28 June: today's birthdays

  • Kathy Bates - American actress. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Misery, in 1991
  • Gil Bellows - Canadian actor. He was Billy Allen Thomas in the TV series Ally McBeal
  • Mel Brooks - American film director and actor, born Melvin Kaminsky. He won an Oscar for Writing Original Screenplay in 1969
  • Alexis Carrel - French surgeon and biologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1912
  • Sergiu Celibidache - Romanian conductor and composer
  • John Cusack - John Cusack is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He has starred in numerous films including Serendipity, Hot Tub Time Machine and Being John Malkovich. While he has starred in a number of Oscar nominated films, he has never won or been nominated for one himself.
    The correct pronunciuation of John Cusack is John Cue-zack. People are often in doubt about how to pronounce the "u" in Cusack and whether it is a soft or hard "u". The "u" must be pronounced the same way the letter "u" is pronounced. The final part, "sack" must be pronounced like the name "Zack".
  • Henri Léon Lebesgue - French mathematician
  • Elon Musk - Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian American engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and investor, whose full name is Elon Reeve Musk. He is the founder and C.E.O. of Tesla and SpaceX and one of the co-founders of PayPal. Thanks to his technological endeavours, Elon Musk is a multi-billionaire and is one of the richest people in the world.
    The correct pronunciation of Elon Musk is EE-lohn Musk.
    The "E" at the beginning of his name is pronounced like the letter "E". The stress is also placed on the first syllable.
    On May 4, 2020, Elon Musk had a son with the musician, Grimes, whom he named X Æ A-12 Musk. Musk has yet to disclose exactly how X Æ A-12 is pronounced. However, he has explained that the first two parts of his name, "X" and "Æ" are pronounced as Ex and Ash. It is still unclear whether A-12, which is the name of his favorite aircraft, is pronounced as A-twelve or Archangel (pronounced as Ark-angel).
    So, Elon Musk's son's name, X Æ A-12, is either pronounced as Ex Ash A-twelve or Ex Ash Ark-angel.
  • Kellie Pickler - American singer and songwriter
  • Luigi Pirandello - Italian playwright, author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934
  • John Carlyle Raven - English psychologist
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Swiss philosopher, writer and musician. He wrote the text Discourse on Inequality
  • Peter Paul Rubens - Flemish painter
  • John Wesley - English theologian, the founder of Methodism
  • Georges Wolinski - French cartoonist, born in Tunisia, killed during a terrorist attack on satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo
  • Muhammad Yunus - Bengali economist, Nobel Peace Prize in 2006
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