Ioseb Jughashvili; born Georgia, 18th December, 1878 died 5th March, 1953. remembered not with any affection by many as Joseph Stalin.
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev; born Ukraine, 23rd April, 1891 died 5th March, 1953 and who’s death went pretty well unnoticed, now remembered with some affection by many.
Prokofiev had the misfortune of dying on the same day as the reviled Stalin and thus his demise was barely acknowledged.
The media was full of the Stalins life, the atrocities committed at his behest, and why not? The world was glad to be rid of him.
Poor Sergie. 😞
In the years 1941/42, the second world war raging, it appears that not all men were off serving King and country, for a couple of extraordinary boys were born in ’42.
The first in Oxfordshire in January ’42 and named Stephen William, and the second in Buckinghamshire in March ’42 and was given the names John Edward.
Both boys went on to achieve excellence in their chosen fields, one, Stephen, became an household name, John didn’t.
They were both attached to Cambridge University. Stephen fields? ‘General relativity & Quantum gravity’ whatever that means; and Johns fields? ‘Chemistry & Micro biology’.
In 2001 John received a knighthood; in 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Prize, something which eluded Stephen. They were both Companions of Honour.
On the 6th March 2018 Sir John Edward Sulston, CH. FRS (who?) died, (stomach cancer) with scant notice from the media.
On the 14th March Stephen William Hawking CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA died, to worldwide surprise and media frenzy.
“Such is life” as Ned Kelly is supposed to have said……….
Vale Sir John Sulston