Birthdays in History on June 15

  • 1221 Frederik II, [Strijdbare], duke of Austria
  • 1330 Edward, the Black Prince, born in Woodstock Palace, Oxfordshire (d. 1376)
  • 1542 Richard Grenville, English parliament leader/vice-admiral (Roanoke)
  • 1553 Ernst, archduke of Austria/governor of the Netherlands
  • 1594 Nicolas Poussin, French painter (d. 1665)
  • 1623 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch statesman (Chatham)
  • 1624 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1638 Samuel Apostool, Dutch vicar/theologist (The Sun)
  • 1640 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • 1755 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (d. 1809)
  • 1765 Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician (d. 1831)
  • 1767 Rachel Donelson Jackson, wife of President Andrew Jackson (1828-37), (d. 1828)
  • 1789 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)
  • 1801 Benjamin Raymond, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)
  • 1805 William Butler Ogden, first Mayor of Chicago (d. 1877)
  • 1809 François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • 1833 Edward Moody McCook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1909)
  • 1865 L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
  • 1867 Konstantin Balmont, Russian writer, born in Gumnishchi, Shuya (d. 1945)
  • 1875 Herman Smith-Johannsen, cross-country skier (d. 1987)
  • 1888 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota)
  • 1890 Georg Wüst, Posen, German Oceanographer who provided the first complete understanding of the temperature, salinity and deep-current structure of the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1893 Jacob HA van Coeverden, boer/edelman
  • 1894 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1898 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist
  • 1900 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1902 David Brooks, psychologist
  • 1902 Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
  • 1906 Louis RJ Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor (Zoelen)
  • 1906 Léon Degrelle, Belgian SS officer (d. 1994)

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1908 Sam Giancana, American mafioso, born in Chicago, Illinois

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • 1911 W.V. Awdry, British children's writer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Trevor Huddleston, English pastor/chairman (Anti-Apartheid)
  • 1914 Cees [Cornelis A B] Bantzinger, Dutch cartoonist/illustrator
  • 1914 Saul Steinberg, Romania, cartoonist/illustrator (New Yorker)

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1914 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), born in Nagutskaya, Stavropol Region, Russian Empire (d. 1984)

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1914 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)
  • 1918 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader
  • 1918 N'garta Tombalbaye, president Chad
  • 1919 Van Barfoot, Edinburg, Mississippi, Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1920 George Ernest Leslie, trade union official
  • 1922 Mo[rris K] Udall, (Rep-D-AZ, 1961- )
  • 1924 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1926 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Hugo Pratt, graphic artist
  • 1929 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, piano accompnaist
  • 1932 Einar K Enevoldson, US, Nasa test pilot (X-24B)
  • 1932 Mario Cuomo, American (Gov-D-NY, 1983-95), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
  • 1936 William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate
  • 1939 Ward Connerly, American political figure
  • 1939 Brian Jacques, British author
  • 1942 Tony Coelho, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • 1943 Xaveria Hollander [Vara de DeVries], Dutch author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • 1944 Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • 1945 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • 1945 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1950 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist
  • 1952 Lorna Young, salesperson

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1953 Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 1954 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • 1955 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • 1965 Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • 1965 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Hank Von Helvete, Turbonegro Frontman
  • 1988 Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
  • 2015 Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd