Birthdays in History on March 6

  • 1340 John of Gaunt, English son of King Edward III, 1st Duke of Lancaster, founder of the English royal House of Lancaster, born in Ghent (d. 1399)
  • 1405 King John II of Castile (d. 1454)
  • 1459 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant

MichelangeloMichelangelo (1475-1564)

Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), born in Caprese, Tuscany

  • 1483 Francesco Guicciardini, Italian attorney/president of Romagna
  • 1492 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer
  • 1495 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Opere Toscane, La Coltivazione)
  • 1619 Cyrano de Bergerac, French playwright (Voyage to the Moon), known for his large nose
  • 1663 Francis Atterbury, English man of letters, politician, and priest (Church of England Bishop of Rochester, 1713-23), born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (d. 1732)
  • 1698 John Alberti, Dutch theologist/philologist
  • 1706 George Pocock, British admiral (d. 1792)
  • 1716 Pehr Kalm, Swedish explorer and naturalist (d. 1779)
  • 1740 Giovanni Meli, Siclian poet (Buccolica)

Casimir PulaskiCasimir Pulaski (1747-1779)

Polish Military Leader, known as "the father of American cavalry', born in Warsaw, Poland

  • 1761 Antoine-Francois Andreossy, French General and diplomat (d. 1828)
  • 1765 Jan Kops, Dutch agronomist/vicar
  • 1787 Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)
  • 1791 Anna Claypoole Peale, American painter of miniatures, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham

  • 1812 Aaron Lufkin Dennison, father of American watchmaking
  • 1817 Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
  • 1818 William Claflin, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1820 Horatio Gouverneur Wright, American Major General (Union Army), born in Clinton, Connecticut (d. 1899)
  • 1831 Friedrich C K von Bodelschwingh, German theologist (Home Mission)
  • 1831 Philip Henry Sheridan, Major General (Union Army), born in Albany, New York
  • 1834 George du Maurier, Franco-British illustrator and writer (Trilby), born in Paris, France (d. 1896)
  • 1835 Charles Ewing, American attorney and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1883)

George DaytonGeorge Dayton (1857-1938)

American businessman (founder of Target Corporation), born in Clifton Springs, New York

  • 1882 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (d. 1980)
  • 1882 Geoffrey Mander, English industrialist (Mander Brothers Ltd.), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator/theory (Orfeo)
  • 1893 Kathleen Smoothy, housewife (last link to Siege of SIdney Street)
  • 1900 John Henry Pyle Pafford, British librarian (University of London), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1904 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (d. 1960)
  • 1909 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, born in Ikenne, British Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Charles Frank, physicist
  • 1912 Madge Adam, astronomer
  • 1913 David Bowman, trade unionist
  • 1915 Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, 52nd Da'i al Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras
  • 1917 Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • 1922 Ruben Ayala, Chino, California, politician (California State Senator 1974-1998) (d. 2012)
  • 1923 (Raymond) "Bill" Hoffenberg, South African-British endocrinologist and college president (Wolfson at Oxford, 1985-93), born in Port Elizabeth, Union of South Africa (d. 2007)

William H. WebsterWilliam H. Webster (98 years old)

1924 American judge, Director of the FBI (1978-87) and Director of the CIA (1987-91), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan (96 years old)

1926 American economist, presidential advisor and Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States (1987-2006), born in NYC, New York

  • 1926 Elwood Hillis, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1971-87), born in Kokomo, Indiana
  • 1927 John Fairchild, CEO (Fairchild publishing), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1927 Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, Shawnee Oklahoma, USAF/astronaut (Mer 9, Gem 5)
  • 1929 Hal Miller, British MP
  • 1929 Ho Dam, North Korean secretary of State (1970-83)
  • 1929 Tom Foley, American politician (Rep-D, 1965-1995) and speaker of the house (1989-95), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2013)
  • 1931 David Haddon Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack)
  • 1931 Hal Needham, American stuntman, (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Heiko Wierenga, Dutch soc-dem mayor of Enschede (1977-94)
  • 1936 A "Bram" Stemerdink, Dutch minister of Defense (PvdA)
  • 1936 Marion S Barry, (Mayor-D-Washington, D.C., 1979-90, 95- ), drug indictment
  • 1937 Ivan Boesky, stockbroker inside trading, born in Detroit, Michigan

Valentina TereshkovaValentina Tereshkova (85 years old)

1937 Soviet cosmonaut and 1st woman in space (Vostok 6), born in Maslennikovo, Russia

  • 1938 Pauline Boty, English artist, born in London (d. 1966)
  • 1939 Christopher Bond, (Sen-R Missouri)
  • 1939 Infanta Margarita of Spain, duchess of Soria
  • 1941 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • 1946 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • 1946 Richard Noble, Scottish businessman (land speed record 1983-97), born in Edinburgh
  • 1946 Tony Klatka, rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1947 Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
  • 1948 James FCS "Jim" Woude, cartoonist
  • 1952 Lyn Perrin, executive administrator (WIC)
  • 1953 Jan Kjærstad, Norwegian author
  • 1955 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994) who was assassinated at the start of the Rwandan genocide, born in Mubimbi, Bujumbura Rural Province, Burundi (d. 1994)
  • 1959 Saul Anuzis, American politician
  • 1962 Valerie French, American animatronics art director
  • 1966 Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian militant (chief bombmaker for Hamas), born in Rafat, West Bank (d. 1996)
  • 1967 Mihai Tudose, Romanian politician, Prime Minister (2017-), born in Brăila, Romania
  • 1967 Özlem Türeci, German scientist (BioNTech - created 1st mRNA-based vaccine for COVID-19), born in Siegen, West Germany
  • 1984 Becky, Japanese-British entertainer
  • 1985 Alaska Thunderf**k [Justin Andrew Honard], American drag queen and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 Alexey Molchanov, Russian freediver (25 world records), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • 1992 Sam Bankman-Fried, American entrepreneur (founder of cypto currency FTX), born in Stanford, California