Famous Birthdays on 17th December

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  • 1239 Kujo Yoritsugu, Japanese Shogun (d. 1256)
  • 1267 Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
  • 1554 Ernst of Bayern, prince/bishop of Liege/archbishop of Cologne
  • 1619 Prince Rupert of the Rhine, soldier/chemist/engraver/mathematician, commander in the English Civil War and first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, (d. 1682)
  • 1632 Anthony Wood, English antiqurian (d. 1695)
  • 1638 Johann Ulrich Sultzberger, composer
  • 1685 Thomas Tickell, English writer (d. 1740)
  • 1706 Gabrielle Chôtelet [La belle Emilie], French writer (Voltaire)
  • 1734 William Floyd, US soldier/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1734 Maria I of Portugal, Portuguese queen (d. 1816)
  • 1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto)
  • 1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, composer
  • 1778 Hunphry Davy, English chemist (discovered some elements)
  • 1796 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (d. 1865)
  • 1797 Joseph Henry, US, scientist/inventor/pioneer of electromagnetism
  • 1800 Gergely Czuczor, Hung/Czech poet/translator (Great Hung dictionary)
  • 1807 John Greenleaf Whittier, US, poet (Snow-bound)
  • 1819 Samuel Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • 1820 Frederick Tracy Dent, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1821 Frederick West Lander, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • 1824 John Kerr, System physicist (electro-visually Kerr-effect)
  • 1824 Manning Ferguson Force, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • 1824 Thomas Starr King, NY, Unitarian clergyman (Christianity & Humanity)
  • 1830 Jules de Goncourt, France, novelist (Germinie)
  • 1833 James Thadeus Holtzclaw, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1893)
  • 1835 Alexander E Agassiz, US, businessman/biologist/geology
  • 1838 Berthold Tours, composer
  • 1840 Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
  • 1842 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continous groups)
  • 1847 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • 1848 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer
  • 1853 Herbert Beerbohm Tree, England, actor/theater manager (Trilby)
  • 1853 Émile Roux, French physician (d. 1933)
  • 1859 Paul César Helleu, French artist (d. 1927)
  • 1861 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1863 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1864 John Felix August Korling, composer
  • 1869 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
  • 1873 Ford Madox Ford, English novelist/editor (Inheritors)

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1874 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, 1935-48), born in Berlin, Ontario (d. 1950)

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1881 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great S Afr all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • 1881 Johannes CB "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter
  • 1883 Raimu, French actor (d. 1946)
  • 1887 Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
  • 1888 King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
  • 1891 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England
  • 1892 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Erwin Piscator, German stage director (Der Stellvertreter)
  • 1894 Arthur Fiedler, conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1894 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer
  • 1894 Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)
  • 1894 Willem Schermerhorn, Neth premier (1945-46)
  • 1894 David Butler, director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1900 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslavia, composer/conductor
  • 1900 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (d. 1998)
  • 1900 Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Erskine P Caldwell, author (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre)
  • 1903 Ray Noble, English bandleader and actor (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Paul Cadmus, etcher/painter (Sailors & Floozies), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 Joseph Heifitz, film director
  • 1905 Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Érico Lopes Veríssimo, Brazilian writer (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer

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1908 Willard Frank Libby, Grand Valley Colorado, American chemist (carbon-14 "atomic clock" - Nobel 1960)

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • 1908 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
  • 1910 Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India)
  • 1910 Sy Oliver, American jazz arranger and bandleader (d. 1988)
  • 1911 William Roerick, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1914 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
  • 1915 André Claveau, French singer (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • 1916 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
  • 1920 Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tilsit East Prussia, actor (Kafka, Music Box)
  • 1920 Kenneth E. Iverson, Canadian computer scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Eric Brand, diplomat
  • 1922 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1922 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam)
  • 1926 Jeremy Brooks, writer
  • 1926 Patrice Wymore, Miltonville KS, actress (The Big Tree), (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1927 Richard Long, actor (Prof-Nanny & the Professor), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
  • 1928 Eli Beeding, Sherman, TX, Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, (d. 2013)

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1929 William Safire, political columnist (NY Times)/speech writer (Nixon), (d. 2009)

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire

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1930 Bob Guccione, [Robert C J Edwa], US publisher (Penthouse, Omni), (d. 2010)

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione
  • 1930 Julia Meade, actress/TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Makoto Moroi, composer
  • 1930 Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
  • 1931 Yvonne Keuls, [Bamberg], Dutch writer (Jan Rap & Co)
  • 1931 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor, (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • 1933 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet
  • 1934 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • 1935 Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager (Balt Orioles)
  • 1935 George Lindsey, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show), (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Frank Martinus Arion, [F Efraim M], Antilles, writer (Double Play)
  • 1936 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)

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1936 Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio], Catholic Pope (2013-) 1st Jesuit pope, 1st from the Americas and 1st non-European pope since Syrian Gregory III in 741, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis
Pope
Francis
  • 1937 Art Neville, vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1937 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (d. 2005)
  • 1937 John Kennedy Toole, American novelist (d. 1969)
  • 1937 Calvin Waller, US Army general (d. 1996)
  • 1938 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • 1939 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939 Novella Nelson, American actress (Nellie Cole-Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 Charles V Bush, Washington, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Kåre Valebrokk, Norwegian journalist
  • 1942 Bernard Hill, Manchester, actor (Bellman & True, New World, Bounty)
  • 1942 Paul Butterfield, blues musician (Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois

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1942 Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian military leader and politician (President of Nigeria 2015-), born in Daura, Katsina State

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 1943 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • 1943 William Brooks, composer
  • 1943 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
  • 1944 Ference Bene, Hungary, record 12 soccer goals (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944 Jack L[aurence] Chalker, US, sci-fi author (Saga of Well World)
  • 1944 Bernard Hill, English actor
  • 1945 Christopher Cazenove, England, actor (Ben-Dynasty)
  • 1945 Ernie Hudson, Benton Harbor MI, actor (Ghostbusters, Weeds)
  • 1945 Chris Matthews, American journalist
  • 1945 Jacqueline Wilson, English author
  • 1946 Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
  • 1946 Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
  • 1947 Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca
  • 1947 Simon Bates, English DJ
  • 1947 Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans)
  • 1948 Jim Alexander, rocker
  • 1948 Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
  • 1949 Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)
  • 1949 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • 1950 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • 1950 Laurence F. Johnson, American educator
  • 1951 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)
  • 1951 Wanda Hutchison, rocker
  • 1952 Hans Alders, Dutch minister of environment (PvdA)
  • 1952 Mickey Jones, rock bassist, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 Barry Livingston, actor (Ernie-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Ikue Ile Mori, rocker
  • 1953 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Bill Pullman, Hornell NY, actor (Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day)
  • 1953 Samuel Hadida, film distributor
  • 1956 Peter Farrelly, American film director
  • 1957 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1958 Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)
  • 1959 Albert King, actor (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive)
  • 1959 Michelle Mackall, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959 Tammie Green, Somerset OH, LPGA golfer (1989 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • 1960 Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
  • 1961 Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • 1961 Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)
  • 1962 Giulla Boschi, Italian actress (Act of Contrition, Bonus Malus)
  • 1962 Rocco Anthony Mediate, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Paul Dobson, English footballer
  • 1964 Eric Brown, actor (Buzz-Mama's Family), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1964 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1964 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • 1964 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1965 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988)
  • 1965 Scott Edward Gump, Rockledge FL, PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd)
  • 1966 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • 1966 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Alan Nolet, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Vincent Damphousse, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967 Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
  • 1968 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-1992, 96)
  • 1968 Andrey Golovatiuk, Russian politician
  • 1969 Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
  • 1969 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 1969 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1969 Chuck Liddell, American mixed martial artist
  • 1970 Benedictine, [St Bernard]; becomes heaviest known dog (137 kg)
  • 1970 Earl Dotson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Michael Mols, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1971 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • 1972 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • 1972 John Abraham, Indian actor
  • 1972 Laurie Holden, American actress
  • 1973 Paula Radcliffe, English runner