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Famous Birthdays on June 5

  • 1341 Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England, born in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1402)
  • 1493 Justus Jonas, German Protestant theologian and reformer, born in Nordhausen, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1555)
  • 1523 Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1573)
  • 1553 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, born in Urbino, Marche, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1640 Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), born in Zibo, Shandong (d. 1715)

Person of interestElena Cornaro Piscopia

1646 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
  • 1660 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, born in Hertfordshire (d. 1744)
  • 1664 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), born in Edirne, Ottoman Empire (d. 1703)
  • 1665 Nicolas Bernier, French composer, born in Mantes-sur-Seine (d. 1734)
  • 1686 Cristoph Raupach, composer, born in Tønder, Denmark (d. 1758)
  • 1695 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect, born in Nörde, Warburg, Germany (d. 1773)
  • 1718 Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker, baptized in Otley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1779)
  • 1729 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, born in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1789)
  • 1736 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1757 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist, born in Cosnac, Corrèze, France (d. 1808)
  • 1759 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, born in Weitra, Austria (d. 1826)

  • 1760 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1852)
  • 1765 Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician, born in Simmozheim (d. 1831)
  • 1771 Ernest Augustus I, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1837-51), born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1851)
  • 1771 Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1855)
  • 1781 Christian August Lobeck, German classical scholar, born in Naumburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1798 Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov, Russian composer, born in Reval, Russian Empire (d. 1870)
  • 1813 Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1890)
  • 1819 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune), born in Laneast, Launceston, Cornwall (d. 1892)
  • 1823 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1825 Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, American politician (Rep-Ala, 1857-61), born in Lincoln County, Georgia (d. 1903)
  • 1826 Ivar Hallström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • 1827 Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1910)
  • 1831 Marcus Joseph Wright, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Purdy, Tennessee (d. 1922)
  • 1841 Marie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange Nassau, born in Wassenaar, Netherlands (d. 1910)
  • 1850 Pat Garrett, American Western lawman, born in Chambers County, Alabama (d. 1908)
  • 1862 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911), born in Landskrona, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • 1863 Arthur Somervell, English composer, born in Windermere, Westmorland (d. 1937)
  • 1868 James Connolly, Irish socialist (founder of the Irish Socialist Republican Party), born in Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1874 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 games 1904), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1877 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch socialist minister (1939-45)

  • 1878 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1878 Pancho Villa [José Doroteo Arango Arámbula], Mexican revolutionary general and guerrilla leader, born in La Coyotada, San Juan del Río, Durango, Mexico (d. 1923)
  • 1879 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, born in Långserud, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1879 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)

Person of interestJohn Maynard Keynes

1883 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1946)

  • 1884 Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (d. 1969)
  • 1884 Ralph Benatzky, Czech composer, born in Moravské Budějovice, Czech Republic (d. 1957)
  • 1885 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1888 Raden Mas Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Melatiknoppen), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Alexander Loudon, diplomat (Washington)
  • 1894 Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian-English publisher, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1895 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1895 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist (Blood Wedding), born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1898 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian luxury shoe designer (Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.), born in Bonito, Italy (d. 1960)

Person of interestDennis Gabor

1900 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor

Person of interestAnastasia Nikolaevna

1901 Anastasia Nikolaevna, Daughter of the last Russian Tsar, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna
Grand Duchess of Russia
Anastasia Nikolaevna
  • 1902 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, born in Bielitz, Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1905 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Margaret Rawlings, British actress (Roman Holiday), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1906 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Rolf Bongs, German writer, born in Dusseldolf (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Rudolf Peierls, German-British physicist (atomic bomb), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), born in Shanghai (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Arthur Vick, British physicist and vice chancellor (Queens University, Belfast), born in Solihull, England (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Charles Fletcher, physician/CEO (ASH)
  • 1912 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (England leggie, bowled Bradman), born in Old Hill, Staffordshire, England (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1914 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), born in Douglas, Arizona (d. 1963)
  • 1915 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Lancelot Ware, English barrister and co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, born in Mitcham, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Eddie Joost, baseball player
  • 1916 Jack Sutherland, journalist
  • 1916 Syd Barnes, cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's)
  • 1917 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter
  • 1918 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), born in Zagreb (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Akeo Watanabe, conductor (Nippon Phil Orch 1956-68), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1919 Richard Scarry, children's author and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1920 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • 1923 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/orientalist
  • 1925 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Bill Hayes, Harvey Ill, actor (Your Show of Shows, Days of our Life)
  • 1925 Dorothy Claire [Marietta Wright], American big band singer (Bobby Byrne, Winchell & Mahoney Show), born in Laporte, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • 1925 William L Dickinson, (Rep-R-AL, 1965- )
  • 1928 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)

  • 1928 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Tony Richardson, England, director (Delicate Balance, Hotel NH)
  • 1928 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in Santa Clara, California (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, composer
  • 1930 Robert Buchanan, founder (Center for History of Tech Bath University)
  • 1930 Roger W Suddards, solicitor
  • 1930 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • 1931 John Dellow, commissioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • 1931 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • 1932 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • 1932 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1934 Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers' Journal)
  • 1934 F Curtis Michel, LaCrosse Wisconsin, astronaut
  • 1934 Gwen Swire, British social worker
  • 1934 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Peter Schat, Dutch opera composer (Labyrint, Houdine, Symposion)
  • 1936 Barry Wilson, deputy chief (British Defense Staff)
  • 1936 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • 1937 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)

Person of interestJoe Clark

1939 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 1939 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • 1940 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • 1940 Moira Anderson, Scotland, singer (Loch Lomond)
  • 1941 Jeffrey Rooker, MP (Labour)
  • 1941 Martha Argerich, pianist (debut 1949), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Person of interestSpalding Gray

1941 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2004)

Person of interestRobert Kraft

1941 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft

  • 1942 Charles Dodge, composer
  • 1942 Nelson "Bo" Burton Jr, bowler/sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour)
  • 1942 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979- )
  • 1943 Ann Craft, researcher/writer
  • 1943 Bill Hopkins, composer
  • 1943 Matthew Lesko, American author
  • 1944 Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer
  • 1945 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)
  • 1945 Don Reid, American country singer (Statler Bros-Flowers on the Wall), born in Staunton, Virginia

Person of interestJohn Carlos

1945 John Carlos, American sprinter who performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic bronze medal in 1968, born in Harlem, New York

Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist John Carlos
Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist
John Carlos
  • 1945 Klaus Wyborny, actor (Klammer auf Klammer Zu)
  • 1946 Frederick "Freddie" Stone, American rock guitarist (Sly & The Family Stone), born in Vallejo, California
  • 1946 Fuzzy Fuscaldo, rocker (Capt Beefheart)
  • 1946 Gillian Hills, English actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1946 Stefania Sandrelli, Italian actress (Afredo, Key), born in Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
  • 1947 David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)
  • 1947 Eric Molobi, South Africa, activist (ANC)
  • 1947 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Laurie Anderson, American avant-garde artist and musician (known for O Superman), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1948 Gail Davies, Broken Bow Ok, country singer (Blue Heartache)
  • 1948 Frank Estersmith, Australian rocker (Air Supply)

Person of interestKen Follett

1949 Ken Follett, Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett
  • 1950 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1950 Ronnie Dyson, American singer (Hair, All over your face)
  • 1950 J. J. Bittenbinder, American television host and author
  • 1950 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, born in Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines
  • 1951 Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.
  • 1952 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
  • 1952 Daniel Katzen, American classical musician

  • 1952 Mukesh Bhatt, Indian film producer (Vishesh Films), born in Mumbai, India

Person of interestKathleen Kennedy

1953 Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park) President of Lucasfilm (2012-), born in Berkeley, California

Film Producer Kathleen Kennedy
Film Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
  • 1954 Peter Erskine, jazz drummer (Weather Report)
  • 1954 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • 1954 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • 1954 Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], Wilton Manors, Florida, American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida)
  • 1954 Haluk Bilginer, Turkish actor
  • 1955 Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
  • 1956 Kenny G [Gorelick], American jazz saxophonist (Duotones, Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1956 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • 1956 Richard Butler, English singer (Psychedelic Furs)
  • 1958 Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of the Comoros
  • 1958 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai businessman, sports team owner (Leicester City FC), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • 1959 Michael Winans, gospel singer (Winans)
  • 1960 Leslie Hendrix, American actress
  • 1960 Margo Lanagan, Australian author
  • 1961 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • 1961 Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • 1962 Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II
  • 1962 Jeff Garlin, American comedian
  • 1964 Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)
  • 1964 Karl Sanders, American musician (Nile)
  • 1965 Bob Probert, Windsor, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965 Karen Sillas, American actress (Prime Suspect), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Bill Spiers, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1967 Joe Deloach, American 200m runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1967 Matt Bullard, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1967 Ray Lankford, Modesto California, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1967 Ron Livingston, American actor
  • 1969 Brian McKnight, American musician

  • 1970 Izabella Scorupco, Polish Swedish actress (Golden Eye), born in Bialystok, Poland
  • 1970 Martin Gelinas, Shawinigan, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1970 Todd Burger, American NFL player (Chicago Bears)

Person of interestMark Wahlberg

1971 Mark Wahlberg, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
  • 1971 Susan Lynch, Northern Irish actress (Nora), born in Corrinshego, Northern Ireland
  • 1971 Takaya Tsubobayashi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972 Mike Bucci, American professional wrestler
  • 1972 Chuck Klosterman, American journalist
  • 1972 Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
  • 1973 Brady Smith, defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Sean Moran, American NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • 1973 Lamon Brewster, American boxer
  • 1973 Daniel Gildenlöw, Swedish musician and songwriter
  • 1973 Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka
  • 1974 Chad Allen [Lazzari], American actor (David-Our House, St Elsewhere), born in Cerritos, California
  • 1974 Russ Ortiz, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1974 Tate Reeves, American politician, Governor of Mississippi (2020-), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • 1975 Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuanian American NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Kaunas, Lithuania SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1976 Ross Noble, British comedian (Have I Got News for You), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England