BORN TODAY – A miscellany of thirteen on the 13th.
> in Greenfield, Lancashire, UK – Basil Fanshawe (“Joe”) Jagger, father of Sir Michael Philip Jagger, the Duracell rock rabbit.
> in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan – Masatoshi Nakayama, internationally renowned master of Stotokan Karate.
> in St Paul, Minnesota, USA – Bill Sackter, mentally disabled son of Russian immigrants who helped bring attention to the plight of the mentally disabled.
> in Ilford, Essex, UK – Air Vice-Marshal Sir Bernard Chacksfield, who served on the North West Frontier and in Burma, and was mentioned in despatches four times.
> In Worcester, UK – Ruth Kettlewell, film actress and self acknolwedged “character bag”, and a specialist in landladies and mothers-in-law.
> (Somewhere in Mexico?) – Leon Poullada, American diplomat son of an immigrant Mexican doctor who served US embassies in Togo, Ceylon, Pakistan and Afghanistan and specialised in Afghan history.
> In Mislap, Texas, USA – Jake Mooty, Major League Baseball pitcher in the later thirties and early forties.
> in Harrow, UK – Peter Robinson, Hurricane Pilot (56th squadron) who fought in and survived the Battle of Britain but was shot down and killed over the English Channel the following year (June 1941).
> in Grimsby, England – Walter (“Wally”) Ponting, professional footballer for Grimsby Town, Chesterfield and Lincoln City throughout the nineteen- thirties.
> in Coesfeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany – Paul Eising, local politician and Minister of the Interior for the Land of North-Rhine Westphalia from 1959.
> in Oelwein, Iowa – Kermit Tyler, US air-force officer who on 7th December 1941 was the officer in charge of the “Intercept Center” at Pearl Harbor. In April 1942 a Naval Inquiry Board cleared him of any wrongdoing for failures to identify the size of the incoming Japanese attack.
> Pastoe furniture store in Utrecht, celebrating 100 years of design innovation.
> Mangapapa Church, Gisborne on the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand, celebrating a century of worship “where the sun shines first in the world of every new day”.