Birthdays in History in December 1906

  • Dec 2 Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV & LP records
  • Dec 6 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician
  • Dec 8 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)

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Dec 9 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • Dec 10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Dec 11 Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
  • Dec 12 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • Dec 13 Laurens jan van der Post, soldier/explorer/conservationist
  • Dec 15 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • Dec 16 John Morrison, politician/landowner
  • Dec 16 Lord Margadale, English Conserv parliament leader/large landowner

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Dec 19 Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1964-82), born in Kamenskoye, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Dec 20 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • Dec 20 Irving Krick, meteorologist
  • Dec 24 John Walker, museum director
  • Dec 25 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • Dec 25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • Dec 25 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • Dec 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • Dec 27 Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer
  • Dec 30 Carol Reed, motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Dec 30 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe