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Born In ’64

June 2024
1min read

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; 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 “ Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Bret Easton Ellis, March 7: Author of the novels Less Than Zero (1985), The Rules of Attraction (1987), and the controversial American Psycho (1991).

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, “ Wynonna,” sold over five million copies.

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 The Da Vinci Code.

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 While You Were Sleeping and Miss Congeniality, as well as the drama Speed and the recent hit Crash.

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 “ Desperate Housewives.”


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