Famous Birthdays on 20th December

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  • 1494 Oronce Finé, French mathematician (d. 1555)
  • 1537 John III, King of Sweden (1568-92), born in Östergötland, Sweden (d. 1592)
  • 1539 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer
  • 1566 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (d. 1612)
  • 1579 John Fletcher, Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster) (baptized)
  • 1594 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, composer
  • 1626 Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff, German statesman (d. 1692)
  • 1629 Pieter de Hoogh, Dutch painter
  • 1659 Francois Fagel, Dutch lawyer/statesman
  • 1717 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, composer
  • 1786 Pietro Raimondi, composer
  • 1792 Nicolas Charlet, French painter (d. 1845)
  • 1807 Richard Lucian Page, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1808 Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1887)
  • 1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • 1812 Achille Peri, composer
  • 1813 Samuel Jordan Kirkwood, (Gov-Iowa)/US Sect of Interior (1881-82)
  • 1819 John Geary, 1st SF postmaster, 1st mayor (May 1, 1850)
  • 1825 Romeyn Beck Ayres, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Samuel A Mudd, doctor, convicted of giving medical aid to JW Booth
  • 1838 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (d. 1926)
  • 1841 Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)
  • 1858 Jean/Johannes T "Jan" Toorop, Dutch painter/graphic artist (3 Brides)
  • 1859 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher
  • 1860 Dan Leno, English entertainer (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1865 Maude Gonne, Irish nationalist (Irish Joan of Arc)
  • 1865 Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (d. 1950)
  • 1867 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer

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1868 Harvey Firestone, Columbiana Ohio, Industrialist and founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company ("where the rubber meets the road"), (d. 1938)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • 1869 Charley Grapewin, Xenia OH, actor (Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady)
  • 1870 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Voices, Carmina)
  • 1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • 1873 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(d. 1948)
  • 1875 T F Powys, Wales, writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green)
  • 1876 Jan Van Oudshoorn, [Jan K Feylbrief], Dutch writer (Maze of Senses)
  • 1876 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)
  • 1881 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • 1884 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, California, tennis player (US Open 1909-11)
  • 1888 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (d. 1958)
  • 1889 Bozidar Sirola, composer
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born actress (d. 1958)

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1894 Robert Menzies, Jeparit, Victoria, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1895 Susanne Langer, US, philosopher/educator (Philosophy in a New Key)
  • 1898 Irene [Marie] Dunne, actress (Show Boat, I Remember Mama), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1900 Gabby Harnett, (NL MVP 1935)
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, US architect [or Feb 20]
  • 1901 Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)
  • 1902 George EAE, English prince/earl of St Andrews
  • 1902 Max Lerner, US, columnist (NY Post)
  • 1902 Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom)
  • 1902 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent (d. 1942)
  • 1904 Albert Van Dekker, actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 [Schmidt] Hans Burkhardt, artist
  • 1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1906 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • 1906 Irving Krick, meteorologist
  • 1906 Lowell Gilmore, MN, actor (Living Christ Series)
  • 1907 Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer
  • 1908 Norman Hackforth, broadcaster
  • 1908 Dennis Morgan, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Vagn Holmboe, composer
  • 1909 Vakkom Majeed, Indian politician (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Hortense Calisher, novelist (Arts & Letters 1967), born in NYC, New York
  • 1915 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, born on Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Michel Chartrand, Quebec union leader
  • 1917 David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher, and neuropsychologist (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Audrey Totter, actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Charita Bauer, actress (Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1922 George Roy Hill, dir (Slap Shot, Little Drummer Girl, Little Romance)
  • 1924 Errol John, Port-of-Spain Trinidad, actor (PT-109, Assault on a Queen)
  • 1924 Ingeborg E A "Inge" Beekman, actress (Horizon)
  • 1924 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician and broadcaster (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Bob de Moor, Flemish comic strip artist (Kuifje, Lion of Flanders)
  • 1925 Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mahamad, premier of Malaysia (1981- )
  • 1925 Frederick Edward Nicklin, architect
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, composer
  • 1925 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1926 David Levine, US painter
  • 1926 Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • 1927 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), born in Geoje (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, singer
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1929 Milan Panic, premier of little Yugoslavia
  • 1931 Mala Powers, American film actress (d. 2007)
  • 1932 John Hillerman, actor (Magnum PI)
  • 1933 Gordon Getty, son and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1933 Jean Carnahan, U.S. Senator
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, cricketer (166 on debut Pakistan v Aust 1964)
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, composer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, US gospel/singer (It Takes Two)
  • 1939 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • 1939 Kathryn Joosten, Eustis, Florida, actress (Desperate Housewives), (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1941 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • 1942 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1943 Angel Tompkins, Albany California, actress (Gloria-Search) [or 12/29/49]
  • 1944 Gernot Wolfgruber, Austrian writer, born in Gmünd
  • 1944 Robert Colomby, rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Jean Fergusson, English actress
  • 1945 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 John Spencer, actor (Tommy Mullanney-LA Law)

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1946 Uri Geller, Tel Aviv, Israel, psychic (bends forks)

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

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1946 Dick Wolf, New York, American television series creator (Miami Vice, Law & Order)

Crime Drama Producer Dick Wolf
Crime Drama Producer
Dick Wolf
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer
  • 1948 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alan Parsons, audio engineer/music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1949 Claudia Jennings, [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], Minn, playmate (Nov, 1969)
  • 1949 Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician
  • 1949 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French musician
  • 1951 Peter May, Scottish novelist and scriptwriter
  • 1952 Jenny Agutter, Taunton England, actress (Logan's Run, Equus, Amy)
  • 1952 Sergio Vastano, Italian actor (Nightclub, Prete Bello)
  • 1954 Michael Badalucco, American actor
  • 1954 Sandra Cisneros, American writer
  • 1955 Ed Kuepper, German/Australian, singer/songwriter (Saints)
  • 1955 Pierre Bokma, Dutch actor (Avonden, Leedvermaak)
  • 1955 Sammy Mitchell, US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware)
  • 1956 Blanche Baker, actress/Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Billy Bragg, English rocker (It Says Here, Ideology), singer/songwriter, born in Barking Essex
  • 1957 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose)
  • 1957 Joyce Hyser, American actress
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • 1958 Steve Sailer, American political commentator
  • 1959 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1959 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • 1960 Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)
  • 1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen, AZ)
  • 1960 Nalo Hopkinson, Canadian writer
  • 1961 Bonnie Marino, playmate (Jun, 1990), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • 1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 Karen Moncrieff, actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1963 Pam Casale, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1963 Infanta Elena of Spain
  • 1965 Robert Cavanah, Scottish actor
  • 1966 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
  • 1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1966 Matt Neal, British Race Driver
  • 1966 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
  • 1967 Duncan Kennedy, Burlington California, luger (Olympics-1994)
  • 1967 Wendy Hamilton, playmate (Dec, 1991), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Joe Cornish, British comedian
  • 1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Dino Felicetti, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1970 Grant Flower, cricketer (bro of Andy Zimbabwe Test opening batsman)
  • 1970 Jason Simmons, CFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Roughriders, Claymores)
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Travis Green, Castlegar, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • 1970 Nicole DeBoer, Canadian actress
  • 1971 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • 1972 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1972 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician
  • 1973 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 Augie Ojeda, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1975 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
  • 1975 Jaydy Michel, Mexican model
  • 1976 Jang Hyuk, Korean actor
  • 1976 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player
  • 1976 Adam Powell, Neopets creator
  • 1976 Ramon Stoppelenburg, world traveler and Dutch author
  • 1977 Saukrates, Canadian rapper
  • 1978 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • 1978 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • 1979 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
  • 1980 Ashley Cole, English footballer
  • 1980 Fitz Hall, English footballer
  • 1980 Tony, French-born Portuguese footballer
  • 1981 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1981 James Shields, American baseball player
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • 1982 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player
  • 1982 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
  • 1982 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.

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1983 Jonah Hill, American actor (Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street), born in Los Angeles, California

Actor Jonah Hill
Actor
Jonah Hill
  • 1983 Lucy Pinder, British model