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B. 06-19-1856, Elisabeth Marbury, noted American theatrical and literary agent who handled the careers of George Bernard Shaw and James M. Barrie among others and developed Irene and Vernon Castle into the world's foremost dancing team.

B. 06-19-1865, Dame May Whitty, Anglo-American stage and screen actor who became the personification of the matriarch in her later years in films. She appeared in almost 100 British and American productions from 1881 to 1945.
      She was created Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1918 in recognition of her services during World War I.
      Her daughter was noted American stage director Margaret Webster.

B. 06-19-1940, Shirley Muldowney, one of the predominant drag racers in the history of the sport, man or woman. She dominated the sport winning three world championship titles, but for many years she did not get a single sponsor! Her first marriage was dissolved after she became a better drag racer than her husband.
      The media credited some of her wins to her crew boss. Because he refused to deny the claims (in fact probably started the rumors), she replaced him. When he turned to driving himself, she beat him. No matter how many wins, she never got the sponsorship lesser men drivers got as a matter of course.

B. 06-19-1945, Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese human rights activist and founder of the National League for Democracy who was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She was kept under house arrest in Burma from 1989 until 1995.

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