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Pedro Ayala (May 6, 1911-December 1, 1990)

Pedro Ayala, called "El Monarca del Acordeón", was an American accordionist and songwriter from Donna, Texas. Pedro Ayala lead the birth of conjunto music with his distinctive accordion playing, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for his contribution to conjunto and folk music. Wikipedia
Kjell Bækkelund

Kjell Bækkelund (May 6, 1930-May 13, 2004)

Kjell Bækkelund was a Norwegian classical pianist, born in Oslo. He was known as a child prodigy. Wikipedia

Philippe Beaussant (May 6, 1930-)

Philippe Beaussant is a French musicologist and novelist, an expert on French baroque music, on which he has published widely. He is the founder of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, of which he was the artistic adviser of 1987 to 1996. He has also been a producer of musical programs for Radio France since 1974. His biography of... Wikipedia
Tom Bergeron

Tom Bergeron (May 6, 1955-)

Thomas "Tom" Bergeron is an American television personality and game show host, best known as the host of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' and host of the ABC reality series 'Dancing with the Stars'. He was also host of 'Hollywood Squares' and a fill-in host for 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'. He is the winner of both a Daytime Emmy Award and a... Wikipedia
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Tony Blair

Tony Blair (May 6, 1953-)

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party statesman, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs charitable work. Blair was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. Blair led Labour to a... Wikipedia
Edinburgh, Scotland
Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur (May 6, 1972-)

Martin Pierre Brodeur is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender who has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils. In his 21-year tenure with the Devils, he has won three Stanley Cup championships and has been in the playoffs every year but three. Brodeur has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and... Wikipedia
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Olga Broumas (May 6, 1949-)

Olga Broumas is a Greek poet, resident in the United States. Wikipedia
Rubin Carter

Rubin Carter (May 6, 1937-April 20, 2014)

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was an American middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder and later freed via a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison. Wikipedia
Paterson, New Jersey
Toronto, Ontario
George Clooney

George Clooney (May 6, 1961-)

George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing. Wikipedia
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Alan Cobham

Alan Cobham (May 6, 1894-October 21, 1973)

Sir Alan John Cobham, KBE, AFC was an English aviation pioneer. Wikipedia
Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis (May 6, 1954-)

Sharon Ryer Davis is the wife of former California Governor Gray Davis. She is also a former Miss Santee and the author of the children's book, 'The Adventures of Capitol Kitty'. Wikipedia
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver (May 6, 1950-)

Jeffery Deaver is an American mystery/crime writer. He has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University and originally started working as a journalist. He later practiced law before embarking on a successful career as a best-selling novelist. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and Short... Wikipedia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
Robert H. Dicke

Robert H. Dicke (May 6, 1916-March 4, 1997)

Robert Henry Dicke was an American physicist who made important contributions to the fields of astrophysics, atomic physics, cosmology and gravity. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri
Princeton, New Jersey
Vladimir Etush

Vladimir Etush (May 6, 1922-)

Vladimir Abramovich Etush is a Soviet film and television actor and a People's Artist of the USSR, an honorary title granted to citizens of the Soviet Union. Wikipedia
Alessandra Ferri

Alessandra Ferri (May 6, 1963-)

Alessandra Ferri is an Italian prima ballerina assoluta. She danced with the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Theatre Ballet and as an international guest artist, before temporally retiring on 10 August 2007, aged 44, then returning in 2013. Wikipedia
Milan, Italy
John Flansburgh

John Flansburgh (May 6, 1960-)

John Conant Flansburgh is an American musician, and actor. He is half of the longstanding Brooklyn, New York-based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings, and plays rhythm guitar. He is left-handed. Wikipedia
Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856-September 23, 1939)

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis. Wikipedia
Freiberg (Příbor), Moravia, Slezsko, Czech Republic
London
Erich Fried

Erich Fried (May 6, 1921-November 22, 1988)

Erich Fried was an Austrian-born poet, writer and translator. He initially became known to a broader public in both Germany and Austria for his political poetry, and later for his love poems. As a writer he mostly wrote plays and short novels. He also translated works by different English writers from English into German, most notably works by... Wikipedia
Vienna
Baden-Baden
Amadeo Giannini

Amadeo Giannini (May 6, 1870-June 3, 1949)

Amadeo Pietro Giannini, also known as Amadeo Peter Giannini or A.P. Giannini, born in San Jose, California, was an American banker who founded the Bank of America. Wikipedia
Grove Karl Gilbert

Grove Karl Gilbert (May 6, 1843-May 1, 1918)

Grove Karl Gilbert, known by the abbreviated name 'G. K. Gilbert' in academic literature, was an American geologist. Wikipedia
Rochester, New York
Jackson, Michigan

Larry Gogan (May 6, 1938-)

Lorcan 'Larry' Gogan is an Irish broadcaster working for Raidió Teilifís Éireann. He is a disc jockey on RTÉ 2fm. His show is 'The Golden Hour', during which Larry plays old favourites and classic songs from yesteryear. Gogan spun the first disc on Radio 2, 'Like Clockwork' by The Boomtown Rats. Louis Walsh has described him as one of "the kings of... Wikipedia
Victor Grignard

Victor Grignard (May 6, 1871-December 13, 1935)

François Auguste Victor Grignard was a Nobel Prize-winning French chemist. Wikipedia
Cherbourg, France
Lyon, France

Yasushi Inoue (May 6, 1907-January 29, 1991)

Yasushi Inoue was a Japanese writer of poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels. He was originally from Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Wikipedia
Randall Jarrell

Randall Jarrell (May 6, 1914-October 14, 1965)

Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate. Wikipedia
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey (May 6, 1904-September 23, 1979)

Catherine Lacey was an English actress of stage and screen. Wikipedia
London, England
London, England
Paul Lauterbur

Paul Lauterbur (May 6, 1929-March 27, 2007)

Paul Christian Lauterbur was an American chemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 with Peter Mansfield for his work which made the development of magnetic resonance imaging possible. Wikipedia
Sidney, Ohio
Urbana, Illinois
Mary MacGregor

Mary MacGregor (May 6, 1948-)

Mary Macgregor is an American singer, best known for singing the 1976 song "Torn Between Two Lovers", which topped the 'Billboard' charts for two weeks. Wikipedia
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Harry Martinson

Harry Martinson (May 6, 1904-February 11, 1978)

Harry Martinson was a Swedish author, poet and former sailor. In 1949 he was elected into the Swedish Academy. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974 together with fellow Swede Eyvind Johnson "for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos". The choice was controversial, as both Martinson and Johnson were members of... Wikipedia
Jämshög, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Willie Mays

Willie Mays (May 6, 1931-)

Willie Howard Mays, Jr., nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid" is a retired American Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22 season career playing for the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. Wikipedia
Westfield, Alabama
Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum (May 6, 1947-)

Martha Craven Nussbaum is an American philosopher and the current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, a chair that includes appointments in the philosophy department and the law school. She has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, and... Wikipedia
New York City
Robert Peary

Robert Peary (May 6, 1856-February 20, 1920)

Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. was an American explorer who claimed to have led the first expedition, on April 6, 1909, to reach the geographic North Pole. Peary's claim was widely credited for most of the 20th century, rather than the competing claim by Frederick Cook who said he got there a year earlier. Both claims were widely debated in newspapers... Wikipedia
Cresson, Pennsylvania
Washington, D.C.
Bob Seger

Bob Seger (May 6, 1945-)

Robert Clark "Bob" Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the "System" from his recordings and continued to strive for broader success with... Wikipedia
Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe (May 6, 1983-)

Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film 'Precious', a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2010 to 2013, she was a main cast member of the Showtime series 'The Big C'. Sidibe co-starred on the television series 'American Horror Story: Coven' as Queenie and... Wikipedia
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
James Turrell

James Turrell (May 6, 1943-)

James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Turrell is best known for his work in progress, 'Roden Crater', a natural cinder cone crater located outside Flagstaff, Arizona that he is turning into a massive naked-eye observatory. Wikipedia
Pasadena, California
Orson Welles

Orson Welles (May 6, 1915-October 10, 1985)

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably 'Caesar', a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of 'Julius Caesar'; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds", one of the most famous... Wikipedia
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Los Angeles, United States

Theodore H. White (May 6, 1915-May 9, 1986)

Theodore Harold White was an American political journalist and historian, known for his wartime reporting from China and accounts of the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1980 presidential elections. Wikipedia
Dorchester, Boston
New York City