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)

Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376)

English prince, knight and heir to King Edward III, born in Woodstock Palace, England

  • 1542 Richard Grenville, English privateer, explorer, politician and vice-admiral (established Roanoke colony), born in Bideford, England (d. 1591)
  • 1553 Ernst, Archduke of Austria (son of Maximilian II Holy Roman Emperor), born in Vienna (d. 1595)
  • 1594 Nicolas Poussin, French painter, born near Les Andelys, France (d. 1665)
  • 1623 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician and naval commander (Raid on the Medway - Chatham Dockyard), 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, Flemish religious leader (Zonisten) (d. 1699)
  • 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)
  • 1777 János Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1789 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)
  • 1801 Benjamin Wright Raymond, American Whig party politician (Mayor of Chicago, 1839-40 and 1842-43), born in Rome, New York (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)
  • 1861 Ernestine Schumann-Heink (née Rössler), Austrian-American contralto (Bayreuth Festival, 1896-1914; Metropolitan Opera, 1899-1932), born in Libeň, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1936)
  • 1864 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, born in Guingamp, France (d. 1955)
  • 1865 L. H. Perquin, Dutch religious radio broadcaster (d. 1938)
  • 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), born in Jerez de García Salinas, Mexico (d. 1921)
  • 1890 Georg Wüst, German Oceanographer (provided first complete understanding of the temperature, salinity and deep-current structure of the Atlantic Ocean), born in Posen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1894 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1894 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong, English organist and composer, born in Peterborough, England (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 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)
  • 1901 Peter Shankland, English filmmaker and historian (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst (coined the phrase "identity crisis"), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1903 (Carlos) "Charlie" Gemora, Filipino-American film make-up artist and actor who specialized in playing gorillas (Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Chimp & Swiss Miss; At the Circus; Road to Zanzibar), born in Negros, Philippine Islands (d. 1961)
  • 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 (1908-1975)

American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit (1957-66), 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 (d. 1990)
  • 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 Anglican bishop in South Africa and anti-apartheid activist (wrote Naught for Your Comfort), born in Bedford, England (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Cees Bantzinger, Dutch cartoonist and illustrator, born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1914 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), born in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău County, Romania (d. 1999)

Yuri Andropov (1914-1984)

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

  • 1915 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • 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)

Herbert A. Simon (1916-2001)

American political scientist (Nobel Prize in Economics, 1978; Turing Award, 1975), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • 1916 Marshall Field IV, American newspaper publisher (owned Chicago Daily News), born in New York City (d. 1965)
  • 1917 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), born in Gretna, Louisiana, United States (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer, born in Agia Sofia, Piraeus, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1918 André Donner, Dutch jurist (2nd President European Court of Justice), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)

François Tombalbaye (1918-1975)

Dictator and 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Moyen-Chari French Chad

  • 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 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 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)
  • 1922 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 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)
  • 1923 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2012)

Erroll Garner (1923-1977)

American jazz pianist ("Misty"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1923 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1924 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Mohammed Ghazali, Pakistani cricketer (off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1925 Richard Baker, English broadcaster (newsreader for BBC News, 1954-1982), born in Willesden, Middlesex, England
  • 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)
  • 1926 Jan Carlstedt, Swedish composer, born in Orsa, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • 1929 Nigel Pickering, American guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang - "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"; "Lazy Day"), born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Omar Borrás, Uruguayan soccer manager (Uruguay 1977, 82-87; Saudi Arabia), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2022)
  • 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 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Wombwell, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1933 Mohammad Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981) who was assassinated by a bomb while in office, born in Qazvin, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1933 Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), born in Horw, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer ("Marianne"), born in Pola, Istria, Italy (now Croatia) (d. 2005)
  • 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 Curtis Cokes, American boxer (WBA/WBC world welterweight champion 1966-69), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 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

Waylon Jennings (1937-2002)

American country singer and guitarist ("I'm A Ramblin' Man"), born in Littlefield, Texas

  • 1938 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Billy Williams, American Baseball HOF left fielder (6 x MLB All Star; NL Rookie of the Year 1961; NL batting champion 1972; Chicago Cubs), born in Whistler, Alabama
  • 1938 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1939 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • 1939 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1940 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1983)

Harry Nilsson (1941-1994)

American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "One"; "Without You"), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 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 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)
  • 1943 Xaveria Hollander [de DeVries], Dutch call girl, brother keeper, and author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • 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 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1945 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • 1945 Nicola Pagett, British actress (Oliver's Story, Privates on Parade), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1947 Alain Aspect, French physicist (Nobel Prize 2022 for experiments with entangled photons), born in Agen, France [1]
  • 1947 Elliot Randall, American session guitarist (Steely Dan; Carly Simon, Yoko Ono), born in NYC
  • 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 Leah Kunkel (née Cohen), American singer-songwriter (Coyote Sisters), session vocalist (Jackson Browne; Art Garfunkel), and entertaimnet lawyer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1948 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Dusty Baker, American baseball manager (World Series 2022 Houston Astros; SF Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals; NL Manager of Year 1993, 97, 2000) and outfielder (MLB All Star 1981, 82; LA Dodgers), born in Riverside, California
  • 1949 Jim Varney, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail; Hey Vern: The Beverly Hillbillies movie), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1949 Michael Lutz, American bassist, singer, guitarist (Brownsville Station - "Smokin' In The Boys Room"), and producer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1949 Russell Hitchcock, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1949 Simon Callow, English actor (Four Weddings and a Funeral; A Room With A View), born in London, England
  • 1950 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist (ArcelorMittal), born in Sudulpur, India
  • 1950 Mark Arnott, actor (Return of the Secaucus 7), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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
  • 1951 Steve Walsh, American progressive rock singer (Kansas), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1952 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1953 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England

Xi Jinping (70 years old)

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

  • 1954 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1954 James Belushi, American comedian (Saturday Night Live, Trading Places), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • 1954 Terri Gibbs, American blind country music singer ("Somebody's Knockin'"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955 Julie Hagerty, American actress (Airplane, Princesses), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1955 Polly Draper, American actress (Thirtysomething, Side Effects), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1955 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • 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 Clio Goldsmith, actress (Gift, Heat of Desire), born in Paris, France
  • 1957 Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor

Wade Boggs (65 years old)

1958 American Baseball HOF 3rd baseman (5 x AL batting champion; 12 x MLB All-Star; Boston Red Sox; New York Yankees; Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1959 Eileen Davidson, Artesia California, actress (Kristen-Days of our Life)
  • 1961 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 1961 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • 1961 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1962 Andrea Rost, Hungarian lyric soprano, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1963 Blanca Portillo, Spanish stage and screen actress (Volver: Goya's Ghost), born in Madrid, Spain

Helen Hunt (60 years old)

1963 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

Courteney Cox (59 years old)

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

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

Cedric Pioline (54 years old)

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

  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, American actress (Valentina), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ice Cube (54 years old)

1969 American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 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 Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1969 Oliver Kahn, German footballer
  • 1969 Sheldon Kennedy, Canadian NHL hockey right wing, 1989-97 (Detroit Red Wings and 2 other teams), born in Brandon, Manitoba
  • 1970 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • 1970 Janie Eickhoff Quigley, American cyclist, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1970 Leah Remini, American actress
  • 1970 Zan Tabak, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)