21 June


1896

 Charles Momsen
Charles Momsen (June 21, 1896 – May 25, 1967), was an American pioneer in submarine rescue for the United States Navy, and he invented the underwater escape device later called the “Momsen lung”, for which he received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 1929. In May 1939, Momsen directed the rescue of the crew of Squalus (SS-192). Born Charles Bowers Momsen in Flushing, New York. (d. 1967)

1903

 Al Hirschfeld
Al Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903 – January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist best known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. Born Albert Hirschfeld in St Louis, Missouri. (d. 2003)

1905

 Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. Born Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre in Paris, France. (d. 1980)

1921

 Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921 – June 7, 1965) was an American actress, comedian and singer. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday as “Billie Dawn” led to her being cast in the 1950 film version for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Born Judith Tuvim in New York City, New York. (d. 1965)
 Jane Russell
Jane Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress, and was one of Hollywood’s leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in The Paleface (1948), and Dorothy Shaw in the hit film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) opposite Marilyn Monroe. Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Bemidji, Minnesota. (d. 2011)

1925

 Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton (June 21, 1925 – March 13, 2006) was an American actress in film, theater and television. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Lonelyhearts (1958), Airport (1970) and Interiors (1978), before winning for her performance as Emma Goldman in Reds (1981). She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Born Lois Maureen Stapleton in Troy, New York. (d. 2006)

1930

 Gerald Kaufman
Sir Gerald Kaufman (born 21 June 1930) is a British Labour politician who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1970, first for Manchester Ardwick and then for Manchester Gorton. He was a government minister in the 1970s and a member of the Shadow Cabinet in the 1980s. Born Gerald Bernard Kaufman in Leeds, England.

1932

 Bernard Ingham
Sir Bernard Ingham (born 21 June 1932) is a British journalist and former civil servant who is best known as Margaret Thatcher’s chief press secretary while she was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.
 Lalo Schifrin
Lalo Schifrin (born June 21, 1932) is an Argentine pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is best known for his film and TV scores, such as the “Theme from Mission: Impossible”. He has received four Grammy Awards and six Oscar nominations. Born Boris Claudio Schifrin in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 O. C Smith
O.C. Smith (June 21, 1932 – November 23, 2001) was an American musician. His recording of “Little Green Apples” went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 and sold over one million records. Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana. (d. 2001)

1933

 Bernie Kopell
Bernie Kopell(born June 21, 1933) is an American character actor known for his roles as Siegfried in Get Smart from 1966 to 1969 and as Dr. Adam Bricker (“Doc”) in ABC’s The Love Boat from 1977 to 1986. Born Bernard Morton Kopell in Brooklyn, New York.

1934

 Maggie Jones
Maggie Jones (21 June 1934 – 2 December 2009) was an English actress, best known for playing Blanche Hunt in the British soap opera Coronation Street, a role which she first portrayed in 1974 and played regularly from the late 1990s until shortly before her death. She won the British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance in 2005 and 2008. Born Margaret Jones in London, England. (d. 2009)

1935

 Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan (21 June 1935 – 24 September 2004) was a French playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. Sagan was known for works with strong romantic themes involving wealthy and disillusioned bourgeois characters. Her best-known novel was her first – Bonjour Tristesse (1954) – which was written when she was a teenager. Born Françoise Quoirez in Cajarc, France. (d. 2004)

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.
 Don Black
Don Black, OBE (born 21 June 1938) is an English lyricist. His works have included numerous musicals, movie themes and hit songs. Black is perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and for the James Bond theme songs he co-wrote with composer John Barry: “Thunderball”, “Diamonds Are Forever” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Black’s stage credits include musicals and several Andrew Lloyd Webber shows: Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard. Born Donald Blackstone in London, England.

1944

 Ray Davies
Ray Davies CBE (/ˈdeɪvɪs/ DAY-vis; born 21 June 1944) is an English musician. He was the lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks. He wrote such hits as “You Really Got Me”, “All Day and All of the Night”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Lola”, “Apeman”, and his masterpiece “Waterloo Sunset”. Born Raymond Douglas Davies in Fortis Green, London, England.
 Tony Scott
Tony Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was an English film director and producer. His films come from a broad range of genres, the action drama Top Gun (1986), the action comedy Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), the auto racing film Days of Thunder (1990), the action comedy The Last Boy Scout (1991), and the submarine action film Crimson Tide (1995). Born Anthony David Scott in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. (d. 2012)

1946

 Maurice Saatchi
Maurice Saatchi, Baron Saatchi (born 21 June 1946), is an Iraqi-British politician and with his brother, Charles, co-founder of the advertising agencies Saatchi and Saatchi and M&C Saatchi. Born Maurice Nathan Saatchi in Baghdad, Iraq.

1947

 Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter (born June 21, 1947) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her acting roles including television series: Family (1976–80), an ABC television-network drama and Family Ties (1982–89), an NBC television-network situation comedy. Born Meredith Ann Baxter in South Pasadena, California.
 Michael Gross
Michael Gross (born June 21, 1947) is an American television, movie and stage actor. He played both comedic and dramatic roles, such as Steven Keaton from the sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989) and the graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors film franchise. Born Michael Edward Gross in Chicago, Illinois.

1948

 Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan, CBE, FRSA, FRSL (born 21 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 1997, he published Enduring Love, which was adapted into a film. He won the Man Booker Prize with Amsterdam (1998). In 2001, he published Atonement, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. Born Ian Russell McEwan in Aldershot, England.

1950

 Enn Reitel
Enn Reitel (born 21 June 1950) is a Scottish actor and impressionist who specializes in voice work. Born in Forfar, Angus, Scotland.

1951

 Nils Lofgren
Nils Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band since 1984, a former member of Crazy Horse, and founder/frontman of the band Grin. Lofgren was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014. Born Nils Hilmer Lofgren in Chicago, Illinois.

1953

 Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – 27 December 2007) was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister himself who founded the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party. Born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. (d. 2007)

1954

 Anne Kirkbride
Anne Kirkbride (21 June 1954 – 19 January 2015) was an English actress, known for her long-running role as Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street, which she played for 42 years from 1972 to 2014. Born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. (d. 2015)

1955

 Michel Platini
Michel Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a current football administrator, serving as the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 2007, and formerly a French football player and manager. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, he came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote, and was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. He won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Born Michel François Platini in Jœuf, France.

1959

 Marcella Detroit
Marcella Detroit (born June 21, 1952) is an American soprano vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. She released her debut album Marcella in 1982 to little success before she joined Shakespears Sister with ex-Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey. Detroit sang the lead vocals on their biggest hit, “Stay”, which was number one in the United Kingdom for eight consecutive weeks. Born Marcella Levy in Detroit, Michigan.

1961

 Karen Barber
Karen Barber (born 21 June 1961) is an English ice dancer. She is the 1983 European bronze medalist and competed at two Olympics with partner Nicky Slater. Born in Manchester.

1964

 Sammi Davis
Sammi Davis (born 21 June 1964) is an English actress. She gained considerable praise for her performances in Mona Lisa (1986), as a teenage prostitute, and Ken Russell’s The Rainbow (1989). She also had significant roles in Mike Hodges’ A Prayer for the Dying and John Boorman’s Hope and Glory. Born Samantha Davis in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.
 David Morrissey
David Morrissey (born 21 June 1964) is an English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He played the critically acclaimed roles of Stephen Collins in State of Play (2003) and Gordon Brown in The Deal (2003). The former earned him a Best Actor nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and the latter won him a Best Actor award from the Royal Television Society. Born David Mark Morrissey in Kensington, Liverpool.

1979

 Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt (born June 21, 1979) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles, including Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation. He was leading man in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2015, he starred in Jurassic World, the continuation of the popular Jurassic Park franchise. Born Christopher Michael Pratt in Virginia, Minnesota.

1982

 Prince William
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, KG KT ADC(P) (born 21 June 1982) is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after his father. Born William Arthur Philip Louis in St Mary’s Hospital, London.

1985

 Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey (born June 21, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18. Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City.

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