Famous Birthdays on 21st December

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1117 Thomas Becket, Cheapside, archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1401 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
  • 1518 Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician
  • 1537 Johan III, king of Sweden (1569-92)
  • 1596 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)

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1603 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, composer
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, composer
  • 1639 Jean Racin, writer
  • 1714 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, composer
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, composer
  • 1778 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
  • 1795 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (d. 1886)
  • 1800 Barnwell Rhett Robert, (Confederacy), (d. 1876)
  • 1804 Benjamin Disraeli, (Tory) British PM (1868, 1874-80)
  • 1805 Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, composer
  • 1815 Thomas Couture, French painter/author
  • 1818 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1818 Lewis H Morgan, US, etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)
  • 1823 Jean Henri Fabre, France, entomologist (insects & spiders)
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, composer
  • 1832 John Henry Ketcham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1840 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)
  • 1843 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, composer
  • 1849 James Lane Allen, US writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, composer
  • 1851 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter)
  • 1859 Gustave Kahn, France, poet (claimed to have invented vers libre)
  • 1860 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • 1870 Sir Patrick Duncan, Fortrie, Banffshire, Scotland, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943)
  • 1872 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • 1872 Sidney Ainsworth, British actor (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Juan Bautista Sacasa, pres of Nicaragua (1932-36)
  • 1878 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)
  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • 1886 Hermann A J Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • 1889 Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
  • 1890 Fred M Vinson, US Supreme Court Justice (1946-53)
  • 1890 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1891 John W McCormack, (D) Speaker of House (1962-70)

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1892 Walter Hagen, PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1892 Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, composer
  • 1896 Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business
  • 1896 Constantine Rokossovski, Russian marshal/vice-premier of Poland
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • 1898 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)
  • 1899 Guy Wilkerson, TX, actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron)
  • 1900 Oda Schaefer, German author/poet (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only)
  • 1900 Wischnewski, writer
  • 1901 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer
  • 1901 Robin Irvine, actor (Easy Virtue), born in London, England
  • 1905 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring)
  • 1907 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch literary (Poet in Love)
  • 1908 Pat Weaver, TV Executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1909 George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • 1909 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • 1913 Raich Carter, soccer star
  • 1914 Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Eve Perrick, journalist
  • 1916 John Boon, publisher
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1917 Andre Eglevsky, choreographer (Limelight)
  • 1917 Sophie Masloff, American politician
  • 1918 Donald Regan, White House staffer/US Secretary of Treasury (1981-85)
  • 1918 Kurt Waldheim, Nazi/4th UN Sec-Gen (1972-81)/Austrian pres (1986-92)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Sweden, 1K kayak (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56)
  • 1920 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Jean Gascon, Canadian actor (d. 1988)
  • 1921 James Tye, safety expert
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, cellist
  • 1922 Paul Winchell, ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • 1924 Joe Paterno, football coach (Penn State, SI Sportsman of 1986)
  • 1924 Johan W "Jo" van Marle, KNVB-chairman (1980-93)
  • 1924 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, composer
  • 1926 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, Aguilares Tx, actor (Rio Bravo)
  • 1926 Joe Paterno, American football coach
  • 1927 Michael Carreras, film director
  • 1928 Ed Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, composer
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, composer
  • 1930 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • 1931 David Baker, composer (Reflections), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, composer
  • 1932 Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • 1933 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1933 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's)
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, composer
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman 1952-69)
  • 1935 Phil Donahue, TV talk show host (The Phil Donahue Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (d. 1967)
  • 1935 Yusuf Bey (Joseph Stephens), American activist (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Edward Schreyer, Canadian politician, Premier of Manitoba
  • 1937 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present)

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1937 Jane Fonda, actress (Barbarella, Klute), physically fit, born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1937 Donald F. Munson, American politician
  • 1938 Larry Bryggman, Concord CA, actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns)
  • 1939 Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)
  • 1942 Hu Jintao, Chinese president
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer
  • 1943 Albert Lee, rocker
  • 1943 Jack Nance, actor (Rubbed Out)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • 1943 André Arthur. Quebec radio host
  • 1944 Jared Martin, actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Bill Atkinson, English footballer
  • 1945 Doug Walters, cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert)
  • 1945 Millie Hughes-Fulford, Wells Tx, astronaut (STS 40)
  • 1946 Carl Wilson, rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Christopher Keene, Berkeley California, conductor (La Traviata)
  • 1946 Josh Mostel, NY, actor (Windy City, Animal Behavior, Money Pit)
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician
  • 1948 Barry Gordon, Brookline Mass, actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place)
  • 1948 Carol Potter, actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, baseball player (Mets, Yanks, Giants)

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1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1948 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist/undersecretary of Finance (1994-)
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
  • 1949 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
  • 1950 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1952 Dennis Boutsikaris, Newark NJ, actor (Batteries Not Included)
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Joaquín Andújar, Professional baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, Budapest Hungary, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974)
  • 1953 Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1953 Betty Wright, US gospel/singer/TV hostess (Little Miss Broadway)
  • 1953 Tina Brown, journalist (New Yorker)

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1954 [Christine] Chris Evert, Fort Lauderdale Florida, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1955 Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
  • 1956 Kevin Burnham, Hollis NY, 470 yachter (Olympics-8th-1992, 96)
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, Abilene Texas, country singer (Oughta be a Law)
  • 1957 Joshua Mostel, actor (Delta House, At Ease), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Lisa Gerritsen, actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, baseball player
  • 1960 Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympics-bronze-88)
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, Cincinnati OH, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles)
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
  • 1961 Trevor Bayliss, cricketer (NSW batsman)
  • 1961 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese composer
  • 1962 Christy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • 1964 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • 1964 Joey Kocur, Calgary, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1964 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager
  • 1964 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
  • 1965 Andy Dick, Charleston SC, actor (Matthew-Newsradio)
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1965 Rodney Thomas, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1965 Sue Thomas, Texarkana TX, LPGA golfer (1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies-14th)
  • 1965 Anke Engelke, German comedian
  • 1966 Karri Turner, American actress
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1967 Kristi Cooke, Marion Ohio, Miss Ohio-America (1991)
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1967 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Khrystyne Haje, Santa Clara, Cal, actress (Simone-Head of the Class)
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Julie Delpy, actress (Before Sunrise)
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1970 Ronnie Woolfork, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Oly-1996)
  • 1971 Jey Phillips, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Mathieu Chedid, French musician
  • 1971 Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's)
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)