This Day in History

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Day History: December-13

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Famous Birthdays


1521- Pope Sixtus V -(d. 1590)

1533- Eric XIV of Sweden -(d. 1577)

1553- Henry IV of France -(d. 1610)

1585- William Drummond of Hawthornden -Scottish poet (d. 1649)

1640- Robert Plot -English chemist and academic (d. 1696)

1662- Francesco Bianchini -Italian astronomer and philosopher (d. 1729)

1678- Yongzheng Emperor -of China (d. 1735)

1684- Ludvig Holberg -Norwegian historian, philosopher, and author (d. 1754)

1720- Carlo Gozzi -Italian playwright (d. 1804)

1724- Franz Aepinus -German astronomer and philosopher (d. 1802)

1780- Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner -German chemist (d. 1849)

1784- Archduke Louis of Austria -(d. 1864)

1797- Heinrich Heine -German journalist, poet, and critic (d. 1856)

1804- Joseph Howe -Canadian journalist and politician, 5th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1873)

1814- Ana Néri -Brazilian nurse (d. 1880)

1816- Werner von Siemens -German engineer and inventor (d. 1892)

1818- Mary Todd Lincoln -American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 19th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1836- Franz von Lenbach -German painter and academic (d. 1904)

1854- Herman Bavinck -Dutch theologian and churchman (d. 1921)

1856- Svetozar Boroević -Croatian-Austrian field marshal (d. 1920)

1860- Lucien Guitry -French actor (d. 1925)

1864- Emil Seidel -American politician, Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)

1867- Kristian Birkeland -Norwegian physicist and author (d. 1917)

1870- Edward LeSaint -American actor and director (d. 1940)

1871- Emily Carr -Canadian painter and author (d. 1945)

1874- Josef Lhévinne -Russian pianist and educator (d. 1944)

1883- Belle da Costa Greene -American librarian (d. 1950)

1884- Aimilios Veakis -Greek actor (d. 1951)

1887- George Pólya -Hungarian-American mathematician (d. 1985)

1887- Alvin C. York -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)

1897- Albert Aalbers -Dutch architect, designed the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel (d. 1961)

1897- Drew Pearson (journalist)|Drew Pearson -American journalist and author (d. 1969)

1900- Jonel Perlea -Romanian conductor (d. 1970)

1901- Olev Roomet -Estonian singer, violinist, and bagpipe player (d. 1987)

1902- Panagiotis Kanellopoulos -Greek philosopher and politician, 138th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1986)

1902- Talcott Parsons -American sociologist and academic (d. 1979)

1903- Ella Baker -American activist (d. 1986)

1903- Carlos Montoya -Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)

1906- Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark -(d. 1968)

1906- Laurens van der Post -South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)

1908- Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira -Brazilian Catholic activist (d. 1995)

1910- Van Heflin -American actor and singer (d. 1971)

1910- Sol Saks -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1911- Trygve Haavelmo -Norwegian economist and mathematician, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1911- Kenneth Patchen -American poet and painter (d. 1972)

1913- Arnold Brown (General of The Salvation Army)|Arnold Brown -English-Canadian missionary, 11th Generals of The Salvation Army|General of The Salvation Army (d. 2002)

1913- Archie Moore -American boxer and actor (d. 1998)

1914- Alan Bullock -English historian and author (d. 2004)

1915- Curd Jürgens -German-Austrian actor and director (d. 1982)

1915- Ross Macdonald -American-Canadian author (d. 1983)

1915- B. J. Vorster -South African politician,4th State President of South Africa (d. 1983)

1916- Leonard Weisgard -American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1917- John Hart (actor)|John Hart -American actor and producer (d. 2009)

1918- Rosalia Lombardo -Italian pneumonia victim (d. 1920)

1919- Hans-Joachim Marseille -German captain and pilot (d. 1942)

1920- George P. Shultz -American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1923- Philip Warren Anderson -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1923- Terence Beckett -English businessman (d. 2013)

1923- Edward Clancy (cardinal)|Edward Clancy -Australian cardinal (d. 2014)

1923- Larry Doby -American baseball player and manager (d. 2003)

1924- Robert Coogan -American actor (d. 1978)

1924- George Shuba -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1925- Dick Van Dyke -American actor, singer, and producer

1926- George Rhoden -Jamaican runner

1927- James Wright (poet)|James Wright -American poet and academic (d. 1980)

1928- Eve Meyer -American model, actress, and producer (d. 1977)

1929- Christopher Plummer -Canadian actor, singer, and producer

1930- Robert Prosky -American actor (d. 2008)

1933- Doug Mohns -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1934- Richard D. Zanuck -American film producer (d. 2012)

1935- Joe Christopher -Virgin Islander baseball player

1935- Kenneth Hall (American football)|Kenneth Hall -American football player

1935- Lindy McDaniel -American baseball player

1936- Aga Khan IV -Swiss-English businessman

1936- J. C. Martin -American baseball player and sportscaster

1937- Toomas Frey -Estonian ecologist and politician

1937- Rob Houwer -Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Ulf G. Lindén -Swedish businessman (d. 2009)

1937- Ron Taylor (baseball)|Ron Taylor -Canadian baseball player and physician

1938- Heino -German singer

1938- Alvin Curran -American horn player and composer (Musica Elettronica Viva)

1939- Eric Flynn -Chinese-Welsh actor and singer (d. 2002)

1940- Sanjaya Lall -Development economist (d. 2005)

1941- John Davidson (entertainer)|John Davidson -American actor and game show host

1941- Anouska Hempel -New Zealand-English actress and fashion designer

1941- Bessel Kok -Dutch chess player and businessman

1942- Howard Brenton -English playwright and screenwriter

1942- Anna Eshoo -American politician

1943- Ferguson Jenkins -Canadian baseball and basketball player

1944- Dick Dees -Dutch politician

1944- Hwang Jang Lee -Japanese-South Korean martial artist and actor

1944- Marti Webb -English actress and singer

1945- Herman Cain -American businessman, journalist, and politician

1945- Kathy Garver -American actress and producer

1945- Brian McGuire -Australian race car driver (d. 1977)

1947- Darlene Cates -American actress

1947- Rex Hagon -Canadian actor

1947- Dave Hamilton (baseball)|Dave Hamilton -American baseball player and coach

1948- Lester Bangs -American journalist and author (d. 1982)

1948- Jeff Baxter -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers)

1948- Lillian Board -South African-English sprinter (d. 1970)

1948- Ted Nugent -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees (band)|Damn Yankees, and Damnocracy)

1948- Brian Wilson (Labour politician)|Brian Wilson -Scottish politician

1949- Robert Lindsay (actor)|Robert Lindsay -English actor and singer

1949- R. A. MacAvoy -American author

1949- Randy Owen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alabama (band)|Alabama)

1949- Luc Sala -Dutch businessman

1949- Tom Verlaine -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Television (band)|Television and Neon Boys)

1949- Paula Wilcox -English actress

1950- Linda Bellos -English businesswoman, politician, and activist

1950- Wendie Malick -American model and actress

1950- Heather North -American actress

1950- Afemo Omilami -American actor

1950- Julia Slingo -English meteorologist

1950- Tom Vilsack -American lawyer and politician, 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture

1952- Junkyard Dog -American football player and wrestler (d. 1998)

1952- John Francome -English jockey and sportscaster

1952- Larry Kenon -American basketball player

1952- Jean Rouaud -French author

1953- Ben Bernanke -American economist and academic

1953- Bill Castro -Dominican baseball player and coach

1953- Jim Davidson -English comedian, actor, and television host

1953- Bob Gainey -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1953- Thomas Kurzhals -German keyboard player and songwriter (Karat (band)|Karat and Stern-Combo Meißen) (d. 2014)

1954- John Anderson (musician)|John Anderson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954- Emma Bull -American author

1954- Steve Forbert -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954- Tamora Pierce -American author

1956- Dale Berra -American baseball player

1956- Majida El Roumi -Lebanese soprano and actress

1956- Phil Hubbard -American basketball player and coach

1957- Steve Buscemi -American actor and director

1957- Morris Day -American singer-songwriter and actor (The Time (band)|The Time and Flyte Tyme (band)|Flyte Tyme)

1957- Eric Marienthal -American saxophonist (Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)

1957- Jean-Marie Messier -French businessman

1958- Lynn-Holly Johnson -American figure skater and actress

1959- Heino Enden -Estonian basketball player and coach

1959- Johnny Whitaker -American actor and singer

1959- Boris Zhukov -American wrestler

1960- Rusty Cundieff -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1960- Daggubati Venkatesh -Indian actor

1961- Harry Gregson-Williams -English composer, conductor, and producer

1961- Irene Sáez -Venezuelan model and politician, List of Governors of States of Venezuela#Nueva Esparta|Governor of Nueva Esparta

1961- Gary Zimmerman -American football player

1962- Roger Ilegems -Belgian cyclist

1962- Jamie Raskin -American lawyer, politician, and academic

1962- Rex Ryan -American football player and coach

1962- Rob Ryan -American football player and coach

1964- hide (musician)|Hideto Matsumoto -Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan and Zilch (band)|Zilch) (d. 1998)

1965- Jackie Clune -English actress and singer

1965- Marko Mäetamm -Estonian illustrator

1966- Ross Burden -New Zealand-English chef and author

1966- Toby Dammit -American drummer, composer, and producer

1966- Don Roff -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966- Mike Tirico -American sportscaster

1967- Jamie Foxx -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1967- NeNe Leakes -American actress

1967- Bo Pelini -American football player and coach

1969- Tony Curran -Scottish-American actor

1969- Sergei Fedorov -Russian ice hockey player and manager

1969- Murat Nasyrov -Russian singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1970- Eoin Jess -Scottish footballer

1970- Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner -Austrian mountaineer

1971- Gloria Casarez -American activist (d. 2014)

1971- Naomi Long -Irish engineer and politician, 54th Lord Mayor of Belfast

1971- Leanne Wood -Welsh academic and politician

1972- Niki Evans -English singer

1972- Chris Grant -Australian footballer

1973- Christie Clark -American actress

1974- Sara Cox -English radio and television host

1974- Debbie Matenopoulos -American actress and television host

1974- Nicholas McCarthy -English singer and guitarist (Franz Ferdinand (band)|Franz Ferdinand and Box Codax)

1975- Bates Battaglia -American ice hockey player

1975- Tom DeLonge -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, and Box Car Racer)

1975- Kostas Kiassos -Greek footballer

1975- Matthew LeCroy -American baseball player and coach

1976- Josh Fogg -American baseball player

1976- Søren Friis -Danish footballer

1976- Radosław Sobolewski -Polish footballer

1976- Rama Yade -French politician

1977- Tupele Dorgu -English actress

1977- Sascha Kindred -German-English swimmer

1977- Charlotte Milchard -English actress

1977- Peter Stringer -Irish rugby player

1978- Olav Bjortomt -English quiz player

1978- Kaspars Kambala -Latvian basketball player

1978- Ryo Kawakita -Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)

1978- B.J. Penn -American mixed martial artist

1979- Matjaž Smodiš -Slovenian basketball player

1980- Patrik Antonius -Finnish poker player

1980- Ryan France -English footballer

1980- Danil Haustov -Estonian swimmer

1980- Swastika Mukherjee -Indian actress and singer

1980- Satoshi Tsumabuki -Japanese actor and singer

1980- Bosco Wong -Hong Kong singer and actor

1981- Amy Lee -American singer-songwriter and pianist (Evanescence)

1982- Anthony Callea -Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1982- Dan Hamhuis -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Ricky Nolasco -American baseball player

1982- Tuka Rocha -Brazilian race car driver

1982- Dominik Werling -German footballer

1983- Matt Deis -American bass player and songwriter (CKY (band)|CKY and All That Remains (band)|All That Remains)

1983- Otylia Jędrzejczak -Polish swimmer

1984- Santi Cazorla -Spanish footballer

1984- Hanna-Maria Seppälä -Finnish swimmer

1985- Michael Bumpus -American football player

1985- Laurence Leboeuf -Canadian actress

1985- Alby Mathewson -New Zealand rugby player

1986- Dennis Bermudez -American mixed martial artist

1986- Mathieu Gnanligo -Beninese sprinter

1988- Rickie Fowler -American golfer

1989- Dasha Kapustina -Russian model

1989- Ben Ridge -Australian rugby player

1989- Taylor Swift -American singer-songwriter

1991- Senah Mango -Togolese footballer