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Famous Birthdays on June 18

  • 1269 Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar, born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire (d. 1298)
  • 1318 Eleanor of Woodstock, English princess, Duchess of Guelders, born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire (d. 1355)
  • 1466 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer, born in Fossombrone, Italy (d. 1539)
  • 1511 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Settignano, Italy (d. 1592)
  • 1517 Emperor Ōgimachi, 106th Emperor of Japan (d. 1593)
  • 1552 Gabriello Chiabrera, Italian poet, born in Savona, Italy (d. 1637)
  • 1581 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, born in Compton Scorpion, Warwickshire, England (d. 1613)
  • 1667 Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal (d. 1750)
  • 1681 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1736)
  • 1716 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1809)
  • 1717 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, Czech composer, born in Německý Brod, Bohemia (d. 1757)
  • 1723 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1777)
  • 1740 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, born in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium (d. 1809)
  • 1744 Georg Augustin Holler, German composer (d. 1814)
  • 1757 Ignaz Joseph Pleyel, Austrian-French composer and piano builder, born in Ruppersthal, Austria (d. 1831)
  • 1757 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician and 1st Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1833)

  • 1758 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist and politician, born in Colombo (d. 1818)
  • 1780 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, born in Fulda, Germany (d. 1851)
  • 1799 William Lassell, British astronomer who discovered satellites of Uranus and Neptune, born in Bolton, England (d. 1880)
  • 1809 Sylvanus William Godon, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1879)
  • 1812 Ivan Goncharov, Russian novelist/travel writer (Oblomov)
  • 1813 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian (Zametsjatelnoje desjatileti), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1887)
  • 1820 Martin Andreas Udbye, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Henry David Leslie, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
  • 1824 Johannes Heykamp, Catholic archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1839 William Henry Seward Jr, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1845 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1922)
  • 1850 Richard Heuberger, Austrian composer, critic and teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1914)
  • 1854 Edward Wyllis Scripps, American publisher who organized 1st major chain of newspapers in the US, born in Rushville, Illinois
  • 1857 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, born in New York City (d. 1930)
  • 1858 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • 1860 Hugo Loudon, CEO (Royal Dutch Oil [Shell])
  • 1861 José Trindade Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os Meus Amores), born in Mogadouro, Portugal (d. 1908)
  • 1863 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
  • 1868 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hungarian admiral/regent (1910-44)
  • 1870 Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician

  • 1877 James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator ("I want you" Uncle Sam)
  • 1881 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch labor leader
  • 1882 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49) [or 6/28]

Person of interestÉdouard Daladier

1884 Edouard Daladier, 72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, born in Carpentras, Vaucluse, France (d. 1970)

Prime Minister of France Édouard Daladier
Prime Minister of France
Édouard Daladier

Person of interestGeorge Mallory

1886 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), born in Mobberley, England (d. 1924)

Mountain Climber George Mallory
Mountain Climber
George Mallory
  • 1886 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (d. 1978)
  • 1887 Blanche Yurka, American actress (Taxi, A Tale of Two Cities), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter
  • 1891 Hans Ruin, Finnish Swedish-language historian
  • 1891 Annie "Mae" Busch, Australian actress (Foolish Wives), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1946)
  • 1891 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1892 Edward Steuermann, Austrian-American pianist and composer, born in Sambor, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Manuela Fernández-Fojaco, Spanish supercentenarian
  • 1896 Blanche Sweet, American actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1896 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • 1896 Philip Barry, American dramatist (Philadelphia Story)
  • 1897 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Carleton Hobbs, English actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Farnborough, England (d. 1978)
  • 1899 James Ralph Darling, English Australian teacher and head of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1995)
  • 1899 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), born in Maghull, Liverpool, England (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Llewellyn Rees, British theatre actor (A Fish Called Wanda, Invisible Creature), born in Charmouth, Dorset, England (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • 1903 Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (When I'm Calling You), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Yangtse Incident), born in Guangzhou, China (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Manuel Rosenthal, French composer (Bootleggers), born in Paris, France (d. 2003)
  • 1905 Eduard Tubin, Estonian composer, born in Torila, Governorate of Livonia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Froelich Rainey, American anthropologist and quiz moderator (What in the World), born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Bud Collyer, American TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Nedra Volz, American actress, born in Montrose, Iowa (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation, The Sting, Harry and Tonto), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • 1910 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), born in Flemington, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • 1912 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist (Three Coins in a Fountain, High Hopes, Call Me Irresponsible), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Sylvia Porter, financial writer (Sylvia Porter's Money Book)
  • 1914 E. G. Marshall [Everett Eugene Grunz], American actor (12 Angry Men, The Defenders), born in Owatonna Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Billy Wade, cricket wicket-keeper (South African in 11 Tests 1938-50)
  • 1915 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), born in Chartham, England (d. 1977)
  • 1915 Red Adair, oilman (fought oil fires in Kuwait)
  • 1915 Victor Legley, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Hazebrouck, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1916 John Young, Scottish actor and TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Akhmet Jevdet Ismail Hajiyev, Azerbaijani composer, born in Nukha, Azerbaijan (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Richard Boone, American actor (The Richard Boone Show, Have Gun Will Travel), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • 1919 TedLeadbitter, British politician (Labour), born in Easington, England (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Edwin Clarke, English medical historian and neurologist, born in Felling-on-Tyne, England (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Melville "Mel" Brandt, American actor and NBC staff announcer (Faraway Hill), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1919 Jerome Karle, American chemist (Nobel 1985) and Manhattan Project member, born in New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Aster Berkhof [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ)

  • 1920 Ian Carmichael, British actor (Private's Progress, I'm All Right Jack), born in Hull, England (d. 2010)
  • 1921 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Donald L Keene, American Japanese translator/critic, born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violist/concert master

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924 Liesbeth den Uyl-van Vessem, Dutch feminist and wife of Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Herman "Ace" Wallace, American blues guitarist and singer, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Rex Collings, English publisher (Rex Collings), (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Robert Arthur, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Just For You), born in Aberdeen Washington (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • 1926 Tom Wicker, American columnist (covered assassination of JFK for NY Times) and author, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), born in Kecs kemet, Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1927 John Phillipps Kenyon, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Simeon Pironkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1928 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • 1928 David T. Lykken, American behavioral geneticist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2006)
  • 1929 James Bishop, English editor (deputy editor of The Times), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and philosopher (Frankfurter Schule), born in Düsseldorf
  • 1931 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazilian politician and sociologist, President of Brazil (1995 - 2002), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1932 Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1932 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), born in Huttonsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1933 Tommy [Charles] Hunt, American soul singer (Flamingos-"Lovers Never Say Goodbye"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Brian Kenny, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe)
  • 1934 Carl de Winter, sect-gen (Federation of British Artists)
  • 1934 Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (d. 2004)

  • 1935 Hugh McColl, American banker, born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 1936 Ian Spurling, Australian born ballet designer (The Royal Ballet), born in South Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Ronald Venetian, President of Suriname (1991-96, 2000-2010), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1936 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • 1937 Gail Godwin, American author (Perfectionists, Odd Woman)
  • 1937 Jay Rockefeller, American politician (Sen-D-West Virginia 1985-2015), born in New York City
  • 1937 Varbara Ann Teer, American actress/director (National Black Theatre Company)
  • 1937 Vitaly Mikhailovich Zholobov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)
  • 1938 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
  • 1939 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • 1940 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)
  • 1940 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Delia Smith, English cook and television presenter, born in Woking, England
  • 1942 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)

Person of interestPaul McCartney

1942 Paul McCartney, English musician and member of The Beatles and Wings, born in Liverpool, England

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1942 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), born in Urbana, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape
  • 1942 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1980)
  • 1943 Barry Evans, English actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House, Mind Your Language), born in Guildford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1943 Raffaella Carrà [Pelloni], Italian singer and actress, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1944 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • 1944 Sandy Posey, American pop/country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Russell Ash, British author ('the human Google'), born in Surrey, England
  • 1946 Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
  • 1946 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • 1947 Bernard Giraudeau, La Rochelle France, actor (L'Annee des Meduses)
  • 1947 Douglas Young, British composer, born in London, England

  • 1947 Linda Thorson, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1948 Éva Marton, Hungarian operatic soprano
  • 1949 William Randolph Hearst III, American publisher and editor
  • 1949 Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • 1949 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Lech Kaczyński, Polish president (2005-10), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1949 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish lawyer and politician (head of Law and Justice party), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • 1951 Henny Huisman, Dutch TV host (Playback Show)
  • 1952 Carol Kane, actress (Dog Day Afternoon, Simka-Taxi), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestIsabella Rossellini

1952 Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress and model (Big Night, Blue Velvet), born in Rome, Italy

  • 1952 Rick Gazda, trumpet player (The Miami Horns)
  • 1953 Jerome Smith, American guitarist (KC & the Sunshine Band-Boogie Shoes), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1954 William Beard, rock drummer (Face To Face)
  • 1956 Brian Benben, American, actor (Dream On, Gangster Chronicles), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • 1957 Andrea Evans, American actress (Young & Restless, Tina-One Life to Live), born in Aurora, Illinois
  • 1960 Ralph Brown, British actor (Withnail and I), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1960 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1997)
  • 1961 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1961 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • 1962 Jan[ice] Merrill, track star (US record long distance holder 1979)
  • 1962 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1963 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963 Darren "Dizzy" Reed, American musician (Guns n' Roses-Sweet Girl of Mine)
  • 1963 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1964 Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader (d. 2003)
  • 1965 Kim Dickens, American actress and model
  • 1966 Doug Bodger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose), born in Chemainus, British Columbia
  • 1966 Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-5-1994), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1966 Luke Jensen, American tennis player (1993 French Open doubles), born in Grayling, Michigan

  • 1966 Sandy Alomar, Puerto Rican catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, American NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1969 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1969 Vito LoGrasso, American professional wrestler
  • 1969 Christopher Largen, American author, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1970 Greg Yaitanes, American television and film director (hOUSE m.d.), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)
  • 1971 Mara Hobel, American actress (Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Nathan Morris [Alex Vanderpool], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh rugby union referee (record holder for most Test matches refereed), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1973 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1973 Julie Depardieu, French actress, born in Paris, France
  • 1974 Bumper Robinson, American actor (Webster, Night Court), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Aleksandrs Koliņko, Latvian footballer
  • 1975 Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player
  • 1975 Marie Gillain, Belgian actress