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The Western Star - - HISTORY -

JUNE 25 AN­THONY BOURDAIN

Amer­i­can chef, au­thor and TV host born in New York in 1956. A grad­u­ate of the Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica he made a name for him­self in New York res­tau­rants be­fore writ­ing com­men­taries on cui­sine and host­ing TV se­ries about food. He com­mit­ted sui­cide in Paris ear­lier this month.

JUNE 26 CHRIS ISAAK

Rock mu­si­cian born in Stock­ton, Cal­i­for­nia, in 1956. Af­ter start­ing out in a rock­a­billy band he be­came fa­mous for hits such as Wicked Game and Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing. He was a judge on The X Fac­tor Australia in 2015 and toured here in 2016.

JUNE 27 SIR JOHN MONASH

Aus­tralian gen­eral born in Mel­bourne in 1865. A prom­i­nent en­gi­neer and member of a mili­tia, he was com­mis­sioned as an of­fi­cer in World War I, serv­ing at Gal­lipoli and the Western Front, dis­tin­guish­ing him­self at bat­tles such as Le Hamel in 1918. He died in 1931.

JUNE 28 MEL BROOKS

Amer­i­can co­me­dian, com­poser, ac­tor, direc­tor, writer and pro­ducer born Melvin Kamin­sky in 1926. He started his show busi­ness ca­reer as a mu­si­cian in night­clubs but switched to stand-up com­edy, act­ing, then writ­ing, pro­duc­ing and di­rect­ing films, TV shows and mu­si­cals cre­at­ing Get Smart, Blaz­ing Sad­dles and The Pro­duc­ers.

JUNE 29 MIKE WILLESEE

Jour­nal­ist and TV pre­sen­ter born in 1942 in Perth, the son of a La­bor politi­cian. He be­came fa­mous for host­ing the ABC’s Four Cor­ners and later A Cur­rent Af­fair. Last year he re­vealed he is bat­tling throat cancer.

JUNE 30 JOHN GAY

English poet and drama­tist born in 1685. He is best known for his work The Beg­gar’s Opera set in Lon­don’s crim­i­nal un­der­world. He died in 1732.

JULY 1 GE­ORGE SAND

French au­thor born Aman­tine Lu­cile Aurore Dupin in 1804. She is known as much for her af­fairs and wear­ing men’s cloth­ing as fo her nov­els and plays in­clud­ing Leila, In­di­ana and Mauprat.

GE­ORGE SAND BORN: 1804

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