Birthdays in History on June 18

  • 1269 Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar, born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire (d. 1298)
  • 1318 Eleanor of Woodstock, English princess, daughter of Edward II, Duchess of Guelders, wife of Reinoud II, born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire (d. 1355)
  • 1466 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer, born in Fossombrone, Italy (d. 1539)
  • 1511 Bartolommeo Ammanati, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Settignano, Italy (d. 1592)
  • 1517 Emperor Ōgimachi, 106th Emperor of Japan (d. 1593)
  • 1552 Gabriello Chiabrera, Italian poet, born in Savona, Italy (d. 1637)
  • 1581 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, born in Compton Scorpion, Warwickshire, England (d. 1613)
  • 1667 Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal (d. 1750)
  • 1681 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1736)
  • 1716 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1809)
  • 1740 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, born in Diksmuide, West Flanders, Belgium (d. 1809)
  • 1757 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas, Argentine politician and 1st Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1833)
  • 1758 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist and politician, born in Colombo (d. 1818)
  • 1799 William Lassell, British astronomer who discovered satellites of Uranus and Neptune, born in Bolton, England (d. 1880)
  • 1809 Sylvanus William Godon, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1879)
  • 1812 Ivan Goncharov, Russian novelist/travel writer (Oblomov)
  • 1813 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian (Zametsjatelnoje desjatileti), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1887)
  • 1824 Johannes Heykamp, Catholic archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1839 William Henry Seward Jr, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1845 Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, French physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1922)
  • 1854 Edward Wyllis Scripps, American publisher who organized 1st major chain of newspapers in the US, born in Rushville, Illinois
  • 1857 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1858 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • 1860 Hugo Loudon, CEO (Royal Dutch Oil [Shell])
  • 1861 José Trindade Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os Meus Amores), born in Mogadouro, Portugal (d. 1908)
  • 1863 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (d. 1909)
  • 1868 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hungarian admiral/regent (1910-44)
  • 1870 Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician
  • 1877 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator ("I want you" Uncle Sam), born in Pelham, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1881 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch labor leader
  • 1882 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49) [or 6/28]

Édouard DaladierÉdouard Daladier (1884-1970)

72nd Prime Minister of France (1933, 1934 and 1938-40) and PM at the start of World War II, born in Carpentras, Vaucluse, France

  • 1886 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (d. 1978)

George MalloryGeorge Mallory (1886-1924)

English mountain climber ("because it is there"), born in Mobberley, England

  • 1889 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter
  • 1891 Hans Ruin, Finnish Swedish-language historian
  • 1895 Manuela Fernández-Fojaco, Spanish supercentenarian (d. 2009)
  • 1896 Philip Barry, American dramatist (Philadelphia Story)
  • 1899 James Ralph Darling, English Australian teacher and head of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1995)

Anastasia NikolaevnaAnastasia Nikolaevna (1901-1918)

Russian Grand Duchess, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • 1903 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • 1907 Froelich Rainey, American anthropologist and quiz moderator (What in the World), born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Bud Collyer, American TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Sylvia Porter, financial writer (Sylvia Porter's Money Book)
  • 1915 Red Adair, American oilman (fought oil fires in Kuwait), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Arthur Tremblay, Canadian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), born in Glanerbrug, Overijssel (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Edwin Clarke, British neurologist, medical historian,and museum keeper, born in Felling-on-Tyne, England (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Jerome Karle, American chemist (Nobel 1985) and Manhattan Project member, born in New York (d. 2013)
  • 1919 TedLeadbitter, British politician (Labour), born in Easington, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Aster Berkhof [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ), born in Rijkevorsel, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1922 Donald Keene, American Japanese translator and critic, born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Liesbeth den Uyl-van Vessem, Dutch feminist and wife of Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Rex Collings, English publisher (Rex Collings), (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • 1926 Tom Wicker, American columnist (covered assassination of JFK for NY Times) and author, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1927 (Clarence) "Bud" Brown, Jr, American politician (US Representative from Ohio, 1965-83), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • 1927 John Phillipps Kenyon, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1928 David T. Lykken, American behavioral geneticist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • 1929 James Bishop, English editor (deputy editor of The Times), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and philosopher (Frankfurter Schule), born in Düsseldorf
  • 1931 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazilian politician and sociologist, President of Brazil (1995 - 2002), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1932 Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1932 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Brian Kenny, British Army officer, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe), born in Aldershot, England (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Carl de Winter, sect-gen (Federation of British Artists)
  • 1934 Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Hugh McColl, American banker, born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 1936 Ian Spurling, Australian born ballet designer (The Royal Ballet), born in South Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Ronald Venetian, President of Suriname (1991-96, 2000-2010), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1937 Gail Godwin, American author (Perfectionists, Odd Woman)
  • 1937 Jay Rockefeller, American politician (Sen-D-West Virginia 1985-2015), born in New York City
  • 1937 Vitaly Mikhailovich Zholobov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 21)
  • 1938 Joop Worrell, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1938 Kevin Murray, Australian rules footballer
  • 1940 Bob Duncan, prison warden (Gartree Prison in UK)

Thabo MbekiThabo Mbeki (80 years old)

1942 President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape

  • 1946 Fabio Capello, Italian football coach
  • 1946 Russell Ash, British author ('the human Google'), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator
  • 1949 Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Polish lawyer and politician (head of Law and Justice party), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1949 Lech Kaczyński, Polish president (2005-10), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1949 William Randolph Hearst III, American publisher and editor

Idriss DebyIdriss Deby (1952-2021)

Chadian politician and military officer (President of Chad, 1990–2021), born in Berdoba, Chad

  • 1962 Jan[ice] Merrill, track star (US record long distance holder 1979)
  • 1963 Rumen Radev, Bulgarian politician (President of Bulgaria 2017-), born in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria
  • 1964 Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader (d. 2003)
  • 1969 Christopher Largen, American author, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1976 Witte Wartena, Dutch artist
  • 1981 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • 1981 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand child murder victim (d. 1987)
  • 2006 Countess Zaria of Orange-Nassau, Jonkvrouwe van Amsberg