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Famous Birthdays on February 6

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 226

  • 1461 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1501)
  • 1577 Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for fratricide, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1599)
  • 1608 Antonio Vieira, Portuguese diplomat & preacher, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1697)

Person of interestChongzhen

1611 Chongzhen, 16th and last Ming Emperor of China, born in Beijing (d. 1644)

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen
  • 1612 Antoine Arnauld, French Roman Catholic theologian & philosopher & mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1694)
  • 1639 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer & scholar, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1691)

Person of interestQueen Anne

1665 queen-anne">anne stuart, Queen of Great Britain (1702-14), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1714)

Queen of England Queen Anne
Queen of England
Queen Anne
  • 1673 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer, born in Immelborn, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1695 Andre Cheron, French composer & organist & harpsichordist, born in Paris, France (d. 1766)
  • 1695 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1726)
  • 1705 Johann Matthias Leffloth, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1731)
  • 1732 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution, born in Darnhall, United Kingdom (d. 1782)
  • 1744 Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist & surgeon, born in Vouhenans, France (d. 1795)
  • 1748 Adam Weishaupt, German philosopher & founder of the Order of the Illuminati, born in Ingolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1753 Évariste de Parny, French poet, born in Saint-Paul, France (d. 1814)

Person of interestAaron Burr

1756 Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1836)

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr

  • 1757 Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Polish scholar & statesman, born in Skoki, Poland (d. 1841)
  • 1778 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis), born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1827)
  • 1793 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1838)
  • 1797 Joseph Maria von Radowitz, German diplomat, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1912)
  • 1802 Charles Wheatstone, English scientist & inventor, born in Barnwood, United Kingdom (d. 1875)
  • 1807 Hans Matthison-Hansen, Danish composer, born in Flensburg, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1811 Henry George Liddell, English lexicographer & father of the Alice in Alice in Wonderland, born in Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom (d. 1898)
  • 1818 William Maxwell Evarts, American lawyer & statesman (Union), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1901)

Person of interestDoc Durant

1820 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), born in Lee, Massachusetts (d. 1885)

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant
  • 1830 Marcellus Monroe Crocker, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1865)
  • 1832 John Brown Gordon, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Upson County, Georgia (d. 1904)

Person of interestJ.E.B. Stuart

1833 J. E. B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General in the American Civil War, born in Patrick County, Virginia (d. 1864)

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1833 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist, born in Polanco, Spain (d. 1906)
  • 1834 William Dorsey Pender, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 1834 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer, born in Ogulin, Croatia (d. 1889)
  • 1834 Edwin Klebs, German physician & bacteriologist (bacterial theory of infection, diphtheria bacillus), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1913)
  • 1838 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895) and the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, born in Bradford, England (d. 1905)
  • 1838 Yisrael Meir Kagan [Chofetz Chayim], Belarusian rabbi, born in Dzyatlava, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1848 Luigi Mancinelli, Italian orchestral composer, born in Orvieto, Italy (d. 1921)
  • 1853 Ignacij Klemenčič, Slovenian physicist, born in Trebnje, Slovenia (d. 1901)
  • 1860 Eliza Johannes Meester, Dutch journalist & writer (Geertje), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1864 John Henry Mackay, Scottish-born German writer (Anarchists), born in Greenock, United Kingdom (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Karl Sapper, German traveller & natural historian (d. 1945)
  • 1870 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Milton Bennett Medary, American architect (Washington Chapel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1929)

  • 1875 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general & inventor (man-portable mortar), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1876 Wilhelm August Schmidtbonn, German writer (Der Sprechende Eros), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1878 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish conductor & composer, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland (d. 1943)
  • 1879 Carl Ramsauer, German physicist (Ramsauer-Townsend effect), born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1881 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1949)
  • 1886 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper and umpire (11 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 1979)
  • 1887 Josef Frings, German Archbishop of Cologne, born in Neuss, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1888 Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera), born in Kovachevitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, born in Lummen, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1889 Siegfried Kracauer, German writer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1892 William Parry Murphy, American physician & Nobel laureate, born in Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63), born in Sialkot, Pakistan (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, born in Waimata Valley, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1895 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Nicholas Nickleby), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1982)

Person of interestLouis Buchalter

1897 Louis Buchalter, Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1944)

  • 1899 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1900 Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1901 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Louis Nizer, Jewish-American lawyer (defended blacklisted stars in '50s, Catspaw), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1902 George Brunies, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1974)
  • 1903 John Dunning, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), born in Kortessem, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist (Boston Symphony Orchestra), born in Chillán, Chile (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Władysław Gomułka, Polish communist politician, born in Krosno, Poland (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician (Prime Minister), born in Pieve Santo Stefano, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Israel Citkowitz, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1910 George H Poyser, English football player & manager (Brentford), born in Stanton Hill, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Irmgard Keun, German author, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster, born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Dooley Briscoe, South African cricketer & soldier (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's), born in Johannesburg (d. 1941)

Person of interestRonald Reagan

1911 Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), born in Tampico, Illinois (d. 2004)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1912 Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1913 John Lund, American actor (High Society, Wackiest Ship in the Army), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1992)

Person of interestMary Leakey

1913 Mary Leakey, British paleoanthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints ((3.6 million years old), born in London (d. 1996)

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Paleoanthropologist
Mary Leakey
  • 1914 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), born in Norfolk, Nebraska (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1916 John Crank, British mathematician, born in Hindley, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Zsa Sari], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1917 Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Liberato Firmino Sifonia, Italian composer, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Lindsay Tuckett, South African cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Louis Heren, English foreign correspondent & writer (China's Three Thousand Years), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1920 James H. Scheuer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- 93), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Denis Norden, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Maurice Le Roux, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Billy Wright, English football player, born in Ironbridge, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist & author (Road to Rome), born in Urbino, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Jin Yong [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, born in Haining, China (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer & director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Smokey Burgess, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Caroleen, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), born in Lima, Sweden (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), born in Brest, France (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Fred Trueman, England cricket fast bowler (England 67 Tests, 307 wickets), born in Stainton, England (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (Coma, Summer Rental, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1931 Mamie Van Doren, American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol (Teacher's Pet, The Navy vs. the Night Monsters), born in Rowena, South Dakota
  • 1932 Francois Truffaut, French director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1932 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1959)
  • 1933 Leslie Crowther, English comedian & television presenter, born in West Bridgford, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Walter E Fauntroy, American pastor & politician (Rep-D-DC, 1971- ), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1936 J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1938 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer & educator (Menil Antiphons), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Mike Farrell, American actor & director & activist (M*A*S*H, Battered, Patch Adams), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 1940 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1940 Tom Brokaw, American news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982-2004), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 1941 Gigi Perreau, American actress (Journey to Center of Time), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Stephen Albert, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1942 John London, American songwriter & bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1942 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1943 Fabian [Fabiano Anthony Forte], American vocalist (Turn Me Loose, Tiger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Gayle Hunnicutt, American actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944 Michael Tucker, American actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1944 Christine Boutin, French politician, born in Levroux, France
  • 1944 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), born in Inkster, Michigan (d. 1980)

Person of interestBob Marley

1945 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946 Jim Turner, American politician, born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • 1946 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Richie Hayward, American drummer (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Manuel Orantes, Spanish tennis player (US Open-1975), born in Granada, Spain
  • 1949 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player & pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England

Person of interestNatalie Cole

1950 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 1950 Punky Meadows, American rock guitarist (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1951 Maria Christina, Belgian princess & daughter of Leopold III, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1951 Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer, born in Santos, Brazil
  • 1951 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell ], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1951 Jacques Villeret, French film actor, born in Loches, France (d. 2005)
  • 1952 Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1953 Susie Hutchison, American equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96), born in Flintridge, California
  • 1954 Scott Kempner, American rhythm guitarist (Del-Lords), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1956 Jon Walmsley, British actor (Jason in The Waltons), born in Lancashire, England
  • 1956 Linda Grovenor, American actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1957 Jerry Marotta, American drummer (Orleans-Love Takes Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1957 Kathy Najimy, American actress & activist (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957 Robert Townsend, American comedian & actor (Hollywood Shuffle, Ratboy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Simon Phillips, English drummer & record producer (Toto), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Barry Miller, American actor (Fame, Peggy Sue Got Married), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Bill Dawley, American baseball player, born in Norwich, Connecticut
  • 1958 Cecily Adams, American actress & casting director (American Heart), born in Jamaica, New York City (d. 2004)

  • 1958 Simon Baker, Australian speed walker, (Olympics-84, 88, 96), born in Launceston, Australia
  • 1959 Ken Nelson, English record producer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1960 Megan Gallagher, American actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian politician (African Development Bank President 2015-), born in Ogun State, Nigeria
  • 1961 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23), born in Ryasne, Ukraine
  • 1961 Bill Lester, American racing driver, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Axl Rose [William Bailey], American singer & songwriter (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1963 David Capel, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 15 Tests 1987-90), born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Mike Hough, Canadian NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Skip Ewing, American country vocalist (Coast of Colorado), born in Redlands, California
  • 1964 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock singer-songwriter & musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1964 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director & screenwriter (The Return), born in Novosibirsk, USSR
  • 1966 Rick Astley, English singer & songwriter (Never Gonna Give You Up), born in Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Randy Hilliard, American football defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Anita Cochran, American singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • 1967 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1968 Adolfo Valencia, Colombian footballer, born in Buenaventura, Colombia
  • 1968 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1969 April Lerman, American actress (Lila-Charles in Charge), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Bob Wickman, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1969 James Jones, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Kurt Abbott, American baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1969 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95), born in Barrackpore, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1969 Tim Sherwood, English footballer & manager, born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
  • 1969 David Hayter, Canadian-American Voice actor & screenwriter (Solid Snake), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1970 Jeff Rouse, American 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • 1970 Mark Hutton, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1970 Per Frandsen, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1971 Brad Hogg, Australian cricketer (WA chinaman all-rounder, Australia v India 1996), born in Narrogin, Australia
  • 1971 Carlos Rogers, American NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Lance Bade, American target shooter (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1971 Mana Endo, Japanese tennis player (1996 3rd round Aust Open), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1971 Peter Tchernyshev, Russian dance skater (with Naomi Lang), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1971 Dana Eskelson, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Brian Stepanek, American actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1972 David Binn, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in San Mateo, California
  • 1972 Shawn Respert, American NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Arie Obdam, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Venhuizen, Netherlands
  • 1973 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Lulama Masikazana, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1974 Nathan Davis, American football defensive lineman (Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Olaf Lindenbergh, Dutch football player (Ajax, De Graafschap), born in Purmerend, Netherlands
  • 1975 Chad Allen, American baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1975 Svend-Allan Sørensen, Danish artist, born in Kjellerup, Denmark
  • 1975 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1976 Kim Zmeskal, American gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1976 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder, born in Bern, Switzerland