Birthdays in History on April 6

RaphaelRaphael (1483-1520)

Italian painter and master builder (Sistine Madonna, School of Athens) [Julian calendar date], born in Urbino, Duchy of Urbino

  • 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, inventor 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, born in Rome, Roman Republic (now Italy) (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)
  • 1890 Andre L Danjon, French astronomer
  • 1890 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer (Eindecker monoplanes, Fokker Triplane)

Donald Wills DouglasDonald Wills Douglas (1892-1981)

American aircraft industrialist (McDonnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 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)
  • 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 Alfredo Ovando Candía, Bolivian president (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Joan Bernard, Principal (Trevelyan College, Durham)
  • 1920 Bernard Carter, British painter and etcher
  • 1921 Franta Belsky, Czecg-British sculptor, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 2000)
  • 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)
  • 1926 Gil Kane, Latvian-born cartoonist (d. 2000)

Ian PaisleyIan Paisley (1926-2014)

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

  • 1927 David Ingram, Vice-Chancellor (University of Kent at Canterbury)

James WatsonJames Watson (94 years old)

1928 American molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure, with Francis Crick (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), geneticist and zoologist, born in Chicago, Illinois [1] [2]

  • 1929 Li Yuan-chia, Chinese artist (Ton Fan group), born in Guangxi, China (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1933 Eduardo Malapit, American Democratic politician (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Roy Goode, British lawyer
  • 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 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1938 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1939 André Ouellet, French Canadian politician
  • 1940 Homero Aridjis, Mexican poet (La Tumba de Filidor)
  • 1941 Hans W Geissendorfer, Augsburg Germany, director (Sternsteinhof)
  • 1943 Harry Conroy, trade unionist
  • 1945 Neal Boortz, American radio host (The Neal Boortz Show), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Rodney Bickerstaffe, English trade unionist (National Union of Public Employees), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 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, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1981-93), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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