Birthdays in History on December 15

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37 Nero, 5th Emperor of Rome (54-68), born in Antium, Italy (d. 68)

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
Nero
  • 1610 David Teniers II, Flemish courtpainter (Theatrum Pictorium)
  • 1648 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations)
  • 1735 Cesare Beccaria-Bonesana, Italian lawyer
  • 1778 Godert AGP baron van der Capellen, Dutch gov-gen (Dutch-Indies)
  • 1787 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
  • 1793 Henry Charles Carey, economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1802 Janos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)

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1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect who designed and built the Eiffel tower, born in Dijon, France (d. 1923)

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1836 Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
  • 1848 Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress

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1852 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), born in Paris, France (d. 1908)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • 1852 Tewfik Pasja, khedive (viceroy) of Egypt
  • 1853 Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies
  • 1859 Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
  • 1860 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1861 Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
  • 1863 Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)
  • 1863 Paul [Prudent] Painlevé, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]
  • 1870 Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect
  • 1875 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (d. 1899)
  • 1876 Ferdinand Hardekopf, writer
  • 1878 Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Hugo W C Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer
  • 1887 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
  • 1888 Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
  • 1888 Maxwell Anderson, US, dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor)

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1892 J. Paul Getty, oil magnate (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1896 Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
  • 1896 George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
  • 1896 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
  • 1896 Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Francesco Messina, sculptor
  • 1902 Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1904 William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician
  • 1906 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • 1907 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)
  • 1911 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Muriel Rukeyser, US, poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
  • 1913 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
  • 1915 Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
  • 1916 Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
  • 1917 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
  • 1923 Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
  • 1923 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and statesman
  • 1928 Jimmy Nelson, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • 1931 Evald Schorm, director (Courage for Every Day), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1933 Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
  • 1937 John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
  • 1938 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1943 Kathleen Blanco, American politician
  • 1943 Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist

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1944 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, born in Xapuri, Brazil (d. 1988)

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes

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1945 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • 1947 Rodney Bingenheimer, Pioneering American radio personality
  • 1949 Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
  • 1952 Julie Taymor, American director
  • 1953 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1954 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • 1954 Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
  • 1957 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
  • 1961 Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • 1963 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • 1968 Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician
  • 1981 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • 1985 Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason