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Birthdays in History on May 6

  • 973 Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor (1014-24) and King of Germany (1002-24), born in Abbach, Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1024)
  • 1397 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), born in Hanseong, Kingdom of Joseon (d. 1450)
  • 1501 Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian humanist and Pope (1555, 22 days), born in Montefano, Marche, Papal States (d. 1555)
  • 1574 Innocent X [Giambattista Pamfili], 236th Pope (1644-55), born in Rome (d. 1655)
  • 1581 Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1642)
  • 1606 Lorenzo Lippi [Perlone Zipoli], Italian poet and painter, born in Florence (d. 1664)
  • 1638 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the British Admiralty, born in Hadham Parva, Hertfordshire (d. 1696)
  • 1668 Alain-René Lesage, French author (Turcaret ou le Financier), born in Sarzeau, France (d. 1747)
  • 1713 Charles Batteux, French philosopher, born in Alland'Huy-et-Sausseuil, Ardennes (d. 1780)

Person of interestMaximilien Robespierre

1758 Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary (President of the National Convention, Member of Committee of Public Safety), born in Arras, France (d. 1794)

Revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre
Revolutionary
Maximilien Robespierre
  • 1759 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)
  • 1769 Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1790-1801), born in Florence (d. 1824)
  • 1786 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1837)
  • 1800 Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general, born in Volhynia (d. 1881)
  • 1801 George Sears Greene, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Apponaug, Rhode Island (d. 1899)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, born in Berlin (d. 1866)

  • 1806 Chapin A. Harris, American dentist who founded the America Society of Dental Surgeons, born in Pompey, New York (d. 1860)
  • 1812 Martin Delany, African-American abolitionist and physician (1st African American major in US Army), born in Charles Town, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Joseph Tarr Copeland, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Castle, Maine (d. 1893)
  • 1825 Joseph Bailey, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Morgan County, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1829 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, born in Siasconset, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1843 Grove Karl Gilbert, American geologist (investigated Lake Bonneville, Utah), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1849 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, born in Philipsburg, Quebec (d. 1896)

Person of interestRobert Peary

1856 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer (North Pole-Apr 6 1909), born in Cresson, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary

Person of interestSigmund Freud

1856 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and father of psychology, born in Freiberg, Austrian Empire (d. 1939)

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • 1859 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1921)
  • 1859 Willem Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)
  • 1861 Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and freedom fighter, born in Agra, British India (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924), born in Kobiele Wielkie, Petrokov Governorate, Congress Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1869 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1947)

Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

1870 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1870 John T. McCutcheon, American cartoonist (Pulitzer Prize-1931), born in South Raub, Tippecanoe County, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Christian Morgenstern, German poet (Ich und die Welt), born in Munich (d. 1914)
  • 1871 Victor Grignard, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - development of the Grignard reaction), born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1935)
  • 1872 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist and cosmologist (developed theoretical models of the universe based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity), born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 1934)
  • 1875 William D. Leahy, American admiral and chief of staff (1949), born in Hampton, Iowa (d. 1959)

  • 1879 Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (development of Hittitology), born in Lysá nad Labem, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1952)
  • 1880 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • 1882 Wilhelm, the last Crown Prince of the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, born in Marmorpalais, Potsdam, German Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1883 José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and author (The Revolt of the Masses), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Stanley Morison, British typographer, born in Wanstead, Essex (d. 1967)
  • 1895 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), born in Szentgyörgy, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1895 Júlio César de Mello e Souza, Brazilian writer (The Man Who Counted), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Daniel Frank Gerber, American manufacturer of baby food, born in Fremont, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshal (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), born in Mikulintsy, Ukraine (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Max Ophüls, German director (The Earrings of Madame de... ), born in Saarbrücken, German Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), born in Jämshög, Sweden (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toots Shor's Restaurant), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1906 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), born in Paris (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Enrique Laguerre, Puerto Rican writer (La Llamarada), born in Moca, Puerto Rico (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor, born in Stigler, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1912 B. Roest Crollius, Dutch painter and writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral, born in Penzance, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Kenneth Horne, English paper manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Ronald Harris, British 1st Church Estates Commissioner, born in Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1915 John Arnold, British high court judge (d. 2004)
  • 1915 May Henriquez-Alvarez, Curacao Dutch sculptor, born in Curacao (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Theodore H. White, American journalist (Making of President, Pulitzer Prize 1962), born in Dorchester, Boston (d. 1986)

Person of interestZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

1918 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, birth date disputed (d. 2004)

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • 1919 Frank Ereaut, Bailiff of Jersey (1975-85), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, born in Vienna (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Robert Fell, British CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1922 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), born in Calcutta, India (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)
  • 1922 John Ernest, American constructionist artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), born in Charlemagne, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Guiseppe Martelli, Italian physicist, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1992)
  • 1926 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • 1926 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician (co-founder of the Parti Québécois), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Robert Poujade, French politician (Mayor of Dijon 1971-2001), born in Moulins, France
  • 1929 John P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • 1929 John Taylor, British bishop (St Albans) and Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • 1929 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1929 Hans Beck, German inventor of Playmobil toys, born in Greiz, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Marvin Leath, American politician ( Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), born in Henderson, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Richard Shelby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th district), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1936 Bernard Lemaire, French Canadian businessman (Cascades), born in Drummondville, Quebec
  • 1938 Jean Garon, Quebec economist and politician, born in Saint-Michel, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Larry Gogan, Irish radio personality (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), born in Dublin
  • 1939 Anthony Blacker, Master-General of Ordnance
  • 1939 Zhanna Yorkina, Russian cosmonaut, born in Soltsy, Russia (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Henry Habibe, Arubian poet (Kerensentenchi), born in Aruba
  • 1941 Fred J. Eckert, American politician (U.S. Ambassador to Fiji , Tuvalu, Kiribati & Tonga), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1942 Rin Kaiho, Taiwanese professional Go player, born in Shanghai, China

  • 1943 Andreas Baader, leader of the German organization Red Army Faction, born in Munich (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Jim Ramstad, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1947 Sandra Fisher, American painter, born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1947 Martha Nussbaum, American philosopher, born in New York City
  • 1949 David Leestma, American astronaut (STS 41-G, 28, 45), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1951 Samuel Doe, President of Liberia (d. 1990)
  • 1952 Chiaki Naito-Mukai, Tatebayashi Japan, astronaut (STS 65, sk:95)

Person of interestTony Blair

1953 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 1953 Michelle Courchesne, Quebec politician
  • 1954 Sergei Nikolayevich Tresvyatsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Donald A Thomas, PhD/Astronaut (STS 65, 70, 83, 94), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1955 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955 Tom Bergeron, American game show host
  • 1959 Charles Hendry, British Conservative Party politician, born in Cuckfield, England
  • 1959 Eric D Fingerhut, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Ohio 1993-95), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1978 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 1979 Nikki Hayes, Irish radio personality
  • 1981 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer (Dancing With The Stars), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 2019 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, British son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, born in London, England