6 October


1820

 Jenny Lind
Johanna Maria Lind (6 October 1820 – 2 November 1887), better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish opera singer, often known as the “Swedish Nightingale”. One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century, she performed in soprano roles in opera in Sweden and across Europe, and undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of America beginning in 1850. She was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music from 1840. (d. 1887)

1846

 George Westinghouse
George Westinghouse, Jr. (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry. Westinghouse was one of Thomas Edison’s main rivals in the early implementation of the American electricity system. Westinghouse’s electricity distribution system, based on alternating current, ultimately prevailed over Edison’s. Born in Central Bridge, New York. (d. 1914)

1887

 Le Corbusier
Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965), was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. (d. 1965)

1888

 Roland Garros
Roland Garros (6 October 1888 – 5 October 1918) was an early French aviator and a fighter pilot during World War I. A tennis centre, which he attended religiously when he was studying in Paris, was named after him in the 1920s, the Stade de Roland Garros. The stadium accommodates the French Open. Born Eugène Adrien Roland Georges Garros in Saint-Denis, Réunion, France. (d. 1918)

1905

 Helen Wills Moody
Helen Wills Moody (October 6, 1905 – January 1, 1998), also known as Helen Newington Wills and Helen Wills Roark, was an American tennis player. She became famous around the world for holding the top position in women’s tennis for a total of nine years: 1927-33, 1935 and 1938. She won 31 Grand Slam tournament titles (singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles) during her career, including 19 singles titles. Born Helen Newington Wills in Centerville, CA. (d. 1998)

1906

 Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor (October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. In 1929, she was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. Gaynor’s career success continued into the sound film era, and she achieved a notable success in the original version of A Star Is Born (1937), for which she received a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination. Born Laura Augusta Gainor in Germantown, Philadelphia. (d. 1984)

1908

 Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. Lombard married “the King of Hollywood”, Clark Gable, and the pair was treated in the media as a celebrity supercouple. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actresses of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy. Born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (d. 1942)

1910

 Barbara Castle
Barbara Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn, PC, GCOT (née Betts, 6 October 1910 – 3 May 2002) was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1945 to 1979. She later became the Member of the European Parliament for Greater Manchester from 1979 to 1989. One of the most significant Labour Party politicians of the 20th century, she served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Harold Wilson in a number of roles, including as Secretary of State for Employment, Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, and First Secretary of State. Born Barbara Anne Castle in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. (d. 2002)

1914

 Thor Heyerdahl
Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. Born in Larvik, Norway. (d. 2002)
 Joan Littlewood
Joan Littlewood (6 October 1914 – 20 September 2002) was an English theatre director, best known for her work in developing the Theatre Workshop. She has been called “The Mother of Modern Theatre”. Her production of “Oh, What a Lovely War!” in 1963 was one of her most influential pieces. Born Maudie Joan Littlewood in Stockwell, London, England. (d. 2002)

1930

 Richie Benaud
Richie Benaud, OBE (6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was an Australian cricketer who, after his retirement from international cricket in 1964, became a highly regarded commentator on the game. Born Richard Benaud OBE in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia. (d. 2015)

1939

 Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FBA, FRS (born 6 October 1939) is a British broadcaster, author and parliamentarian. He is best known for his work with ITV as editor and presenter of the The South Bank Show (1978-2010). Born in Carlisle, Cumberland, UK.

1942

 Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland (born 6 October 1942) is a Swedish film, stage, and television actress, and singer. She appeared in numerous films in her heyday throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including critically acclaimed roles in William Friedkin’s The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), and the British crime film Get Carter (1971), which established her as a movie sex symbol. She also starred in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man (1973) and appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Born Britt-Marie Eklund in Stockholm, Sweden.

1946

  Millie
Millie Small, CD (born 6 October 1946), is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, best known for her 1964 cover version of “My Boy Lollipop”. Born Millicent Dolly May Small in Clarendon, Jamaica.
 Tony Greig
Tony Greig (6 October 1946 – 29 December 2012) was an England Test cricket captain turned commentator. He helped Kerry Packer start World Series Cricket. Born Anthony William Greig in Queenstown, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. (d. 2012)

1948

 Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams (born 6 October 1948) is an Irish republican politician who is the president of the Sinn Féin political party, and a Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth since the 2011 general election. From 1983 to 1992 and from 1997 to 2011, he was an abstentionist Westminster Member of Parliament (MP) for Belfast West. Born Gerard Adams in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 Frances Tomelty
Frances Tomelty (born 6 Oct 1948) is a Northern Irish actress. She has featured in series including Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Strangers, Midsomer Murders and Coronation Street, Cracker, as well as many films. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1951

 Manfred Winkelhock
Manfred Winkelhock (6 October 1951 – 12 August 1985) was a German racing driver. He participated in 56 Formula One Grands Prix (with 47 starts) between 1980 and 1985, driving for ATS Racing Team, Arrows, and RAM Racing. Born in Waiblingen, Germany. (d. 1985)
 Dave Spikey
Dave Spikey (born 6 October 1951) is an English comedian, actor, writer and film producer. Spikey won the Best Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards, and then co-wrote and starred in Phoenix Nights on Channel Four as Jerry St. Clair. Born David Gordon Bramwell in Farnworth, Lancashire.

1961

 Linda Barker
Linda Barker (born 26 October 1961) is an English interior designer and television presenter. She came to prominence in the BBC television show Changing Rooms as one of the designers. Born in Shelf, WestYorkshire, England.

1963

 Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Judson Shue (born October 6, 1963) is an American actress, known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Back to the Future Part II (1989), and Leaving Las Vegas (1995). She has won several acting awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. She starred as Julie Finlay in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2012 to 2015.

1973

 Ioan Gruffudd
Ioan Gruffudd (born 6 October 1973) is a Welsh actor. He took his first international role as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in the blockbuster film Titanic. He later landed the role of Horatio Hornblower in Hornblower, the Meridian production of the C. S. Forester novels (1998-2003). Born in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales.

1976

 Lady Victoria Hervey
Lady Victoria Hervey (born 6 October 1976) is an English model, socialite, aristocrat, and former “It girl”. Hervey became a part-time catwalk model ultimately modelling for Christian Dior. Born Victoria Frederica Isabella Hervey.

1978

 Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton, MBE (born 6 October 1978) is a British former professional boxer and current boxing promoter. During his twelve-year career he held the WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, British, The Ring magazine and lineal light-welterweight titles (the IBF title twice), as well as the WBA welterweight title. Born Richard John Hatton in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England.

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