On This Day

Famous Birthdays on May 6

  • 973 Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (1014-24) and King of Germany (1002-24), born in Abbach, Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1024)
  • 1397 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), born in Hanseong, Kingdom of Joseon (d. 1450)
  • 1501 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), born in Montefano, Marche, Papal States (d. 1555)
  • 1574 Innocent X [Giambattista Pamfili], 236th Pope (1644-55), born in Rome (d. 1655)
  • 1581 Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1642)
  • 1606 Lorenzo Lippi [Perlone Zipoli], Italian poet and painter, born in Florence (d. 1664)
  • 1638 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, born in Hadham Parva, Hertfordshire (d. 1696)
  • 1668 Alain-René Lesage, French author (Turcaret ou le Financier), born in Sarzeau, France (d. 1747)
  • 1713 Charles Batteux, French philosopher, born in Alland'Huy-et-Sausseuil, Ardennes (d. 1780)

Maximilien Robespierre

1758 Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary (President of the National Convention, Member of Committee of Public Safety), born in Arras, France (d. 1794)

  • 1759 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)
  • 1769 Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1790-1801), born in Florence (d. 1824)
  • 1786 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1790 Wilhelm Würfel, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Plaňány, Kolín (d. 1832)
  • 1797 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), born in Cumberland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1800 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, born in Florence (d. 1871)
  • 1800 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general, born in Volhynia (d. 1881)
  • 1801 George Sears Greene, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Apponaug, Rhode Island (d. 1899)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, born in Berlin (d. 1866)
  • 1806 Chapin A. Harris, American dentist who founded the America Society of Dental Surgeons, born in Pompey, New York (d. 1860)
  • 1809 William Walker, American composer (The Southern Harmony), born in Martin's Mills, Cross Keys, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 1812 Martin Delany, African-American abolitionist and physician (1st African American major in US Army), born in Charles Town, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Joseph Tarr Copeland, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Castle, Maine (d. 1893)
  • 1825 Joseph Bailey, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Morgan County, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1829 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, born in Siasconset, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1838 Alfred Pease, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1843 Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist (investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1849 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)

Robert Peary

1856 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer who claimed to have 1st reached geographic North Pole (Apr 6 1909), born in Cresson, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)

Sigmund Freud

1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

  • 1858 Georges Hüe, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1948)
  • 1859 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1921)
  • 1859 Willem Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)
  • 1861 Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and freedom fighter, born in Agra, British India (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924), born in Kobiele Wielkie, Petrokov Governorate, Congress Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1868 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • 1869 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1947)

Amadeo Giannini

1870 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

  • 1870 John T. McCutcheon, American cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931), born in South Raub, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • 1871 August Reusner, German composer, born in Löwenberg, Silesia (d. 1935)
  • 1871 Christian Morgenstern, German poet (Ich und die Welt), born in Munich (d. 1914)
  • 1871 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist and cosmologist (developed theoretical models of the universe based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity), born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 1934)
  • 1875 William D. Leahy, American admiral and chief of staff (1949), born in Hampton, Iowa (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, born in Vellinge, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (development of Hittitology), born in Lysá nad Labem, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • 1882 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), born in Plovdiv (d. 1931)
  • 1882 Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, born in Marmorpalais, Potsdam, German Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1883 José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Stanley Morison, British typographer, born in Wanstead, Essex (d. 1967)
  • 1890 Claire Whitney, American silent film actress (Blind Fools, Haunted Mine), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)

Rudolph Valentino

1895 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), born in Castellaneta, Italy (d. 1926)

  • 1895 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), born in Szentgyörgy, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, born in Fremont, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshal (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), born in Mikulintsy, Ukraine (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Max Ophüls, German director (The Earrings of Madame de...), born in Saarbrücken, German Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Catherine Lacey, British actress (Sorcerors), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1904 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), born in Jämshög, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toots Shor's Restaurant), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1906 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor, born in Stigler, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1912 B. Roest Crollius, Dutch painter and writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1912 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral, born in Penzance, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen; Diamond Horseshoe), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, born in Budapest (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Kenneth Horne, English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Ronald Harris, British 1st Church Estates Commissioner, born in Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Stewart Granger, English actor (Prisoner of Zenda, King Solomon's Mines), born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1915 George Perle, American composer (12 Tone Tonality; Pulitzer Prize, 1986), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1915 John Arnold, British high court judge (d. 2004)
  • 1915 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao Dutch sculptor, born in Curacao (d. 1999)

Orson Welles

1915 Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

  • 1915 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize 1962), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Kal Mann, American lyricist ("Let's Twist Again"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, conductor, educator, and musicologist, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1984)
  • 1918 Sydney Chatton, English actress (Once Upon a Horse), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

1918 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, birth date disputed (d. 2004)

  • 1919 Frank Ereaut, Bailiff of Jersey (1975-85), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Robert Fell, British CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1922 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), born in Calcutta, India (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1922 John Ernest, American constructionist artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), born in Charlemagne, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Vladimir Etush, Soviet actor and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Moscow, RSFSR
  • 1923 Elizabeth Sellars, Scottish actress (Chalk Garden, A Voyage Round My Father), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1923 Guiseppe Martelli, Italian physicist, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. born in Anhui, Republic of China (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1924 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 1924 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1992)
  • 1926 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • 1926 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician (co-founder of the Parti Québécois), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Robert Poujade, French politician (Mayor of Dijon 1971-2001), born in Moulins, France
  • 1929 John P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • 1929 John Taylor, British bishop (St Albans) and Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • 1929 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1929 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1929 Hans Beck, German inventor of Playmobil toys, born in Greiz, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2000)

Willie Mays

1931 Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • 1931 Hasaan Ibn Ali [William Henry Langford, Jr], American jazz pianist and composer (Max Roach Trio), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1932 Günther Hauk, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1932 John Bond, English cricketer (Lancashire), born in Kearsley, Lancashire, England
  • 1932 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, born in Klagenfurt, Austria. (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Richard Shelby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th district), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1936 Joanna Dunham, English actress (Possession, House the Dripped Blood), born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades), born in Drummondville, Quebec
  • 1936 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), born in Clifton, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician, born in Saint-Michel, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), born in Dublin
  • 1939 Anthony Blacker, Master-General of Ordnance
  • 1939 Herbie Cox, American pop vocalist (Cleftones - "Heart And Soul"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939 Zhanna Yorkina, Russian cosmonaut, born in Soltsy, Russia (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • 1940 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi), born in Aruba
  • 1940 Murray Sidlin, American conductor (National Symphony, 1973-77), and arranger (Defiant Requiem), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941 Fred J. Eckert, American politician (U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati & Tonga), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • 1942 Rin Kaiho, Taiwanese professional Go player, born in Shanghai, China

Andreas Baader

1943 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1977)

  • 1944 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1944 Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player in major leagues, born in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1945 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter ("Old Time Rock and Roll"; "Hollywood Nights"; "Against The Wind"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 Richard Eyers, American actor (My Friend Irma, Stagecoach West), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Victoria Bond, American conductor and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1946 Susan Brown, English actress (The Iron Lady, Game of Thrones), born in Bristol, England
  • 1947 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1947 Ben Masters, American actor (Vic-Another World, Making Mr Right), born in Corvalis, Oregon
  • 1947 Sandra Fisher, American painter, born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • 1947 Alan Dale, New Zealand born actor (Neighbours), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1948 Richard Cox, American actor (Mark-Executive Suite), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Mary MacGregor, American pop singer ("Torn Between Two Lovers"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1948 Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director ( Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), born in Cannes, France (d. 2015) Born in Cannes, Fra
  • 1948 Shaun Murphy, American session and touring rock, blues, and R&B singer (Little Feat, 1993-2009; Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1949 David Leestma, American astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1950 Robbie McIntosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Dundee (d. 1974)
  • 1951 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1951 Davey Johnstone, Scottish guitarist, and musical director (Elton John's band, 1971–1977, 1982–present), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1951 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), born in Tegistik, Kazakhstan (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)
  • 1952 Christian Clavier, French actor
  • 1952 Michael O'Hare, American actor
  • 1953 Lynn Whitfield, American actress (Josephine Baker; Equal Justice), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Tony Blair

1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1953 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1954 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1956 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1956 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1958 (María) "Lolita" Flores, Spanish-Gypsy singer ("Sarandonga"). and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1959 Charles Hendry, British Conservative Party politician, born in Cuckfield, England
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1993-95), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1959 Kate Collins, actress (Natalie Hunter-All My Children), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • 1960 Julianne Phillips, American actress (Frankie Reed-Sisters), born in Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • 1960 Larry Steinbachek, British rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat) (d. 2017)
  • 1960 John Flansburgh, American alt-rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (They Might Be Giants - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"; "Birdhouse Of Your Soul"), born in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Phyllis Treigle, American operatic soprano, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1961 Clay O'Brien, American actor (Weedy-Cowboys), born in Ray, Arizona

George Clooney

1961 George Clooney, American actor (ER, Batman, The Descendants), born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • 1961 Roma Downey, Irish actress (1 Life to Live, Touched by an Angel), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1961 Frans Timmermans, Dutch politician (First Vice President of the European Commission 2014-), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 1962 Stan Cullimore, British guitarist (Housemartins, "Happy Hour"; "Caravan Of Love"), journalist, and music educator, born in Kingston upon Hull, Englan
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1962 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1963 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1964 Dana Hill [Goetz], American actress (2 of Us, Shoot the Moon), born in Van Nuys California,
  • 1964 Kim Oden, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Cleveland, Ohio