This Day in History

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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 politician, List of colonial governors of Virginia|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 (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 -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 giant (d. 1888)

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

1866- Allen Lard -American golfer (d. 1946)

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

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

1877- Wallace H. White, Jr. -American politician (d. 1952)

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

1881- Leo Carrillo -American actor (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 educator (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)

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

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

1893- Wright Patman -American 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 mobster (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 (d. 1997)

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

1908- Lajos Vajda -Hungarian painter (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)

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 record producer (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)

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

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

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

1926- Elisabeth Beresford -French-English 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)

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)

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- Charles Wood (playwright)|Charles Wood -English playwright and screenwriter

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

1934- Piers Anthony -English-American author

1934- Chris Bonington -English mountaineer

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- Louise Sorel -American actress

1941- Lyle Berman -American poker player

1941- Ray Culp -American baseball player

1941- Andrew Green (diplomat)|Andrew Green -English diplomat

1942- George Jung -American drug trafficker

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

1943- Jon Postel -American computer scientist (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- 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)

1946- Judy Craig -American singer (The Chiffons)

1947- Tony Dell -English-Australian cricketer

1948- William McCrea (politician)|William McCrea -Irish politician

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

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 television host

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

1952- David McLetchie -Scottish 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

1956- Stepfanie Kramer -American actress and singer

1957- Bob Horner -American baseball player

1957- Jim McGreevey -American 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- Gary Valenciano -Filipino singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

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 -England cricketer

1967- Mike Greenberg -American journalist and sportscaster

1967- Lorna Fitzsimons -English businesswoman and politician

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

1972- Ray Lucas -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Darren Eales -English footballer and lawyer

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- Stuart O'Grady -Australian cyclist

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

1973- Iain Morris -English screenwriter and producer

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

1975- Víctor Zambrano -Venezuelan baseball player

1976- Soleil Moon Frye -American actress

1976- Melissa George -Australian-American actress

1976- Krisztina Sereny -Hungarian bodybuilder and model

1977- Leandro Amaral -Brazilian footballer

1977- Jennifer Lyons -American actress

1977- Jimmy Nielsen -Danish footballer and manager

1977- Luciano Zavagno -Argentinian footballer

1978- Marisa Miller -American model and actress

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- Landon Pigg -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1983- Robin van Persie -Dutch footballer

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- Raphael Pyrasch -German rugby player

1986- Reby Sky -American wrestler and model

1987- Charley Chase (pornographic actress)|Charley Chase -American porn actress

1987- Aditya Narayan -Indian actor and singer

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

1995- Rebecca Peterson -Swedish tennis player

1998- Jack Scanlon -English actor

2001- Ty Simpkins -American actor