On This Day

Famous Birthdays on June 6

  • 1236 Wen Tianxiang, Prime Minister of China and scholar-general in the last years of the Southern Song Dynasty, born in Ji'an, China (d. 1283)
  • 1436 Regiomontanus [Johannes Müller von Königsberg], German mathematician and astronomer, prepares astronomical tables, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1476)
  • 1519 Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician and botanist, born in Arezzo, Italy (d. 1603)
  • 1576 Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1649)
  • 1580 Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer, the crater Vendelinus on the Moon is named after him, born in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium (d. 1667)
  • 1599 Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (Las Meninas), baptized in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1660)
  • 1606 Pierre Corneille, French poet and dramatist (El Cid, Horace), born in Rouen, France (d. 1684)
  • 1622 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer, born in Saint-Didier, France (d. 1689)
  • 1625 Domenico Guidi, Italian sculptor, born in Carrara, Italy (d. 1701)
  • 1661 Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer, and Maestro di Cappella (San Petronio, 1696-1756), born in Bologna, Papel States (now Italy) (d. 1756)
  • 1676 Georg Riedel, German composer, born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1738)
  • 1695 Adriaen Valckenier, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1737-41), born in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (d. 1751)
  • 1714 Joseph, King of Portugal (1750-77), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1777)
  • 1735 Anton Schweitzer, German composer, born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1787)

Nathan Hale

1755 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)

  • 1756 John Trumbull, American painter (Declaration of Independence), born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1843)
  • 1765 Cornelis Loots, Dutch accountant and poet (Dwingelandij), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1834)
  • 1772 Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Royal Palace, Naples (d. 1807)
  • 1799 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • 1804 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1861)
  • 1807 Adrien-François Servais, Belgian composer, born in Halle, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1813 Israel Washburn Jr., American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Maine (1853-61), born in Livermore, Massachusetts (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Francesco Antonio Norberto Pinto, Portuguese violinist, hornist and composer (Adoração ao Sol), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1860)
  • 1819 William Howard Glover, English composer, born in London, England (d. 1875)
  • 1826 Sarah Parker Remond, African-American abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1829 John Baillie McIntosh, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1888)
  • 1829 Hon'inbō Shūsaku, Japanese professional Go player, born in Innoshima, Bingo Province, Japan (d. 1862)
  • 1840 John Stainer, English organist, composer (The Crucifixion), musicologist, and educator, born in Southwark, London (d. 1901)
  • 1840 William Francis Bartlett, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1841 Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), born in Milkowszczyzna, Poland (d. 1910)
  • 1842 Steele MacKaye [James Morrison Steele MacKaye], American playwright and actor (Spectatorium, Paul Kauvar), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1844 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (Travellers in Auvergne), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1905)
  • 1847 Gerben Postma [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • 1850 Karl Ferdinand Braun, German inventor, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909), born in Fulda, Electorate of Hessen, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1857 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (Lyapunov exponent), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1860 William Inge, English author, theologist and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, born in Crayke, Yorkshire (d. 1954)
  • 1862 Henry John Newbolt, English poet and author (Studies Green & Gray), born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England (d. 1938)
  • 1867 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1931)

Robert Falcon Scott

1868 Robert Falcon Scott, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1912)

  • 1869 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1872 Alexandra Feodorovna [Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine], last Russian tsarina (1894-1918), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1873 Paul Keller, German writer (Ferien vom Ich), born in Arnsdorf, Lower Silesia, Germany (d. 1932)

Thomas Mann

1875 Thomas Mann, German novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929), born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1955)

  • 1878 Vincent de Moro-Giafferi, French criminal attorney, born in Paris (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Patrick Abercrombie, English architect and town planner, born in Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, England (d. 1957)
  • 1880 William Thomas Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1977)
  • 1886 Paul Dudley White, American heart specialist, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Dorothy Heyward, American playwright (Porgy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1890 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician ("Is Everybody Happy?"), born in Circleville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1891 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1892 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1893 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, born in Galați, Romania (d. 1987)
  • 1894 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, born in London England (d. 1972)
  • 1896 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot and governor of Libya, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1896 R. C. Sherriff, English playwright (Journey's End), born in Hampton Wick, Middlesex, England (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, born in Clapton, London (d. 2009)
  • 1898 Ninette de Valois [Edris Stannus], British ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Blessington, Ireland (d. 2001)
  • 1898 Walter Abel, American actor (Fury, Suspicion, Dream Girl), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Arthur Askey, British actor (Bees in Paradise, Ghost Train), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Lester Matthews, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Manfred Sakel, Polish neurophysiologist and psychiatrist, born in Nadvorna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)

Sukarno

1901 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), born in Surabaya, Java (d. 1970)

  • 1902 Avraham Daus, Israeli composer, born in Berlin (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton, British aeronautical engineer, born in Kings Norton, England (d. 1997)
  • 1902 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947)
  • 1903 Aram Khachaturian, Soviet composer (Gayane; Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1905 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), born in Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), born in Krefeld, Rhenish Prussia, Germany (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Bill Dickey, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 14 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, born in Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1909 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Ben Aerden [John Mikkelsen], Dutch actor (Hamlet, Uilenspiegel), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Toshitsugu Ogiwara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1912 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), born in Barahona, Dominican Republic (d. 1951)
  • 1913 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, born in Krhanice, Czech Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Carlo L. Golino, Italian-American scholar, born in Pescara, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1914 H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer (Alpine Club President 1954-58; editor American Alpine Journal 1960-95), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), born in Fresno, California (d. 2015)
  • 1917 Prior Jones, West Indian cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 25 wickets; Trinidad), born in Princes Town, Trinidad (d. 1991)
  • 1918 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), born in New Castle, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1918 Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither's Keenin), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Kenneth Connor, English comedian and actor, best known for his "Carry On" films, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Charles Pringle, British air marshal, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Lord Carrington [Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington], British conservative politician, former British Foreign Secretary (1979-82) and NATO Secretary General (1984-8), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2018)
  • 1922 Ian Hamilton, Scottish composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1923 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), born in Harden, England (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Count Basie Orchestra; Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), born in Merseburg, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Tom Ryan, American comic strip cartoonist (Tumbleweeds), born in Anderson, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1928 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), born in Menands, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1929 Viktor Konetsky, Russian screenwriter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Sunil Dutt, Indian Bollywood director, actor and politician (Yaadein, Mother India, Khandaan), born in Jhelum, Punjab (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), born in Farnworth, Lancashire, (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Lloyd Lindroth, American harpist, The Liberace of the Harp, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), born in Coventry, Warwickshire (d. 2014)
  • 1932 David R Scott, American USAF Colonel and astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1932 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Heinrich Rohrer, Swiss physicist (tunneling microscope-Nobel 1986), born in Buchs, Switzerland (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Albert II, King of Belgium (1993-2013), born in Stuyvenberg Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1934 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Jean Gattegno, French translator and scholar, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis (d. 1979)
  • 1936 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Richard Green, American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transsexual rights, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Prince Luís of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne, born in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France
  • 1939 Gary U.S. Bonds [Anderson], American blues singer and songwriter (New Orleans), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1939 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Marian Wright-Edelman, American activist and health care president (Children's Defense Fund), born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 1939 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement), born in Barberton, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1939 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Handley, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Phillip Rhodes, American composer, born in Forest City, North Carolina
  • 1940 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player, born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • 1941 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, born in Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Howard "Howie" Kane [Kirshenbaum], American rock singer (Jay and the Americans - "Come a Little Bit Closer")
  • 1942 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • 1943 Asif Iqbal, Pakistani cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80), born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1943 Ken Hatfield, American football player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas

Tommie Smith

1944 Tommie Smith, American athlete and 200m sprinter who was the 1st to break the 20-second barrier (performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic gold medal in 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas

  • 1944 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Peter Albin, American rock bassist and guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944 David Penhaligon, British politician (President of the Liberal Party) (d. 1986)
  • 1944 Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist (Nobel 1993), born in Falmouth, Kentucky
  • 1945 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945 David Bonior, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-In; Matt Lincoln), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Tony Levin, American bassist and Chapman Stick player (King Crimson; Peter Gabriel; Paul Simon; Asia), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • 1947 Terry Williams, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The First Edition - "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1947 Robert Englund, American actor (Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street), born in Glendale, California
  • 1947 David Blunkett, English blind politician, Home Secretary (2001-4), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1947 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • 1948 Richard Sinclair, British progressive rock bassist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1948 Phil Jones, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Tom Petty; Cracker; Pegi Young), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • 1948 Vladimir Shadrin, Russian Hockey HOF centre (Olympic gold Soviet Union 1972, 76; 5 x World C'ship gold; HC Spartak Moscow, Oji Seishi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Edgar Warren Williams, American composer, born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1949 Holly Near, American folksinger, actress and activist, born in Ukiah, California
  • 1950 Chantal Akerman, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Je Tu II Elle), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2015)
  • 1951 Dwight Twilley, American power pop singer-songwriter ("I'm On Fire"; "Girls"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1951 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • 1952 Yukihiro Takahashi, Japanese pop-rock drummer and singer (Yellow Magic Orchestra), born in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1953 Ken Calvert, American politician (Rep-R-California 1993-), born in Corona, California
  • 1953 Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1954 Harvey Fierstein, playwright (Torch Song Trilogy, ID4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Cynthia Rylant, American author
  • 1955 Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian (King of Comedy, Nancy on Roseanne), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1956 Andy Pycroft, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)

Björn Borg

1956 Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player (11-time Grand Slam winner), born in Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1956 Jay C Buckey, American physician/astronaut (STS 58 alt, sk: 90), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Marilyn Jones, American actress (Carey-King's Crossing), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Mike Gatting, English Cricket Batsman (79 Tests, captain 1986-88), born in Kingsbury, England
  • 1957 Junior [Norman Giscombe], British R&B singer ("Mama Used to Say"), born in London, England
  • 1959 Amanda Pays, English actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • 1959 Georgios Voulgarakis, Greek politician
  • 1959 Jimmy Jam [James Harris], American songwriter and record producer (Janet Jackson), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1959 Colin Quinn, American comedian
  • 1959 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1959 Josie Lawrence, British comedian and actress (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Eastenders, Humans), born in Staffordshire, England
  • 1960 Lola Forner, Spanish actress (Wheels on Meals, Armour of God) and Miss Spain 1979, born in Alicante, Spain
  • 1960 Steve Vai, American rock guitarist, and composer (Frank Zappa; David Lee Roth Band; Whitesnake), born in Carle Place, New York
  • 1960 Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), born in Vantörs Församling, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1961 Sydney Walsh, American actress (Maureen "Mo" DeMott in Hooperman), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York, United States
  • 1961 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • 1961 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • 1961 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • 1961 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1961 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1962 Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japanese filmmaker (Shoplifters), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Dannette Leininger, Kailua HA, team handball wing (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1963 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1963 Jason Isaacs, English actor (Harry Potter films), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964 Konnan, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1964 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1965 David White, British pop-rock guitarist (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?"), born in Highbury, London, England
  • 1965 Sally McDermid, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)

Cam Neely

1965 Cam Neely, NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

  • 1966 Angela Cavagna, Italian television personality, born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1966 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1966 Sean Yseult [Shauna Reynolds], American rock bassist (White Zombie - "More Human Than Human"), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1967 Max Casella, actor (Vinnie-Doogie Howser)
  • 1967 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Wasim Haider, cricketer (member Pakistan's 1992 World Cup squad)
  • 1967 Paul Giamatti, American actor
  • 1968 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1968 François Avard, Canadian writer and scenarist
  • 1968 Alan Licht, American avant garde and pop guitarist, composer, and journalist, born in New Jersey
  • 1969 Douglas Lee Mitchell, American heavy metal artist (Southgang), born in Miles, Michigan
  • 1969 Mike Croel, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Sunil Joshi, Indian cricketer (Indian Test left-arm spinner 1996-2001), born in Gadag, Karnataka, India
  • 1970 Sarah Dessen, American author
  • 1970 Albert Ferrer, Spanish soccer defender, coach (Spain 36 caps, FC Barcelona, Chelsea), born in Barcelona, Catalonia