Jack Leroy “Jackie” Wilson, Jr. (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American singer and performer. Wilson was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson’s first single was “Reet Petite”. His other hits include “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” and “I Get the Sweetest Feeling”. During a 1975 benefit concert, he collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years until his death in 1984. A two-time Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee, Jackie Wilson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jackie Wilson #68 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Michael John Mates (born 9 June 1934) is a Conservative Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of East Hampshire from 1974 to 2010. From 1992 to 1993, Mates was Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office. He has been a member of the Privy Council since February 2004.
Donald Fauntleroy Duck is an American cartoon character created by Walt Disney and Dick Lundy and licensed by the Walt Disney Company. According to the Disney canon, Donald’s birthday is officially recognized as June 9, 1934, the day his debut film, The Wise Little Hen, was released. Donald’s voice, one of the most identifiable voices in all of animation, was performed by voice actor Clarence “Ducky” Nash up to his death in 1985. In 2005, Donald received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
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Wild Jimmy Spruill was a New York based session guitarist.
Willy Roggeman is a Belgian writer and jazz musician.
Helga Haase was a speedskater in the GDR.
General Larry D. Welch was the 12th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
Rolf Larcher is a Swiss rower who competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Valbjörn Þorláksson was an Icelandic track and field athlete.