On This Day

Famous Birthdays on June 7

  • 1082 Huizong, 8th Emperor of Song Dynasty of China (d. 1135)
  • 1502 John III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1521-57), born in the Palace of Alcáçova, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1557)
  • 1529 Étienne Pasquier, French lawyer and man of letters, born in Paris (d. 1615)
  • 1619 Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist and historian, born in Heusden, Netherlands (d. 1667)
  • 1730 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, born in Passau, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1736 Karl Frieberth, Austrian composer, born in Wullersdorf, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1761 John Rennie, Scottish engineer, born in East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland (d. 1821)

Robert Jenkinson

1770 Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Tory: 1812-27), born in London (d. 1828)

  • 1778 Beau [George Bryan] Brummel, English dandy, born in London, England (d. 1840)
  • 1811 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland (d. 1870)
  • 1812 Theophilus Toulmin Garrard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Clay County, Kentucky (d. 1902)
  • 1825 R. D. Blackmore, English novelist (Norie, Lorna Doone), born in Longworth, Berkshire, England (d. 1900)
  • 1831 Amelia Edwards, English author (The Phantom Coach) and Egyptologist, born in London (d. 1892)
  • 1833 Alexander Ritter, German composer, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1896)
  • 1837 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, born in Strones, Waldviertel, Austrian Empire (d. 1903)
  • 1840 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1927)

Susan Blow

1843 Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1916)

  • 1845 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, born in Veszprém, Hungary (d. 1930)
  • 1846 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1915)

Paul Gauguin

1848 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French post-impressionist painter who worked in French Polynesia, born in Paris (d. 1903)

  • 1862 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), born in Pozsony, Austria-Hungary (d. 1947)
  • 1867 Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1868 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator, born in Townhead, Glasgow (d. 1928)
  • 1873 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1940)
  • 1875 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), born in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (d. 1936)
  • 1877 Charles Glover Barkla, English physicist (1917 Nobel Prize for Physics for X-ray scattering), born in Widnes, England (d. 1944)
  • 1879 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule), born in Jakobshavn, North Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1879 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, born in Madioen, Java (d. 1963)
  • 1883 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Julius P. Hoste, Belgium minister and daily newspaper publisher (Last News), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1972)
  • 1887 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Indian Daily) (d. 1943)

Clarence DeMar

1888 Clarence DeMar [Mr. DeMarathon], American marathon runner and 7-time winner of the Boston Marathon, born in Madeira, Ohio (d. 1958)

  • 1891 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • 1896 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1896 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (1953-56), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1896 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)
  • 1897 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Encounters), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1973)
  • 1899 John Hawkes, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles, doubles, mixed doubles 1926), born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1900 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet, translator and critic (Garden of Eros), born in Utrecht, the Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), born in Metamora, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1902 Herman B. Wells, president and chancellor of Indiana University, born in Jamestown, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2001)

Jessica Tandy

1909 Jessica Tandy, British actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included), born in London, England (d. 1994)

  • 1909 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1910 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer during the Great Depression, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Franz Reizenstein, German-British pianist, composer (Concerto Popolare), and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1911 Silas Roy Crain, American gospel singer (founder of The Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet), born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Brooks Stevens, American automotive designer (1949 Hydra-Glide Harley; 1963 Jeep Wagoneer), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist
  • 1913 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2000)

Dean Martin

1917 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer ("That's Amore"; "Everybody Loves Somebody"; "Sway"), comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1995)

  • 1920 Georges Marchais, French political leader (French Communist Party), born in La Hoguette, France (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, born in Malmesbury, Cape Province, Union of South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1923 Giorgio Belladonna, Italian bridge player (16 x World C'ships; 10 x European C'ships, Italy open team-of-four), born in Rome (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Dick Williams, American singer and choral director (Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1997)
  • 1928 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, born in New York (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Charles Strouse, American composer (Bye Bye Birdie; Annie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Dave Bowen, Welsh soccer wing-half (19 caps; Arsenal) and manager (Wales 1964-74; Northampton Town), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1995)
  • 1928 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End; Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1928 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe - 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1928 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), born in Maple Lake, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Anthony Ortega, American session and jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and flautist ( A Man and His Horns), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1930 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), born in Itapira, Brazil (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1987)
  • 1931 Virginia McKenna, British actress (Born Free, Chosen, Lions are Free, Simba), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1931 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1931 David Driskell, American artist and champion of African American art, born in Eatonton, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1931 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanaian drummer, percussionist and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), born in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) (d. 1993)
  • 1932 (Harold) "Tina" Brooks, American hard-bop jazz saxophonist, and composer ("True Blue"), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1933 Henk Koning, Dutch State Secretary of Finances (VVD), born in Beilen, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, 1976-91), born in Reims, France
  • 1934 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), born in Alma, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Thomas Kailath, American electrical engineer, born in Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • 1936 Kenneth Nichols, Canadian classical pianist, composer, (Symphonic Celebration; Boy In A Cage), and teacher (Brandon University, 1962-96), born in Pincher Creek, Alberta (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Neeme Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Gothenburg Symphony, 1982-2004; Detroit Symphony, 1990-2005), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1937 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Judy Ann Scott-Fox, literary agent, born in Devon, England (d. 1994)
  • 1938 Ian St John, Scottish soccer forward (21 caps; Motherwell; Liverpool 425 games), manager (Motherwell, Portsmouth) and broadcaster (ITV: Saint and Greavsie), born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2016)

Tom Jones

1940 Tom Jones [Woodward], Welsh pop singer ("What's New, Pussycat?"; "Delilah"), and TV personality (The Voice UK), born in Pontypridd, Wales

  • 1941 Jaime Laredo, Bolivian violinist (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize, 1959), conductor (Vermont Symphony, 1999-), and educator, born in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • 1941 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, born in Wells (d. 1972)
  • 1941 (Cecil) Hotep Idris Galeta, South African jazz pianist, composer, and educator, born in Crawford, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2010)

Muammar Gaddafi

1942 Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, born in Qasr Abu Hadi, Libya

  • 1943 [Kenneth Charles] Ken Osmond, American actor (Leave It to Beaver), born in Glendale, California
  • 1943 Mel Levine, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-93), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Nikki Giovanni, American poet (LHJ Woman of the Year 1973), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1944 Clarence White, American session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • 1945 Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian People's Party politician, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1946 Jenny Jones [Janina Stronski], Canadian comedienne (Jenny Jones Show), born in Bethlehem, Palestine
  • 1946 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), born in Merthyr Tydfil (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1949 Jack Ryland, American rock bassist (Three Dog Night, 1973-75 - "The Show Must Go On"; "Play Something Sweet") (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Gary Graham, American actor (Alien Nation, Star Trek: Enterprise), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1950 Howard Finkel, American pro wrestling ring announcer (WWE Hall of Fame), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Anne Twomey, American actress (Secret, Deadly Friend, Imagemaker), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Liam Neeson

1952 Liam Neeson, Irish-American actor (Schindler's List, Les Miserables), born in Ballymena, County Antrim

  • 1952 Hubert Auriol, French off-road motorcyclist and auto racer (Dakar Rally 1981, 83, 92), born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Royce Campbell, touring, session, and jazz guitarist (Marvin Gaye; Henry Mancini), born in North Vernon, Indiana
  • 1953 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • 1953 Dougie Donnelly, Scottish television broadcaster, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Louise Erdrich, American author (Love Medicine, The Bingo Palace), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • 1955 Bill Koch, American skier, born in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • 1955 Joey Scarbury, American singer-songwriter ("Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)"), born in Ontario, California
  • 1955 William Forsythe, American actor (Raising Arizona; Once Upon a Time in America; Boardwalk Empire), born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
  • 1955 Jon Balke, Norwegian jazz pianist, composer and band leader (Magnetic North Orchestra), born in Furnes, Norway
  • 1956 Robert Dover, American equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
  • 1957 Juan Luis Guerra, Dominican pop and merengue singer, composer, and record producer, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1957 Ruth Anderson, Welsh rug hooker famous for her folk rugs
  • 1958 Christopher Marcantel, actor (Chip-Nurse, Loving), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1958 Francesca Thyssen, Swiss art collector, born in Lausanne, Switzerland

Prince Rogers Nelson

1958 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • 1958 Surakiart Sathirathai, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand

Mike Pence

1959 Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 2017-21) and Governor of Indiana (2013-16), born in Columbus, Indiana

  • 1960 Bill Prady, American television producer (The Big Bang Theory; Dharma & Greg), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1960 Aldo Brizzi, Italian conductor, and contemporary classical-world fusion composer, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • 1961 Dave Catching, American session and touring musician (Eagles of Death Metal; earthlings?), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • 1962 Janice Lawrence Braxton, WNBA center (Cleveland Rockers, Olympics - gold, 1984), born in Lucedale, Mississippi
  • 1962 Patrick "Paddy" McAloon, British singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down"), born in Witton Gilbert, Durham, England
  • 1962 Takuya Kurosawa, Japanese racing driver, born in Ibaraki, Japan
  • 1962 Michael Cartellone, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Solon, Ohio
  • 1963 Roberto Alagna, Italian-French operatic tenor, born in Clichy-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • 1963 Gordon Gano, American musician (Violent Femmes), born in Connecticut
  • 1964 Graeme Labrooy, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 27 wickets; 44 ODIs; chairman of selectors; international match referee), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964 Judie Aronson, American actress
  • 1964 Gia Carides, Greek-Australian actress
  • 1964 Andris Vecumnieks, Latvian contemporary classical composer (Concertino Art-I-Shock), conductor, teacher, and musicologist, born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • 1965 Mick Foley, American professional wrestler
  • 1965 Damien Hirst, English artist (animals in formaldehyde artworks), born in Bristol, England
  • 1966 Eric Kretz, American rock drummer, Songwriter (Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"), and sound engineer, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967 Sarah Malin, actress (Stephane Prescott-Another World), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1967 Terance Mathis, American football wide receiver (Pro Bowl, All-Pro 1994; Atlanta Falcons), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Dave Navarro, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, (Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1993-98), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Melissa Coombes, American female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1969 Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1969 Kim Rhodes, American actress
  • 1970 Andrei Kovalenko, Russian NHL right wing (Quebec, Montreal, Edmonton), born in Balakovo, Russia
  • 1970 Mike Modano, Hockey Hall of Fame center (Dallas Stars; 8-time NHL All Star), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1970 Cafu, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 142 caps, Roma, AC Milan), born in Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil
  • 1971 Alex X. Mooney, American politician
  • 1972 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • 1973 Napoleon Kaufman, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973 Robert Barr, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Song Yun-ah, South Korean model and actress
  • 1973 Nihad Hrustanbegović, Bosnian-Dutch concert and jazz accordionist, and composer, born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1974 Mahesh Bhupathi, India, tennis pro
  • 1974 Edward "Bear" Grylls, British adventurer, author and TV presenter (Man vs. Wild), born in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
  • 1975 Allen Iverson, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1976 Cassidy Rae, American actress (Sarah-Models Inc, Clarissa), born in Clermont, Florida
  • 1976 Necro [Ron Braunstein], Jewish American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1977 Marcin Baszczyński, Polish football player
  • 1977 Odalis Pérez, Dominican baseball player (Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers), born in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic
  • 1978 Adrienne Frantz, (Tiffany Thorne-Sunset Beach), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1978 Bill Hader, American comedian and actor (Saturday Night Live, Barry), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1978 Tony An, Korean K-pop singer and dancer (H.O.T), born in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1979 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • 1979 Anne McClain, American army officer and NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-11), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1979 Hilary Lunke, American golfer (US Open 2003), born in Edina, Minnesota

Anna Kournikova

1981 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1981 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • 1981 Larisa Oleynik, American actress
  • 1981 Amrita Rao, Indian model and actress
  • 1982 Virgil Vasquez, American baseball player
  • 1985 Charlie Simpson, British rock singer-songwriter and musician (Busted; Fightstar), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • 1986 Keegan Bradley, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2011), born in Woodstock, Vermont
  • 1988 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)

Michael Cera

1988 Michael Cera, Canadian actor (Arrested Development, Superbad), born in Brampton, Ontario

  • 1990 Iggy Azalea [Amethyst Kelly], Australian singer, rapper, and songwriter ("Fancy"; "Black Widow"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1991 Emily Ratajkowski, American model and actress, born in London, England
  • 1993 Jordan Fry, American actor (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Spokane, Washington