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Famous Birthdays on June 28

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 209

  • 1476 Paul IV [Giampietro Caraffa], Pope (1555-59), born in Carpriglio, Italy (d. 1559)
  • 1490 Albrecht von Brandenburg, German archbishop and monarch of Mainz, born in Cölln, Germany (d. 1545)

Person of interestHenry VIII

1491 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, born in London (d. 1547)

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1503 Giovanni Della Casa, Italian poet (Galateo), born in La Casa, Mugello, Tuscany (d. 1556)
  • 1547 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1599)
  • 1550 Johannes van den Driesche, Flemish Hebraist, born in Oudenarde, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1616)
  • 1577 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter (Circumcision), born in Siegen (d. 1640)
  • 1586 Paul Siefert, German composer and organist, born in Danzig (d. 1666)
  • 1641 Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien, queen of Poland (1676-96), born in Nevers, France (d. 1716)

Person of interestJohn Wesley

1703 John Wesley, English Christian theologian and co-founder of the Methodist movement, born in Epworth, England (d. 1791)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • 1712 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher, eminent political theorist, and writer whose influential works inspired French Revolution leaders and Romantic academics (Confession), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1778)
  • 1719 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman, born in Nancy, France (d. 1785)
  • 1734 Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, born in Abbeville, Hauts-de-France, France (d. 1794)
  • 1787 Harry Smith, English military commander and leader of British-Indian forces (Battle of Aliwal), born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1860)
  • 1794 Allen Frances Gardiner, British naval officer and missionary in inter alia Port Natal, born in Basildon, Berkshire, England (d. 1851)
  • 1808 Cristina Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Italian princess and politician, born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1871)

  • 1812 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1905)
  • 1824 Paul Broca, French brain surgeon and anthropologist (located speech center), born in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, France (d. 1880)
  • 1824 William T. Wofford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army-American Civil War), born in Toccoa, Habersham County, Georgia (d. 1884)
  • 1825 Emil Erlenmeyer, German chemist (Erlenmeyer flask), born in Wehen, Duchy of Nassau (d. 1909)
  • 1831 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), born in Köpcsény, Moson County, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1907)
  • 1847 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • 1852 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, born in Eppenberg-Wöschnau (d. 1921)
  • 1853 Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1865 Otto Julius Bierbaum, German writer (Irrgarten Der Liebe), born in Grünberg, Province of Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1910)
  • 1867 Luigi Pirandello, Italian writer (Six Characters in Search of An Author-Nobel 1934), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 1936)
  • 1867 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1930)
  • 1873 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1874 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), born in Canal Winchester, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Henri Lebesgue, French mathematician (Lebesgue integration), born in Beauvais, Oise, France (d. 1941)
  • 1879 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Ägnö, Stockholm archipelago, Sweden (d. 1919)

Person of interestPierre Laval

1883 Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), born in Châteldon, France (d. 1945)

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • 1884 Lamina Sankoh, Sierra Leonean pre-independence politician and nationalist, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1964)
  • 1885 Berthold Viertel, Austrian screenwriter, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1951)
  • 1886 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa (d. 1971)

  • 1886 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1887 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, born in Mladá Boleslav Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1888 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (pioneering West Indian batsman), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1947)
  • 1891 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (d. 1930)
  • 1891 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1891 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1892 E. H. Carr, English historian (History of Soviet Russia), born in London (d. 1982)
  • 1893 Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)
  • 1893 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Kordian into Cham), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1962)
  • 1900 Alan Bunce, American radio and television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1902 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1906 Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), born in Kattowitz, German Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, born in Maidstone, England (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Paul-Emile Victor, French pole explorer (La civilisation du phoque), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1908 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive and presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, born in Streator, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • 1909 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, born in Borsbeek, Antwerp
  • 1912 Audrey Langford, English singing teacher, born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)
  • 1913 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Franz Antel, Austrian filmmaker (Der Bockerer), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Walter Oesau, German fighter pilot (WWII), born in Farnewinkel, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1914 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Aribert Heim, Austrian SS physician (served at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Mauthausen, known as Dr. Death), born in Bad Radkersburg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1992)
  • 1915 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1920 A. E. Hotchner, American editor, novelist and playwright, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1921 P.V. Narasimha Rao, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1991-96), born in Warangal District, India (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Terje Stigen, Norwegian author (Det siste paradiset), born in Magerøya, Finnmark, Norway (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Erik Bauersfeld, American voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Lloyd Labeach, 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1923 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, born in Hamburg (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Anne Mackenzie, South African long distance athlete, born in Ceres, Cape Province, South Africa

Person of interestMel Brooks

1926 Mel Brooks [ Melvin Kaminsky], American actor, comedian and director (Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs), born in NYC, New York

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • 1926 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Theo van Tijn, Dutch marxist/social-historian
  • 1927 F. Sherwood Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry 1995, born in Delaware, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Peter Heine, South African cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's), born in Winterton, Natal, South Africa (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Ronald Alfred Gardyne "Rags" Butler, sailor (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Hans Blix, Swedish head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission 2000-2003, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1928 Harold Evans, English-American journalist and writer (editor of The Sunday Times), born in Patricroft, England
  • 1928 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1989)
  • 1928 Cyril Smith, British Liberal Member of Parliament and alleged serial sex offender, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist

  • 1930 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Itamar Franco, 33rd President of Brazil (1992-94), born in Brazilian territorial waters, Atlantic Ocean (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver, born in Wilkes County, North Carolina
  • 1931 Lucien Victor, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Oekene, Belgium (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, American actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid), born in Isleton, California (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1933 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Carl Levin, American politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1934 Roy Gilchrist, West Indian cricketer (volatile WI fast bowler of late 50s), born in St Thomas, Jamaica (d. 2001)
  • 1935 John Inman, English actor (Mr. Humphries-Are You Being Served?), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Gisela Kraft, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Major R Owens, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-2007), born in Collierville, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1937 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1989)
  • 1937 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire in the American League (1969-79), born in Endicott, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Leon Panetta, American politician (23rd United States Secretary of Defense), born in Monterey, California
  • 1938 John Byner, American actor (Transylvania 6-5000) and comedian, born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Moy Yat, Chinese martial artist (student of Yip Man) (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Klaus Schmiegel, German-American chemist (invented Prozac), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1940 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker (Grameen - microlending), economist (Nobel Peace Prize 2006), born in Chittagong, British India
  • 1940 Roderick Wright, Scottish Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1990-96), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Al Downing, American MLB baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1941 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford) (d. 2006)
  • 1942 "Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, Secretary-General (South African Communist Party), born in Cofimvaba, Transkei, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1942 Jim Kolbe, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1942 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Dutch figure skater (Olympic gold 1964), born in Akkrum, Netherlands
  • 1943 Ed Pastor, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), born in Claypool, Arizona
  • 1943 Klaus von Klitzing, German physicist (discovery of the integer quantum Hall effect, Nobel 1985), born in Schroda, Reichsgau Posen, Germany
  • 1945 Dave Knights, British rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England

  • 1945 Jane Harman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Bruce Davison, American actor (Capt Wyler-Hunter, Willard, High Risk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1946 John M. Lounge, American engineer and astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Robert L Asprin, American sci-fi writer (Thieves World, Cold Cash War)
  • 1946 Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1946 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), born in Santiago (d. 1991)
  • 1947 Mark Helprin, American writer (A Soldier of the Great War), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1947 Patrick Kincaid, who wrote the TODAY program; send him a card
  • 1947 Anny Duperey, French film and television actress, born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Person of interestKathy Bates

1948 Kathy Bates, American academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Actress Kathy Bates
Actress
Kathy Bates
  • 1949 Don Baylor, American baseball player (Rockies, 1979 AL RBI leader, 267 HBP), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1949 Edward Totah, art dealer
  • 1950 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1950 Mauricio Rojas, Chilean-Swedish politician and political economist, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1952 Pietro Mennea, Italian runner (200m world record), born in Barletta, Apulia, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1954 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), born in Edinburgh (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller), born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1954 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1955 Nikolay Zimyatov, Soviet-Russian nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Moscow
  • 1955 Shirley Cheriton, English actress (Debbie Wilkins-EastEnders), born in London
  • 1955 Eric Gates, English football player, born in Ferryhill, County Durham, England
  • 1955 Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1956 Noel Mugavin, Australian rules football player, born in Koroit, Victoria
  • 1957 Georgi Parvanov, 3rd President of Bulgaria (2002-12), born in Sirishtnik, Bulgaria
  • 1957 Mike Skinner, American racecar driver, born in Susanville, California
  • 1958 Sergei Shakrai, Russian figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Soviet Union

Person of interestJohn Elway

1960 John Elway, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32/33), born in Port Angeles, Washington

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1961 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat), born in Mobile, Alabama

  • 1962 Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir, Romanian long jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brăila, Romania
  • 1964 Bryan Barker, NFL punter (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • 1964 Susan Mascarin, American tennis player, born in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
  • 1964 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Michele Timms, Australian WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury, Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1966 Andrew Lang, American NBA center (Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1966 John Cusack, American actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress (Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Matt Karchner, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Gil Bellows, Canadian actor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968 Adam Woodyatt, English actor (Ian Beale in EastEnders), born in Walthamstow, London Borough of Waltham Forest, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Chayanne [Elmer Figueroa Arce], Puerto Rican singer, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Danielle Brisebois, American actress (Archie's Place, Big Bad Mama 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Tichina Arnold, American actress, born in Queens, NYC, New York
  • 1969 Ayelet Zurer, Israeli actress, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1970 Mushtaq Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (prodigious Pakistani leggie 1990-), born in Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1970 Steve Burton, American actor (Chris-Out of this World), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1970 Mike White, American filmmaker and actor, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1971 Aileen Quinn, American actress (Annie), born in Yardley, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Bobby Hurley, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1971 Gary Downs, NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in New Bern, North Carolina
  • 1971 Greg Keagle, American MLB right-handed pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Corning, New York
  • 1971 Jeff Cothran, NFL fullback (Cin Bengals), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1971 Kenny Cunningham, Irish footballer, born in Limón, Costa Rica
  • 1971 Norika Fujiwara, Japanese actress and television personality, born in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971 Ron Mahay, American baseball player, born in Crestwood, Illinois

Person of interestElon Musk

1971 Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and inventor (SpaceX, Tesla, Paypal), born in Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 1972 Arie van der Padt, Dutch soccer player (Tonegido, Sparta), born in Ridderkerk, Netherlands
  • 1972 Marvin Jones, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Alessandro Nivola, American actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1973 Alberto Berastegui, Spanish tennis player, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1973 Brian Maisonneuve, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Ingrid Seynhaeve, Belgian model (Look of the Year 1991), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1973 Adrian Annus, Hungarian athlete, born in Szeged, Hungary
  • 1974 Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Rob Dyrdek, American entrepreneur, TV personality (Ridiculousness) and professional skateboarder, born in Kettering, Ohio
  • 1975 Chad Green, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dunkirk, New York
  • 1975 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), born in Strömstad, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1976 Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese tennis player, born in Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1976 Seth Wescott, American snowboarder (Olympic gold 2006,10), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1977 Lindsay Lee, American tennis star (1995 Futures-Woodlands TX), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1977 Harun Tekin, Turkish musician (Mor ve Ötesi), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1977 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1977 Chris Spurling, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1979 Florian Zeller, French novelist (La Fascination du Pire) and playwright, born in Paris
  • 1979 Ha Ji-won, South Korean actress (Damo), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1979 Randy McMichael, American NFL football player (Miami Dolphins), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1979 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1981 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia