Birthdays in History on June 6

  • 1236 Wen Tianxiang, Chinese prime minister (d. 1283)
  • 1436 Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller), prepares astronomical tables
  • 1502 King John III of Portugal (d. 1557)
  • 1519 Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher and botanist (d. 1603)
  • 1576 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman (d. 1649)
  • 1580 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)
  • 1599 Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (d. 1660)
  • 1606 Pierre Corneille, France, dramatist (El Cid, Horace)
  • 1622 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer (d. 1857)
  • 1625 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor
  • 1695 Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen Neth-Indies (1737-41)/killed 8,000 Chinese
  • 1714 King Joseph I of Portugal (d. 1777)

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1755 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • 1756 John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1765 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant/poet (Dwingelandij)
  • 1772 Maria Teresa of the Two Sicilies, Holy Roman Empire Empress consort (d. 1807)
  • 1799 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin) (5/26 OS)
  • 1813 Israel Washburn, gov (Union), (d. 1883)
  • 1826 Sarah Parker Remond, US/Italian abolitionist
  • 1829 John Baillie McIntosh, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1829 Shusaku Honinbo, Japanese Go player (d. 1862)
  • 1840 William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1841 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (d. 1905)
  • 1847 Gerben Postma, [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • 1850 Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)
  • 1857 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (d. 1918)
  • 1860 William R Inge, English theologist/Deacon St Paul's Cathedral
  • 1862 Henry John Newbolt, English sea historian/poet
  • 1867 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (d. 1931)

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1868 Robert Falcon Scott, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1912)

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
  • 1872 Alexandra Fjodorovna Romanova, last Russian tsarina (1894-1918)

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1875 Thomas Mann, German novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929), born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1955)

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • 1878 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney (d. 1956)
  • 1879 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect
  • 1880 William T Cosgrave, president Irish Free state
  • 1886 Paul Dudley White, American heart specialist, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1891 Vladislac Vancura, writer
  • 1892 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, born in London England (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya (La marcia su Rome)
  • 1896 Robert Sheriff, playwright (Journey's End)
  • 1896 Henry Allingham, English first world war veteran
  • 1898 Ninette de Valois, [Edris Stannus], Engl, ballerina (Royal Ballet)
  • 1900 Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (d. 1957)

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1901 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), born in Surabaya, Java (d. 1970)

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1902 Harold Roxbee Cox Kings Norton, aeronautical engineer
  • 1906 Max Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn)
  • 1909 Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
  • 1913 Jiri Hajek, Czech jurist/foreign minister
  • 1913 Carlo L. Golino, American scholar (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Tom Scott, poet/editor
  • 1919 Charles Pringle, British air marshal
  • 1923 V. C. Andrews, American author (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Tom Ryan, comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds)
  • 1928 George Deukmejian, Menands NY, (Gov-Cal)
  • 1929 Viktor Konezki, writer
  • 1931 Lloyd Lindroth, the Liberace of the Harp
  • 1932 David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Ad G J Lansink, chemist/Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1934 Albert II FHTCEM, king of Belgium (1993- )
  • 1934 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Jean Gattegno, translator/scholar
  • 1938 Prince Luís of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne
  • 1939 Marian Wright-Edelman, health care president (Childrens Defense Fund)
  • 1939 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement)
  • 1941 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Ken Hatfield, former N.C.A.A. Football Head Coach
  • 1944 Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944 David Penhaligon, British politician
  • 1944 Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1945 David E Bonior, (Rep-D-MI, 1977- )
  • 1946 Chelsea Brown, comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Lasse Hallstrom, director (Once Around, My Life as a Dog, ABBA)
  • 1947 David Blunkett, English politician
  • 1953 Ken Calvert, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1953 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1954 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • 1956 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • 1960 Lola Forner, Alicante SW Spain, Miss Spain (1979)
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer
  • 1964 Sherry J Traylor, Mexico Missouri, Miss Missouri-America (1991)
  • 1968 François Avard, Canadian writer and scenarist
  • 1970 Sarah Dessen, American author
  • 1973 Kat Swift, American politician (Green Party)
  • 1977 Bryn Williams, Welsh chef
  • 1984 Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballplayer