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Day History: December-10

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Famous Birthdays


1452- Johannes Stöffler -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1531)

1588- Isaac Beeckman -Dutch scientist and philosopher (d. 1637)

1713- Johann Nicolaus Mempel -German cantor and organist (d. 1747)

1751- George Shaw -English botanist and zoologist (d. 1813)

1787- Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet -American educator, founded the American School for the Deaf (d. 1851)

1804- Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi -German mathematician and academic (d. 1851)

1805- Joseph Škoda -Czech physician, dermatologist, and academic (d. 1881)

1815- Ada Lovelace -English mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1852)

1821- Nikolay Nekrasov -Russian poet and critic (d. 1877)

1822- César Franck -Belgian organist and composer (d. 1890)

1824- George MacDonald -Scottish minister, author, and poet (d. 1905)

1827- Eugene O'Keefe -Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1913)

1830- Emily Dickinson -American poet (d. 1886)

1851- Melvil Dewey -American librarian, created the Dewey Decimal Classification|Dewey Decimal System (d. 1931)

1861- Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick -(d. 1938)

1866- Louis Bolk -Dutch anatomist and biologist (d. 1930)

1870- Mary Bonaparte -French daughter of Napoléon Charles Bonaparte, 5th Prince of Canino (d. 1947)

1870- Adolf Loos -Austrian architect, designed Villa Müller (d. 1933)

1870- Pierre Louÿs -Belgian-French author and poet (d. 1925)

1878- C. Rajagopalachari -Indian lawyer and politician, 45th List of Governors-General of India|Governor-General of India (d. 1972)

1880- Fred Immler -German actor (d. 1965)

1880- Charles King (athlete)|Charles King -American jumper (d. 1958)

1882- Otto Neurath -Austrian sociologist and philosopher (d. 1945)

1882- Shigenori Tōgō -Japanese politician, 37th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 1950)

1882- Louis Wilkins -American pole vaulter (d. 1950)

1885- Marios Varvoglis -Greek composer and conductor (d. 1967)

1886- Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis -English field marshal and politician, 17th Governor General of Canada (d. 1969)

1886- Annie Bos -Dutch actress (d. 1975)

1886- Victor McLaglen -English-American boxer and actor (d. 1959)

1889- Ray Collins (actor)|Ray Collins -American actor (d. 1965)

1891- Nelly Sachs -German-Swedish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1896- Torsten Bergström -Swedish actor and director (d. 1948)

1903- Una Merkel -American actress and singer (d. 1986)

1905- Valter Palm -Estonian-American boxer (d. 1994)

1907- Rumer Godden -English author and poet (d. 1998)

1907- Lucien Laurent -French footballer and coach (d. 2005)

1908- Olivier Messiaen -French composer and ornithologist (d. 1992)

1909- Hermes Pan (choreographer)|Hermes Pan -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1990)

1911- Chet Huntley -American journalist (d. 1974)

1912- Philip Hart -American lawyer and politician, 49th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan (d. 1976)

1913- Morton Gould -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1996)

1913- Pannonica de Koenigswarter -English-American composer (d. 1988)

1913- Harry Locke -English actor (d. 1987)

1914- Dorothy Lamour -American actress and singer (d. 1996)

1916- Walt Arfons -American race car driver (d. 2013)

1916- Rafael Ruiz -Spanish field hockey player (d. 2006)

1917- Yahya Petra of Kelantan -(d. 1979)

1918- Anne Gwynne -American actress and singer (d. 2003)

1918- Anatoli Tarasov -Russian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)

1919- Alexander Courage -American composer and conductor (d. 2008)

1920- Clarice Lispector -Ukrainian-Brazilian journalist and author (d. 1977)

1920- Reginald Rose -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2002)

1920- Thanassis Skordalos -Greek musician (d. 1998)

1922- Lucía Hiriart -Chilean wife of Augusto Pinochet, 30th First Lady of Chile

1922- Agnes Nixon -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1923- Harold Gould -American actor (d. 2010)

1923- Clorindo Testa -Italian-Argentinian architect, designed the National Library of the Argentine Republic and Marriott Plaza Hotel, Buenos Aires|Marriott Plaza Hotel (d. 2013)

1924- Michael Manley -Jamaican pilot and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Jamaica (d. 1997)

1925- Jean Byron -American actress (d. 2006)

1925- Carolyn Kizer -American poet and academic (d. 2014)

1927- Danny Matt -German-Israeli general (d. 2013)

1928- Dan Blocker -American actor (d. 1972)

1928- John Colicos -Canadian actor (d. 2000)

1928- Jeremy Morse -English banker and academic

1928- Barbara Nichols -American actress and singer (d. 1976)

1930- Wayne D. Anderson -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1930- Michael Jopling, Baron Jopling -English politician

1931- Peter Baker (footballer born 1931)|Peter Baker -English-South African footballer

1933- Philip R. Craig -American author (d. 2007)

1933- Larry Morris -American football player (d. 2012)

1933- Mako Iwamatsu -Japanese-American actor and singer (d. 2006)

1933- Angus Stirling -English historian

1934- Howard Martin Temin -American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)

1935- Terry Allcock -English footballer and cricketer

1936- Howard Smith (director)|Howard Smith -American journalist, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1937- Scott Baker (judge)|Scott Baker -English judge

1937- Raphael Maklouf -Israeli-English sculptor

1938- Yuri Temirkanov -Russian viola player and conductor

1939- Dick Bavetta -American basketball player and referee

1939- Barry Cunliffe -English archaeologist and academic

1940- Anne Gibson, Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen -English union leader and author

1941- Fionnula Flanagan -Irish actress

1941- Tommy Kirk -American actor and singer

1941- Tommy Rettig -American actor and engineer (d. 1996)

1941- Kyu Sakamoto -Japanese singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1985)

1941- Peter Sarstedt -Indian-English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941- Chad & Jeremy|Chad Stuart -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy)

1941- Ken Campbell -English writer, actor, director and comedian (d. 2008)

1942- Ann Gloag -Scottish nurse and businesswoman

1944- John Birt, Baron Birt -English businessman

1944- Steve Renko -American baseball player

1945- Mukhtar Altynbayev -Kazakhstani general and politician, 3rd Defence Minister of Kazakhstan

1945- George Amon Webster -American singer and pianist (Cathedral Quartet) (d. 2013)

1946- Thomas Lux -American poet and academic

1947- Rasul Guliyev -Azerbaijani politician, 22nd Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan

1947- Douglas Kenney -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1980)

1947- Howard Newby -English sociologist and academic

1947- Rainer Seifert -German field hockey player

1948- Dušan Bajević -Bosnian-Greek footballer and manager

1948- Jessica Cleaves -American singer (The Friends of Distinction and Earth, Wind & Fire) (d. 2014)

1948- Jasuben Shilpi -Indian sculptor (d. 2013)

1948- Muhammad Zaidan -Syrian-Palestinian terrorist, founded the Palestine Liberation Front (d. 2004)

1950- John Boozman -American football player, lawyer, and politician

1950- Nicky Henderson -English horse trainer

1951- Ellen Nikolaysen -Norwegian singer and actress

1952- Clive Anderson -English lawyer and television host

1952- Susan Dey -American actress and producer

1952- Greg Mortimer -Australian mountaineer

1952- Paul Varul -Estonian lawyer and politician, 6th Ministry of Justice (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Justice

1953- Chris Bury -American journalist

1954- Eudine Barriteau -Barbadian economist

1954- Price Cobb -American race car driver

1954- Jack Hues -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wang Chung (band)|Wang Chung)

1954- Enn Sellik -Estonian runner

1956- Rod Blagojevich -American lawyer and politician, 40th Governor of Illinois

1956- Roberto Cassinelli -Italian lawyer and politician

1956- Jacquelyn Mitchard -American journalist and author

1956- Jan van Dijk (footballer)|Jan van Dijk -Dutch footballer and manager

1957- Michael Clarke Duncan -American actor (d. 2012)

1957- Paul Hardcastle -English composer and producer

1957- Prem Rawat -Indian-American guru

1958- Pepsi Demacque -English singer (Pepsi & Shirlie)

1958- Cornelia Funke -German-American author

1958- Kathryn Stott -English pianist and academic

1958- John J. York -American actor

1959- Mark Aguirre -American basketball player and coach

1959- Udi Aloni -American-Israeli director and author

1959- Kevin Ash -English journalist and author (d. 2013)

1959- Wolf Hoffmann -German guitarist (Accept (band)|Accept)

1960- Kenneth Branagh -Irish actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Michael Schoeffling -American actor

1961- Nia Peeples -American singer and actress

1961- Oded Schramm -Israel-American mathematician and academic (d. 2008)

1962- John de Wolf -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- Jahangir Khan -Pakistani squash player

1964- Stef Blok -Dutch banker and politician

1964- Bobby Flay -American chef and author

1964- George Newbern -American actor

1965- Greg Giraldo -American lawyer, comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1965- J Mascis -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dinosaur Jr., Witch (band)|Witch, Deep Wound, and Upsidedown Cross (band)|Upsidedown Cross)

1965- Stephanie Morgenstern -Swiss-Canadian actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Mel Rojas -Dominican baseball player

1969- Stephen Billington -English actor

1969- Rob Blake -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1970- Kevin Sharp -American singer (d. 2014)

1970- Bryant Stith -American basketball player and coach

1971- Bill Baroni -American lawyer and politician

1971- Brian Nichols -American spree killer

1972- Donavon Frankenreiter -American surfer, singer-songwriter, and guitarist

1972- Puff Johnson -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1972- Brian Molko -Belgian-Luxembourger singer-songwriter and guitarist (Placebo (band)|Placebo)

1973- Gabriela Spanic -Venezuelan actress and singer

1974- Meg White -American drummer (The White Stripes)

1975- Steve Bradley -American wrestler (d. 2008)

1975- Josip Skoko -Australian footballer

1975- Kristel Verbeke -Belgian singer and actress (K3 (band)|K3)

1976- Shane Byrne (motorcycle racer)|Shane Byrne -English motorcycle racer

1977- Mr. Águila -Mexican wrestler

1977- Emmanuelle Chriqui -Canadian actress

1978- Summer Phoenix -American actress

1979- Matt Bentley -American wrestler

1980- Massari -Lebanese-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1980- Sarah Chang -American violinist

1981- Taufik Batisah -Singaporean singer

1981- Ryan Pini -Papua New Guinean swimmer

1981- Fábio Rochemback -Brazilian footballer

1982- Shilpa Anand -South African-Indian model and actress

1982- Claudia Hoffmann -German sprinter

1983- Patrick Flueger -American actor

1983- Lewis Buxton -English footballer

1983- Habib Mohamed -Ghanaian footballer

1983- Xavier Samuel -Australian actor

1983- Katrin Siska -Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)

1984- JTG -American wrestler

1984- Mark Applegarth -English rugby player

1985- Charlie Adam -Scottish footballer

1985- Scarlett Bowman -English actress

1985- Matt Forté -American football player

1985- T. J. Hensick -American ice hockey player

1985- Trésor Mputu -Congolese footballer

1985- Raven-Symoné -American actress, singer, and dancer

1985- Lê Công Vinh -Vietnamese footballer

1986- Matthew Bates -English footballer

1986- Kahlil Bell -American football player

1987- Gonzalo Higuaín -French-Argentinian footballer

1988- Wilfried Bony -Ivorian footballer

1988- Mitchell Donald -Dutch footballer

1989- Marion Maréchal-Le Pen -French politician

1989- Tom Sexton (rugby player)|Tom Sexton -Australian-Irish rugby player

1989- Ng Chee Yang -Singaporean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1990- Kazenga LuaLua -Congolese-English footballer

1990- Terrell Sinkfield -American football player

1990- Shoya Tomizawa -Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2010)

1991- Dion Waiters -Professional Basketball Player

1991- Eric Reid (American football)|Eric Reid -American football player

1993- Rachel Trachtenburg -American singer and actress (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Supercute!)

1994- Matti Klinga -Finnish footballer