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Hall of Fame Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Age for October 18

Last Updated 10-25-2020

🏆🏈Mike Ditka -- is 81 in the year 2020 and 82 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1939
Hall of Famer, Sports Analyst, NFL Coach, NFL Tight End
Names/Places: aka "Da Bearz" coach; aka Michael Keller Ditka; RN:Michael Dyczko
Misc: 5x All Pro and Pro Bowl; in both College and Pro Football Halls of Fame; Chicago Bears Rookie of the Year [1961]; Super Bowl V, VI, XX; Bears and Panthers #89 retired
Sports Teams: Chicago Bears (1961-1966), Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968), Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972), Dallas Cowboys (Asst. Coach 1973-1981), Chicago Bears (coach 1982-1992), New Orleans Saints (coach 1997-1999)
TV Shows: NBC Sports (analyst)

🎭🎵Cynthia Weil -- is 80 in the year 2020 and 81 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1940
Hall of Famer, Actress, Composer, Songwriter
Misc: wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", "Kicks", many others with partner Barry Mann

✍🎭Chuck Lorre -- is 68 in the year 2020 and 69 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1952
Hall of Famer, Writer, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Mom (creator and writer), The Big Bang Theory (creator...the TV show, not the universe!), Two and a Half Men (creator and writer), Dharma and Greg (creator and writer), Roseanne (executive producer), Mike and Molly (writer)

🏆⚽Alan Willey -- is 64 in the year 2020 and 65 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1956
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, English

🏆🎾Martina Navratilova -- is 64 in the year 2020 and 65 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1956
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Czech, Lesbian
Names/Places: b. in Prague
Misc: some say; b. Oct 10; No.1 player in the world 7 times (1978-79,82-86); won her record ninth Wimbledon singles title in 1990; alsowon 4 U.S. Opens, 3 Australian and 2 French; in all, won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 38 Grand Slam doubles titles; had 861 match record in singles in 1983; entered 1994 as all-time women's leader in singles titles (166) and money won ($19.4 million) over 20 years; reached 12th Wimbledon final in '94, losing to Conchita Martinez; retired after '94 season.

🏆🥊Thomas "Tommy Hit Man" Hearns -- is 62 in the year 2020 and 63 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1958 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Boxer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit, MI; NN:Tommy
Misc: the first to win world titles in 5 different weight divisions; has held recognized world titles as welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight; four career losses have come against Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and twice to Iran Barkley.

🏆Jerod Swallow -- is 54 in the year 2020 and 55 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1966
Hall of Famer, Ice Dancer

🏆🎾Michael Stich -- is 52 in the year 2020 and 53 in the year 2021; b.10/18/1968 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, German
Misc: PRON:Shtikh, not Steek, Stick, or Stitch; b. Feb 7?

🏆🥊William "Bendigo" Thompson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1811 N.S. d.8/23/1880 N.S. (68)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English

🏆⚾William "Candy" Cummings -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1848 N.S. d.5/16/1924 N.S. (75)
Hall of Famer, MLB Pitcher
Misc: creator of the curve ball; presidet of International Association for Professional Baseball Players
Sports Teams: Excelisior of Brooklyn, Star of Brooklyn, New York Mutuals, Baltimore Canaries, Philadelphia White Stockings, Hartford Dark Blues, Cincinnatti Reds

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🏆🏒Anthony Joseph "Tony" Conroy -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1895 N.S. d.1/11/1978 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player, Olympic Athlete

🎵🎸Chuck Berry -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1926 N.S. d.3/18/2017 N.S. (90)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Blues Guitarist, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Jose, Calif.; RN:Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Misc: not b. Jan 15, 18, Oct 15, or 1931
Song Titles: Maybelline, School Day, Sweet Little 16, Rock and Roll Music, Reelin and Rockin, Johnny B. Goode, My Ding-a-Ling, Roll Over Beethoven to Roll Over
Album Titles: The London Chuck Berry Sessions

🏆🏈Keith (Broadcaster) Jackson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1928 d.1/12/2018 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, Football Announcer
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia, PA; NN:Mr. College Football
Misc: College Football sportscasters 1952-2006
TV Shows: Monday Night Football, Monday Night Baseball, ABC Sports (1966-2006)

✍📰🎵Chrisiem Gunnar "Chris" Albertson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1931 N.S. d.4/24/2019 N.S. (87)
Hall of Famer, Writer, Journalist, Music Executive, Music Producer
Misc: jazz journalist

🏆🏈Forrest Gregg -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1933 N.S. d.4/12/2019 N.S. (85)
Hall of Famer, NFL Coach, NFL Guard, NFL Tackle, College Football Coach
Misc: 6x NFL Champion, 3x Super Bowl Champ, 9x Pro Bowl, AFC Coach of the Year [1981]
Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers (1956-1970), Dallas Cowboys (1971), San Diego Chargers (coach 1972-1973), Cleveland Browns (coach 1974), Cleveland Browns (coach 1975-1977), Toronto Argonauts (coach 1979), Cincinnati Bengals (coach 1980-1983), Green Bay Packers (coach 1984-1987), SMU (coach 1989-1990), Shreveport Pirates (coach 1994-1995)

🎵Ronnie Bright -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1938 d.11/26/2015 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, Singer
Group Names: The Coasters

🎵🎷Ortheia Barnes -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1944 N.S. d.5/15/2015 N.S. (70)
Hall of Famer, Jazz Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: J.J. Barnes' sister; aka Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly

🎵Laura Nyro -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1947 d.4/8/1997 (49)
Hall of Famer, Composer, Songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Gospel Singer, Soul Singer, Lesbian
Names/Places: b. in Bronx; Maria Desiderio's companion

🎵🎸Keith Knudsen -- Birth Anniversary -- b.10/18/1948 N.S. d.2/8/2005 N.S. (56)
Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Singer, Rock & Roll Percussionist
Group Names: The Doobie Brothers

Thomas Alva Edison -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1847 d.10/18/1931 (84)
Hall of Famer, Inventor
Names/Places: b. in Milan, Ohio; aka The Wizard of Menlo Park
Misc: held over 1300 patents incl. phonograph & incandescent electric lamp

🎵Orville "Hoppy" Jones -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/17/1905 d.10/18/1944 (39)
Hall of Famer, Bass Singer/Basso, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Group Names: The Ink Spots

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🏆🎾Fred Hovey -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/7/1868 d.10/18/1945 (77)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

✍🏆🏌Bernard Darwin -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/7/1876 d.10/18/1961 (85)
Hall of Famer, Writer, Golfer, Golf Writer, English
Names/Places: grandson of naturalist Charles

🏆🥊Kidd Williams -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/5/1893 d.10/18/1963 (69)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Danish (Denmark)
Names/Places: RN:John Gutenko

🏆🏁Bill Muncey -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/12/1928 d.10/18/1981 (52)
Hall of Famer, Hydroplane Racer
Misc: in the Motorsports Hall of Fame

🏆⚽Johnny Haynes -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/17/1934 d.10/18/2005 (71)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, English

🏆🏀Slater Martin -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/22/1925 d.10/18/2012 (86)
Hall of Famer, NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Names/Places: RN:Slater Nelson Martin Jr.; NN:Dugie
Misc: 5x NBA Champion, 7x NBA All-Star; star ball handler for the title-winning Minneapolis Lakers of the 1950s, then also the 1958 St. Louis Hawks.
Sports Teams: University of Texas, Minneapolis Lakers (1949-1956), New York Knicks (1956), St. Louis Hawks (1956-1960, coach 1957), Houston Mavericks (coach 1967-1969)

🏆🏒Allan Stanley -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/1/1926 d.10/18/2013 (87)
Hall of Famer, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Misc: played 1946-1969
Sports Teams: Providence Reds (AHL), Vancouver Canucks (WHL), New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers

🎵Paul Craft -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/12/1938 N.S. d.10/18/2014 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Song Titles: Brother Jukebox (for Mark Chestnutt), It's Me Again Margaret (for Ray Stevens and Craft himself)

💰🎵Phil Chess -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/27/1921 N.S. d.10/18/2016 N.S. (95)
Hall of Famer, Executive, Music Producer, Polish
Misc: co-founder of Chess Records

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