Dalai Lama born 6 July 1935, Taktser, Tibet (now People’s Republic of China). The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1950, at 16, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power as Head of State and Government when Tibet was threatened by the might of China. In 1959 he was forced into exile in India after the Chinese military occupation of Tibet. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Lhamo Thondup Biography and Profile.
Missy Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2001, Elliott produced a thumping, cowbell-accented rework of Labelle’s 1974 hit, “Lady Marmalade”. In May 2019, Elliott received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. She was then admitted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. Melissa Arnette Elliott Biography and Profile.
Alice Munro was born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada on July 10, 1931. Alice Munro has also written television scripts. In October 2013, just after Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature was announced, the New Yorker republished her “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (1999–2000) as a tribute to one of its own. Alice Laidlaw Munro Biography and Profile.
Emma Goldman, Anarchist and activist, was born June 27, 1869, Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania). She immigrated to the U.S. in 1885, where she worked in clothing factories. Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement. Emma Goldman criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. Emma Goldman Biography and Profile.
Megan Rapinoe, born July 5, 1985, grew up in Redding, California with her parents, Jim and Denise, and five siblings, including her fraternal twin, Rachael Rapinoe. Rapinoe has been involved in the women’s team’s equal pay complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since at least 2016. In the final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 7, Rapinoe scored the opening goal from a penalty kick as the United States defeated the Netherlands by a score of 2–0. Mega Anna Rapinoe Biography and Profile.
Kawhi Anthony Leonard, born June 29, 1991, is an African-American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Leonard was listed as the No. 8 small forward and the No. 48 player in the nation in 2009. The Indiana Pacers selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft but traded him to the San Antonio Spurs the same day. Kawhi Anthony Leonard Biography and Profile.
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as Wizkid was born on July 16, 1990 in Surulere, Lagos. Wizkid is a talented singer, songwriter and performer. He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun Biography and Profile.
Vázquez Garced was born and educated in Puerto Rico. She became district attorney in the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. Vázquez Garced also served as the head of the Office for Women’s Rights in Puerto Rico. For 20 years, Vázquez Garced specialized in domestic and sexual abuse. Wanda Vázquez Garced Biography and Profile.
Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta was born to Ibo parents in Lagos on 21 July 1944. She moved to Britain in 1960, where she worked as a librarian and became a student at London University in 1970, reading Sociology. “My mother was a born storyteller,” says her first son, also called Sylvester Onwordi. Buchi Emecheta Biography and Profile.
Luis Lionel Andres (“Leo”) Messi (born June 24, 1987) is an Argentinian soccer player who plays forward for the FC Barcelona club and the Argentine national team. At the age of 13, Messi moved from Argentina to Spain after FC Barcelona agreed to pay for his medical treatments. Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini Biography and Profile.