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Birthdays in History on June 15

  • 28 Emperor Ming of Han [Liu Yang], Chinese Emperor of the Han dynasty (58-69 AD), born in Luoyang, China (d. 75 AD)
  • 1221 Frederik II [Strijdbare], duke of Austria

Person of interestEdward the Black Prince

1330 Edward the Black Prince [Edward of Woodstock], English prince and knight, born in Woodstock Palace, England (d. 1376)

Prince of Wales Edward the Black Prince
Prince of Wales
Edward the Black Prince
  • 1542 Richard Grenville, English parliament leader/vice-admiral (Roanoke)
  • 1553 Ernst, archduke of Austria/governor of the Netherlands
  • 1594 Nicolas Poussin, French painter, born near Les Andelys, France (d. 1665)
  • 1623 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch statesman (Chatham)
  • 1624 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704)
  • 1638 Samuel Apostool, Dutch vicar/theologist (The Sun)
  • 1640 Bernard Lamy, French mathematician (d. 1715)
  • 1755 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (d. 1809)
  • 1767 Rachel Donelson Jackson, wife of President Andrew Jackson (1828-37), (d. 1828)
  • 1789 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)
  • 1801 Benjamin Raymond, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1883)
  • 1805 William Butler Ogden, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, born in Walton, New York (d. 1877) at 72
  • 1809 François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)

  • 1833 Edward Moody McCook, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1909)
  • 1865 L H Perquin, Dutch religious radio speaker
  • 1867 Konstantin Balmont, Russian writer, born in Gumnishchi, Shuya (d. 1945)
  • 1888 Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota)
  • 1890 Georg Wüst, Posen, German Oceanographer who provided the first complete understanding of the temperature, salinity and deep-current structure of the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1894 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1898 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist
  • 1900 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
  • 1906 Louis RJ Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor (Zoelen)
  • 1906 Léon Degrelle, Belgian Walloon Rexist Party leader, and Nazi collaborator, born in Bouillon, Belgium (d. 1994)

Person of interestSam Giancana

1908 Sam Giancana, American mafioso, born in Chicago, Illinois

Gangster Sam Giancana
Sam Giancana
  • 1911 Wilbert Awdry, British Anglican cleric and children's writer (Thomas the Tank Engine), born in Ampfield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Trevor Huddleston, English pastor/chairman (Anti-Apartheid)
  • 1914 Cees [Cornelis A B] Bantzinger, Dutch cartoonist/illustrator
  • 1914 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), born in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău County, Romania (d. 1999)

Person of interestYuri Andropov

1914 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), born in Nagutskaya, Stavropol Region, Russian Empire (d. 1984)

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1914 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times)
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

  • 1918 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader
  • 1918 N'garta Tombalbaye, 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Chad (d. 1975)
  • 1919 Van T. Barfoot, American Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Edinburg, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Amy Clampitt, American poet (The Kingfisher), born in Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1920 George Ernest Leslie, Scottish trade union official, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1922 [Morris] Mo Udall, American politician (Rep-D-AZ, 1961-91), born in St Johns, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (Tarumba, Maltiempes)
  • 1926 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Hugo Pratt, Italian graphic artist, born in Rimini, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Einar K Enevoldson, American Nasa test pilot (X-24B)
  • 1932 Mario Cuomo, American politician (Governor-D-NY, 1983-95), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Mohammad Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981) who was assassinated by a bomb while in office, born in Qazvin, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1935 Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
  • 1936 William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate
  • 1939 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1939 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • 1942 Tony Coelho, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-89), born in Los Banos, California
  • 1943 Xaveria Hollander [Vara de DeVries], Dutch author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • 1944 Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • 1945 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • 1945 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1950 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist (ArcelorMittal), born in Sudulpur, India
  • 1952 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1996)

Person of interestXi Jinping

1953 Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 1954 Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan hotel manager
  • 1955 Sally E Silverstone, Walthamstow England, Co-Captain (Biosphere 2)
  • 1965 Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower
  • 1965 Adam Smith, American politician (D-Wash), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Adam Rapp, American playwright and author (Red Light Winter), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Hank Von Helvete, Turbonegro Frontman
  • 1988 Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
  • 2015 Prince Nicolas of Sweden, Duke of Ångermanland, born in Danderyd