Birthdays in History on October 6

  • 1289 Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, King of Hungary (1301-05) and King of Bohemia and Poland (1305-06), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1306)
  • 1459 Martin Behaim, German navigator and geographer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1507)
  • 1510 John Caius, English physician, born in Norwich, England (d. 1573)
  • 1510 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, born in Northumberland, England (d. 1555)
  • 1552 Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (China), born in Macerata, Italy (d. 1610)
  • 1573 Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, English patron of the theater, born in Cowdray House, Sussex, England (d. 1624)
  • 1610 Charles de Sainte-Maure, duc de Montausier, French soldier (d. 1690)
  • 1706 Pieter Steyn, Dutch grand pensionary (1749-72), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1772)
  • 1716 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, born in Dover, England (d. 1771)
  • 1738 Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, second child of Francis I Holy Roman Emperor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1789)
  • 1744 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • 1767 Henri Christophe, President of Haiti (1807-11) and King of Haiti (1811-20), born in Grenada (d. 1820)

Isaac BrockIsaac Brock (1769-1812)

British army officer who successfully defended Upper Canada in War of 1812, born in St Peter Port, Guernsey

  • 1773 Louis-Philippe, King of France (1830-48), born in Palais Royal, Paris (d. 1850)
  • 1801 Hippolyte Carnot, French statesman, born in Saint-Omer, France (d. 1888)
  • 1803 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, born in Legnica, Poland (d. 1879)
  • 1808 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1863)
  • 1819 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer (d. 1892)
  • 1831 Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature & Meaning of Numbers), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1838 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer, born in Cairo Montenotte, Italy (d. 1910)

George WestinghouseGeorge Westinghouse (1846-1914)

American entrepreneur and engineer (air brakes, alternating current system) who was a pioneer of the electrical industry (Westinghouse Electric), born in Central Bridge, New York

  • 1847 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, born in Marburg, Germany (d. 1921)
  • 1849 Basil Zaharoff, Greek arms dealer (merchant of death), born in Muğla, Turkey (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor (Curacao)
  • 1860 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch foreign minister (1908-13)
  • 1862 Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, American politician/author (Progressive)
  • 1874 Frank G. Allen, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Ernest Lapointe, French Canadian politician (d. 1941)

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier (1887-1965)

Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • 1887 MartinLuis Guzman, Mexican novelist (Eagle & the Serpent)
  • 1888 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1889 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Noce I Dnie)
  • 1895 Caroline Gordon, Kentucky, writer (Green Centuries)
  • 1903 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist (Nobel Prize 1951 for work building earliest particle accelerator), born in Abbeyside, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), born in Liegnitz, Silesia (d. 1971)
  • 1908 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (d. 1989)
  • 1910 Barbara Castle, British politician (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Joop Zwart, Dutch political activist and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Meret Oppenheim, writer

Thor HeyerdahlThor Heyerdahl (1914-2002)

Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), born in Larvik, Norway

  • 1915 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Harry van Doorn [Henri W], CRM minister/Dutch politician (KVP/PPR)

Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), born in Montgomery County, Mississippi

  • 1920 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Evgenii Landis, Soviet Russian mathematician, born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), born in Hemite, Osmaniye, Ottoman Empire (d. 2015)

Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad (1930-2000)

General and President of Syria (1971-2000), born in Qardaha, Alawite State, Syria

  • 1931 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Gloria Lane, educator/author/founder (Women's International Center)
  • 1936 Rob Touber [Robert J Noordervliet], cabaret director (Capers)
  • 1938 Serge Nubret, French bodybuilder
  • 1939 Doug Bereuter, American politician (Rep-R-Nebraska, 1979-2004), born in York, Nebraska
  • 1939 John LaFalce, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1975-2003), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1940 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2021)
  • 1940 John Warnock, American computer scientist, and businessman (co-founder of Adobe Systems), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1940 Wyche Fowler Jr, American attorney and politician (US Representative-D-GA, 1977-87; US Senator from Georgia, 1987-93), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1943 Alexander Maxovich Shilov, Russian painter
  • 1944 Merzak Allouache, director (Salut Cousin, Amour a Paris)
  • 1945 Dominic Barbara, American celebrity attorney (Howard Stern, Jessica Hahn, Joe Buttafuoco)
  • 1946 Eddie Villanueva, JIL Spiritual Director, Owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network
  • 1946 Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1947 Aleksandr Stepanovich Andryushkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1948 Dan Hamburg, American politician (US Rep-D-California, 1993-95), and environmentalist, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (74 years old)

1948 Northern Irish politician (President of Sinn Féin, 1983-2018), born in the Ballymurphy, Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • 1952 Ayten Mutlu, Turkish poet and writer
  • 1953 Klaas Bruinsma, Dutch drug lord (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Kathleen Webb, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1958 Joseph Finder, American novelist
  • 1959 Brian Higgins, American politician (US Representative for New York, 2005-present), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1959 Walter Ray Williams Jr, bowler (twice Player of the Year)
  • 1965 Jim "Razor" Sharp, American rodeo rider (Las Vegas 1988), Kermit, Texas
  • 1967 Svend Karlsen, Norwegian strongman
  • 1982 MC Lars, American hip-hop artist
  • 1995 Jessica Lunsford, American kidnapping victim (d. 2005)
  • 2000 Jazz Jennings, American transgender activist, born in South Florida (probable date)