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Famous People & Celebrities Born on June 19th:

  • Mia Sara
    (1967) - The actress was born with the name Mia Sarapocciello. Flicks: Turn of Faith (2001), The Impossible Elephant (2001), Timecop (1994), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
  • Moe Howard
    (1897) - One of the Three Stooges, his real name was Moses Horowitz. The Queen of England reportedly is daffy about the Three Stooges and really isn't the sourpuss portrayed in the media. A British newspaper claims the Queen actually owns a large collection of Three Stooges videos and occasionally pretends to poke servants in the eye while saying, "Nyuk nyuk nyuk."
  • Lou Gehrig
    (1903) - During his career Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive baseball games. It was a major league record that remained unbeaten until the summer of 1995 when Cal Ripken, Jr. played his 2,131st game. Gehrig played in seven World Series and had a lifetime batting average of .341. In 1932 Gehrig became the first player to hit four home runs in one game. He smacked the ball in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th innings. Gehrig died June 2, 1941, from a muscle disease now known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."
  • Michael Yarmush
    (1982) - Voice of "Arthur" on the PBS animated series Arthur.
  • Nancy Marchand
    (1928) - Played Livia on TV's The Sopranos. Played Mrs. Pynchon, the publisher of the Los Angeles Tribune on Lou Grant.
  • Salman Rushdie
    (1947) - Author of The Satanic Verses. In 1989 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered his followers to kill Rushdie because he was offended by the book. Rushdie went into hiding. Many radio stations boycotted Cat Stevens after the singer-turned-Muslim declared that Rushdie deserved to die for blaspheming the Moslem religion.
  • Phylicia Rashad
    (1948) - Played Ruth Lucas on TV's Cosby. Played Clair Huxtable on the Cosby Show.
  • Ann Wilson
    (1951) - Heart.
  • Kathleen Turner
    (1954) - Turner provided the voice of sexy "Jessica Rabbit" in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Other flicks: Serial Mom (1994), War of the Roses (1989).
  • Paula Abdul
    (1962) - The singer, dancer and former L.A. Laker Girl was once married to actor Emilio Estevez. Abdul reportedly paid a moving company $75,000 to remove all items from her home that reminded her of her Estevez. Abdul hits: "Rush Rush" (1991), "Forever Your Girl" (1989), "Straight Up" (1988).
  • Andrew Lauer
    (1965) - Played Charlie on Caroline in the City.
  • Brian Welch
    (1970) - Gutarist with Korn
  • Garfield the Cat
    (1978) - The comic strip cat first appeared in newspapers on June 19, 1978. Garfield's creator, Jim Davis, claims he created Garfield for one simple reason: There were no cat comic strips in newspapers back in 1978. At the time, dog comic strips like "Marmaduke" ruled the roost. Davis named Garfield after his grandfather, who just happened to be a large, stubborn man.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on June 19th:
(1910) - The very first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. The special day was created by Mrs. John B. Dodd.

(1846) - The world's first professional baseball game was played in Hoboken, New Jersey. The teams were the New York Nines and the New York Knickerbockers. Final score: New York Nines 23, Knickerbockers 1.

(1886) - The man who was soon to become America's heftiest president, William Taft, married Miss Helen Herron in Cincinnati. Twenty-three years later when Taft became president, Mrs. Taft proved to be a practical first lady: She actually purchased a cow which grazed on the White House lawn and produced fresh milk twice a day.

(1939) - Atlanta became the first American city to prohibit pinball machines. Mayor William Hartsfield signed an act which stipulated that anybody who played a pinball machine would be subject to a $20 fine and 30 days labor.

(1946) - New York TV station WNBT (now WNBC-TV) became the first TV station to televise a heavyweight boxing championship. The station telecast Joe Louis defending his title against Billy Conn at Yankee Stadium. Louis won in an 8th-round KO.

(1953) - Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in electric chairs at Sing Sing Prison. They were charged with sneaking top secret nuclear weapon information to the Soviets. The Rosenbergs became the first and only married couple to be executed together in the United States.

(1964) - After an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.

(1965) - "I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops was the No. 1 song.

(1977) - Pope Paul proclaimed John Neumann, a 19th-century bishop from Philadelphia, as the first male saint to be born in the United States.

(1986) - Health officials announced that two people in Seattle were dead after ingesting Extra-Strength Excedrin capsules that had been tampered with and laced with cyanide.

(1986) - University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias suffered a heart attack and died after inhaling cocaine at a party. At the time, Bias was celebrating the signing of his new contract with the Boston Celtics.

(1987) - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream announced a new flavor: Cherry Garcia. The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia helped promote the stuff on the first day of its release.

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