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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)
  • 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 Louis Antoine, French Duke of Angoulême and General of France, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1844)
  • 1775 Daniel O'Connell, Irish politician, born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1847)
  • 1800 Catherine Beecher, American educator (championed higher education for women), born in East Hampton, New York (1878)
  • 1804 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

1809 Alfred Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain (Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)


  • 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)

Person of interestEdith Roosevelt

1861 Edith Roosevelt [Carrow], US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1948)

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
  • 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)

Person of interestAlexander Fleming

1881 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland (d. 1955)

  • 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

Person of interestInez Milholland

1886 Inez Milholland, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), labor lawyer and socialist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1916)

Suffragist Inez Milholland
Suffragist
Inez Milholland
  • 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 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1902 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • 1904 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman], author (Gelakte Brain)
  • 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 William B Williams, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company), born in Babylon, New York
  • 1923 Jess Collins, American artist (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, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )
  • 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 Joyce McKinney, Avery County NC, Miss Wyoming (1972)
  • 1949 Alan Campbell, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1949 Clarence Richard Silva, Catholic Bishop of Honolulu
  • 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 Parmeso Emekrasha, Buddhist Monk
  • 1976 Travis Kalanick, American entrepreneur (Red Swoosh, Uber), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist