisa smile since 1977. Second Hawaiian to feature today – professional surfer Bruce Irons made it through the tubes in 1979. Actress Gemma Louise Atkinson joined the hamster wheel in 1984. Current Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Mirella Marin started in 1985(!)

Given there are no Popes to mention today, we’ll settle on Archbishop of Canterbury Edmund Rich who handed in his bible in 1240. Henry of Winchester/King Henry III of England bagged his spot in Westminster Abbey back in 1272, well before any tourists started trudging round out it. King Gustav Adolphus of Sweden eased off the rollmop herrings from 1632. Founder of city bearing his, (slightly altered), surname – Moses Cleaveland didn’t get to survey the graveyard in 1806. Inventor of mechanical refrigeration – Carl von Linde cooled down in 1934. Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Robert ‘Rob’ Holbrook Smith/Dr Bob/Bill Wilson/Bill W went very dry in 1950. Ten years later, in 1960 star of some of the biggest films of all time, William Clark Gable was gone with the wind. Inventor of the gas mask – Cluny MacPherson released some pressure in 1966. Indian naval officer and actor Krishnan Nair who went by the name Jayan, found dangling from a helicopter wasn’t his best career move in 1980. Short comedian Arthur Bowden Askey who managed to get even shorter after they amputated both his legs died before your very eyes 1982. Composer of the Singapore National Anthem, Zubir Said, didn’t get to mention his death in 1987. Actor mentioned in the above paragraph – George O. Petrie is one of those people to expire on their birthday and has been a dead ringer since 1997. Leading vegan campaigner Donald Watson started the growing process for turnips etc in 2005. Television host Ralph Livingstone Edwards found that was his life in 2005. First dead Norwegian of the day, Grethe Kausland who represented her country in overlong and dull Eurovision Song Contest, (where she received their usual nil points) took her last gasp in 2007. Second dead Norwegian of the day, also not making it through 2007 is comedian Trond Georg Kirkvaag who found he didn’t have the last laugh. First user of an ATM in Britain, and star of un-amusing 70’s sitcom ‘On The Buses’, Reginald Alfred ‘Reg’ Varney fell off the platform in 2008. Actor E war Woo war, or to give him his full name Edward Woodward nearly became the wicker man, but went for pine instead in 2009. Computer boffin who perfected the magnetic-core memory a forerunner to Random Access Memory – Jay Wright Forrester found his disc full in 2016. Not my ex-work colleague, but fashion/celebrity photographer – Terence Patrick O’Neill didn’t have to worry about his ‘P’ setting from 2019. Finally, extravagant cigar chomping showbiz and sports agent Eric Hall saw his bookings dry up in 2020.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 15th November

King John I of France and Navarre starts things off today given he was born to be king from 1316. Born Tommaso Parentucelli, (later to be Pope Nicholas V), with the rather distictive nose entered the world on a wing and a prayer in 1397. British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder, (as opposed to his son who was somewhat imaginatively named William Pitt the Younger), clung on for the first time in 1708. Founder of schoolboys favourite planet – Uranus, Frederick William Herschel didn’t experience anti-gravity in 1738. First Norwegian of the day is their first Labour Prime Minister who also probably claimed an extra salary as Minister of Finance, Christopher Anderson Hornsrud didn’t demand a recount having been born in 1859. Known as ‘The Desert Fox’ in the Second World War, Field Marshall Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel was crafty being born in 1891. One of ten children, (you can tell there was no television back then), founder of the National Health Service who also had boys squirrelling around underground during the Second World War, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan dug his way out in 1897. Annunzio Paolo Mantovani orchestrated his arrival in 1905. Writer of a few books, (some of which made it to the big screen), James Graham ‘J.G.’ Ballard had his day of creation in 1930. Epsom, Surrey, born Sally Olwen Clark, but better known as singer Petula Clark, headed downtown for the first time in 1932. William Edward ‘Little Willie’ (but less said about that the better), John had no regrets about being born in 1937. Another singer born that year, Jimmy Ellis of The Trammps had a trusting heart. Designer of overpriced clothes/perfumes, Roberto Cavalli has fashioned a living since 1940. Second Norwegian of the day, (to a German father, but we don’t talk about that), one fourth of Swedish 70’s Eurovision winning group and recently revived group, ABBA – Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad’s, (the brunette one without the excessive blue eye make up), mother hopefully did know what was going on in 1945. Actress Beverly Heather D’Angelo’s parents were in high spirits back in 1951. R&B singer who must have been short of a few dollars given he headed into the Big Brother house, Alexander O’Neal hasn’t criticised hitting 68. Former roadie for The Thompson Twins before becoming singer with, err, The Thompson Twins – Joseph Martin ‘Joe’ Leeway was close to the bone in 1955. Modern master of the hidden camera show, Dominic John Romulus ‘Dom’ Joly made his presence known in 1967. Having mentioned Russell Tyrone Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard a mere two days ago when he died, here he is again given he started making indecipherable noises from 1968. Actor known for his role in Trainspotting – Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Lee Miller basked in the afterglow back in 1972. Singer/guitarist with Nickelback, Chad Robert Kroeger has been in the here and now since 1974. Grandson to queenie of the United Kingdom, Peter Mark Andrew Philips was fifth in line to the throne when born in 1977.

As for deaths, these appear to be a bit thin on the ground but we start with Dutch artist Aelbert Jacobsz Cuyp who saw his final scene, the ceiling, from his bed in 1691. Sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso disappeared in 1706. Maria da Glória Joana Carlota Leopoldina da Cruz Francisca Xavier de Paula Isidora Micaela Gabriela Rafaela Gonzaga who became known as Queen Maria II of Portugal and the Algarves, sipped her last port and lemon in 1835. Ornithologist Frank Michler Chapman saw the vultures circling in 1945. Narayan Apte and Nathuram Godse assassins of Mahatma Gandhi were taken out themselves in 1949. Non-relation to swimming pool party host Michael, (but grandfather to Drew), Lionel Barrymore was a free soul from 1954. Actor Tyrone Edmund Power III didn’t have the luck of the Irish in 1958. Original ‘Jane’ in the Tarzan films from 1918, Enid Markey swung off in 1981. Known for playing Sgt. Wilson in classic sit-com Dad’s Army, John Elton Le Mesurier Halliley, or just John Le Mesurier didn’t quite have the happy ending he’d hoped for in 1983. Notorious child murderer Myra Hindley didn’t get a great deal of sympathy when she rolled over in 2002. Actress and lepidopterist born Dulcie Winifred Catherine Bailey before getting married and taking the surname Denison but known as Dulcie Gray found a place of one’s own in 2011. Indian Defence Minister, Krishna Chandra Pant stopped wearing his from 2012. English ‘party hostess’ Cynthia Payne ran out of Luncheon Vouchers in 2015. Also not making it through 2015, actor Saeed Jaffrey made it to the far pavilions. We haven’t heard a lil peep out of extensively tattooed rapper Gustav Elijah Åhr since 2017. Finally, Indian actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay/Chatterjee entered room no. 103 in 2020.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 14th November

People who have/will be celebrating their birthday include, among others, King William III of England, Scotland and Ireland or William of Orange started off in white back in 1650. Violin making son of Antonio, Omobono Stradivari strung along in 1679. Dad to Wolfgang – Johan Georg Leopold Mozart started conducting his business in 1719. Inventor of the first commercially viable steamboat, Robert Fulton was firing on all cylinders in 1765. Person who discovered and named osmosis – Henri Dutrochet started spontaneous movements in 1766. Easel botherer and painter of lily ponds now found on everything from reproduced prints to drinks mats, Oscar-Claude Monet made the right impression in 1840. Leo Henricus Arthur Baekeland inventor of both Volex photographic paper and Bakelite plastic broke the mould in 1863. First Prime Minister of India, (and dad to Indira Ghandi), Jawaharlal Nehru, struggled through in 1889. Actress who’s had various songs made in her honour – (Mary) Louise Brooks was the show off from 1906. Writer of various children’s books and creator of Shrek! William Steig would have heard his parents say, ‘Listen little man!’ from 1907. Also born that year, fellow children’s author responsible for Pipi Longstocking – Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, (née Erickson) was one of the children of noisy village. Having mentioned a couple of characters from Gilligan’s Island recently, it’s now the turn of its creator, (along with the Brady Bunch), Sherwood Charles Schwartz had his first feature in 1916. Sixth Secretary General of resolution making, (whatever good that does), organisation The United Nations, Egyptian with the recurring name – Boutros Boutros-Ghali resolved to be born in 1922. Founder of ‘Fisher Price Mansion’ house building company bearing his name – Laurence Arthur Barratt laid the foundations in 1927. Old biddies favourite overweight leotard wearer, wrestler with the woman’s name – Shirley Crabtree or to give him his stage name, ‘Big Daddy’ found it, ‘easy, easy’ being born in 1929. Sit-com actor with the large centre parting, Michael Anthony Robbins was the bargee in 1930. Fritz Gunter Sachs started documenting his life from 1932. Hussein bin Talal, King of Jordan assumed the position in 1935. Singer Cornell Gunter was unable to say, ‘Wake me, shake me’ for a few years after 1936. Fellow singer Frederick ‘Freddy’ Garrity started the little big time in 1940. Political satirist Patrick Jake (P.J.) O’Rourke wondered how the hell did this happen? in 1947. Heir apparent to the British monarchy and other Commonwealth realms, Chas, Prince of Wales, (his official titles would take up another page), had the millionaires shot in 1948. Former Prime Minister of France, Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin was no longer Minister of the interior given he popped out in 1953. 66th United States Secretary of State and right hand woman to George Dubya Bush, Condolezza Rice saw to it that she was born 67 years ago. Talented actor Paul John McGann had his downtime in 1959. Actor Daniel Bernard ‘D.B.’ Sweeney reached the outer limits in 1961. One half of over priced designer brand Dolce & Gabbana – Steffano Gabbana started spinning yarns in 1962. Founding member of Run-D.M.C. as well being a practising Minister – Reverend Run, or Joseph Ward Simmonds was unable to walk this way for at least a year after his birth in 1964. Actress morphing into Barbara Windsor – Letitia Dean was back to one in 1967. Not the person I bought my first house from, but Olympic medal winning swimmer Mark Andrew Henderson managed to glide through in 1969. Australian rules football player Martin Pike didn’t tell the man in the white coat his name in 1972. Professional skateboarder Kareem Campbell performed his first ever 180 degree turnaround in 1973. Norwegian of the day, stage/film actor Nicolai Cleve Broch didn’t need a prompt in 1975. Also born that year, extensively tattooed drummer with Blink 182 – Travis Landon Barker tapped his way through. At the other end of the music spectrum, popster Faye Louise Tozer started to light up the world in 1975.

As for deaths, I’m afraid there aren’t any Popes to report on today, but we kick things off with mistress of Charles II – Eleanor ‘Nell’ Gwyn, didn’t get to see how many pubs were named after her from 1687. Not content with her, he also had Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth on the go – though she wasn’t so synonymous with pub names but also didn’t survive the day in 1734. King Miguel I of Portugal and the Algarves was forced from the throne in 1866. Eleventh emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Guangxu Emperor didn’t get to see who succeeded him in 1908. Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, Martin Dies Jr., lived, (or rather died), up to his surname in 1972. Cowboy film actor Johnny, (John) ‘Mack’ Brown headed west in 1974. Science fiction author born John Finney before expanding his name on the dust jacket to Walter Braden, (Jack), Finney must have hoped the body snatchers didn’t take him after his death in 1995. Argentine ball kicker/coach, Juan Carlos Lorenzo received the red card in 2001. Indian actor with the mono name, Augustine took his final bow in 2013. Not the odd singer who attacked chat show host Russell Harty, but false teeth enthusiast and supercentenarian Grace Jones, decided 113 years 342 days was enough for her in 2013. Creator of Battlestar Galactia, Magnum P.I., Knight Rider and various other television programmes, Glen Albert Larson ran out of ideas in 2014. Bald headed argumentative West Ham supporting Alf Garnett or, to give him his proper name – Warren Misell/Mitchell was part of the silent invasion in 2015. Given other cast members of Little House on the Prairie, it seems only fair Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor also gets a mench given she’s had a little plot in the cemetery since 2018. Finally, comedian, singer, talk show host and game show host, Desmond Bernard ‘Des’ O’Connor has taken things easy since 2020.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 13th November

The first ever Archbishop of Canterbury, Augustine of Canterbury not only started his journey back in 532, but also gets to kick things off today. Ancient King of England Edward III found himself born at Windsor Castle, (minus the aeroplanes flying overhead at irregular times) in 1312. Statesman who claimed to have invented the sandwich – John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, found finger food back in 1718. Seventh Emperor of the Quing Dynasty – Yongyan, Prince Jia of the First Rank was the 15th son of the Qialong Emperor upon his arrival in 1760. A few years later, Maharaja of Punjab and founder of the Sikh Empire, Ranjit Singh unfurled himself in 1780. Joseph Fielding Smith Sr., sixth President of champion door knockers – The Church of the Latter Day Saints, (or Mormons), had his initial visit in 1838. Prince of Monaco and Duke of Valentinois with an interest in oceanography, Albert I found the waters broke in 1848. Known for his books – Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stephenson took the mystery away from when he started his adventures in 1850. Norwegian of the day, Sigwart Aspestrand, composed himself in 1856. First President of Pakistan, Iskander Ali Mirza took the lead in proceedings back in 1899. Film director Edward Buzzell was nearly a child of Manhattan, given he was born in Brooklyn in 1900. Actor and best mate to Steve McQueen, (in whose films he starred) – born Donald Walter Guadagno, but known as either Don or Donald Gordon didn’t arrive out of the blue in 1926. Another Archbishop of Canterbury gets a name check today, as George Leonard Carey graced us with his presence from 1935. Star of various Merchant-Ivory films, Athar ul-Haque ‘Art’ Malik was the jewel in his parents eyes after his birth in 1952. Caryn Elaine Johnson, who’s probably better known as dreadlocked actress Whoopi Goldberg found herself naked in New York for the first time in 1955. American comedian and talk show host – James Christian ‘Jimmy’ Kimmel couldn’t say, ‘I’m with her’ when born in 1967. Actor Gerard James Butler started off the cradle of life in 1969. Olympic medal winning heptathlete – Kelly Jade Sotherton went the distance in 1976. Actress Adrienne Monique Coleman managed to free the nipple in 1980. Twin actors Brent Kinsman and Shane Kinsman have been confusing people since 1997. Latest English, (despite being born in Canada), tennis prodigy who bagged the US Open title this year – Emma Raducanu found the sweet spot in 2002.

Having started the above paragraph with an Archbishop of Canterbury, we see Pope Nicholas I succeed in getting the conclave reunited back in 867. King Malcolm III of Scotland left his bottle of Scotch in 1093. Another ancient King, this one of Jerusalem – King Fulk, or Fulk the Younger fell off his horse in 1143. George Grenville, Prime Minister of Great Britain took his wig off in 1770. Renowned cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale ended up in a box made by someone else in 1779. Archaeologist Adolphe Napoléon Didron got to experience what being in a hole in the ground is like from 1867. Composer of at least 39 operas, Giachino Antonio Rossini started to slim down after 1868. One half of music hall entertainers Flanagan & Allen – William Ernest Chesney Allen had the curtain fall in 1982. Subject of a film from 1983, (yes it was that long ago), Karen Gay Silkwood found herself extremely inactive from 1974. Himalayan yoga master Swami Rama adopted the prone position in 1996. Also dying that year, founder of the Woodland Trust – Kenneth Watkins had a choice of trees to make his coffin. Actress Margaret Rose ‘Peggy’ Mount has been unable to watch any of her films on a rainy Sunday afternoon from 2001. Actress Kellie Suzanne Waymire has been six feet under since 2003. Rapper with the distinctly un-showbiz name – Russell Tyrone Jones, but known by the slightly edgier sobriquet Ol’ Dirty Bastard certainly wasn’t back in the game from 2004. Montague George ‘Monty’ Westmore the American makeup artist had no say over the slap to give him some colour in 2007. World record holding freediver Enzo Maiorca has been holding his breath since 2016. Finally, serial killer Peter Sutcliffe has saved the British taxpayer £42,700 since last year.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 12th November

We see the following being born this day: national hero and revolutionary Brazilian whilst being patron of the Military Police – Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, also known as Tiradentes overthrew his parents lives from 1746. Genealogist who came up with a book about peers – John Burke added to his family tree from 1786. François Auguste René Rodin chipped away until making it through in 1840. Co-founder of doctors surgery and old biddies favourite magazine – Reader’s Digest, William Roy DeWitt Wallace was the apple of his granny’s eyes back in 1889. Not the revolutionary socialist with the same name, but Nazi supporting composer – Karl Marx started orchestrating his entrance in 1897. Actor known for portraying Napaloni in The Dictator, Jack Oakie had the dummy in 1903. Keeping the family tradition going, grandson to brewery founder Adolph – Joseph ‘Joe’ Coors Sr was junior in 1917.

Actress born Janet Cole, but known as Kim Hunter, was born innocent in 1922.

Person who came up with the Barbie doll and Hot Wheels whilst being Zsa Zsa Gabor’s sixth husband – John W. ‘Jack’ Ryan toyed with birth today in 1926. Game show host who didn’t play saxophone on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, Robert Wentworth John ‘Bob’ Holness had his first ‘P’ in 1928. Actress/Princess – Grace Patricia Kelly entered high society in 1929. Also born that year, writer of fantasy novels and children’s fiction – Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende found his never ending story began. Co-writer for The Four Seasons, Robert Stanley ‘Bob’ Crewe didn’t hang on in 1930. President of Iraq who had no connections whatsoever with the Taliban – Jalal Talabani learnt to know his birthday from 1933. Notorious murderer and cult leader Charles Milles Maddox/Manson, began his life sentence in 1934. Actor Jack Richard Nelson Betts or Hunt Powers, was cut in 1937. Singer/songwriter who penned ‘Viva Las Vegas’ – Mort Shuman was well versed in celebrating his birthday from 1936. The singing Malteser, (according to Chris Tarrant), Errol Brown found it started with a kiss in 1943. Another singer, this one founder of The Walker Brothers – born John Joseph Maus, but known as John Walker had no regrets arriving in 1943. Member of the band named after him, Booker Taliaferro Jones Jr., left the melting pot in 1944. Sort of member of Crosby, Stills & Nash – Neil Young can’t quite say he’s lived the American Dream given he was born in Canada back in 1945. Having mentioned the President of Iraq above, I guess it’s only fair to give a shout out to his enemy – seventh President of Iran, born Hassan Fereydoun but known as Hassan Rouhani who started winding his parents up in 1947. Guitarist/songwriter born Donald Brian Roeser, but better known as Buck Dharma, didn’t put the white flags out in 1947. Singer with 70’s tartan band The Bay City Rollers – Leslie Richard McKeown had his ‘Hello and welcome home’ moment in 1955. Star of sit-com Will & Grace, (one I’ve never watched, nor am likely to), Megan Mullally kept her parents up all night from 1958. Norwegian of the day with the gravelly, (or as some might say 40 a day Capstan) voice, journo and television presenter Mariella Frostrup had her first audience in 1962. Ice skater/boxer who ‘sorted out’ Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Maxene Harding was through the ropes in 1970. Also born that year, known for playing Damien Thorne in The Omen, Harvey Spencer Stephens wasn’t a devilish child. Another child actor, (and ‘Mouseketeer’) – Ryan Thomas Gosling has been the believer in his birthday since 1980. Obviously named after Shakespeare’s wife, Anne (Jacqueline) Hathaway started causing havoc in 1982.

As for deaths, Pope Boniface III doesn’t have his birth date recorded, but it is known he croaked it in 607. King Cnut, (or the more polite version Canute), the Great might not have succeeded in stopping the tide, yet he succeeded in not breathing from 1035. Donnchad mac Mail Coluim or King Duncan II of Alban missed having the wind,(and midges), whistling around inside his kilt from 1094. First Mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly found himself spliced in 1793. Novelist responsible for the Scarlett Pimpernel – Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála ‘Emmuska’ Orczy de Orci hasn’t been seen since 1947. Olympic bronze medalist in 110 metres hurdles at the 1904 St. Louis games, Lesley Ashburner fell at the last in 1950. Actor William Holden headed toward the unknown in 1981. Known for playing the school principal in the Grease films, Eve Arden had that uncertain feeling in 1990. Part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience John Graham ‘Mitch’ Mitchell got to join his mate Jimi in 2008. Television/film character actor Al Ruscio was more burnt than medium rare in 2013. Known for his role in A Clockwork Orange, (among others), Alan James, (who somehow managed to get Warren out of that), Clarke found he’s been very down to earth since 2014. Finally, comic book writer with Marvel – Stan Lee lost his superhero powers in 2018.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th November

Having had a religious day yesterday, today seems to be the day of Kings, and to this end, we kick things off way back in 1050 when Henry IV, King of the Germans who also went by the titles of: King of the Romans and Holy Roman Emperor wasn’t excommunicated from his mum after his birth. Another ancient European royal – King Sancho I of Portugal populated the world in 1154. Victor III King of Italy, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians, had to make do with the title Prince of Naples upon his arrival in 1869. King Charles IV of Spain didn’t need to hunt the right day to arrive in 1748. Breaking the royal run is novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky who was the adolescent 12 years after his birth in 1821. Another royal, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians came to be known as ‘Sciaboletta’ from 1869. Oscar Fredrik Wilhelm Olaf Gustaf Adolf worked his way up from Duke of Scania, (I’m not too sure whether any trucks are involved), in 1882 to become King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden. World War II general, George Smith Patten Jr., had new blood & guts in 1885. Indian independence activist Abdul Kalam Azad started off by separating from his his mum’s stomach in 1888. Wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph, Johanna Maria Magdalena ‘Magda’ Goebbles, (née Ritschel), found she didn’t need to convince her mum to be born in 1901. Also born that year, film producer who bagged three Oscars for his downstairs toilet, Sam Spiegel unspooled himself. Ex-British Labour politician who was one of the few to sign up to the Social Democratic Party, Roy ‘Woy’ Harris Jenkins joined the civilised society in 1920. Stalwart of the comedy scene from the 1950’s and sit-com queen, (until her demise in 2018), June Rosemary Whitfield blessed her parents house in 1925. Extensive Bollywood actress Mala Sinha got to see the light in 1936. Marxist/Leninist el-Presidenti of Nicaragua José Daniel Ortega Saavedra dictated which day he was going to arrive in 1945. Singer/songwriter Andrew John ‘Andy’ Partridge has had his senses working overtime from 1953. Ex-Mrs Moore, Willis & Kutcher, Demi Gene Guynes, or Demi Moore got the taste for not wearing clothes in 1962. Given I thought her name was Ally McBeal, it came as a bit of a surprise to learn it was actually Calista Kay Flockhart, yes Mrs H. Ford had a clean cut in 1964. Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio has made it to 47 given the nurses caught him whilst they could. Australian born English cricketer – Benjamin Caine ‘Ben’ Hollioake had his first tickle in 1977.

Death wise, ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion – Guru Tegh Bahadur lost his head in 1675. English highwayman Joseph ‘Blueskin’ Blake didn’t hold things up seeing as he met his maker in 1724. King Pedro of Portugal and the Algarves found he didn’t have to pose for any further pictures after 1861. Another highway robber, (before oil companies came along), Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly found himself at the gallows in 1880. Born Lydia Lili’u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka’eha or Queen Liliuokalani didn’t get to wear her hula skirt again after 1917. Cook mentioned on 23rd September in honour of her birthday, born Mary Mallon she died known as Typhoid Mary in 1938. Having mentioned the original Martin Luther only yesterday, here’s civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Sr., who obviously didn’t campaign hard enough given he died in 1974. Stage, television and film actor Earnest Clark became the man in the sky back in 1994. Nobel Peace Prize winning leader of the PLO, Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa or just Yasser Arafat stopped having to worry about getting his keffiyeh on at the right angle in 2004. Upper class snapper – Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield needed more light in 2005. Fan of having ostrich feathers stuffed in his hat, ex-Governor of the Falkland Islands, Sir Rex Masterman Hunt was diplomatic about death in 2012. Drummer with Motörhead – Philip John Taylor aka ‘Philthy Animal’ was killed by death in 2015. Actor Robert Francis Vaughn found himself going under in 2016. Finally, Bahraini royal who moonlighted as the world’s longest serving Prime Minister – Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa found his own dispatch box in 2020.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th November

Today’s posting has somewhat of a religious bent to it, and to this end we start with seventh Imam of Shia Islam – Mūsá ibn Ja‘far al-Kāzim also called Abūl-Hasan, Abū Abd Allah, Abū Ibrāhīm, and al-Kāzim controlled his birthday from 745. The original Martin Luther reformed his parents lives from 1483. King George II of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick -Lüneburg and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire kept the long curly hair from 1683. Astronomer who discovered the Crab Nebula, John Bevis was visible to the naked eye from 1695. Painter William Hogarth sketched his life out from 1697. Inventor of flushable toilets, (and sorry to disappoint you, but it wasn’t Thomas Crapper), but George Jennings, kept things clean when born in 1810. John Sparrow David Thompson, fourth leader from the land of maple syrup and mounted police, may have been born in 1845, but then again it could have been 1844. Early Indian political leader Surendranath Banerjee was a civil child from 1848. Not one of the greatest British Prime Ministers, but American novelist who shared his name, Winston Churchill found himself in the uncharted way back in 1871. Film/stage actor William Claude Rains, found they won’t forget his birthday from 1889. Despised Concentration Camp guard dubbed The Beast of Belsen – Josef Kramer started off in 1906. Responsible for various Christmas hits, (well before a certain Mr N Holder came along), John D. ‘Johnny’ Marks got into the Christmas spirit early in 1909. Machine gun designer, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalshnikov took aim in 1919. Russell David Johnson or ‘The Professor’ on Gilligan’s Island cast off in 1924. Elizabeth Taylor’s husband (x2) – Richard Walter Jenkins or Richard Burton had his breakthrough moment in 1925. Composer with the comb over hair do, Ennio Morricone started on the mission of life back in 1928. Roy Richard Scheider, known for his role in Jaws, Jaws 2 etc as well as The French Connection, (though not the clothes shop), was falling through in 1932. Songwriter responsible for Mustang Sally – Bonny ‘Mack’ Rice had the blanket licence from 1933. Actor sharing his name with the music venue in West London – Albert W. Hall had trouble in mind when born in 1937. David Edward Sutch who’s probably better known as top hat/leopard skin jacket wearing, gap toothed alternative politico Screaming Lord Sutch left his first deposit in 1940. Person co-responsible for various, (somehow), popular musicals – Timothy Miles Bindon ‘Tim’ Rice raised the curtain on his life in 1944. One third of prog rock, (read dull), and overlong records band Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Greg Stuart ‘Greg’ Lake started from the beginning in 1947. Actor from Downton Abbey, (among other roles), Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams said, ‘Hola to the world’ in 1963. Given we’ve had Martin Luther and Winston Churchill mentioned above, it seems only right Kenny Rogers, (not the silver haired singer rambling on about loose wheels, who went onto flip chickens in his takeaways), but baseball player who cleared first base in 1964. Edmund ‘Eddie’ Irvine Jr., former F1 driver started sending his parents around and around, (continue for another 250 odd times), in circles from 1965. Also born that year, Sean Hughes – the comedian with the put upon look got more coo’s than laughs. Singer who enjoyed fleeting success after winning over run talent show The X Factor – Stephen Desmond ‘Steve’ Brookstein put his heart and soul into being born in 1968. Actress Ellen Kathleen Pompeo has been the life of the party since 1969. Comedian, (and all associated bits which go with it), Christopher Daniel Lilley had the first Monday dump in 1974. Norwegian of the day goes to ball kicker Steffen Iversen who was a striking child in 1976. Actress born Brittany Anne Bertolotti before going onto be married and known as Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack had happy feet in 1977. Country music singer/songwriter Miranda Leigh Lambert has been famous in a small town since 1983, whilst actor/singer Taron David Egerton’s mum went pop in 1989.

Having said yesterday wasn’t a good one to be a British Prime Minister, today appears to be, (another), bad one for Popes – I say this as Pope Leo I got to experience eternal peace from 461. Not quite a Pope but shipped over to England by Pope Gregory the Great, Justus Archbishop of Canterbury found his preaching was somewhat curtailed from 627. Next up is Pope Celestine IV who made sure the fire in the Vatican was at full tilt in 1241, then 308 years later in 1549 Pope Paul III found he was surplus to requirements. Native American leader of the Shawnee nation, Cornstalk or Hokoleskwa took his teepee down in 1777. Strongman of Canada, Cyprien-Noé Cyr who also went by the name of Louis Cyr, obviously lost his strength given he keeled over in 1912. Founder of the Republic of Turkey and 1st President of Turkey – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk didn’t get to raise another glass after 1938. MC of The Mickey Mouse Club, James Wesley ‘Jimmy’ Dodd found himself buried in 1964. Leonid IIyich Brezhnev was preserved in vodka for his lying in state back in 1982. British agony aunt Marjorie Proops didn’t have to worry about anything after 1996. Writer of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – Kenneth Elton ‘Ken’ Kesey had his last go round in 2001. First President of Zimbabwe before Mugabe seized control – Canaan Sodindo Banana found himself straight in a box in 2003. Having starred in Bless This House, Diana Coupland has been starring in ‘Bless This Grave’ since 2006. Novelist Norman Kingsley Mailer joined the naked and the dead in 2007. Indian author Vijaydan Dertha came to the end of his last chapter in 2013. Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, (the Western part) – Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt was unable to show a United front from 2015. Finally, also not making it through that year, flat racing jockey Patrick John James ‘Pat’ Eddery dismounted.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th November

Today’s births paragraph begins with inventor of condensed milk, Gail Borden III expanded significantly after arriving in 1801. Abolitionist Elijah Parish Lovejoy, rather ironically established himself in 1802. Builder who restored Norte-Dame de Paris Cathedral, (before the last fire in 2019) – Paul Abadie had a straight back in 1812. Eldest son of Vicky and Bert, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Emperor of India etc – Edward VII started dressing in military uniforms from 1841. Stage/screen actress born Leila Marie Koerber but known as Marie Dressler wasn’t the one who said no this day from 1868. Designer of the iconic British telephone kiosks, (among other things), Giles Gilbert Scott got his calling in 1880. Actress Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler going by the stage name, Hedy Lamarr who also co-developed spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology, (now used in wifi and Bluetooth apparently), initially made contact in 1914. Co-founder of taekwondo – Choi Hong Hi, was bahkuro in 1918. Front man of various television shows throughout the 1970’s/80’s in America/Canada, James Edward Dooley/Jim Perry announced his arrival in 1933. One third of swinger’s sounding folk group Peter, Paul & Mary – Mary Allin Travers started blowin’ in the wind from 1936. Actress of stage and screen, born Edna May Nutter, but known as Edna May Oliver, (one of the few people to be born and to die on the same day), was one of the conquerors in 1883. The Incredible Hulk or Louis Jude ‘Lou’ Ferrigno didn’t rip his shirt open so much as soil his nappy in 1951. English actor who seemed to be on every other television show, (apart from the news) in the 1990’s, Anthony Declan James ‘Tony’ Slattery started the crying game in 1959. Television presenter/newsreader Jill Wendy Dando made the local headlines in 1961. Actress from Stargate SG-1, Teryl Rotherham reached the outer limits in 1962. One half of hip-hop duo Salt-n-Pepa, Sandra Denton, (or Pepa), pushed it real good in 1964. Baritone singer Bryn Terfel Jones learnt how to breath properly in 1965. Television/radio presenter Caroline Louise Flack went the whole 19 yards in 1979. Delta Lea Goodrem was born to try, (something), according to her single from 1984.

As for deaths, today isn’t a good one to be an ex-British Prime Minister, but before we get to them we have Bayinnaung Kyawhtin Nawrahta who was King of Burma, but found himself the dead King of Burma from 1581. Edwin Laurentine Drake, (or Colonel Drake), the first person to successfully drill for oil started his own fossilisation process in 1880. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who hailed from Scotland and was Labour’s first PM, (who has to be better than the last Scottish Labour PM we had), James Ramsey MacDonald relinquished No.10 for plot No. 10 at Morayshire Cemetery this day in 1937. The other British PM to expire is chief paper waver at Croydon Aerodrome, Arthur Neville Chamberlain handed the baton on to Winnie C in 1940. Actress mentioned above, Edna May Oliver was unable to say, ‘It’s great to be alive’ from this day in 1942. Dylan Marlais Thomas gets his second mention this year seeing as he found death shall have no dominion in 1953. Also not making it through that year, first King of Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal ibn Turki ibn Abullah bin Muhammad Al Saud ran out of gas given he sired 45 boys. Track and field athlete Peter O’Connor was for the high jump back in 1957. Having mentioned his Mrs only yesterday, here we have Vichy Government leader Charles de Gaulle – he of the hat, airport and aircraft carrier who managed to find his departure in 1970. Also getting a second mention is priestly ex-ice hockey player, David Bauer had a dead puck in 1988. Director of the Carry On Films – Gerald Thomas didn’t have an alternative ending in 1993. Known for his role in Round the Horne and as one half of Julian and Sandy, Hugh Paddick found that was his funeral in 2000. Journo/author Karl Stig-Erland ‘Steig’ Larsson reached the last page in 2004. President of India, Kocheril Raman Narayanan stepped down in 2005. Dead Norwegian of the day is planktologist, (I kid you not), Grethe Rytter Hasle started researching worm food in 2013. Finally, actor John Benedict Hillerman has been the outside man since 2017.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th November

Today’s posting starts with another Roman emperor – Nerva was slightly on edge arriving in 30AD. Charles X Gustav, King of Sweden – along with being Duke of Bremen and Verden at weekends, battled through in 1622. Edmond, (or Edmund) Halley’s parents were star struck with the new addition to their family in 1656. Sort of Royal Norwegian of the week, non-relation to camp comic Julian and one time fiancée to Napoleon Bonaparte – Queen of Sweden and Norway Eugénie Bernardine Désirée Clary or Eugenia Bernhardina Desideria started off in Marseille in 1777. Board game manufacturer Milton Bradley rolled the dice and counted on being born in 1836. Writer of Dracula, Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker thankfully didn’t scare his parents once delivered in 1847. Car designer and founder of Austin Motor Company – Herbert Austin trundled along in 1866. Norwegian of the day, composer and fan of the Quisling puppet government, David Monrad Johansen arranged his arrival in 1888. Writer responsible for book ‘Gone With the Wind’ – Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was a kicker in 1900. Actress and sister to Gypsy Rose Lee, June Havoc caused anything but in her family from 1912. Actor who hit the big time in the 50’s – Robert Strauss was overawed with the thrill of it all in 1913. Pioneering heart surgeon Christiaan Neethling Barnard sliced his way through in 1922. Co-inventor of the handheld calculator and thermal printer – Jack St. Clair Kilby didn’t have to count his age on his fingers from 1923. Toothy, scraggy haired, tickle stick waving, alleged tax dodging hoarder of cash in the attic – Scouse comedian Kenneth Arthur ‘Ken’ Dodd shed a lot of tears in 1927. Actress Nerys Hughes hasn’t had the queens nose since 1941. Hairy/heavily made up 60’s/70’s musician Roy Woods’ parents saw their baby jive from 1946 – whilst in 1947, singer Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph, or just Minnie Ripperton, was young willing and able. Another singer, Bonnie Lynn Raitt had the luck of the draw being born in 1949. One hit wonder in the United Kingdom, despite having been going since 1979 – Ricky Lee Jones is old enough to remember her birth in 1954. Writer of various sit-coms/films and husband to Emma Freud, (sounds painful), Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis didn’t have the Vicar of Dibley baptise him in 1956. Sort of ex-footballer with the lined forehead and odd chin, not forgetting the potty mouth – Gordon James Ramsey didn’t suffer any bottom cuts when he came along in 1966. Actress Parker Christian Posey has been the party girl this day every year since 1968. Co-founder of Myspace, (remember that site? no, me neither), Thomas Anderson had two fans, (his parents), back in 1970. Offspring of shaking pebble glass wearing rock star Ozzy and SHHAARRONN, Jack Joseph Osborne started his first big adventure in 1985. Daughter of Prince Ted and Soph, Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor has found herself slip down the line of succession since 2003.

Death wise, we see two Popes feature – first up St Deusdedit or Adeodatus I found his coffin warmer than the Vatican in 618. Next up, odd named Pope Agapetus II didn’t get to smell the incense wafted around at his funeral in 955. King Louis VIII of France, (aka The Lion) concluded his crusade on the world in 1226. Philosopher who gave us the term ‘dunce’ – John Duns, who also went by the name Dun Scotus, found human freedom in 1308. Gunpowder plotter Robert Catesby made it all of three days after the master plan before being shot in 1605. Poet under Oliver Cromwell – John Milton started the deconstruction part of life in 1674. John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday – gambler, gunfighter, (laying claim to have been at the OK Corral), and, of all things, dentist, shot his last look at the world in 1887. King of Afghanistan, (yes they had royalty before the religious zealots took over) – born Mohammed Nadir Khan before changing his last name to Shah, graduated to death in 1933. I’m sure Otto Frederick Rohwedder was as popular as sliced bread, having invented the first automatic bread slicing machine, (for commercial use), however, there doesn’t appear to be any record of numbers attending his funeral in 1960. Wife of military leader who liked to wear his hat, has an airport named after him as well as an aircraft carrier – Yvonne de Gaulle outlived the old man by nine years before dying in 1979. Bolshevik politician with a petrol bomb named after him, Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov burnt himself out in 1986. Known for his role in sit-com On the Buses, Robert St Clair ‘Bob’ Grant took his last ride to his funeral in 2003. Founder of The Samaritans Edward Chad Varah hasn’t picked up the phone from 2007. Indian actor Sajjiah Adeebh or Chitti Babu lost his support in 2013. Finally game show host George Alexander Trebek has found vacation time since 2020.

With thanks to http://www.onthisday.com for filling in the gaps.