Birthdays in History on December 1

  • 1081 Louis VI of France (d. 1137)
  • 1083 Anna Comnena, Byzantine historian (d. 1153)
  • 1521 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (d. 1573)
  • 1525 Tadeáš Hájek, Czech physician and astronomer (d. 1600)
  • 1549 Johan van der Veeken, merchant/co-founder (VOC)
  • 1566 Philip, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, gov of Ft Gorinchem/Nijmegen
  • 1573 Philippus Rovenius, [Rouveen], apostile
  • 1580 Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (d. 1637)
  • 1634 John-Erasmus Quellinus, [Quellien], Flemish painter
  • 1671 John Keill, Scottish mathematician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, (d. 1721)
  • 1671 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • 1690 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1764)
  • 1716 Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)
  • 1722 Anna Louisa Karsch "Die Karschin", German poet, born in Hammer, Silesia (d. 1791)
  • 1724 Charles Theodoor, elector (Palts & Bayern)
  • 1726 Eggert Olafsson, Icelandic writer
  • 1743 Martin H Klaproth, German chemist (uranium)

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1761 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, born in Strasbourg (d. 1850)

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1766 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)
  • 1792 Lobachevsky, mathematician
  • 1826 William Mahone, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1832 Archibald Gracie Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1835 Micah Jenkins, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1844 Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain/Ireland
  • 1869 Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)
  • 1873 Charles JM Ruys de Beerenbrouck, premier of Neth (1918-25, 29-33)
  • 1873 Valery Bryusov, Russian poet (d. 1924)
  • 1878 Arthur B Spingarn, US NAACP-chairman (1940-65)
  • 1884 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, German painter (d. 1976)
  • 1886 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (Fugitives & Constants)
  • 1886 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • 1886 Willem E Crown, Antillian writer
  • 1891 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer (wreck laws)
  • 1893 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)
  • 1895 Henry Williamson, English author (d. 1977)

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1896 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, born in Strelkovka, Kaluga (d. 1974)

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1897 Manuel A Neat, Curacaos author (Nobleza di Coerazon)
  • 1899 Robert Welch, founded John Birch Society
  • 1904 W A "Tony" Boyle, United Mine Workers president
  • 1905 Charles Finney, US, author (Circus of Dr Lao)
  • 1909 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • 1910 Louis Slotin, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device
  • 1912 Minoru Yamasaki, architect (World Trade Center, NY)
  • 1916 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Kirby Laing, English contractor/multi-millionaire

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1918 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first President of the United Arab Emirates, born in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • 1919 Anne Cox Chambers, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1922 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • 1923 Stansfield Turner, CIA director
  • 1923 Morris, Belgian cartoonist (Lucky Luke) (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Martin Rodbell, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Hilly Axwijk, Suriname social worker
  • 1937 Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 6th President of Latvia
  • 1942 John Crowley, US, sci-fi author (Deep, Beasts, Novelty)
  • 1942 Peter Kalikow, Queens real estate developer/publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Tahar Ben Jelloun, French writer of Moroccan origin
  • 1944 Daniel Pennac, French writer born in Morocco
  • 1944 Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1948 Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian

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1949 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, born in Rionegro, Colombia (d. 1993)

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1949 Sebastián Piñera, Chilean businessman and presidential candidate
  • 1951 Alexander Panayotov Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-5)
  • 1959 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • 1961 Armin Meiwes, German cannibal
  • 1970 Jouko Ahola, Finnish strongman
  • 1971 Peter Van de Veire, Belgian radio-presenter
  • 1971 John Schlimm, American author
  • 1972 Norbert Wójtowicz, Polish historian and theologian
  • 1976 Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1976 Brently Heilbron, American satirist
  • 1976 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (d. 1998)
  • 1988 Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz
  • 2001 Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan