06-19 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and
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
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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