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Day History: December-4

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Famous Birthdays


1555- Heinrich Meibom (poet)|Heinrich Meibom -German poet and historian (d. 1625)

1585- John Cotton (minister)|John Cotton -English-American minister and theologian (d. 1652)

1595- Jean Chapelain -French poet and critic (d. 1674)

1646- Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon -French field marshal (d. 1730)

1647- Daniel Eberlin -German composer and conductor (d. ca. 1715)

1660- André Campra -French composer and conductor (d. 1744)

1667- Michel Pignolet de Montéclair -French composer (d. 1737)

1670- John Aislabie -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1742)

1711- Barbara of Portugal -(d. 1758)

1713- Gasparo Gozzi -Italian playwright and critic (d. 1786)

1777- Juliette Récamier -French businesswoman (d. 1849)

1795- Thomas Carlyle -Scottish-English historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1881)

1798- Jules Armand Dufaure -French politician, 33rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1881)

1817- Nikoloz Baratashvili -Georgian poet (d. 1845)

1835- Samuel Butler (novelist)|Samuel Butler -English author (d. 1902)

1844- Franz Xavier Wernz -German religious leader, 25th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)

1861- Hannes Hafstein -Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1922)

1861- Lillian Russell -American actress and singer (d. 1922)

1868- Jesse Burkett -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1953)

1875- Joe Corbett -American baseball player and coach (d. 1945)

1875- Rainer Maria Rilke -Austrian poet and author (d. 1926)

1878- Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia -(d. 1918)

1880- Tom Taylor (soccer)|Tom Taylor -Canadian soccer player (d. 1945)

1881- Erwin von Witzleben -Polish-German field marshal (d. 1944)

1883- Katharine Susannah Prichard -Australian author and playwright (d. 1969)

1886- Jan Thomée -Dutch footballer (d. 1954)

1889- Lloyd Bacon -American actor and director (d. 1955)

1892- Francisco Franco -Spanish general and politician, List of Prime Ministers of Spain|Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

1892- Liu Bocheng -Chinese commander and politician (d. 1986)

1893- Herbert Read -English poet and critic (d. 1968)

1895- Feng Youlan -Chinese philosopher and academic (d. 1990)

1899- Karl-Günther Heimsoth -German physician and polygraph (d. 1934)

1899- Charlie Spencer -English footballer and manager (d. 1953)

1903- Anna van der Vegt -Dutch gymnast (d. 1983)

1903- Cornell Woolrich -American author (d. 1968)

1908- Alfred Hershey -American bacteriologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1909- Jimmy Jewel -English actor (d. 1995)

1910- Alex North -American composer (d. 1991)

1910- R. Venkataraman -Indian lawyer and politician, 6th President of India (d. 2009)

1912- Pappy Boyington -American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1988)

1913- Mark Robson -Canadian-American director and producer (d. 1978)

1914- Rudolf Hausner -Austrian painter and sculptor (d. 1995)

1914- Claude Renoir -French cinematographer (d. 1993)

1915- Eddie Heywood -American pianist (d. 1989)

1916- Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr. -American journalist and author (d. 1994)

1917- Movita Castaneda -American actress and singer

1919- I. K. Gujral -Indian politician, 12th Prime Minister of India (d. 2012)

1920- Nadir Afonso -Portuguese painter and architect (d. 2013)

1920- Jeanne Manford -American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (d. 2013)

1920- Neville Thiele -Australian engineer (d. 2012)

1921- Deanna Durbin -Canadian-French actress and singer (d. 2013)

1922- Gérard Philipe -French actor (d. 1959)

1923- Charles Keating -American lawyer and financier (d. 2014)

1923- John Krish -English screenwriter and director

1923- Eagle Keys -American-Canadian football player and coach (d. 2012)

1924- John C. Portman, Jr. -American architect, designed the Renaissance Center and Tomorrow Square

1925- Albert Bandura -Canadian-American psychologist and academic

1925- Lino Lacedelli -Italian mountaineer (d. 2009)

1926- Monty M. Wyche -American soldier, lawyer, and judge (d. 2014)

1927- Barbara Knudson -American actress (d. 2014)

1927- William Labov -American linguist and academic

1927- Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe -Swedish silversmith and jeweler (d. 2004)

1928- Dena Dietrich -American actress

1930- Ronnie Corbett -Scottish actor

1930- Jim Hall (musician)|Jim Hall -American guitarist and composer (d. 2013)

1931- Alex Delvecchio -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1931- Wally George -American radio and television host (d. 2003)

1932- Roh Tae-woo -South Korean general and politician, 6th President of South Korea

1933- Horst Buchholz -German actor (d. 2003)

1934- Victor French -American actor and director (d. 1989)

1934- Wink Martindale -American game show host

1935- Paul O'Neill (Secretary of the Treasury)|Paul O'Neill -American businessman and politician, 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury

1935- Robert Vesco -American financier (d. 2007)

1936- Bernie McInerney -American actor

1936- Derek Nally -Irish politician

1937- Max Baer, Jr. -American actor, director, and producer

1938- Andre Marrou -American politician

1938- Yvonne Minton -Australian soprano

1939- Joan Brady (American-British writer)|Joan Brady -American-English author

1939- Freddy Cannon -American singer and guitarist

1940- Gerd Achterberg -German footballer and manager

1940- Gary Gilmore -American murderer (d. 1977)

1942- Gemma Jones -English actress

1944- Chris Hillman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Byrds, The Hillmen, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Manassas (band)|Manassas)

1944- Anna McGarrigle -Canadian singer-songwriter (Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Mountain City Four)

1944- François Migault -French race car driver (d. 2012)

1944- Dennis Wilson -American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (The Beach Boys) (d. 1983)

1945- Roberta Bondar -Canadian neurologist, academic, and astronaut

1946- Geert Mak -Dutch journalist and author

1947- Jane Lubchenco -American ecologist, academic, and diplomat

1947- Terry Woods -Irish guitarist (The Pogues, Steeleye Span, Sweeney's Men, The Bucks, and Dr. Strangely Strange)

1948- Southside Johnny -American singer-songwriter (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)

1949- A. Scott Berg -American journalist and author

1949- Jeff Bridges -American actor, singer, and producer

1949- Paula England -American sociologist

1949- Pamela Stephenson -New Zealand-Australian actress and psychologist

1949- Jock Stirrup, Baron Stirrup -English air marshal and politician, 20th Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom)|Chief of the Defence Staff

1951- Gary Rossington -American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band, and The Rossington Band)

1951- Patricia Wettig -American actress and playwright

1953- Gwen Humble -American actress

1953- Rick Middleton -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1954- Tony Todd -American actor and producer

1955- Philip Hammond -English politician, 21st Secretary of State for Defence

1955- Dave Taylor (ice hockey)|Dave Taylor -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1955- Cassandra Wilson -American singer-songwriter and producer (M-Base)

1956- Nia Griffith -Irish-Welsh educator and politician

1956- Bernard King -American basketball player and sportscaster

1957- Raul Boesel -Brazilian race car driver

1957- Eric S. Raymond -American computer programmer and author

1959- Susan W. Krebs -American politician

1959- Paul McGrath (footballer)|Paul McGrath -Irish footballer

1959- Christa Rothenburger -German speed skater and cyclist

1960- David Green (baseball)|David Green -American baseball player

1960- Glynis Nunn -Australian heptathlete

1961- Frank Reich -American football player and coach

1961- Naomi Robson -American-Australian journalist

1962- Julie Lemieux -Canadian voice actress and singer

1962- Kevin Richardson (footballer)|Kevin Richardson -English footballer and manager

1963- Sergey Bubka -Ukrainian pole vaulter

1964- Sertab Erener -Turkish singer-songwriter

1964- Jonathan Goldstein (actor)|Jonathan Goldstein -American actor and director

1964- Scott Hastings (rugby union)|Scott Hastings -Scottish rugby player and sportscaster

1964- Chelsea Noble -American actress

1964- Marisa Tomei -American actress

1965- Álex de la Iglesia -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Masta Ace -American rapper (eMC (hip hop group)|eMC and Juice Crew)

1966- Fred Armisen -American actor and screenwriter

1966- Suzanne Malveaux -American journalist

1966- Chris Shepherd -English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Andy Hess -American bass player (Gov't Mule and The Black Crowes)

1968- Mike Barrowman -Paraguayan-American swimmer

1968- Dionne Farris -American, singer-songwriter, producer and actress

1969- Jay-Z -American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

1969- Plum Sykes -English-American journalist and author

1970- Kevin Sussman -American actor

1970- Sylvester Terkay -American wrestler and mixed martial artist

1971- Shannon Briggs -American boxer and actor

1972- Jassen Cullimore -Canadian ice hockey player

1972- Nikki Tyler -American porn actress and model

1972- Yūko Miyamura -Japanese voice actress

1973- Tyra Banks -American model, actress, and producer

1973- Frank Boeijen (keyboardist)|Frank Boeijen -Dutch keyboard player (The Gathering (band)|The Gathering)

1973- Mina Caputo -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Life Of Agony)

1973- Ferry Corsten -Dutch DJ and producer (Gouryella and Veracocha)

1973- Steven Menzies -Australian rugby player

1973- Kate Rusby -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Poozies)

1973- Racci Shay -American drummer (Murderdolls, Synical, Dope (band)|Dope, and Genitorturers)

1973- Atsushi Tamura -Japanese actor and singer (Jealkb)

1974- Tadahito Iguchi -Japanese baseball player

1976- Amie Comeaux -American singer (d. 1997)

1976- Kristina Groves -Canadian speed skater

1977- Big Pokey -American rapper (Screwed Up Click)

1977- Morten Veland -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (Sirenia, Tristania (band)|Tristania, and Mortemia)

1978- Jaclyn Victor -Malaysian singer and actress

1979- Ysabella Brave -American singer

1979- Jay DeMerit -American soccer player

1981- Courtney Cummz -American porn actress and director

1981- Lila McCann -American singer

1982- Waldo Ponce -Chilean footballer

1982- Ho-Pin Tung -Dutch-Chinese race car driver

1982- Nick Vujicic -Australian evangelist

1983- Jimmy Bartel -Australian footballer

1984- Brooke Adams (wrestler)|Brooke Adams -American wrestler and model

1984- Lindsay Felton -American actress

1984- Marco Giambruno -Italian footballer

1984- Anna Petrakova -Russian basketball player

1984- Joe Thomas (American football)|Joe Thomas -American football player

1985- Andrew Brackman -American baseball player

1985- Carlos Gómez -Dominican baseball player

1986- Kaija Udras -Estonian skier

1986- Martell Webster -American basketball player

1987- Orlando Brown (actor)|Orlando Brown -American actor and rapper

1987- Kethy Õunpuu -Estonian footballer

1988- Mario Maurer -Thai actor and model

1988- Andriy Pylyavskyi -Ukrainian footballer

1990- Lukman Haruna -Nigerian footballer

1990- Igor Sjunin -Estonian triple jumper

1992- Jean-Claude Iranzi -Rwandan footballer

1992- Līna Mūze -Latvian javelin thrower

1992- Guan Xueting -Chinese ice dancer