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Celebrity Birthdays for June 21: Composer Lalo Schifrin is 92. Actor Bernie Kopell ("The Love Boat") is 91. Actor Monte Markham is 89. Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don Black is 86. Actress Mariette Hartley is 84.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 22: Actress Prunella Scales (TV: "Fawlty Towers") is 92. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 88. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 81. Journalist Brit Hume is 81. Singer Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon is 80.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 19: Actress Gena Rowlands is 94. Bass-baritone Donald Bell is 90. Hall of Fame race car driver Shirley Muldowney is 84. Singer Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang is 82. Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi is 79.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 20: Actress Bonnie Bartlett ("St. Elsewhere," ''Once and Again") is 95. Actor James Tolkan is 93. '50s pop vocalist Jerry Keller is 87. Movie director Stephen Frears is 83. Musician Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is 82.


Today in History for June 26: On this date: In 1284, legend has it that the Pied Piper of Hamelin led 130 German children to their deaths after being refused his fee for charming rats and mice into a river.


Today in History for June 27: On this date: In 1299, in his encyclical "Scimus fili," Pope Boniface VIII claimed that Scotland owed allegiance to the Catholic Church. In 1759, British Gen.


Today in History for June 25: On this date: In 1580, the “German Book of Concord” was published, containing all the official confessions of the Lutheran Church. English translations of the entire work were not available before 1851.


Today in History for June 24: On this date: In 541, Attila the Hun laid siege to Orleans, France. In 1099, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, parent body of St. John Ambulance, was founded. It is the oldest order of chivalry in the Commonwealth.


Today in History for June 29: On this date: In 67, according to tradition, the Apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword near Rome, probably by order of Emperor Nero, during a time when Christianity was outlawed.


Today in History for June 23: On this date: In 1683, English Quaker William Penn signed his famous treaty with the Indians of Pennsylvania that became a universal symbol of religious and civil liberties.