26 June


1817

 Branwell Bronte
Branwell Brontë (26 June 1817 – 24 September 1848) was an English painter, a writer and a poet, the only son of the Brontë family, and the brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Born Patrick Branwell Brontë in Thornton, near Bradford, West Yorkshire,[. (d. 1848)

1819

 Abner Doubleday
Abner Doubleday (June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable car railway that still runs there. Born in Ballston Spa, New York. (d. 1893)

1892

 Pearl S Buck
Pearl Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973)was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Born Pearl Sydenstricker in Hillsboro, West Virginia. (d. 1973)

1898

 Willy Messerschmitt
Willy Messerschmitt (June 26, 1898 – September 15, 1978) was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. Probably Messerschmitt’s single most important design was the Messerschmitt Bf 109, designed in 1934. Born Wilhelm Emil Messerschmitt in Frankfurt am Main. (d. 1978)

1903

 Big Bill Broonzy
Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1893 – August 14 or 15, 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. Born Lee Conley Bradley in Lake Dick, Arkansas. (d. 1958)

1904

 Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre (26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-American actor. His first English language film was Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934). From 1941-46 he mainly worked for Warner Bros. The first of these films at Warners was The Maltese Falcon (1941), which began a sequence in which he appeared with Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet. This was followed by Casablanca (1942) the second of the nine films in which Lorre and Greenstreet appeared. Lorre’s other films include Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Born László Löwenstein in Rózsahegy, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1964)

1908

 Salvador Allende
Salvador Allende (26 June 1908 – 11 September 1973) was a Chilean physician and politician. 29th President of Chile. Born Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens in Santiago. (d. 1973)

1909

 Colonel Tom Parker
Colonel “Tom” Parker (June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997) was a Dutch-born American talent manager, best known as the manager of Elvis Presley. Born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk in Breda, Netherlands. (d. 1997)

1914

 Laurie Lee
Laurie Lee, MBE (26 June 1914 – 13 May 1997) was an English poet, novelist and screenwriter. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991). Born Laurence Edward Alan Lee in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. (d. 1997)

1919

 Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills (26 June 1919 – 25 July 1965) was an English boxer, and the world light heavyweight champion from 1948 to 1950. He later became owner of a restaurant in Soho, which later became a nightclub ans was friends with the Kray Twins, notorious criminals. Born Frederick Percival Mills in Bournemouth, Hampshire. (d. 1965)

1921

 Violette Szabo
Violette Szabo, GC (26 June 1921 – c. 5 February 1945) was a French-born English Special Operations Executive agent during the Second World War, and a posthumous recipient of the George Cross. On her second mission into occupied France, Szabo was captured by the German Army, interrogated and tortured, and deported to Germany where she was eventually executed at Ravensbrück concentration camp. Born Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell in Paris, France. (d. 1945)

1922

 Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 – December 9, 2013) was an American actress who appeared in some 80 movies and television series. She was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 1950s, for Caged (1950), Detective Story (1951) and Interrupted Melody (1955). Her role in Caged also won her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. One of her most memorable roles was that of Elsa von Schraeder in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music. Born Eleanor Jean Parker in Cedarville, Ohio.

1933

 Claudio Abbado
Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014) was an Italian conductor. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, particularly in the music of Gustav Mahler, he served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Vienna State Opera, and principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. Born in Milan, Italy. (d. 2014)

1943

 Georgie Fame
Georgie Fame (born 26 June 1943) is an English rhythm and blues and jazz singer, and keyboard player. Fame is the only British pop star to have achieved three number one hits with his only Top 10 chart entries: “Yeh, Yeh” in 1964, “Get Away” in 1966 and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967. Born Clive Powell in Leigh, Lancashire, England.

1946

 Clive Francis
Clive Francis (born 26 June 1946) is a British stage, television and film actor. Francis appeared as Joe the Lodger in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). He has appeared in dozens of TV programmes, including Yes, Prime Minister and Poldark. Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

1951

 Pamela Bellwood
Pamela Bellwood (born June 26, 1951) is an American actress best known for her role as Claudia Blaisdel Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera, Dynasty. Born Pamela Anne King in New York City, New York.

1961

 Greg LeMond
Greg LeMond (born June 26, 1961) is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He is also an entrepreneur and anti-doping advocate. LeMond won the World Championship twice and the Tour de France three times. Born Gregory James LeMond in Lakewood, California.
 Terri Nunn
Terri Nunn (born June 26, 1961), is an American singer and actress. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the new wave/synthpop band Berlin. Born Terri Kathleen Nunn in Baldwin Hills, California.

1970

 Sean Hayes
Sean Hayes (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and earned six Golden Globe nominations. Born Sean Patrick Hayes in Chicago, Illinois.
 Chris O’Donnell
Chris O’Donnell (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor. He played Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Charlie Simms in Scent of a Woman, and Finn Dandridge in Grey’s Anatomy. Born Christopher Eugene O’Donnell in Winnetka, Illinois.
 Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman (born June 26, 1970) is an American actor, writer, humorist and carpenter widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. Born in Joliet, Illinois.

1971

 Max Biaggi
Max Biaggi (born 26 June 1971) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion and winner of the 2010 and 2012 World Superbike Championship. Born Massimiliano Biaggi in Rome, Italy.
 Emma Noble
Emma Noble (born 26 June 1971) is an English model and actress. From 1999 to 2004, she was married to James Major, the son of former Prime Minister John Major. She worked as a catwalk model for John Rocha and Ghost before turning to commercial and glamour modelling work and became hostess on The Price Is Right. Born Emma Jane Noble in Sidcup, London, England.

1984

 Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. Born Aubrey Christina Plaza in Wilmington, Delaware.

1988

 Amanda Marchant
Amanda Marchant (born 26 June 1988), better known with sister Samantha as Samanda are a female duo, consisting of identical twin sisters who first came to fame on Big Brother in 2007, in which they jointly achieved second place. Born Amanda Louise Marchant in Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
 Sam Marchant
Samantha Marchant (born 26 June 1988), better known with sister Amanda as Samanda are a female duo, consisting of identical twin sisters who first came to fame on Big Brother in 2007, in which they jointly achieved second place. Born Samantha Joanne Marchant in Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England.

1993

 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer and actress. With songs “Break Free”, “Problem”, “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder”, she spent 34 continuous weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. Born Ariana Grande-Butera in Boca Raton, Florida.

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