BORN THIS WEEK
SEPTEMBER 17 SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER
Born near Devon, England, in 1901 Francis Chichester was a aviator and solo sailor. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 after becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route and the fastest circumnavigator — in nine months and one day, overall — aboard Gypsy Moth IV. He died in 1972.
JADA PINKETT SMITH
The American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter was born in 1971. Best known for her role as Lena James in TV series A Different World (produced by Bill Cosby), she has also starred in more than 20 feature films. Married to actor Will Smith, they have two children — Jaden and Willow.
Born in Liverpool in 1934, Epstein discovered the Beatles at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1961 and was instantly impressed. He became their manager then
secured a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI’s Parlophone label, who signed the Beatles in 1962. He died aged 32 of a drug overdose in 1967.
The Melbourne-based musician, singer-songwriter and actor was born in Kalgoorlie in 1969. The frontman of rock band You Am I, he has recorded 12 albums as well as five solo albums with backing bands.
Widely regarded as the greatest female track cyclist in history,
Meares was born in Blackwater, Queensland, in 1983. The only Australian athlete to win individual medals at four consecutive Olympic Games, including in Beijing in 2008, seven months after breaking her neck in an horrific crash. She retired from cycling in 2016.
ANNE OF CLEVES
The fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Dusseldorf in 1515. Queen of England from January to July 1540, the marriage was declared unconsummated and annulled. She outlived Henry’s five other wives and died in 1557.
ANNA MEARES BORN: 1983