24 June


1842

 Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil’s Dictionary. In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. He was rumored to be traveling with rebel troops, but was not seen again. Born Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce in Meigs County, Ohio. (d. 1914)

1850

 Herbert Kitchener
Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC (24 June 1850 – 5 June 1916) was a senior British Army officer and colonial administrator who won fame for his imperial campaigns and later played a central role in the early part of World War I, although he died halfway through it. Born Horatio Herbert Kitchener in Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland. (d. 1916)

1893

 Roy O Disney
Roy Disney (June 24, 1893 – December 20, 1971) was an American businessman, becoming the partner and co-founder, along with his younger brother Walt Disney, of Walt Disney Productions, now known as The Walt Disney Company. Born Roy Oliver Disney in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1971)

1895

 Jack Dempsey
Jack Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), also known as “The Manassa Mauler”, was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Listed at #10 on The Ring’s list of all-time heavyweights and #7 among its Top 100 Greatest Punchers, in 1950. Born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado. (d. 1983)

1904

 Phil Harris
Phil Harris (June 24, 1904 – August 11, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, jazz musician, actor, and comedian. Harris is remembered today for his recordings as a vocalist, his voice work in animation (Baloo in Disney’s The Jungle Book, and as Little John in Disney’s Robin Hood). Born Wonga Phillip Harris in Linton, Indiana. (d. 1995)

1911

 Juan Manuel Fangio
Juan Fangio (24 June 1911 – 17 July 1995) was a racing car driver from Argentina. He dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times, a record which stood for 47 years. A member of the Formula 1 Hall of Fame, he is regarded by many as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time. Born Juan Manuel Fangio Déramo in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (d. 1995)

1912

 Brian Johnston
Brian Johnston CBE, MC (24 June 1912 – 5 January 1994). Affectionately known as Johnners, he was a BBC cricket commentator and TV presenter from 1946 to 1993. Born Brian Alexander Johnston in Little Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1994)

1915

 Fred Hoyle
Sir Fred Hoyle FRS (24 June 1915 – 20 August 2001) was an English astronomer noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stances on other scientific matters—in particular his rejection of the “Big Bang” theory, a term coined by him on BBC radio. Born in Gilstead, Bingley, West Yorkshire. (d. 2001)

1919

 Al Molinaro
Al Molinaro (June 24, 1919 – October 30, 2015) was an American actor in television and films, most notably as Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold’s on Happy Days and Murray the Cop on The Odd Couple television series. Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Born Umberto Francesca Molinaro in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (d. 2015)

1930

 Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol (24 June 1930 – 12 September 2010) was a French film director, a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers who first came to prominence at the end of the 1950s. Born Claude Henri Jean Chabrol in Sardent, France. (d. 2010)

1934

 Bob Larbey
Bob Larbey (24 June 1934 – 31 March 2014),was a British television comedy script writer who, with John Esmonde, from the 1960s to the 1990s, created popular situation comedies such as Please Sir! and The Good Life. Born Robert Edward Larbey in Clapham, London, England. (d. 2014)

1939

 Michael Gothard
Michael Gothard (24 June 1939 – 2 December 1992) was an English actor, best remembered for his role as Kai in the television series Arthur of the Britons and as the mysterious villain Emile Leopold Locque in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Born Michael Alan Gothard in London, England. (d. 1992)
 Annette Andre
Annette Andre (born 24 June 1939) is an actress best known for her work on British television throughout the 1960s and ’70s. Probably her most memorable role was starring as Marty Hopkirk’s widow Jeannie Hopkirk in the late 1960s ITV cult classic Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Born Annette Christine Andreallo in Sydney, Australia.

1942

 Michele Lee
Michele Lee (born June 24, 1942) is an American actress, singer, dancer, producer, director, and frequent game show panelist of the 1970s. She is best known for her Emmy Award-nominated role as Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie on the 1980s prime-time soap opera, Knots Landing. She is also a two-time Tony Award nominee. Born Michele Lee Dusick in Los Angeles, California.
 Dustin Gee
Dustin Gee (24 June 1942 – 3 January 1986) was an English impressionist and comedian most famous for his double act with fellow comic, Les Dennis. Born Gerald Harrison in York, England. (d. 1986)
 Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown (born 24 June 1942) is an English rock musician best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances, powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and his number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart and Canada, “Fire”, in 1968. Brown has been lead singer of various groups, most notably The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Born Arthur Wilton Brown in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

1944

 Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. He was ranked fifth in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and the magazine, upon whose cover Beck has appeared three times, has described him as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock”. Born Geoffrey Arnold Beck in Wallington, London Borough of Sutton,England.
 Julian Holloway
Julian Holloway (born 24 June 1944) is an English actor now based in Hollywood, California, United States. Holloway became a mainstay of the Carry On films, having appeared in eight films between 1967 and 1976. His other television credits include the Uncle Silas television dramatisations, Elizabeth R, and Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads. He is the son of the comedy actor and singer Stanley Holloway. His daughter is the author and former model, Sophie Dahl. Born in Watlington, Oxfordshire.

1945

 Colin Blunstone
Colin Blunstone (born 24 June 1945) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the rock band The Zombies, and for his participation on various albums with The Alan Parsons Project. Born Colin Edward Michael Blunstone in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

1947

 Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood(born 24 June 1947) is a British musician and actor, best known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, whose surname was merged with that of John McVie to form the name of the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Born Michael John Kells Fleetwood in Redruth, Cornwall.
 Peter Weller
Peter Weller (born June 24, 1947) is an American film and stage actor, television director and history lecturer. Weller has appeared in more than 70 films and television series, including turns as the title characters in blockbuster hit RoboCop and its sequel RoboCop 2, and the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. Born Peter Frederick Weller in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

1950

 Nancy Allen
Nancy Allen (born June 24, 1950) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress and cancer activist best known for her roles in the films Carrie (1976), RoboCop (1987), and Dressed to Kill (1980). Born Nancy Anne Allen in New York City, New York.

1958

 Levi Roots
Levi Roots (born 24 June 1958) is a British-Jamaican reggae musician, television personality, celebrity chef, businessman and multi-millionaire. He gained widespread fame after appearing on the UK television programme Dragons’ Den, where he gained £50,000 funding for his Reggae Reggae Sauce. Born Keith Valentine Graham in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1961

 Iain Glen
Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1965

 Richard Lumsden
Richard Lumsden (born 24 June 1965) is an English actor, writer, composer and musician. Lumsden’s television work includes Colin in three series of Is it Legal? and on radio he plays Ray in Clare in the Community. Born Richard James Lumsden in Lancashire.

1979

 Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling (born June 24, 1979) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show. She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director. Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 Petra Němcová
Petra Němcová (born 24 June 1979) is a Czech model, television host, and philanthropist. Following injuries in Thailand by a tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, during which her fiancé the photographer Simon Atlee was killed, Němcová founded and now chairs the Happy Hearts Fund. Born in Karviná, Czechoslovakia.

1987

 Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes. A prolific goalscorer, Messi holds the Guinness World Records titles for most goals scored in La Liga (289), a La Liga season (50), a calendar year (91), a Champions League match (five), and most Champions League seasons (five). Born Lionel Andrés Messi in Rosario, Argentina.

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