Birthdays in History on August 6

  • 1180 Go-Toba, 82nd Emperor of Japan, born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1239)
  • 1504 Matthew "Nosey" Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Norwich, England (d. 1575)
  • 1609 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia, born in Wiveliscombe, Somerset (d. 1675)
  • 1638 Nicolas Malebranche, French rationalist philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1715)
  • 1644 Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV (1661-67), born in Tours, France (d. 1710)
  • 1651 François Fénelon, French Roman Catholic theologian and writer (Playing for Time), born in Sainte-Mondane, France (d. 1715)
  • 1656 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, born in Gardanne, France (d. 1733)
  • 1666 Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Queen of Portugal as the wife of King Peter II from 1687-99), born in Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf (d. 1699)
  • 1697 Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1742-45), born in Brussels
  • 1715 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1747)
  • 1738 Hayashi Shihei, Japanese military scholar, born in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan (d. 1793)
  • 1766 William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist (famous for discovering the chemical elements palladium and rhodium), born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England (d. 1828)
  • 1775 Daniel O'Connell, Irish politician, born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1847)
  • 1775 Louis Antoine, French Duke of Angoulême and General of France, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1844)
  • 1800 Catherine Beecher, American educator (championed higher education for women), born in East Hampton, New York (d. 1878)
  • 1804 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)

Alfred TennysonAlfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

British Poet Laureate of Great Britain (The Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England

  • 1811 Judah P. Benjamin, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of State and 2nd Confederate States Secretary of War, born in Christiansted, Danish West Indies (d. 1884)
  • 1819 Samuel Powhatan Carter, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabethton, Tennessee (d. 1891)
  • 1826 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1844 Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England (d. 1900)
  • 1859 Arthur Berson, German meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon), born in Nowy Sącz (d. 1942)

Edith RooseveltEdith Roosevelt (1861-1948)

US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut

  • 1868 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'Otage-1909), born in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France (d. 1955)
  • 1871 Emanuel Querido, Dutch author and publisher (N.V. Em. Querido Uitgeversmaatschappij), born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1873 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1874 Charles Fort, American writer and researcher (specialized in anomalous phenomena), born in Albany, New York (d. 1932)
  • 1877 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (Senate Majority Leader), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic, Germany (Stalin Peace Prize), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, German Empire (d. 1956)

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming (1881-1955)

Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland

  • 1881 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Gerrit Hendrik Kersten, Dutch vicar and founder (Calvinist party), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • 1883 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), born in Morris Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1885 Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union

Inez MilhollandInez Milholland (1886-1916)

American suffragist (National Woman's Party), labor lawyer and socialist, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1889 George Kenney, American Air Force General (d. 1977)
  • 1889 John Middleton Murry, English poet and literary critic (Between Two Worlds), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1891 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • 1893 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1893 Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
  • 1900 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • 1902 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • 1902 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1908 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile
  • 1910 Charles Crichton, British director (Battle of Sexes)
  • 1910 William J Law, sailor
  • 1914 Susan Cowdy, ornithologist
  • 1916 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), born in Bormla, Malta (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Freddie Laker, CEO (Laker airlines)
  • 1923 Jess Collins, American visual artist (Translations), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1926 J[anet] O[pal] Jeppson [nee Janet Asimov], author (2nd Experiment)
  • 1927 William David Ford, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965-95), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Roch La Salle, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1934 John Storey Bonington, UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
  • 1934 Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, UK, sci-fi author (Chthon, Phthor)
  • 1940 Mukhu Aliyev, Russian politician, President of Dagestan
  • 1941 Lyle Berman, American poker player
  • 1942 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 Jon Postel, American computer scientist (d. 1998)
  • 1945 Ron Jones, British TV director (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Roh Moo-hyun, South Korean politician
  • 1948 Michael Peters, choreographer (What's Love Got to Do with It)
  • 1949 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1949 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • 1949 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • 1950 Winston E Scott, USN Commander/astronaut (STS 72, 87), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954 Carl C. Perkins, American politician (Rep-D-KY, 1984-93), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 Jim McGreevey, American politician
  • 1961 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • 1963 Charles Ingram, English former British Army major known for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, born in Derbyshire, England
  • 1967 Archbishop Alexy (Bondarenko), Ukrainian-born theologian
  • 1975 Renate Götschl, Austrian alpine skier
  • 1976 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist (Gym Class Heroes), born in Geneva, New York