#211 Ken Livingstone / Eddy Merckx – 17 June 1945

Ken Livingstone

World Economic Forum

Kenneth Robert “Ken” Livingstone (born 17 June 1945) is a British Labour Party politician; he has twice held the leading political role in London local government, firstly as Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and secondly as the first elected Mayor of London, a post he held from its creation in 2000 until 2008. He also served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent East between 1987 and 2000 as a Labour Party member and 2000 and 2001 as an independent.

Eddy Merckx

Photo by Anefo / Bert Verhoeff via Nationaal Archief

Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945 in Meensel-Kiezegem), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional cyclist. The French magazine Vélo called him “the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known.”The American publication, VeloNews, called him the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. He won the Tour de France five times, won all the monuments of cycling, won the Giro d’Italia five times and the Vuelta a España once, won the world championship as an amateur and a professional, and broke the world hour record.


Also born on this day :
Laurie Calloway is a retired English-U.S. soccer defender.
Mercer Reynolds is an American businessman.
P. D. T. Acharya is the former Secretary General of Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat, Parliament of India.
Inge Thun was a Norwegian football goalkeeper.
Sakari Orava is a Finnish sports medicine surgeon, physician, orthopedist , and professor.
Tommy Franks is a retired general in the United States Army.
Art Bell is an American broadcaster and author.
Frank Ashmore is an American actor.
Lawrence Ricci was a reputed Genovese crime family caporegime.
Ann Barnes was an actress and pop singer.
Helen Jacobsohn is an Australian sprint canoer.

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