Birthdays in History on November 6

  • 1391 Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician, born in New Forest, Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1425)
  • 1479 Johanna, the Insane, Queen of Castile (1504-20), born in Toledo, Spain (d. 1555)

Person of interestSuleiman the Magnificent

1494 Suleiman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan and the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1530-1566), born in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire (d. 1566)

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1550 Karin Månsdotter, Queen of Sweden, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1612)

Person of interestThomas Kyd

1558 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (Spanish Tragedy), born in London (d. 1594)

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1661 Charles II of Spain, last Habsburg king of Spain (reigns 1665-1700), born in Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain (d. 1700)
  • 1692 Louis Racine, French poet (La Religion), born in Paris (d. 1763)
  • 1746 Absalom Jones, African-American abolitionist and clergyman, born into slavery in Delaware (d. 1818)
  • 1753 Mikhail Kozlovsky, Russian sculptor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1802)
  • 1796 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • 1818 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire [OS=Oct 25]
  • 1822 Gordon Granger, American Major General (Union Army), born in Wayne County, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1833 Jonas Lie, Norwegian author (The Family at Gilje: A Domestic Story of the Forties), born in Hokksund, Eiker, Norway (d. 1908)
  • 1836 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1838 John Grant Mitchell, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1894)
  • 1841 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, born in Foster, Rhode Island (d. 1915)
  • 1841 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), born in Mézin, France (d. 1931)
  • 1848 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, born in Coate, Swindon, England (d. 1887)
  • 1851 Charles Dow, American journalist and economist (co-founded Dow Jones and 1st editor of Wall St Journal), born in Sterling, Connecticut (d. 1902)
  • 1855 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, born in Kenton County, Kentucky (d. 1942)
  • 1856 Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich, Grand Duke of Russia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1929)
  • 1867 Marie Bregendahl, Danish author (Holger Hauge og hans Hustru), born in Fly, Denmark (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1880 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer and novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor
  • 1892 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop flight across Atlantic Ocean), born in Stretford, England (d. 1919)
  • 1892 Harold Ross, American magazine editor and co-founded The New Yorker, born in Aspen, Colorado (d. 1951)
  • 1908 Fanny Leys, Flemish author (Ontwijding)
  • 1917 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), born in Hayden, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1921 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), born in Robinson, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian transsexual professional whistler, born in Volary, Sudetenland (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], SS'er
  • 1926 Brian Abel-Smith, British economist and expert adviser, born in Kensington Court Gardens, London (d. 1996)
  • 1936 K. Schippers [Gerard Stigter], Dutch author (Een klok en profil), born in Amsterdam
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Sologub, Russian cosmonaut, born in Buguruslan, Orenburg Oblast (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Bas de Gaay Fortman, Dutch scholar and politician (PPR), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1938 Dumitru Rusu, Romanian painter, born in Ilişeşti , Suceava
  • 1939 Leonardo Quisumbing, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, born in Masbate, Philippines
  • 1940 Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President and President of the American Jewish World Service, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Dieter F. Uchtdorf, German aviator and religious leader (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), born in Moravská Ostrava
  • 1943 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist (d. 1964)
  • 1945 Robert J. Mrazek, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-93), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1946 Fred Penner, Canadian children's entertainer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1949 Joseph C. Wilson, Vice Chairman of Jarch Capital, LLC, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1951 Peter Althin, Swedish politician and attorney, born in Lund, Skåne, Sweden
  • 1954 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1957 Klaus Kleinfeld, German industrialist, born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1961 Kazuhiko Aoki, Japanese game creator, born in Japan
  • 1968 Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-born American entrepreneur (co-founder of Yahoo!, Inc.), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1969 Colson Whitehead, American writer (The Intuitionist, The Underground Railroad), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 Catherine Clark, Canadian journalist; daughter of Joe Clark, born in High River, Alberta
  • 1981 Cassie Bernall, American murder victim, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • 1989 Jozy Altidore, American footballer, born in Livingston, New Jersey