Wednesday 21 August 2019

this week's BIRTHDAYS

Conor McGregor, mixed martial arts fighter, 31. Sue Lawley, British TV presenter, 73. Charlie Piggott, founding member of De Dannan, 71. Jane Lynch, Glee actress, 59. Matthew Fox, actor, 53. David Mitchell, comedian, 45. Kirsten Sheridan, film director daughter of Jim Sheridan, 43. Bruce Oldfield, fashion designer, 69.

MONDAY, july 15

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and horse-breeder, 70. Forest Whitaker, actor, 58. Linda Ronstadt, singer, 73. Brigitte Nielsen, actress ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone, 56. Marky Ramone (Marc Bell), Ramones drummer, 67. Julian Bream, classical guitarist, 86. Rory Cowan, played Rory in Mrs Brown's Boys, 60.

TUESDAY, july 16

Michael Flatley, dancer, 61. Danny Healy-Rae, TD for Kerry, 65. Margaret Court, former tennis champion, 77. Will Ferrell, comedy actor, 52. Stewart Copeland, drummer with The Police, 67. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid and Wales winger, 30. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, 51.

WEDNESDAY, july 17

Vincent Browne, journalist, 75. Donald Sutherland, actor, 84. Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles, 72. David Hasselhoff, actor, 67. Natasha Hamilton, Atomic Kitten singer, 37. Angela Merkel, German chancellor, 65. Spencer Davis, 1960s beat star, 80. Tim Brooke-Taylor, of The Goodies, 79. James Kavanagh, Snapchat blogger and influencer, 30.

ThursDAY, july 18

Richard Branson, Virgin boss, 69. Vin Diesel, actor, 52. Martha Reeves, soul singer, 78. Nick Faldo, former champion golfer, 62. Shane Horgan, retired Irish rugby player, 41. Dion DiMucci, The Wanderer singer, 80. MIA (Mathangi Arulpragasam), rapper, 44. Jack Irons, Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer, 57. Ricky Skaggs, country singer, 65. Alan Pardew, English football manager, 58.

friDAY, july 19

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish first minister, 49. Benedict Cumberbatch, actor, 43. Brian May, guitarist with Queen, 72. Ilie Nastase, former tennis player, 73. George King, former Sunday Independent sports editor who in 1970 led a campaign that led to the end of the GAA ban on "foreign" sports, 88. Vitali Klitschko, former world heavyweight champion boxer and politician, 48.

saturDAY, july 20

Gisele Bundchen, supermodel, 39. Jacques Delors, former European Commission president, 94. Carlos Santana, guitarist, 72. Diana Rigg, actress, 81. Cormac McCarthy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 86. Kim Carnes, singer, 74. Paul Cook, Sex Pistols drummer, 63. Roger Hunt, ex-Liverpool forward and 1966 World Cup winner, 81. Bob McNab, former Arsenal full-back, 76.

TODAY, july 14

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