In 2017 a research team led by Andrea Morello at the University of New South Wales invented a new type of quantum computing design they called Flip-flop qubits, which makes it much easier to integrate quantum computing with electronic circuits compared with existing approaches.
1995 – Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that had stood for 56 years.
1976 – Cold War: Soviet Air Defence Forces pilot Viktor Belenko lands a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate in Japan and requests political asylum in the United States; his request is granted.
1962 – Archaeologist Peter Marsden discovers the first of the Blackfriars Ships dating back to the 2nd century AD in the Blackfriars area of the banks of the River Thames in London.
1962 – The United States government begins the Exercise Spade Fork nuclear readiness drill.
1946 – United States Secretary of State James F. Byrnes announces that the U.S. will follow a policy of economic reconstruction in postwar Germany.
1943 – The Monterrey Institute of Technology is founded in Monterrey, Mexico as one of the largest and most influential private universities in Latin America.
1939 – World War II: Britain suffers its first fighter pilot casualty of the Second World War at the Battle of Barking Creek as a result of friendly fire.
1916 – The first self-service grocery store Piggly Wiggly was opened in Memphis, Tennessee by Clarence Saunders.
1901 – Leon Czolgosz, an unemployed anarchist, shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1870 – Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
1863 – American Civil War: Confederate forces evacuate Battery Wagner and Morris Island in South Carolina.
1861 – American Civil War: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, Kentucky, giving the Union control of the Tennessee River's mouth.
1522 – The Victoria returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition and the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
1990 – Matt McAndrew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Matthew Brendan "Matt" McAndrew (born September 6, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter best known for his appearance in Season 7 of NBC's reality TV singing competition The Voice, where he finished as the runner-up as part of team Adam.
1987 – Ramiele Malubay, Saudi Arabian-American singer. Ramiele Macrohon Malubay (born September 6, 1987), also known as Ramiele, is a Filipino-American singer and the ninth place finalist on the seventh season of the television series American Idol.
1985 – Mitch Moreland, American baseball player. Mitchell Austin Moreland (born (1985-09-06)September 6, 1985) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent.
1983 – Braun Strowman, American wrestler and strongman. Adam Scherr (born September 6, 1983) is an American professional wrestler, actor and former strongman who is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Braun Strowman.
1981 – Mark Teahen, American baseball player. Mark Thomas Teahen (born September 6, 1981) is an American-Canadian former professional baseball infielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays.
1980 – Jillian Hall, American wrestler and singer. Jillian Faye Hall (née Fletcher; September 6, 1980) is an American retired professional wrestler and singer best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
1979 – Low Ki, American wrestler. Brandon Silvestry (born September 6, 1979) is an American professional wrestler of Italian and Puerto Rican descent, better known by his ring name Low Ki, currently signed to Major League Wrestling (MLW).
1978 – Cisco Adler, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Cisco Sam Adler (born September 6, 1978) is an American musician and Grammy-nominated record producer.
1976 – Tom Pappas, American decathlete and coach. Tom Pappas (born September 6, 1976 in Azalea, Oregon) is an American track & field decathlete.
1975 – Derrek Lee, American baseball player and coach. Derrek Leon Lee (born September 6, 1975), or "D-Lee", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman.
1972 – Anika Noni Rose, American actress and singer. Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress and singer known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change and her starring role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 Academy Award winning film Dreamgirls.
1970 – Rhett Miller, American alternative country singer-songwriter and guitarist. He also records and performs as a solo musician, and has been published as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.
1969 – Ben Finegold, American chess player and educator. Benjamin Philip Finegold (born September 6, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American chess grandmaster.
1969 – CeCe Peniston, American singer-songwriter, actress, and former beauty pageant winner. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play.
1969 – Michellie Jones, Australian-American triathlete. She won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics as a guide for Katie Kelly, when paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympics.
1969 – Tony DiTerlizzi, American author and illustrator. DiTerlizzi (born September 6, 1969) is an American fantasy artist, children's book creator, and motion picture producer.
1968 – Paul Rea, American journalist. Rea is an American radio, TV and web journalist, and media personality based in Clarkesville, Georgia.
1967 – Macy Gray, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress. She is known for her distinctive raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday.
1967 – William DuVall, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. William Bradley DuVall (born September 6, 1967) is an American musician, best known as the current co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Alice in Chains.
1965 – Van Tiffin, American football player. Van Leigh Tiffin (born September 6, 1965) is a former American football placekicker.
1964 – Rosie Perez, American actress, dancer, and director. Rosa María Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, singer, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer.
1963 – Alice Sebold, American author. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007).
1963 – Bryan Simonaire, American engineer and politician. Simonaire (born September 6, 1963) is a Maryland State Senator representing District 31, which encompasses much of northern Anne Arundel County's Baltimore suburbs.
1963 – Mark Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. During this timespan, Chesnutt also charted twenty top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eight reached number one: "Brother Jukebox", "I'll Think of Something", "It Sure Is Monday", "Almost Goodbye", "I Just Wanted You to Know", "Gonna Get a Life", "It's a Little Too Late", and a cover of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".
1962 – Chris Christie, American lawyer and politician, 55th Governor of New Jersey. Christopher James Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018.
1962 – Elizabeth Vargas, American journalist. Elizabeth Anne Vargas (born September 6, 1962) is an American television journalist who is the lead investigative reporter/documentary anchor for A&E Networks.
1962 – Kevin Willis, American basketball player and fashion designer. Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1961 – Scott Travis, American rock drummer (Judas Priest, Racer X). Mark Scott Travis (born September 6, 1961) is an American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest, the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, and the American heavy metal band Racer X.
1961 – Wendi Richter, American wrestler. In the 1980s, she joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
1958 – Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter. Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy (born September 6, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television personality, radio personality and author.
1958 – Michael Winslow, American actor. Michael Leslie Winslow (born September 6, 1958) is an American actor, comedian and beatboxer billed as The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects for his ability to make realistic sounds using only his voice.
1956 – Bill Ritter, American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Colorado. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the district attorney for Denver before his election in 2006.
1955 – Raymond Benson, American author and playwright. Raymond Benson (born September 6, 1955) is an American author best known for being the official author of the James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003.
1954 – Carly Fiorina, American businesswoman and activist. Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina (née Sneed; born September 6, 1954) is an American businesswoman and political figure, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP).
1954 – Patrick O'Hearn, American bassist and composer. Patrick O'Hearn (born September 6, 1954) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist.
1952 – Buddy Miller, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Miller is married to and has recorded with singer-songwriter Julie Miller.
1948 – Claydes Charles Smith, American guitarist (d. 2006), was an American musician best known as co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang.
1947 – Jane Curtin, American actress and comedian. She is sometimes referred to as "Queen of the Deadpan"; The Philadelphia Inquirer once called her a "refreshing drop of acid." She was included on a 1986 list of the "Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time."
1947 – Sylvester, American singer-songwriter (d. 1988). Sylvester is a name derived from the Latin adjective silvestris meaning "wooded" or "wild", which derives from the noun silva meaning "woodland".
1946 – Shirley M. Malcom, American scientist, academic and educator. Malcom currently serves as the Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
1944 – Donna Haraway, American author, academic, and activist. Haraway (born September 6, 1944) is an American Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, United States.
1944 – Swoosie Kurtz, American actress. She is an Emmy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner.
1942 – Dave Bargeron, American trombonist and tuba player. Bargeron (born September 6, 1942 in Athol, Massachusetts) is an American trombonist and tuba player who was a member of the jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
1942 – Mel McDaniel, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011), was an American country music artist. Many of his top hits were released in the 1980s, including "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" (which reached number one on the country chart), "I Call It Love", "Stand on It", and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)".
1940 – John M. Hayes, American scientist, was an Irish Catholic priest and the founder of Muintir na Tíre, a national rural community development organisation.
1939 – Brigid Berlin, American actress, painter, and photographer. Brigid Berlin (born September 6, 1939) is an American artist and former Warhol superstar.
1939 – David Allan Coe, American outlaw country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. David Allan Coe (born September 6, 1939) is an American singer.
1938 – Joan Tower, American pianist, composer, and conductor. After gaining recognition for her first orchestral composition, Sequoia (1981), a tone poem which structurally depicts a giant tree from trunk to needles, she has gone on to compose a variety of instrumental works including Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, which is something of a response to Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, the Island Prelude, five string quartets, and an assortment of other tone poems.
1937 – Jo Anne Worley, American actress, comedian, and singer. Worley is widely known for her work on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
1931 – Bud Shrake, American journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 2009), was an American journalist, sportswriter, novelist, biographer and screenwriter. He co-wrote a series of golfing advice books with golf coach Harvey Penick, including Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, a golf guide that became the best-selling sports book in publishing history.
1929 – Yash Johar, Indian film producer, founded Dharma Productions (d. 2005), was an Indian Bollywood film producer. He founded Dharma Productions in 1976 and made Hindi films that were noted for featuring lavish sets and exotic locations, but upheld Indian traditions and family values.
1928 – Fumihiko Maki, Japanese architect and academic, designed the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Makuhari Messe. Fumihiko Maki (槇 文彦, Maki Fumihiko, born September 6, 1928 in Tokyo) is a Japanese architect who teaches at Keio University SFC.
1928 – Robert M. Pirsig, American novelist and philosopher (d. 2017), was an American writer and philosopher. He was the author of the philosophical novels Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (1974) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals (1991).
1926 – Jack English Hightower, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013), was a former Democratic U.S. representative from Texas' 13th congressional district.
1926 – Maurice Prather, American photographer and director (d. 2001), was an American motion picture and still photographer and film director. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Maurice J.
1925 – Jimmy Reed, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976), was an American blues musician and songwriter. His particular style of electric blues was popular with blues as well as non-blues audiences.
1924 – John Melcher, American veterinarian and politician, was an American politician of the Democratic Party who represented Montana as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and as a United States Senator from 1977 until 1989.
1921 – Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, co-created the bar code (d. 2012), was an American inventor, best known as one of the inventors of the barcode, for which he received a patent in October 1952. Later, employed by IBM, he developed the format which became the ubiquitous Universal Product Code (UPC) of product labeling and check-out stands.
1919 – Wilson Greatbatch, American engineer and philanthropist (d. 2011), was an American engineer and pioneering inventor. He held more than 325 patents and was a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Lemelson–MIT Prize and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1990).
1913 – Julie Gibson, American actress and singer, was an American singer; radio, television, and film actress; and vocal artist and coach, who had a career in movies during the 1940s. Gibson, who retired from the industry in 1984, was known for her work opposite The Three Stooges.
1912 – Wayne Barlow, American organist, composer, and director (d. 1996). Elyria, Ohio, September 6, 1912; d.
1911 – Harry Danning, American baseball player and coach (d. 2004), was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball career as a catcher for the New York Giants, and was considered to be both an excellent hitter and one of the top defensive catchers of his era.
1910 – Walter Giesler, American soccer player, referee, and coach (d. 1976), was an American soccer player, administrator, and coach.
1908 – Korczak Ziolkowski, American sculptor, designed the Crazy Horse Memorial (d. 1982), was the Polish-American designer and sculptor of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
1900 – Julien Green, French-American author (d. 1998), was an American writer who authored several novels (The Dark Journey, The Closed Garden, Moira, Each Man in His Darkness, the Dixie trilogy, etc.), a four-volume autobiography (The Green Paradise, The War at Sixteen, Love in America and Restless Youth) and his famous Diary (in nineteen volumes, 1919–1998). He wrote primarily in French and was the first non-French national to be elected to the Académie française.
1899 – Billy Rose, American composer and manager (d. 1966), was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. For years both before and after World War II, Billy Rose was a major force in entertainment, with shows such as Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt (1931), Jumbo (1935), Billy Rose's Aquacade (1937), and Carmen Jones (1943).
1893 – Claire Lee Chennault, American general and pilot (d. 1958), was an American military aviator best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.
1890 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress and producer (d. 1960), was an American film actress, who was highly regarded and publicly popular in the early silent film era.
1889 – Louis Silvers, American composer (d. 1954), was an American film score composer whose work has been used in more than 250 movies. In 1935, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for One Night of Love.
1888 – Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., American businessman and diplomat, 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 1969), was an American businessman, investor, and politician known for his high-profile positions in United States government and for the political and other achievements of his children.
1863 – Jessie Willcox Smith, American illustrator (d. 1935), was an American illustrator during the Golden Age of American illustration. She was considered "one of the greatest pure illustrators".
1861 – William Lane, English-Australian journalist, founded New Australia (d. 1917), was an Australian journalist, author, advocate of Australian labour politics and a utopian socialist ideologue.
1860 – Jane Addams, American sociologist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935), was an American settlement activist, reformer, social worker, sociologist, public administrator and author. She was a notable figure in the history of social work and women's suffrage in the United States and an advocate for world peace.
1859 – Macpherson Robertson, Australian businessman and philanthropist, founded MacRobertson's (d. 1945), was an Australian philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of chocolate and confectionery company MacRobertson's.
1857 – Zelia Nuttall, American archeologist and historian (d. 1933), was an American archaeologist and anthropologist specialised in pre-Aztec Mexican cultures and pre-Columbian manuscripts. She discovered two forgotten manuscripts of this type in private collections, one of them being the Codex Zouche-Nuttall.
1819 – William Rosecrans, American general, politician, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Mexico (d. 1898), was an American inventor, coal-oil company executive, diplomat, politician, and U.S. Army officer.
1815 – St. John Richardson Liddell, American general (d. 1870). John Richardson Liddell (September 6, 1815 – February 14, 1870) was a prominent Louisiana planter who served as a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
1800 – Catharine Beecher, American educator and activist (d. 1878), was an American educator known for her forthright opinions on female education as well as her vehement support of the many benefits of the incorporation of kindergarten into children's education.
1795 – Frances Wright, Scottish-American author and activist (d. 1852), was a Scottish-born lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer, who became a US citizen in 1825. The same year, she founded the Nashoba Commune in Tennessee, as a utopian community to demonstrate how to prepare slaves for eventual emancipation, but the project lasted only five years.
1711 – Henry Muhlenberg, German-American pastor and missionary (d. 1787), was a German Lutheran pastor sent to North America as a missionary, requested by Pennsylvania colonists.
2015 – Barney Schultz, American baseball player and coach (b. 1926)
2015 – Calvin J. Spann, American general and pilot (b. 1924)
2015 – Martin Milner, American actor (b. 1931)
2014 – Cirilo Flores, American bishop (b. 1948)
2013 – Ann C. Crispin, American author (b. 1950)
2013 – Santiago Rosario, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)
2012 – Art Modell, American businessman (b. 1925)
2012 – Jerome Kilty, American actor and playwright (b. 1922)
2012 – Lawrie Dring, Scottish scout leader, founded World Federation of Independent Scouts (b. 1931)
2011 – Michael S. Hart, American author, founded Project Gutenberg (b. 1947)
2008 – Anita Page, American actress (b. 1910)
2007 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (b. 1918)