Birthdays in History on May 6

  • 973 Henry II, Roman Catholic German king/emperor (1002/14-24)
  • 1397 Sejong the Great of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1450)
  • 1501 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italy, humanist/Pope (1555, 22 days)
  • 1581 Frans Francken, the Younger, painter
  • 1606 Lorenzo Lippi, [Perlone Zipoli], poet/painter
  • 1638 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the Admiralty (d. 1696)
  • 1713 Charles Batteux, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • 1758 Maximilien Robespierre, Arras Fr, French revolutionary/avocat (1781)
  • 1759 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician
  • 1769 Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1824)
  • 1785 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller
  • 1786 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1800 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)
  • 1801 George Sears Greene, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • 1802 Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer, artist
  • 1806 Chapin Aaron Harris, US, found America Society of Dental Surgeons
  • 1812 Marin R Delany, Charlestown Va, Abolitionist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army)
  • 1813 Joseph Tarr Copeland, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • 1825 Joseph Bailey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1867)
  • 1829 Phoebe Ann Coffin, 1st female ordained minister in New England
  • 1830 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest/poet
  • 1843 Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah
  • 1849 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)
  • 1856 Robert Edwin Peary, US, arctic explorer (North Pole-Apr 6 1909)

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1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • 1859 Luis Maria Drago, Argentina, statesman, anti-interventionist
  • 1859 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)

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1861 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer (Nobel 1913), born in Calcutta (d. 1941)

  • 1861 Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, Poland, novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924)
  • 1868 Gaston Leroux, French writer (d. 1927)
  • 1869 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/archivist
  • 1870 Amedos Peter Giannine, founded Bank of America, born in San Jose, California
  • 1870 John McCutcheon, cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931)
  • 1871 Ch Morgenstern, writer
  • 1871 Victor Grignard, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • 1875 William Daniel Leahy, Iowa, 5 star admiral/chief of staff (1949)
  • 1879 Bedrich Hrozny, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Baron W Edmund, Archangel & Ironside, British fieldmarshal
  • 1882 Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1883 Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher/author [or May 9]
  • 1888 Emmanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73)
  • 1889 Arthur Morison, typographer
  • 1895 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian Nazi (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • 1898 Daniel Gerber, Freemont Mi, beloved by babies at mealtime
  • 1899 Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall
  • 1902 Harry Golden, American journalist (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Max Ophüls, German-born director (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Harry Martinson, Sweden, novelist/poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974)
  • 1904 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born founder of the Feldenkrais method (d. 1984)
  • 1905 [Bernard] Toots Shor, raconteur/restauranteur (Toots Shor)
  • 1906 Andre Weil, [Bourbaki], French/US mathematician
  • 1906 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist
  • 1912 Barend Roest Crollius, painter/writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth)
  • 1912 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral
  • 1913 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist
  • 1913 Kenneth Horne, English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Ronald Harris, British 1st Church Estates Commissioner
  • 1915 John Arnold, British high court judge
  • 1915 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao, sculptor
  • 1915 Theodore H White, historian/writer (Making of President)
  • 1918 Sydney Chatton, England
  • 1919 Frank Ereaut, Balliff of Jersey
  • 1920 John Henderson, Lord-Lieutenant (Berkshire England)
  • 1921 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Robert Fell, CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1922 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • 1922 Carlos J Moorhead, (Rep-R-CA, 1973- )
  • 1922 John Ernest, constructionist artist
  • 1922 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Guiseppe Martelli, physicist
  • 1925 Patrick Meany, CEO (Rank Organization)
  • 1926 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen
  • 1926 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Robert Poujade, French politician
  • 1929 John Polk Allen, Carnegie Oklahoma, CEO (Biosphere 2)
  • 1929 John Taylor, bishop (St Albans)/Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • 1929 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1931 Marvin Leath, (Rep-D-TX, 1979- )
  • 1932 Viscount Coke, English large landowner/art collector
  • 1933 John Willoughby Denison-Pender, 3rd Baron Pender
  • 1934 Richard C Shelby, (Rep-D-AL (1979-86)/Sen-D-AL, 1987- )
  • 1936 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades)
  • 1938 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician
  • 1938 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality
  • 1939 Anthony Blacker, master-general of Ordnance
  • 1939 Zhanna Dmitriyevna Yerkina, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1940 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi)
  • 1941 Fred J Eckert, (Rep-D-NY, 1985-87)
  • 1942 Rin Kaiho, professional Go player
  • 1943 Andreas Baader, leader of the German organization Red Army Faction (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, (Rep-R-Minnesota)
  • 1947 Sandra Fisher, painter
  • 1947 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher
  • 1949 David Cornell Leestma, Muskegon Mich, USN/astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45)
  • 1951 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)

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1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 1953 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1954 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1954 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1959 Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1968 Linnea Marie Fayard, Shrevept La, Miss Louisiana-America (1991-5th)
  • 1978 Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • 1978 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 1979 Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality