Famous Birthdays on January 6

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  • 1367 Richard II, King of England (1377-99), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1400)
  • 1486 Martin Agricola [M Sore], German composer & cantor, born in Świebodzin, Poland (d. 1556)
  • 1488 Helius Eobanus Hessus, German poet (Silvae), born in Haina, Germany (d. 1540)
  • 1525 Caspar Peucer, German reformer, born in Bautzen, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1561 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician, born in Flensburg, Germany (d. 1656)

Person of interestJohn Smith

1580 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1861)

Explorer John Smith
Explorer
John Smith
  • 1585 Claude Favre de Vaugelas, Savoyard grammarian, born in Meximieux, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1650)
  • 1587 Gaspar de Guzman, Count of Olivares, Premier of Spain (1621-43), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1645)
  • 1595 Claude Favre de Vaugelas, French man of letters, born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France (d. 1650)
  • 1602 Carl von Rabenhaupt, Bohemian Hussite nobleman, born in Bohemia (d. 1675)
  • 1617 Christoffer Gabel, Danish statesman, born in Glückstadt, Denmark (d. 1673)
  • 1655 Eleonore-Magdalena of Neuburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1720)
  • 1655 Jakob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1705)
  • 1673 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems, born in Herefordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1744)
  • 1683 Francois de La Croix, composer
  • 1692 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, Dutch composer, born in Wergea, Netherlands (d. 1781)

  • 1695 Giuseppe Sammartini, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1702 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Spanish composer, born in Calatayud, Spain (d. 1768)
  • 1714 Percivall Pott, English physician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1788)
  • 1728 Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer
  • 1728 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright & poet, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1770)
  • 1732 Matija A Reljkovic, Habsburg military officer & Croatian writer (Satir iliti divji covic), born in Davor, Croatia (d. 1798)
  • 1745 Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, Annonay, Ardèche, French inventors and 1st pioneer balloonist (Montgolfière-style hot air balloon)
  • 1776 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer & rebel, born in Bannewitz, Germany (d. 1809)
  • 1791 Jose Melchor Gomiz, Spanish composer, born in Ontinyent, Spain (d. 1836)
  • 1793 James Madison Porter, American politician, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1794 Kaspar Masek, Czech-Slovenian composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1873)
  • 1795 Anselme Payen, French chemist, born in Paris, France (d. 1871)
  • 1798 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer
  • 1799 Jedediah Smith, American fur trader & explorer, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1831)
  • 1800 Willem A. Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, born in Doesburg, Netherlands (d. 1872)
  • 1802 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • 1803 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Joseph Holt, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1807 Ludwig Erk, German composer and folk song collector, born in Wetzlar (d. 1883)
  • 1807 Jozef Maximilián Petzval, Slovak inventor, born in Spišská Belá, Slovakia (d. 1891)
  • 1808 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Charles Sumner, American leading Reconstruction senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1812 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero, born in Caloocan, Philippines (d. 1919)
  • 1819 Baldassare Verazzi, Italian painter, born in Caprezzo, Italy (d. 1886)

Person of interestHeinrich Schliemann

1822 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist who rediscovered Troy, born in Neubukow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Confederation (d. 1890

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann

  • 1826 Herman Grimm, German writer & novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson), born in Kassel, Hesse (d. 1901)
  • 1827 John Calvin Brown, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Giles County, Tennessee (d. 1889)
  • 1827 John Wesley Frazer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hardin County, Tennessee (d. 1906)
  • 1829 Kanagaki Robun [Bunzo Nozaki], Japanese humorist/gesaku-author, born in Edo, Japan (d. 1894)
  • 1832 Gustave Doré, French painter and sculptor, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1883)
  • 1838 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1842 Clarence King, American geologist & mountaineer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1901)
  • 1850 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German Marxist (New Era)
  • 1850 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist & composer (Mataswintha), born in Szamotuły, Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1854 Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • 1856 Giuseppe Martucci, Italian composer, born in Capua, Italy (d. 1909)
  • 1857 Hugh Mahon, Irish-born Australian politician, born in Killurin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1931)
  • 1857 William E. Russell, 37th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1859 Samuel Alexander, English philosopher (Moral order & progress), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1861 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer
  • 1861 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican bishop and theologian, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)
  • 1864 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1867 Georges Martin Witkowski, French conductor & composer, born in Mostaganem, Algeria (d. 1943)
  • 1868 Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
  • 1870 Gustav Bauer, Chancellor of Germany, born in Ozyorsk, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1872 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Fred Niblo, American film actor, director, and producer (Ben-Hur, The Mark of Zorro), born in York, Nebraska (d. 1948)
  • 1878 Carl Sandburg, American poet & biographer of Lincoln (The People, Yes), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1878 Dame Adeline Genée, Danish-British ballerina, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1970)
  • 1880 Tom Mix [Thomas Hezikiah Mix], American silent screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin), born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1880 Yuliya Veysberg, Russian music critic & composer, born in Orenburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Samuel Rayburn, American politician (Rep-D-Tx), born in Kingston, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter, born in Białystok, Poland (d. 1949)
  • 1882 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, born in İbriktepe, Turkey (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese mystic & poet (The Prophet, Broken Wings), born in Bsharri, Lebanon (d. 1931)
  • 1889 Alan M Bateman, Canadian geologist (Yale professor), born in Kingston, Canada
  • 1891 Ted McDonald, Australian cricketer (great Australian quick of 20's), born in Launceston, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), born in Mainz (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Abram Nicholas Pritzker, American businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1896 Freerk Siemon Wolters, Dutch resistance fighter, born in Zuidwolde, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Jan Filip Boon, Flemish journalist & editor (De Standaard 1929-39), born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Charles E. Pont, French-born Swiss-American artist, born in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Phyllis Haver, American silent screen actress (What Price Glory), born in Douglass, Kansas (d. 1960)
  • 1900 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Sarabande, Jeunesse), born in Chasselay, Rhône, France (d. 1936)
  • 1900 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), born in Gotha, German Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1901 Patrick Aherne, British actor (Green Dolphin Street, Rocketship X-M, The Court Jester), born in King's Norton, Worcestershire, England (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Mark Brunswick, American composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-born Canadian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician, born in Hude, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Francis L. Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Maurice Abravanel, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • 1903 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Eric Frank Russell, British sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space, Dark Tides), born in Sandhurst, Berkshire (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Benedict Vilakazi, South African Zulu poet & educator (Zulu-English Dictionary), born in KwaDukuza, Natal (d. 1947)
  • 1906 Jaap Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1907 David Fleay, Australian naturalist, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Joop Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Wright Morris, American novelist & photographer, born in Central City, Nebraska (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean political leader (President 1964-70), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Joey Adams [Joseph Abramowitz], American comedian, actor and columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Yannis Papaioannou, Greek composer & teacher, born in Kavala, Greece (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), born in Bergen, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Jacques Cesar Ellul, French philosopher & sociologist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Danny Thomas, American comedian (Danny Thomas Show), born in Deerfield, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Edward Gierek, Polish communist politician, born in Porąbka, Poland (d. 2001)

Person of interestLoretta Young

1913 Loretta Young, American actress (Farmer's Daughter, Stranger), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2000)

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • 1913 Tom Brown, American actor (Buck Privates Come Home, In Old Chicago), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Alan Watts, British-American philosopher (Book on the Taboo), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), born in San Jose, California (d. 2015)
  • 1915 John C. Lilly, U.S. psychoanalyst & writer, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2001)

  • 1916 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1916 Philip Bezanson, American composer, born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1916 Vincent Serventy, Australian writer and conservationist, born in Armadale, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman & diplomat, born in Taichung, Taiwan (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Earl Kim, Korean-American composer, born in Dinuba, California (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium, born in Grantham, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • 1920 John Maynard Smith, English biologist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Lou Harris, American pollster (Lou Harris Poll), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Leah Chase, New Orleans chef & author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1923 Jacobo Timerman, Soviet-born Argentine writer, born in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Earl Scruggs, American musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), born in Cleveland County, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1925 John Z. DeLorean, American automaker (DeLorean), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver, born in Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, bodybuilder and the 1955 Mr. Universe, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Kim Dae-jung, President of South Korea and Nobel laureate, born in Hauido, South Korea (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France (d. 1990)
  • 1928 George H. Ross, American businessman, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929 Babrak Karmal, Afghani politician installed as President after Soviet invasion, born in Afghanistan (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Denis Pitts, English journalist
  • 1930 Victor "Vic" Tayback, American actor (Mel Sharples-"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore "), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Graeme Hole, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties), born in Concord West, Australia (d. 1990)
  • 1931 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1931 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), born in Worthing, Sussex (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Stuart A. Rice, American chemist, born in New York City, New York
  • 1933 Emil Steinberger, Swiss comedian, born in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 1933 Fred L. Turner, American businessman (CEO of McDonalds, 1977-2004), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Bobby Lord, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Sylvia Syms, English actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine), born in Woolwich, London
  • 1934 Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot politician & barrister (President, 2003–2008), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Nino Tempo, American rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1935 Paul Wilson, American R&B-singer (Flamingos-Lovers Never Say Goodbye)
  • 1935 Margarita Gomez-Acebo y Cejuela, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria, born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1936 Julio Maria Sanguinetti Cairolo, Uruguayan politician (President, 1985-90, 95- ), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1936 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Person of interestDarlene Hard

1936 Darlene Hard, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1937 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1937 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets), born in Follansbee, West Virginia
  • 1937 Paolo Conte, Italian singer, born in Asti, Italy
  • 1938 Adriano Celentano, Italian singer and actor, born in Greco
  • 1938 Prof Adrienne Clarke, Australian botanist, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1938 Mario Rodríguez Cobos (aka Silo), Argentine writer and spiritual leader, born in Mendoza, Argentina (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Ed Zschau, American politician (Rep-R-CA, 1983- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940 Van McCoy, American musician and songwriter (The Hustle), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1979)
  • 1940 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Penny Lernoux, American journalist, born in California (d. 1989)
  • 1943 Osvaldo Soriano, Argentine journalist & writer, born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1997)
  • 1943 Terry Venables, British soccer player & manager, born in Dagenham, England
  • 1944 Bonnie Franklin, American actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Henry Kravis, American businessman & author (The Money Machine), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944 Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Swiss immunologist & Nobel laureate, born in Riehen, Switzerland
  • 1945 Barry Lopez, American author (Of Wolves & Men), born in Port Chester, New York
  • 1945 Barry John, Welsh rugby player, born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom
  • 1945 Pepé Le Pew, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Odor-able Kitty"
  • 1945 Allen Appel, American novelist, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Person of interestSyd Barrett

1946 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, born in Cambridge, England (d. 2006)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1947 Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England
  • 1947 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • 1948 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (brother of Richard, NZ medium-pacer of 70's), born in Riccarton, New Zealand
  • 1948 Guy Gardner, US Air Force officer & astronaut (STS 27, STS 35), born in Altavista, Virginia
  • 1948 Bob Wise, American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983- ), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949 Mike Boit, Kenyan 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1950 Louis Freeh, American attorney & FBI director, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1951 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951 Don Gullett, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Kentucky
  • 1952 Armelia McQueen, American actress, born in Montgomery County, North Carolina
  • 1952 Moondog Spot, American professional wrestler, born in Louisiana, United States (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Frank Sivero, Italian-born American actor, born in Siculiana, Italy
  • 1953 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Anthony Minghella, English director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1954 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • 1954 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • 1954 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer, born in Sumoto, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1954 Trudie Styler, English actress, born in Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

Person of interestRowan Atkinson

1955 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, County Durham, England

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, American actress (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1955 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France
  • 1957 Michael Foale, Louth England, astronaut (STS 45, 56, 63, 84/86), born in Louth, United Kingdom

Person of interestNancy Lopez

1957 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 major titles, 48 LPGA Tour wins), born in Torrance, California

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1958 Themos Anastasiadis, Greek journalist, television presenter and newspaper editor