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Famous Birthdays on August 6

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 226

  • 1180 Go-Toba, 82nd Emperor of Japan, born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1239)
  • 1504 Matthew "Nosey" Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Norwich, England (d. 1575)
  • 1609 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, born in Wiveliscombe, Somerset (d. 1675)
  • 1619 Barbara Strozzi, Italian singer and composer, baptised in Venice (d. 1677)
  • 1638 Nicolas Malebranche, French rationalist philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1715)
  • 1644 Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV (1661-67), born in Tours, France (d. 1710)
  • 1651 François Fénelon, French Roman Catholic theologian and writer (Playing for Time), born in Sainte-Mondane, France (d. 1715)
  • 1651 Johann Michael Zächer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1712)
  • 1656 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, born in Gardanne, France (d. 1733)
  • 1664 Johann Christoph Schmidt, German composer, born in Ansbach, Bavaria (d. 1728)
  • 1665 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, born in Paris, France (d. 1743)
  • 1666 Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Queen of Portugal as the wife of King Peter II from 1687-99), born in Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf (d. 1699)
  • 1697 Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1742-45), born in Brussels
  • 1715 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1747)
  • 1748 Bernhard Haltenberger, German composer, born in Schongau, Bavaria (d. 1780)
  • 1766 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England (d. 1828)

  • 1775 Louis Antoine, French Duke of Angoulême and General of France, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1844)
  • 1775 Daniel O'Connell, Irish politician, born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1847)
  • 1800 Catherine Beecher, American educator (championed higher education for women), born in East Hampton, New York (1878)
  • 1804 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

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

  • 1811 Judah P. Benjamin, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of State and 2nd Confederate States Secretary of War, born in Christiansted, Danish West Indies (d. 1884)
  • 1819 Samuel Powhatan Carter, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabethton, Tennessee (d. 1891)
  • 1826 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1844 Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England (d. 1900)
  • 1858 Albert Fuchs, Swiss-German composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1859 Arthur Berson, German meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon), born in Nowy Sącz (d. 1942)

Person of interestEdith Roosevelt

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

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
  • 1868 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'Otage-1909), born in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France (d. 1955)
  • 1871 Emanuel Querido, Dutch author and publisher (N.V. Em. Querido Uitgeversmaatschappij), born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1873 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1873 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • 1874 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (specialized in anomalous phenomena), born in Albany, New York (d. 1932)
  • 1875 Marcel Labey, French conductor and composer, born in Vésinet, France (d. 1968)
  • 1877 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (Senate Majority Leader), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Germany (Stalin Peace Prize), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, German Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1880 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (Hello Service Man, Once Upon a Time), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)

Person of interestAlexander Fleming

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

  • 1881 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Gerrit Hendrik Kersten, Dutch vicar and founder (Calvinist party), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1948)

  • 1883 Francesco Santoliquido, Italian composer, born in San Giorgio a Cremano, Naples, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1883 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), born in Morris Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1885 Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union
  • 1886 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, born in Oberlin, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1887 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone, born in Braubach (d. 1952)
  • 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)
  • 1892 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), born in Tekamah, Nebraska (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1893 Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • 1900 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • 1902 Michal Vilec, composer
  • 1902 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1902 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • 1904 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1904 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman], author (Gelakte Brain)
  • 1904 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), born in Margate, Kent, England (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1906 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1908 George Singer, composer
  • 1908 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • 1908 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile
  • 1908 Svend Erik Tarp, composer
  • 1908 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Charles Crichton, British director (Battle of Sexes)
  • 1910 Friedrich Schroder, composer
  • 1910 William J Law, sailor

Person of interestLucille Ball

1911 Lucille Ball, American comedienne and actress (I Love Lucy, Mame), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1989)

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1911 Norman Gordon, South African cricket pace bowler (against England 1938-39), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • 1914 Susan Cowdy, ornithologist
  • 1914 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Jim Ameche [James Amici], American voice actor (Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1916 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), born in Bormla, Malta (d. 2012)
  • 1916 Michael Burke, sports executive (NY Yankees, NY Knicks)
  • 1917 Robert Mitchum, American actor (Out of the Past, Winds of War, North & South), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Norman Granz, American record producer (Jazz at the Philharmonic; Verve Records), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Freddie Laker, CEO (Laker airlines)
  • 1922 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • 1923 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1923 William B Williams, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company), born in Babylon, New York
  • 1923 Jess Collins, American artist (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1969)
  • 1925 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Frank Finlay, British actor (Robbery, Lifeforce), born in Farnworth Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1926 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson, [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • 1926 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1927 William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )

Person of interestAndy Warhol

1928 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • 1928 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics 1948-68)
  • 1928 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1929 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • 1929 Roch La Salle, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Anneli Sauli [Savolainen], Finnish actress (Milkmaid), born in Pyhäjoki, Finland
  • 1932 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959)
  • 1934 John Storey Bonington, UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
  • 1934 Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, UK, sci-fi author (Chthon, Phthor)
  • 1934 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • 1937 Barbara Windsor, actress (Study in Terror)

  • 1937 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Carry Tefsen, Dutch actress (Say A)
  • 1938 Paul Bartel, director/actor (Eating Raoul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Peter Bonerz, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • 1939 William "Sonny" Sanders, American singer (Rayber Voices)
  • 1940 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • 1941 Doris Ernestine Hays, composer
  • 1941 Hubertus AGM "Bert" Andre, Dutch actor (Turkish Fruit-Come Back)
  • 1941 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • 1941 Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • 1942 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Michael Anderson Jr, actor (Clay-The Monroes), born in London, England
  • 1943 Ray Buktenica, Greenwich Village actor (Rhoda, House Calls), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Jon Postel, American computer scientist (d. 1998)
  • 1945 Ron Jones, British TV director (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • 1946 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean politician
  • 1946 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • 1947 Sally Eaton, Ill, Broadway actress (Jeanie-Hair)
  • 1947 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)
  • 1948 Michael Peters, choreographer (What's Love Got to Do with It)
  • 1949 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • 1949 Dino Bravo, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1993)
  • 1949 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1949 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • 1950 Dorian Harewood, American actor (Earl-Glitter, Trauma Center), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1950 Nathan Purdee, actor (Nathan-Young & Restless, Hank-1 Life to Live)
  • 1950 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951 Catherine Hicks, American actress (Star Trek IV, Child's Play), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Daryl Somers, Australian television personality
  • 1952 Ton Scherpenzeel, Dutch rock keyboardist (Kayak, Earth & Fire), born in Hilversum, The Netherlands
  • 1952 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952 Vinnie Vincent, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
  • 1953 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • 1953 Pat MacDonald, rocker (Timbuk 3)
  • 1954 Carl C Perkins, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1984-93), born in Washington D.C.

  • 1954 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • 1954 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • 1956 Stepfanie Kramer, American actress (Claudia-We Got it Made, Hunter), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Faith Prince, Broadway actress (Guys & Dolls, Carousel), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1957 Bob Horner, American baseball player
  • 1957 Jim McGreevey, American politician
  • 1958 Randy DeBarge, rock vocalist/bassist (Debarge), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1958 Simon Francken, Dutch bassist (Ivy Green)
  • 1959 Grant Aleksander, actor (Guiding Light, All My Children), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959 Joyce Sims, rocker (All & All)
  • 1960 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1961 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • 1961 Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
  • 1962 Thomas Jefferson, 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1962 Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies), born in Ipoh, Malaysia
  • 1963 Kimberley Conrad, American Playboy model (January 1988, Playmate of the year 1989) who married Hugh Hefner, born in Moulton, Alabama
  • 1963 Thomas Bohrer, US West Islip NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1963 [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula Miss, hurdler
  • 1963 Charles Ingram, English former British Army major known for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, born in Derbyshire, England
  • 1964 Lisa Boyle, actress (Showgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Moosie Drier, actor (Laugh-in), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Brian Kinchen, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)

Person of interestDavid Robinson

1965 David Robinson, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs, Olympic gold 1992), born in Key West, Florida

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1965 Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
  • 1965 Juliane Köhler, German actress
  • 1965 Mark Speight, British television presenter (d. 2008)
  • 1966 Billy Mayfair, American golfer (Tour Championship 1995), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1967 Archbishop Alexy (Bondarenko), Ukrainian-born theologian
  • 1967 Mike Greenberg, American sportscaster
  • 1968 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • 1968 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1968 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • 1969 Roberto Lanckohr, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Simon Doull, cricket medium pacer (NZ)
  • 1969 Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1970 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American film director
  • 1970 Erwin Thijs, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1971 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1971 Merrin Dungey, American actress
  • 1971 Scott Minto, English footballer

Person of interestGeri Horner

1972 Geri Horner [Halliwell], British pop singer "Ginger Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Watford, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • 1972 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Robert Lee, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Vera Farmiga, American actress
  • 1973 Max Kellerman, American sportscaster
  • 1973 Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist
  • 1974 Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)