Famous Birthdays on this Day in History

Birthdays in History for Wednesday 17th December 2014

Birthdays 1 - 233 of 233

1239 - Kujo Yoritsugu, Japanese Shogun (d. 1256)
1267 - Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
1554 - Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Liege/archbishop of Cologne
1619 - Prince Rupert of the Rhine, soldier/chemist/engraver/mathematician, commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, (d. 1682)
1632 - Anthony Wood, English antiqurian (d. 1695)
1638 - Johann Ulrich Sultzberger, composer
1685 - Thomas Tickell, English writer (d. 1740)
1706 - Gabrielle Chôtelet, [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire)
1734 - William Floyd, US soldier/signer (Declaration of Independence)
1734 - Maria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (d. 1816)
1749 - Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto)
1770 - Johann Friedrich Schubert, composer
1778 - Hunphry Davy, English chemist (discovered some elements)
1796 - Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)
1797 - Joseph Henry, US, scientist/inventor/pioneer of electromagnetism
1800 - Gergely Czuczor, Hung/Czech poet/translator (Great Hung dictionary)
1807 - John Greenleaf Whittier, US, poet (Snow-bound)
1819 - Samuel Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1887
1820 - Frederick Tracy Dent, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
1821 - Frederick West Lander, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
1824 - John Kerr, System physicist (electro-visually Kerr-effect)
1824 - Manning Ferguson Force, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1899
1824 - Thomas Starr King, NY, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity)
1830 - Jules de Goncourt, France, novelist (Germinie)
1833 - James Thadeus Holtzclaw, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1893
1835 - Alexander E Agassiz, US, businessman/biologist/geology
1838 - Berthold Tours, composer
1840 - Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
1842 - Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continous groups)
1847 - Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
1848 - Frederick Grant Gleason, composer
1853 - Herbert Beerbohm Tree, England, actor/theater manager (Trilby)
1853 - Émile Roux, French physician (d. 1933)
1859 - Paul César Helleu, French artist (d. 1927)
1861 - Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
1863 - Ion Vidu, composer
1864 - John Felix August Korling, composer
1869 - Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
1873 - Ford Madox Ford, England, novelist/editor (Inheritors)
Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie KingPrime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King (1874) 1874 - William Lyon Mackenzie King, (L), 10th Canadian PM (1921-30, 1935-48)
1881 - Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great S Afr all-rounder early 20th cent)
1881 - Johannes CB "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter
1883 - Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
1887 - Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)
1887 - Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
1888 - King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
1891 - Robertson Hare, London England, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge)
1892 - Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
1893 - Erwin Piscator, German stage director (Der Stellvertreter)
1894 - Arthur Fiedler, Boston Mass, conductor (Boston Pops)
1894 - Hans Henny Jahnn, writer
1894 - Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)
1894 - Willem Schermerhorn, Neth premier (1945-46)
1894 - David Butler, San Francisco California, director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane)
1900 - Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor
1900 - Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)
1900 - Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (d. 1973)
1902 - Simon Drach, writer
1903 - Erskine P Caldwell, author (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre)
1903 - Ray Noble, English bandleader and actor (d. 1978)
1904 - Paul Cadmus, NYC, etcher/painter (Sailors & Floozies)
1905 - Joseph Heifitz, film director
1905 - Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
1905 - Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
1906 - Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
Chemist Willard LibbyChemist Willard Libby (1908) 1908 - Willard Frank Libby, Grand Valley Colorado, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960)
1908 - William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
1910 - Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India)
1910 - Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
1911 - William Roerick, actor (Guiding Light)
1914 - Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
1915 - André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)
1916 - Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
1916 - Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
1917 - Louis Salvador Palange, composer
1920 - Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor (Kafka, Music Box)
1920 - Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004)
1922 - Eric Brand, diplomat
1922 - Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
1922 - Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
1923 - Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)
1925 - Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam)
1926 - Jeremy Brooks, writer
1926 - Patrice Wymore, Miltonville KS, actress (The Big Tree), (d. 2014)
1926 - Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
1927 - Richard Long, Chicago Illinois, actor (Prof-Nanny & the Professor)
1928 - Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
1928 - Eli Beeding, Sherman, TX, Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, (d. 2013)
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William SafireAmerican Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire (1929) 1929 - William Safire, political columnist (NY Times)/speech writer (Nixon), (d. 2009)
1930 - Bob Guccione, [Robert C J Edwa], US publisher (Penthouse, Omni), (d. 2010)
1930 - Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse)
1930 - Makoto Moroi, composer
1930 - Bob Mathias, American decathlete and congressman (d. 2006)
1930 - Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
1931 - Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
1931 - Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor, (d. 2014)
1933 - Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
1933 - Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
1934 - Ray Wilson, English footballer
1935 - Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager (Balt Orioles)
Publisher Bob GuccionePublisher Bob Guccione (1930) 1935 - George Lindsey, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show), (d. 2012)
1936 - Frank Martinus Arion, [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
1936 - Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1936 - Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio], Buenos Aires, Argentina, Catholic Pope (2013-). He is the 1st Jesuit pope, the 1st from the Americas and the 1st non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741.
1937 - Art Neville, New Orleans LA, vocalist (Neville Brothers)
1937 - Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
1937 - John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
1937 - Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)
1938 - Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
1939 - Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, rocker (Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
1939 - James Booker, New Orleans, R & B musician (Gonzo)
1939 - Novella Nelson, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Nellie Cole-Chiefs)
1939 - Charles V Bush, Washington, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
1940 - Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
1942 - Bernard Hill, Manchester, actor (Bellman & True, New World, Bounty)
1942 - Paul Butterfield, Chicago, blues musician (Better Days)
1943 - Dave Dee, rocker
1943 - William Brooks, composer
1943 - Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
1944 - Ference Bene, Hungary, record 12 soccer goals (Olympic-gold-1964)
1944 - Jack L[aurence] Chalker, US, sci-fi author (Saga of Well World)
1944 - Bernard Hill, English actor
1945 - Christopher Cazenove, England, actor (Ben-Dynasty)
1945 - Ernie Hudson, Benton Harbor MI, actor (Ghostbusters, Weeds)
1945 - Chris Matthews, American journalist
1945 - Jacqueline Wilson, English author
1946 - Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
1946 - Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
1947 - Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca
1947 - Simon Bates, English DJ
1947 - Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)
1948 - Jim Alexander, rocker
1948 - Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
1949 - Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)
1949 - Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
1950 - Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
1950 - Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
1951 - Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)
1951 - Wanda Hutchison, rocker
1952 - Hans Alders, Dutch minister of environment (PvdA)
1952 - Mickey Jones, Wash DC, rock bassist
1953 - Barry Livingston, Los Angeles California, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons)
1953 - Ikue Ile Mori, rocker
1953 - Mark Gane, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M)
1953 - Bill Pullman, Hornell NY, actor (Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day)
1953 - Samuel Hadida, film distributor
1956 - Peter Farrelly, American film director
1957 - Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
1958 - Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)
1959 - Albert King, actor (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive)
1959 - Michelle Mackall, Washington DC, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd)
1959 - Tammie Green, Somerset OH, LPGA golfer (1989 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
1960 - Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
1961 - Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
1961 - Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)
1962 - Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
1962 - Rocco Anthony Mediate, Greensburg PA, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder)
1962 - Paul Dobson, English footballer
1964 - Eric Brown, NYC, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family)
1964 - Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
1964 - Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
1964 - Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
1964 - Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
1964 - Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
1965 - Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
1965 - Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988)
1965 - Scott Edward Gump, Rockledge FL, PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd)
1966 - Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
1966 - Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
1966 - Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
1967 - Alan Nolet, Toronto Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
1967 - Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics-96)
1967 - Vincent Damphousse, Montreal, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
1967 - Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
1968 - Curtis Pride, Washington DC, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
1968 - Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-1992, 96)
1968 - Andrey Golovatiuk, Russian politician
1969 - Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
1969 - Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
1969 - Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chic Bears)
1969 - Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
1969 - Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1969 - Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
1970 - Benedictine, [St Bernard]; becomes heaviest known dog (137 kg)
1970 - Earl Dotson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
1970 - Michael Mols, soccer player (FC Twente)
1971 - Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
1971 - Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chic Bears)
1971 - Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971 - Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
1971 - Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
1971 - Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
1971 - Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
1972 - Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
1972 - Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
1972 - Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
1972 - Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
1972 - John Abraham, Indian actor
1972 - Laurie Holden, American actress
1973 - Paula Radcliffe, English runner
1974 - Giovonni Ribisi, actor (Cory-My 2 Dads, New Leave it To Beaver)
1974 - Duff Goldman, American chef
Actress Milla JovovichActress Milla Jovovich (1975) 1975 - Milla Jovovich, Kiev Ukraine, actress (Return to Blue Lagoon, Chaplin)
1975 - Napiera Danielle Groves, Miss USA-Wash DC (1997, Miss Congeniality)
1975 - Nick Farrell, East York Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
1975 - Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), American professional wrestler
1976 - Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
1976 - Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
1976 - Takeo Spikes, American football player
1976 - Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Oly gld 2008), (d. 2013)
1977 - Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
1978 - Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player
1978 - Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor
1978 - Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer
1978 - Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
1978 - Chase Utley, American baseball player
1979 - Cheri Vivette Alexander, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1997)
1979 - Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
1979 - Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star
1979 - Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
1980 - Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
1980 - Eli Pariser, American political activist (MoveOn.org)
1981 - Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
1982 - Josh Barfield, American baseball player
1982 - Craig Kielburger, Canadian labour activist
1982 - Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
1982 - Ryan Moats, National Football League runningback
1984 - Andrew Davies, English footballer
1985 - Ryuichi Ogata, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.
1992 - Thomas Law, British Actor
1992 - Jordan Garrett, American actor
1994 - Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter
2007 - James Windsor, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

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