6 June


1542

 Richard Grenville
Sir Richard Grenville (15 June 1542 – 10 September 1591) lord of the manors of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall and of Bideford in Devon, was an English sailor who as captain of the Revenge, died at the Battle of Flores (1591). He was also a soldier, an Armed Merchant Fleet Owner, Privateer, Colonizer, and explorer. Born in Bideford, Devon, England. (d. 1591)

1599

 Diego Velázquez
Diego Velázquez (baptized on June 6, 1599 – August 6, 1660) was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family, other notable European figures, and commoners, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas (1656) Born Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez in Seville, Spain. (d. 1660)

1799

 Alexander Pushkin
Alexander Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Born Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin in Moscow, Russian Empire. (d. 1837)

1867

 David T. Abercrombie
David T. Abercrombie (June 6, 1867 – August 29, 1931) was the founder of the American lifestyle brand Abercrombie & Fitch. Born David Thomas Abercrombie in Baltimore, Maryland,. (d. 1931)

1868

 Robert Falcon Scott
Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO, RN (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912) was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13. During the second venture, Scott led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian expedition. At a distance of 150 miles from their base camp and 11 miles from the next depot, Scott and his companions died from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England,. (d. 1912)

1875

 Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Well known for Death In Venice, a novella which was made into a film and an opera. Born Paul Thomas Mann in Free City of Lübeck, German Empire. (d. 1955)

1898

 Ninette de Valois
Dame Ninette de Valois, OM, CH, DBE, FRAD, FISTD (6 June 1898 – 8 March 2001) was an Irish-born British dancer, teacher, choreographer and director of classical ballet. Most notably, she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, later establishing The Royal Ballet, one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century. Born Edris Stannus in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland. (d. 2001)

1900

 Arthur Askey
Arthur Askey CBE (6 June 1900 – 16 November 1982) was a prominent English comedian and actor. Askey’s humour owed much to his use of catchphrases, which included “Hello playmates!”, “I thank you” (pronounced “Ay-Thang-Yaw”), and “Before your very eyes”. During the Second World War Askey starred in several comedy films. Askey was a regular performer in variety shows on TV. Born Arthur Bowden Askey in Dingle, Liverpool, England. (d. 1982)

1901

  Sukarno
Sukarno (6 June 1901 – 21 June 1970) was the first President of Indonesia, serving in office from 1945 to 1967. Born Kusno Sosrodihardjo in Blitar, Dutch East Indies. (d. 1970)

1912

 Maria Montez
Maria Montez (6 June 1912 – 7 September 1951) was a Dominican motion picture actress who gained fame and popularity in the 1940s as an exotic beauty starring in a series of filmed-in-Technicolor costume adventure films such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944), Cobra Woman (1944) and Gypsy Wildcat (1944). Born María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas in Barahona, Dominican Republic. (d. 1951)

1918

 Kenneth Connor
Kenneth Connor MBE (6 June 1918 – 28 November 1993) was an English comedy stage, radio, film and TV actor, best known for his appearances in the Carry On films and as Monsieur Alfonse in ‘Allo ‘Allo! (1984–1992). Born in Islington, London, England. (d. 1993)

1932

 Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw, CBE (6 June 1932 – 21 December 2014) was an English actress. She worked in close collaboration with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett for 25 years and was regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of his works. She was also known for her portrayal of Mrs Baylock, the demonic nanny in the 1976 horror film The Omen. Born Billie Honor Whitelaw in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. (d. 2014)

1939

 Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds (born June 6, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, known for his classic hits “New Orleans” and “Quarter to Three”. Born Gary Levone Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida.

1947

 David Blunkett
David Blunkett (born 6 June 1947) is a former British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield’s most deprived districts, he rose to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary. Born in Sheffield, England.
 Robert Englund
Robert Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice-actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger, in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. Born Robert Barton Englund in Glendale, California.

1952

 Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1954) is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He also wrote the book for the musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Born Harvey Forbes Fierstein in Brooklyn, New York.

1955

 Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard (born June 6, 1955) is an American comedian, singer, actress and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy. Born in Flint, Michigan.

1956

 Björn Borg
Björn Borg (born 6 June 1956) is a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden widely considered to be one of the greatest in tennis history. Between 1974 and 1981 he became the first male professional to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles: six at the French Open and five consecutive at Wimbledon. He also won three year-end championships and 15 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Born Björn Rune Borg in Södertälje, Sweden.

1957

 Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting OBE (born 6 June 1957 ) is a former English cricketer, who played first-class cricket for Middlesex (1975–1998; captain 1983–1997) and for England from 1977 to 1995, captaining the national side in twenty-three Test matches between 1986 and 1988. Born Michael William Gatting in Kingsbury, London, England.

1958

 Danny Webb
Danny Webb (born 6 June 1958) is an English television and film actor. He may be best known for his role as the prisoner Morse in Alien 3 and as Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII. He has appeared in many famous British television programmes including The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Our Friends in the North, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Midsomer Murders, and Silent Witness. Born in London, England.

1959

 Josie Lawrence
Josie Lawrence (born 6 June 1959) is an English comedienne and actress best known for her work with the Comedy Store Players improvisational troupe, the television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? and more recently her role as Manda Best in EastEnders. Born Wendy Lawrence in Old Hill, West Midlands, England.
 Amanda Pays
Amanda Pays (born 6 June 1959) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Theora Jones in the film and television series Max Headroom and as Christina “Tina” McGee in The Flash. Born Amanda J. Pays in London, England.

1963

 Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs (born 6 June 1963) is an English actor. He is known for his performance as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. He has appeared in Dragonheart (1996), Event Horizon (1997), Black Hawk Down (2001), Jackie Chan’s The Tuxedo (2002) and as George Darling and Captain Hook in P.J. Hogan’s adaptation of Peter Pan (2003). Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

1976

 Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan (born 6 June 1976) is an English-American screenwriter, television producer, director and author. He is the creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest and he has co-written several screenplays with his brother, filmmaker Christopher Nolan, including The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, and his short story “Memento Mori” the basis for Memento. Born in London, England.

2007

 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
Aubrey Frances Anderson-Emmons (born June 6, 2007) is a child actress, best known for her role as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family. Born in Santa Monica, California.

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