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Day History: December-6

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Famous Birthdays


846 - [[Hasan al-Askari]] -Saudi Arabian 11th of the Twelve Imams (d. 874)

1285 - [[Ferdinand IV of Castile]] -(d. 1312)

1421 - [[Henry VI of England]] -(d. 1471)

1478 - [[Baldassare Castiglione]] -Italian courtier, diplomat, and author (d. 1529)

1586 - [[Niccolò Zucchi]] -Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1670)

1608 - [[George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle]] -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1670)

1637 - [[Edmund Andros]] -English courtier and politician, 4th Colonial Governor of New York (d. 1714)

1640 - [[Claude Fleury]] -French historian and author (d. 1723)

1642 - [[Johann Christoph Bach]] -German organist and composer (d. 1703)

1685 - [[Marie Adélaïde of Savoy]] -(d. 1712)

1721 - [[James Elphinston]] -Scottish philologist and educator (d. 1809)

1721 - [[Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes]] -French minister and politician (d. 1794)

1752 - [[Gabriel Duvall]] -American jurist and politician (d. 1844)

1778 - [[Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac]] -French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)

1792 - [[William II of the Netherlands]] -(d. 1849)

1803 - [[Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony]] -(d. 1829)

1805 - [[Adolf Reubke]] -German organ builder (d. 1875)

1805 - [[Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin]] -French magician (d. 1861)

1812 - [[Robert Spear Hudson]] -English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1884)

1823 - [[Max Müller]] -German-English philologist and orientalist (d. 1900)

1833 - [[John S. Mosby]] -American colonel (d. 1916)

1841 - [[Frédéric Bazille]] -French painter and soldier (d. 1870)

1849 - [[August von Mackensen]] -German field marshal (d. 1945)

1853 - [[Haraprasad Shastri]] -Indian historian and scholar (d. 1931)

1856 - [[Hans Molisch]] -Czech-Austrian botanist (d. 1937)

1863 - [[Charles Martin Hall]] -American chemist and engineer (d. 1914)

1872 - [[Arthur Henry Adams]] -Australian journalist and author (d. 1936)

1872 - [[William S. Hart]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)

1874 - [[Lucien Démanet]] -French gymnast (d. 1979)

1875 - [[Albert Bond Lambert]] -American golfer and pilot (d. 1946)

1875 - [[Evelyn Underhill]] -English mystic and author (d. 1941)

1876 - [[Fred Duesenberg]] -German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg|Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932)

1884 - [[Cornelia Meigs]] -American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973)

1886 - [[Joyce Kilmer]] -American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)

1887 - [[Lynn Fontanne]] -English actress (d. 1983)

1887 - [[Joseph Lamb]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1960)

1888 - [[Will Hay]] -English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949)

1890 - [[Dion Fortune]] -Welsh occultist, psychologist, and author (d. 1946)

1890 - [[Yoshio Nishina]] -Japanese physicist and academic (d. 1951)

1890 - [[Rudolf Schlichter]] -German painter (d. 1955)

1892 - [[Osbert Sitwell]] -English-Italian captain, poet, and author (d. 1969)

1893 - [[Homer N. Wallin]] -American admiral (d. 1984)

1896 - [[Ira Gershwin]] -American songwriter (d. 1983)

1898 - [[Alfred Eisenstaedt]] -German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)

1898 - [[Gunnar Myrdal]] -Swedish sociologist and economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1900 - [[Agnes Moorehead]] -American actress and singer (d. 1974)

1901 - [[Eliot Porter]] -American photographer (d. 1990)

1903 - [[Tony Lazzeri]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1946)

1904 - [[Ève Curie]] -French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007)

1905 - [[Elizabeth Yates (author)|Elizabeth Yates]] -American author (d. 2001)

1908 - [[Pierre Graber]] -Swiss lawyer and politician, 69th List of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation|President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2003)

1908 - [[Baby Face Nelson]] -American gangster (d. 1934)

1908 - [[Miklós Szabó (middle-distance runner)|Miklós Szabó]] -Hungarian runner (d. 2000)

1909 - [[Rulon Jeffs]] -American religious leader (d. 2002)

1910 - [[David M. Potter]] -American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)

1913 - [[Karl Haas]] -German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Eleanor Holm]] -American swimmer and actress (d. 2004)

1913 - [[John Mikaelsson]] -Swedish race walker (d. 1987)

1916 - [[Yekaterina Budanova]] -Russian captain and pilot (d. 1943)

1916 - [[Kristján Eldjárn]] -Icelandic educator and politician, 3rd President of Iceland (d. 1982)

1916 - [[Hugo Peretti]] -American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)

1917 - [[Dean Hess]] -American minister and colonel (d. 2015)

1917 - [[Kamal Jumblatt]] -Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)

1917 - [[Irv Robbins]] -Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)

1917 - [[Waldemar von Gazen]] -German general and lawyer (d. 2014)

1919 - [[Skippy Baxter]] -Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012)

1919 - [[Paul de Man]] -Belgian-American philosopher, critic, and academic (d. 1983)

1920 - [[Dave Brubeck]] -American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Peter Dimmock]] -English sportscaster

1920 - [[George Porter]] -English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

1921 - [[Otto Graham]] -American football player and coach (d. 2003)

1921 - [[Piero Piccioni]] -Italian lawyer, pianist, and composer (d. 2004)

1922 - [[John Brunt]] -English captain, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)

1922 - [[Benjamin A. Gilman]] -American soldier and politician

1924 - [[Wally Cox]] -American actor (d. 1973)

1927 - [[Jim Fuchs]] -American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010)

1928 - [[Stanley Clinton Davis, Baron Clinton-Davis]] -English lawyer and politician

1928 - [[Bobby Van]] -American actor and singer (d. 1980)

1929 - [[Philippe Bouvard]] -French journalist and radio host

1929 - [[Nikolaus Harnoncourt]] -German-Austrian cellist and conductor

1929 - [[Frank Springer]] -American illustrator (d. 2009)

1929 - [[Alain Tanner]] -Swiss director, producer, and screenwriter

1930 - [[Daniel Lisulo]] -Zambian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2000)

1931 - [[Zeki Müren]] -Turkish singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1996)

1932 - [[Kamleshwar]] -Indian author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2007)

1933 - [[Henryk Górecki]] -Polish composer (d. 2010)

1933 - [[Donald J. Kutyna]] -American general

1934 - [[Nick Bockwinkel]] -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor

1935 - [[Jean Lapointe]] -Canadian actor, singer, and politician

1936 - [[Bill Ashton (jazz musician)|Bill Ashton]] -English saxophonist and composer

1936 - [[Kenneth Copeland]] -American evangelist and author

1937 - [[Alberto Spencer]] -Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006)

1938 - [[Patrick Bauchau]] -Belgian-American actor

1940 - [[Lawrence Bergman]] -Canadian politician

1940 - [[Richard Edlund]] -American visual effects designer

1941 - [[Richard Speck]] -American murderer (d. 1991)

1941 - [[Bruce Nauman]] -American artist

1941 - [[Bill Thomas]] -American academic and politician

1941 - [[Wende Wagner]] -American actress (d. 1997)

1942 - [[Peter Handke]] -Austrian author and playwright

1942 - [[Robb Royer]] -American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter (Bread (band)|Bread and The Pleasure Fair)

1943 - [[Tony Goldman]] -American real estate developer and arts visionary

1943 - [[Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five)|Mike Smith]] -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2008)

1945 - [[Larry Bowa]] -American baseball player and manager

1945 - [[Dan Harrington]] -American poker player

1945 - [[Shekhar Kapur]] -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 - [[Frankie Beverly]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Maze (band)|Maze)

1946 - [[Willy van der Kuijlen]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1947 - [[Lawrence Cannon]] -Canadian businessman and politician, 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1947 - [[Henk van Woerden]] -Dutch-South African painter and author (d. 2005)

1947 - [[Miroslav Vitouš]] -Czech-American bassist and songwriter (Weather Report)

1948 - [[Marius Müller-Westernhagen]] -German actor and singer

1948 - [[Jean-Paul Ngoupandé]] -Central African politician, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (d. 2014)

1948 - [[Don Nickles]] -American businessman and politician

1948 - [[Keke Rosberg]] -Finnish race car driver

1948 - [[JoBeth Williams]] -American actress, singer, and director

1949 - [[Linda Barnes (writer)|Linda Barnes]] -American author

1949 - [[Linda Creed]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)

1949 - [[Doug Marlette]] -American cartoonist (d. 2007)

1949 - [[Gregory Venables]] -English-Argentinian bishop

1950 - [[Guy Drut]] -French hurdler and politician

1950 - [[Joe Hisaishi]] -Japanese pianist, composer, and conductor

1950 - [[Helen Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke]] -Scottish journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1951 - [[Wendy Ellis Somes]] -English ballerina and producer

1951 - [[Gerry Francis]] -English footballer and manager

1951 - [[Maurice Hope]] -Caribbean-English boxer

1952 - [[Chuck Baker]] -American baseball player

1952 - [[Nicolas Bréhal]] -French author and critic

1952 - [[Edward Etzel]] -American target shooter

1952 - [[Joe Harris (American football)|Joe Harris]] -American football player

1952 - [[Craig Newmark]] -American computer programmer and businessman, founded Craigslist

1952 - [[Charles Salvador]] -English boxer and criminal

1952 - [[Shio Satō]] -Japanese illustrator (d. 2010)

1952 - [[Jeff Schneider]] -American baseball player

1952 - [[David L. Spector]] -American biologist and academic

1953 - [[Sue Carroll]] -English journalist (d. 2011)

1953 - [[Gary Goodman]] -Australian cricketer and coach

1953 - [[Geoff Hoon]] -English academic and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1953 - [[Tom Hulce]] -American actor and producer

1953 - [[Masami Kurumada]] -Japanese author and illustrator

1953 - [[Kin Shriner]] -American actor

1953 - [[Dwight Stones]] -American high jumper and sportscaster

1953 - [[Gary Ward (outfielder)|Gary Ward]] -American baseball player and coach

1955 - [[Anne Begg]] -Scottish educator and politician

1955 - [[Rick Buckler]] -English drummer (The Jam, The Highliners, and Time UK (band)|Time UK)

1955 - [[Steven Wright]] -American actor and screenwriter

1956 - [[Peter Buck]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods (band)|Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, Tuatara (band)|Tuatara, Tired Pony, and The Baseball Project)

1956 - [[Hans Kammerlander]] -Italian mountaineer and guide

1956 - [[Randy Rhoads]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Quiet Riot) (d. 1982)

1957 - [[Adrian Borland]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Sound (band)|The Sound and The Outsiders (British band)|The Outsiders) (d. 1999)

1957 - [[Luis Delís]] -Cuban discus thrower and shot putter

1958 - [[Nick Park]] -English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Stephen Hepburn]] -English politician

1959 - [[Satoru Iwata]] -Japanese businessman (d. 2015)

1959 - [[Stephen Muggleton]] -English computer scientist and engineer

1961 - [[David Lovering]] -American drummer (Pixies, The Martinis, and Cracker (band)|Cracker)

1961 - [[Manuel Reuter]] -German race car driver

1962 - [[Janine Turner]] -American actress

1962 - [[Ben Watt]] -English singer-songwriter, producer, and radio host (Everything but the Girl)

1963 - [[Ulrich Thomsen]] -Danish actor and producer

1964 - [[Mall Nukke]] -Estonian artist

1965 - [[Gordon Durie]] -Scottish footballer and manager

1966 - [[Natascha Badmann]] -Swiss triathlete

1967 - [[Judd Apatow]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[Hacken Lee]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor

1967 - [[Arnaldo Mesa]] -Cuban boxer (d. 2012)

1967 - [[Lucia Rijker]] -Dutch boxer and actress

1969 - [[Torri Higginson]] -Canadian actress

1970 - [[Isabelle Arnould]] -Belgian swimmer

1970 - [[Ulf Ekberg]] -Swedish singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Ace of Base)

1970 - [[Adrian Fenty]] -American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia

1970 - [[Jeff Rouse]] -American swimmer

1970 - [[Michaela Schaffrath]] -German nurse and actress

1971 - [[Craig Brewer]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1971 - [[Richard Krajicek]] -Dutch tennis player

1971 - [[Naozumi Takahashi]] -Japanese singer and voice actor

1971 - [[Carole Thate]] -Dutch field hockey player

1971 - [[Ryan White]] -American HIV/AIDS in the United States|AIDS victim (d. 1990)

1972 - [[Heather Mizeur]] -American politician

1972 - [[Mónica Santa María]] -Peruvian model and television host (d. 1994)

1972 - [[Rick Short]] -American baseball player

1974 - [[Jens Pulver]] -American mixed martial artist and boxer

1974 - [[Nick Stajduhar]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Noel Clarke]] -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1975 - [[Adrian García Arias]] -Mexican footballer

1976 - [[Colleen Haskell]] -American actress and producer

1976 - [[Alicia Machado]] -Venezuelan actress and singer, Miss Universe 1996

1976 - [[Lindsay Price]] -American actress and singer

1977 - [[Kevin Cash]] -American baseball player and coach

1977 - [[Andrew Flintoff]] -English cricketer and coach

1977 - [[Paul McVeigh]] -Irish footballer

1978 - [[K. D. Aubert]] -American model and actress

1978 - [[Chris Başak]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Darrell Jackson]] -American football player

1978 - [[Ramiro Pez]] -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1979 - [[Tim Cahill]] -Australian footballer

1979 - [[Yanina González]] -Paraguayan model, Miss Paraguay|Miss Paraguay 2004

1980 - [[Danielle Downey]] -American golfer and coach (d. 2014)

1980 - [[Steve Lovell]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Ehren Wassermann]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Tiffany Taylor (actress)|Tiffany Taylor]] -American porn actress

1980 - [[Kei Yasuda]] -Japanese singer, musician, and actress (Morning Musume and Dream Morning Musume)

1981 - [[Federico Balzaretti]] -Italian footballer

1982 - [[Ryan Carnes]] -American actor

1982 - [[Alberto Contador]] -Spanish cyclist

1982 - [[Sean Ervine]] -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982 - [[Aaron Sandilands]] -Australian rules footballer

1982 - [[Susie Wolff]] -Scottish race car driver

1983 - [[Ashley Madekwe]] -English actress

1984 - [[Syndric Steptoe]] -American football player

1985 - [[Shannon Bobbitt]] -American basketball player

1985 - [[Aristeidis Grigoriadis]] -Greek swimmer

1985 - [[Dulce María]] -Mexican singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (RBD and Jeans (band)|Jeans)

1985 - [[R. P. Singh|Rudra Pratap Singh]] -Indian cricketer

1986 - [[Sean Edwards (racing driver)|Sean Edwards]] -English race car driver (d. 2013)

1986 - [[Georgia Horsley]] -English model, Miss England|Miss England 2007

1986 - [[Matt Niskanen]] -American ice hockey player

1988 - [[Sandra Nurmsalu]] -Estonian singer and violinist (Urban Symphony)

1988 - [[Nils Petersen]] -German footballer

1989 - [[Felix Schiller]] -German footballer

1990 - [[Tamira Paszek]] -Austrian tennis player

1992 - [[Britt Assombalonga]] -Congolese footballer

1992 - [[Johnny Manziel]] -American football player

1993 - [[Pedro Rafael Amado Mendes]] -Portuguese footballer

1995 - [[Joy Gruttmann]] -German singer

1996 - [[Stefanie Scott]] -American actress and singer

1998 - [[Angelīna Kučvaļska]] -Latvian figure skater

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