Birthdays in History on August 6

  • 1180 Emperor Go-Toba of Japan (d. 1239)
  • 1504 Matthew "Nosey" Parker, archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1609 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1638 Nicolas de Malebranche, French philosopher
  • 1644 Francoise L de la Baume Le Blanc, French mistress of Louis XIV
  • 1651 Francois Fenelon, French writer (Playing for Time)
  • 1656 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander (d. 1733)
  • 1666 Maria Sofia of the Palatinate, queen of Portugal (d. 1699)
  • 1697 Charles VII, Holy Roman emperor (1742-45)
  • 1715 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (d. 1747)
  • 1775 Louis-Antoine the Bourbon, French duke of Angouleme/General of France
  • 1775 Daniel O'Connell, Irish politician (d. 1847)
  • 1800 Catherine Beecher, educator (championed higher education for women)
  • 1804 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer/minister of Justice (1856-58)

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1809 Alfred Lord Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain, born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)

  • 1811 Judah Philip Benjamin, Secy War/Secy State (Confederacy) [or Aug 11]
  • 1819 Samuel Powhatan Carter, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabethton, Tennessee (d. 1891)
  • 1826 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (d. 1915)
  • 1844 Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1900)
  • 1845 Anthonie A Vorsterman van Oyen, Dutch genealogist
  • 1859 J Arthur S Berson, Austria meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon)

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1861 Edith Roosevelt, US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1948)

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  • 1868 Paul Claudel, French diplomat/poet (L'Otage-1909)
  • 1871 Emanuel Querido, [Joost Mendes], author/publisher
  • 1873 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1874 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (d. 1932)
  • 1877 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Joseph Wirth, German politician (Stalin Peace Prize)

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1881 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland (d. 1955)

  • 1881 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Gerrit H Kersten, Dutch vicar/founder (Calvinist party)
  • 1883 Scott Nearing, US sociologist/pacifist/author (The Good Life)
  • 1885 Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union
  • 1889 George Kenney, American Air Force General (d. 1977)
  • 1889 John Middleton Murry, English poet and literary critic (Between Two Worlds), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1891 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • 1893 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1893 Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
  • 1900 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • 1902 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1902 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • 1904 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman], author (Gelakte Brain)
  • 1908 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile
  • 1910 Charles Crichton, British director (Battle of Sexes)
  • 1910 William J Law, sailor
  • 1914 Susan Cowdy, ornithologist
  • 1916 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), born in Bormla, Malta (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Freddie Laker, CEO (Laker airlines)
  • 1923 William B Williams, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company), born in Babylon, New York
  • 1923 Jess Collins, American artist (d. 2004)

  • 1926 Christa Reinig, writer
  • 1926 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson, [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • 1927 William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )
  • 1929 Roch La Salle, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1934 John Storey Bonington, UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
  • 1934 Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, UK, sci-fi author (Chthon, Phthor)
  • 1940 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • 1941 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • 1942 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Jon Postel, American computer scientist (d. 1998)
  • 1945 Ron Jones, British TV director (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean politician
  • 1948 Michael Peters, choreographer (What's Love Got to Do with It)
  • 1949 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • 1949 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1949 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • 1950 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954 Carl C Perkins, (Rep-D-KY, 1984- )
  • 1957 Jim McGreevey, American politician
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1961 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • 1967 Archbishop Alexy (Bondarenko), Ukrainian-born theologian
  • 1975 Renate Götschl, Austrian alpine skier
  • 1976 Parmeso Emekrasha, Buddhist Monk
  • 1976 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist