6 January


1367

 King Richard II
Richard II (6 January 1367 – 14 February 1400), also known as Richard of Bordeaux, was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed on 30 September 1399. Born in Bordeaux. (d. 1400)

1412

 Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc (6 January c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English. Born in Domrémy, Duchy of Bar, Kingdom of France. (d. 1431)

1745

 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier
Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799) and his brother were paper manufacturers from Annonay, in Ardèche, France best known as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique. They launched the first piloted ascent, carrying Étienne. Born in Annonay, Ardèche, France. (d. 1799)

1832

 Gustave Doré
Gustave Doré (6 January 1832 – 23 January 1883) was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engraving. Born Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré in Strasbourg, France. (d. 1883)

1874

 Fred Niblo
Fred Niblo (January 6, 1874 – November 11, 1948) was an American pioneer film actor, director and producer. In 1925, Niblo was the principal director of the epic Ben-Hur that was one of the most expensive films of the day but became the third highest-grossing silent film in cinema history. Born Frederick Liedtke in York, Nebraska. (d. 1948)

1880

 Tom Mix
Tom Mix (January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies between 1909 and 1935. Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood’s first Western star. Born Thomas Hezikiah Mix in Mix Run, Pennsylvania. (d. 1940)

1903

 Francis L Sullivan
Francis L Sullivan (6 January 1903 – 19 November 1956) was an English film and stage actor. Among his film roles are Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist (1948) and Jaggers in two versions of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations – in 1934 and 1946. Born Francis Loftus Sullivan in Wandsworth, London, England. (d. 1956)

1912

 Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas (January 6, 1912 – February 6, 1991) was an American nightclub comedian, singer, actor, and producer, whose career spanned five decades. He created and starred in one of the most successful and long running situation comedies in the history of American network television, Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show) (1953-1964). Born Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz in Deerfield, Michigan. (d. 1991)

1913

 Loretta Young
Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an American actress and singer. She won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer’s Daughter and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable in 1949. She had a dramatic series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961. The series earned three Emmy Awards. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah. (d. 2000)

1920

 Doris Stokes
Doris May Fisher Stokes (6 January 1920 – 8 May 1987), born Doris Sutton, was a British spiritualist and professional medium. Her public performances, television appearances and memoirs made her a household name in Britain. Born Doris Sutton in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. (d. 1987)

1924

 Earl Scruggs
Earl Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Best known for “The Ballad of Jed Clampett”—the theme music for the successful network television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Born Earl Eugene Scruggs in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. (d. 2012)

1925

 John DeLorean
John DeLorean (January 6, 1925 – March 19, 2005) was an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, widely known for his work at General Motors and as founder of the DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean designed a number of vehicles including the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, which was later featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future. Born John Zachary DeLorean in Detroit, Michigan. (d. 2005)

1928

 Capucine
Capucine (6 January 1928 – 17 March 1990) was a French fashion model and actress known for her comedic roles in The Pink Panther (1963) and What’s New Pussycat? (1965). She appeared in 36 films and 17 television productions between 1948 and 1990. Born Germaine Hélène Irène Lefebvre in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France. (d. 1990)

1931

 E. L Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction. He has been described as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century. He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. They included the award-winning novels Ragtime (1975), and Billy Bathgate (1989). Born Edgar Lawrence Doctorow in The Bronx, New York. (d. 2015)

1933

 John Clive
John Clive (6 January 1933 – 14 October 2012) was an English author and actor. He is best known for his international best selling historical and social fiction. Clive’s character acting has led him to appear in comic and serious roles in films, such as The Italian Job, Yellow Submarine, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and A Clockwork Orange. Born Clive John Frederick Hambley in London, Englan. (d. 2012)

1934

 Sylvia Syms
Sylvia Syms OBE (born 6 January 1934) is an English actress, best known for her roles in the films Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), No Trees in the Street (1959), Victim (1961), The Tamarind Seed (1974) and The Queen (2006). Born Sylvia May Laura Syms in Woolwich, London, England.

1943

 Terry Venables
Terry Venables (born 6 January 1943), often referred to as “El Tel “, is an English former football player and manager. During the 1960s and 70s, he played for various clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, and gained two caps for England. Born Terence Frederick Venables in Dagenham.

1946

 Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English musician, composer, singer-songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band. Barrett was excluded from Pink Floyd in April 1968 after David Gilmour took over as their new guitarist. Born Roger Keith Barrett in Cambridge, England. (d. 2006)

1947

 Sandy Denny
Sandy Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) was an English singer-songwriter who was lead singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer”. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums. She also duetted with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin IV in 1971. Born Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny in Merton Park, London, England. (d. 1978)

1954

 Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient (1996). In addition, he received three more Academy Award nominations; he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for both The English Patient (1996) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and was posthumously nominated for Best Picture for The Reader (2008), as a co-producer. Born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. (d. 2008)
 Trudie Styler
Trudie Styler (born 6 January 1954) is an English actress, film producer and director. She is the wife of the musician Sting. Born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England.

1955

 Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson, CBE (born 6 January 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Atkinson first came to prominence in the BBC’s sketch comedy show Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979-82), receiving the 1981 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and via his participation in The Secret Policeman’s Ball from 1979. His other work includes the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again, playing a bumbling vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), voicing Zazu in The Lion King (1994), and the BBC sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995-1996). His work in theatre includes the 2009 West End revival of the musical Oliver!. Born Rowan Sebastian Atkinson in Consett, County Durham, England.

1956

 Angus Deayton
Angus Deayton (born 6 January 1956) is an English actor, writer, musician, comedian, and broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You. He also played Victor Meldrew’s long-suffering neighbour Patrick Trench in the comedy series One Foot in the Grave. Born Gordon Angus Deayton.

1959

 Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev (born 6 January 1959), better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer, often considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Kapil Dev is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. Born Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj in Chandigarh, Punjab, India.
 Kathy Sledge
Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and producer. Sledge is best known as a founding member and lead singer of the family vocal group Sister Sledge. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1960

 Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. In 1998, she brought out her first cookery book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller. She wrote her second book in 2000, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, which won her the British Book Award for Author of the Year. In 1999, she hosted her own cooking show series, Nigella Bites, on Channel 4, accompanied by another best-selling cookbook. Nigella Bites won Lawson a Guild of Food Writers Award. Born Nigella Lucy Lawson in Wandsworth, London, England.

1970

 Julie Chen
Julie Chen (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS. She has been the host of the U.S. version of the CBS reality-television program Big Brother since its debut in July 2000 and is the longest-serving host of any country’s version of the show. She is also a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime show The Talk. Previously, she was a co-anchor of The Early Show on CBS. Born Julie Suzanne Chen in Queens, New York City, New York.

1982

 Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne, OBE (born 6 January 1982) is an English actor of stage and screen. Redmayne starred in the stage productions of Red (2009-10) which won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in the biographical drama My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables (2012). In 2014, Redmayne portrayed English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Born Edward John David Redmayne OBE in Westminster, London, England.

1986

 Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk (born January 6, 1986) is a Russian model known for her 2007 through 2013 appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the cover model for the 2011 issue. Born Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova in Yemanzhelinsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

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