Famous Birthdays on December 25

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  • 1250 John IV Laskaris, Byzantine Emperor (d. circa 1305)
  • 1461 Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
  • 1583 Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized
  • 1587 Margarita of Austria, queen of Philip III of Spain (d. 1611)
  • 1601 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza (d. 1672)
  • 1624 Angelus Silesius, [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)
  • 1628 Noel Coypel, French painter

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1642 Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1646 Harald Vallerius, composer
  • 1652 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)
  • 1665 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1667 Ehrengard von der Schulenburg, English royal mistress (d. 1743)
  • 1674 Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)
  • 1686 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer
  • 1698 Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch engraver/illustrator
  • 1700 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1758)
  • 1711 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer
  • 1716 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italy, Pope (1775-99)
  • 1721 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, composer
  • 1730 Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson (d. 1816)
  • 1742 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)
  • 1750 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer
  • 1757 Benjamin Pierce, U.S. politician (d 1839)
  • 1763 Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1771 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet and diarist, brother of William Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1855)
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, composer
  • 1808 Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • 1810 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1811 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz
  • 1813 Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) (d. 1890)
  • 1814 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer

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1821 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912)

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • 1823 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1825 Esteban Salas y Castro, composer
  • 1829 Patrick S Gilmore, composer
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1832 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in County Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1856 Hans von Bartels, German painter (d. 1913)
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer
  • 1860 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • 1861 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • 1863 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (d. 1957)
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (d. 1951)
  • 1865 Evangeline Cory Booth, Salvation Army general (1904-34)
  • 1867 Alfred Kerr [Kempner], German-British writer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)
  • 1873 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Theodor Innitzer, cardinal/archbishop Vienna
  • 1875 Walter Lees, cricketer (Surrey pace bowler toured for Eng 1905-06)
  • 1876 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Karachi, founded Pakistan (1947)/gov (1947-58)
  • 1876 Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)
  • 1878 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1883 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, born in Mladá Vožice (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Maurice Utrillo, France, painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • 1884 Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1887 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • 1887 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Bulldog Drummond)
  • 1887 John Davidson, American actor (Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Robert Ripley, Santa Rosa, California, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1891 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1891 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)
  • 1892 Rebecca West, [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • 1893 Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million)
  • 1893 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1898 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1899 Frank Fergusson, actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place)

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1899 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • 1899 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1900 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1901 Alice C, English duchess of Gloucester/aunt of Elizabeth II
  • 1902 Barton MacLane, SC, actor (Geisha Boy, Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • 1903 Corry Lievens, [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird)
  • 1903 J Edward Bromberg, Hungary, actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags)
  • 1904 Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)
  • 1906 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • 1906 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1906 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1906 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • 1906 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-born actor (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Frank Ferguson, California, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal)
  • 1908 Helen Twelvetrees, actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert)
  • 1908 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter
  • 1909 Marguerite Churchill, actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail)
  • 1909 Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)
  • 1910 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1911 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • 1911 Louise Bourgeois, sculptor
  • 1912 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)
  • 1912 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist
  • 1912 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • 1912 Werner Fussan, composer
  • 1912 Willian Noel Moffet, architect
  • 1913 Henri Nannen, journalist
  • 1913 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1913 Candy Candido, American actor and radio performer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1914 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • 1915 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), born in Belmont, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • 1916 Daniel Devoto, composer

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1918 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), born in Monufia, Egypt (d. 1981)

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1918 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1918 Ahmed Ben Bella, Maghnia, Algeria, politician, first President of Algeria, (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London, (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Artur Agostinho, Lisbon Port, actor (Capas Negras, Leao da Estrela)
  • 1920 Henry Charnock, oceanographer
  • 1921 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Louis Lane, Eagle Pass Texas, conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73)
  • 1924 Rod Serling, writer and host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1924 Henry Sy Sr. Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King' in Amoy China
  • 1925 Christmas F Tinto, South African ANC'er/UDF-leader
  • 1925 Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1925 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American author and mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within), born in Cajamarca (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Nellie Fox, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • 1928 Earl Brown, Salt Lake City Ut, actor (Stovall-Operation Petticoat)
  • 1929 Bill Horton, doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1929 Irish McCalla, Pawnee City Neb, actress (Sheena Queen of Jungle)
  • 1929 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • 1929 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and father of Andre Agassi
  • 1930 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker
  • 1932 Jose Maria Capricorne, Curacaos graphically designer/painter
  • 1932 Peter John Swales, football club chairman
  • 1934 Bob Martinez, (Gov-Fl)
  • 1934 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • 1934 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1934 McKinley Mitchell, US gospel/singer (The Town I Live In)
  • 1935 Gunter Friedrichs, composer
  • 1935 Al Jackson, baseball player
  • 1936 Alexandra HEOC, English princess/daughter of Sir Angus Ogilvy
  • 1936 Ismail Merchant, producer (Householder), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1937 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1938 David Borden, composer
  • 1938 Wibo van de Linde, Dutch TV host/director (Avro)
  • 1938 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno California
  • 1939 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1939 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1940 Frans Moor, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1940 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1941 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • 1941 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author
  • 1941 Ronald Perera, composer
  • 1942 Francoise Durr, France, tennis player (1976 US indoor Doubles)
  • 1942 Mani Kaul, director (Idiot, Nazar, Dhrupad, Duvidha)
  • 1942 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)
  • 1943 Hedley Howarth, cricketer (brother of Geoff, NZ lefty spinner 1969-77)
  • 1943 Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)
  • 1943 Trevor Lucas, rocker (Fairport Convention)
  • 1943 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1944 Henry Vestine, rock guitarist (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
  • 1944 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], Seaforth Lancashire, British DJ and TV personality (Kenny Everett Show)
  • 1944 Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1945 Rick Berman, [Richard], televison producer (Star Trek Generations), born in New York
  • 1945 Gary Sandy, actor (Andy-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1945 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Noel Redding, rocker (The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze)
  • 1945 Steve Mancha, [Clyde Wilson], US singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)
  • 1945 Mike Pringle, Scottish politician
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)
  • 1946 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1946 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • 1948 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL QB (Raiders) [or May 26]

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1949 Sissy Spacek, American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

Actress Sissy Spacek
Actress
Sissy Spacek
  • 1949 Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Singer and icon of the Brazilian music
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American musician
  • 1949 Nawaz Sharif, Pakistani politician, Prime Minister (1990-93, 1997-99, 2013-17), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1950 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois