9 June


 Peter the Great
Peter the Great, Peter I or Pyotr Alexeyevich (9 June 1672 – 8 February 1725) ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 2 November 1721 to
8 February 1725. Born Peter Alekseyevich Romanov in Moscow, Tsardom of Russia. (d. 1725)


 George Stephenson
George Stephenson (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. He is also famous for the steam engine Rocket. Born in Wylam, Northumberland, England. (d. 1848)


 Cole Porter
Cole Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. His most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award for Best Musical. Porter’s other musicals include Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include “Night and Day”,”Begin the Beguine”, “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “Well, Did You Evah!”, and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Born Cole Albert Porter in Peru, Indiana. (d. 1964)


 Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings (June 9, 1910 – December 2, 1990) was an American film and television actor known mainly for his roles in comedy films including: The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), Moon Over Miami (1941), and The Bride Wore Boots (1946). Born Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings in Joplin, Missouri. (d. 1990)


 Barbara Mullen
Barbara Mullen (9 June 1914 – 9 March 1979) was an American actress well known in the UK for playing the part of Janet, the housekeeper, in Dr Finlay’s Casebook. Born Barbara Eleanor Mullen in Boston, Massachusetts. (d. 1979)


 Les Paul
Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009) was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music. Paul’s innovative guitar, “The Log” was one of the first solid-body electric guitars. The Gibson Les Paul, one of the world’s most popular electric guitars, was inspired by Paul’s “Log”. Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (d. 2009)


 McDonald Hobley
McDonald Hobley, (9 June 1917 – 30 July 1987) was one of the first BBC Television continuity announcers, appearing from 1946 to 1956. He was also one of the comperes on the BBC’s Come Dancing programme. Born Dennys Jack Valentine McDonald-Hobley in Stanley, Falkland Islands. (d. 1987)


 George Axelrod
George Axelrod (June 9, 1922 – June 21, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and also adapted Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2003)


 Tony Britton
Tony Britton (born 9 June 1924) is an English actor. He is the father of presenter Fern Britton. He has appeared in numerous British films from the 1950s onwards, including such classics as Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). Britton won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor in 1975 for The Nearly Man. His sitcom appearances including Don’t Wait Up, …And Mother Makes Five and Robin’s Nest. Born Anthony Edward Lowry Britton in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.


 Joe Santos
Joe Santos (born June 9, 1931) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his roles as James Garner’s friend, LAPD Sergeant Dennis Becker in the 1970s television series The Rockford Files. Born Joseph Minieri in Brooklyn, New York.


 Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul singer-songwriter and performer. Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is remembered for “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”, a No. 6 Pop smash in 1967, and “I Get the Sweetest Feeling”. Born Jack Leroy Wilson, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan. (d. 1984)


 Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason (born June 9, 1931) is an American stand-up comedian and film and television actor. In 1992, Mason won an Emmy Award for his voice-over of Rabbi Hyman Krustofski in The Simpsons episode “Like Father, Like Clown”, making him the first guest star to win an Emmy for his role. Born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


 Charles Webb
Charles Webb (born June 9, 1939) is the author of several novels, mainly known for his most famous work, The Graduate (1963), which was made into the enormously successful film of the same name (1967). Born Charles Richard Webb in San Francisco, California.


 Charles Saatchi
Charles Saatchi (born 9 June 1943) is a British businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The brothers led the business – the world’s largest advertising agency in the 1980s – until they were forced out in 1995. Born in Baghdad, Iraq.


 David Troughton
David Troughton (born 9 June 1950) is an English actor, known for his Shakespearean roles on the British stage and for his many roles on British television, including Dr Bob Buzzard in A Very Peculiar Practice. Born in Hampstead, London.


 George Pérez
George Pérez (born June 9, 1954) is an American writer and illustrator of comic books, whose titles include The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman. Born in New York City, New York.


 Patricia Cornwell
Patricia Cornwell (born June 9, 1956) is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. Born Patricia Carroll Daniels in Miami, Florida, United States.


 Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox, OC (born June 9, 1961) is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and advocate. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox’s roles have included Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty in Spin City (1996–2001), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Born Michael Andrew Fox in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
 Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network. Born Aaron Benjamin Sorkin in New York City, New York.


 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. He rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Since then, Depp has taken on challenging and “larger-than-life” roles, starting with a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War film Platoon in 1986, then playing the title character in the romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990). He later found box office success in the fantasy adventure film Sleepy Hollow (1999), the fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and its sequels, the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010) and voicing the title character in the animated action comedy western Rango (2011). He has collaborated on eight films with director and friend Tim Burton. Born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky.


 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman (born June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 2005, Portman won a Golden Globe Award and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Closer. In 2010, Portman starred in the psychological horror film Black Swan. Her performance received widespread critical acclaim and she earned the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born Neta-Lee Hershlag in Jerusalem.

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