06/17/2013 12:18 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

LGBT History: June 16th – King Gustav, Nureyev, Queer Nation And Mike Signorile


June 16th
1858 – King Gustav V of Sweden was born on this date. Reigning from the death of his father Oscar II in 1907 until his own death 43 years later, he holds the record of being the oldest monarch of Sweden and the second-longest reigning after Magnus IV. He was a devoted tennis player, appearing under the pseudonym Mr G. The king was said to have taken up the game to be near the willowy blonds who specialized in knowing how to serve. Kurt Haijby claimed that he was the lover of the king in the years between 1936 and 1947 who attempted to blackmail Gustav and was thrown in prison for 8 years.

1949 - Colombian-American author, poet, and journalist Jaime Manrique was born on this date. His first poetry volume won Colombia’s National Poetry Award.

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