19 June: today's birthdays

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri - Egyptian Islamic extremist
  • Aung San Suu Kyi - Burmese politician. Aung San Suu Kyi is a human rights activist in her country, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, once known as Burma. Myanmar has been oppressed by a harsh military dictatorship, after a coup d'état in 1962.
     
    Aung San Suu Kyi is the Chairwoman of the National League for Democracy, the political party she founded in 1988, in order to fight for freedom and democracy in Burma.
     
    Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest for many years, sentence that had the only purpose to block her political action. In 1990, the National League for Democracy, guided by her, won regular elections, but the regime cancelled the results and sentenced her to house arrest, in order to prevent her becoming Prime Ministre of Myanmar
     
    Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
  • Bidhya Devi Bhandari - Nepalese politician, 2nd President of Nepal and the first woman to hold the office
  • Derek Boshier - English painter, sculptor and photographer
  • Francisco Buarque de Hollanda - Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, composer, and writer, best known as Chico Buarque
  • Bjørn Daehlie - Norwegian cross-country skier
  • Hugh Dancy - English actor
  • Jean Dujardin - French actor and comedian. He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2012 with the film The Artist
  • André Glucksmann - French philosopher and essayst. He wrote A Child's Rage, The Discourse of Hate, Stupidity, and The Master Thinkers 
  • Charles Gwathmey - American architect
  • Helmut Herzfeld - German artist
  • Boris Johnson - British politician, former journalist and blogger, born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He is the Leader of the Conservative Party and he is currently serving as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Radovan Karadžić - Bosnian politician, psychiatrist and war criminal of Serbian descent
  • Francesco Moser - Former Italian racing cyclist
  • Blaise Pascal - Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher, mathematician, physicist and theologian. Pascal's influenced spanned through a great deal of subjects including probability theory, geometry, the study of fluids and the development of the mechanical calculator.
    The correct pronunciation of Blaise Pascal in French is blehz pahs-KAHL. His first name, Blaise, is pronounced with an "eh" sound, which is analogous to how you pronounce the "e" in the word "best" and is followed by the pronunciation of a "z". The key to pronouncing Pascal correctly is to remember that the stress is on the second syllable, transcribed as -KAHL. It also important to pronounce both the "a"s in Pascal in the same way, with an open "ah" sound.
  • Salman Rushdie - Indian-born English writer. He wrote The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children
  • Kevin Schwantz - Former American motorcycle racer
  • Luis Recaséns Siches - Guatemalan philosopher
  • Kathleen Turner - American actress. She starred in Peggy Sue Got Married and Prizzi's Honor
  • Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente - Possible identity of Mexican revolutionary known as Subcomandante Marcos
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