It’s the day set aside to make a special fuss about fathers. But of all the Dads you know, some are celebrating more than others on 19th June – because it’s their birthday, or because they’re known as being ‘founding fathers’ in their own right.
See how many of these famous fathers you recognise (answers at the bottom)…
- With a very famous father himself, this gentleman will be getting at least two Fathers’ Day cards this year from members of the Royal Household – both of which will have to sit next to his birthday cards. Useful really, as this person’s name includes the title ‘Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty the Queen’ – which is a little harder to fit on a card than ‘Happy Fathers’ Day, Daddy!’
- This French gentleman was known as widely as the ‘father of modern philosophy’, and was born on this day exactly 110 years ago in 1905. Known for espousing existentialist theory, he’s often quoted as having said ‘hell is other people’. But we prefer this quote, “The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” Beautiful.
- This person founded a rock band with his brother and is known worldwide as being the Godfather of Britpop. It’s not Liam, it’s not Noel: no, this gentleman was making hit music much earlier than the 80s and 90s. You’ll know his music well though, with hit classics such as ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘All Day and All of the Night’.
- Another musician – there’s a theme here – but for this famous father, we go back in time to Leipzig, in Germany, in the 18th Century. With a son known as the Bückeburg Bach, this gentleman’s work includes an infamous set of Fugues. However, it’s his son’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor that’s best known today. Here’s a link to a recording of that piece on YouTube, to help you work out who this famous father was.
- Nobody is sure when he was born, but this man has always been thought of as ‘the father of modern medicine’. He set down professional practices for physicians through the ages, and his oath requires a new physician to swear (by a number of healing gods), to uphold specific ethical standards in their career. We believe he lived about 2400 years ago.
- And finally, if you’re a true culture vulture, then you’ll have seen the classic 1990 film ‘La Gloire de mon père’, based on the 1957 autobiographical novel by Marcel Pagnol. That’s the book, but My Father’s Glory was directed by a famous French actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Extra points if you get this one right!
So – how many did you guess correctly?
Prince William, born 21st June 1982.
Ray Davies (The Kinks), born 21 June 1944
Jean-Paul Sartre, born 21 June 2015
Johann Christoph Friederich Bach, born 21 June 1732