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Day History: December-7

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Famous Birthdays


521- Columba -Irish missionary, monk, and saint (d. 597)

903- Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi -Persian astronomer and author (d. 986)

1302- Azzone Visconti -Italian ruler, founded Milan (d. 1339)

1545- Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley -English-Scottish husband of Mary, Queen of Scots (d. 1567)

1561- Kikkawa Hiroie -Japanese daimyo (d. 1625)

1598- Gian Lorenzo Bernini -Italian sculptor and painter (d. 1680)

1643- Giovanni Battista Falda -Italian architect and engraver (d. 1678)

1637- Bernardo Pasquini -Italian organist and composer (d. 1710)

1724- Louise of Great Britain -(d. 1751)

1764- Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno -French general and politician, Minister of Defence (France)|French Minister of War (d. 1841)

1784- Allan Cunningham (author)|Allan Cunningham -Scottish author and poet (d. 1842)

1791- Ferenc Novák (writer)|Ferenc Novák -Hungarian-Slovene priest and poet (d. 1836)

1792- Abraham Jacob van der Aa -Dutch author and academic (d. 1857)

1801- Johann Nestroy -Austrian actor and playwright (d. 1862)

1810- Josef Hyrtl -Hungarian-Austrian anatomist and biologist (d. 1894)

1810- Theodor Schwann -German physiologist and biologist (d. 1882)

1823- Leopold Kronecker -Polish-German mathematician and academic (d. 1891)

1838- Thomas Bent -Australian politician, 22nd Premier of Victoria (d. 1909)

1847- Deacon White -American baseball player and manager (d. 1939)

1860- Joseph Cook -English-Australian miner and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1947)

1862- Paul Adam (French novelist)|Paul Adam -French author (d. 1920)

1863- Felix Calonder -Swiss soldier and politician, 36th List of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation|President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1952)

1863- Pietro Mascagni -Italian composer (d. 1945)

1863- Richard Warren Sears -American businessman, co-founded Sears (d. 1914)

1873- Willa Cather -American author and poet (d. 1947)

1879- Rudolf Friml -Czech-American pianist, composer, and academic (d. 1972)

1885- Mason Phelps -American golfer (d. 1945)

1885- Peter Sturholdt -American boxer (d. 1919)

1887- Ernst Toch -Austrian-American composer and songwriter (d. 1964)

1888- Joyce Cary -Irish author (d. 1957)

1888- Hamilton Fish III -American captain and politician (d. 1991)

1894- Freddie Adkins -English illustrator (d. 1986)

1902- Hilda Taba -Estonian architect, author, and educator (d. 1967)

1903- Danilo Blanuša -Croatian mathematician, physicist, and academic (d. 1987)

1904- Clarence Nash -American voice actor and singer (d. 1985)

1904- Konstantin Sokolsky -Russian-Latvian singer (d. 1991)

1905- Gerard Kuiper -Dutch-American astronomer and academic (d. 1973)

1907- Fred Rose (politician)|Fred Rose -Polish-Canadian politician and spy (d. 1983)

1909- Nikola Vaptsarov -Bulgarian poet (d. 1942)

1910- Louis Prima -American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)

1910- Edmundo Ros -Trinidadian-English singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 2011)

1912- Daniel Jones (composer)|Daniel Jones -Welsh composer (d. 1993)

1913- Kersti Merilaas -Estonian author and poet (d. 1986)

1915- Leigh Brackett -American author and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1915- Eli Wallach -American actor (d. 2014)

1916- Jean Carignan -Canadian fiddler (d. 1988)

1919- Lis Løwert -Danish actress (d. 2009)

1920- Tatamkulu Afrika -South African poet and author (d. 2002)

1920- Fiorenzo Magni -Italian cyclist (d. 2012)

1920- Walter Nowotny -Austrian-German soldier and pilot (d. 1944)

1921- Pramukh Swami Maharaj -Indian guru and scholar

1923- Intizar Hussain -Indian-Pakistani author and scholar

1923- Ted Knight -American actor (d. 1986)

1924- Jovanka Broz -Croatian-Serbian colonel (d. 2013)

1924- John Love (racing driver)|John Love -Zimbabwean race car driver (d. 2005)

1924- Mário Soares -Portuguese historian, lawyer, and politician, 17th President of Portugal

1925- Hermano da Silva Ramos -French-Brazilian race car driver

1927- Jack S. Blanton -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1927- Helen Watts -Welsh opera singer (d. 2009)

1928- Noam Chomsky -American linguist and philosopher

1930- Christopher Nicole -Guyanese-English author

1930- Hal Smith (infielder)|Hal Smith -American baseball player

1931- Allan B. Calhamer -American game designer, created ''Diplomacy (game)|Diplomacy'' (d. 2013)

1932- Curt Brasket -American chess player (d. 2014)

1932- Ellen Burstyn -American actress and singer

1932- Paul Caponigro -American photographer

1932- Rosemary Rogers -Sri Lankan-American journalist and author

1932- J. B. Sumarlin -Indonesian economist and politician, 17th List of Ministers of Finance of Indonesia|Indonesian Minister of Finance

1933- Krsto Papić -Croatian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1937- Thad Cochran -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1937- Kenneth Colley -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1938- Bud Spangler -American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 2014)

1939- Blackie Dammett -American actor and author

1940- Stan Boardman -English comedian and actor

1940- Gerry Cheevers -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1941- Melba Pattillo Beals -American journalist and activist

1942- Harry Chapin -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1942- Alex Johnson -American baseball player

1942- Peter Tomarken -American game show host and producer (d. 2006)

1943- Susan Isaacs -American author and screenwriter

1943- Nick Katz -American mathematician and academic

1943- Göran Lennmarker -Swedish politician

1943- Bernard C. Parks -American police officer and politician

1943- John Bennett Ramsey -American father of Murder of JonBenét Ramsey|JonBenét Ramsey

1944- Jamiel Chagra -American drug trafficker (d. 2008)

1944- Daniel Chorzempa -American organist and composer

1944- Miroslav Macek -Czech dentist and politician

1945- Marion Rung -Finnish singer

1947- Johnny Bench -American baseball player and sportscaster

1947- Tony Thomas (producer)|Tony Thomas -American screenwriter and producer

1947- Garry Unger -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1947- Anne Fine -British children and adult author

1948- Gary Morris -American singer and actor

1948- Mads Vinding -Danish bassist

1949- James Rivière -Italian jeweler

1949- Tom Waits -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1950- Ron Hynes -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Susan Collins -American politician

1952- Georges Corraface -French actor and producer

1952- Eckhard Märzke -German footballer and manager

1954- Mary Fallin -American politician, 27th Governor of Oklahoma

1954- Mark Hofmann -American murderer

1954- Mike Nolan (singer)|Mike Nolan -Irish singer (Bucks Fizz (band)|Bucks Fizz and Brooks (group)|Brooks)

1955- Priscilla Barnes -American actress and producer

1955- John Watkins (Australian politician)|John Watkins -Australian educator and politician, 14th Deputy Premier of New South Wales

1956- Larry Bird -American basketball player and coach

1957- Tom Winsor -English lawyer and civil servant

1958- Tim Butler -English bass player and songwriter (The Psychedelic Furs and Love Spit Love)

1958- Lillie McCloud -American singer-songwriter

1958- Rick Rude -American wrestler (d. 1999)

1959- Barbara Wilshere -English actress

1960- Craig Scanlon -English guitarist and songwriter (The Fall (band)|The Fall)

1961- Mario Miethig -German footballer

1962- Grecia Colmenares -Venezuelan-Argentinian actress

1962- Imad Mughniyeh -Lebanese resistance leader and freedom fighter

1963- Barbara Weathers -lead singer of R&B vocal group, Atlantic Starr

1963- Theo Snelders -Dutch footballer and coach

1964- Roberta Close -Brazilian model and actress

1964- Patrick Fabian -American actor

1964- Peter Laviolette -American ice hockey player and coach

1965- Dorien de Vries -Dutch sailor

1965- Colin Hendry -Scottish footballer and manager

1965- Jeffrey Wright (actor)|Jeffrey Wright -American actor

1966- C. Thomas Howell -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Shinichi Ito -Japanese motorcycle racer

1966- Andres Kasekamp -Canadian-Estonian historian and academic

1967- Tino Martinez -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1967- Katsuya Terada -Japanese illustrator and cartoonist

1968- Mark Geyer -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1969- Andrea Claudio Galluzzo -Italian historian and archaeologist.

1969- Patrice O'Neal -American comedian and actor (d. 2011)

1970- Carmen Campuzano -Mexican model and actress

1971- Vladimir Akopian -Azerbaijani-Armenian chess player

1971- Chasey Lain -American porn actress

1972- Hermann Maier -Austrian skier

1972- Tammy Lynn Sytch -American wrestler and manager

1973- Terrell Owens -American football player and actor

1973- Fabien Pelous -French rugby player and coach

1973- Damien Rice -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Juniper (band)|Juniper and Bell X1 (band)|Bell X1)

1973- Charles Carl Roberts -American murderer (d. 2006)

1974- Nicole Appleton -Canadian singer and actress (All Saints (group)|All Saints and Appleton (music duo)|Appleton)

1974- Kang Full -South Korean illustrator

1974- Panagiotis Liadelis -Greek basketball player

1974- Voldemārs Lūsis -Latvian javelin thrower

1975- Jamie Clapham -English footballer and coach

1976- Alan Faneca -American football player

1976- Ivan Franceschini -Italian footballer

1976- Brent Johnson (Canadian football)|Brent Johnson -Canadian football player

1976- Georges Laraque -Canadian ice hockey player and politician

1976- Vanessa Lorenzo -Spanish model

1976- Sunny Sweeney -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Benoît Tréluyer -French race car driver

1977- Eric Chavez -American baseball player

1977- Dominic Howard -English drummer and producer (Muse (band)|Muse)

1978- Shiri Appleby -American actress

1978- Chad Dukes (radio personality)|Chad Dukes -American radio host

1978- Frankie J -Mexican-American singer-songwriter and producer (Kumbia Kings)

1978- Mr. Porter -American rapper and producer (D12)

1979- Sara Bareilles -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress

1979- Jennifer Carpenter -American actress

1979- Lampros Choutos -Greek-Italian footballer

1979- Ayako Fujitani -Japanese actress

1979- Derek Ramsay -English-Filipino actor and model

1980- John Terry -English footballer

1982- Chrispa -Greek singer

1982- Jack Huston -English actor

1983- Mike Mucitelli -American Bellator Fighter

1984- Aaron Gray -American basketball player

1984- Robert Kubica -Polish race car driver

1984- Milan Michálek -Czech ice hockey player

1984- Luca Rigoni -Italian footballer

1985- Dean Ambrose -American wrestler

1986- Billy Horschel -American golfer

1987- Aaron Carter -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1988- Nathan Adrian -American swimmer

1988- Emily Browning -Australian actress and singer

1988- Angelina Gabueva -Russian tennis player

1988- Asia Ray Smith -American actress

1988- Butsakon Tantiphana -Thai actress and singer

1989- Nicholas Hoult -English actor

1989- Caleb Landry Jones -American actor

1989- Alessandro Marchi -Italian footballer

1990- Yasiel Puig -Cuban baseball player

1990- Urszula Radwańska -Polish tennis player

1991- Eugenio Pisani -Italian racing driver

1991- Dori Sakurada -Japanese actor, singer, and dancer

1994- Yuzuru Hanyu -Japanese figure skater