Birthdays in History on February 6

  • 1461 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1501)
  • 1577 Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for fratricide, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1599)
  • 1608 Antonio Vieira, Portuguese diplomat & preacher, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1697)

ChongzhenChongzhen (1611-1644)

16th and last Ming Emperor of China, born in Beijing

  • 1612 Antoine Arnauld, French Roman Catholic theologian & philosopher & mathematician, born in Paris, France (d. 1694)
  • 1639 Daniel Georg Morhof, German writer & scholar, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1691)

Anne StuartAnne Stuart (1665-1714)

Queen of Great Britain (1702-14), born in St James's Palace, London

  • 1695 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1726)
  • 1732 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution, born in Darnhall, United Kingdom (d. 1782)
  • 1744 Pierre-Joseph Desault, French anatomist & surgeon, born in Vouhenans, France (d. 1795)
  • 1748 Adam Weishaupt, German philosopher & founder of the Order of the Illuminati, born in Ingolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1753 Évariste de Parny, French poet, born in Saint-Paul, France (d. 1814)

Aaron BurrAaron Burr (1756-1836)

3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, born in Newark, New Jersey

  • 1757 Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Polish scholar & statesman, born in Skoki, Poland (d. 1841)
  • 1778 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis), born in Zakynthos Island, Greece (d. 1827) (26 Jan Greek calendar)
  • 1797 Joseph Maria von Radowitz, German diplomat, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1912)
  • 1804 Regnerus Livius van Andringa de Kempenaer, Dutch politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1813)
  • 1811 Henry George Liddell, English lexicographer & father of the Alice in Alice in Wonderland, born in Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom (d. 1898)
  • 1818 William Maxwell Evarts, American lawyer & statesman (Union), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1901)

Doc DurantDoc Durant (1820-1885)

American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), born in Lee, Massachusetts

  • 1830 Marcellus Monroe Crocker, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1865)
  • 1832 John Brown Gordon, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Upson County, Georgia (d. 1904)

J.E.B. StuartJ.E.B. Stuart (1833-1864)

Confederate General in the American Civil War, born in Patrick County, Virginia

  • 1833 José María de Pereda, Spanish novelist, born in Polanco, Spain (d. 1906)
  • 1834 Edwin Klebs, German physician & bacteriologist (bacterial theory of infection, diphtheria bacillus), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1913)
  • 1834 William Dorsey Pender, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 1838 Yisrael Meir Kagan [Chofetz Chayim], Belarusian rabbi, born in Dzyatlava, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1853 Ignacij Klemenčič, Slovenian physicist, born in Trebnje, Slovenia (d. 1901)
  • 1860 Eliza Johannes Meester, Dutch journalist & writer (Geertje), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1864 John Henry Mackay, Scottish-born German writer (Anarchists), born in Greenock, United Kingdom (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Karl Sapper, German traveller & natural historian (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Alfred Mombert, German poet, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Milton Bennett Medary, American architect (Washington Chapel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1929)
  • 1875 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general & inventor (man-portable mortar), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1876 Wilhelm August Schmidtbonn, German writer (Der Sprechende Eros), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Carl Ramsauer, German physicist (Ramsauer-Townsend effect), born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1879)
  • 1879 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Chilean educator, lawyer, and politician (President of Chile, 1938-41; Senator for Concepción, 1921-27), born in Pocuro, Chile (d. 1941)
  • 1887 Josef Frings, German Archbishop of Cologne, born in Neuss, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1888 Ljudmil Stojanow, Bulgarian poet (Metsh i Slowo, Cholera), born in Kovachevitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, born in Lummen, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1889 Siegfried Kracauer, German writer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1892 William Parry Murphy, American physician & Nobel laureate, born in Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, President of UN General Assembly (1962-63), born in Sialkot, Pakistan (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer, born in Waimata Valley, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1897 Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Nicholas Nickleby), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1982)

Louis BuchalterLouis Buchalter (1897-1944)

Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • 1902 Louis Nizer, Jewish-American lawyer (defended blacklisted stars in '50s, Catspaw), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty), born in Kortessem, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Władysław Gomułka, Polish communist politician, born in Krosno, Poland (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician (Prime Minister), born in Pieve Santo Stefano, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-born gangster, born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Irmgard Keun, German author, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)

Mary LeakeyMary Leakey (1913-1996)

British paleoanthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints ((3.6 million years old), born in London

  • 1915 Derk Roemers, Dutch politician (Soc-Dem), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1916 John Crank, British mathematician, born in Hindley, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Lothar-Günther Buchheim, German author, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Louis Heren, English foreign correspondent & writer (China's Three Thousand Years), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1920 James H. Scheuer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- 93), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Jin Yong [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, born in Haining, China (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist & author (Road to Rome), born in Urbino, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa), born in Blora Regency, Indonesia (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Oscar Sambrano Urdaneta, Venezuelan writer, born in Boconó, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1932 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1959)
  • 1932 Francois Truffaut, French director (Jules & Jim, Fahrenheit 451), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Walter Fauntroy, American pastor & politician (Rep-D-DC, 1971-91), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1934 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), born in Pipestone, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1936 J. Howard Marshall III, American businessman, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1942 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1944 Christine Boutin, French politician, born in Levroux, France
  • 1946 Jim Turner, American politician, born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • 1951 Maria Christina, Belgian princess & daughter of Leopold III, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1952 Ricardo Lavolpe, Argentine football coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1960 Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian politician (African Development Bank President 2015-), born in Ogun State, Nigeria
  • 1961 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23), born in Ryasne, Ukraine
  • 1963 Kevin Trudeau, American entrepreneur, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Svend-Allan Sørensen, Danish artist, born in Kjellerup, Denmark
  • 1980 Luke Ravenstahl, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1983 Myron Wolf Child, Canadian politician, born in Cardston, Alberta (d. 2007)
  • 1986 Tony Johnson Jr., American mixed martial artist (KOTC heavyweight champion 2010), born in Killeen, Texas
  • 2004 Princess Louise of Belgium, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium