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Day History: August-6

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Famous Birthdays


1180 - [[Emperor Go-Toba]] -of Japan (d. 1239)

1504 - [[Matthew Parker]] -English archbishop (d. 1575)

1609 - [[Richard Bennett (Governor)|Richard Bennett]] -English-American politician, Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)

1619 - [[Barbara Strozzi]] -Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1677)

1638 - [[Nicolas Malebranche]] -French priest and philosopher (d. 1715)

1644 - [[Louise de La Vallière]] -French mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1710)

1656 - [[Claude de Forbin]] -French general (d. 1733)

1666 - [[Maria Sophia of Neuburg]] -(d. 1699)

1697 - [[Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(d. 1745)

1715 - [[Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues]] -French author (d. 1747)

1765 - [[Petros Mavromichalis]] -Greek general and politician, 2nd List of Prime Ministers of Greece|Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1848)

1766 - [[William Hyde Wollaston]] -English chemist and physicist (d. 1828)

1768 - [[Jean-Baptiste Bessières]] -French general and politician (d. 1813)

1775 - [[Daniel O'Connell]] -Irish lawyer and politician, Lord Mayor of Dublin (d. 1847)

1809 - [[Alfred, Lord Tennyson]] -English poet and author (d. 1892)

1826 - [[Thomas Alexander Browne]] -English-Australian author (d. 1915)

1844 - [[Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha]] -(d. 1900)

1844 - [[James Henry Greathead]] -South African-English engineer (d. 1896)

1846 - [[Anna Haining Bates]] -Canadian-American giant (d. 1888)

1861 - [[Edith Roosevelt]] -American wife of Theodore Roosevelt, 27th First Lady of the United States (d. 1948)

1868 - [[Paul Claudel]] -French poet and playwright (d. 1955)

1874 - [[Charles Fort]] -American author (d. 1932)

1877 - [[Wallace H. White, Jr.]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1952)

1880 - [[Hans Moser (actor)|Hans Moser]] -Austrian actor and singer (d. 1964)

1881 - [[Leo Carrillo]] -American actor, singer, and cartoonist (d. 1961)

1881 - [[Alexander Fleming]] -Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1881 - [[Louella Parsons]] -American actress, screenwriter, and journalist (d. 1972)

1882 - [[Ernst Eklund (actor)|Ernst Eklund]] -Swedish actor (d. 1971)

1883 - [[Scott Nearing]] -American economist and educator (d. 1983)

1886 - [[Edward Ballantine]] -American composer and academic (d. 1971)

1887 - [[Dudley Benjafield]] -English race car driver (d. 1957)

1888 - [[Heinrich Schlusnus]] -German singer (d. 1952)

1889 - [[George Kenney]] -Canadian-American general (d. 1977)

1889 - [[John Middleton Murry]] -English poet and author (d. 1957)

1890 - [[Wentworth Beaumont, 2nd Viscount Allendale]] -English captain and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland (d. 1956)

1891 - [[William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim]] -English field marshal and politician, 13th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1970)

1892 - [[Hoot Gibson]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)

1893 - [[Wright Patman]] -American lieutenant and politician (d. 1976)

1895 - [[Ernesto Lecuona]] -Cuban pianist and composer (d. 1963)

1900 - [[Cecil Howard Green]] -English-American geophysicist and businessman, co-founded Texas Instruments (d. 2003)

1902 - [[Dutch Schultz]] -American mob boss (d. 1935)

1904 - [[Jean Dessès]] -Greek-Egyptian fashion designer (d. 1970)

1904 - [[Henry Iba]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 1993)

1906 - [[Vic Dickenson]] -American trombonist (d. 1984)

1908 - [[Helen Jacobs]] -American tennis player and commander (d. 1997)

1908 - [[Will Lee]] -American actor (d. 1982)

1908 - [[Lajos Vajda]] -Hungarian painter and illustrator (d. 1941)

1909 - [[Diana Keppel, Countess of Albemarle]] -(d. 2013)

1910 - [[Charles Crichton]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1911 - [[Lucille Ball]] -American actress, singer, and producer (d. 1989)

1911 - [[Norman Gordon]] -South African cricketer (d. 2014)

1911 - [[Constance Heaven]] -English author and actress (d. 1995)

1912 - [[Richard C. Miller]] -American photographer (d. 2010)

1914 - [[Gordon Freeth]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 24th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia)|Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 2001)

1916 - [[Richard Hofstadter]] -American historian and academic (d. 1970)

1916 - [[Dom Mintoff]] -Maltese journalist and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 2012)

1917 - [[Barbara Cooney]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1917 - [[Robert Mitchum]] -American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1917 - [[Edward Jewesbury]] -English actor (d. 2002)

1918 - [[Norman Granz]] -American-Swiss record producer and manager (d. 2001)

1920 - [[Selma Diamond]] -Canadian-American actress and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1920 - [[John Graves (author)|John Graves]] -American author (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Ella Raines]] -American actress (d. 1988)

1922 - [[Freddie Laker]] -English businessman, founded Laker Airways (d. 2006)

1922 - [[Dan Walker (politician)|Dan Walker]] -American lawyer and politician, 36th Governor of Illinois (d. 2015)

1923 - [[Jess Collins]] -American painter (d. 2004)

1923 - [[Paul Hellyer]] -Canadian engineer and politician, 16th Minister of National Defence (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Defence

1924 - [[Samuel Bowers]] -American activist, co-founded the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 2006)

1925 - [[Barbara Bates]] -American actress and singer (d. 1969)

1926 - [[Elisabeth Beresford]] -French-English journalist and author (d. 2010)

1926 - [[Frank Finlay]] -English actor

1926 - [[Clem Labine]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse]] -(d. 2013)

1926 - [[János Rózsás]] -Hungarian author (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Norman Wexler]] -American screenwriter (d. 1999)

1927 - [[Inga Landgré]] -Swedish actress

1928 - [[Herb Moford]] -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1928 - [[Andy Warhol]] -American painter and photographer (d. 1987)

1929 - [[Mike Elliott (saxophonist)|Mike Elliott]] -Jamaican saxophonist (The Foundations and Rico's Combo)

1929 - [[Roch La Salle]] -Canadian politician, 42nd Minister of Public Works (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Public Works (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Abbey Lincoln]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2010)

1931 - [[Chalmers Johnson]] -American scholar and author (d. 2010)

1932 - [[Michael Deeley]] -English screenwriter and producer

1932 - [[Howard Hodgkin]] -English painter

1932 - [[Ahmet Mekin]] -Turkish actor

1932 - [[Charles Wood (playwright)|Charles Wood]] -English playwright and screenwriter

1933 - [[A. G. Kripal Singh]] -Indian cricketer (d. 1987)

1934 - [[Piers Anthony]] -English-American soldier and author

1934 - [[Chris Bonington]] -English mountaineer and author

1934 - [[Billy Boston]] -Welsh rugby player and soldier

1935 - [[Fortunato Baldelli]] -Italian cardinal (d. 2012)

1935 - [[Octavio Getino]] -Spanish-Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Baden Powell de Aquino]] -Brazilian guitarist and composer (d. 2000)

1937 - [[Charlie Haden]] -American bassist and composer (Old and New Dreams) (d. 2014)

1937 - [[Barbara Windsor]] -English actress and singer

1938 - [[Paul Bartel]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1938 - [[Peter Bonerz]] -American actor and director

1940 - [[Mukhu Aliyev]] -Russian philologist and politician, 2nd President of Dagestan

1940 - [[Egil Kapstad]] -Norwegian pianist and composer

1940 - [[Louise Sorel]] -American actress

1941 - [[Lyle Berman]] -American businessman and poker player

1941 - [[Ray Culp]] -American baseball player

1941 - [[Andrew Green, Baron Green of Deddington]] -English diplomat

1942 - [[George Jung]] -American drug trafficker

1942 - [[Byard Lancaster]] -American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2012)

1943 - [[Jon Postel]] -American computer scientist and academic (d. 1998)

1944 - [[Inday Badiday]] -Filipino journalist and actress (d. 2003)

1944 - [[Michael Mingos]] -English chemist and academic

1944 - [[Martin Wharton]] -English bishop

1945 - [[Ron Jones (television director)|Ron Jones]] -English director and production manager (d. 1993)

1945 - [[Andy Messersmith]] -American baseball player and coach

1946 - [[Judy Craig]] -American singer (The Chiffons)

1946 - [[Allan Holdsworth]] -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (UK (band)|UK, The Tony Williams Lifetime, HoBoLeMa, and Tempest (UK band)|Tempest)

1946 - [[Masaaki Sakai]] -Japanese actor and singer (The Spiders (Japanese band)|The Spiders)

1947 - [[Radhia Cousot]] -French computer scientist and academic

1947 - [[Tony Dell]] -English-Australian cricketer and soldier

1948 - [[William McCrea (politician)|William McCrea]] -Irish soldier and politician

1949 - [[Dino Bravo]] -Italian-Canadian wrestler (d. 1993)

1949 - [[Richard Prince]] -American painter and photographer

1949 - [[Clarence Richard Silva]] -American bishop

1950 - [[Dorian Harewood]] -American actor and singer

1951 - [[Christophe de Margerie]] -French businessman (d. 2014)

1951 - [[Catherine Hicks]] -American actress

1951 - [[Daryl Somers]] -Australian singer, television host, and producer

1952 - [[Pat MacDonald (musician)|Pat MacDonald]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Timbuk3)

1952 - [[David McLetchie]] -Scottish lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1952 - [[Ton Scherpenzeel]] -Dutch keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Kayak (band)|Kayak Camel (band)|Camel, and Earth and Fire)

1952 - [[Vinnie Vincent]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kiss (band)|Kiss and Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

1953 - [[Iqbal Qasim]] -Pakistani cricketer

1954 - [[Paul Steigerwald]] -American sportscaster

1955 - [[Gregory Bryant-Bey]] -American murderer (d. 2008)

1955 - [[Rusty Magee]] -American actor and composer (d. 2003)

1955 - [[John Reid (jockey)|John Reid]] -Irish jockey

1956 - [[Bill Emmott]] -English journalist and author

1956 - [[Stepfanie Kramer]] -American actress and singer

1957 - [[Bob Horner]] -American baseball player

1957 - [[Jim McGreevey]] -American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New Jersey

1958 - [[Randy DeBarge]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (DeBarge)

1959 - [[Rajendra Singh]] -Indian environmentalist

1960 - [[Dale Ellis]] -American basketball player

1961 - [[Cara Lott]] -American porn actress and model

1961 - [[Mary Ann Sieghart]] -English journalist and radio host

1962 - [[Marc Lavoine]] -French singer and actor

1962 - [[Michelle Yeoh]] -Malaysian-Hong Kong actress and producer

1963 - [[Tomoyuki Dan]] -Japanese voice actor (d. 2013)

1963 - [[Charles Ingram]] -English soldier, author, and game show contestant

1963 - [[Kevin Mitnick]] -American computer hacker and author

1964 - [[Lisa Boyle]] -American model and photographer

1964 - [[Moosie Drier]] -American actor and director

1964 - [[Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo]] -Nigerian journalist, activist, social media expert, and pharmacist

1964 - [[Gary Valenciano]] -Filipino singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1965 - [[Ravi Coltrane]] -American saxophonist

1965 - [[Yuki Kajiura]] -Japanese pianist and composer (See-Saw)

1965 - [[Juliane Köhler]] -German actress

1965 - [[David Robinson (basketball)|David Robinson]] -American basketball player and lieutenant

1965 - [[Mark Speight]] -English television host (d. 2008)

1965 - [[Vince Wells]] -English cricketer

1967 - [[Lorna Fitzsimons]] -English businesswoman and politician

1967 - [[Mike Greenberg]] -American journalist and sportscaster

1967 - [[Julie Snyder]] -Canadian talk show host and producer

1968 - [[Jack de Gier]] -Dutch footballer

1969 - [[Simon Doull]] -New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster

1969 - [[Elliott Smith]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Heatmiser) (d. 2003)

1970 - [[M. Night Shyamalan]] -Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Erwin Thijs]] -Belgian cyclist

1971 - [[Merrin Dungey]] -American actress

1971 - [[Scott Minto]] -English footballer and sportscaster

1971 - [[Piyal Wijetunge]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1972 - [[Paolo Bacigalupi]] -American author

1972 - [[Darren Eales]] -English footballer and lawyer

1972 - [[Geri Halliwell]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Spice Girls)

1972 - [[Ray Lucas]] -American football player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Vera Farmiga]] -American actress

1973 - [[Monica Goodling]] -American lawyer

1973 - [[Max Kellerman]] -American sportscaster and radio host

1973 - [[Donna Lewis]] -Welsh singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1973 - [[Iain Morris]] -English screenwriter and producer

1973 - [[Stuart O'Grady]] -Australian cyclist

1973 - [[Karenna Gore Schiff]] -American lawyer, journalist, and author

1974 - [[Ever Carradine]] -American actress

1974 - [[Bobby Petta]] -Dutch footballer

1974 - [[Luis Vizcaíno]] -Dominican baseball player

1974 - [[Alvin Williams]] -American basketball player and coach

1975 - [[Jason Crump]] -English-Australian motorcycle racer

1975 - [[Renate Götschl]] -Austrian skier

1975 - [[Jamie McGonnigal]] -American voice actor and producer

1975 - [[Víctor Zambrano]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1976 - [[Soleil Moon Frye]] -American actress and producer

1976 - [[Melissa George]] -Australian-American actress

1976 - [[Adam Ritson]] -Australian rugby player

1976 - [[Krisztina Sereny]] -Hungarian bodybuilder and model

1976 - [[Shaun Timmins]] -Australian rugby player

1977 - [[Leandro Amaral]] -Brazilian footballer

1977 - [[Jimmy Nielsen]] -Danish footballer and manager

1977 - [[Luciano Zavagno]] -Argentinian footballer

1978 - [[Marisa Miller]] -American model and actress

1978 - [[Katie Price]] -English model, actress and singer

1978 - [[Reuben Rox]] -American actor, director, and producer

1978 - [[Marvel Smith]] -American football player

1979 - [[Francesco Bellotti]] -Italian cyclist

1979 - [[Jaime Correa (footballer)|Jaime Correa]] -Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Jonathan Glanfield]] -English sailor

1979 - [[Megumi Okina]] -Japanese actress and singer

1979 - [[Travis Reed]] -American basketball player

1980 - [[Danny Collins]] -English-Welsh footballer

1980 - [[Monique Ganderton]] -Canadian actress and stuntwoman

1980 - [[András Horváth (footballer)|András Horváth]] -Hungarian footballer

1980 - [[Charles McCarthy (fighter)|Charles McCarthy]] -American mixed martial artist

1980 - [[Wilber Pan]] -American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor

1980 - [[Seneca Wallace]] -American football player

1980 - [[Roman Weidenfeller]] -German footballer

1981 - [[Vitantonio Liuzzi]] -Italian race car driver

1981 - [[Travie McCoy]] -American rapper and producer (Gym Class Heroes)

1981 - [[Diána Póth]] -Hungarian figure skater

1982 - [[Adrianne Curry]] -American model, actress, and producer

1982 - [[Karl Davies]] -English actor

1982 - [[Romola Garai]] -English model and actress

1982 - [[Danny Lopes]] -American model and actor

1982 - [[Ryan Sypek]] -American actor

1982 - [[Jordis Unga]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982 - [[Kevin van der Perren]] -Belgian figure skater

1983 - [[Annevig Schelde Ebbe]] -Danish actress

1983 - [[Neil Harvey (footballer)|Neil Harvey]] -English-Barbadian footballer

1983 - [[C. J. Mosley (defensive lineman)|C. J. Mosley]] -American football player

1983 - [[Robin van Persie]] -Dutch footballer

1983 - [[Landon Pigg]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1984 - [[Sofia Essaïdi]] -Moroccan singer, dancer, and actress

1984 - [[Eva-Maria Hoch]] -Austrian tennis player

1984 - [[Vedad Ibišević]] -Bosnian footballer

1984 - [[Jesse Ryder]] -New Zealand cricketer

1985 - [[Viktoria Baškite]] -Estonian chess player

1985 - [[Mickaël Delage]] -French cyclist

1985 - [[Bafétimbi Gomis]] -French footballer

1985 - [[Garrett Weber-Gale]] -American swimmer

1986 - [[Mehmet Akgün]] -Turkish footballer

1986 - [[Raphael Pyrasch]] -German rugby player

1986 - [[Reby Sky]] -American wrestler and model

1987 - [[Charley Chase (actress)|Charley Chase]] -American porn actress

1987 - [[Joran van der Sloot]] -Dutch murderer

1988 - [[Aleska Diamond]] -Hungarian porn actress

1988 - [[Chelsee Healey]] -English actress

1988 - [[Jared Murillo]] -American singer, dancer, and actor (V Factory)

1991 - [[Jiao Liuyang]] -Chinese swimmer

1993 - [[Kaori Ishihara]] -Japanese voice actress and singer (StylipS)

1995 - [[Rebecca Peterson]] -Swedish tennis player

1997 - [[Kristína Schmiedlová]] -Slovak tennis player

1998 - [[Jack Scanlon]] -English actor

2001 - [[Ty Simpkins]] -American actor

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