Birthdays in History on July 6

  • July
  • 1542 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Willem/Juliana van Stolberg
  • 1638 Gerrit A Berckheyde, Dutch painter
  • 1668 Peter Burmannus [Pieter Burman the Elder], Dutch attorney and classicist, born in Utrecht (d. 1741)
  • 1686 Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist (d. 1758)
  • 1736 Daniel Morgan, American soldier and politician (Battle of Cowpens, Whiskey Rebellion), born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey (d. 1802)
  • 1747 John Paul Jones, naval hero ("I have not yet begun to fight")
  • 1753 John H Midderigh, Rotterdam patriot, baptized
  • 1755 John Flaxman, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey tomb stones)
  • 1766 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born naturalist (d. 1813)

Person of interestStamford Raffles

1781 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, born in off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica (d. 1826)

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 1782 Luis [Philippus] Brion, Curacao commander of Colombian fleet
  • 1782 Maria Louisa of Spain, queen of Etruria (d. 1824)
  • 1785 William J Hooker, English botanist/director (Kew Gardens)
  • 1789 Maria Isabella of Spain, queen of the Two Sicilies (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Jacob M de Kempenaer, Dutch lawyer/min of Internal Affairs (1848-49)
  • 1796 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55)

  • 1814 Justus McKinstry, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1897)
  • 1817 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)
  • 1819 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German Physician and Physiologist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1821 Edward Winston Pettus, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)

Person of interestMaximilian I

1832 Maximilian I of Mexico and Archduke of Austria, first and only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire, born in Vienna, Austria

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I
  • 1838 Vatroslav Jagic, Croatian scholar (d. 1923)
  • 1856 Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail/PTT
  • 1859 Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet/novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916)
  • 1868 Petrus A Euwens, Dutch vicar/editor (Amigoe di Curacao)
  • 1868 Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1935)
  • 1873 Paul Keller, German writer (Ferien vom Ich)

Person of interestHarry Ford Sinclair

1876 Harry Ford Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Oil (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Benwood, West Virginia

Founder of Sinclair Oil Harry Ford Sinclair
Founder of Sinclair Oil
Harry Ford Sinclair
  • 1877 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier/president of Spain (1931-36)
  • 1878 Eino Leino, Finnish poet (d. 1926)
  • 1881 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Quadriga, Pumpernickel)
  • 1884 Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac, French painter/cartoonist
  • 1884 Harold Vanderbilt, NY, America Cup (1930,34,37)/inv contract bridge
  • 1884 Willem Dudok, Dutch architect (town hall Hilversum/Beehive Rotterdam)
  • 1885 Ernst Busch, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1887 Marc Chagall, Russian-French artist (I & The Village), born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1892 Baron Willy Coppens de Houthulst, Belgian WW I pilot
  • 1896 Thomas W McKnew, president (National Geographic Society)
  • 1897 Richard Krautheimer, art Historian
  • 1903 Axel Theorell, Swedish biochemist, studied enzymes (Nobel 1955)
  • 1904 Erik Wickberg, Salvation Army general (d. 1996)

Person of interestFrida Kahlo

1907 Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter who explored questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender and race in Mexican society, born in Coyoacán, Mexico City (d. 1954)

Painter Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo
  • 1912 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Unica Zürn, German writer and artist, born in Berlin (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Bert [Lambertus H] Voeten, Dutch journalist/poet (Crossing)

Person of interestNancy Reagan

1921 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan

Person of interestDmitri Polyakov

1921 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, born in Ukraine (d. 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1923 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general/pres (1989-90), born in Karow, (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Robert Michael White, American test pilot (X-15), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Huub H Jacobse, member of Dutch 2nd chamber (Liberal)
  • 1926 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1927 Alan Leslie "Fluff" Freeman, Australian-born British disc jockey and radio personality (Pick of the Pops), born in New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Francoise Mallet-Joris, [F Lilar], Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders)
  • 1930 Hans-Jürgen Heise, German writer, born in Bublitz (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1931 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), born in Kfeir, Lebanon (d. 2018)

Person of interestTenzin Gyatso

1935 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader of Tibet's Lamaistic Buddhists, born in Taktser, Qinghai, China

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1937 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1986)
  • 1940 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • 1944 Byron Berline, American world premier fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • 1945 Rik Elswit, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show-In the Right Place)
  • 1945 Rodney Matthews, English fantasy artist and illustrator

Person of interestGeorge W. Bush

1946 George W. Bush Jr, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX), born in New Haven, Connecticut

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 1946 Jamie Wyeth, Penn, artist (An American Vision-Boston)
  • 1946 Peter Singer, Australian philosopher
  • 1948 Wadih Saadeh, Lebanese-Australian poet
  • 1948 Tom Curley, American media executive
  • 1950 John Byrne, American comic book author & artist
  • 1950 Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician
  • 1952 Hilary Mantel, English novelist (Wolf Hall), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • 1955 William Wall, Irish writer
  • 1955 Sherif Ismail, Prime Minister of Egypt (2015-present), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1960 Jozef/Josef Pribilinec, Czech, speed walker (world record 10K)
  • 1972 D-Styles, American scratch DJ
  • 1975 Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist (Annie Taylor Award), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1979 Nicolas Daniel Maricio, Prince of Netherlands
  • 1986 David Karp, American web developer and founder of the blogging site Tumblr, born in NYC, New York
  • 1986 Luigi Di Maio, Italian politician, Leader of 5-Star, born in Avellino, Italy