Famous birthdays, deaths and events of June 15
1330 - Edward the Black Prince, Prince of Wales (d. 1376) 1624 - Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (d. 1704) 1755 - Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy 1843 - Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (d. 1907) 1875 - Herman Smith-Johannsen, cross-country skier (d. 1987) 1884 - Harry Langdon, American actor (d. 1944) 1888 - Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet (d. 1921) 1894 - Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (d. 1981) 1900 - Otto Luening, German-American composer (d. 1996) 1902 - Erik Erikson, psychoanalyst (d. 1994) 1908 - Sam Giancana, American mafioso (d. 1975) 1910 - David Rose, American songwriter 1911 - W.V. Awdry, British children's writer (d. 1997) 1915 - Thomas Huckle Weller, American virologist 1917 - Lash La Rue, American actor (d. 1996) 1917 - Michalis Genitsaris, Greek singer and composer (d. 2005) 1920 - Alberto Sordi, Italian actor and director (d. 2003) 1920 - Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (d. 2008) 1921 - Errol Garner, American musician (d. 1977) 1922 - John Veale, English composer (d. 2006) 1926 - Mac McGarry, American quiz show host 1927 - Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humourist and Urdu poet (d. 1978) 1927 - Hugo Pratt, Italian comic book creator (d. 1995) 1930 - Marcel Pronovost, Canadian professional ice hockey player 1933 - Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer (d. 2005) 1933 - Mark Jones, English footballer (d. 1958) 1934 - Jerry Buss, American basketball team owner 1936 - Claude Brasseur, French actor 1936 - William Joseph Levada, American Catholic prelate 1937 - Waylon Jennings, American singer (d. 2002) 1938 - Billy Williams, baseball player 1939 - Ward Connerly, American political figure 1939 - Brian Jacques, British author 1941 - Harry Nilsson, American singer and composer (d. 1994) 1942 - John E. McLaughlin, former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 1943 - Xaviera Hollander, Dutch author 1943 - Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor 1943 - Muff Winwood, British songwriter and bassist (Spencer Davis Group) 1943 - Lee Shallat-Chemel, American television director 1944 - Robert Keppel, American criminologist 1945 - Nicola Pagett, British actress 1946 - Noddy Holder, British singer (Slade) 1946 - Demis Roussos, Greek singer 1947 - Lee Purcell, American actress 1949 - Simon Callow, British actor 1949 - Russell Hitchcock, Australian singer (Air Supply) 1949 - Jim Varney, American actor (d. 2000) 1951 - Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas) 1952 - Sandra Cassel, American actress 1953 - Rita Lee, American model and Playboy Playmate 1954 - James Belushi, American actor 1954 - Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996) 1955 - Julie Hagerty, American actress 1956 - Ava Cadell, American actress 1956 - Robin Curtis, American actress 1956 - Polly Draper, American actress 1957 - Seppo Pääkkönen, Finnish actor 1958 - Wade Boggs, American baseball player 1958 - Riccardo Paletti, Italian racing driver (d. 1982) 1959 - Eileen Davidson, American actress 1959 - Alan Brazil, British footballer 1960 - Michèle Laroque, French actress 1960 - Marieke van Doorn, Dutch field hockey player 1961 - Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal) 1961 - Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer 1961 - Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress 1962 - Andrea Rost, Hungarian soprano 1963 - Mario Gosselin, Quebec ice hockey player 1963 - Helen Hunt, American actress 1963 - Blanca Portillo, Spanish actress 1963 - Nigel Walker, Welsh athlete and rugby union player 1964 - Courteney Cox, American actress 1964 - Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer 1965 - Annelies Bredael, Belgian rower 1966 - Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer 1967 - Yūji Ueda, Japanese voice actor 1968 - Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor 1969 - Ice Cube, American rapper 1969 - Oliver Kahn, German footballer 1969 - Cédric Pioline, French tennis player 1969 - Maurice Odumbe, Kenyan cricketer 1970 - Leah Remini, American actress 1970 - Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano 1971 - Edwin Brienen, Dutch director 1971 - Jake Busey, American actor 1971 - Bif Naked, Canadian musician 1971 - Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer 1972 - Justin Leonard, American golfer 1972 - Andy Pettitte, American baseball player 1972 - Marcus Hahnemann, American soccer player 1972 - Hank Von Helvete, Turbonegro Frontman 1973 - Neil Patrick Harris, American actor 1973 - Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer 1973 - Pia Miranda, Australian actress 1973 - Greg Vaughan, American actor 1975 - Elizabeth Reaser, American actress 1975 - Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer 1976 - Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol) 1977 - Nina Liu, Australian actress 1977 - Michael Doleac, American basketball player 1978 - Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer 1978 - Zach Day, American baseball player 1979 - Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete 1979 - Julia Schultz, American model 1979 - Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver 1980 - Mary Carey, American pornographic actress 1980 - Christopher Castile, American actor 1980 - Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast 1980 - Cara Zavaleta, American model 1981 - William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte) 1981 - Jeremy Reed, American baseball player 1981 - Jordi Vilasuso, American actor 1982 - Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer 1982 - Haley Scarnato, American singer 1983 - Derek Anderson, American football player 1983 - Julia Fischer, German violinist 1983 - Laura Imbruglia, Australian musician 1984 - Tim Lincecum, American baseball player 1984 - Luke Hodge, AFL player for Hawthorn 1985 - Nadine Coyle, Northern Irish singer (Girls Aloud) 1988 - Miku Ishida, Japanese teen idol
923 - Robert I of France, (b. 866) 991 - Empress Theophanu, 1381 - John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England 1381 - Wat Tyler, English rebel 1521 - Tamás Bakócz. Hungarian Catholic cardinal and statesman, (b. 1442) 1750 - Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal 1772 - Louis-Claude Daquin, French composer (b. 1694) 1889 - Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (b. 1850) 1934 - Alfred Bruneau, French composer (b. 1857) 1941 - Evelyn Underhill, British writer (b. 1875) 1941 - Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873) 1961 - Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923) 1962 - Alfred Cortot, Franco-Swiss pianist (b. 1877) 1965 - Steve Cochran, American actor (b. 1917) 1968 - Sam Crawford, baseball player (b. 1880) 1968 - Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist (b. 1925) 1983 - Srirangam Srinivasarao, also known as Sri Sri 1984 - Meredith Willson, American composer (b. 1902) 1985 - Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927) 1985 - Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961) 1989 - Victor French, American actor (b. 1934) 1993 - James Hunt, English race car driver and 1976 F1 world champion (b. 1947) 1994 - Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (b. 1925) 1996 - Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (b. 1917) 1996 - Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946) 2000 - Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907) 2001 - Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909) 2003 - Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911) 2005 - Suzanne Flon, French actress (b. 1918) 2006 - Raymond Devos, French humourist (b. 1922) 2006 - Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910) 2007 - Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950) 2007 - Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler and valet (b. 1958)
763 - Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history. 923 - Battle of Soissons: King Robert I of France is killed and King Charles the Simple is arrested by the supporters of Duke Rudolph of Burgundy. 1219 - Dannebrog 1246 - With the death of Duke Frederick II, the Babenberg dynasty ends in Austria. 1389 - Battle of Kosovo: The Ottoman Empire defeats Serbs and Bosnians. 1580 - Phillip II of Spain declares William the Silent to be an outlaw. 1667 - The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys. 1752 - Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity. 1776 - Delaware Separation Day 1785 - Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel. 1804 - New Hampshire approves the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratifying the document. 1808 - Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain. 1836 - Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state. 1844 - Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber. 1846 - The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. 1859 - Pig War: Ambiguity in the Oregon Treaty leads to the "Northwestern Boundary Dispute" between U.S. and British/Canadian settlers. 1864 - American Civil War: Siege of Petersburg begins. 1864 - Arlington National Cemetery is established when 200 acres (0.8 km²) around Arlington Mansion are officially set aside as a military cemetery by U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. 1867 - Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode gold mine located in Montana. 1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy. 1904 - A fire aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1000. 1909 - Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference. 1911 - Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated. 1913 - The Battle of Bud Bagsak in the Philippine concludes. 1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter. 1919 - John Alcock and Arthur Brown complete the first nonstop transatlantic flight at Clifden, County Galway, Ireland. 1920 - Duluth lynchings in Minnesota. 1934 - The U.S.'s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded. 1944 - World War II: Battle of Saipan: The United States invades Saipan. 1944 - In the Saskatchewan general election, 1944, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America. 1945 - The General Dutch Youth League (ANJV) is founded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 1954 - UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football) is formed in Basle, Switzerland. 1955 - The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack. 1962 - Students for a Democratic Society complete the Port Huron Statement. 1985 - Rembrandt's painting Danaë is attacked by a man later judged insane; he threw sulfuric acid on the canvas and cut it twice with his knife. 1991 - Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois. 1992 - The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the USA to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the USA for trial, without approval from those other countries. 1994 - Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations. 1996 - In Manchester, UK, a terrorist bomb injures over 200 people and devastates a large part of the city centre. 2002 - Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.