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

Edward the Black PrinceEdward the Black Prince (1330-1376)

English prince, knight and heir to King Edward III, born in Woodstock Palace, England

  • 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), born in Dordrecht, Dutch Republic (d. 1672)
  • 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)
  • 1900 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Erik Erikson, Frankfurt Germany, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis"
  • 1906 Léon Degrelle, Belgian Walloon Rexist Party leader, and Nazi collaborator, born in Bouillon, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Louis RJ Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor (Zoelen)

Sam GiancanaSam Giancana (1908-1975)

American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit (1957-66), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 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 Hilda Terry, American Cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), born in Râmnicu Sărat, Buzău County, Romania (d. 1999)

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov (1914-1984)

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

  • 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

François TombalbayeFrançois Tombalbaye (1918-1975)

Dictator and 1st President of Chad (1960-75), born in Bessada, Moyen-Chari French Chad

  • 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 Brian Jacques, British author, born in Liverpool, England (2011)
  • 1939 Ward Connerly, American political activist (affirmative action), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 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 Lawrence Wilkerson, American retired military officer
  • 1945 Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Philippine senator
  • 1947 Alain Aspect, French physicist (Nobel Prize 2022 for experiments with entangled photons), born in Agen, France [1]
  • 1950 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist (ArcelorMittal), born in Sudulpur, India
  • 1952 Lorna Young, Scottish promoter of Fairtrade products, born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1996)

Xi JinpingXi Jinping (69 years old)

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

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