BORN THIS WEEK
FEBRUARY 11 ELIZABETH OF YORK
Queen of England born in 1466. The eldest child of Henry IV, she married Henry VII to strengthen his claim to the throne and unite England after the Wars of the Roses. She was the mother of the later king Henry VIII. She died in 1503.
FEBRUARY 12 ABRAHAM LINCOLN
US president born in 1809. He became a member of the US House of Reps in 1847 and later became leader of the emerging Republican Party. Winning election as president in 1860 he steered the country through the Civil War but was assassinated in 1865.
FEBRUARY 13 KEVIN BLOODY WILSON
Australian comedian born Dennis Bryant in 1947. He became known for his hilarious, often expletive-laden, anti-PC songs.
FEBRUARY 14 CADEL EVANS
Australian cyclist born in 1977. He began as champion mountain bike rider but later moved on to road racing, capping his career with a win in 2011 Tour de France. He retired in 2015.
FEBRUARY 15 ROY RENE
Australian comedian born Henry van der Sluys in 1892. He started out as an apprentice jockey but made his name in vaudeville shows creating the character Mo McCackie, later starring in a popular radio show. He died in 1954.
FEBRUARY 16 CATHY FREEMAN
Australian Olympian born in 1973. She won gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in the 4 x 100m relay, then went on to win Commonwealth Games gold medals in Canada, in 1994, in the 200m and 400m. She was world 400m champion in 1997 and 1999. She lit the flame to open the Sydney 2000 Olympics and later won gold. She retired in 2003.
FEBRUARY 17 LOUISA LAWSON
Australian poet and feminist born Louisa Albury in 1848. With husband Niels Larsen (Peter Lawson), she had four children including writer Henry Lawson. She was famous as a writer and activist in women’s causes. She died in 1920.
CATHY FREEMAN BORN: 1973