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Notable Birthdays for January 6

- Frenchman Jacques Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon, in 1745
- German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy, in 1822
- Poet Carl Sandburg in 1878
- Silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix in 1880
- Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, D-Texas, in 1882
- Lebanese writer Khalil Gibran in 1883
- Actors Danny Thomas in 1912 and Loretta Young in 1913
- Crossword puzzle constructor and editor Eugene Maleska in 1916
- Pollster Louis Harris in 1921 (age 92)
- Bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs in 1924
- Auto executive John DeLorean in 1925
- Author E.L. Doctorow in 1931 (age 82)
- U.S. football coach and broadcaster Lou Holtz in 1937 (age 76)
- Hall of fame golfer Nancy Lopez in 1957 (age 56)
- Hall of fame football player, actor and broadcaster Howie Long in 1960 (age 53)
- Rock musician Syd Barrett in 1946
- Actors Bonnie Franklin in 1944 (age 69) and Rowan Atkinson in 1955 (age 58)
- And filmmaker John Singleton in 1968 (age 45).

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