Birthdays in History on October 6

  • 1289 King Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (d. 1306)
  • 1459 Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer (d. 1507)
  • 1510 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman (d. 1555)
  • 1510 John Caius, English physician (d. 1573)
  • 1552 Matteo Ricci, Italian missionary (China)
  • 1573 Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, English patron of the theater (d. 1624)
  • 1610 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (d. 1690)
  • 1706 Pieter Steyn, Dutch grand pensionary (1749- )
  • 1716 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman (d. 1771)
  • 1738 Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (d. 1789)
  • 1744 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1813)
  • 1767 Henri Christophe, king of Haiti (d. 1820)

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1769 Isaac Brock, British Army officer (successfully defended Upper Canada in War of 1812), born in St Peter Port, Guernsey (d. 1812)

British Army Officer and Administrator Isaac Brock
British Army Officer and Administrator
Isaac Brock
  • 1773 King Louis-Philippe of France (d. 1850)
  • 1801 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman (d. 1888)
  • 1803 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, German physicist (d. 1879)
  • 1808 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63)
  • 1819 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer
  • 1831 J W Richard Dedekind, Ger mathematician (Nature & Meaning of Numbers)
  • 1838 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer (d. 1910)

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1846 George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer (air brakes, alternating current system), born in Central Bridge, New York (d. 1914)

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse
Entrepreneur and Engineer
George Westinghouse
  • 1847 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor
  • 1849 Basil Zaharoff, arms dealer, "merchant of death"
  • 1860 Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor (Curacao)
  • 1860 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch foreign minister (1908-13)
  • 1862 Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, US, politician/author (Progressive)
  • 1872 Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian writer (d. 1936)
  • 1874 Frank G. Allen, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (d. 1941)

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1887 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect/ City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect/ City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1887 MartinLuis Guzman, Mexico, novelist (Eagle & the Serpent)
  • 1888 Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Zedong (Chinese Communist Party)
  • 1888 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1889 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Noce I Dnie)
  • 1895 Caroline Gordon, Kentucky, writer (Green Centuries)
  • 1903 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), born in Liegnitz, Silesia (d. 1971)
  • 1908 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Barbara Castle, British politician (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator
  • 1913 Meret Oppenheim, writer

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1914 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), born in Larvik (d. 2002)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1915 Harry van Doorn, [Henri W], CRM minister/Dutch politician (KVP/PPR)
  • 1915 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Ya┼čar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), born in Hemite, Osmaniye, Ottoman Empire (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Shana Alexander, American journalist (60 Minutes), born in NYC, New York

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1930 Hafez al-Assad, General and President of Syria (1971-2000), born in Qardaha, Alawite State, Syria (d. 2000)

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • 1932 Gloria Lane, educator/author/founder (Women's International Center)
  • 1936 Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet], cabaret director (Capers)
  • 1938 Serge Nubret, French bodybuilder
  • 1939 Douglas K Bereuter, (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 1939 John J LaFalce, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • 1940 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1940 Wyche Fowler Jr, (Rep-D-GA, 1977-87)
  • 1943 Alexander Maxovich Shilov, Russian painter
  • 1944 Merzak Allouache, director (Salut Cousin, Amour a Paris)
  • 1945 Domonic Barber, attorney (Howard Stern, Jessica Hahn, Joe Buttafucco)
  • 1946 Eddie Villanueva, JIL Spiritual Director, Owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network
  • 1946 Lloyd Doggett, American politician
  • 1947 Aleksandr Stepanovich Andryushkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1948 Dan Hamburg, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1948 Gerry Adams, Northern Irish politician
  • 1952 Ayten Mutlu, Turkish poet and writer
  • 1953 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1958 Joseph Finder, American novelist
  • 1959 John Mackin, programmer
  • 1959 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • 1959 Brian Higgins, American politician, Member of US House of Representatives
  • 1965 Jim Sharp, US rodeo rider (Las Vegas 1988)
  • 1967 Svend Karlsen, Norwegian strongman
  • 1969 Troy Shaw, English snooker player
  • 1982 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • 1995 Jessica Lunsford, American kidnapping victim (d. 2005)