May 19 is the anniversary of the untimely 1935 death of TE Lawrence "of Arabia". If Lawrence were alive today, he would be a truly remarkable 120 years of age and would be terribly frail. To be truthful, it is probably best for him that he is gone.
Judging by his dashing and masculine appearance, many contempories swore he was not gay, and was simply too busy to get married. Recent biographers have found some truth to the idea that he was indeed very busy chasing young Arab boys. Another dead give away was the sweeping orchestral music that followed him around.
Lawrence is also known to have paid for a good whipping. Tragically, fellow Englander, Peter Roebuck was born many years too late, and has been forced to eke out a living as a moral crusader at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Spookily, also turning 60 on May 19, is S& M soundtrack songstress Grace Jones.
May 19 is also the birthday of dear departed Cambodian leader, Pol Pot. Mr Pot is credited with leading a socialist experiment that largely confirmed the results of previous attempts.