2008 – A suicide bomber kills 68 people (including first responders) in Baghdad on the same day that a gunman kills eight students in Jerusalem.
1983 – The first United States Football League games are played.
1975 – For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.
1968 – Three rebels are executed by Rhodesia, the first executions since UDI, prompting international condemnation.
1967 – Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defects to the United States.
1957 – Ghana becomes the first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from the British.
1953 – Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1945 – World War II: Cologne is captured by American troops.
1921 – Portuguese Communist Party is founded as the Portuguese Section of the Communist International.
1912 – Italo-Turkish War: Italian forces become the first to use airships in war, as two dirigibles drop bombs on Turkish troops encamped at Janzur, from an altitude of 6,000 feet.
1902 – Real Madrid C.F. is founded.
1882 – The Serbian kingdom is re-founded.
1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
1857 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
1788 – The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement.
1665 – The first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg, publishes the first issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
1994 – Marcus Smart, American basketball player. Marcus Osmond Smart (born March 6, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1986 – Eli Marienthal, American actor. Eli David Marienthal (born March 6, 1986) is an American actor.
1986 – Jake Arrieta, American baseball player. Jacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1986 – Ross Detwiler, American baseball player. Ross Emery Detwiler (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.
1984 – Chris Tomson, American drummer. Christopher William Tomson (born March 6, 1984) is an American drummer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for being the drummer for New York-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend.
1981 – Ellen Muth, American actress. Ellen Muth /ˈmjuːθ/ (born March 6, 1981) is an American actress, known for her role as Georgia "George" Lass in Showtime's series Dead Like Me.
1979 – Clint Barmes, American baseball player. Clint Harrold Barmes ] (born March 6, 1979) is an American former professional baseball second baseman and shortstop.
1979 – David Flair, American wrestler. David Richard Fliehr (born March 6, 1979), better known by his ring name David Flair, is an American retired professional wrestler best known for his time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he held the United States and World Tag Team championships.
1979 – Tim Howard, American soccer player. Timothy Matthew Howard (born March 6, 1979) is an American retired professional soccer player who played as a goalkeeper.
1978 – Chad Wicks, American wrestler. Charles "Chad" Wicks (born March 6, 1978) is an American retired professional wrestler best known for his time with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
1978 – Sage Rosenfels, American football player. He was then drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
1977 – Marcus Thames, American baseball player and coach. Marcus Markley Thames (/ˈtɪmz/ TIMZ) (born March 6, 1977) is the hitting coach for the New York Yankees.
1974 – Beanie Sigel, American rapper. Dwight Equan Grant (born March 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper and actor from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1974 – Brad Schumacher, American swimmer. Bradley Darrell Schumacher (born March 6, 1974) is an American former competition swimmer, water polo player, and Olympic gold medalist.
1973 – Greg Ostertag, American basketball player. He played in college at the University of Kansas.
1973 – Michael Finley, American basketball player. Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and current film producer and also Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks.
1973 – Trent Willmon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He released two albums for the label (2004's Trent Willmon and 2006's A Little More Livin') and charted six singles on the U.S.
1972 – Jaret Reddick, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Jaret Ray Reddick (born March 6, 1972) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, podcaster, actor, and voice actor, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Bowling for Soup.
1972 – Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player, actor, and rapper. Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal (/ʃəˈkiːl/ shə-KEEL; /ʃæk/ SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT.
1971 – Darrick Martin, American basketball player and coach. In 2003, he even played for the Harlem Globetrotters.
1968 – Moira Kelly, American actress and director. She is also known for playing the role of Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, replacing Lara Flynn Boyle in the prequel to the 1990 TV series Twin Peaks.
1967 – Connie Britton, American actress. She later starred in the short-lived sitcoms The Fighting Fitzgeralds (2001) and Lost at Home (2003), and appeared in several films, most notably the sports drama film Friday Night Lights (2004) and the thriller film The Last Winter (2006).
1967 – Shuler Hensley, American actor and singer. Shuler Paul Hensley (born March 6, 1967) is an American singer and actor.
1963 – D. L. Hughley, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Darryl Lynn Hughley (/ˈhjuːɡliː/; born March 6, 1963) is an American actor, political commentator, radio host, author and stand-up comedian.
1960 – Sleepy Floyd, American basketball player and coach. Eric Augustus "Sleepy" Floyd (born March 6, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player.
1954 – Jeff Greenwald, American author, photographer, and monologist. He now resides in Oakland, CA.
1953 – Carolyn Porco, American astronomer and academic. Porco (born March 6, 1953) is an American planetary scientist who explores the outer solar system, beginning with her imaging work on the Voyager missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s.
1953 – Phil Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters). His voice has been described as "robust...powerful...rich, resonant, supremely confident."
1948 – Anna Maria Horsford, American actress. Anna Maria Horsford (born March 6, 1948) is an American actress, known for her performances in television comedies.
1947 – Dick Fosbury, American high jumper. Richard Douglas Fosbury (born March 6, 1947) is an American retired high jumper, who is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field.
1947 – John Stossel, American journalist and author. John Frank Stossel (born March 6, 1947) is an American consumer television personality, author, and libertarian pundit, known for his career on both ABC News and Fox Business Channel.
1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, director, producer, and activist. He lives in Beverly Hills California
1944 – Richard Corliss, American journalist and critic (d. 2015), was an American film critic and magazine editor for Time. He focused on movies, with occasional articles on other subjects.
1940 – Joanna Miles, French-born American actress. She was awarded two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Laura Wingfield in the 1973 film production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
1940 – R. H. Sikes, American golfer. Richard Horace Sikes (born March 6, 1940) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.
1940 – Willie Stargell, American baseball player and coach (d. 2001), was an American professional baseball left fielder and first baseman who spent 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1962–1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his career, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs, and 1,540 runs batted in, helping his team win six National League (NL) East division titles, two NL pennants, and two World Series championships (1971, 1979).
1939 – Adam Osborne, Thai-Indian engineer and businessman, founded the Osborne Computer Corporation (d. 2003), was a Thailand-born British-American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer who founded several companies in the United States and elsewhere. He introduced the Osborne 1, the first commercially successful portable computer.
1939 – Kit Bond, American lawyer and politician, 47th Governor of Missouri. Christopher Samuel Bond (born March 6, 1939) is an American attorney, politician and former United States Senator from Missouri and a member of the Republican Party.
1937 – Ivan Boesky, American businessman. Ivan Frederick Boesky (born March 6, 1937) is a former American stock trader who became infamous for his prominent role in an insider trading scandal that occurred in the United States during the mid-1980s.
1936 – Bob Akin, American race car driver and journalist (d. 2002), was an American business executive, journalist, television commentator and champion sports car racing driver.
1936 – Marion Barry, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia (d. 2014), was an American politician who served as the second mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, Barry had served three tenures on the Council of the District of Columbia, representing as an at-large member from 1975 to 1979 and in Ward 8 from 1993 to 1995, and again from 2005 to 2014.
1936 – Sylvia Robinson, American singer and producer (d. 2011), was an American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive. Robinson had two R&B chart toppers: as half of Mickey & Sylvia with "Love Is Strange" in 1957 and her solo record "Pillow Talk" in 1973.
1934 – Red Simpson, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016), was an American country singer-songwriter best known for his trucker-themed songs.
1933 – Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (d. 2004), was an American professional baseball player and right-handed pitcher. He appeared in 681 games in Major League Baseball, 647 as a relief pitcher, for seven different clubs over all or parts of 14 seasons between 1955 and 1972, amassed 148 saves, and twice (1965, 1967) led the National League in that category.
1930 – Lorin Maazel, French-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014), was an American conductor, violinist and composer. He began conducting at the age of eight and by 1953 had decided to pursue a career in music.
1929 – Tom Foley, American lawyer and politician, 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2013). A member of the Democratic Party, Foley represented Washington's fifth district for thirty years (1965–1995).
1927 – Gordon Cooper, American engineer, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2004), was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and the youngest of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first human space program of the United States. Cooper learned to fly as a child, and after service in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1949.
1927 – William J. Bell, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005), was an American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist and politician. Alan Greenspan (/ˈælən ˈɡriːnspæn/; born March 6, 1926) is an American economist who served as Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006.
1926 – Ann Curtis, American swimmer (d. 2012), was an American competition swimmer and two-time Olympic champion.
1924 – William H. Webster, American lawyer and jurist, 14th Director of Central Intelligence. William Hedgcock Webster (born March 6, 1924) is an American attorney and jurist serving as Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2005.
1923 – Ed McMahon, American comedian, game show host, and announcer (d. 2009), was an American announcer, game show host, comedian, actor and singer. McMahon and Johnny Carson began their association in their first TV series, the ABC game show Who Do You Trust?, running from 1957 to 1962.
1923 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1968), was an American jazz guitarist. One of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century, Montgomery was known for an unusual technique of plucking the strings with the side of his thumb and his extensive use of octaves, which granted him a distinctive sound.
1921 – Leo Bretholz, Austrian-American holocaust survivor and author (d. 2014), was a Holocaust survivor who, in 1942, escaped from a train heading for Auschwitz. He has also written a book on his experiences, titled Leap into Darkness.
1918 – Howard McGhee, American trumpeter (d. 1987), was one of the first bebop jazz trumpeters, with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman. He was known for his fast fingers and very high notes.
1917 – Donald Davidson, American philosopher and academic (d. 2003). Donald Davidson is the name of:
1917 – Will Eisner, American illustrator and publisher (d. 2005), was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its experiments in content and form.
1910 – Ella Logan, Scottish-American singer and actress (d. 1969), was a Scottish-American actress and singer who appeared on Broadway, recorded and had a nightclub career in the United States and internationally.
1906 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (d. 1959), was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine "Who's on First?"
1905 – Bob Wills, American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1975). Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing, he was known widely as the King of Western Swing (although Spade Cooley self-promoted the moniker "King of Western Swing" from 1942 to 1969).
1900 – Lefty Grove, American baseball player (d. 1975), was an American professional baseball pitcher. After having success in the minor leagues during the early 1920s, Grove became a star in Major League Baseball with the American League's Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox.
1898 – Gus Sonnenberg, American football player and wrestler (d. 1944), was an American football player and professional wrestler of German descent and World Heavyweight Champion. As a wrestler, he was National Wrestling Association world heavyweight champion.
1893 – Furry Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981), was an American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of the first of the blues musicians active in the 1920s to be brought out of retirement and given new opportunities to record during the folk blues revival of the 1960s.
1886 – Jam Handy, American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1983), was an American Olympic breaststroke swimmer, water polo player, and founder of the Jam Handy Organization (JHO), a producer of commercially sponsored motion pictures, slidefilms (later known as filmstrips), trade shows, industrial theater and multimedia training aids. Credited as the first person to imagine distance learning, Handy made his first film in 1910 and presided over a company that produced an estimated 7,000 motion pictures and perhaps as many as 100,000 slidefilms before it was dissolved in 1983.
1885 – Ring Lardner, American journalist and author (d. 1933), was an American sports columnist and short-story writer best known for his satirical writings on sports, marriage, and the theatre. His contemporaries Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and F.
1884 – Molla Mallory, Norwegian-American tennis player (d. 1959), was a Norwegian tennis player, naturalized American. She won a record eight singles titles at the U.S.
1882 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect, co-designed Villa Vizcaya (d. 1980), was an American-born architect, best known for his work with James Deering’s Villa Vizcaya in Miami, Florida.
1882 – Guy Kibbee, American actor and singer (d. 1956), was an American stage and film actor.
1872 – Ben Harney, American pianist and composer (d. 1938), was an American songwriter, entertainer, and pioneer of ragtime music. His 1895 composition "You've Been a Good Old Wagon but You Done Broke Down" is regarded as among the earliest, if not the earliest, ragtime composition.
1849 – Georg Luger, Austrian gun designer, designed the Luger pistol (d. 1923), was an Austrian designer of the famous Luger pistol and the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge.
1831 – Philip Sheridan, Irish-American general (d. 1888), was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with General-in-chief Ulysses S.
1818 – William Claflin, American businessman and politician, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905), was an American politician, industrialist and philanthropist from Massachusetts. He served as the 27th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1869–1872 and as a member of the United States Congress from 1877–1881.
1812 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American businessman, co-founded the Waltham Watch Company (d. 1895), was an American watchmaker and businessman who founded a number of companies.
1724 – Henry Laurens, English-American merchant and politician, 5th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1792). Henry Laurens (March 6, 1724 [O.S.
2017 – Robert Osborne, American actor and historian (b. 1932)
2016 – Nancy Reagan, American actress, 42nd First Lady of the United States (b. 1921)
2016 – Sheila Varian, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1937)
2015 – Enrique "Coco" Vicéns, Puerto Rican-American basketball player and politician (b. 1926)
2015 – Fred Craddock, American minister and academic (b. 1928)
2014 – Frank Jobe, American soldier and surgeon (b. 1925)
2014 – Martin Nesbitt, American lawyer and politician (b. 1946)