16 June


1829

  Geronimo
Geronimo (“the one who yawns”) (June 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and Arizona for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. “Geronimo” was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. Thanks to a 1939 movie about Geronimo, US paratroopers traditionally shout “Geronimo” to show they have no fear of jumping out of an airplane. Born in near Turkey Creek (Gila River), Mexico. (d. 1909)

1890

 Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; 16 June 1890 – 23 February 1965) was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous for his role in the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. With his comedy partner Oliver Hardy he appeared in 107 short films, feature films and cameo roles. In 1961, Laurel was given a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in comedy. Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Lancashire, England. (d. 1965)

1892

 Lupino Lane
Lupino Lane (16 June 1892 – 10 November 1959) was an English actor and theatre manager, and a member of the famous Lupino family. Lane started out as a child performer, known as ‘Little Nipper’, and went on to appear in a wide range of theatrical, music hall and film performances. Born Henry William George Lupino in Hackney, London, England. (d. 1959)

1907

 Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson (June 16, 1907 – November 25, 1981) was an American character actor who also performed in vaudeville. A comedian, dancer, singer and musician, Albertson is perhaps best known for his roles as Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and Amos Slade in The Fox and the Hound (1981). Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the The Subject Was Roses (1968). Born in Malden, Massachusetts. (d. 1981)

1912

 Enoch Powell
Enoch Powell, MBE (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was an English politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP, 1950–74), Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP (1974–87), and Minister of Health (1960–63). He attained most prominence in 1968, when he made a controversial speech on immigration, now widely referred to as the Rivers of Blood speech. Born John Enoch Powell in Birmingham, England. (d. 1998)

1924

 Faith Domergue
Faith Domergue (June 16, 1924 – April 4, 1999) was an American television and film actress. She appeared in a number of films, including film noir Where Danger Lives, westerns and in 1955, sci-fi/monster films including It Came from Beneath the Sea, and This Island Earth. Born Faith Marie Domergue in New Orleans, Louisiana. (d. 1999)

1929

 Pauline Yates
Pauline Lettice Yates (16 June 1929 – 21 January 2015) was an English actress, best known for playing Elizabeth Perrin in the BBC television sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. She also starred in Bachelor Father and Keep It in the Family. Born in St Helens, Lancashire. (d. 2015)

1934

 Eileen Atkins
Dame Eileen Atkins, DBE (born 16 June 1934) is an English actress and occasional screenwriter. She has worked in the theatre, film, and television consistently since 1953. For television, she co-created Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975) and The House of Elliot (1991–1993) with Jean Marsh. In 2008, she won a BAFTA TV Award and an Emmy Award for her role opposite Judi Dench in the BBC drama Cranford. Born Eileen June Atkins in London, England.

1935

 James Bolam
James Christopher Bolam, MBE (born 16 June 1935) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Jack Ford in When the Boat Comes In, Trevor Chaplin in The Beiderbecke Trilogy, Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and its sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Roy Figgis in Only When I Laugh, Dr Arthur Gilder in Born and Bred, and Jack Halford in New Tricks. Born James Christopher Bolam in Sunderland, County Durham, England.

1937

 Erich Segal
Erich Segal (June 16, 1937 – January 17, 2010) was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best known for writing the novel Love Story (1970), a best-seller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit. Born Erich Wolf Segal in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2010)

1938

 Michael Culver
Michael Culver (born 16 June 1938) is an English actor. Culver has appeared in several television series in recurring roles, in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972–74), Secret Army (1977–78), the second series of The House of Eliott (1992) and Cadfael (1994–98). He appeared as Captain Needa in The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Born in Hampstead, London, England.
 Helen Ryan
Helen Ryan (born 16 June 1938) is a British actress. She played Queen Alexandra in the British television series Edward the Seventh, for which she received a BAFTA nomination in 1975. She also played Princess Alexandra in the 1980 movie The Elephant Man and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands in the 2002 television drama Bertie and Elizabeth. Born in Liverpool.

1940

 Carole Ann Ford
Carole Ann Ford (born 16 June 1940) is a British actress best known for her roles as Susan Foreman, the first Dr Who in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and as Bettina in the 1962 film adaptation of The Day of the Triffids.

1941

 Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier (born June 16, 1941) is an American songwriter and record producer. Dozier has co-written and produced 14 US Billboard #1 hits and 4 number ones in the UK. Dozier is best known as a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound. Born Lamont Herbert Dozier in Detroit, Michigan.

1942

 Giacomo Agostini
Giacomo Agostini (born 16 June 1942) is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. With an absolute record of 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles, he is considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. Born in Brescia, Lombardy.
 Suzan Farmer
Suzan Farmer (born 16 June 1942 is an English actress. She appeared many ITC series in the 1960s and 70s including Danger Man, UFO, Man in a Suitcase, The Persuaders!, and in four different episodes of The Saint. Born in Kent, England.

1943

 Joan Van Ark
Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress, most notable for her role as Valene Ewing in the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. Born in New York City, New York.

1944

 Brian Protheroe
Brian Protheroe (born 16 June 1944), is an English musician and actor. His first single, “Pinball”, was released in August 1974, and it entered the UK Top 50 at number 40 and reached a peak of number 22. In 1983, he played the role of Edward IV in the BBC Television Shakespeare productions of Henry VI, Part 2, Henry VI, Part 3, and Richard III. Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

1946

 Simon Williams
Simon Williams (born 16 June 1946), is an English actor known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Frequently playing upper middle class or aristocratic upper class roles, he is also known for playing Dr. Charles Cartwright in the sitcom Don’t Wait Up and Sir Charles Merrick in medical drama Holby City. Born in Windsor, Berkshire, England.

1955

 Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf (born June 16, 1955) is an American actress. She is most widely known for her performance as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom Roseanne and has also had series television roles as Carolyn Bigsby on Desperate Housewives and Mary Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Her motion picture roles include the voice of Mrs. Davis in the Toy Story film series. Born Laura Elizabeth Metcalf in Carbondale, Illinois.

1966

 Jan Železný
Jan Železný (born 16 June 1966) is a Czech javelin thrower, world and Olympic champion and world record holder. He holds the top five javelin performances of all time. Born in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.

1969

 Tommy Tiernan
Tommy Tiernan (born 16 June 1969) is an Irish comedian, actor and writer. He and Hector Ó hEochagáin presented The Tommy and Hector Show on i102-104FM. Tiernan also featured in Father Ted as Fr. Kevin. Born in Carndonagh, County Donegal, Ireland.

1970

 Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005), and an Open Championship (2013). Born Philip Alfred Mickelson in San Diego, California.

1971

 Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur (born June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur sold over 75 million records worldwide. Shakur was assassinated in a drive-by shooting. Born Lesane Parish Crooks in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York. (d. 1996)

1991

 Joe McElderry
Joe McElderry (born 16 June 1991) is an English singer and songwriter. He won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. Born Joseph McElderry in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England.

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