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Famous Birthdays on June 9

  • 1508 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (d. 1586)
  • 1510 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Harlem
  • 1573 Henricus Hondius, Dutch etcher/publisher
  • 1580 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (d. 1655)
  • 1588 Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer, born in Nuremberg
  • 1595 Władysław IV Vasa, King of Poland (1632-48), born in Kraków (d. 1648)
  • 1597 Pieter Jansz Saenredam, Dutch architecture painter, born in Assendelft
  • 1640 Leopold I, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1658-1705), born in Vienna (d. 1705)
  • 1661 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (d. 1682)

Person of interestPeter the Great

1672 Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725), born in Moscow (d. 1725)

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1686 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (d. 1747)
  • 1768 Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

1781 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Gauge), born in Newcastle, England

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • 1791 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)
  • 1792 Frederic de Merode, Earl of Merode, Belgian revolutionary, born in Maastricht (d. 1830)
  • 1810 Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, German composer, one of the founders of the Vienna Philharmonic, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1849)

  • 1812 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens)
  • 1812 Johann G Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune)
  • 1828 Carlo Marsili, Italian composer, born in Lucca (d. 1878)
  • 1829 Gaetano Braga, Italian composer, born in Giulianova, Italy (d. 1907)
  • 1833 John Rogers Cooke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1836 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1843 Bertha von Suttner, Austrian novelist and pacifist (1st woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905), born in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (d. 1914)
  • 1845 Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto (d. 1914)
  • 1849 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (d. 1927)
  • 1851 Charles Joseph Bonaparte, French politician (d. 1921)
  • 1854 Gerardus J P J Bolland, Dutch philosopher (Bolland Society)
  • 1861 Floris H Verster [van Wulverhorst], Dutch painter, cartoonist and etcher, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1865 Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist and composer (Det Uudslukkelige), born in Sortelung, Denmark (d. 1931)
  • 1865 Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard, French composer
  • 1875 Henry Dale, English physiologist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology 1936), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1877 Rudolf Borchardt, German writer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Dudley Digges, Irish actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Invisible Man), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Oscar Back, Austrian-Dutch viola player
  • 1882 Robert Kerr, Canadian sprinter (1909 Olympics), born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Johannes Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/conductor

  • 1886 Kusaku Yamada, Japanese composer and conductor, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Adrian Shaposhnikov, Russian composer, born in St Peterberg (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, born in Tovačov (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Leslie Banks, English actor and director (Jamaica Inn, 48 Hours)

Person of interestCole Porter

1891 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate), born in Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1893 Samuel N Behrman, American screenwriter (Tale of 2 Cities, Daddy Long Legs)
  • 1893 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), born in Oakland, California (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1962)
  • 1896 Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)
  • 1898 Curzio Malaparte [Kurt E Suckert], Italian author (Kaputt)
  • 1898 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (d. 1952)
  • 1900 Fred Waring, American musician and conductor (name behind the Waring Blender), born in Tyronne, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1900 Prosper Cocquyt, Belgian brewer/pilot
  • 1901 George Price, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), born in Fort Lee, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Marion Gering, Russian actress (Sarumba, Rumba, Ready for Love, 24 Hours), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), born in Bentonia, Mississippi (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Aus quick 1 Test Bodyline series), born in Ascot Vale (d. 1993)
  • 1905 Walter Kraft, German composer and organist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), born in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1909 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, Spanish philosopher, born in Avila, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Robert Cummings, American actor (Love that Bob, Dial M For Murder), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1990)
  • 1911 George Webb, British actor (Keeping Up Appearances), born in Paddington, London (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Cardiganshire (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Alida Margaretha Bosshardt, lt-colonel of Dutch Salvation Army
  • 1913 Patrick Steptoe, English scientist (developed in vitro fertilization), born in Oxford, England (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Hermann Haller, Swiss composer, born in Burgdorf, Switzerland (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-68), played major role in US escalation in Vietnam, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Eric J. Hobsbawm, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1969)
  • 1919 Izaak Boleslavsky, Soviet chess player, born in Zolotonosha, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1977)
  • 1920 June Braybrooke [Isobel English], English writer (Every Eye), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Agnes Keleti, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1921 Arthur Hertzberg, American Jewish scholar (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1922 George Axelrod, American playwright (Breakfast at Tiffany, Bus Stop), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), born in Chale, Isle of Wight (d. 2004)
  • 1922 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (d. 1941)
  • 1922 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biochemist - Radio and TV animator (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Anthony "Tony" Britton, British actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1925 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), born in Pontllanfraith, Monmouthshire (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief's War), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1926 Mona Freeman, American actress (Black Beauty, Dear Wife, Heiress), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Roy Smalley Jr., American MLB shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Franco Donatoni, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Norman Sisisky, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-2001), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Geraint Gruffydd, Welsh scholar (University of Wales), born in Tal-y-bont, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1929 Keith Gardner, Jamaican athlete (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1929 Robert Badham, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1977-89), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Lin[wood] [Vrooman] Carter, American sci-fi author (Thongor of Lemuria)
  • 1930 Marvin Kalb, American educator/newscaster (CBS/NBC, Meet the Press), born in NYC, New York

  • 1930 Barbara [Monique Andrée Serf], French singer ("L'Aigle noir"), born in Paris, France (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, born in the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Bill Virdon, American baseball outfielder, manager, coach (NL Rookie of the Year 1955; World Series 1960; Gold Glove 1962), born in Hazel Park, Michigan
  • 1931 Jackie Mason, American comedian (World According to Me, Chicken Soup), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • 1931 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford Files), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Dick Orkin, American actor (Tim Conway Show), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Don Young, American politician (Rep-R-AK, 1973- ), born in Meridian, California
  • 1934 Donald Duck, famous fowl
  • 1934 Helga Haase, East German 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Danzig, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)
  • 1934 Michael Mates, British politician (C) resigned during Asil Nadir scandal, born in Brentford, Middlesex
  • 1934 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Wild Jimmy Spruill, American blues guitarist, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Diana Van Der Vlis, Canadian American actress (Lovespell, Girl in Black Stockings), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2001)
  • 1936 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • 1937 Sven Conrad Stayers, Guyana cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Harald Rosenthal, German biologist
  • 1938 Charles Wuorinen, American composer (Pulitzer 1980), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Jeremy Hardie, British economic and businessman (W H Smith Group, Monopoly and Mergers Commission)
  • 1938 Peter Sanders, CEO (Commission for Racial Equality)
  • 1938 Roger Hurn, British businessman (Smith's Industries)
  • 1939 David Hobbs, British racing driver, born in Royal Leamington Spa, England
  • 1939 Dick Vitale, American basketball sportscaster (ESPN), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1939 Ileana Cotrubaş, Romanian soprano, born in Galați, Romania
  • 1939 Charles Webb, American writer (The Graduate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2017) [1]
  • 1941 Jon Lord, British keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple -"Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), born in Leicester, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Peter Wilson, CEO (Gallaher)
  • 1942 Nicholas Lloyd, British editor (The Daily Express)
  • 1942 Richard Hutton, English cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971), born in Pudsey, England

  • 1943 Charles Saatchi, English magnate (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • 1943 Joe Haldeman, American sci-fi author (The Forever War), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1944 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • 1944 23 puppies (record litter), born to Lena, a foxhound in Ambler, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Brigid Bazlen, American actress (Pam-Too Young to go Steady), born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1945 Faina Melnik, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bakota, Ukraine
  • 1945 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Nike Wagner, German woman of the theater
  • 1947 John Gurda, American historian
  • 1948 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • 1948 Nathaniel Rosen, Altadena Ca, cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978)
  • 1948 Gudrun Schyman, Swedish politician (Feminist Initiative), born in Täby, Sweden
  • 1949 Francis Monkman, British film composer, musician and songwriter (Curved Air, Sky), born in Hampstead, North London
  • 1950 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Benny Neyman, Dutch singer (I Don't Know How)
  • 1951 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • 1951 James Newton Howard, American film composer (The Hunger Games; M. Night Shyamalan films), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1952 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (d. 2004)
  • 1954 Pete Byrne Bath, English rocker (Naked Eyes), born in Bath, Somerset
  • 1954 George Pérez, American comic book artist
  • 1954 Gregory Maguire, American fantasy writer
  • 1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author (Kay Scarpetta crime novels), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1957 Elly van Holly, running star (3k indoor world record)
  • 1958 Donald Michael Santini, Mass, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1959 Christian Wulff, German politician, prime minister of Lower Saxony (2003-10) and President of Germany (2010-12), born in Osnabrück, West Germany
  • 1959 Benny Gantz, Israeli soldier, politician and Alternate Prime Minister of Israel (Blue and White: 2020-), born in Kfar Ahim, Israel
  • 1960 Steve Paikin, Canadian journalist

Person of interestMichael J. Fox

1961 Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor, author, comedian and activist (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1961 Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter and playwright (A Few Good Men, The West Wing), born in New York City
  • 1962 Eddie Lundon, rocker (China Crisis-Christian)

Person of interestJohnny Depp

1963 Johnny Depp, American actor (21 Jump Street, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • 1963 Gilad Atzmon, Israeli jazz musician and author
  • 1964 Gloria Reuben, Canadian actress (Jeanie Boulet-ER), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Wayman Tisdale, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1964 Hiroko Yakushimaru, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1965 Michelle Francis Bird, campaigner
  • 1967 Robert Reading, 110m hurdler, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1969 Keith Alex, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Mitch McLee [Douglas Lee Mitchell], Miles Mi, drummer (Southgang)
  • 1969 Eric Wynalda, American footballer
  • 1970 Russ Romaniuk, Winnipeg, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1971 D'Marco Farr, defensive tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Roderick Lewis, NFL tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1971 Romano Sion, soccer player (Dordrecht '90/FC Groningen)
  • 1971 Gilles De Bilde, Belgian footballer
  • 1971 Rick Renstrom, American guitarist
  • 1972 Bryan Strang, cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe 1995- )
  • 1972 Wardell Rouse, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress
  • 1972 Wesley Reid Scantlin, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1973 Chris Villarrial, center/guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Grant Marshall, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1973 Tedy Bruschi, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Laura Ponte, Spanish model and royal
  • 1973 Frederic Choffat, Swiss film director
  • 1974 Jon Harris, defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Samoth, Norwegian guitarist (Emperor, Zyklon)
  • 1974 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • 1974 Randy Winn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002; TB Devil Rays, Seattle Mariners, SF Giants) and analyst (NBC Sports Bay Area), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1975 Andrew Symonds, cricketer (Birmingham, brilliant Qld & Gloucs batsman)
  • 1975 Paul Agostino, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Otto Addo, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1975 Jeff Saturday, American football player
  • 1977 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1977 Roopa Mishra, Indian civil servant
  • 1977 Amisha Patel, Indian actress
  • 1977 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • 1978 Shandi Finnessey, game hostess
  • 1978 Miroslav Klose, German footballer (Bayern Munich, Lazio), born in Opole, Poland
  • 1978 Matthew Bellamy, British musician (Muse), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1978 Michaela Conlin, American actress
  • 1980 Mike Fontenot, American baseball player
  • 1980 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • 1980 Udonis Haslem, American basketball player

Person of interestNatalie Portman

1981 Natalie Portman [Neta-Lee Hershlag], Israeli-American actress (V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Star Wars), born in Jerusalem, Israel

  • 1981 Vic Zhou, JVKV band member, Taiwanese actor, singer and model.
  • 1981 Anoushka Shankar, British-Indian sitar player, composer, and daughter of Ravi Shankar, born in London, England
  • 1982 Christina Stürmer, Austrian singer