June 1

Morgan Freeman: born June 1, 1937, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

American actor whose emotional depth, subtle humour, and versatility made him one of the most-respected performers of his generation.

He was not always rich and admirable. He came from a poor family and he had to go a long way to become an successful actor. Morgan Freeman is one of the early African American actors that made it in Hollywood.

Morgan Freeman: A Biography

by Kathleen Tracy

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June 2

Thomas Hardy: born June 2, 1840, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, England—died January 11, 1928, Dorchester, Dorset

English novelist and poet who set much of his work in Wessex, his name for the counties of southwestern England.

NOTABLE WORKS: “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” “Jude the Obscure” “The Return of the Native” “The Woodlanders” “The Dynasts” “Far from the Madding Crowd” “The Mayor of Casterbridge” “Under the Greenwood Tree” “The Well-Beloved” “A Pair of Blue Eyes”.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

by Thomas Hardy

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June 2

Elizabeth II crowned queen

On this day in 1953, 27-year-old Elizabeth II, the elder daughter of King George VI, was crowned queen of the United Kingdom at Westminster Abbey, having taken the throne upon her father's death in February 1952.

Queen of the World: Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman

by Robert Hardman

Written by renowned royal biographer, Robert Hardman, and with privileged access to the Royal Family and the Royal Household, this is a brilliant new portrait of the most famous woman in the world and her place in it.

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June 3,

Rafael Nadal, in full Rafael Nadal Parera, byname Rafa Nadal: born June 3, 1986, Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Spanish tennis player who emerged in the early 21st century as one of the game’s leading competitors, especially noted for his performance on clay. He won a record 12 career French Open championships.

Rafa

by Rafael Nadal, John Carlin

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June 4

Angelina Jolie, original name Angelina Jolie Voight: born June 4, 1975, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

American actress and director known for her sex appeal and edginess as well as for her humanitarian work. She won an Academy Award for her supporting role as a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted (1999).

Angelina Jolie by Kayleen Reusser

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Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography

by Andrew Morton

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June 6

Thomas Mann: born in 1875, Lübeck, Germany —  August 12, 1955, near Zürich, Switzerland

German novelist and essayist whose early novels—Buddenbrooks (1900), Der Tod in Venedig (1912; Death in Venice), and Der Zauberberg (1924; The Magic Mountain)—earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929.

He was only twenty-five when Buddenbrooks, his first major novel, was published. Before it was banned and burned by Hitler, it had sold over a million copies in Germany alone.

Buddenbrooks

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June 6

Led by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, an Allied armada of ships, planes, and landing craft and some 156,000 troops began the invasion of northern France from England this day in 1944—the famous “D-Day” of World War II.

By the end of August 1944 all of northern France was liberated, and the invading forces reorganized for the drive into Germany, where they would eventually meet with Soviet forces advancing from the east to bring an end to the Nazi Reich.

 

 

June 7

Paul Gauguin, in full Eugène-Henri-Paul Gauguin: born June 7, 1848, Paris, France—died May 8, 1903, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

French painter, printmaker, and sculptor who sought to achieve a “primitive” expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work. The artist is particularly well known for his creative relationship with Vincent van Gogh as well as for his self-imposed exile in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Gauguin is regarded as a pioneer of the Symbolist art movement and a significant influence on the Fauvism and Expressionism movements that followed.

Gauguin's Intimate Journals by Professor Paul Gauguin

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Gauguin His Life and Works in 500 Images by Susie Hodge

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June 7

Prince, original name Prince Rogers Nelson, born: June 7, 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.—died April 21, 2016, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, dancer, and performer on keyboards, drums, and bass who was among the most talented American musicians of his generation.

Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide and has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film—widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and often named the best soundtrack of all time.

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Prince and the Purple Rain by Duane Tudahl

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June 9

Johnny Depp, in full John Christopher Depp II: born June 9, 1963, Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

American actor and musician who was known for his eclectic and unconventional film choices. He achieved perhaps his greatest success as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. 

He is a three-time Academy Award nominee: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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Johnny Depp: A Retrospective by Steven Daly

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June 9

Peter I, in full Pyotr Alekseyevich, byname Peter the Great: born June 9, 1672, Moscow, Russia—died February 8, 1725, St. Petersburg

Tsar of Russia who reigned jointly with his half-brother Ivan V (1682–96) and alone thereafter (1696–1725) and who in 1721 was proclaimed emperor (imperator). He was one of his country’s greatest statesmen, organizers, and reformers.

Peter the Great: His Life and World

by Robert K Massie

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June 11

Hugh Laurie, in full James Hugh Calum Laurie: born June 11, 1959, Oxford, England

British comedian who rose to fame as one half of the sketch show duo "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" with friend Stephen Fry. Fry went on to appear in "Blackadder" with Rowan Atkinson.

Laurie later began appearing in US television roles including the very successful "House" as the titular character, for which he won a Golden Globe award. Later roles included "Veep" and "Chance".

Outside acting Laurie has released two blues albums (2011 – Let Them Talk, 2013 – Didn't It Rain) and written a novel (The Gun Seller).

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

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Soupy Twists!: The Full Official Story ... by Jem Roberts

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June 11

Jacques Cousteau, in full Jacques-Yves Cousteau: born June 11, 1910, Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France—died June 25, 1997, Paris

French naval officer, ocean explorer, and coinventor of the Aqua-Lung, known for his extensive underseas investigations.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

by Jennifer Berne

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June 16

Ford Motor Company, American automotive corporation founded on June 16, 1903 by Henry Ford and 11 associate investors. In 1919 the company was reincorporated, with Ford, his wife, Clara, and his son, Edsel, acquiring full ownership; they, their heirs, and the Ford Foundation (formed 1936) were sole stockholders until January 1956, when public sale of the common stock was first offered.

The company manufactures passenger cars, trucks, and tractors as well as automotive parts and accessories. Headquarters are in Dearborn, Michigan.

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June 16

Stan Laurel, full name Arthur Stanley Jefferson born: June 16, 1890 Ulverston, Lancastershire, England - died: February 23, 1965

Comic actor best known as one half of Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted 25 years.

Laurel began his career in music hall in the UK and as Charlie Chaplin's understudy. Laurel later moved to Hollywood and began working in film from 1917. He met Oliver Hardy working for Hal Roach Studios where their comic chemistry was spotted and the two formed a long and lasting friendship.

Stan The Life of Stan Laurel

by Fred lawrence Guiles

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June 18

Isabella Rossellini born: June 18, 1952 Rome, Italy.

The Italian actress - Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian Director Roberto Rossellini. Rossellini began her career as a model. She was the face of Lancôme from 1982-1996.

Rossellini came to prominence in the 1980s as a film actress appearing in "White Nights" (1985) and David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986).

Some of Me by Isabella Rossellini

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June 18

Paul McCartney, in full Sir James Paul McCartney born: June 18, 1942, Liverpool, England

British vocalist, songwriter, composer, bass player, poet, and painter whose work with the Beatles in the 1960s helped lift popular music from its origins in the entertainment business and transform it into a creative, highly commercial art form.

He is also one of the most popular solo performers of all time in terms of both sales of his recordings and attendance at his concerts.

Paul McCartney: The Life

by Philip Norman

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June 19

Blaise Pascal - born June 19, 1623, Clermont-Ferrand, France—died August 19, 1662, Paris

French mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher, and master of prose. He laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities, formulated what came to be known as Pascal’s principle of pressure, and propagated a religious doctrine that taught the experience of God through the heart rather than through reason. The establishment of his principle of intuitionism had an impact on such later philosophers as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Henri Bergson and also on the Existentialists.

June 19

Boris Johnson, in full Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson: born June 19, 1964, New York City, New York, U.S.

American-born British journalist and Conservative Party politician who became prime minister of the United Kingdom in July 2019. Earlier he served as the second elected mayor of London (2008–16) and as secretary of state for foreign affairs (2016–18) under Prime Minister Theresa May.

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June 20

Lionel Richie, in full Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. born: June 20, 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.

American popular singer, songwriter, and producer most admired for his smooth and soulful love ballads of the 1970s and ’80s. A highly versatile musician, he was able to perform—and skillfully blend—multiple musical styles, most notably funk, soul, rhythm and blues, and country.

LionelRichie: Hello

by Sharon Davis

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June 20

Nicole Kidman in full Nicole Mary Kidman - born: June 20, 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

American-born Australian actress known for her considerable range and versatility as well as for her glamorous looks and cool demeanour.

Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman starred in such films as 'Moulin Rouge!,' 'Cold Mountain,' 'The Hours,' and 'Lion.'

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directed by Neil Burger

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June 22

Dan Brown, born: June 22, 1964, Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S.

American author who wrote well-researched novels that centred on secret organizations and had intricate plots. He was best known for the Robert Langdon series, which notably included The Da Vinci Code (2003).

NOTABLE WORKS:  “Angels & Demons” “Digital Fortress” “The Lost Symbol” “The Da Vinci Code”

Origin

by Dan Brown (series Robert Langdon)

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June 22

Meryl Streep, original name Mary Louise Streep born: June 22, 1949, Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

American film actress known for her masterly technique, expertise with dialects, and subtly expressive face.

Widely considered the greatest actress of her generation, if not all time, Streep has won three Academy Awards of 21 nominations, a record for number of nominations. She has also received 31 Golden Globe nominations, with eight wins, both more than any other actor in history.

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

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June 23    I think we owe a great tribute to this man:

Alan Turing, in full Alan Mathison Turing, born: June 23, 1912, London, England—died June 7, 1954, Wilmslow, Cheshire

British mathematician and logician, Turing was a highly influential computer scientist and cryptanalyst who developed the Turing machine, one of the most important theoretical models of a computer. In this regard he is considered to be the father of artificial intelligence and of computer science.

During World War II Turing worked at the UK's code-breaking headquarters at Bletchley Park. Here he played a pivotal role in breaking coded German messages through the Enigma machine, many of which helped the Allies win several crucial battles. One estimate puts the number of lives saved by Turing's work at as many as 14 million.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt

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June 25

George Orwell, pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair born: June 25, 1903, Motihari, Bengal, India—died January 21, 1950, London, England

English novelist, essayist, and critic famous for his novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), the latter a profound anti-utopian novel that examines the dangers of totalitarian rule.

1984 (1949)

The novel is set in the year 1984 when most of the world population have become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and propaganda.

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June 25

George Michael, (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou), born: June 25, 1963, London, England—died Dec. 25, 2016, Goring, Oxfordshire, England

British musician - was a pop superstar in the 1980s, with a string of hits that made him an iconic figure who could sell out stadium concerts into the 21st century.

One of the world's best-selling music artists George Michael rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!. Michael sold over 80 million records worldwide.

Careless Whispers: The Life and Career of George Michael by Robert Steele

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