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Birthdays in History on April 6

Person of interestRaphael

1483 Raphael Sanzio, Italian painter and master builder (Madonna Sistina, School of Athens), born in Urbino (d. 1520) Julian calendar date

Painter and Architect Raphael
Painter and Architect
Raphael
  • 1613 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (d. 1683)
  • 1632 Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1649)
  • 1651 André Dacier, French classical scholar (d. 1722)
  • 1664 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1671 Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French playwright/poet (Sacred Odes & Songs)
  • 1773 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian (History of British India), born in Angus, Scotland (d. 1836)
  • 1810 Philip Gosse, intentor of institutional aquarium, writer (Omphalos)
  • 1812 Aaron Bernstein, writer
  • 1812 Alexander Herzen, Russian writer (d. 1870)
  • 1818 Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, Norwegian poet (d. 1870)
  • 1819 Johann A H Scheler, Belgian librarian
  • 1823 Joseph Medill, St John NB Canada, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
  • 1826 Gustave Moreau, French painter
  • 1828 Charles William Field, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1830 James Augustine Healy, Macon Ga, 1st African American Roman Catholic bishop

  • 1833 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskrit, Old Javan)
  • 1841 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • 1849 John William Waterhouse, British painter (d. 1917)
  • 1851 Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (d. 1932)
  • 1860 René Lalique, French jewel designer
  • 1866 Joseph Lincoln Steffens, muckraker/journalist (Shame of the Cities)
  • 1869 Louis Raemakers, Dutch draftsman/painter
  • 1871 Alexander, grandson of England's Queen Victoria
  • 1878 Erich Mühsam, German author (d. 1934)
  • 1883 Mien Labberton, Dutch poetress
  • 1886 Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad state (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Svarta Ballader)
  • 1889 Gabriela Mistral [Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga], poet (Noebel Prize 1945) and diplomat, born in Vicuña, Chile (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • 1890 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)

Person of interestDonald Wills Douglas

1892 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)

Aviation Pioneer Donald Wills Douglas
Aviation Pioneer
Donald Wills Douglas
  • 1894 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian who was the oldest person in the world and the last person known to be born in 1894, born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 2009)
  • 1900 Leo Robin, American writer (Thanks For the Memory)
  • 1901 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Catholic (d. 1925)
  • 1902 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)

  • 1903 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • 1904 Kurt G Kiesinger, German chancellor (Wherever They May Be)
  • 1906 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1982)
  • 1909 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • 1910 Desmond Dreyer, British admiral
  • 1917 Julian Faber, CEO (Willis Faber)
  • 1917 Leonora Carrington, Clayton-le-Woods UK, British-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1918 Joan Bernard, Principal (Trevelyan College, Durham)
  • 1918 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)
  • 1920 Bernard Carter, British painter and etcher
  • 1921 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • 1921 Lord Moore of Wolvercote [Philip Brian Cecil Moore], Private Secretary to the Sovereign (UK)
  • 1925 John Knox, British supreme court justice
  • 1925 Marcus Worsley, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, (d. 2012)

Person of interestIan Paisley

1926 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 1926 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1927 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Person of interestJames Watson

1928 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • 1929 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1933 Roy Goode, British lawyer
  • 1933 Eduardo Malapit, American Democratic politician (d. 2007)
  • 1935 James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland
  • 1935 John Pepper Clark, Nigeria, writer (Horn, Song of a Goat)
  • 1938 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1939 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1940 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • 1941 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • 1942 Barry Levinson, director (Rainman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1943 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • 1944 John Stax, rocker (Pretty Things-Don't Bring Me Down)
  • 1945 Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade unionist (National Union of Public Employees), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Jan-Kees Wiebenga, Dutch politician (VVD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1949 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1950 Dennis E Eckart, (Rep-D-OH, 1981- )
  • 1955 Keith Hunter Jesperson, Canadian-born serial killer
  • 1957 Paolo Nespoli, Italian astronaut
  • 1959 Dianne Brill, Tampa, fashion designer/party girl (Queen of the Night)
  • 1961 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • 1963 Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian politician and 43rd President of Ecuador (2007-2017), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1964 Phil Gayle, British news presenter (DW News, The Big Breakfast), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1964 Tim Walz, American politician (Rep-DFL-Minnesota 2007-19), Governor of Minnesota (2019-), born in West Point, Nebraska
  • 1969 Jack Canfora, American playwright
  • 1979 Frederick MGDL Windsor, son of English prince Michael
  • 1982 Ilan Hall, Israeli-American chef
  • 2007 Princess Haalah bint Hashim, Princess of Jordan