6 August


1881

 Alexander Fleming
Sir Alexander Fleming, FRSE, FRS, FRCS(Eng) (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. He wrote many articles on bacteriology, immunology, and chemotherapy. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the antibiotic substance penicillin from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945. Born in Lochfield, a farm near Darvel, in Ayrshire, Scotland. (d. 1955)
 Louella Parsons
Louella Parsons (August 6, 1881 – December 9, 1972) was the first American movie columnist. Her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide. Born Louella Rose Oettinger in Freeport, Illinois. (d. 1972)

1892

 Hoot Gibson
Hoot Gibson (August 6, 1892 – August 23, 1962) was an American rodeo champion and a pioneer cowboy film actor, director and producer. Born Edmund Richard Gibson in Tekamah, Nebraska. (d. 1962)

1903

 Ballard Berkeley
Ballard Berkeley (6 August 1903 – 16 January 1988) was an English actor of stage and screen. He played Major Gowen in the British television sitcom Fawlty Towers. Born Ballard Blascheck in Margate, Kent, England. (d. 1988)

1910

 Charles Crichton
Charles Crichton (6 August 1910 – 14 September 1999) was an English film director and editor. He became best known for directing many comedies produced at Ealing Studios and had a 40-year career editing and directing many films and television programmes. Crichton gained two Academy Award nominations for A Fish Called Wanda, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Born in Wallasey, Merseyside. (d. 1999)

1911

 Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy, and was one of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime. Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, which produced many successful and popular television series. She was nominated for an Emmy Award thirteen times, and won four times. Born Lucille Désirée Ball in Jamestown, New York. (d. 1989)

1916

 Dom Mintoff
Dom Mintoff (6 August 1916 – 20 August 2012) was a Maltese politician, journalist, and architect who was Prime Minister of Malta from 1955 to 1958, when Malta was still a British colony, and again, following independence, from 1971 to 1984. Born Dominic Mintoff in Bormla, Malta. (d. 2012)

1917

 Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. He is #23 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time. Born Robert Charles Durman Mitchum in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (d. 1997)

1922

 Freddie Laker
Sir Frederick Laker (6 August 1922 – 9 February 2006) was a British airline entrepreneur, best known for founding Laker Airways in 1966, which went bankrupt in 1982. Laker was one of the first airline owners to adopt the “no-frills” airline business model. Born Frederick Alfred Laker in Canterbury, Kent. (d. 2006)

1923

 Moira Lister
Moira Lister de Gachassin-Lafite, Vicomtesse d’Orthez (6 August 1923 – 27 October 2007) was a South African-born, English film, stage and television actress, and writer. She had a regular role in the first series of the BBC radio comedy Hancock’s Half Hour in 1954-55. Lister also appeared on various other British TV series such as Danger Man and The Avengers. Born in Cape Town, South Africa.

1926

 Elisabeth Beresford
Elisabeth Beresford, MBE (6 August 1926 – 24 December 2010) was a British author of children’s books, best known for creating The Wombles. Born in Paris, France. (d. 2010)
 Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay, CBE (born 6 August 1926) is an English stage, film and television actor. He starred as the father in the once controversial Bouquet of Barbed Wire. Born Francis Finlay in Farnworth, Lancashire.

1928

 Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame”. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$100 million for a 1963 canvas titled Eight Elvises. Born Andrej Varhola Jr in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 1987)
 Sarah Lawson
Sarah Lawson (born 6 August 1928) is a British actress. Lawson’s films have included The Browning Version (1951), and The Devil Rides Out. Lawson’s work on television work included, Time and the Conways, An Ideal Husband, The Odd Man, The Trollenberg Terror, and Bergerac. Born in Wandsworth, London, England.

1934

 Chris Bonington
Sir Chris Bonington, CVO, CBE, DL (born 6 August 1934) is a British mountaineer. His career has included nineteen expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mount Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna. Born Christian John Storey Bonington in Hampstead, London.

1937

 Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor, MBE (born on 6 August 1937) is an English actress. Her best known roles are in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Born Barbara Ann Deeks in Shoreditch, London.

1947

 Oliver Tobias
Oliver Tobias (born 6 August 1947) is a Swiss-born UK-based film, stage, and television actor and director. In 1968 he appeared in the original London production of Hair. He became popular as Arthur in the TV series Arthur of the Britons (1972). Born Oliver Tobias Freitag in Zürich, Switzerland.

1959

 Reece Dinsdale
Reece Dinsdale (born 6 August 1959) is an English actor/director of stage, screen and television. Dinsdale was cast in the British sitcom Home to Roost written by Eric Chappell and co-starring John Thaw. Reece joined the cast of Coronation Street to play the ill-fated Joe McIntyre. Born in Normanton, West Yorkshire, England.

1970

 M. Night Shyamalan
Manoj Shyamalan (born 6 August 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots including The Sixth Sense (1999). Born in Mahé, Puducherry, India.

1972

 Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is an English pop singer-songwriter, clothes designer, author and actress. Halliwell came to international prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of girl group the Spice Girls. Born Geraldine Estelle Halliwell in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1976

 Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye (born August 6, 1976) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. Frye began her career as a child actor at the age of 2. When she was 7 years old, Frye won the role of Penelope “Punky” Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster. Born in Glendora, California.
 Melissa George
Melissa George (born 6 August 1976) is an Australian-born film and television actress who has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. George is perhaps best known in Australia for her role as Angel Parrish on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Born Melissa Suzanne George in Perth, Western Australia.

1982

 Romola Garai
Romola Garai (born 6 August 1982) is an English actress. She is known for appearing in the films Amazing Grace, Atonement, and Glorious 39, and in BBC series such as Emma, The Hour, and The Crimson Petal and the White. She has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award. Born Romola Sadie Garai in British Hong Kong.

1988

 Chelsee Healey
Chelsee Healey (born 6 August 1988) is an English actress best known for playing Janeece Bryant in the BBC drama series Waterloo Road. Born in Salford, England.

1990

 JonBenét Ramsey
JonBenét Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was an American child beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996. The six-year-old’s body was found in the basement of the family home about eight hours after she was reported missing, during a police search of her home. She had been struck on the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved. Born JonBenét Patricia Ramsey in Atlanta, Georgia. (d. 1996)

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