Charles Kingsley (12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875) was an evangelical priest of the Church of England, a university professor, historian and novelist. He is particularly noted for the novels Westward Ho! (which led to the founding of a town by the same name) and The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby (1863). Born in Holne, Devon, England. (d. 1875)
Johanna Spyri (12 June 1827 – 7 July 1901) was a Swiss-born author of children’s stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in Hirzel, Switzerland. (d. 1901)
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, KG, MC, PC (12 June 1897 – 14 January 1977) was an English Conservative politician who served three periods as Foreign Secretary and then a short period as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1955-57. The Suez Crisis, regarded as an historic setback for British foreign policy, ended his premiership. Born Robert Anthony Eden in Windlestone Hall,
County Durham, England. (d. 1977)
Bill Naughton (12 June 1910 – 9 January 1992) was an Irish-born British playwright and author, best known for his play Alfie. At least two of his other plays have been made into feature films. These are Spring and Port Wine, starring James Mason, and All in Good Time, filmed as The Family Way, which starred John Mills. Born William John Francis Naughton in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland. (d. 1992)
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Samuel Z. Arkoff (12 June 1918 – 16 September 2001) was an American producer of B movies, with successes such as Blacula, I Was a Teenage Werewolf and The Thing with Two Heads. Born Samuel Zachary Arkoff in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (d. 2001)
Peter Jones (12 June 1920 – 10 April 2000) was an English actor, screenwriter and broadcaster. He was for 29 years a regular contestant on the panel game Just A Minute, becoming much-loved for his dry, acid wit. He was the voice of The Book in the original radio series of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. On television, he is probably best known for his lead role as Mr Fenner in the series The Rag Trade. Born Peter Geoffrey Francis Jones in Wem, Shropshire. (d. 2000)
George H. W. Bush
George Bush (born June 12, 1924) is a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, and the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989). Born George Herbert Walker Bush in Milton, Massachusetts.
Jackie “Mr TV” Pallo (12 January 1926 – 11 February 2006) was an English professional wrestler, a star of British televised wrestling in its 1960s and 1970s heyday, when the sport had a regular 40-minute slot before the Saturday afternoon football results on ITV. Born Jack Ernest Gutteridge in Islington, London. (d. 2006)
Brigid Brophy, Lady Levey (12 June 1929 – 7 August 1995) was a British novelist, critic and campaigner for social reforms. Among her novels was Hackenfeller’s Ape (1953); among her critical studies were Mozart the Dramatist (1964, revised 1990) and Prancing Novelist: A Defence of Fiction … In Praise Of Ronald Firbank (1973). Born Brigid Antonia Brophy. (d. 1995)
Anne Frank (12 June 1929 – February 1945) was a diarist and writer. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for several plays and films. In July 1942, the family went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne’s father worked. After two years, the group was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot Frank, were eventually transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they died (probably of typhus) in February or March 1945. Born Annelies Marie Frank in Frankfurt, Weimar Germany. (d. 1945)
Jim Nabors (born June 12, 1930) is an American actor and singer. He joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing Gomer Pyle. The character proved popular, and Nabors was given his own spin-off show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. Born James Thurston Nabors in Sylacauga, Alabama.
Chick Corea (born June 12, 1941) is an American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Many of his compositions are considered jazz standards. Born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Reg Presley (12 June 1941 – 4 February 2013) was an English singer-songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer with the 1960s rock and roll band The Troggs, whose best known hit was “Wild Thing”, though their only UK number one single was the follow-up “With a Girl Like You”. He also wrote the song “Love Is All Around”, which featured in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Born Reginald Maurice Ball in Andover, Hampshire, England. (d. 2013)
Roy Harper (born 12 June 1941) is an English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been a professional musician since 1964. Harper has released 22 studio albums and 10 live albums across his 50-year career. Born in Rusholme, Manchester, England.
Pat Jennings OBE (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Ireland former football player. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper. Born Patrick Anthony Jennings in Newry, Northern Ireland.
Timothy Busfield (born June 12, 1957) is an American actor and director. He has played Eliot Weston on the television series thirtysomething; Mark, Kevin Costner’s brother-in-law in Field of Dreams; and Danny Concannon on the television series The West Wing. In 1991 he received a Primetime Emmy Award as best supporting actor in a drama series. Born in Lansing, Michigan.
Eamonn Walker (born 12 June 1962) is an English film, television and theatre actor. In the United States, he is known for playing Kareem Saïd in the HBO television series Oz, for which he won a CableACE Award, as Winston in In Sickness and in Health and John Othello in the 2001 ITV1 production of Othello. Born Eamonn Roderique Walker in London, England.
Catherine “Cathy” Tyson (born 12 June 1965) is an English stage, film and television actress. Tyson’s film debut was in Mona Lisa (1986). Probably her best-known television appearance was also as a prostitute, Carol Johnson, in the ITV series Band of Gold. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, London.
Richard Ayoade (born 12 June 1977) is an English comedian, actor, writer, TV presenter, and director, best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd. Born Richard Ellef Ayoade in Whipps Cross, London, England.
Robyn (born 12 June 1979) is a Swedish recording artist. “Dancing on My Own” became a hit single worldwide and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for the category of Best Dance Recording in 2011. Born Robin Miriam Carlsson in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jodie Prenger (born 12 June 1979) is an English actress and singer, best known as the winner of BBC television series I’d Do Anything on 31 May 2008, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver! Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.