Birthdays in History on December 6

  • 846 Hasan al-Askari, 11th Imam of Twelver Shia Islam, born in Medina, Abbasid Empire (d. 874)
  • 1285 Ferdinand IV, King of Castile and León (1295-1312), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1312)

Henry VI of EnglandHenry VI of England (1421-1471)

King of England (1422-61, 1470-71), born in Windsor Castle, England

  • 1478 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author, born in Casatico, Mantua, Italy (d. 1529)
  • 1586 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1670)
  • 1592 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, English aristocrat and Royalist general in the English Civil War, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1676)
  • 1608 George Monck, English general, born in Great Potheridge, England (d. 1670)
  • 1637 Edmund Andros, English governor in North America, born in London (d. 1714)
  • 1640 Claude Fleury, French priest and historian, born in Paris (d. 1723)
  • 1685 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, born in Royal Palace, Turin, Savoy (d. 1712)
  • 1721 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French lawyer and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1794)
  • 1721 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1809)
  • 1731 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • 1732 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), born in Churchill, Oxfordshire (d. 1818)
  • 1752 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), born in Marietta, Maryland (d. 1844)
  • 1778 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist, born in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, Kingdom of France (d. 1850)
  • 1792 Abraham Jacob van der Aa, Dutch lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary), born in Amsterdam (d. 1857)
  • 1792 William II, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1849)
  • 1805 Adolf Reubke, German organ builder, born in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1875)
  • 1808 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1869)
  • 1809 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1812 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 1884)
  • 1814 Juan Prim, Spanish general and politician (Prime Minister, 1869-70), born in Reus, Catalonia (d. 1870)
  • 1816 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1895)
  • 1822 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, born in Stein Bavaria, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1823 Max Müller, German-born British orientalist, born in Dessau, German Federation (d. 1900)
  • 1831 Joshua Woodrow Sill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1862)

John Singleton MosbyJohn Singleton Mosby (1833-1916)

Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War, born in Powhatan County, Virginia

  • 1835 Rudolf Fittig, German chemist (synthesizing organic compounds), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1910)
  • 1841 Frédéric Bazille, French painter, born in Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (d. 1870)
  • 1843 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter and etcher, born in Ghent, belgium (d. 1900)
  • 1849 August von Mackensen, German field marshal, born in Haus Leipnitz, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation (d. 1945)
  • 1853 Hara Prasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature, born in Khulna, Bengal Presidency (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and investor, born in Thompson, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1875 Evelyn Underhill, British Anglo-Catholic poet, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1941)
  • 1876 Fred Duesenberg, German-American automobile pioneer, born in Lippe, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), born in Sawin, Poland (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General), born in Elbląg, Poland (d. 1950)

Joyce KilmerJoyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

American poet (Trees), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dion FortuneDion Fortune (1890-1946)

British occultist and author (Psychic Self-Defence, The Mystical Qabalah), born in Llandudno, Wales

  • 1890 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer, born in Calw, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1890 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (known as the founding father of modern physics research in Japan), born in Satoshō, Okayama (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Osbert Sitwell, English poet, writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photojournalist (V-J Day in Times Square), born in Dirschau, West Prussia, German Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist (Nobel 1974), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, born in Paris (d. 2007)
  • 1906 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1967)

Baby Face NelsonBaby Face Nelson (1908-1934)

American bank robber and gangster who killed more FBI agents than any other criminal, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1908 Pierre Graber, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1970–1978), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Kenneth Watkins, British woodland conservationist and founder (The Woodland Trust) (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Alfred James Broomhall, British Protestant Christian medical missionary to China, born in Shandong, China (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, born in Moukhtara, Chouf, Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Harold Horace Hopkins, British physicist and inventor (Endoscope), born in Leicester, England (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • 1920 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), born in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1922 John Brunt, English soldier and Victoria Cross holder, born in Priest Weston, Shropshire, England (d. 1944)
  • 1924 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1928 Bert Geoffrey Achong, Trinidadian pathologist and inventor (electron microscopist), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist (Kenneth Copeland Ministries), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940 Lawrence Bergman, Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1941 Richard Speck, American mass murderer (raped and killed 8 student nurses in 1966), born in Kirkwood, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1942 Peter Handke, Austrian writer (A Sorrow Beyond Dreams), 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Griffen, Austria
  • 1945 Dan Harrington, American professional poker player, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician (9th Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1948 Don Nickles, American politician (Sen-R-Okla, 1981-2005), born in Ponca City, Oklahoma

Yoshihide SugaYoshihide Suga (74 years old)

1948 Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (2020-), born in Yuzawa, Japan

  • 1949 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (Kudzu), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Craig Newmark, American entrepreneur and founder of the website Craigslist, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1953 Wil Shriner, American talk show host (Wil Shriner Show), born in NYC, New York

Andrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo (65 years old)

1957 American politician and Governor of New York (2011-21), born in NYC, New York

  • 1968 Karl Ove Knausgård, Norwegian author (My Struggle), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1973 Rebekah "Bekah" Mercer, American "Mercer Family Foundation" director and Republican donor, born in Yorktown Heights, New York
  • 1979 Luke Letlow, American businessman and politician, elected to US House of Representatives for Louisiana, but died before taking office, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1993 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba
  • 2000 Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal, born in Barcelona