28 June


1491

 Henry VIII
Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was king of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was lord, and later king, of Ireland, as well as continuing the nominal claim by the English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Born in Greenwich Palace. (d. 1547)

1703

 John Wesley
John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 2 March 1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement. Born in Epworth, 23 miles north-west of Lincoln, England. (d. 1791)

1902

 Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He wrote the music for Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), The King and I (1951), and The Sound of Music (1959). Born Richard Charles Rodgers in New York City. (d. 1979)

1909

 Eric Ambler
Eric Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a screen writer. Ambler’s best known works are probably The Mask of Dimitrios (1939), and The Light of Day (1962), filmed in 1964 as Topkapi. He wrote the screenplay for A Night to Remember about the sinking of the Titanic. Born Eric Clifford Ambler in London, England. (d. 1998)

1918

 Willie Whitelaw
William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw, KT, CH, MC, PC, DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister. Born William Stephen Ian Whitelaw in Nairn, in northeast Scotland. (d. 1999)

1926

 Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Born Melvin James Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York.

1928

 Hans Blix
Hans Blix (born 28 June 1928) is a Swedish diplomat and politician. He was Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (1978–1979) and later became the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Blix was the first Western representative to inspect the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union on site. Blix was also the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission which began searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, ultimately finding none. Born Hans Martin Blix in Uppsala, Sweden.
 Harold Evans
Sir Harold Evans (born 28 June 1928) is a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. Born Harold Matthew Evans in Eccles, Manchester, United Kingdom.
 Cyril Smith
Sir Cyril Smith, MBE (28 June 1928 – 3 September 2010) was a British Liberal Democrat (formerly Liberal and Labour) politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale. Born in Rochdale, Lancashire. (d. 2010)

1932

 Pat Morita
Pat Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American film and television actor who was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo “Arnold” Takahashi on Happy Days and Keisuke Miyagi in the The Karate Kid movie series, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984. Born Noriyuki Morita in Isleton, California. (d. 2005)

1935

 John Inman
John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) was an English actor and singer best known for his role as Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served?, a British sitcom in the 1970s and 1980s. Inman was also well known in the United Kingdom as a pantomime dame. Born Frederick John Inman in Preston, Lancashire. (d. 2007)

1941

 Ann Leslie
Dame Ann Leslie DBE (born 28 January 1941) is a British journalist who writes for the Daily Mail. Born Ann Elizabeth Mary Leslie in Rawalpindi, British India.

1946

 Howard Barker
Howard Barker (born 28 June 1946) is a British playwright. Barker has coined the term “Theatre of Catastrophe” to describe his work. His plays often explore violence, sexuality, the desire for power, and human motivation. Born in Camberwell, London, England.
. Born Howard E Barker in Camberwell, London, England.
 Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946) is an American actor and director. He is familiar to movie audiences for his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the X-Men movie franchise. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedienne and actress. She was best known as one of the original cast members of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978. Born Gilda Susan Radner in Detroit, Michigan. (d. 1989)

1947

 Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright (24 June 1947 – 15 March 2014) was an English celebrity chef, television personality, businesswoman and formerly a barrister, who was best known as one half, along with the late Jennifer Paterson, of the Two Fat Ladies. Having trained as a lawyer, Dickson Wright is the youngest woman ever to be called to the Bar. Born Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright in St John’s Wood in London. (d. 2014)

1948

 Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and film director. Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Dolores Claiborne (1995), and as Molly Brown in Titanic (1997). She won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for About Schmidt (2002). Her television work has resulted in eleven Emmy Award nominations. Born Kathleen Doyle Bates in Memphis, Tennessee.
 Deborah Moggach
Deborah Moggach (born on 28 June 1948) is an English writer. She has written several novels including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things and Heartbreak Hotel. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. These Foolish Things was made into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Born Deborah Hough.

1951

 Lalla Ward
The Honourable Lalla Ward (born 28 June 1951) is a retired English actress and author. She is known for her role as Romana in the BBC television series Doctor Who. Born Sarah Ward in London.

1952

 Janine Duvitski
Janine Duvitski (born 28 June 1952) is an English actress, known for her roles as Jane Edwards in Waiting for God, Pippa Trench in One Foot in the Grave and Jacqueline Stewart in Benidorm. Duvitski first came to national attention in the play Abigail’s Party, written and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. Born Christine Janine Drzewicki in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

1954

 A. A Gill
Adrian Anthony Gill (born 28 June 1954) is a British writer and critic who uses the bylines A. A. Gill and AA Gill – he is The Sunday Times restaurant reviewer and a television critic, he is also a Vanity Fair restaurant reviewer. Gill’s writing is often controversial – in 2010, The Sunday Times disclosed that Gill had been the subject of 62 PCC complaints in five years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
. Born Adrian Anthony Gill in Edinburgh, Scotland.
 Alice Krige
Alice Krige (born 28 June 1954) is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was as Sybil Gordon in the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Since then, she has played a variety of roles in a number of genres. Well known for the role of the Borg Queen in the motion picture Star Trek: First Contact and reprised for the final episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager. Born Alice Maud Krige in Upington, Cape Province, Union of South Africa.

1955

 Shirley Cheriton
Shirley Cheriton (born 28 June 1955) is a British actress and performer, best known for her roles as Debbie Wilkins in the BBC soap opera EastEnders . Other television credits include Angels, where she played Katy Betts. Born in London, UK.

1960

 John Elway
John Elway (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback and is now the executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Born John Albert Elway Jr in Port Angeles, Washington.

1966

 John Cusack
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He has appeared in films such as Say Anything…, Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, 1408, and 2012. Born John Paul Cusack in Evanston, Illinois.
 Sara Stewart
Sara Stewart (born 28 June 1966) is a Scottish actress, best known for her role as Stella in Sugar Rush. Stewart played the role of the Production assistant, Jenny, in the first series of Drop the Dead Donkey. On television, she has starred in programmes such Taggart, Wire in the Blood, Monarch of the Glen, and Rebus. Born Sara Scott Griffith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1967

 Gil Bellows
Gil Bellows (born June 28, 1967) is a Canadian film and television actor. He is best known for the roles of Tommy Williams in The Shawshank Redemption, Billy Thomas in the television series Ally McBeal and as CIA agent Matt Callan in the television series The Agency. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1968

 Adam Woodyatt
Adam Woodyatt (born 28 June 1968) is an English actor and media personality, best known for his role as Ian Beale in the long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders. He is the only actor to have been in the show continuously since its inception in February 1985. Born Adam Brinley Woodyatt in Walthamstow, London, England.

1971

 Louise Mensch
Louise Mensch (born 28 June 1971) is an English author, who writes under her maiden name of Bagshawe. She was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Corby from 2010 to 2012. Born Louise Daphne Bagshawe in London, England.
 Aileen Quinn
Aileen Quinn (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress, singer-songwriter and film director. She is best known for having played the title role in the film Annie (1982). Born Aileen Marie Quinn in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

1984

 Tamara Ecclestone
Tamara Ecclestone (born 28 June 1984) is a British socialite, television personality and model. She is the daughter of Formula 1 “supremo” Bernie Ecclestone. Born in Milan, Italy.

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