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Famous Birthdays on June 19

  • 1301 Prince Morikuni, 9th shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan, born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (d. 1333)
  • 1507 Annibale Caro, Italian writer and poet (Lettere familiare), born in Civitanova Marche, Italy (d. 1566)

James I and VI

1566 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1625)

  • 1606 James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Scottish statesman, born in Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1649)
  • 1608 Thomas Fuller, British scholar, preacher and historian (History of the Worthies of Britain), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1661)
  • 1613 Christiaan de Placker, Flemish poet and composer, born in Poperinge (d. 1691)

Blaise Pascal

1623 Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist and Christian philosopher (Pascal's Law, Pascal's Wager), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France (d. 1662)

  • 1633 Philipp van Limborch, Dutch Remonstrants theologist and vicar, born in Amsterdam (d. 1712)
  • 1708 Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German Baroque composer, born in Schweidnitz, Silesia (d. 1763)
  • 1741 Reinier Vinkeles, Dutch engraver and art collector, born in Amsterdam (d. 1816)
  • 1749 Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, French revolutionary and President of the National Convention, born in Paris (d. 1796)
  • 1764 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, born in Ulverston, Lancashire, England (d. 1848)
  • 1764 Jose Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan revolutionary leader and national hero who is regarded as the father of Uruguayan independence, born in Montevideo (d. 1850)
  • 1766 Edmund Weber, German composer, born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1828)
  • 1771 Joseph Diez Gergonne, French mathematician, born in Nancy, France (d. 1859)
  • 1782 Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, French Catholic priest and writer (L'avenir), born in Saint-Malo, Brittany, France (d. 1854)
  • 1782 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess) (d. 1822)
  • 1783 Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (Queen Victoria), born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1872)
  • 1790 John Gibson, British sculptor, born in Conwy, Wales (d. 1866)
  • 1792 Gustav Schwab, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1850)
  • 1810 Ferdinand David, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), born in Hamburg (d. 1873)
  • 1811 Henry Prince, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Eastport, Maine (d. 1892)
  • 1814 Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Dutch landscape painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1903)
  • 1815 John William Glover, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1899)
  • 1815 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1872)
  • 1816 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1899)
  • 1834 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist, born in Kelvedon, Essex, England (d. 1892)
  • 1842 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, born in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria (d. 1898)
  • 1843 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1846 Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer, born in San Pietro di Gorizia (d. 1928)
  • 1850 David Jayne Hill, American diplomat and author, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1932)
  • 1851 Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), born in St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1890)
  • 1854 Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1893)
  • 1856 Elbert Hubbard, American editor, publisher and author (Message to Garcia), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1858 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, born in Reading, Berkshire (d. 1918)
  • 1858 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands (d. 1941)

Douglas Haig

1861 Douglas Haig, British fieldmarshal (Sudan, WWI), nicknamed "Butcher Haig" due to mass casualties under his command during the Battle of the Somme, born in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (d. 1928)

Jose Rizal

1861 José Rizal, Filipino nationalist, author ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') and ophthalmologist, born in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1896)

  • 1865 Alfred Hugenberg, German politician and businessman, born in Hanover (d. 1951)
  • 1865 May Whitty, British actress (Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1948)
  • 1867 Frank Iredale, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1894-99), born in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1926)
  • 1868 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • 1874 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist, born in Sig, Varde, Denmark (d. 1941)
  • 1877 Charles Coburn, American actor (Around the World in 80 Days, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), born in Laxamýri, Iceland (d. 1919)
  • 1884 Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, French Dadaist artist and writer, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1974)
  • 1885 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Enrico Celio, Swiss lawyer and President of Switzerland (1943), born in Ambrì, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1890 Barbara Everest, American actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1893 Adriaan Franciscus Dussenbroek, Dutch doctor and co-founder (Union National Arubano), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1965)

Wallis Simpson

1896 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Moe Howard

1897 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

  • 1898 Paul Muller-Zurich, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1993)
  • 1898 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1968)
  • 1899 George Călinescu, Romanian literature (Enigma Otilei), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Laura Z. Hobson, American TV writer and panelist (I've Got a Secret), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), born in Dover, England (d.1965)

Lou Gehrig

1903 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

  • 1903 Hans Litten, German jurist (d. 1938)
  • 1904 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, born in Liepāja, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1972)
  • 1905 George Voskovec [Jirí Wachsmann], Czech actor (12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time), born in Sázava, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Taneli Kuusisto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Ernst Chain, German-British chemist and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1945 - for his work on penicillin), born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Walter Rauff, German colonel (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Clarence Wiseman, 10th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1985)
  • 1907 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), born in Colombier, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Quentin N Burdick, (Sen-D-ND, 1960-91)
  • 1909 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • 1910 Frederick Harry Baines, painter
  • 1912 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912 Martin Gabel, American actor (Thief; Marnie; Lady In Cement), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Don Gutteridge, American baseball player
  • 1912 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Alan Cranston, American politician (Sen-D-CA, 1969-1993), born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Harry Lauter, American actor (Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Waterfront), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1914 Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Anthony Bloom, Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Julius Schwartz, American editor and agent (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Pat Buttram, actor (Mr Haney-Green Acres)
  • 1916 George Pravda, Austria-Hungary, actor (Thunderball, Firefox), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwan minister (ZAPUA)
  • 1918 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), born in Stamford, Nebraska (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Pauline Kael, movie critic (NY Times, For Keeps)
  • 1921 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), born in Marseille, France (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Allan Davis, London mayor (1985-86), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Herman Berserik, Dutch painter and graphic artist
  • 1921 Howell Heflin, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979-97), born in Poulan, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1924 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1924 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, born in Bytschki, Vitebsk Region (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Alfred Nzo, South African General Secretary of the ANC (1969-91), born in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald
  • 1927 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, born in San Martín, Buenos Aires (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Nancy Marchand, American actress (The Sopranos, Beacon Hill, Margaret-Lou Grant), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Thelma Barlow [Pigott], British actress (Mavis on Coronation Street, Dinnerladies), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1930 Bryan Kneale, British sculptor
  • 1930 Jul Levi, Bulgarian composer and conductor, born in Salonica, Greece
  • 1930 Gena Rowlands, American actress (The Notebook), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1932 Marisa Pavan, Italian actress (Solomon & Sheba; The Rose Tattoo), born in Cagliari, Sardinia
  • 1932 Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Italian actress (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge), born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1932 Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • 1933 Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), born in Aktobe, Kazakhstan (d. 1971)
  • 1933 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), born in Eisenkappel, Austria (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)
  • 1934 Terence Clark, British diplomat
  • 1935 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry"), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Shirley Goodman, US R&B singers (Shirley & Lee-Feels so Good)
  • 1936 Marisa Galvany, American soprano
  • 1938 Charles Gwathmey, architect (5 Architects)
  • 1938 John Sheil, Northern Irish High Court judge
  • 1938 Ian Smith, Australian actor
  • 1939 Peter Duffell, Brits lt-general/minister of Defense
  • 1939 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, American drag racer (NHRA Top Fuel C'ship in 1977, 80, 82; International Motorsports Hall of Fame), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1940 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, born in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Marlene Warfield, American actress (Victoria-Maude), born in Queens, New York
  • 1941 Václav Klaus, Czech politician and former president
  • 1941 Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino Supreme Court justice and jurist
  • 1942 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, rocker (Spanky & Our Gang-Lazy Day)
  • 1942 Jos Brink, Dutch TV host (Op Zoek)
  • 1942 Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)
  • 1942 Robert [Bob] W Kasten Jr, (Sen-R-WI, 1981- )
  • 1942 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician

Aung San Suu Kyi

1945 Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, leader of the National League for Democracy and human rights activist (1991 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Rangoon, British Burma

  • 1945 Tim Hovey, actor (Queen Bee, Toy Tiger, Man Afraid), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Tobias Wolff, American writer (This Boy's Life)
  • 1945 Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician
  • 1945 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1947 James T. Walsh, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1989-2009), born in Syracuse, New York

Salman Rushdie

1947 Salman Rushdie, British-Indian novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1947 Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer (Butterfly), born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • 1947 Youn Yuh Jung, South Korean actress (Minari), born in Kaesong, Korea
  • 1948 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1974)
  • 1948 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Constance Forslund, actress (Shining Season), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951 Daria Nicolodi, Italian actress (Terror, Shock), born in Florence, Italy
  • 1951 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • 1951 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • 1953 Larry Dunn [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)
  • 1954 Jim Cooper, (Rep-D-TN, 1983- )
  • 1954 Kathleen Turner, American actress (Accidental Tourist, Jewel of Nile), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1954 "Taz" Tasmanian Devil, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Devil May Hare"
  • 1956 Doug Stone, American singer
  • 1957 Anna Lindh, Swedish politician (d. 2003)
  • 1959 Kimberley Leston, British journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1959 Mark DeBarge, American rock vocalist (DeBarge-Who's Johnny), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1959 Anne Hidalgo, French Spanish politician, 1st female Mayor of Paris (2014-), born in San Fernando, Spain
  • 1960 Heike Walpot, German, cosmonaut
  • 1960 Johnny Lee Gray, Jr, American 800m runner (Olympic 7th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Patti Rizzo, American golfer (4 LPGA Tour wins), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1960 Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Chamberwell, London
  • 1962 Ken Tohill, American jockey, born in Pleasanton, California

Paula Abdul

1962 Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up) and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California

  • 1962 Jeremy Bates, English tennis player
  • 1963 Simon Wright, British rock drummer (AC/DC, 1983-89; Dio, 1989-91), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • 1963 Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer
  • 1964 David Freedman, cricketer (NSW left-arm Chinese bowler since 1990)

Boris Johnson

1964 Boris Johnson, British Conservative politician, (Prime Minister, 2019-present; Mayor of London, 2008-2016), born in NYC, New York

  • 1965 Sadie Frost, English actress
  • 1965 Luc Donckerwolke, Belgian car designer
  • 1966 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1966 Joichi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1966 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • 1967 Eric Schweig, Inuvik Canada, actor (Dead Man's Walk)
  • 1967 Bjørn Dæhlie, Norwegian skier
  • 1967 Mia Sara, American actress
  • 1968 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1968 Alastair Lynch, Australian rules footballer
  • 1969 Lara Spencer, American TV personality
  • 1969 Thomas Breitling, American entrepreneur
  • 1970 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Quincy Dushawn Watts, American 400m runner, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Scott Brumfield, guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1970 Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician
  • 1970 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • 1970 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • 1972 Poppy Montgomery, Australian actress (Without a Trace), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician
  • 1972 Robin Tunney, American actress (The Mentalist), born in Chicago, Illinois

Jean Dujardin

1972 Jean Dujardin, 1st French actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor (The Artist), born in Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France

  • 1973 Arne van de Berg, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1973 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player
  • 1974 Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player
  • 1975 Anthony Parker, American basketball guard (EuroLeague Final 4 MVP 2004, EuroLeague MVP 2005, 06; Maccabi Tel Aviv; Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Naperville, Illinois
  • 1975 Brandon Mitchell, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1975 Hugh Dancy, English actor
  • 1976 Darnell Autry, running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1976 Bryan Hughes, English footballer