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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)

1550- Orazio Vecchi -Italian composer (d. 1605)

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 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)

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-American 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 (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)

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)

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

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

1910- Tullio Crali -Italian painter (d. 2000)

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

1913- Eleanor Holm -American swimmer (d. 2004)

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- Kamal Jumblatt -Lebanese 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 -American figure skater (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)

1928- Stanley Clinton Davis, Baron Clinton-Davis -English politician

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

1929- Nikolaus Harnoncourt -German-Austrian cellist and conductor

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

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

1929- Philippe Bouvard -Franch journalist, television and radio host

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- Ioannis Kefalogiannis -Greek politician (d. 2012)

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- 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- 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 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- Joe Hisaishi -Japanese composer

1950- Helen Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1950- Karlheinz Subklewe -German footballer

1951- Wendy Ellis Somes -English ballerina

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- Charles Bronson (prisoner)|Charles Bronson -English boxer and criminal

1952- Edward Etzel -American target shooter

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

1952- Christian Kulik -Polish-German footballer

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

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 columnist (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, singer, and producer

1953- Masami Kurumada -Japanese author and illustrator

1953- Kin Shriner -American actor

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

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)

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

1959- Stephen Hepburn -English politician

1959- Satoru Iwata -Japanese businessman

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

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 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

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

1981- Federico Balzaretti -Italian footballer

1982- Ryan Carnes -American actor

1982- Alberto Contador -Spanish cyclist

1982- Sean Ervine -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982- Susie Wolff -Scottish race car driver

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- 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

2000- Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón -Spanish son of Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca