Ivy shares her birthday with any number of famous or widely-known people, as we all do. Some who were born on August 18 are
Virginia Dare, 1587, famously the first English child born in the Americas.
Shelley Winters, 1920, well-known actress, now departed.
Rosalynn Carter, 1927, former First Lady.
Robert Redford, 1936, American actor and one-time heartthrob of every housewife. (I am told.)
Timothy Geithner, 1961, recently Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.
Are you aware of the fact that in any randomly chosen group of 23 people there is a 50-50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday? The odds in favor of such a pairing increases as the number of people in the group increases, and at 70 people there is a mere one chance in a thousand that there won’t be such a match.