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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.

SEPTEM­BER 18

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.

SEPTEM­BER 19

BRIAN EP­STEIN

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.

SEPTEM­BER 20

TIM ROGERS

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.

SEPTEM­BER 21

ANNA MEARES

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.

SEPTEM­BER 22

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

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