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Famous Birthdays on June 24

  • 1244 Henry I, the Child, 1st count of Hessen (1256-1308), born in Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders (d. 1308)
  • 1286 John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey (d. 1347)
  • 1322 Johanna, Duchess of Brabant/Limburg (Joyful Entry) (d. 1406)
  • 1343 Jeanne de Valois, Queen of Navarre, born in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, France (d. 1373)
  • 1380 Saint John of Capistrano, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest from the Italian town of Capestrano, Abruzzo, born in Capestrano, Abruzzi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1456)
  • 1485 Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer, born in Wollin, Pomerania, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1558)
  • 1499 Johannes Brenz, German theologist (Dutch Brentians), born in Weil der Stadt, Stuttgart (d. 1570)
  • 1519 Theodore Beza, French Reformed Protestant theologian, born in Vezelay, Burgundy, Kingdom of France (d. 1605)
  • 1533 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, English commander-in-chief in Netherlands (d. 1588)
  • 1535 Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal, born in Madrid (d. 1573)
  • 1542 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite mystic, saint, priest and poet, born in Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain (d. 1591)
  • 1546 Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), born in Nether Stowey, Somerset, England (d. 1610)
  • 1561 Rombout Hogerbeets, Dutch lawyer and pension minister of Leiden, born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1625)
  • 1590 Samuel Ampzing, Dutch poet (Taelbericht der Neth Spellinge), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1632)
  • 1619 Rijcklof Volckertsz van Goens, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1678-81), born in Rees, Germany (d. 1682)
  • 1663 Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman, born in Hyères, France (d. 1742)

  • 1669 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname, Algeria), born in Paris (d. 1740)
  • 1687 Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar, born in Winnenden, Württemberg (d. 1757)
  • 1694 Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Genevan legal and political theorist, born in Geneva (d. 1748)
  • 1704 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1771)
  • 1746 Jean-Baptiste Rochefort, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1819)
  • 1747 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, born in Röttingen, Württemberg (d. 1824)
  • 1762 Johann Paul Wessely, Czech composer, born in Frauenberg, Germany (d. 1810)
  • 1771 Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, French-American chemist and industrialist (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company), born in Paris (d. 1834)
  • 1774 François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French Army general, born in Lunéville, France (d. 1838)
  • 1777 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, born in Balsarroch, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (one of the founders of experimental psychology), born in Wittenberg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1878)
  • 1797 John Hughes, 1st Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, born in Annaloghan, County Tyrone, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1864)
  • 1803 George James Webb, English-American composer, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (d. 1887)
  • 1804 Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, born in Pressburg (Pozsony), Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1849)
  • 1804 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1808 Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist and composer, born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)
  • 1811 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1889)
  • 1813 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman/orator (Independent), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1887)
  • 1820 Henry R. Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1898)
  • 1822 Birkett D. Fry, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Kanawha County, Virginia (d. 1891)

  • 1825 Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter and fourth child of Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia, and his wife, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1844)
  • 1826 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)
  • 1832 Edward Harland, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1838 Gustav von Schmoller, German economist (Lectern Socialism), born in Heilbronn, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, born in West Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Louis Brassin, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Aix-la-Chapelle (d. 1884)

Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

1842 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1847 Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)
  • 1848 Brooks Adams, American philosopher (Theory of Social Revolutions), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1927)

Person of interestHoratio Kitchener

1850 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1916)

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 1852 Victor Adler, Austrian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1860 Mercedes of Orléans, Queen of Spain, born in Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Robert Henri, American painter (The Eight) and leader of Ashcan school of painting, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1870 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, born in Burgersdorp, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1873 Thomas Carl Whitmer, American composer, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1877 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian writer (Iveren), born in Moscow (d. 1957)
  • 1879 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1882 Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)
  • 1886 George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Juliana Hall, Sonsbeek Pavilion)
  • 1891 Irving Pichel, actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1893 Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company and brother of Walt (d. 1971)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

1895 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1897 Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer (Father Malachy's Miracle), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1901 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), born in Azalia, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • 1904 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Kurt Kusenberg, German writer (Wein Auf Lebenszeit)
  • 1906 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • 1906 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Jose de Lima Siquiera, composer
  • 1907 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), born in Syracuse, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1942)
  • 1908 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, born in Champakulam, Kuttanad (now Kerala), British India (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military officer (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 William G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • 1910 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Ernesto Sábato, Argentinian writer
  • 1912 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), born in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Norman Cousins, editor (Saturday Review)
  • 1912 Selwyn Powell, art editor
  • 1913 John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter
  • 1913 Max van Praag, Dutch singer
  • 1914 Pearl Witherington CBE, British WW II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Charles James Dunn, Japanese scholar
  • 1915 Fred Hoyle, cosmologist (proposed steady-state universe theory)
  • 1916 John Ciardi, poet/critic (translated Dante)
  • 1919 Albert "Al" Molinaro, American actor (The Odd Couple, Happy Days), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 2015)

  • 1920 Bernhard Krol, German hornist and composer (Figaro Metamorphoses), born in Berlin, Gemany (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1920 James Eric Storrar, fighter Pilot
  • 1922 Aadje [Alida WM] Lyre, Dutch twin daughter of Prince Hendrik(?)
  • 1922 Rietje [Maria SC] Lyre, Dutch twin daughter of Prince Hendrik(?)
  • 1922 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Dedipus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, born in Brooklyn New York (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1923 Margaret Olley, Lismore Australia, painter
  • 1924 Ranasinghe Premadasa, president of Sri Lanka (1989-93)
  • 1924 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Len Jagger, English businessman/multi-millionaire
  • 1927 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist (Nobel 1995), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Herbert C Klien, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • 1930 William B. Ziff, Jr., American publishing executive (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1932 David McTaggart, co-founder (Greenpeace)
  • 1935 Pete Hamill, journalist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Terry Riley, American minimalist composer (In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air), born in Colfax, California
  • 1935 Jiří Teml, Czech composer (People and Sources Symphony), born in Vimperk, Czechoslovakia
  • 1937 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Boris Lagutin, USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1938 Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas
  • 1938 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1938 Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • 1941 Graham McKenzie, cricketer (prolific Australian pace bowler 1961-71)
  • 1941 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist

  • 1942 Gerhart Roth, Austrian writer, born in Graz
  • 1942 Michele Lee, American actress and singer (Karen-Knots Landing, Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Arthur Brown, British rock singer and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire), born in Whitby, Yorkshire
  • 1943 Georg Stanford Brown, Cuban actor (Terry Webster-Rookies), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1943 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Charlie Whitney, English rock guitarist (Family), born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England
  • 1944 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic)
  • 1944 Jeff Beck, British rock guitarist (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group), born in Wallington, Surrey
  • 1945 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • 1945 Colin Blunstone, England, rocker (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
  • 1945 George Pataki, American politician (Gov-R-NY, 1995-2006), born in Peekskill, New York
  • 1946 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast (STS 51C, 51L-Chal disaster)
  • 1946 Robert Reich, US Sec of Labor (Clinton)
  • 1946 David Collenette, Canadian politician
  • 1947 Walter Willison, Monterrey Park California, actor (McDuff the Talking Dog)

Person of interestMick Fleetwood

1947 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947 Marianne Delgorge, Dutch singer and actress (Ice Cream Soda), born in Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
  • 1947 Peter Weller, Stevens Point WI, actor (Robocop, Of Unknown Origin)
  • 1947 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland
  • 1949 John Illsley, English rock bassist (Dire Straits), born in Leicester, England
  • 1950 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950 Léon Frissen, Dutch Queen's Commissioner of the province of Limburg (CDA)
  • 1950 Mercedes R Lackey, American sci-fi author (Arrow's Fall, Magic's Pawn)
  • 1950 Nancy Allen, American actress (Carrie, 1941, Robocop, Dress to Kill), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951 David Rodigan, radio DJ/actor
  • 1952 Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
  • 1953 Ivo Lill, Estonian artist

  • 1955 Loren Roberts, American golfer (British Senior Open 2006, 09; US Open 1994 runner-up), born in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 1955 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
  • 1955 Betsy Randle, American actress
  • 1956 Joe Penny, English actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • 1957 Astro [Terrence Wilson], England, rock vocalist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958 Victor M Gerena, American security guard robbed $7 million (FBI wanted), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 T. C. Chen, Taiwanese golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 1959 Andy McClusky, rocker (Orchestal Manoeveres in the Dark-Electricity)
  • 1959 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1960 Juli Inkster, American golfer (7 LPGA major titles; US Open 1999, 2002), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1960 Nate Carr, freestyle wrestler (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Erie Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Trisha Meili, the "Central Park Jogger"
  • 1960 Karin Pilsäter, Swedish politician
  • 1960 Erik Poppe, Norwegian film director
  • 1961 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1961 Curt Smith, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The Word), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • 1961 Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1961 Iain Glen, Scottish actor (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1963 Duval Love, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963 Anatoly Borisovich Jurkin, Russian writer
  • 1963 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1963 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1965 Danielle Spencer, actress (Dee Thomas-What's Happening), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1965 Patrick Jeffrey, diver (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1965 Shane Churla, Fernie, NHL right wing (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1965 Uwe Krupp, NHL defenceman (Colo Avalanche, Germany 98), born in Cologne, Germany
  • 1966 Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (The Unbelievable Truth), born in Queens, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1967 Sherry Stringfield, American actress (Dr. Susan Lewis-ER, Laura-NYPD Blue), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1967 Bill Huard, Welland, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)

  • 1967 Crystal Carson, Spaulding NE, actress (Cartel, Julia-General Hospital)
  • 1967 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967 Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician (Rammstein)
  • 1967 Janez Lapajne, Slovenian film director
  • 1969 Melissa Gurney, California, tennis player (Virginia Slims of SD, 1986)
  • 1969 Sean Maye, 400m/800m runner
  • 1969 Todd Lewis, 10k runner, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1969 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop/operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1969 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • 1970 Carlos Yancy, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Glenn Medeiros, American pop singer (Someday Love), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1971 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Christopher Showerman, American actor
  • 1972 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • 1972 Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • 1973 Jere Lehtinen, Espoo Fin, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1973 Michael Cheever, American NFL corner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Newnan, Georgia