15 June


1843

 Edvard Grieg
Edvard Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. Grieg composed the incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play, Peer Gynt – which includes the famous excerpt entitled, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Born Edvard Hagerup Grieg in Bergen, Norway. (d. 1907)

1884

 Harry Langdon
Harry Langdon (June 15, 1884 – December 22, 1944) was an American comedian who appeared in vaudeville, silent films (where he had his greatest fame), and talkies. Born Harry Philmore Langdon in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (d. 1944)

1907

 James Robertson Justice
James Robertson Justice (15 June 1907 – 2 July 1975) was a popular British character actor in British films of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Justice was the demanding surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt in the “Doctor” series of films. In the 1961 war film The Guns of Navarone, Robertson-Justice had a co-starring role as well as narrating the story. He appeared in four films with Navarone co-star Gregory Peck, including Captain Horatio Hornblower, RN, and most notably, Moby Dick. Born James Norval Harald Justice in Lee, London, England.. (d. 1975)

1911

 W.V Awdry
Reverend W. V. Awdry OBE (15 June 1911 – 21 March 1997) was an English Anglican cleric, railway enthusiast and children’s author. He was the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, the central figure in his acclaimed Railway Series. Born Wilbert Vere Awdry in Ampfield, Hampshire, England. (d. 1997)

1914

 Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov (15 June 1914 – 9 February 1984) was a Soviet politician and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 12 November 1982 until his death fifteen months later. Born Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov in Stanitsa Nagutskaya, Stavropol Governorate, Russian Empire. (d. 1984)

1921

 Erroll Garner
Erroll Garner (June 15, 1921 – January 2, 1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His best-known composition, the ballad “Misty”, has become a jazz standard. Born Erroll Louis Garner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 1977)

1935

 June Barry
June Barry (born June 15, 1935) is an English actress. Her television debut was as Annie Walker’s daughter Joan Walker in Coronation Street in 1961. In 1967 she played June Forysthe in the drama The Forysthe Saga. Born Maureen June Leatherbarrow in Lancashire, England.

1936

 Sandor Elès
Sandor Elès (15 June 1936 – 10 September 2002) was a Hungarian-born British actor. He appeared in TV series such as Danger Man, The Baron, The Saint, Timeslip and Jason King. He also had major roles in the Hammer Horror movies Countess Dracula (1971) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) as well as appearing for four years in the 1980s as the scheming restaurant manager, Paul Ross, in the British soap opera Crossroads. Born Éles Sándor in Budapest. (d. 2002)

1937

 Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor .He was the balladeer for The Dukes of Hazzard; composing and singing the show’s theme song. Born Waylon Arnold Jennings in Littlefield, Texas. (d. 2002)

1939

 Brian Jacques
Brian Jacques (15 June 1939 – 5 February 2011) was an English writer best known for his Redwall series of novels and Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. He also completed two collections of short stories entitled The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns and Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales. Born James Brian Jacques in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. (d. 2011)

1941

 Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. He is known for the hit singles “Everybody’s Talkin'” (1969), “Without You” (1971), and “Coconut” (1972). He received Grammy Awards for two of his recordings. Born Harry Edward Nilsson III in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1994)

1943

 Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday (born 15 June 1943), is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he has been called “the French Elvis”. At an international level he is still considered as the only non-Anglophone rock musician having a large international reputation. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur in 1997. Born Jean-Philippe Smet in Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France.
 Xaviera Hollander
Xaviera Hollander (born 15 June 1943) is a former call girl, madam, and memoirist. She came to be best known for her best-selling memoir The Happy Hooker: My Own Story. Born Vera de Vries in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies.
 Muff Winwood
Muff Winwood (born 15 June 1943, Erdington, Birmingham) is an English songwriter and record producer, and the older brother of Steve Winwood. Both were formerly members of the Spencer Davis Group in the 1960s, in which Muff Winwood played bass guitar. He produced the first Dire Straits album, Dire Straits (1978). Born Mervyn Winwood in Erdington, Birmingham.

1945

 Nicola Pagett
Nicola Pagett (born 15 June 1945) is a British actress. She is best known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs. Pagett played the title role in a 1977 BBC adaptation of Anna Karenina and also gave a memorable performance in David Nobbs’s TV series A Bit of a Do. Born Nicola Mary Scott in Cairo, Egypt.

1946

 Noddy Holder
Noddy Holder MBE (born 15 June 1946) is an English musician and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist with the Rock band Slade. Holder co-wrote most of Slade’s material with bassist, occasional keyboard player and violinist Jim Lea. Slade are best remembered for the single “Merry Xmas Everybody”. Born Neville John Holder in Walsall, Staffordshire, England.
 Demis Roussos
Demis Roussos (15 June 1946 – 25 January 2015) was a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. Roussos sold over 60 million albums worldwide. Born Artemios Ventouris-Roussos in Alexandria, Egypt. (d. 2015)

1949

 Simon Callow
Simon Callow, CBE (born 15 June 1949) is an English actor, musician, writer, and theatre director. He starred in the Channel 4 situation comedy, Chance in a Million. His part in Four Weddings and a Funeral brought him a wider audience. He also appeared in many other films including Amadeus, A Room with a View and Howards End. Born Simon Phillip Hugh Callow in Streatham, London, England.

1950

 Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal (born 15 June 1950) is an Indian steel magnate, based in the United Kingdom. He is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company. Mittal owns 38% of ArcelorMittal and holds a 34% stake in Queens Park Rangers F.C. Born Lakshmi Niwas Mittal in Sadulpur, Rajasthan, India.

1954

 James Belushi
Jim Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James “Jim” Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to Jim, and is the younger brother of late comic actor John Belushi. Born James Adam Belushi in Chicago, Illinois.

1963

 Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom Mad About You for seven years, and played single mother Carol Connelly in the 1997 romantic comedy film As Good as It Gets, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born Helen Elizabeth Hunt in Culver City, California.

1964

 Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox (born June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Born Courteney Bass Cox in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

1969

 Ice Cube
Ice Cube, (born June 15, 1969), is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built a successful solo career in music and films. Born O’Shea Jackson in Compton, California.

1973

 Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014), for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards, and for his teenage role as the title character in Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993). Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1985

 Nadine Coyle
Nadine Coyle (born 15 June 1985) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Coyle rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud. Born Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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