This Day in History

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Day History: December-8

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Famous Birthdays

1412- Astorre II Manfredi -Lord of Imola and Faenza (d. 1468)

1542- Mary, Queen of Scots -(d. 1587)

1574- Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574–1616)|Maria Anna of Bavaria -(d. 1616)

1678- Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole -English politician and diplomat, British Ambassador to France (d. 1757)

1699- Maria Josepha of Austria -(d. 1757)

1708- Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1765)

1724- Claude Balbastre -French organist and composer (d. 1799)

1730- Jan Ingenhousz -Dutch physician, physiologist, and botanist (d. 1799)

1731- František Xaver Dušek -Czech pianist and composer (d. 1799)

1756- Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria -(d. 1801)

1765- Eli Whitney -American engineer, invented the cotton gin (d. 1825)

1795- Peter Andreas Hansen -Danish astronomer and mathematician (d. 1874)

1815- Adolph Menzel -German painter and illustrator (d. 1905)

1816- August Belmont -Prussian-American financier and diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (d. 1890)

1817- Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs -Danish politician, 10th Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1896)

1818- Charles III, Prince of Monaco -(d. 1889)

1822- Jakov Ignjatović -Hungarian-Serbian author (d. 1889)

1832- Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson -Norwegian-French author and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1910)

1860- Amanda McKittrick Ros -Irish author and poet (d. 1939)

1861- William C. Durant -American businessman, founded General Motors and Chevrolet (d. 1947)

1861- Aristide Maillol -French sculptor and painter (d. 1944)

1861- Georges Méliès -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1938)

1862- Georges Feydeau -French playwright (d. 1921)

1864- Camille Claudel -French illustrator and sculptor (d. 1943)

1865- Rüdiger von der Goltz -German general (d. 1946)

1865- Jacques Hadamard -French mathematician and academic (d. 1963)

1865- Jean Sibelius -Finnish pianist and composer (d. 1957)

1874- Ernst Moro -Austrian physician and pediatrician (d. 1951)

1875- Frederik Buch -Danish actor (d. 1925)

1877- Paul Ladmirault -French composer (d. 1944)

1880- Johannes Aavik -Estonian linguist and philologist (d. 1973)

1886- Diego Rivera -Mexican painter (d. 1957)

1886- Albert Üksip -Estonian actor and botanist (d. 1966)

1890- Bohuslav Martinů -Czech-American composer (d. 1959)

1892- Marcus Lee Hansen -American historian, author, and academic (d. 1938)

1894- E. C. Segar -American cartoonist, created ''Popeye'' (d. 1938)

1894- James Thurber -American author and illustrator (d. 1961)

1894- Marthe Vinot -French actress (d. 1974)

1899- John Qualen -Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1987)

1900- Sun Li-jen -Chinese general and politician (d. 1990)

1900- Ants Oras -Estonian-American author and academic (d. 1982)

1902- Wifredo Lam -Cuban-French painter (d. 1982)

1908- John A. Volpe -American soldier and politician, 61st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1994)

1909- Lesslie Newbigin -English bishop and theologian (d. 1998)

1909- Gratien Gélinas -Canadian actor, director, and producer (d. 1999)

1911- Nikos Gatsos -Greek poet and songwriter (d. 1992)

1913- Delmore Schwartz -American poet and author (d. 1966)

1915- Ernest Lehman -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1916- Richard Fleischer -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1918- Gérard Souzay -French opera singer (d. 2004)

1919- Peter Tali Coleman -Samoan-American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of American Samoa (d. 1997)

1919- Julia Robinson -American mathematician and theorist (d. 1985)

1922- Lucian Freud -German-English painter (d. 2011)

1922- Jean Ritchie -American singer-songwriter

1923- Rudolph Pariser -Chinese-American soldier and chemist

1924- Lionel Gilbert -Australian historian, author, and academic

1925- Sammy Davis, Jr. -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1990)

1925- Carmen Martín Gaite -Spanish author and poet (d. 2000)

1925- Jimmy Smith (musician)|Jimmy Smith -American organist (d. 2005)

1927- Ferdie Pacheco -American physician and author

1927- Vladimir Shatalov -Kazakhstani general, pilot, and astronaut

1928- Bill Hewitt -Canadian sportscaster (d. 1996)

1928- Ulric Neisser -German-American psychologist, neuroscientist, and academic (d. 2012)

1929- Paddy O'Byrne -Irish radio host and actor (d. 2013)

1930- Julian Critchley -English politician (d. 2000)

1930- Maximilian Schell -Austrian-Swiss actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1931- Bob Arum -American boxing promoter, founded Top Rank

1933- Flip Wilson -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1935- Dharmendra -Indian actor, producer, and politician

1935- Tatiana Zatulovskaya -Russian-Israeli chess player

1936- David Carradine -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)

1936- Michael Hobson -American publisher

1937- James MacArthur -American actor (d. 2010)

1937- Arne Næss, Jr. -German-Norwegian mountaineer and businessman (d. 2004)

1939- Red Berenson -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1939- Jerry Butler -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Impressions)

1939- James Galway -Irish flute player

1939- Dariush Mehrjui -Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

1939- Soko Richardson -American drummer (Kings of Rhythm and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) (d. 2004)

1940- Brant Alyea -American baseball player

1941- Ed Brinkman -American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)

1941- Bob Brown (offensive lineman)|Bob Brown -American football player

1941- Duke Cunningham -American commander and politician

1941- Bobby Elliott -English drummer (The Hollies)

1941- Geoff Hurst -English footballer and manager

1943- Slick (wrestling)|Slick -American wrestler and manager

1943- Jim Morrison -American singer-songwriter and poet (The Doors and Rick & the Ravens) (d. 1971)

1943- Bodo Tümmler -German runner

1943- Mary Woronov -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1943- Larry Martin -American paleontologist and ornithologist (d. 2013)

1943- James Tate (writer)|James Tate -American poet and academic

1944- George Baker (musician)|George Baker -Dutch singer-songwriter

1944- Ted Irvine -Canadian ice hockey player

1944- Vince MacLean -Canadian educator and politician

1945- John Banville -Irish author and journalist

1946- John Rubinstein -American actor, director, and composer

1946- Sharmila Tagore -Indian actress

1947- Chava Alberstein -Polish-Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947- Gregg Allman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band and Hour Glass (band)|Hour Glass)

1947- Gérard Blanc -French singer and guitarist (d. 2009)

1947- Thomas Cech -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1947- Kati-Claudia Fofonoff -Finnish author and poet

1947- Bruce Kimmel -American actor, director, writer and music producer

1948- Luis Caffarelli -Argentinian-American mathematician and academic

1949- Mary Gordon (writer)|Mary Gordon -American author and academic

1949- Nancy Meyers -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1949- Ray Shulman -English violinist, guitarist, and producer (Simon Dupree and the Big Sound and Gentle Giant)

1949- Robert Sternberg -American psychologist and academic

1950- Rick Baker (makeup artist)|Rick Baker -American actor and makeup artist

1950- Tim Foli -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1950- Dan Hartman -American singer-songwriter and producer (Edgar Winter Group) (d. 1994)

1951- Bill Bryson -American author and academic

1951- Richard Desmond -English publisher and businessman, founded Northern & Shell

1951- Jan Eggum -Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Khaw Boon Wan -Malayan-Singaporean politician, Ministry of Health (Singapore)|Singaporean Minister of Health

1952- Steve Atkinson (cricketer)|Steve Atkinson -English-Hong Kong cricketer

1953- Kim Basinger -American actress, singer, and producer

1953- Roy Firestone -American sportscaster and journalist

1953- Norman Finkelstein -American author, academic, and activist

1953- Sam Kinison -American comedian and actor (d. 1992)

1954- Harold Hongju Koh -American lawyer, scholar and politician

1954- Frits Pirard -Dutch cyclist

1954- Gadowar Singh Sahota -Indian-Canadian wrestler

1955- Kasim Sulton -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Blue Öyster Cult, Utopia (band)|Utopia, and The New Cars)

1955- Milenko Zablaćanski -Serbian actor, director, and scriptwriter (d. 2008)

1956- Warren Cuccurullo -American guitarist (Duran Duran, Missing Persons (band)|Missing Persons, TV Mania, and Chicanery)

1956- Andrew Edge -English drummer (Thompson Twins, Uropa Lula, and Savage Progress)

1957- James Cama -American martial artist (d. 2014)

1957- Phil Collen -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Def Leppard, Girl (band)|Girl, Man Raze, Tush (band)|Tush, and Dumb Blondes)

1958- Rob Byrnes -American author

1958- Rob Curling -Malayan-English journalist

1958- Michel Ferté -French race car driver

1958- Bob Greene (fitness)|Bob Greene -American physiologist and author

1958- Thongchai McIntyre -Thai singer and actor

1959- Stephen Jefferies -South African cricketer and coach

1959- Mark Steyn -Canadian-American author and critic

1960- Aaron Allston -American game designer and author (d. 2014)

1960- Lim Guan Eng -Malaysian accountant and politician, 4th Chief Minister of the State of Penang

1961- Ann Coulter -American lawyer, journalist, and author

1961- Mikey Robins -Australian comedian and television host

1962- Berry van Aerle -Dutch footballer

1962- Steve Elkington -Australian golfer

1962- Marty Friedman -American-Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and television host (Megadeth, Cacophony (band)|Cacophony, and Hawaii (band)|Hawaii)

1962- Nikos Karageorgiou -Greek footballer and manager

1962- Wendell Pierce -American actor

1963- Greg Howe -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1963- Toshiaki Kawada -Japanese wrestler

1964- James Blundell (singer)|James Blundell -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1964- Teri Hatcher -American actress

1964- Chigusa Nagayo -Japanese wrestler

1964- Mike Ruiz -Canadian-American model, actor, and photographer

1965- David Harewood -English actor

1965- Carina Lau -Chinese actress and singer

1965- Theo Maassen -Dutch actor, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Sinéad O'Connor -Irish singer-songwriter

1966- Les Ferdinand -English footballer and coach

1967- Jeff George -American football player

1967- Andy Kapp -German curler

1967- Kotono Mitsuishi -Japanese voice actress

1967- Darren Sheridan -English footballer and manager

1967- Junkie XL -Dutch keyboard player and producer

1968- Michael Cole -American journalist and sportscaster

1968- Mike Mussina -American baseball player

1968- Doriano Romboni -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

1969- Steve Van Wormer -American actor

1970- Me Phi Me -American rapper

1972- Marco Abreu -Angolan footballer

1972- Indrek Allmann -Estonian architect

1972- Édson Ribeiro -Brazilian sprinter

1972- Frank Shamrock -American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer

1973- Doron Bell -Canadian actor

1973- Corey Taylor -American singer-songwriter (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot, Stone Sour, and Junk Beer Kidnap Band)

1974- Cristian Castro -Mexican singer

1974- Tony Simmons (gridiron football)|Tony Simmons -American football player

1974- Nick Zinner -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Head Wound City)

1975- Kevin Harvick -American race car driver

1976- Brettina -Bahamian-American singer-songwriter and actress

1976- Reed Johnson -American baseball player

1976- Dominic Monaghan -German-English actor and producer

1977- Elsa Benítez -Mexican model and television host

1977- Sébastien Chabal -French rugby player

1977- Priit Narusk -Estonian skier

1977- Ryan Newman -American race car driver

1977- Aleksandra Olsza -Polish tennis player

1978- John Oster -English-Welsh footballer

1978- Frédéric Piquionne -French footballer

1978- Anwar Siraj -Ethiopian footballer

1978- Ian Somerhalder -American actor

1978- Vernon Wells -American baseball player

1979- Daniel Fitzhenry -Australian rugby player

1979- Johan Forssell -Swedish politician

1979- Raymond Lam -Chinese actor and singer

1979- Ingrid Michaelson -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1979- José Peña (sprinter)|José Peña -Venezuelan sprinter

1979- Christian Wilhelmsson -Swedish footballer

1980- Lisa Kelly (trucker)|Lisa Kelly -American trucker

1981- Jeremy Accardo -American baseball player

1981- Simon Finnigan -English rugby player

1981- Philip Rivers -American football player

1982- Alfredo Aceves -American baseball player

1982- Halil Altıntop -Turkish footballer

1982- Hamit Altıntop -Turkish footballer

1982- Chrisette Michele -American singer-songwriter

1982- Nicki Minaj -Trinidadian-American rapper and actress

1982- Noelle Pikus-Pace -American Skeleton (sport)|skeleton racer

1982- Jimmy Rave -American wrestler

1982- DeeDee Trotter -American runner

1983- Neel Jani -Swiss race car driver

1983- Liu Song (snooker player)|Liu Song -Chinese snooker player

1984- Greg Halford -English footballer

1984- Badr Hari -Dutch kick-boxer

1985- Meagan Duhamel -Canadian figure skater

1985- Dwight Howard -American basketball player

1985- Oleksiy Pecherov -Ukrainian basketball player

1986- Amir Khan (British boxer)|Amir Khan -English boxer

1986- Kate Voegele -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1987- Jana Juričová -Slovak tennis player

1989- Drew Doughty -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Jen Ledger -English drummer (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1992- Katie Stevens -American actress and singer

1993- Janari Jõesaar -Estonian basketball player

1993- Jordan Obita -English footballer

1993- AnnaSophia Robb -American actress and singer

1994- Raheem Sterling -English footballer

1995- Jordan Ibe -English footballer

1996- Teala Dunn -American actress