James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death. James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. Born in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. (d. 1625)
Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. In honor of his scientific contributions, the name Pascal has been given to the SI unit of pressure, to a programming language, and Pascal’s law (an important principle of hydrostatics), and Pascal’s triangle and Pascal’s wager still bear his name. Born in Clermont-Ferrand,
Auvergne, France. (d. 1662)
Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE, ADC (19 June 1861 – 29 January 1928) was a British senior officer during the First World War. He commanded the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from 1915 to the end of the war. He was commander during the Battle of the Somme, the battle with one of the highest casualties in British military history, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Hundred Days Offensive, which led to the armistice in 1918. Born in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. (d. 1928)
Dame May Whitty
Dame Mary Louise Webster DBE (19 June 1865 – 29 May 1948), known professionally as May Whitty and later Dame May Whitty, was an English stage and film actress. She was the first film and stage actress to receive a damehood. She made her first major Hollywood film appearance recreating her stage role in the film Night Must Fall (1937) and received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Mary Louise Webster in Liverpool. (d. 1948)
Charles Coburn (June 19, 1877 – August 30, 1961) was an American film and theatre actor. Best known for his work in comedies, Coburn received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1943’s The More the Merrier. Born Charles Douville Coburn in Macon, Georgia. (d. 1961)
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (19 June 1896 – 24 April 1986) was an American socialite. Her third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, abdicated his throne to marry her. Born Bessie Wallis Warfield in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. (d. 1986)
Moe Howard (June 19, 1897 – May 4, 1975) was an American actor and comedian best known as the de facto leader of the Three Stooges, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades. Born Moses Harry Horwitz in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1975)
Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was a Canadian-American bandleader and violinist of Italian descent. Lombardo had over 140 hits from 1927-1940, including twenty-one #1 hits. Born Gaetano Alberto Lombardo in London, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1977)
Lou Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941) was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1923 through 1939. He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. In 1939 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disorder now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease in North America. Born Henry Louis Gehrig in Yorkville, Manhattan New York City. (d. 1941)
Faith Bacon (July 19, 1910 – September 26, 1956) was an American burlesque dancer and actress. During the height of her career, she was billed as “America’s Most Beautiful Dancer”. Born Frances Yvonne Bacon in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1956)
Lester Flatt (June 19, 1914 – May 11, 1979) was a bluegrass guitarist and mandolinist, best known for his collaboration with banjo picker Earl Scruggs in The Foggy Mountain Boys (popularly known as “Flatt and Scruggs”). He first reached a mainstream audience through his performance on “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”, the theme for the network television hit The Beverly Hillbillies, in the early 1960s. Born Lester Raymond Flatt in Duncan’s Chapel, Overton County, Tennessee. (d. 1979)
Joshua Nkomo (19 June 1917 – 1 July 1999) was the leader and founder of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and a member of the Ndebele (Kalanga) tribe. Born Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo in Southern Rhodesia. (d. 1999)
Louis Jourdan (19 June 1921 – 14 February 2015) was a French film and television actor. He was known for his suave roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case (1947), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Gigi (1958), The Best of Everything (1959), The V.I.P.s (1963) and Octopussy (1983). Born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France. (d. 2015)
Charlie Drake (19 June 1925 – 23 December 2006) was an English comedian, actor, writer and singer. With his small stature, curly red hair and liking for slapstick, he was a popular comedian with children in his early years, becoming nationally known for his “Hello, my darlings!” catchphrase. Born Charles Edward Springall in Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, England. (d. 2006)
Robert Fyfe (born 19 June 1925) is a Scottish actor, who has appeared as Howard on the long-running British sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 1985 to 2010. In 2012 he appeared in the film Cloud Atlas. Born in Alloa, Scotland.
Nancy Marchand (June 19, 1928 – June 18, 2000) was an American actress. She began her career in theatre in 1951. She was perhaps most famous for her television portrayals of Margaret Pynchon on Lou Grant and Livia Soprano on The Sopranos. Born in Buffalo, New York. (d. 2000)
Barry Took (19 June 1928 – 31 March 2002) was an English writer, television presenter and comedian. His decade-and-a-half writing partnership with Marty Feldman led to the television series Bootsie and Snudge and the radio comedy Round the Horne and other projects. He is also remembered in the UK for presenting Points of View, a BBC Television programme featuring viewers’ letters on the BBC’s output, and the BBC Radio 4 programme The News Quiz. Born in Wood Green, North London, England. (d. 2002)
Thelma Barlow (born 19 June 1929) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies. Born Thelma Pigott in Middlesbrough, England.
Pier Angeli (19 June 1932 – 10 September 1971) was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Young Star of the Year – Actress. Born Anna Maria Pierangeli in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. (d. 1972)
Derren Nesbitt (born 19 June 1935) is an English actor. Possibly his best-known role was as SS Major von Hapen in Where Eagles Dare. Appeared in TV series Special Branch. Born Derren Michael Horwitz in London.
Paul Shane (19 June 1940 – 16 May 2013) was an English comedian and actor, known for television work, in particular playing Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi! a sitcom on the BBC in the mid 1980s. Born George Frederick Speight in Thrybergh, near Rotherham, Yorkshire. (d. 2013)
Radovan Karadžić (born 19 June 1945) is a former Bosnian Serb politician. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Karadžić, as President of the Republika Srpska, sought the direct unification of that entity with Serbia. He is detained in the United Nations Detention Unit of Scheveningen, accused of war crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats during the Siege of Sarajevo, as well as ordering the Srebrenica genocide. Born in Petnjica, Montenegro, DF Yugoslavia.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi AC (born 19 June 1945) is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners. Born in Rangoon, Burma.
Sir Salman Rushdie, FRSL (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989, and as a result he was put under police protection by the British government. Born Ahmed Salman Rushdie in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India.
Phylicia Rashad (born June 19, 1948) is an American actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for this part in 1985 and 1986. In 2004, Rashad became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Born Phylicia Ayers-Allen in Houston, Texas.
Ann Wilson (born June 19, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history, Wilson was listed as one of the “Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time” by Hit Parader magazine in 2006. Born Ann Dustin Wilson in San Diego, California.
Hilary Jones (born 19 June 1953) is an English general practitioner, presenter and writer on medical issues. Jones became the TV-am doctor from May 1989 and has featured regularly on GMTV since 1993. Born Hilary Robert Jones in Hammersmith, London, England.
Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat (1981), Romancing the Stone (1984), and Prizzi’s Honor (1985), the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In the later 1980s and early 1990s, Turner had roles in The Accidental Tourist (1988), The War of the Roses (1989), Serial Mom (1994) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She guest-starried on the NBC sitcom Friends as Chandler Bing’s cross-dressing father Charles Bing. Born Mary Kathleen Turner in Springfield, Missouri.
Paula Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. Abdul scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s with six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Born Paula Julie Abdul in San Fernando, California.
Rory Underwood MBE (born 19 June 1963) is a record-breaking former English rugby union footballer who played wing for, most notably, Leicester Tigers and the Royal Air Force. He represented England and the British and Irish Lions and is a former Royal Air Force pilot. Born in Middlesbrough, England.
Boris Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, popular historian and journalist who has served as Mayor of London since 2008 and as Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. Johnson previously served as the MP for Henley from 2001 until 2008. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson in New York City, New York.
Sadie Frost (born 19 June 1965) is an English actress, Producer and Fashion designer, who currently runs fashion label Frost French. She set up her own Film Production Company Blonde to Black Pictures in 2011. Born Sadie Liza Vaughan in Islington, London, England.
Samuel West (born 19 June 1966), is an English actor and director. He is perhaps best known for his role in the film Howards End and his work on stage (including the award-winning play Enron). Born Samuel Alexander Joseph West in Hammersmith, west London.
Rebecca Loos (born 19 June 1977) is a Spanish-born Anglo-Dutch model and media personality, who came to media attention following claims that she conducted an affair with the married footballer David Beckham. Born Rebecca Loos Bartholdi in Madrid, Spain.
Zoe Saldana (born June 19, 1978) is an American actress and dancer. She first gained some prominence for her role as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario in Passaic, New Jersey.