EVERY YEAR ON 24th June I put up a list of ten more famous people born on this day. It is everybody’s fancy to know who they share their birth dates with, and today being my birthday, here is the ritualistic post. Read on about ten people born on this day and see if you actually recognise/like them all!
Hardly anything need be said about Messi. He is an Argentine — and Olympic gold medallist — footballer who plays for La Liga club, FC Barcelona, and is the current captain ofArgentina. Maradonna named him as his successor and Messi is cited as the best football player today.
Like all people born on June the 24th, Ambrose Bierce had a strange but witty sense of humor. He took it to the point of disappearing instead of dying; needless to say, nobody knows when he died or how — or if.
Bierce — who encouraged young writers heavily — was an editorialist, journalist, short storywriter, fabulist, and satirist. Today, he is probably best known for his short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and his satirical lexicon, The Devil’s Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, and his sardonic view of human nature earned him the nickname “Bitter Bierce”.
The last fun thing he did was go to Mexico to get a first hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. He never came back; instead, he chose to disappear.
Peter Weller and Nancy Allen
The reason I have these two actors put together is their participation in one of my favourite fictional films of all time: the brilliantly alluring RoboCop.
Peter Weller played RoboCop in the first two films and Nancy Allen played RoboCop’s partner in all three parts.
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Hoyle is a famous English astronomer noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stance on other cosmological and scientific matters — in particular his rejection of the Big Bang theory, a term originally coined by him out of ridicule for the main rival of his own theory, the Steady State theory.
In addition to his work as an astronomer, Hoyle was a writer of science fiction.
Hoyle spent most of his working life at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and served as its director for a number of years.
Along with his equally famous younger brother, Walt Disney, Roy founded The Walt Disney Company, and of course the popular landmark, Disney World.
Disney’s famous cartoons include the iconic Mickey Mouse, The Little Mermaid, Alladin and The Lion King.
Roy Disney’s venture now owns Touchstone Pictures, ESPN and the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC.)
Martin Lewis Perl
Martin Lewis Perl is the discoverer of the Tau Lepton and winner of the 1995 Physics Nobel.
Perl is a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now known as NYU-Poly) in Brooklyn. He received his Ph.D. fromColumbia University in 1955, where his thesis advisor was I.I. Rabi who won the Nobel Prize in Phyics for 1944 . He spent his career at the University of Michigan and then at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).
Robert Downey Sr.
You may know Robert Downey Jr — from Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man — so here is another little tidbit: his father, Robert Downey Sr is a director, an actor.
By the age of 22, Downey had served in the Army, played semi-pro baseball, become a Golden Gloves boxing champion, and an Off-Off-Broadway playwright. In 1961, working with the film editorFred von Bernewitz, he began writing and directing low-budget 16mm films which gained an underground following.
He moved into big-budget filmmaking with the surrealistic Greaser’s Palace (1972). His most recent film was Rittenhouse Square (2005), a documentary capturing life in a Philadelphia park.
Dushkin was born in Suwa?ki, Poland. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris as well as with Leopold Auer in New York City and Fritz Kreisler. He made his European debut in 1918 at the age of 23 and six years later his American debut with the New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch.
He published many arrangements and transcriptions for violin and piano, for example pieces by Isaac Albéniz, Georges Bizet, Rudolf Felber (1891-1978), George Gershwin, Paul Kirman, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Henryk Wieniawski and other composers. They are published in “Samuel Dushkin Repertoire”.
The best part? Dushkin owned two Stradivarius violins!
Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse
Perhaps the earliest record of a person being born on June 24th is that of Henry I, the Roman who was a count directly under the Roman emperor in Hesse.
Henry I was the first landgrave of Hess, and was the son of Henry II, coming from a family which seemed to decidedly number generations in descending order of numerals.
Nothing else is quite as definitively known about him. ❖