2 June


1731

 Martha Washington
Martha Washington (June 2, 1731– May 22, 1802) was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although the title was not coined until after her death, Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. Born Martha Dandridge in Chestnut Grove in the British colony, Province of Virginia.. (d. 1802)

1740

 Marquis de Sade
Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814), was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. He is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality and blasphemy. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name. Born Donatien Alphonse François de Sade in Paris, France. (d. 1814)

1840

 Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. He gained fame as the author of novels, including Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), and Jude the Obscure (1895). Born in Stinsford, Dorset, England. (d. 1928)

1857

 Edward Elgar
Sir Edward Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, and choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924. Born Edward William Elgar in Lower Broadheath, Worcester, England.. (d. 1934)

1904

 Johnny Weissmuller
Johnny Weissmuller (born June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an American competition swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s. Weissmuller was one of the world’s fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming. Born Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, Temes County, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire. (d. 1984)

1915

 Lionel Murton
Lionel Murton (2 June 1915 – 26 September 2006) was an English-Canadian character actor. He was a regular cast member of the Dickie Henderson Show and appeared in many British films. Born William Lionel Murton in Wandsworth, London. (d. 2006)

1920

 Johnny Speight
Johnny Speight (2 June 1920 – 5 July 1998) was a British television scriptwriter of many classic British sitcoms. He wrote Till Death Us Do Part, which included his most famous creation, the controversial bigot Alf Garnett. Born in Canning Town, Greater London, England. (d. 1998)

1921

 Alexander Salkind
Alexander Salkind (June 2, 1921 – March 8, 1997) was a successful international film producer. He produced French films & others in Europe and Hollywood including 1978’s Superman. Born in Freistadt Danzig. (d. 1997)

1922

 Carmen Silvera
Carmen Silvera (2 June 1922 – 3 August 2002) was a Canadian-born British comic actress. Silvera was possibly best known for her starring role in British television programme, ‘Allo ‘Allo! as Edith Artois. Born Carmen Blanche Silvera in Toronto, Canada. (d. 2002)

1926

 Milo O’Shea
Milo O’Shea (2 June 1926 – 2 April 2013) was an Irish character actor. He became popular in the United Kingdom, as a result of starring in the BBC sitcom Me Mammy alongside Yootha Joyce. Among his other memorable film roles in the 1960s were Friar Laurence in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and the villainous Dr. Durand Durand in Roger Vadim’s counterculture classic Barbarella. He was nominated for the Tony Award for his roles in Staircase and Mass Appeal. Born in Dublin, Ireland. (d. 2013)

1930

 Pete Conrad
Pete Conrad, (June 2, 1930 – July 8, 1999), (Capt, USN), was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He set an eight-day space endurance record along with his Command Pilot Gordon Cooper on the Gemini 5 mission, commanded the Gemini 11 mission, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon. Born Charles Conrad, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1999)

1932

 Alan Dobie
Alan Dobie (born 2 June 1932), is an English actor. In Cribb (1980–81), Dobie starred in the title role as a Victorian Detective Sergeant. Born Alan Russell Dobie in Wombwell, West Yorkshire, England.

1937

 Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerman (born June 2, 1937) is an American actress, activist, author, producer, singer and voice-over artist. Her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s film M*A*S*H (1970) earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Born Sally Claire Kellerman in Long Beach, California.

1938

 Ron Ely
Ron Ely (born June 2, 1938) is an American actor and novelist. Ely is best known for having portrayed Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan and for playing the lead role in the 1975 film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. Born Ronald Pierce Ely in Hereford, Texas.

1941

 Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach, (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor and narrator. He is mostly known for his dramatic roles. He is known for portraying fictional detective Mike Hammer in a 1984 TV series. One of his most convincing screen performances was as Frank James (elder brother of Jesse) in The Long Riders (1980). Born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. in Savannah, Georgia.
 Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts (born 2 June 1941) is an English drummer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones. In 1989, The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the July 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, Watts was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. Born Charles Robert Watts in Kingsbury, London, England.

1944

 Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in one night. He wrote the score for many films including The Way We Were, The Sting, The Spy Who Loved Me, Sophie’s Choice, and A Chorus Line. Born Marvin Frederick Hamlisch in New York, New York. (d. 2012)

1946

 Peter Sutcliffe
Peter Sutcliffe (born 2 June 1946) is an English serial killer who was dubbed “The Yorkshire Ripper” by the press. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. Born Peter William Sutcliffe in Bingley, West Yorkshire, England.
 Lasse Hallström
Lasse Hallström (born 2 June 1946) is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) (1985) and later for The Cider House Rules (1999). Born Lars Sven Hallström in Stockholm, Sweden.

1947

 Mark Elder
Sir Mark Elder, CBE (born 2 June 1947) is a British conductor. He is the music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, England. Born Mark Philip Elder in Hexham, Northumberland.

1949

 Heather Couper
Heather Couper CBE CPhys (born 2 June 1949), is a British astronomer who popularized astronomy in the 1980s and also the 1990s on British television, and was president of the British Astronomical Association from 1984 to 1986. From 1993 to 1996, she gave public lectures as professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London. Born Heather Anita Couper in Northwood Hills, Middlesex.

1953

 Keith Allen
Keith Allen (born 2 September 1953) is a British actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author and television presenter. Allen was a member of London band Fat Les, a band which also featured artist Damien Hirst and Blur bassist Alex James. Born Keith Howell Charles Allen in Llanelli, Wales.

1955

 Dana Carvey
Dana Carvey (born June 2, 1955) is an American actor and stand-up comedian, known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for playing the role of Garth Algar in the Wayne’s World films. Born Dana Thomas Carvey in Missoula, Montana.

1960

 Tony Hadley
Tony Hadley (born 2nd June 1960 ) is an English pop singer-songwriter, occasional stage actor and radio presenter who first rose to fame in the 1980s as the lead vocalist of the New Romantic band Spandau Ballet. Born Anthony Patrick Hadley in Islington, London, England.

1968

 Jon Culshaw
Jon Culshaw (born 2 June 1968) is an English impressionist and comedian, best known for his work on the radio comedy Dead Ringers since 2000. Culshaw has voiced a number of characters for ITV shows including 2DTV (2001), Spitting Image (1994–96) and Newzoids (2015), as well as appearing in The Impressions Show alongside Debra Stephenson since 2009. Born Jonathan Peter Culshaw in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England.

1977

 Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto (born June 2, 1977) is an American actor and film producer. Quinto rose to prominence for his role as series antagonist Sylar in the science fiction drama Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He is also known for his portrayal of Spock in the 2009 reboot Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. Born Zachary John Quinto in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1978

 Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper (born 2 June 1978) is an English actor. He has worked in TV, film, theatre and radio, in productions including Mamma Mia!, The Duchess, and The History Boys. Born Dominic Edward Cooper in Greenwich, London, England.

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