On This Day

Famous Birthdays on June 15

  • 28 Emperor Ming of Han [Liu Yang], Chinese Emperor of the Han dynasty (58-69 AD), born in Luoyang, China (d. 75 AD)
  • 1221 Frederik II [Strijdbare], duke of Austria

Edward the Black Prince

1330 Edward the Black Prince [Edward of Woodstock], English prince and knight, born in Woodstock Palace, England (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, born near Les Andelys, France (d. 1665)
  • 1623 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch statesman (Chatham), born in Dordrecht, Dutch Republic (d. 1672)
  • 1624 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1636 Johann David Mayer, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall (d. 1696)
  • 1638 Samuel Apostool, Dutch vicar/theologist (The Sun)
  • 1640 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • 1728 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, Italian composer (d. 1786)
  • 1734 Johann Ernst Altenburg, German composer, organist and trumpeter, born in Weißenfels (d. 1801)
  • 1749 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, organist and teacher, born in Würzburg (d. 1814)
  • 1755 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (d. 1809)
  • 1763 Franz Danzi, German composer and cellist, born in Schwetzingen (d. 1826)
  • 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, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, born in Walton, New York (d. 1877) at 72
  • 1809 François-Xavier Garneau, French Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • 1821 Nikolay Zaremba, Russian composer and teacher of Tchaikovsky, born in Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1879)
  • 1833 Edward Moody McCook, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1909)
  • 1843 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Bewitched One), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
  • 1865 L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
  • 1865 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1942)
  • 1867 Konstantin Balmont, Russian writer, born in Gumnishchi, Shuya (d. 1945)
  • 1870 Maud Barger-Wallach, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1908), born at New York, NY (d. 1954)
  • 1875 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian cross-country skier who introduced sport to North America, born in Horten, Norway (d. 1987)
  • 1878 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)
  • 1880 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1884 Harry Langdon, American comedian (The Strong Man, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 1944)
  • 1884 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1936)
  • 1886 Charles Wood, Irish composer of church music, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 1926)
  • 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
  • 1894 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1898 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1898 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist
  • 1900 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Paul J. Mares, American jazz trumpeter and composer ("Farewell Blues"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1949)
  • 1900 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Peter Shankland, English filmmaker and historian
  • 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 Walloon Rexist Party leader, and Nazi collaborator, born in Bouillon, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1907 James Robertson Justice, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moby-Dick), born in Lewisham, London, England (d. 1975)

Sam Giancana

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

  • 1910 Berend Giltay, Dutch composer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1910 David Rose, American Emmy Award-winning composer ("The Stripper"; "Holiday For Strings"), and orchestra leader (The Red Skelton Show), born in London, England
  • 1911 Wilbert Awdry, British Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), born in Ampfield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Trevor Huddleston, English pastor/chairman (Anti-Apartheid)
  • 1914 Cees [Cornelis A B] Bantzinger, Dutch cartoonist/illustrator
  • 1914 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), born in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău County, Romania (d. 1999)

Yuri Andropov

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)

  • 1914 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), born in Dover, England (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)
  • 1917 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), born in Gretna, Louisiana, United States (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer, born in Agia Sofia, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader
  • 1918 N'garta Tombalbaye, 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Chad (d. 1975)
  • 1919 Van T. Barfoot, American Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Edinburg, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), born in Rome, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1920 George Ernest Leslie, Scottish trade union official, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1922 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • 1922 [Morris] Mo Udall, American politician (Rep-D-AZ, 1961-91), born in St Johns, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2012)

Erroll Garner

1923 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)

  • 1923 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1924 Mohammed Ghazali, Pakistani cricketer (off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1925 Richard Baker, English broadcaster (newsreader for BBC News, 1954-1982), born in Willesden, Middlesex, England
  • 1925 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Basil Watts, English rugby league second rower (5 Tests Great Britain, 1 England; World Cup 1954; York RLFC), born in York, England (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Hugo Pratt, Italian graphic artist, born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978)
  • 1927 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Fukakusa, Kyoto, Japan (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (now South Africa) (d. 1970)
  • 1929 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"; "Lazy Day"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Lotfollah "Lotfi" Mansouri, Persian opera director (Canadian Opera Company, 1976-88; introduced opera surtitles, 1983; San Francisco Opera, 1988-2001), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Marcel Pronovost, professional ice hockey player
  • 1931 Bernice Gera, first woman umpire in US pro baseball, born in Ernest, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1932 Einar K Enevoldson, American Nasa test pilot (X-24B)
  • 1932 Mario Cuomo, American politician (Governor-D-NY, 1983-95), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Mohammad Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981) who was assassinated by a bomb while in office, born in Qazvin, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer ("Marianne"), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1933 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), born in Horw, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Ruby Nash Curtis [Garnett], American pop and R&B singer (Ruby and the Romantics - "Our Day Will Come"; "Hey There Lonely Boy"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935 Belinda Lee, English actress (Who Done It, Runaway Bus), born in Devon, England (d. 1961)
  • 1935 Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
  • 1936 Alexandru Hrisanide, Romanian composer, born in Petrila, Romania (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Claude Brasseur, actor (Josepha, Pardon Mon Affair), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate
  • 1937 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • 1937 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Rolf Riehm, German composer (Sirenen, Bilder des Begehrens und des Vernichtens (Sirens, images of desire and destruction)), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1937 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man" ), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
  • 1938 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1938 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1939 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1941 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "One"; "Without You"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Bruce DalCanton, American baseball player, born in California, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Tony Coelho, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-89), born in Los Banos, California
  • 1943 (Mervyn) "Muff" Winwood, English songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin"), born in Erdington, Birmingham
  • 1943 Xaveria Hollander [Vara de DeVries], Dutch author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • 1943 Aron Kincaid, actor (Warren-Bachelor Father, Ski Party), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France", born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Inna Ryskai, Soviet volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
  • 1944 Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • 1945 Nicola Pagett, British actress (Oliver's Story, Privates on Parade), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1945 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • 1945 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, American pop vocalist (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Judy Pace, actress (Young Lawyers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • 1946 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • 1946 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Duris Maxwell [Ted Lewis], Canadian session and touring drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers; Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Lee Purcell, Cherry Point NC, actor (Big Wednesday, Mr Majestyk)
  • 1947 Paul Patterson, British classical composer (Spiders), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
  • 1948 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • 1948 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Leah Kunkel (née Cohen), American singer-songwriter (Coyote Sisters), session vocalist (Jackson Browne; Art Garfunkel), and entertaimnet lawyer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949 Simon Callow, English actor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London, England
  • 1949 Jim Varney, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail, Hey Vern), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1949 Dusty Baker, American baseball outfielder and manager (MLB All Star 1981-82; LA Dodgers; NL Manager of the Year 1993, 97, 2000), born in Riverside, California
  • 1949 Michael Lutz, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1950 Mark Arnott, actor (Return of the Secaucus 7), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist (ArcelorMittal), born in Sudulpur, India
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1951 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), born in Cortland, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1951 Joe Pizzulo, American session and touring vocalist (Alice Cooper; Sérgio Mendes - "Never Gonna Let You Go"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1952 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1996)

Xi Jinping

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

  • 1953 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • 1954 James Belushi, American comedian (Saturday Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • 1954 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1955 Julie Hagerty, American actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • 1955 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956 Ava Cadell, actress (Do or Die), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1956 Lance Parrish 'Big Wheel', American baseball player, born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Brad Gillis, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Night Ranger), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1957 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder and coach, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Clio Goldsmith, actress (Gift, Heat of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor
  • 1958 Wade Boggs, American Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1959 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • 1961 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary

Helen Hunt

1963 Helen Hunt, American actress (Mad About You - "Jamie"; As Good as it Gets), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1963 Scott Rockenfield, American drummer (Queensryche - "Breaking the Silence"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Blanca Portillo, Spanish stage and screen actress (Volver: Goya's Ghost), born in Madrid, Spain

Courteney Cox

1964 Courteney Cox, American actress (Monica Geller on Friends), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1964 Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer
  • 1965 Carrie Mitchum, actress (Donna-Bold & Beautiful), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • 1965 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Yūji Ueda, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968 Demtra Hampton, American model, and actress (Garda), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Tim Lester, American NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1968 Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor, born in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
  • 1968 Adam Rapp, American playwright and author (Red Light Winter), born in Chicago, Illinois

Cedric Pioline

1969 Cedric Pioline, French tennis player (runner-up US Open 1993, Wimbledon 1997), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Ice Cube

1969 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1969 Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1969 Sheldon Kennedy, Brandon, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1969 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Oliver Kahn, German footballer
  • 1970 Janie Eickhoff Quigley, American cyclist, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1970 Zan Tabak, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Leah Remini, American actress
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • 1971 Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricket batsman (81 Tests, 11 x 100s, TS 222; 223 ODIs, 16 x 100s; Canterbury), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971 Jake Busey, American actor
  • 1971 Bif Naked [Beth Torbert], Canadian singer-songwriter ("Spaceman") and actress, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1971 Nasheet Waits, American jazz drummer, born in New York City