Today is January 6, 2010 and the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 359 days left in the year 2010. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1080 days till the end of the current cycle. In 1838, Samuel Morse successfully tested the telegraph machine. Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:
Tom Mix (1880-1940)
Born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, Mix was a U.S. film actor. He worked as a cowhand and a deputy sheriff and served in the army and in the Texas Rangers before joining a Wild West show in 1906. He made his screen debut as a roughriding hero in 1910 and soon became a star of silent westerns. Over the years his horse, Tony, became almost as famous as Mix himself. Mix appeared in more than 200 one- and two-reelers and feature films, many of which he also produced or directed. His career declined with the coming of sound.
Nancy Lopez (Born 1957)
Lopez is an athlete, professional golfer born in Torrence, California. With guidance from her father, Lopez began playing golf as a child. She won the New Mexico Women’s Amateur tournament at the age of 12 and went on to win several amateur titles. Becoming a professional golfer while in college, Lopez won Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards in 1978. During the course of her career, she received the Player of the Year Award four times and had 48 victories, three of them in major tournaments. In recent years, Lopez has been honored for her role in the sport. She won the 2003 Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation and is the first woman to receive the Frances Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
U.S. poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist. Sandburg tried many occupations and fought in the Spanish-American War before moving to Chicago in 1913, where he worked in journalism. He won recognition in 1914 with poems, including “Chicago,” perhaps his best-known, published in Poetry magazine. His Whitmanesque free verse eulogizing American workers appeared in such volumes as Smoke and Steel (1920) and The People, Yes (1936). The American Songbag (1927) and New American Songbag (1950) collect folk songs he performed. His other works include Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (1926), Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (1939, Pulitzer Prize), Remembrance Rock (1948), and four children’s books, including Rootabaga Stories (1922).
Loretta Young (1913-2000)
U.S. actress, born Gretchen Michaela Young in Salt Lake City, Utah. Young’s parents separated when she was two years old, and she and her siblings moved with their mother to Hollywood, California, where their mother opened a boardinghouse. By the time she was four, Young had begun appearing as a child extra in silent films, often alongside her two older sisters. She attended a convent school, but returned to Hollywood at age 14 to sign a contract with First National Studio (the precursor of Warner Bros.), where studio executives gave her the professional name of Loretta. In the years to come, Young made a graceful transition from pretty child actor to one of Hollywood’s foremost leading ladies of the 1930′s and 1940′s. She made close to 100 films, working with prominent directors such as Frank Capra (Platinum Blonde, 1931), Cecil B. DeMille (The Crusades, 1935), and Orson Welles (The Stranger, 1946), and A-list leading men like Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Tyrone Power. Young won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic comedy The Farmer’s Daughter (1947); she earned a second Best Actress Oscar nomination for Come to the Stable (1949). After leaving show business altogether in 1963 to devote her time to Catholic charities, Young returned to the small screen in several television movies in the late 1980s. Her last major role was in Lady in the Corner, a 1989 television drama. In her later years, Young was increasingly reclusive, though she made occasional public appearances in support of her favorite charities. She died of ovarian cancer in 2000.
Rowan Atkinson (Born 1955)
Comic actor and writer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE England, UK. Atkinson is most famous for his roles in classic sitcoms such as Blackadder and Mr. Bean. Rowan Atkinson studied electrical engineering at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Oxford, first appeared in Oxford University revues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 1981 became the youngest performer to have had a one-man show in the West End. Subsequent appearances include The Nerd (1984), The New Revue (1986), and The Sneeze (1988). Television work includes Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979–82), Blackadder (1983–9), The Thin Blue Line (1995–6), and Mr Bean (from 1990–4, 1996 in the USA). Among his film credits are Bean: the Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997), Johnny English (2003), and Keeping Mum (2005).