Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 11th October

 

Another ancient Scandinavian royal kicks things off today given curly haired King Frederick of Denmark and Norway started off in Copenhagen Castle back in 1671. Next up is founder of the YMCA, (though it would take the Village People to come up with the dance moves), George Williams draped himself over his mum from 1821. Founder of food company bearing his name, Henry John Heinz started with wind production in 1844. Norwegian of the day is god loving Johan Oscar Smith who began following his parents in 1871. Handbag swinging suffragette with a road named in her honour at Epsom Downs, (having decided it would be a good idea to end her life under the King’s horse at The Derby), Emily Wilding Davison raced through in 1872. Dad to non presidential president and property mogul Donald – Frederick Chris ‘Fred’ Trump started developing in 1905. Bollywood actor with the grey goatee and ill fitting wig, Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava Bachchan’s parents made sure they got their money’s worth on his birth certificate in 1942. Television detective who played Bergerac and Tom Barnaby, John Vivian Drummond Nettles worked out the best day to be born on in 1943. One half of singing duo Hall & Oates, Daryl Franklin Hohl, (or to give him the correct spelling, Hall) didn’t have a missed opportunity having been delivered in 1946. Ex-Mrs L Henry and Vicar of Dibley as well as being one half of classic comedy duo French & Saunders, Dawn Roma French was a bit alternative in 1957. Known for his role in Beverley Hills 90210, actor Coy Luther ‘Luke’ Perry III joined the community in 1965. Co-founder of PayPal – Peter Andreas Thiel banked on arriving in 1967. Prince Constantjin of the Netherlands from the House of Orange Nassau was all white in 1968. Second Norwegian of the day – snowboarder, Terje Haakonsen did a successful frontside rotation in 1974. Golfer Michelle Sung Wie drove things forward in 1989.

As for deaths, we see Pope Boniface VIII start the deaths paragraph seeing as he kicked the bucket in 1303. Not only is there a Pope, there’s also an Archbishop of Canterbury – Edward White Benson put the collection box away for the last time in 1896. Oldest of the Marx Brothers, Leonard ‘Chico’ Marx headed west in 1961. Singer Édith Giovanna Gassion, who changed that to Édith Piaf (the one with the drawn on eye brows) lost the air in her lungs from 1963. Not a porn star, (though with that name anything’s possible), but medal heavy soldier Chesty Puller or to give his correct name – Lewis Burrell Puller stopped collecting medals in 1971. Actress Bonita Granville decided to call it a day in 1988. First, First Minister of Scotland (before the delusional one turned up), Donald Campbell Dewar dropped his ministerial box off in 2000. Finally, lederhosen wearing member of the singing family with a film made about them, Werner Ritter Von Trapp said, ‘So Long, Farewell’ etc in 2007.

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Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 10th October

 

Today’s births paragraph starts with chemist/physicist and founder of hydrogen, Henry Cavendish unwittingly started emitting methane from 1731. Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi was born without drama (and the heavy piano music) in 1813. Queen Isabel II of Spain was installed on the throne all of three years after her birth in 1830. Norwegian of the day is Captain Flashheart looky likey, (who was mentioned on 13th May when his exploring days were over), Fridtjof Nansen saw land for the first time in 1861. Earle Dickson, inventor of Band-Aid plasters who got his first mention in the second paragraph on the 21st September gets another go given he was stuck to his mum from 1892. Legendary game show host and entertainer Christopher Nicholas Parsons kept everyone guessing as to when he’d appear in 1923. Also born that year is gaff prone F1 commentator, Graeme Murray Walker found the slipstream. Nobel prize winning playwright (among other things), Harold Pinter started having birthday parties from 1930. Right hand man, (probably because he lost his left one) to Yasser Arafat in the PLO, Khalil al-Wazir or Abu Jihad, was ‘the baby of struggle’ in 1935. Perma-tanned peripatetic travel journo Judith Rosemary Locke Chalmers was a family favourite from 1936. Actor (Walter) Charles Dance became the golden child in his parents eyes from 1946. Cheeky chappie who presented Capital Radio’s Breakfast Show for donkey’s years before going onto host Charles Ingram’s favourite quiz show, Christopher John ‘Chris’ Tarrant started to hog the limelight from 1946. Singer partly responsible for Christmas song, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – James ‘Midge’ Ure was born in Cambuslang and not Vienna in 1953. More extravagant rock star, (with the hair), David Lee Roth found push comes to shove in 1954. Bollywood actress but now an MP – Rekha Ganesan, known only by her first name, voted with her feet as to which day should be her birthday from 1954. Croydon, (Surrey), born singer Kirsty Anna MacColl entered the free world in 1959. Younger bro to fellow band mate Gary, member of 80’s poncey New Romantic band Spandau Ballet, Martin John Kemp has been true over his birthdate since 1961. Second Norwegian of the day, Olympic champ in cross-country skiing Vegard Ulvang had a straight run in 1963. Retired Olympic rower who now talks incessantly throughout races, Matthew Clive Pinsent was the outrigger in 1970.

Kicking things off in the deaths paragraph, King Hugh IV of Cyprus and nominally King of Jerusalem as Hugh II, was reduced to a coat of arms in 1359. Dutch explorer who found Van Dieman’s Land (or Tasmania as it is now), New Zealand and first to sight Fiji Island, – Abel Janszoon Tasman lost his bearings in 1659. Sort of Samuel Pepys as well as being Archbishop of Canterbury, John Potter stepped down from the pulpit in 1747.
Straggly bearded fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (or Mormons), Lorenzo Snow joined the other four presidents knocking on heaven’s door in 1901. Distinctive boss of Tennessee whiskey bearing his name, Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel distilled himself in 1911. Another drinks giant, this one brewer of gassy beer -Budweiser, Adolphus Busch began the secondary fermentation process in 1913. King of Romania with a woman’s name, (along with the excessive medals and extra large clothes brushes on the shoulder), Carol I didn’t have to spend two hours getting dressed from 1914. Having mentioned Charlotte Cooper Sterry (née Charlotte Reinagle Cooper), on the 22nd September when she entered the world, here she is again given she didn’t have the advantage in 1966. Luvvie contemporary of both John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, Sir Ralph David Richardson was out of character from 1983. Bald headed actor Yuly Borisovich Briner, or just Yul Brynner had his own death rage in 1985. Also dying that year, Orson Welles heard the clapperboard fall for the last time. Superman actor, (in a motorised wheelchair) Christopher D’Olier Reeves ran out of Kryptonite in 2004. Singer with Irish boy band, Boyzone, Stephen Patrick David Gately had a new beginning in 2009. Two very different people gave up in 2010 – large framed soul singer Solomon Burke found he could stop. The other, Australian opera singer Dame Joan Alston Sutherland found it was all over when the fat lady sang. Ghazal singer with the harmonium and rug/cushions to make him comfy, Jagmohan Singh or Jagjit Singh became a mirage in 2011. Finally, dead Norwegian of the day, Olav Dale found himself D flat major in 2014.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 9th October

 

The following have/will be celebrating their big day today, starting with: founder of French college named after him – Robert de Sorbon taught himself to celebrate his birthday from 1201. King Denis (now there’s a regal name if ever there was one), of Portugal and the Algarves, (also known as the Farmer King and the Poet King), started to plough his furrow from 1261. Pierre I de Lusignan or King Peter I of Cyprus, King of Jerusalem and Latin King of Armenia had to make do starting off as the Count of Tripoli in 1328. Overdressed King of France, Charles X found himself somewhat underdressed in 1757. Co-founder of family firm still going today – Gerard Leonardo Fredrik Philips electrified his parents lives from 1858. (Legal) drug dealer throughout America, Charles Rudolph Walgreen took the easy way out in 1873. Inventor of the bendy straw Joseph B. Friedman was quite flexible himself when delivered in 1900. Also born that year, character actor who liked dressing up in ladies clothes and was mentioned in August when the curtain fell on his career, Alastair George Bell Sim gets another go given he didn’t suffer from stage fright. Frederick Donald Coggan, who went onto become Archbishop of Canterbury, found himself in Highgate in 1909 before moving to the Kent countryside in 1974. American character actor, Edward Andrews had the unguarded moment in 1914. Norwegian of the day is writer Jens Bjørnboe who came into the world without a stitch on in 1920. Act tor of stage, film, television and radio, Donald Alfred Sinden had a day to remember from 1923. Recently deceased dad to Mrs B. Liar as well as being a star in ‘Till Death Us Do Part’, Anthony George Booth left the pit of darkness in 1931. Big bearded, booming voiced actor who also bites through umbilical cords in public parks, Brian Joseph Blessed found his voice in 1936. Iconic singer/songwriter with the beard, pebble glasses and Japanese second wife, not to mention being a champion of world peace, (and look where it got him) – John Winston Lennon’s parents wanted him to give peace a chance from 1940. Bass player/singer and songwriter with The Who, John Alec Entwistle found himself released from the squeezebox in 1943. Wife of trembling rocker with the long hair and pebble glasses, Ozzy, and now reinstated judge on dire popster’s programme The X Factor, Sharon Rachel Osbourne (née Levy) wasn’t heavy when born in 1952. Middle distance puffer who picked up a gold medal at the Moscow Olympics – Stephen Michael James ‘Steve’ Ovett broke the tape in 1955. Ex-British Prime Minister who gambled everything on the electorate on staying in the EU, and losing, Cameron Minor (David), had his first experience of the dispatch box in 1966. Singer Polly Jean (P.J) Harvey had the good fortune to be born in 1969. Not iconic actor with the same name, but film director Steven Rodney ‘Steve’ McQueen has shown no shame being born in 1969. Having mentioned his dad above, it must have been an easy, (not to mention expensive), day to remember birthdays in the Lennon household given lanky haired singer Sean Taro Ono Lennon was born in 1975.

We also celebrate the lives of the following, kicking off with Pope Clement II given the conclave convened in his honour back in 1047. Another Italian, this one an anatomist who riled the Vatican over his stance on condoms, Gabriele Falloppio found his life capped in 1562. Jan Heemskerk Prime Minister of the Netherlands was unable to tip toe through the tulips from 1897. Inventor of barbed wire – Joseph Glidden was more boxed than fenced in from 1906. Excessive medal wearer on his tunic, Alexander ‘the Unifier’ I, King of Yugoslavia found the bullet with his name on it in 1934. Not wanting to be outdone, French Prime Minister Louis Barthou also took one for team in 1943. Side kick to Laurel & Hardy, James Henderson ‘Jimmy’ Finlayson didn’t get the last laugh in 1953. Another Pope, this one Pope Pius XII didn’t get to put his velvet slippers back on after 1958. Getting his second mention this year, revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara started appearing on t-shirts and posters from 1967. Lesser known revolutionary Pierre Mulele didn’t start appearing on t-shirts and posters from 1968. Actress who hated Bette Davis, Ellen Miriam Hopkins, lost the design for living in 1972. Subject of a Steven Spielberg film, (back in 1993!), German industrialist, spy and Nazi Party member, Oskar Schindler didn’t get to spy his demise in 1974. Fellow countryman who was mentioned on 13th August when he cranked into life, Felix Wankel ran out of juice in 1988. Another ex-Prime Minister of Great Britain, Alexander Frederick ‘Alec’ Douglas-Home, slipped off the front benches in 1995. Gangster who liked to cut bits off people before settling down as a writer, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read breathed his last in 2013. Finally, ex-Cabinet Minister under Maggie T, Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe stood down in 2015.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 8th October

 

Today’s births start in 1875 when English tennis player who actually won some tournaments, (along with two Olympic gold medals) – Hugh Laurence ‘Laurie’ Doherty slipped through the net. Co-founder of Delta Air Service, (now Delta – Does it Ever Leave The Airport) Air Lines), Collett Everman Woolman flew out in 1889. Argie President and husband of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, Juan Domingo Perón staked his claim on life from 1895. Also born that year, the person who started off in public life as Prime Minister, then President before installing himself as King – Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli/Zogu and then graduating to Zog I, King of the Albanians, started having ideas above his station. Norwegian of the day, microtonal composer and music theorist Eivind Groven found his rhythm in 1901. First actor to star as Superman – Kirk Alyn, wasn’t found in a telephone box after his birth in 1910. 78th Prime Minister of Japan Kiichi Miyazawa started to see the rising sun from 1919. Science fiction writer responsible for the Dune series of books – Frank Patrick Herbert Jr., found he had a direct descent in 1920. William Frederick George Williams or Bill Maynard, wasn’t a yo-yo baby in 1928. Winner of six world championships in potting various coloured balls at snooker (yawn), Ray Reardon cued off in 1932. Master chef with three Michelin stars to his name, along with various restaurants dotted around the world, Albert Roux hasn’t mixed up his birthdate since 1935. Known for plugging Foster’s Lager and saying, ‘Strewth’ a lot, Paul Hogan was almost an angel from 1939. Civil rights activist who also threw his hat into the American Presidential ring a couple of times, Jesse Louis Burns/Jesse Louis Jackson Sr., was centre of attention in 1941. National Lampoon favourite who starred in a Paul Simon video trying to play a tin whistle, Cornelius Crane ‘Chevy’ Chase was probably nothing but trouble after his birth in 1943. John William Cummings or Johnny Ramone as his fans knew him, found he didn’t want to grow up from today in 1948. Star of various boring sci-fi films, Susan Alexandra Weaver or as her American Equity card states, Sigourney Weaver had her year of living dangerously from 1949. Ex-football player but now manager with the rather unfortunate surname – Ralf Minge kicked things off in 1960. Not be out done by Johnny (above), Christopher Joseph Wood, or C J Ramone was outta here! in 1965. Also born that year, star of various un-amusing sit coms – Ardal O’Hanlan, didn’t, it turns out, have a father called Ted. Having mentioned the nasal droning, newt loving, anti-semitic Ken Livingstone and the blonde bombshell Boris currently winding Theresa and the Tories up, I suppose I’ll have to do a sentence on the current London Mayor – Sadiq Khan has suffered from small man syndrome since 1970. Actor also born that year, Matthew Paige ‘Mat’ Damon wasn’t born behind the candelabra, rather in front of the spotlights. Someone else making their entrance in 1970 – André Previn’s daughter who shacked up with Woody Allen, (who’s 37 years her senior), Soon-Yi Previn entered stage right. Erna Inari Kaarina Siikavirta, keyboardist with hard rock band Lordi, (the band that topped dullfest known as the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006), hopefully didn’t scare her parents too much in 1997. Singer Peter Gene Hernandez/Bruno Mars, would have been a runaway baby if he’d been able to use his legs in 1985.

As for deaths, 92nd Emperor of Japan – Emperor Fushimi had plenty of chrysanthemum’s at his funeral in 1317. Having mentioned astronomer Christen Sørensen Longomontnus a mere four days ago, here he is again given he found himself among the stars in 1647. American with the odd haircut, large towers named in his honour in Boston and Chicago, not to mention various US Navy ships – John Hancock took his leave in 1793. Another leading American, this one 14th President of the United States of America, Franklin Pierce had his final tipple in 1869. Writer of book about a deer, Bambi – Siegmund Salzmann or to use his pen name, Felix Salten was put down in 1945. Actor known for playing Dr Watson in various Sherlock Holmes films, William Nigel Ernie Bruce was unable to stand up and cheer! from 1953. British Labour Prime Minister Clement Richard Attlee, voted the most successful PM of Britain in the 20th century, wasn’t terribly successful at getting up from 1967. German Chancellor and Nobel Prize winner, Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm or Willy Brandt left the house for good in 1992. Original Sky News anchor, Robert ‘Bob’ Friend saw his auto cue run out in 2008. Singer/journalist Varsha Bhosle, daughter of singer Asha Bhosle wrote her own obit in 2012. Fellow singer James Aaron ‘Jim’ Diamond wasn’t so strong from 2015. Finally antique host (in more ways than one) – Michael Hugh Scully also signed off that year.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 7th October

 

We start today’s posting with last ever Roman Catholic monarch to reign over Denmark, King Frederick I, styled himself, ‘King of Denmark, the Vends and the Goths, (so that’s the origin of all those Scandi death metal bands), elected King of Norway, (although he never bothered to visit this country), had his first coup in 1471. First ecclesiastical mention of the day goes to ruff wearing Archbishop of Canterbury – William Laud, found he had his initial calling in 1573. Another Scandinavian King, this one Charles XIII, (despite being only the seventh King of that name) and King of Norway as Charles II, definitely celebrated his birthday this day from 1748. Physicist who of involved with quantum physics – Niels Bohr first got to grips with gravity in 1885. Rimmed glass wearer with a scrubby moustache, leading Nazi Heinrich Luitpold Himmler didn’t get to goose step into life as he preferred the sliding method in 1900. 42nd and 43rd President of Peru, Fernando Beláunde Terry was committed to having his birthday this day every year from 1912. Dancing Archbishop with a degree mark named after him – Desmond Mpilo Tutu, (who gained his robes at St. Mary’s Church Bletchingley Surrey), took his initial vow in 1931. Australian journo who held court on Britain’s television screen throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, along with unleashing ‘singer’ Margarita Pracatan on us, Vivian Leopold (or just Clive) James didn’t manage to dodge the blaze of obscurity from 1939. United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Oliver Laurence North is surprised he knows his birth year, (1943 since you ask), as he thought his birth certificate also went through the shredder. Hairy member of 10cc, Kevin Michael Godley had some deceptive bends when born in 1945. Singer John J Mellencamp or John Cougar Mellencamp, (depending on which album of his you’ve got), let it all out in 1951. Megalomaniac former Prime Minister and now President of Russia, who may take a bit of time out from bombing Syria to have a slice of cake, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin had his first topless shot taken in 1952. Drummer for one time excessive hair do rockers Bon Jovi, Hector Juan Samuel ‘Tico’ Torres was slippery when wet in 1953. One half of gold medal winning ice skaters at the 1984 Winter Olympics, Jayne Torvill wobbled into life back in 1957. Simon Cowell, he of high waisted trousers, sunglass wearer in the dark and manager of dire recording artists along with being responsible for various ‘talent’ shows clogging the televisual airwaves, started wearing high waisted nappies in 1959. Singer/songwriter and daughter to bog brush haired singer Joe, Samantha (Sam) Brown – hasn’t had a fear of life since 1964. One hit wonder Toni Michelle Braxton had a pulse from 1967. Falsetto singer with dirge rock band Radiohead, Thomas Edward ‘Thom’ Yorke was Kid A for his folks in 1968. ‘Comedian’ with the odd hair and successful musical playing around the world, Timothy David ‘Tim’ Minchin was ready for this in 1975. One time girl group member now found judging one of Simon Cowell’s shows via winning equally dull show – Strictly Come Dancing, Alesha Dixon started to breathe slow in 1978.

For those who’ve missed dead Popes over the past few days, you’re in luck today as the only Pope called Mark vacated the Vatican in 336. King Charles III of France also called the Simple or the Straightforward was just straight from 929. Having mentioned an Archbishop of Canterbury and Cape Town, along with the above Pope, it seems only right and proper 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Rai or Guru Gobind Singh is not left out as he unwrapped himself in 1708. Another religious bod, this one German Lutheran pastor shipped off to America to spread the word, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg started to spread out in the graveyard from 1787. Writer/poet Edgar Allan Poe didn’t have the happiest day of his life in 1849. Composer of quintessential English song ‘Jerusalem’ – Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet was dead in D Flat major back in 1918.
Second Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin obviously had enough of drinking Foster’s and sunbathing given he didn’t manage to do either after 1919. Inventor of modern air conditioning – Willis Haviland Carter found himself at a steady temperature in 1950. Clarence Frank Birdseye II who didn’t look anything like the salty old sea dog featured in the fish finger adverts, found himself frozen in 1956. President of Guatemala – Juan José Arévalo Bermejo stopped fathering children in 1990. British hostage who got Billy Connelly into trouble, Kenneth John ‘Ken’ Bigley found his time was up in 2004. Actor Charles Adams Claverie or Charles Rocket took to the wagons east (rather than west) in 2005. Finally, Mexican drug lord Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano obviously ran out of speed, (whizz, sulph, paste, Billy, baste, amphetamine sulphate or just amphetamine) in 2012.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 6th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 6th October

 

We begin today’s posting with the first (and last) King of Haiti – Henri Christoph/Henry Christopher found he was a unique child from 1767. Competitor to non-birthday boy Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse Jr., switched on in 1846. Having mentioned fighter ace with a tennis court named in his honour only yesterday, here’s Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros again as he had lift off in 1888. Silent film star, Jackie Saunders (born Anna Jackal), was a proper dad’s girl from 1892. Labour stalwart MP, (who was the longest serving female MP, before left-winger, (the best Cockney rhyming slang term), Gwyneth Dunwoody took the title), Barbara Anne Castle had free reign after being born in 1910. Not wanting to disappoint all those Norwegians who read this posting everyday, here we have their fellow countryman Thor Heyerdahl who started his explorations in 1914. Ex-all round cricketer who spent years droning on about long legs as a commentator, Richard ‘Richie’ Benaud by contrast had very short legs in 1930. Also born that year, Hafez al-Assad dad to current odd looking despot dictator of bombed out country Syria, dictated his entrance to the world. Sex symbol actress and previous Mrs P Sellers who also hung around with Rod Stewart for a time -Britt-Marie Eklund now known as Britt Ekland, had the ultimate thrill in 1942. Known for her hit, ‘My Boy Lollipop’ Millicent Dolly May ‘Millie’ Small gave her folks blood shot eyes from 1946. Alleged terrorist now running Northern Ireland Gerard ‘Gerry’ Adams bombed through in 1948. St Vitus’s dance sufferer and lead singer with 70’s pop group Boney M – Roberto Alfonso ‘Bobby’ Farrell wasn’t Mary’s boy child in 1949.
Lead singer with ultimate dad rock band REO Speedwagon, Kevin Patrick Cronin started life as we know it in 1951. Second Norwegian of the day is strongman Svend Ødegård ‘Viking’ Karlsen found he had a baby’s butt in 1967. Actor Ioan Gruffudd has been playing it cool since 1973. Pugilist Richard John ‘Ricky’ Hatton took a dive in 1978.

As for people not making it through today, Ermentrude of Orléans, Queen of the Franks and wife to Charles the Bald kicks things off given she took her wig off in 869. Not to be out done, her old man Charles the Bald added a new title to his list as ‘Charles the Dead’ in 877. In order to be balanced here, (and given there aren’t any Pope’s or Archbishops of Canterbury to mention), we see seventh of the Sikh Gurus, Guru Har Rai end his days in 1661. Queen Vic’s favourite prose writer Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson didn’t get to write any further limericks from 1892. Cereal king Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg lost his snap and crackle but went pop in 1951. Director of the original Dracula film Charles Albert ‘Tod’ Browning Jr., called, ‘Cut’ in 1962. Austrian F1 racing driver who competed in all of two races, Helmuth Koinigg forgot to duck at Watkins Glen in 1974. Large framed comedy actress and ex-Mrs to John Le Mesurier -Josephine Edwina ‘Hattie’ Jacques didn’t get to carry on after 1980. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and ex-President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat had his final view of the Pyramids and camels in 1981. I seem to remember mentioning stern faced actress Ruth Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Davis on the 5th of April when she made her debut, but here she is again given she had all this and heaven too from 1989. Act tor Denholm Mitchell Elliott couldn’t blame bad timing on his death in 1992. Real life Karl Fredrickson – Laurence Richard Walters or ‘Lawnchair Larry’ burst his balloon in 1993. Finally, stuntman in various films including Bullitt, Bud Ekins staged his great escape in 2007.

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 5th October

Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths – 5th October

 

Today’s posting begins with soap and alkali manufacturer – Joseph Crossfield was a slippery baby in 1792. Successor to James A. Garfield as 21st President of the United States of America, Chester Alan Arthur started to make his name known from 1829. Younger brother to Auguste, cinematographer Louis Jean Lumière flickered into life back in 1864. Credited with inventing the first liquid fuelled missile – Robert Hutchins Goddard took off in 1882. Louis Feinberg or Larry Fine, one of The Three Stooges started messing about in 1902. Also born that year is the person who’s company is the biggest bain of councils around the world, Raymond Albert ‘Ray’ Croc (he of golden arch fame), probably became class clown a few years after his birth. Actor Donald Henry Pleasence didn’t look back in anger when born in 1919. The Stig – not the one from Argentina’s favourite television programme, but writer Stig Dagerman was in his grandmother’s house from 1923. Democratically elected President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel had his own revolutionary movement in 1936. Having mentioned his country above, here’s Argentine President Eduardo Alberto Duhlde who’s been resigned to celebrating his birthday since 1941. Singer with the band named after him, Steven Haworth ‘Steve’ Miller entered a brave new world in 1943. Deaf flat cap wearing shouter to loud music, Brian Francis Johnson found out who made who in 1947. One time road builder before heading up Irish band The Boomtown Rats and marrying Paula Yates, Robert Frederick Zenon ‘Bob’ Geldof kept his parents awake all night from 1951. Younger bro to Ron and other half of family band – Russell Craig Mael has been a bright spark since 1948. Ex-presenter of Blue Peter and daughter of veteran broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, Caron Louisa Keating began life’s great adventures in 1962. Champion female putter, (and divot maker) Laura Jane Davies had a free drop in 1963. Thrice married actress Kate Elizabeth Winslet started acting up from 1975. Last birthday of the day goes to my nephew Jacob, who’s now a teenager.

As for deaths, we start with ancient King of France – Philip III, (aka the Bold), took decisive action by dying in 1285. Third Native American to be mentioned in as many days, Tecumseh leader of the Shawnee tribe, confronted death in 1813. French fighter pilot with a tennis court named in his honour, Eugéne Adrien Roland Georges Garros found his wings clipped terminally in 1918. Dead Norwegian of the day is Nobel prize grabbing winner, Lars Onsager who spent his life studying things most people wouldn’t have a bloody clue about, (except one, or possibly two, clever dicks on University Challenge), simply died in 1976. Actress of stage, film and television, Gloria Grahame had a sudden fear of death in 1981. Founder of airtight box company, Tupperware – Earl Silas Tupper rather ironically ended up in an airtight box himself in 1983. Actor known for playing Rigsby – Leonard Rossiter didn’t end up in the wrong box in 1984.
Falsetto screecher with Motown band The Temptations, Edward James ‘Eddie’ Kendrick(s), had the temptation taken away from him in 1992. Actor Dennis Clifford Quilley left the others to the rich tea and sympathy in 2003. Thanks to this person I’m able to post these ramblings, (via my iPad) – inventor, CEO of Apple Inc and desk banger/shouter, Steven Paul ‘Steve’ Jobs lost his fight with cancer in 2011. Finally, writer of books about someone called Inspector Kurt Wallender – Henning Georg Mankell, took the secrets in the fire with him back in 2015.