8 June


1724

 John Smeaton
John Smeaton, FRS, (8 June 1724 – 28 October 1792) was an English civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses. Smeaton was the first self-proclaimed civil engineer, and often regarded as the “father of civil engineering”. Born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England. (d. 1794)

1829

 John Everett Millais
Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet, PRA (8 June 1829 – 13 August 1896) was an English painter and illustrator who was one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. A child prodigy, at the age of eleven Millais became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded at his parents’ house in London. Born in Southampton, England. (d. 1896)

1867

 Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright (born June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Born Frank Lincoln Wright in Richland Center, Wisconsin. (d. 1959)

1916

 Francis Crick
Francis Crick, OM, FRS (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with James Watson. Together with Watson and Maurice Wilkins, he was jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Born Francis Harry Compton Crick in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England. (d. 2004)

1918

 Robert Preston
Robert Preston (June 8, 1918 – March 21, 1987) was an American stage and film actor best remembered for originating the role of Harold Hill in the 1957 musical The Music Man and the 1962 film adaptation. He is also known for his Oscar-nominated role as Carroll “Toddy” Todd in Victor Victoria (1982). Born Robert Preston Meservey in Newton, Massachusetts. (d. 1987)

1925

 Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush (born June 8, 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Born Barbara Pierce Bush in Queens, New York City, New York.

1927

 Jerry Stiller
Jerry Stiller (born June 8, 1927) is an American comedian and actor. Stiller played Frank Costanza on the television series Seinfeld and is the father of Ben Stiller (with whom he co-starred in the movies Zoolander, Heavyweights, Hot Pursuit and The Heartbreak Kid). Born Gerald Isaac “Jerry” Stiller in Brooklyn, New York.

1931

 Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter (8 June 1931 – 5 May 2011) was a German-born English actress, who was raised in England and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for over forty years beginning in the 1950s, her best known film being Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Born Dagmar Winter in Berlin, Germany. (d. 2011)

1933

 Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014) was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host widely noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians. Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2014)

1934

 Millicent Martin
Millicent Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedian. She is best known as the resident singer of topical songs on the weekly BBC Television satire show That Was The Week That Was (1962–63). Martin had her own BBC television series between 1964 and 1966. She also appeared in the 1966 film Alfie. Born Millicent Mary Lillian Martin in Romford, Essex, England.

1936

 James Darren
James Darren (born June 8, 1936) is an Italian-American television and film actor, television director, and singer. Darren began his career as a teen idol. He had a regular role on the television police drama T. J. Hooker from 1983–1986. Born James William Ercolani in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1940

 Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of the late singer/actor Frank Sinatra and is widely known for her 1966 signature hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”. Other defining recordings include “Sugar Town”, the 1967 number one “Somethin’ Stupid” (a duet with her father), the title song from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and several collaborations with Lee Hazlewood such as “Jackson”. Born Nancy Sandra Sinatra in Jersey City, New Jersey.

1942

 Doug Mountjoy
Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh snooker player. Mountjoy was a mainstay in the world’s top 16 during the 1970s and 1980s, and won the Masters in 1977, the UK Championship in 1978 and the Irish Masters in 1979. He reached the 1981 World Championship final, where he was runner-up to Steve Davis. Born in Glamorgan, Wales.
 Fred Dinenage
Fred Dinenage MBE (born 8 June 1942) is an English newsreader and broadcaster best known for the children’s TV show How. Born Frederick Edgar Dinenage in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

1943

 Colin Baker
Colin Baker (born 8 June 1943) is an English actor, who is known as Paul Merroney in The Brothers from 1974 to 1976 and as the sixth incarnation of The Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who from 1984 to 1986. Born in Waterloo, London, England.
 William Calley
William Calley (born June 8, 1943) is a former United States Army officer found guilty of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre on March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War. Born William Laws Calley, Jr. in Miami, Florida.

1944

 Boz Scaggs
“Boz” Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including “Lido Shuffle”. Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio.

1947

 Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is a modern American author of detective fiction. The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky’s novels is V.I. Warshawski, a female private investigator. Born in Ames, Iowa.

1950

 Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker (born June 8, 1950) is an American stage, film and television actress, known for her leading and supporting performances in film and television. Baker has appeared in over 50 films, including Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Cider House Rules (1999), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Born Katherine Whitton “Kathy” Baker in Midland, Texas.
 Sonia Braga
Sônia Braga (born 8 June 1950) is a Brazilian actress. Nominated for three Golden Globes and an Emmy Award, Braga is best known for her performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Born Sônia Maria Campos Braga in Maringá, Paraná, Brazil.

1951

 Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler (born 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer. Tyler is known for her distinctive husky voice. She first achieved major chart success in the 1970s with “Lost in France” and “It’s a Heartache.” She achieved further chart success in the 1980s with the two hit singles “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Holding Out for a Hero.” Born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, West Glamorgan, Wales.

1955

 Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989 and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid-November of that same year. Born Timothy John Berners-Lee in London, England.

1957

 Scott Adams
Scott Adams (born June 8, 1957) is an American cartoonist, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation. Born Scott Raymond Adams in Windham, New York.

1960

 Mick Hucknall
Mick Hucknall (born 8 June 1960) is an English pop singer and songwriter. Hucknall achieved international fame in the 1980s as the lead singer and songwriter of the soul-influenced pop band Simply Red, with whom he enjoyed a 25-year career and eventually sold over 50 million albums. Born Michael James Hucknall in Manchester, England.

1962

 Nick Rhodes
Nick Rhodes (born 8 June 1962) is an English musician, best known as the founding member and keyboardist of the new wave band Duran Duran. Born Nicholas James Bates in Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

1975

 Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty (born June 8, 1975) is an Indian film actress and model. Since making her debut in the film Baazigar (1993), she has appeared in nearly 40 Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. After taking part in the British Celebrity Big Brother 5 reality TV series in 2007, Shetty was crowned the winner with 63% of the final vote, after an international racism controversy. Born in Chembur, Mumbai, India.

1977

 Kanye West
Kanye West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age. Born Kanye Omari West in Atlanta, Georgia.

1983

 Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters (born 8 June 1983) is a Belgian former professional tennis player. Clijsters is a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles. Born Kim Antonie Lode Clijsters in Bilzen, Limburg.

1989

 Richard Fleeshman
Richard Fleeshman (born 8 June 1989) is an English actor and singer-songwriter. His television career began as a twelve-year-old, playing Craig Harris for four years in Coronation Street. Born Richard Jonathan Fleeshman in Manchester, England.

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