On this Day: June 23, 1879 | Birthday of Huda Sha’arawi

23 June 1879: Birthday of Huda Sha’arawi, Egyptian feminist and journalist (d. 1947). (Source) Huda Sha’arawi or Hoda Sha’rawi (Arabic: هدى شعراوي‎, ALA-LC: Hudá Sha‘rāwī; June 23, 1879 – December 12, 1947) was a pioneering Egyptian feminist leader, suffragette, nationalist, and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union. (Source)

On this Day: June 23, 1894 | Birthday of Alfred Kinsey

23 June 1894: Birthday of Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (d. 1956) (Source) Alfred Charles Kinsey (/ˈkɪnzi/; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who, in 1947, founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University,[1] now known as the Kinsey Institute for …

On this Day: June 22, 1941 | Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa)

22 June 1941: World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. (Source) Operation Barbarossa (German: Unternehmen Barbarossa) also known as the German invasion of the Soviet Union was the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany and some of its Axis allies, which started on Sunday, …

On this Day: June 22, 1909 | Birthday of Katherine Dunham

22 June 1909: Birthday of Katherine Dunham, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2006) (Source) Katherine Dunham ([1] June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an African-American dancer, choreographer, creator of the Dunham Technique, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theater of …

On this Day: June 22, 1906 | Birthday of Billy Wilder

22 June 1906: Birthday of Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002) (Source) Billy Wilder (/ˈwaɪldər/; German: [ˈvɪldɐ]), also known as Samuel Wilder, was an Austrian-American film director, producer and screenwriter, whose career in Hollywood spanned over five decades. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of …

On this Day: June 21, 1858 | Birthday of Giuseppe De Sanctis

21 June 1858: Birthday of  Giuseppe De Sanctis, Italian painter (d. 1924) (Source) Giuseppe De Sanctis (21 June 1858 – 18 June 1924) was an Italian painter, primarily of portraits and cityscapes. Biography He was born in Naples. His father, Cesare, was a businessman who loved music, art and the theater. He was, in fact, …

On this Day: June 21, 1905 | Birthday of Jean-Paul Sartre

21 June 1905: Birthday of Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and author (d. 1980) (Source) Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (/ˈsɑːrtrə/, US also /ˈsɑːrt/;[7] French: [saʁtʁ]; 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism …

On this Day: June 21, 1983 | Birthday of Edward Snowden

21 June 1983: Birthday of Edward Snowden, American activist and academic (Source) Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is a former computer intelligence consultant who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was an employee and subcontractor for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His disclosures revealed numerous …

On this Day: June 20, 2021 | World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an international day organised every year on 20 June by the United Nations. It is designed to celebrate and honour refugees from around the world. The day was first established on 20 June 2001,[1] in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The …

On this Day: June 20, 1952 | Birthday of John Goodman

20 June 1952: John Goodman, American actor (Source) John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is an American actor. He played Dan Conner on the ABC television series Roseanne (1988–1997; 2018), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993, and reprised the role in its sequel series The Conners. He …

On this Day: June 20, 1940 | Birthday of Eugen Drewermann

20 June 1940: Birthday of Eugen Drewermann, German priest and theologian (Source) Eugen Drewermann (born 20 June 1940) is a German church critic, theologian, peace activist and former Catholic priest. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Drewermann was born in Bergkamen near Dortmund. He is best known in Germany for …

On this Day: June 20, 1924 | Birthday of Fritz Koenig (The Sphere)

20 June 1924: Birthday of Fritz Koenig, German sculptor and academic, designed The Sphere (d. 2017) (Source) Fritz Koenig (20 June 1924 – 22 February 2017) was one of the most important international German sculptors of the 20th century. Koenig’s main work and most famous work is The Sphere. The world’s largest bronze sculpture of …

On this Day: June 19, 1948 | Birthday of Nick Drake

19 June 1948:  Birthday of Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (d. 1974) (Source) Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. Though he never found a wide audience during his lifetime, his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition.[2][3][4] Drake signed to …

On this Day: June 19, 1954 | Birthday of Kathleen Turner

19 June 1954: Birthday of Kathleen Turner, American actress (Source) Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an American actress. Known for her distinctive, gritty voice, Turner has won two Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award, and two Tony Awards.[1] Turner rose to fame during the 1980s, after roles …

On this Day: June 19, 1862 | The U.S. Congress prohibits Slavery

19 June 1862: The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford. (Source) Slavery and enslavement are both the state and the condition of being a slave,[1][2] who is someone forbidden to quit their service for another person (a slaver), while treated as property.[3] Slavery typically involves the enslaved person …

On this Day: June 18, 1942 | Birthday of Paul McCarney

18 June 1942: Birthday of Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Source) Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful …

On this Day: June 18, 1952 | Birthday of Isabella Rossellini

18 June 1952: Birthday of Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter (Source) Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952)[1] is an Italian-American actress, author, philanthropist, and model. The daughter of the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and the Italian film director Roberto Rossellini, she is noted for her successful tenure as a …

On this Day: June 18, 1934 | Birthday of Barack Obama Sr.

18 June 1934: Birthday of Barack Obama Sr., Kenyan economist (d. 1982) (Source) Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (/ˈbærək huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/;[8][9] 18 June 1934[2][3] – 24 November 1982) was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. He is a central figure of his son’s memoir, …

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