Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Richard Hell (American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, writer)

* Richard Hell, known as an innovator of punk music and fashion, was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude, as well as the safety-pin and graphics accessorized clothing that McLaren sold in his London shop, Sex.

Hell was in several important, early punk bands, including Neon Boys, Television, and The Heartbreakers, after which he formed Richard Hell & The Voidoids. Their 1977 album Blank Generation influenced many other punk bands. Its title song was named "One of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock" by music writers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame listing and is ranked as one of the all-time Top 10 punk songs by a 2006 poll of original British punk figures, as reported in the Rough Guide to Punk.

Since the late 1980s, Hell has devoted himself primarily to writing, publishing two novels and several other books. He was the film critic for BlackBook magazine from 2004 to 2006.


BIRTH DATA: Richard Lester Meyers, 2 October 1949, 02:51 (2:51 AM) CST (+6), Lexington, Kentucky, USA (38n03, 84w30). ASC: 4 Virgo. RR: A (From memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from birth certificate in hand (long form, no time), born at Good Samaritan Hospital. On 3 May 2016 Hell replied to Scholfield's email request giving his birth time: "It's 2:51 AM."

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Ernest Everett Just, 1883–1941 (African-American biologist, academic, science writer)

* Ernest Everett Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. In his work within marine biology, cytology and parthenogenesis, he advocated the study of whole cells under normal conditions, rather than simply breaking them apart in a laboratory setting.

Just authored two books, Basic Methods for Experiments on Eggs of Marine Animals (1939) and The Biology of the Cell Surface (1939), and he also published at least seventy papers in the areas of cytology, fertilization and early embryonic development. He discovered what is known as the fast block to polyspermy; he further elucidated the slow block, which had been discovered by Fol in the 1870s; and he showed that the adhesive properties of the cells of the early embryo are surface phenomena exquisitely dependent on developmental stage.

In the fall of 1941, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and died shortly thereafter on 27 October 1941 in Washington D.C., aged 58.


BIRTH DATA: Ernest Everett Just, 14 Aug. 1883, circa 00:15 (12:15am) LMT (+5:19:43), Charleston, South Carolina, USA (32n46, 79w55). ASC: Gemini. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just by Kenneth R. Manning (Oxford University, 1985), p. 5: "Mary Mathews Just . . . went through an easy delivery a little after midnight on Tuesday morning, 14 August." The source is given as Charleston News and Courier, 14 Aug. 1883, p. 1.

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ángel Gurría (Mexican economist and diplomat)

* Ángel Gurría is the current Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 1 June 2006.

Gurría served as the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1994–1997) and as Secretary of Finance (1998–2000) in the Ernesto Zedillo administration. In Foreign Affairs he opposed the Helms-Burton Act and while serving in Treasury, he restructured the foreign debt. He also negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and requested financial aid during the 1994 crisis.

Gurría has also been President and CEO of the National Development Bank of Mexico (Nafin) and President and CEO of the Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext). From 2003 to 2005 he was a chair member of the Inter-American Development Bank's External Advisory Group.

He was the architect of the Mexican economic stabilization, partially by cutting government spending six times during the Zedillo administration. The effect of his work has been felt during Vicente Fox's administration who nominated him to lead the OECD in July 2005.

He has also served, since 2010, as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development which leverages broadband technologies as a key enabler for social and economic development. Since 2014, Gurría has served as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Gurría speaks six languages: Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, Italian and German.


BIRTH DATA: José Ángel Gurría Treviño, 8 May 1950, 09:30 (9:30 AM) CST (+6), Tampico, Mexico (22n13, 97w51). ASC: 9 Cancer. RR: AA. SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from birth record.

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Ariana Grande (Oops)

Oops, I originally posted the correct data (26 June) but the wrong chart (23 June) for Ariana Grande which some of you may have received by email. The correct chart is here

Friday, 15 April 2016

Ariana Grande (American singer and actress)

* Ariana Grande is the first person in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. She released her debut studio album Yours Truly in 2013, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "The Way", reached the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to Mariah Carey's. Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached number one in the United States and charted well in various other countries. With the singles "Problem", "Break Free", "Bang Bang" and "Love Me Harder" from that album, she spent 34 continuous weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. In March 2016, she released "Dangerous Woman", the lead single from her upcoming third studio album of the same name. The album is set to be released in May 2016.

Grande's accolades include two American Music Awards, Music Business Association's Breakthrough Artist of the Year, an MTV Video Music Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards and two Grammy Award nominations. Grande has a large following on social media.


BIRTH DATA: Ariana Grande-Butera, 26 June 1993, 21:16 (9:16pm) EDT (+4), Boca Raton, Florida, USA (26n21, 80w05). ASC: 20 Capricorn. RR: A. SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes her father Edward 'Eddie' Butera on Twitter for "9:16pm" after being asked "exactly what time was she born?" Butera also tweeted "Her mother went into labor and we waited long hours for her to arrive, we watched Godfather 1 & 2" and "it went smooth... I cut the chord." Five minutes after he tweeted "9:16pm" a follower posted an image of a baby photo inscribed "Welcome Ariana Grande Butera 6/26/93 9:10PM," prompting another follower to remark, "is this [image] fake then?," to which Butera did not reply. Place given by her father in a tweet, "miss you too. Boca Raton!!!" in reply to Grande's tweet, "homesick again."

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Jérôme Jarre (French entrepreneur, internet personality)

* Thanks to Marc Brun (merci beaucoup!) we have the data for Jérôme Jarre ( Jérôme Chappelet), who was the fourth most followed individual on Vine, as of June 2014 (currently he has over 8 million followers and a mind-boggling 1,406,962,445 Loops). The same month he became one of the first Snapchat celebrities. After starting several businesses in China and Canada, Jarre started posting videos on Vine the day of its launch. Thereafter he left his business to completely focus on Vine. In May 2013, he co-founded GrapeStory, a talent agency for Vine and Snapchat stars.

After being featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen asked him to cover the Red Carpet ceremony of the 86th Academy Awards, where he made multiple vines with Hollywood actors. Later he was hired by Canal+ to cover 2014 Cannes Film Festival. At the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, he was one of the jurors of the 6 second films competition. Jarre has made vines with several Hollywood artists including Robert De Niro, Pharrell Williams, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller, Ansel Elgort, and Kristen Bell.

Jarre was strongly criticized by the Vine community for posting a Vine in which he played a kiss prank on John Stamos and Stamos returned the kiss. The vine was posted in June 2014, and the commenters "accused" him of being gay and threatened to unfollow him for it. Jarre posted a follow-up Vine video the next day to call out these individuals directly. In it, he claimed he's not gay, then proceeded to kiss a fellow Vine star Nicholas Megalis on the mouth to show support for the LGBT community.


BIRTH DATA: Jérôme Robert Alexis Chappelet, 12 June 1990, 07:55 (7:55 AM) CEDT (-2), Albertville, Savoie, France (45n41, 6e23). ASC: 18 Cancer. RR: AA. SOURCE: Sy Scholfield requested the birth certificate from Marc Brun who obtained and emailed him the birth record.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Shah Rukh Khan (Indian film actor, producer and television personality)

* Shah Rukh Khan also known as SRK, has been nicknamed in the media as the "Baadshah of Bollywood," "King of Bollywood" or "King Khan", having appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earning numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

As of 2015, Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. He is a frequent television presenter and stage show performer. The media often label him as "Brand SRK" because of his many endorsement and entrepreneurship ventures. Khan's philanthropic endeavours have provided health care and disaster relief, and he was honoured with UNESCO's Pyramide con Marni award in 2011 for his support of children's education. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of their fifty most powerful people in the world.


BIRTH DATA: Shahrukh Khan, 2 November 1965, 06:25 (6:25 AM), New Delhi, India (28n36, 77e12). ASC: 6 Scorpio. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him answering a set of quick questions on Twitter: "i think 6.25 am...thats the only time i came for work early...," replying one minute after being asked for his time of birth. Place of birth of New Delhi from King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema by Anupama Chopra (Hachette UK, 2007), p. 27: "born on November 2, 1965 at the Talwar Nursing Home in New Delhi." However, a photo of his passport details accessible online states place of birth as Delhi, 2/11/1965.

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