This Day in History

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Day History: December-15

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Famous Birthdays

37- Nero -Roman emperor (d. 68)

130- Lucius Verus -Roman emperor (d. 169)

1567- Christoph Demantius -German composer, poet, and theorist (d. 1643)

1657- Michel Richard Delalande -French organist and composer (d. 1726)

1686- Jean-Joseph Fiocco -Flemish composer (d. 1746)

1789- Carlos Soublette -Venezuelan general and politician, 11th President of Venezuela (d. 1870)

1832- Gustave Eiffel -French engineer and architect, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)

1852- Henri Becquerel -French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1908)

1859- L. L. Zamenhof -Polish linguist and ophthalmologist, created Esperanto (d. 1917)

1860- Niels Ryberg Finsen -Faroese-Danish physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1904)

1860- Abner Powell -American baseball player (d. 1953)

1861- Charles Duryea -American engineer and businessman, co-founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company (d. 1938)

1861- Pehr Evind Svinhufvud -Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 3rd President of Finland (d. 1944)

1863- Arthur Dehon Little -American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)

1869- Leon Marchlewski -Polish chemist (d. 1946)

1875- Emilio Jacinto -Filipino journalist and activist (d. 1899)

1878- Hans Carossa -German author and poet (d. 1956)

1885- Leonid Pitamic -Slovenia lawyer, philosopher and academic (d. 1971)

1888- Maxwell Anderson -American journalist and playwright (d. 1959)

1892- J. Paul Getty -American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)

1896- Betty Smith -American author and playwright (d. 1972)

1899- Harold Abrahams -English sprinter, lawyer, and journalist (d. 1978)

1902- Robert F. Bradford -American lawyer and politician, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)

1903- Tamanishiki San'emon -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1938)

1907- Oscar Niemeyer -Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and the Cathedral of Brasília (d. 2012)

1908- Swami Ranganathananda -Indian monk (d. 2005)

1909- Sattar Bahlulzade -Azerbaijani painter (d. 1974)

1910- John Hammond (producer)|John Hammond -American record producer, critic, and activist (d. 1987)

1911- Nicholas P. Dallis -American psychiatrist and illustrator (d. 1991)

1911- Stan Kenton -American pianist and composer (d. 1979)

1912- Ray Eames -American designer (d. 1988)

1913- Roger Gaudry -Canadian chemist and businessman (d. 2001)

1913- Muriel Rukeyser -American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)

1916- Miguel Arraes -Brazilian politician, former governor of Pernambuco (d. 2005)

1916- Buddy Cole (musician)|Buddy Cole -American pianist and conductor (d. 1964)

1916- Maurice Wilkins -New Zealand-English physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1917- Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee -Indian-Pakistani linguist and lexicographer (d. 2005)

1918- Jeff Chandler (actor)|Jeff Chandler -American actor and singer (d. 1961)

1919- Max Yasgur -American farmer, owner of the Woodstock festival site (d. 1973)

1920- Gamal al-Banna -Egyptian author and scholar (d. 2013)

1920- Kurt Schaffenberger -German-American illustrator (d. 2002)

1921- Alan Freed -American radio host (d. 1965)

1921- Bob Todd -English actor (d. 1992)

1923- Freeman Dyson -English-American physicist and mathematician

1923- Uziel Gal -German-Israeli firearm designer, designed the Uzi|Uzi gun (d. 2002)

1923- Valentin Varennikov -Russian general and politician (d. 2009)

1924- Frank W. J. Olver -English-American mathematician and educator (d. 2013)

1925- Kasey Rogers -American actress (d. 2006)

1926- Ben Overton -American judge (d. 2012)

1928- Ernest Ashworth -American singer (d. 2009)

1928- Ida Haendel -Polish-English violinist

1928- Friedensreich Hundertwasser -Austrian-New Zealand painter and architect, designed the Kuchlbauer Tower and Waldspirale (d. 2000)

1928- Jerry Wallace -American singer (d. 2008)

1929- Barry Harris -American pianist and educator

1930- Edna O'Brien -Irish author, poet, and playwright

1932- Jesse Belvin -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1960)

1932- John Meurig Thomas -Welsh chemist and academic

1933- Bapu (film director)|Bapu -Indian director and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1933- Tim Conway -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1933- Donald Woods -South African journalist and activist (d. 2001)

1934- Clive Brittain -English horse trainer

1936- Joe D'Amato -Italian director and producer (d. 1999)

1938- Michael Bogdanov -Welsh director and screenwriter

1938- Billy Shaw -American football player

1939- Alan Armstrong -American author

1939- Cindy Birdsong -American singer-songwriter (The Supremes and Labelle)

1940- Nick Buoniconti -American football player and sportscaster

1942- Kathleen Blanco -American educator and politician, 54th Governor of Louisiana

1942- Dave Clark (musician)|Dave Clark -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Dave Clark Five)

1942- Geoffrey Davies -English actor

1943- Lucien den Arend -Dutch sculptor

1944- Jim Leyland -American baseball player and manager

1944- Chico Mendes -Brazilian union leader and activist (d. 1988)

1945- Ivor Crewe -English political scientist and academic

1945- Thaao Penghlis -Australian actor

1946- Carmine Appice -American drummer and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and Cactus (band)|Cactus)

1946- Art Howe -American baseball player and manager

1946- Henrietta Knight (racehorse trainer)|Henrietta Knight -English horse trainer

1947- Rodney Bingenheimer -American radio host

1948- Melanie Chartoff -American actress

1948- Cassandra Harris -Australian-American actress (d. 1991)

1949- Don Johnson -American actor, singer, and producer

1949- Brian Roper (academic)|Brian Roper -English economist and academic

1951- Joe Jordan (footballer)|Joe Jordan -Scottish footballer and manager

1952- Marta DuBois -Panamanian-American actress

1952- Rudi Protrudi -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Fuzztones)

1952- Allan Simonsen -Danish footballer and manager

1952- Julie Taymor -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1953- John R. Allen -American general

1953- J. M. DeMatteis -American author

1953- Robert Charles Wilson -American-Canadian author

1954- Oliver Heald -English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1954- Mark Warner -American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of Virginia

1955- Hector Sants -English banker

1955- Paul Simonon -English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Clash and Havana 3am)

1956- Tony Leon -South African politician

1956- William Orbit -English keyboard player and producer (Torch Song and Bassomatic)

1957- Chō -Japanese voice actor

1957- Mario Marois -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1957- Mike McAlary -American journalist (d. 1998)

1957- Laura Molina (artist)|Laura Molina -American singer, guitarist, actress, and painter

1957- Tim Reynolds -German-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dave Matthews Band, TR3, and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds)

1958- Eddy Annys -Belgian high jumper

1958- Carlo J. Caparas -Filipino director and producer

1960- Walter Werzowa -Austrian composer and producer

1961- Karin Resetarits -Austrian journalist and politician

1962- Tim Gaines -Austrian bass player (Stryper and SinDizzy)

1962- Simon Hodgkinson -English rugby player

1963- Ellie Cornell -American actress

1963- Norman J. Grossfeld -American screenwriter and producer

1963- Andrew Luster -American rapist

1963- Helen Slater -American actress and singer

1963- David Wingate (basketball)|David Wingate -American basketball player

1964- Michael Le Vell -English actor

1964- Paul Kaye -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1966- Carl Hooper -Guyanese cricketer and coach

1966- Manos Papayiannis -Greek model and actor

1966- Molly Price -American actress

1967- David Howells -English footballer

1967- Ami Kawai -Japanese actress

1967- Elix Skipper -American wrestler

1967- Mo Vaughn -American baseball player

1968- Osama Ali Maher -Egyptian-Swedish politician

1968- Garrett Wang -American actor

1969- Chantal Petitclerc -Canadian wheelchair racer

1970- Frankie Dettori -Italian jockey

1970- Lawrence Funderburke -American basketball player

1970- Michael Shanks -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1971- Clint Lowery -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sevendust, Dark New Day, and Call Me No One)

1971- Arne Quinze -Belgian painter and sculptor

1972- Rodney Harrison -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Stuart Townsend -Irish actor and director

1973- Surya Bonaly -French-American figure skater

1973- Ryoo Seung-wan -South Korean actor, director, and screenwriter

1975- Laurel Nakadate -American visual artist

1976- Baichung Bhutia -Indian footballer and manager

1976- Maria Kekkonen -Finnish porn actress

1976- Aaron Miles -American baseball player

1976- Todd Tichenor -American baseball player and umpire

1977- Geoff Stults -American actor and producer

1978- Ned Brower -American drummer and actor (Rooney (band)|Rooney)

1978- Mark Jansen -Dutch guitarist and songwriter (Epica (band)|Epica, After Forever, and Mayan (band)|Mayan)

1978- Jerome McDougle -American football player

1979- Adam Brody -American actor

1979- Alex Solowitz -American actor, singer, and dancer (2gether (band)|2Ge+Her)

1979- Eric Young (wrestler)|Eric Young -Canadian wrestler

1980- Sergio Pizzorno -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kasabian and Loose Tapestries)

1980- Manuel Wilhelm -German rugby player

1981- Najoua Belyzel -French singer

1981- Michelle Dockery -English actress and singer

1981- Brendan Fletcher -Canadian actor

1981- Andy González (baseball)|Andy González -Puerto Rican baseball player

1981- Thomas Herrion -American football player (d. 2005)

1981- Creighton Lovelace -American minister

1981- Roman Pavlyuchenko -Russian footballer

1981- Firman Utina -Indonesian footballer

1982- Charlie Cox -English actor

1982- Borja García -Spanish race car driver

1982- George O. Gore II -American actor

1982- Tatiana Perebiynis -Ukrainian tennis player

1983- Delon Armitage -Trinidadian-English rugby player

1983- René Duprée -Canadian wrestler

1983- Wang Hao (table tennis)|Wang Hao -Chinese table tennis player

1983- Ronnie Radke -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate)

1984- Kirsty Lee Allan -Australian actress

1984- Martin Škrtel -Slovak footballer

1985- Diogo Fernandes -Brazilian footballer

1986- Junsu -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (TVXQ and JYJ)

1986- Iveta Mazáčová -Czech sprinter

1986- Snejana Onopka -Ukrainian model

1988- Emily Head -English actress

1994- Emma Lockhart -American actress

1997- Magdalena Fręch -Polish tennis player

1998- Chandler Canterbury -American actor