6 July


1747

 John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was a Scottish sailor and the United States’s first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution. Born John Paul in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. (d. 1792)

1781

 Stamford Raffles
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, FRS (6 July 1781 – 5 July 1826) was a British statesman, best known for his founding of the city of Singapore. Born in the ship Ann off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica. (d. 1826)

1907

 Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits. Aside from the 1939 acquisition by the Louvre, Kahlo’s work was not widely acclaimed until decades after her death. Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico. (d. 1954)

1918

 Sebastian Cabot
Sebastian Cabot (July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977) was an English film and television actor, best remembered as the gentleman’s gentleman, Giles French, opposite Brian Keith’s character, in the sitcom Family Affair (1966–1971). He was also known for voicing Bagheera in The Jungle Book (1967) and his narration for the first four films in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh series. Born Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot in London, England. (d. 1977)

1921

 Nancy Reagan
Nancy Reagan (born July 6, 1921) is the widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Born Anne Frances Robbins in New York.

1925

 Merv Griffin
Merv Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He created the game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Born Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr in Palm Springs, California. (d. 2007)
 Bill Haley
Bill Haley (July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was one of the first American rock and roll musicians. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million selling hits such as, Rock Around the Clock, See You Later, Alligator, and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Born William John Clifton Haley in Highland Park, Michigan. (d. 1981)

1927

 Alan Freeman
Alan Freeman, MBE (6 July 1927 – 27 November 2006) was a British disc jockey and radio personality in the United Kingdom for 40 years. Born Alan Leslie Freeman MBE in Scarborough, New South Wales, Australia. (d. 2006)
 Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004) was an American actress and author. Leigh played mostly dramatic roles in films such as Safari (1955), Touch of Evil (1958), and Psycho (1960), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced, California. (d. 2004)

1935

 Tenzin Gyatso
The 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born 6 July 1935) is the 14th and current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest lived incumbent. Born Lhamo Dondrub in Taktser, Amdo, Tibet.

1936

 Dave Allen
David Tynan O’Mahony (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian. Born David Tynan O’Mahony in Firhouse, Dublin, Ireland. (d. 2005)

1937

 Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vladimir Ashkenazy (born July 6, 1937) is a Russian-Icelandic conductor and pianist. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Born Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy in Gorky, Soviet Union.
 Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award. Born Ned Thomas Beatty in Louisville, Kentucky.

1939

 Jet Harris
Terence Harris MBE (6 July 1939 – 18 March 2011), known as Jet Harris, was an English musician. He was the bass guitarist of The Shadows until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer Tony Meehan. Born Terence Harris in Kingsbury, North London. (d. 2011)
 Mary Peters
Dame Mary Elizabeth Peters, DBE, LL (born 6 July 1939) is a former British athlete, best known as a competitor in the pentathlon and shot put. Born Mary Elizabeth Peters in Halewood, Lancashire.

1945

 Burt Ward
Burt Ward (born July 6, 1945) is an American television actor and activist. He is best known for his portrayal of Robin in the television series Batman (1966–68) and its theatrical film spin-off. Born Bert John Gervis Jr in Los Angeles, California.

1946

 George W Bush
George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who was the 43rd President of the United States of America from 2001 to 2009. Born George Walker Bush in New Haven, Connecticut.
 Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946), is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has portrayed are the boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo. Born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone in New York City.

1947

 Richard Beckinsale
Richard Beckinsale (6 July 1947 – 19 March 1979) was an English actor, best known for his roles as Lennie Godber in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge (along with its sequel series Going Straight) and Alan Moore in the British sitcom Rising Damp. He is the father of actresses Samantha Beckinsale and Kate Beckinsale. Born Richard Arthur Beckinsale in Carlton, Nottinghamshire. (d. 1979)
 Shelley Hack
Shelley Hack (born July 6, 1947) is an American model, actress, producer, and political and media advisor. Hack is best remembered for her role as Tiffany Welles in Season 4 (1979–1980) of the television drama Charlie’s Angels. Born Shelley Marie Hack in White Plains, New York.
 Ben Shelly
Ben Shelly (born July 6, 1947) was the 7th one term President of the Navajo Nation. Shelly was the first President to have been elected both President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation. He is also the first New Mexican Navajo to hold the Navajo Presidency. Born in Thoreau, New Mexico.

1950

 Geraldine James
Geraldine James, OBE (born 6 July 1950) is an English actress. She tied with Peggy Ashcroft for Best Actress at the 1989 Venice Film Festival for She’s Been Away. She has been nominated four times for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for Dummy (1977), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Band of Gold (1995) and The Sins (2000). She is also known as Mrs. Pincher, the breastfeeding mother in Little Britain (2004). Her film credits include Gandhi (1982), The Tall Guy (1989), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

1951

 Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the few people who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting”: an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the foundation President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. Born Geoffrey Roy Rush in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

1952

 Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel CBE (born 6 July 1952) is an English writer who has twice been awarded the Booker Prize. She won her first Booker Prize for the 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. She won her second Booker Prize for the 2012 novel, Bring Up the Bodies, the second instalment of the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Born Hilary Mary Thompson in Glossop, Derbyshire.

1954

 Allyce Beasley
Allyce Beasley (born July 6, 1954) is an American actress. She is known for her role as rhyming, love-struck receptionist Agnes DiPesto in the television series Moonlighting. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1958

 Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedienne, screenwriter, singer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs (including the Bafta Fellowship), an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, two Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. Born Jennifer Jane Saunders in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

1975

 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor. Born Curtis James Jackson III in Queens, New York City.

1980

 Eva Green
Eva Green (born 6 July 1980) is a French actress and model. She started her career in theatre before making her film debut in 2003 in Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial The Dreamers. She achieved international recognition when she appeared in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and portrayed Vesper Lynd in the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006). In 2006, Green was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Born Eva Gaëlle Green in Paris, France.

1981

 Emily West
Emily West (born July 9, 1981) is an American country music artist. Born Emily Nemmers in Waterloo, Iowa.

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