Pauline Kael was born on June 19, 1919. For almost forty years, she was one of our most important film critics. Her writing was opinionated and witty, and she was noted for her willingness – her critics might have said "eagerness" – to disagree with the critical consensus.
The world of pop music was rather scattered in 2008, with no single artist, song, or album dominating the year. Thirty-seven different albums made it to the top of the charts that year, with none of them spending more than three weeks at #1.
Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954. Most of Erdrich's novels are set in the same fictional continuity, exploring life on and around a fictional Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.
On June 7, 1958, Prince was born. For 35 years, Prince was one of the most critically respected musicians in pop music; in the 1980s and early 1990s, he dominated the pop and R&B charts in a way that very few have.
On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring was performed for the first time. Vaslav Nijinsky was the choreography, and the ballet was performed by the Ballets Russes under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev.