Four million Americans came into the world that year. Here are some who have already made their mark on 2006.
Jeff Bezos, January 12: Founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com; he was Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1999.
Mariska Hargitay, January 23: The actress won an Emmy in 2006 for her role as Detective Olivia Benson in the hit show “
Bret Easton Ellis, March 7: Author of the novels
Bonnie Blair, March 18: Speed skater and one of the most decorated female athletes in Olympic history, with five gold medals and one bronze medal.
James Langevin, April 22: Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Rhode Island.
Stephen Colbert, May 13: The comedian and actor was the longest-running correspondent on “The Daily Show” before he got his own satirical news program, “The Colbert Report.”
Wynonna Judd, May 30: Singer who, with her mother, made up country music’s legendary duo the Judds; her first solo album, “
Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, May 31, and Joseph Simmons, November 14: Pioneers of hip-hop culture and founding members of Run-D.M.C.
Dan Brown, June 22: Author best known for his immensely successful 2003 novel
Barry Bonds, July 24: Baseball player for the San Francisco Giants who holds the Major League Baseball record for the most home runs in a season (73) and has the second-highest number of all-time home runs.
Sandra Bullock, July 26: Actress in romantic-comedy films such as
Melinda Gates, August 15: Philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates; named co-Person of the Year with her husband and Bono by Time magazine in 2006.
John E. Sununu, September 10: New Hampshire Republican who in 2002 defeated an incumbent senator and governor to become the youngest member of the U.S. Senate.
Tavis Smiley, September 13: Author and host of talk shows on PBS and PRI radio.
Bobby Flay, October 9: Celebrity chef and restaurateur, with four restaurants and several Food Network television programs.
Teri Hatcher, December 8: Star of the darkly comedic “