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 - French philosopher, mathematician and physicist
  • 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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