This Day in History

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Day History: December-5

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Famous Birthdays


852- Zhu Wen -Chinese emperor (d. 912)

1377- Jianwen Emperor -of China (d. 1402)

1443- Pope Julius II -(d. 1513)

1495- Nicolas Cleynaerts -Flemish philologist and lexicographer (d. 1542)

1537- Ashikaga Yoshiaki -Japanese shogun (d. 1597)

1539- Fausto Sozzini -Italian theologian (d. 1604)

1547- Ubbo Emmius -Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)

1595- Henry Lawes -English pianist and composer (d. 1662)

1661- Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer -English politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1724)

1666- Francesco Scarlatti -Italian composer (d. 1741)

1687- Francesco Geminiani -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)

1697- Giuseppe de Majo -Italian organist and composer (d. 1771)

1782- Martin Van Buren -American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1803- Fyodor Tyutchev -Russian poet (d. 1873)

1820- Afanasy Fet -Russian poet and author (d. 1892)

1822- Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz -American philosopher and academic, co-founded Radcliffe College (d. 1907)

1829- Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière -French-Canadian politician, 4th Premier of Quebec (d. 1908)

1830- Christina Rossetti -English poet and author (d. 1894)

1839- George Armstrong Custer -American general (d. 1876)

1841- Marcus Daly -Irish-American businessman (d. 1900)

1855- Clinton Hart Merriam -American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer (d. 1942)

1859- John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe -English admiral and politician, 2nd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1935)

1863- Paul Painlevé -French mathematician and politician, 84th Prime Minister of France (d. 1933)

1867- Antti Aarne -Finnish author (d. 1925)

1867- Józef Piłsudski -Polish field marshal and politician, 15th List of Prime Ministers of Poland|Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1935)

1868- Arnold Sommerfeld -German physicist and academic (d. 1951)

1869- Ellis Parker Butler -American author (d. 1937)

1870- Vítězslav Novák -Czech composer and educator (d. 1949)

1871- Bill Pickett -American rodeo performer (d. 1932)

1872- Harry Nelson Pillsbury -American chess player (d. 1906)

1875- Arthur Currie -Canadian general (d. 1933)

1879- Clyde Vernon Cessna -American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna|Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)

1881- René Cresté -French actor (d. 1922)

1886- Pieter Oud -Dutch historian, academic, and politician, Ministry of Finance (Netherlands)|Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (d. 1968)

1886- Rose Wilder Lane -American journalist and author (d. 1968)

1890- David Bomberg -English painter, illustrator, and academic (d. 1957)

1890- Fritz Lang -Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1891- Paul Kogerman -Estonian chemist and academic (d. 1951)

1894- Charles Robberts Swart -South African lawyer and politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 1982)

1895- Elbert Frank Cox -American mathematician and academic (d. 1969)

1896- Ann Nolan Clark -American historian, author, and educator (d. 1995)

1896- Carl Ferdinand Cori -Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1897- Nunnally Johnson -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1897- Gershom Scholem -German-Israeli philosopher and historian (d. 1982)

1898- Josh Malihabadi -Indian-Pakistani poet (d. 1982)

1898- Grace Moore -American soprano and actress (d. 1947)

1900- Jimmy Dimmock -English footballer (d. 1972)

1901- Walt Disney -American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)

1901- Milton H. Erickson -American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)

1901- Werner Heisenberg -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)

1901- Marjorie Eaton -American painter and actress (d. 1986)

1902- Emeric Pressburger -Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)

1902- Strom Thurmond -American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)

1903- Johannes Heesters -Dutch-German actor and singer (d. 2011)

1903- C. F. Powell -English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)

1905- Gus Mancuso -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1984)

1906- Otto Preminger -Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)

1907- Lin Biao -Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)

1907- Giuseppe Occhialini -Italian-French physicist and academic (d. 1993)

1909- Musashiyama Takeshi -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1969)

1910- Abraham Polonsky -American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1911- Władysław Szpilman -Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1912- Sonny Boy Williamson II -American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)

1913- Esther Borja -Cuban soprano and actress (d. 2013)

1914- Hans Hellmut Kirst -German lieutenant and author (d. 1989)

1916- Margaret Hayes -American actress (d. 1977)

1916- Hilary Koprowski -Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the Polio vaccine (d. 2013)

1916- Walt McPherson -American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1917- Ken Downing -English race car driver (d. 2004)

1917- Wenche Foss -Norwegian actress (d. 2011)

1919- Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont -English historian and politician

1921- Alvy Moore -American actor and producer (d. 1997)

1925- Anastasio Somoza Debayle -Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)

1927- Bhumibol Adulyadej -Thai king

1929- Madis Kõiv -Estonian physicist, philosopher, and author (d. 2014)

1931- Ladislav Novák -Czech footballer and manager (d. 2011)

1932- Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs -Czech-English politician

1932- Sheldon Lee Glashow -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- Jim Hurtubise -American race car driver (d. 1989)

1932- Little Richard -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1934- Joan Didion -American author and screenwriter

1934- Nikos Kourkoulos -Greek actor and director (d. 2007)

1935- Calvin Trillin -American journalist, author, and poet

1935- Yury Vlasov -Ukrainian-Russian weightlifter and politician

1936- James Lee Burke -American author

1938- JJ Cale -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Leathercoated Minds) (d. 2013)

1938- J. D. McDuffie -American race car driver (d. 1991)

1939- Minita Chico-Nazario -Filipino lawyer and jurist

1940- Boris Ignatyev -Russian footballer and manager

1940- Peter Pohl -Swedish author, director, and screenwriter

1940- Adrian Street -Welsh-American wrestler and actor

1940- Frank Wilson (musician)|Frank Wilson -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)

1943- Eva Joly -Norwegian-French judge and politician

1944- Jeroen Krabbé -Dutch actor, director, and producer

1944- Loukas Sideras -Greek drummer and producer (Aphrodite's Child)

1945- Serge Chapleau -Canadian cartoonist

1945- Moshe Katsav -Iranian-Israeli politician, 8th President of Israel

1946- José Carreras -Spanish tenor and actor

1946- Andy Kim -Canadian singer-songwriter

1946- Sarel van der Merwe -South African race car driver

1947- Bruce Golding -Jamaican politician, 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica

1947- Tony Gregory -Irish educator and politician (d. 2009)

1947- Jim Messina (musician)|Jim Messina -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina, and Poco)

1947- Jim Plunkett -American football player and radio host

1947- Don Touhig -Welsh politician

1947- Rick Wills -English bass player (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner, Small Faces, Bad Company, Jokers Wild (band)|Jokers Wild, and The Jones Gang)

1949- John Altman (composer)|John Altman -English composer and conductor

1949- David Manning -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to the United States|British Ambassador to the United States

1949- Abdullah Senussi -Sudanese-Libyan general

1950- Camarón de la Isla -Spanish singer and guitarist (d. 1992)

1950- Osvaldo Golijov -Argentinian composer

1950- James Knaggs -American Salvation Army officer

1951- Morgan Brittany -American actress

1951- Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven -Belgian painter and illustrator

1951- Larry Zbyszko -American wrestler

1952- Bobby Barth -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blackfoot (band)|Blackfoot)

1953- Gwen Lister -South African-Namibian journalist, publisher, and activist

1954- Hanif Kureishi -English author and playwright

1954- Gary Roenicke -American baseball player

1956- Klaus Allofs -German footballer and manager

1956- Brian Backer -American actor

1956- Adam Thorpe -French-English author, poet, and playwright

1956- Krystian Zimerman -Polish pianist and educator

1957- Raquel Argandoña -Chilean model, actress, and politician

1957- Art Monk -American football player

1958- Dean Erickson -American actor

1958- Dynamite Kid -English wrestler

1959- Lee Chapman -English footballer

1959- Oleksandr Yaroslavsky -Ukrainian businessman

1960- Frans Adelaar -Dutch footballer and manager

1960- Jack Russell (musician)|Jack Russell -American singer-songwriter and producer (Great White)

1960- Matthew Taylor (Labour politician)|Matthew Taylor -English politician

1961- Ralf Dujmovits -German mountaineer

1961- Sophia Vossou -Greek singer

1962- José Cura -Argentinian tenor, conductor, and director

1962- Pablo Morales -American swimmer

1962- Nivek Ogre -Canadian singer-songwriter and actor (Skinny Puppy, ohGr, Ministry (band)|Ministry, and Rx (band)|Rx)

1962- Samart Payakaroon -Thai boxer

1962- Fred Rutten -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- Doctor Dré -American television and radio host

1963- Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards -English ski jumper

1963- Ty England -American singer and guitarist

1963- Carrie Hamilton -American actress and singer (d. 2002)

1964- Cliff Eidelman -American composer

1965- John Rzeznik -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Goo Goo Dolls)

1965- Wayne Smith (musician)|Wayne Smith -Jamaican rapper

1965- Manish Malhotra -Indian costume designer

1966- Patricia Kaas -French singer-songwriter and actress

1966- Lee Seung-chul -South Korean singer (Boohwal)

1967- Gary Allan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1967- Amanda Lepore -American model, nightlife and fashion icon, performance artist, recording artist and transgender public figure

1968- Margaret Cho -American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Lisa Marie (actress)|Lisa Marie -American model and actress

1968- Lydia Millet -American author

1969- Eric Etebari -American actor, director, and producer

1969- Morgan J. Freeman -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Alex Kapp Horner -American actress

1969- Sajid Javid -English banker and politician

1969- Lewis Gordon Pugh -British swimmer and lawyer

1969- Ramón Ramírez (footballer)|Ramón Ramírez -Mexican footballer

1970- Kevin Haller -Canadian ice hockey player

1971- Kali Rocha -American actress

1971- Kavus Torabi -Iranian-English guitarist (Knifeworld (British rock band)|Knifeworld, Cardiacs, The Monsoon Bassoon, Guapo (band)|Guapo, and Chrome Hoof)

1971- Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg -German politician, Federal Ministry of Defence (Germany)|Federal Minister of Defence

1972- Cliff Floyd -American baseball player and sportscaster

1972- Mike Mahoney (catcher)|Mike Mahoney -American baseball player

1972- Angela Shelton -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Argo Arbeiter -Estonian footballer

1973- Arik Benado -Israeli footballer and manager

1973- Shalom Harlow -Canadian model and actress

1973- Andrei Krasnopjorov -Estonian footballer

1973- Mikelangelo Loconte -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1973- Luboš Motl -Czech physicist

1973- Danielle Winits -Brazilian actress, singer, and dancer

1974- Charlie Batch -American football player

1974- Elbrus Tedeyev -Ukrainian wrestler

1975- Ronnie O'Sullivan -English snooker player

1975- Paula Patton -American actress

1976- Amy Acker -American actress

1976- Xavier Garbajosa -French rugby player

1976- Rachel Komisarz -American swimmer

1977- Peter van der Vlag -Dutch footballer

1978- Pachrapa Chaichua -Thai actress

1978- Olli Jokinen -Finnish ice hockey player

1978- Marcelo Zalayeta -Uruguayan footballer

1979- Matteo Ferrari -Italian footballer

1979- Niklas Hagman -Finnish ice hockey player

1979- Evonne Hsu -American-Taiwanese singer

1979- Gareth McAuley -Irish footballer

1979- Nick Stahl -American actor and producer

1980- Tamara Feldman -American actress

1980- Shizuka Itō -Japanese voice actress and singer

1980- Ibrahim Maalouf -Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer

1981- Leila Tong -Hong Kong actress

1982- Eddy Curry -American basketball player

1982- Trai Essex -American football player

1982- Keri Hilson -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Clutch)

1982- Karl Palatu -Estonian footballer

1983- Cooper Cronk -Australian rugby player

1983- Samantha Lewthwaite -Irish wife of Germaine Lindsay

1983- Tiffany Weimer -American soccer player

1983- JP White -Swedish bass player (Vains Of Jenna)

1984- Chris Solinsky -American runner

1985- Shikhar Dhawan -Indian cricketer

1985- Frankie Muniz -American actor and race car driver

1985- Josh Smith -American basketball player

1985- Nico Verdonck -Belgian race car driver

1986- James Hinchcliffe -Canadian race car driver

1987- James Argent -English singer, actor and radio host

1987- Tommy Fraser -English footballer

1988- Joanna Rowsell -English cyclist

1988- Miralem Sulejmani -Serbian footballer

1989- Kwon Yuri -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Girls' Generation)

1990- Montee Ball -American football player

1991- Jacopo Sala -Italian footballer

1991- Carolin Schäfer -German heptathlete

1992- Ilja Antonov -Estonian footballer

1993- Ross Barkley -English footballer

2009- Ayelet Galena -American child born with Dyskeratosis congenita (d. 2012)