Welcome fellow poolers, ’tis a sad day indeed where we can no longer say “To me, to you.” It’s now ‘To me, to… um…’ It’s been a terrible week if you’re a fan of wrestling too, they seem to be falling like flies. Anyhow, no points this week, better luck next time!
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Brickhouse Brown, 57, American professional wrestler (SCW, WCWA, USWA), prostate cancer.
- Brian Christopher, 46, American professional wrestler (WWF, TNA, USWA), suicide by hanging.
- Nikolai Volkoff, 70, Yugoslav-born American Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWF).
- Tony Bullimore, 79, British sailor and nightclub owner, stomach cancer.
- Sir Alex Fergusson, 69, British politician, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2007–2011).
- Mary Carlisle, 104, American actress (College Humor, Doctor Rhythm, Dead Men Walk).
- Rick Genest, 32, Canadian fashion model and actor (47 Ronin), suicide.
- Barry Chuckle, 73, English children’s entertainer (ChuckleVision).
In Other News
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones!!! Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – startled – and dozens of soldiers running away. Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack – something denied by Bogota as a “baseless” accusation. Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said. The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. Two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said. Mr Maduro later said in a national address: “A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion. Seconds later there was a second explosion.” Photos on social media showed bodyguards protecting Mr Maduro with bulletproof shields after the alleged attack. To add further to the confusion, firefighters at the scene disputed the government’s version of events. Speaking on condition of anonymity, three of them said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment, but did not provide further details.
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is recovering in hospital after a lung transplant. The 69-year-old Austrian had been suffering from “severe lung disease”, Vienna General Hospital said in a statement. “The transplant was successfully carried out,” the statement added. Lauda won three world drivers’ titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984 with Ferrari and McLaren. He had cut short a holiday in Ibiza last week and returned to Vienna after developing a lung infection. Lauda was appointed as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman in 2012 and was involved in the signing of Lewis Hamilton to the team. In 1976, Lauda crashed into an embankment at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. As flames engulfed his car, Lauda had to be rescued by his fellow drivers but despite suffering horrific burns and being given the last rites, he returned behind the wheel six weeks later.
The coroner investigating the death of TV presenter Dale Winton has found he died of natural causes, the late star’s agent has revealed. The Supermarket Sweep and Hole in the Wall host was found dead in April at his north London home. He was 62. Scotland Yard previously said the star’s death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
On This Day
- 1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.
- 1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
- 1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
- 1063 – Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
- 1955 – Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-Brazilian actress and singer (b. 1909)
- 1962 – Marilyn Monroe, American model and actress (b. 1926)
- 1984 – Richard Burton, Welsh-Swiss actor and producer (b. 1925)
- 2000 – Alec Guinness, English actor (b. 1914)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Meghan Markle (37), Billy Bob Thornton (63), Barack Obama (57), Evangeline Lilly (39), Martin Sheen (78), John C. McGinley (59), Stephen Graham (45), John Landis (68), Steven Berkoff (81), Martha Stewart (77), Tony Bennett (92), Kevin Smith (48), Sam Worthington (42), Edward Furlong (41), Jason Momoa (39), Michael Biehn (62), Wesley Snipes (56), Dean Cain (52), Emilia Fox (44), J.K. Rowling (53), Christopher Nolan (48), Arnold Schwarzenegger (71), Lisa Kudrow (55), Hilary Swank (44), Laurence Fishburne (57), Jean Reno (70), Carel Struycken (70), Frances de la Tour (74), Wil Wheaton (46), David Warner (77), Elizabeth Berkley (46), Taylor Schilling (34) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (41).