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Famous Birthdays on December 6

  • 846 Hasan al-Askari, 11th Imam of Twelver Shia Islam, born in Medina, Abbasid Empire (d. 874)
  • 1285 Ferdinand IV, King of Castile and León (1295-1312), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1312)
  • 1421 Henry VI, King of England (1422-61, 1470-71), born at Windsor Castle (d. 1471)
  • 1478 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author, born in Casatico, Mantua, Italy (d. 1529)
  • 1550 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1605)
  • 1586 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1670)
  • 1592 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English aristocrat and Royalist general in the English Civil War, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1676)
  • 1608 George Monck, English general, born in Great Potheridge, England (d. 1670)
  • 1637 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America, born in London (d. 1714)
  • 1640 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • 1642 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer, born in Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1703)
  • 1685 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, born in Royal Palace, Turin, Savoy (d. 1712)
  • 1721 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1809)
  • 1721 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French lawyer and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1794)
  • 1731 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • 1732 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), born in Churchill, Oxfordshire (d. 1818)

  • 1743 Franz Nikolaus Novotny, Austrian composer, born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1773)
  • 1752 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), born in Marietta, Maryland (d. 1844)
  • 1768 Johann Baptist Henneberg, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1822)
  • 1775 Nicolas Isouard, French composer, born in Porto Salvo, Valletta, Malta (d. 1818)
  • 1776 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, born in Stralsund, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1820)
  • 1778 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist, born in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, Kingdom of France (d. 1850)
  • 1792 Abraham Jacob van der Aa, Dutch lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1857)
  • 1792 William II, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1849)
  • 1805 Adolf Reubke, German organ builder, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1875)

Person of interestJean Eugène Robert-Houdin

1805 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician and father of modern magic, born in Blois, France (d. 1861)

  • 1806 Gilbert Duprez, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1896)
  • 1808 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1869)
  • 1808 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1884)
  • 1809 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1812 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1895)
  • 1822 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, born in Stein Bavaria, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1823 Max Müller, German-born British orientalist, born in Dessau, German Federation (d. 1900)
  • 1831 Joshua Woodrow Sill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1862)

Person of interestJohn Singleton Mosby

1833 John S. Mosby, Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby

  • 1835 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1910)
  • 1841 Frédéric Bazille, French painter, born in Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1843 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter and etcher, born in Ghent, belgium (d. 1900)
  • 1846 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1849 August von Mackensen, German field marshal, born in Haus Leipnitz, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation (d. 1945)
  • 1853 Hara Prasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature, born in Khulna, Bengal Presidency (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and investor, born in Thompson, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1864 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1872 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, born in Zvolenská Slatina, Slovakia (d. 1944)

Person of interestMichael Joseph Savage

1872 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), born in Tatong, Australia (d. 1940)

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage
  • 1875 Evelyn Underhill, British Anglo-Catholic poet, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1941)
  • 1876 Fred Duesenberg, German-American automobile pioneer, born in Lippe, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), born in Sawin, Poland (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General), born in Elbląg, Poland (d. 1950)

Person of interestJoyce Kilmer

1886 Joyce Kilmer, American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1918)

  • 1887 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1887 Lynn Fontanne, British actress (Peter Pan, The Guardsman), born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 1983)
  • 1888 Will Hay [William Thomson Hay], British comedian, actor and amateur astronomer, born in County Durham, England (d. 1949)

Person of interestDion Fortune

1890 Dion Fortune, British occultist, born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1890 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), born in Satoshō, Okayama (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer, born in Calw, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1892 Osbert Sitwell, English poet, writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1892 Lina Carstens, German actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1893 Lou Little [Luigi Piccolo], American college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Arnold Foster, English composer, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1963)
  • 1896 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1897 John Axel Fernstrom, Swedish composer, born in Yichang, China (d. 1961)
  • 1897 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), born in Dirschau, West Prussia, German Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist (Nobel 1974), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), born in Atwood, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • 1899 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1937)

Person of interestAgnes Moorehead

1900 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), born in Clinton, Massachusetts (d. 1974)

  • 1902 Virgilio Mortari, Italian composer, born in Passirana, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1904 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1906 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Pierre Graber, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1970–1978), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC), born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Kenneth Watkins, British woodland conservationist and founder (The Woodland Trust) (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Alfred James Broomhall, British Protestant Christian medical missionary to China, born in Shandong, China (d. 1994)
  • 1913 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), born in Barrow, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1917 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, born in Moukhtara, Chouf, Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Harold Horace Hopkins, British physicist and inventor (Endoscope), born in Leicester, England (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Willem Oosterheers, resistance fighter
  • 1919 Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)

  • 1920 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1920 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), born in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)

Person of interestOtto Graham

1921 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1921 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1922 John Brunt, English soldier and Victoria Cross holder, born in Priest Weston, Shropshire, England (d. 1944)
  • 1924 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1924 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1925 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Jacques Bondon, French composer, born in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Bert Geoffrey Achong, Trinidadian pathologist and inventor (electron microscopist), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Bobby Van, American musical actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Alain Tanner, Swiss film director, (Charles, Dead or Alive), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1931 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), born in Bursa, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Jean Lapointe, Quebec comedian, singer and senator
  • 1935 George Williams, American soul singer (the Tymes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist (Kenneth Copeland Ministries), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1936 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1937 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores, 54 goals 1960-72), born in Ancón, Santa Elena, Ecuador (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Patrick Bauchau, Belgian actor (Scarpine-A View To Kill), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1939 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1939 Steve Alaimo, American rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940 Lawrence Bergman, Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri

  • 1941 John Nelson, American conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1941 Richard Speck, American mass murderer (raped and killed 8 student nurses in 1966), born in Kirkwood, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1942 Peter Handke, Austrian writer (A Sorrow Beyond Dreams), 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Griffen, Austria
  • 1943 Mike Smith, English musician (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Jonathan King, English singer and songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London
  • 1945 James Naughton, American actor (Stranger is Watching, Trauma center), born in Middletown, Connecticut
  • 1945 Larry Bowa, American 2nd baseman (Phillies), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945 Dan Harrington, American professional poker player, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Shekhar Kapur, Indian filmmaker (Bandit Queen), born in Laghore, British India
  • 1946 Frank Hayes, English cricket batsman (9 Tests, HS 106no England v WI on debut 1973), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1947 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1947 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician (9th Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1948 Don Nickles, American politician (Sen-R-Okla, 1981-2005), born in Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • 1948 JoBeth Williams, American actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948 Marius Müller-Westernhagen, German rocker (Stinker), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1948 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden
  • 1948 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), born in Tårs, Denmark (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Yoshihide Suga, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (2020-), born in Yuzawa, Japan
  • 1949 Peter Willey, English cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's), born in Sedgefield, County Durham, England
  • 1949 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter (The Greatest Love Of All), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1949 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (Kudzu), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Daniël Sahuleka, Moluks-Dutch singer and guitarist (Viva la Libertad), born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
  • 1950 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1951 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1952 Craig Newmark, American entrepreneur and founder of the website Craigslist, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1953 Gina Hecht, American actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Kin Shriner, American actor (Scott-General Hospital, Rituals), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Thomas Hulce, American actor (Amadeus, Equus, Echo Park), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Wil Shriner, American talk show host (Wil Shriner Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Gary Ward, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1954 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1954 Miles Chapin, American actor (French Postcards, Get Crazy, Funhouse), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Bill Lloyd, American singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1955 Malcolm Jarvis, Zimbabwean cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side), born in Fort Victoria, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • 1955 Rick Buckler, English rock drummer (The Jam), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1955 Steven Wright, American stand-up comedian (Steven Wright Live), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Tish Hinojosa, American country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1956 Peter Buck, American pop guitarist (REM-Murmur), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1956 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1957 Luis Delís, Cuban discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Guantánamo, Cuba

Person of interestAndrew Cuomo

1957 Andrew Cuomo, American politician and Governor of New York (2011-), born in NYC, New York

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • 1958 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator (Wallace and Gromit), born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • 1960 Jasmina Perazić, Serbian-American basketball guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1961 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies), born in Burlington, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Ben Watt, British rocker (Everything but the Girls-Sir Idlewood), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1962 Janine Turner, American actress (Maggie in Northern Exposure), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1965 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer, born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1966 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete (6-time winner of the Ironman World Championships), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1966 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, born in Kufstein, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1967 Kevin Appier, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Lancaster, California
  • 1967 Spanky Marcus, American actor (Jimmy Joe-Mary Hartman), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1967 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer (House of Cards), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1968 Karl Ove Knausgård, Norwegian author (My Struggle), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1969 Elmore Spencer, American NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Todd Black, American 800m runner, born in Kenton, Ohio
  • 1970 Eric Mahlum, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1970 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1971 Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player (Wimbledon 1996), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • 1971 Rika Hiraki, Japanese tennis star (1992 Japan doubles), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1971 Thomas Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor, born in Ōshū, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971 José Contreras, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2006; World Series 2005; Olympic gold 1996; Chicago WS), born in Las Martinas, Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1972 Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972 James Logan, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Opp, Alabama
  • 1972 Mike Gruttadauri, American football center (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1972 Sarah Rafferty, American actress (Suits), born in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1973 Tim Kohn, American NFL guard and tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Wadsworth, Illinois
  • 1973 Rebekah "Bekah" Mercer, American "Mercer Family Foundation" director and Republican donor, born in Yorktown Heights, New York
  • 1974 Arjan Ebbinge, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Veendam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Noel Clarke, English actor and writer, born in London
  • 1976 Alicia Machado, Venezuelan-American actress, winner of Miss Universe 1996 and Donald Trump critic, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1976 Lindsay Price, American actress (Bold & Beautiful, All My Children), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1976 Colleen Haskell, American television personality (Survivor: Borneo 2000 contestant), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1977 Kevin Cash, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1977 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer (Norwich City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland