Famous birthdays, deaths and events of June 19
1507 - Annibale Caro, Italian poet (d. 1566) 1717 - Johann Stamitz, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1757) 1764 - José Gervasio Artigas, father of Uruguay (d. 1850) 1792 - Gustav Schwab, German author (d. 1850) 1834 - Charles Spurgeon, English preacher (d. 1892) 1851 - Billy Midwinter, Australian cricketer (d. 1890) 1854 - Alfredo Catalani, Italian musician (d. 1893) 1858 - Sam Walter Foss, American librarian and poet (d. 1911) 1861 - Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig 1861 - José Rizal, Filipino poet and national hero (d. 1896) 1877 - Charles Coburn, American actor (d. 1961) 1896 - Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (d. 1986) 1897 - Moe Howard, American actor (d. 1975) 1898 - James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (d. 1968) 1900 - Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (d. 1986) 1903 - Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (d. 1941) 1903 - Wally Hammond, English cricketer (d. 1965) 1905 - Mildred Natwick, American actress (d. 1994) 1909 - Osamu Dazai, Japanese author (d. 1948) 1910 - Abe Fortas, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1982) 1912 - Don Gutteridge, American baseball player 1912 - Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005) 1914 - Anthony Bloom, Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church (d. 2003) 1914 - Lester Flatt, American musician (d. 1979) 1919 - Louis Jourdan, French actor 1919 - Pauline Kael, American movie critic (d. 2001) 1924 - Leo Nomellini, American football player (d. 2000) 1925 - Charlie Drake, British actor 1928 - Nancy Marchand, American actress (d. 2000) 1928 - Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002) 1929 - Thelma Barlow, English actress 1930 - Gena Rowlands, American actress 1932 - Pier Angeli, Italian-born American actress (d. 1972) 1932 - Marisa Pavan, Italian-born actress 1936 - Tommy DeVito, American musician and singer 1936 - Shirley Goodman, American singer (d. 2005) 1936 - Marisa Galvany, American soprano 1938 - Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and wrestler (d. 2002) 1938 - Ian Smith, Australian actor 1939 - Al Wilson, American singer (d. 2008) 1940 - Shirley Muldowney, Racecar Driver 1942 - Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, musician 1942 - Jos Brink, Dutch actor (d. 2007) 1944 - Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician 1947 - Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer 1947 - Salman Rushdie, Indian author 1948 - Phylicia Rashad, American actress 1948 - Nick Drake, English musician (d. 1974) 1950 - Ann Wilson, American musician 1951 - Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist 1953 - Larry Dunn, American musician 1954 - Kathleen Turner, American actress 1956 - Doug Stone, American singer 1959 - Mark DeBarge, American singer 1960 - Luke Morley, British guitarist 1962 - Jeremy Bates, English tennis player 1962 - Paula Abdul, American singer and choreographer 1963 - Rory Underwood, English rugby union footballer 1964 - Brian Vander Ark, American musician 1965 - Sadie Frost, English actress 1967 - Bjørn Dæhlie, Norwegian skier 1967 - Mia Sara, American actress 1968 - Alastair Lynch, Australian rules footballer 1969 - Lara Spencer, American TV personality 1970 - Quincy Watts, American athlete 1970 - Brian Welch, American guitarist 1970 - Antonis Remos, Greek singer 1972 - Brian McBride, American soccer player 1972 - Poppy Montgomery, Australian actress 1972 - Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician 1972 - Robin Tunney, American actress 1973 - Jahine Arnold, American football player 1973 - Yasuhiko Yabuta, Japanese baseball player 1974 - Doug Mientkiewicz, American baseball player 1975 - Anthony Parker, American basketball player 1975 - Hugh Dancy, English actor 1976 - Bryan Hughes, English footballer 1976 - Patrick Surtain, American football player 1977 - Peter Warrick, American football player 1977 - Veronika Vařeková, Czech supermodel 1978 - Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler 1978 - Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball player 1978 - Zoe Saldana, American actress 1978 - Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player 1978 - Mía Maestro, Argentine actress 1979 - John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer 1979 - Quentin Jammer, American football player 1980 - Adel Abdulaziz, Emiratie football player 1980 - Lauren Lee Smith, Canadian actress 1982 - David Pollack, American football player 1982 - Joe Cheng, Taiwanese actor 1982 - Alexander Frolov, Russian hockey player 1983 - Mark Selby, British snooker player 1984 - Paul Dano, American actor 1986 - Marvin Williams, American basketball player 1987 - Rashard Mendenhall, American football player 1991 - Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player 1995 - Blake Woodruff, American actor 2008 - Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears
1312 - Piers Gaveston, French favorite of Edward II of England 1542 - Leo Jud, Swiss reformer (b. 1482) 1545 - Abraomas Kulvietis Lithuanian reformer, (b. 1509) 1650 - Matthäus Merian, Swiss engraver (b. 1593) 1747 - Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer (b. 1669) 1762 - Johann Ernst Eberlin, German composer (b. 1702) 1921 - Ramón López Velarde, Mexican poet (b. 1888) 1937 - J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (b. 1860) 1951 - Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet (b. 1884) 1952 - Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (b. 1888) 1953 - Julius Rosenberg, American spy (b. 1918) 1953 - Ethel Rosenberg, American spy (b. 1915) 1966 - Ed Wynn, American actor (b. 1886) 1968 - James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898) 1975 - Sam Giancana, American gangster (b. 1908) 1977 - Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933) 1979 - Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888) 1986 - Coluche, French comedian (b. 1944) 1986 - Len Bias, American basketball player (b. 1963) 1988 - Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922) 1988 - Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918) 1991 - Jean Arthur, American actress (b. 1900) 1993 - William Golding, English writer 1997 - Olga Georges-Picot, French actress (b. 1944) 1997 - Bobby Helms, American singer (b. 1933) 2001 - John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916) 2003 - Laura Sadler, English actress (b. 1980) 2007 - El Fary, Spanish singer (b. 1937) 2007 - Antonio Aguilar, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1919) 2008 - Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930) 2010 - Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (born 1962) 2013 - James Gandolfini, American actor (b. 1961)
1179 - The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. Earl Erling Skakke is killed, and the battle changes the tide of the civil wars. 1306 - The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven. 1770 - Emanuel Swedenborg reports the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion. 1807 - Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroys the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos. 1816 - Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 1821 - Decisive defeat of the Philikí Etaireía by the Ottomans at Drăgăşani (in Wallachia). 1846 - The first baseball game under recognizable modern rules is played in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States. 1862 - U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying the Dred Scott Case. 1865 - Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other contiguous states as Juneteenth. 1867 - Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire is executed by a firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro. 1870 - After all of the Southern States are formally readmitted to the United States, the Confederate States of America ceases to exist. 1875 - The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire begins. 1910 - The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington. 1934 - The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 1943 - Race riots occur in Beaumont, Texas. 1944 - World War II: First day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. 1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York. 1961 - Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom. 1970 - The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed. 1982 - In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped. 1982 - The body of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London. 1986 - Len Bias, an American college basketball player suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia that resulted from a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected by the Boston Celtics. 1987 - The ETA commits one of its most violent attacks, in which a bomb is set off in a supermarket, Hipercor, killing 21 and injuring 45. 2006 - Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway. 2014 - King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, who ascends the Spanish throne as King Felipe VI.