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Famous Birthdays on April 6

Raphael

1483 Raphael Sanzio, Italian painter and master builder (Madonna Sistina, School of Athens), born in Urbino (d. 1520) Julian calendar date

  • 1613 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (d. 1683)
  • 1631 Vincenzo De Grandis, composer
  • 1632 Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1649)
  • 1651 André Dacier, French classical scholar (d. 1722)
  • 1660 Johann Kuhnau, Bohemian organist, choirmaster, and composer (Biblical Sonatas), born in Geising, Bohemia (now Germany) (d. 1722)
  • 1664 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1671 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright/poet (Sacred Odes & Songs)
  • 1672 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer
  • 1708 Johann George Reutter, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1772)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer
  • 1757 Alessandro Rolla, composer
  • 1773 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian (History of British India), born in Angus, Scotland (d. 1836)
  • 1778 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1810 Philip Gosse, inventor of institutional aquarium, writer (Omphalos)
  • 1812 Aaron Bernstein, writer
  • 1812 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer
  • 1812 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • 1815 Friedrich Robert Volkmann, German composer, born in Lommatzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1818 Francis Henry Brown, composer
  • 1818 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1819 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian librarian
  • 1823 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
  • 1826 Gustave Moreau, French painter
  • 1828 Charles William Field, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1830 James Augustine Healy, Macon Ga, 1st African American Roman Catholic bishop
  • 1833 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskrit, Old Javan)
  • 1835 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer
  • 1841 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Joseph Ludwig, composer
  • 1849 John William Waterhouse, British painter, born in Rome, Roman Republic (now Italy) (d. 1917)
  • 1851 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (d. 1932)
  • 1860 René Lalique, French jewel designer
  • 1866 Joseph Lincoln Steffens, muckraker/journalist (Shame of the Cities)
  • 1869 Louis Raemakers, Dutch draftsman/painter
  • 1871 Alexander, grandson of England's Queen Victoria
  • 1877 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1878 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, composer
  • 1878 Erich Mühsam, German author (d. 1934)
  • 1883 Mien Labberton, Dutch poetress
  • 1883 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • 1885 Jules Goux, French auto racer (first European to win Indianapolis 500 1913), born in Valentigney, France (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad state (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Svarta Ballader)
  • 1889 Barry Macollum, Irish actor (The Trouble with Harry), born in Ireland (d. 1971)
  • 1889 Gabriela Mistral [Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga], poet (Noebel Prize 1945) and diplomat, born in Vicuña, Chile (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • 1890 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)

Donald Wills Douglas

1892 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)

  • 1892 Lowell Thomas, Woodington Ohio, newscaster (High Adventure)
  • 1892 Mateusz Glinski, composer
  • 1894 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian who was the oldest person in the world and the last person known to be born in 1894, born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 2009)
  • 1898 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, born in Paris (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For The Memory"; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1991) [some sources give birthdate as April 8]
  • 1901 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Catholic (d. 1925)
  • 1902 Gertrude Short, American actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • 1902 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1903 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • 1903 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • 1904 Kurt G Kiesinger, German chancellor (Wherever They May Be)
  • 1906 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer
  • 1909 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • 1909 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1910 Desmond Dreyer, British admiral
  • 1911 Phyllis Tate, English composer, born in Buckinghamshire (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • 1917 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1918 Joan Bernard, Principal (Trevelyan College, Durham)
  • 1918 Karen [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1918 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Paula Kelly, Grove City, Pennsylvania, American big band singer
  • 1920 Bernard Carter, British painter and etcher
  • 1921 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • 1921 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • 1921 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • 1922 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), born in Washington, DC (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Arthur D Larsen, tennis champ (US Open-1950)
  • 1925 John Knox, British supreme court justice
  • 1925 Marcus Worsley, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, (d. 2012)

Ian Paisley

1926 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

  • 1926 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1927 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)
  • 1927 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)

James Watson

1928 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1928 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, born in London (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress (Touch Of Evil; Bob Cummings Show), and nightclub singer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 1972)
  • 1929 André Previn, German-American conductor (London Symphony), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), born in Tomsk, Siberia (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1930 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Joan Carlyle, British soprano
  • 1933 Dudley Sutton, British stage and screen actor (Leather Boys; Brimstone & Treacle; Lovejoy - "Tinker Dill"), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 2018)
  • 1933 Roy Goode, British lawyer
  • 1933 Eduardo Malapit, American Democratic politician (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • 1934 Reijo Jyrkiainen, Finnish composer, born in Suistamo, Finland
  • 1934 Horace Tapscott, American jazz pianist and composer (Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, 1961-98), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1935 James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland
  • 1935 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • 1935 Luis del Sol, Spanish soccer midfielder (16 caps; Betis, Real Madrid, Juventus, Roma) and manager (Betis), born in Arcos de Jalón, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany

Billy Dee Williams

1937 Billy Dee Williams, Harlem actor (Chiefs, Empire Strikes Back), born in NYC, New York

Merle Haggard

1937 Merle Haggard, American country singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), born in Oildale, California (d. 2016)

  • 1937 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • 1938 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Roy Thinnes, actor (Invaders, Falcon Crest, Gen Hospital), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1939 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1939 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Eugeniusz Faber, Polish soccer forward (36 caps; Ruch Chorzów, Lens), born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • 1940 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy"; "One More Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • 1941 Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian pan lute player, born in Găești, Romania
  • 1941 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1942 Barry Levinson, American Academy Award-winning film director, and screenwriter (Diner; Rain Man; Good Morning, Vietnam), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942 Phil Austin, American comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • 1942 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • 1943 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • 1943 Roger Cook, investigative journalist/broadcaster
  • 1943 Susan Tolsky, American actress (Madame's Place; Here Come The Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1944 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944 John Stax [Fullagar], British rock bassist, and harmonica player (Pretty Things, 1963-67 - "Don't Bring Me Down"; "Cry To Me"), born in Crayford, Kent, England
  • 1944 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1945 Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade unionist (National Union of Public Employees), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Danny Kortchmar, American session guitarist, producer and songwriter (James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley), born in New York City
  • 1947 John Ratzenberger, American actor (Cliff Clavin in Cheers), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1947 Tony Cooner, British drummer (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Romford, England
  • 1947 Rosemary Ann Butler, American session singer (Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Jackson Browne), born in California
  • 1948 Patrika Darbo, American actress
  • 1949 Jane Actman, American actress (Barbara-Paul Lynde Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Dennis E Eckart, (Rep-D-OH, 1981- )
  • 1951 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • 1951 Bert Blyleven, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (2-time WS champion Twins 1979, 87), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1952 Judith McConnell, actress (Sophia Capwell-Santa Barbara)
  • 1952 Marilu Henner, actress (Taxi, Man Who Loved Women, Eve Shade), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept - "Balls to the Wall"; Udo)
  • 1952 Stephen Barber, American musician, arranger, and composer, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1953 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1953 Christopher Franke, German musician and composer (Tangerine Dream), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1953 Patrick Doyle, Scottish film composer (Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Thor), born in Uddingston, Scotland
  • 1954 Judi Bowker, Shawford England, actress (Clash of the Titans)
  • 1955 Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian-born serial killer
  • 1955 Michael Rooker, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1956 Dilip Vengsarkar, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1976-92)
  • 1956 Mudassar Nazar, cricketer (son of Nazar Mohammad Pakistani batsman)
  • 1956 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Maurizio Damilano, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1980; World C'ship gold 20k 1987, 91), born in Scarnafigi, Italy
  • 1957 Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • 1959 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • 1960 Warren Haynes, American rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1960 John Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, vocalist, and record producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1961 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • 1962 Pol Medina Jr., Filipino cartoonist (Pugad Baboy), born in Phillippines
  • 1963 Lorenzo Lynch, NFL safety (Az Cardinals, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1963 Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian politician and 43rd President of Ecuador (2007-2017), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1964 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox - "Boys in Heat"; "King Kobra"), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Phil Gayle, British news presenter (DW News, The Big Breakfast), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1964 Tim Walz, American politician (Rep-DFL-Minnesota 2007-19), Governor of Minnesota (2019-), born in West Point, Nebraska
  • 1965 Black Francis [Charles Thompson IV], American singer and songwriter (Pixies; Frank Black), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Gerald Diduck, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1965 Rica Reinisch, German DR, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1965 Lieve Slegers, Belgian athlete
  • 1966 Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
  • 1967 Derrick Fenner, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Ari Meyers, American actress (Emma McArdle-Kate & Allie), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1969 Bret Boone, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in El Cajon, California
  • 1969 Brian Williams, NBA center/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • 1969 Jack Canfora, American playwright

Paul Rudd

1969 Paul Rudd, American actor (Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in Passaic, New Jersey

  • 1970 Oliver Miller, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970 Huang Xiaomin, Chinese swimmer
  • 1971 Lou Merloni, American baseball player
  • 1972 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • 1973 Donnie Edwards, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1973 Randall Godfrey, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • 1973 Sun Wen, Chinese footballer
  • 1973 Gina Yashere, English comedian
  • 1974 Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer
  • 1975 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper and drummer (Party)