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Day History: December-9

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Famous Birthdays


1447- Chenghua Emperor -of China (d. 1487)

1508- Gemma Frisius -Dutch mathematician and cartographer (d. 1555)

1561- Edwin Sandys (died 1629)|Edwin Sandys -English politician (d. 1629)

1571- Metius -Dutch mathematician and astronomer (d. 1635)

1579- Martin de Porres -Peruvian saint (d. 1639)

1594- Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden -(d. 1632)

1608- John Milton -English poet and philosopher (d. 1674)

1610- Baldassare Ferri -Italian singer and actor (d. 1680)

1652- Augustus Quirinus Rivinus -German physician and botanist (d. 1723)

1667- William Whiston -English mathematician, historian, and theologian (d. 1752)

1717- Johann Joachim Winckelmann -German archaeologist and historian (d. 1768)

1721- Peter Pelham (composer)|Peter Pelham -English-American organist and composer (d. 1805)

1728- Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi -Italian composer (d. 1804)

1745- Maddalena Laura Sirmen -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1818)

1748- Claude Louis Berthollet -French chemist (d. 1822)

1751- Maria Luisa of Parma -(d. 1819)

1787- John Dobson (architect)|John Dobson -English architect, designed Eldon Square and Lilburn Tower (d. 1865)

1806- Jean-Olivier Chénier -Canadian physician (d. 1838)

1813- Thomas Andrews (scientist)|Thomas Andrews -Irish chemist and physicist (d. 1885)

1837- Émile Waldteufel -French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1915)

1842- Peter Kropotkin -Russian zoologist, economist, geographer, and philosopher (d. 1921)

1845- Joel Chandler Harris -American journalist and author (d. 1908)

1847- George Grossmith -English actor and singer (d. 1912)

1850- Emma Abbott -American soprano and actress (d. 1891)

1861- Hélène Smith -French psychic and occultist (d. 1929)

1867- Gregorios Xenopoulos -Greek journalist and author (d. 1951)

1868- Fritz Haber -Polish-German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)

1870- Ida S. Scudder -Indian physician and missionary (d. 1960)

1871- Joe Kelley -American baseball player and manager (d. 1943)

1873- George Blewett -Canadian philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1912)

1875- Harry Miller (auto racing)|Harry Miller -American race car designer (d. 1943)

1876- Berton Churchill -Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1940)

1876- Pauline Whittier -American golfer (d. 1946)

1877- Mart Kuusik -Russian-Estonian rower (d. 1964)

1882- Joaquín Turina -Spanish-French composer, educator, and critic (d. 1949)

1883- Nikolai Luzin -Russian mathematician, theorist, and academic (d. 1950)

1883- Alexander Papagos -Greek general and politician, 152nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1955)

1883- Joseph Pilates -German-American fitness expert, developed Pilates (d. 1967)

1886- Clarence Birdseye -American businessman, founded Birds Eye (d. 1956)

1887- Tim Moore (comedian)|Tim Moore -American actor (d. 1958)

1889- Hannes Kolehmainen -Finnish-American runner (d. 1966)

1890- Laura Salverson -Canadian author (d. 1970)

1891- Maksim Bahdanovič -Belarusian poet and critic (d. 1917)

1895- Dolores Ibárruri -Spanish journalist and politician (d. 1989)

1895- Conchita Supervía -Spanish soprano and actress (d. 1936)

1897- Hermione Gingold -English-American actress and singer (d. 1987)

1898- Emmett Kelly -American clown (d. 1979)

1899- Jean de Brunhoff -French author and illustrator (d. 1937)

1900- Albert Weisbord -American activist, founded the Communist League of Struggle (d. 1977)

1901- Carol Dempster -American actress (d. 1991)

1901- Jean Mermoz -French pilot (d. 1936)

1901- Ödön von Horváth -Hungarian-German author and playwright (d. 1938)

1902- Margaret Hamilton -American actress, singer, and educator (d. 1985)

1904- Robert Livingston (actor)|Robert Livingston -American actor and singer (d. 1988)

1905- Dalton Trumbo -American author and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1906- Grace Hopper -American admiral and computer scientist, designed COBOL (d. 1992)

1909- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. -American captain, actor, and producer (d. 2000)

1911- Lee J. Cobb -American actor (d. 1976)

1911- Broderick Crawford -American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1911- Ryūzō Sejima -Japanese colonel and businessman (d. 2007)

1912- Tip O'Neill -American politician, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1994)

1914- Max Manus -Norwegian lieutenant (d. 1996)

1914- Frances Reid -American actress (d. 2010)

1914- Ljubica Sokić -Serbian painter and illustrator (d. 2009)

1915- Eloise Jarvis McGraw -American author (d. 2000)

1915- Elisabeth Schwarzkopf -German-Austrian soprano and actress (d. 2006)

1916- Jerome Beatty, Jr. -American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 2002)

1916- Kirk Douglas -American actor, singer, and producer

1917- James Jesus Angleton -American Central Intelligence Agency|CIA agent (d. 1987)

1917- James Rainwater -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1918- Joyce Redman -Irish-English actress (d. 2012)

1919- V. Dakshinamoorthy -Indian composer (d. 2013)

1919- William Lipscomb -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1920- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi -Italian economist and politician, 10th President of Italy

1922- Redd Foxx -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1925- Dina Merrill -American actress and businesswoman

1925- Roy Rubin -American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1926- Henry Way Kendall -American physicist, photographer, and mountaineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1926- Jan Křesadlo -Czech-English psychologist and author (d. 1995)

1926- Roger McGee -American actor (d. 2013)

1927- Pierre Henry -French composer

1928- Joan Blos -American author and educator

1928- André Milhoux -Belgian race car driver

1928- Dick Van Patten -American actor

1929- John Cassavetes -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1929- Bob Hawke -Australian politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia

1930- Buck Henry -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1931- William Reynolds (actor)|William Reynolds -American actor

1931- Ladislav Smoljak -Czech actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1931- Paddi Edwards -English-American actress (d. 1999)

1932- Donald Byrd -American trumpet player and academic (d. 2013)

1932- Billy Edd Wheeler -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and playwright

1933- Ashleigh Brilliant -English-American author and illustrator

1933- Morton Downey, Jr. -American singer-songwriter, actor, and talk show host (d. 2001)

1933- Monique Miller -Canadian actress

1933- Orville Moody -American sergeant and golfer (d. 2008)

1933- Martin Puhvel -Estonian-Canadian philologist and academic

1934- Judi Dench -English actress and singer

1934- Junior Wells -American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (The Aces (blues band)|The Aces) (d. 1998)

1936- Ben Pon -Dutch race car driver

1937- Darwin Joston -American actor (d. 1998)

1938- John Braheny -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1938- David Houston (singer)|David Houston -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1993)

1938- Deacon Jones -American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2013)

1940- Clancy Eccles -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2005)

1941- Mehmet Ali Birand -Turkish journalist and author (d. 2013)

1941- Beau Bridges -American actor, director, and producer

1941- Dan Hicks (singer)|Dan Hicks -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Charlatans (American band)|The Charlatans and The Acoustic Warriors)

1942- Billy Bremner -Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1997)

1942- Dick Butkus -American football player, sportscaster, and actor

1942- David Harsent -English author, poet, and academic

1942- Joe McGinniss -American journalist and author (d. 2014)

1943- Pit Martin -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1943- Joanna Trollope -English author, playwright, and director

1944- Neil Innes -English singer-songwriter and actor (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles)

1944- Tadashi Irie -Japanese mobster

1944- Ki Longfellow -American author

1944- Bob O'Connor (mayor)|Bob O'Connor -American politician, 57th Mayor of Pittsburgh (d. 2006)

1945- Matti Mäntylä -Finnish actor

1945- Michael Nouri -American actor

1946- David Currie, Baron Currie of Marylebone -English economist and academic

1946- Dennis Dunaway -American bass player and songwriter

1946- Sonia Gandhi -Italian-Indian politician

1946- Nicholas Reade -English bishop

1947- Tom Daschle -American soldier, academic, and politician

1947- Jaak Jõerüüt -Estonian politician, 24th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defense

1947- Allan Jones (cricketer)|Allan Jones -English cricketer and umpire

1948- Marleen Gorris -Dutch director and screenwriter

1948- Jonathan Sumption -English historian, judge, and author

1949- Tom Kite -American golfer and architect

1949- Nando Parrado -Uruguayan survivor of the 1972 Andes flight disaster

1950- Joan Armatrading -Caribbean-English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Liaqat Baloch -Pakistani politician

1952- Michael Dorn -American actor and director

1953- Cornelis de Bondt -Dutch composer and educator

1953- World B. Free -American basketball player

1953- John Malkovich -American actor and producer

1954- Phil Bryant -American politician, 63rd Governor of Mississippi

1954- Herman Finkers -Dutch comedian and actor

1954- Jean-Claude Juncker -Luxembourger lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

1954- Henk ten Cate -Dutch footballer and manager

1955- Otis Birdsong -American basketball player

1955- Chamras Saewataporn -Thai singer-songwriter

1956- Jean-Pierre Thiollet -French journalist and author

1957- Peter O'Mara -Australian guitarist and composer (Passport (band)|Passport)

1957- Donny Osmond -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (The Osmonds)

1957- Steve Taylor -American singer-songwriter and producer (Chagall Guevara)

1958- Rikk Agnew -American guitarist (The Adolescents, D.I. (band)|D.I., Social Distortion, and Christian Death)

1958- Nick Seymour -Australian bass player, songwriter, and producer (Crowded House, Deadstar, and Tarmac Adam)

1959- Susan Bullock -English soprano

1959- John Martin Scripps -English murderer (d. 1996)

1960- Stefen Fangmeier -American visual effects designer and director

1960- Caroline Lucas -English politician and activist

1960- Terry Moran -American journalist

1960- Dobroslav Paraga -Croatian politician

1960- Juan Samuel -Dominican-American baseball player and manager

1961- David Anthony Higgins -American actor

1961- Joe Lando -American actor

1962- Felicity Huffman -American actress and producer

1963- Dave Hilton, Jr. -Canadian boxer

1964- Hape Kerkeling -German actor and singer

1964- Johannes B. Kerner -German journalist and sportscaster

1964- Paul Landers -German guitarist (Rammstein, Feeling B, and First Arsch)

1965- Joe Ausanio -American baseball player and coach

1966- Michael Foster (musician)|Michael Foster -American drummer (FireHouse (band)|FireHouse)

1966- Kirsten Gillibrand -American lawyer and politician

1966- Montserrat Gil Torné -Andorran politician

1966- Dave Harold -English snooker player

1966- Toby Huss -American actor and screenwriter

1966- Dana Murzyn -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Spencer Rochfort -American-Canadian actor

1966- Julio Rodas -Guatemalan footballer

1966- Mateo Romero (artist)|Mateo Romero -American painter

1966- Gideon Sa'ar -Israeli lawyer and politician, 24th Internal Affairs Minister of Israel|Minister of Internal Affairs

1966- Kadyrbek Sarbayev -Kyrgyzstani politician

1966- Shane Scott -American director, producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter

1966- Martin Taylor (footballer born 1966)|Martin Taylor -English footballer

1966- Natee Thongsookkaew -Thai footballer

1967- Joshua Bell -American violinist and conductor

1967- Jason Dozzell -English footballer and manager

1967- Gheorghe Popescu -Romanian footballer

1968- Kurt Angle -American wrestler and actor

1968- Brian Bell (musician)|Brian Bell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Weezer, Space Twins, and The Relationship)

1968- Brent Price -American basketball player

1969- Jakob Dylan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wallflowers)

1969- Bixente Lizarazu -French footballer

1969- Raphaël Rouquier -French mathematician and academic

1969- Allison Smith (actress)|Allison Smith -American actress and singer

1969- Sebastian Spence -Canadian actor

1970- Kara DioGuardi -American singer-songwriter and producer (Platinum Weird)

1970- Lance Krall -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Geoff Barrow -English drummer, DJ, composer, and producer (Portishead (band)|Portishead, Beak (band)|Beak, and Quakers (band)|Quakers)

1971- Petr Nedvěd -Czech-Canadian ice hockey player

1972- Reiko Aylesworth -American actress

1972- Tré Cool -German-American drummer, songwriter, and actor (Green Day, The Lookouts, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and The Network)

1972- Michael Corcoran (musician)|Michael Corcoran -American singer-songwriter and producer

1972- Fabrice Santoro -Tahitian-French tennis player

1973- Fabio Artico -Italian footballer

1973- Bárbara Padilla -Mexican-American soprano

1974- Canibus -Jamaican-American rapper and actor (The Hrsmn)

1974- Aloísio da Silva Filho -Brazilian footballer

1974- Wendy Dillinger -American soccer player, coach, and manager

1974- Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan -Pakistani singer

1976- Chris Booker (baseball)|Chris Booker -American baseball player

1976- Bae Soo-bin -South Korean actor

1977- Saskia Garel -Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1977- Shayne Graham -American football player

1977- Imogen Heap -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Frou Frou (band)|Frou Frou and Urban Species)

1978- Gastón Gaudio -Argentinian tennis player

1978- Jesse Metcalfe -American actor

1979- Chen Hao (actress)|Chen Hao -Chinese actress and singer

1979- Olivia Lufkin -Japanese-American singer-songwriter (D&D (band)|D&D)

1979- Stephen McPhail -English-Irish footballer

1980- Simon Helberg -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Ryder Hesjedal -Canadian cyclist

1981- Mardy Fish -American tennis player

1981- Dia Mirza -Indian model, actress, and producer

1982- Tamilla Abassova -Russian cyclist

1982- Nathalie De Vos -Belgian runner

1982- Ryan Grant -American football player

1982- Bastian Swillims -German sprinter

1983- Jermaine Beckford -English-Jamaican footballer

1983- Dariusz Dudka -Polish footballer

1984- Michael Adam -German politician

1984- Angel Guirado -Spanish–Filipino footballer

1984- Leon Hall -American football player

1985- Wil Besseling -Dutch golfer

1986- Wanda Nara -Argentine model and vedette

1987- Kostas Giannoulis -Greek footballer

1987- Mat Latos -American baseball player

1987- Hikaru Nakamura -Japanese-American chess player

1988- Kwadwo Asamoah -Ghanaian footballer

1989- Lindsey Evans -American model

1990- LaFee -German singer-songwriter

1991- Choi Minho -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Shinee)

1993- Laura Smulders -Dutch cyclist

1995- McKayla Maroney -American gymnast

1996- Mykayla Skinner -American gymnast