Birthdays in History on December 16

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1485 Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess/1st wife of Henry VIII, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1536)

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon
  • 1584 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar (d. 1654)
  • 1614 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674)
  • 1622 Kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship builder
  • 1669 Arnold van Boonen, Dutch portrait painter

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1714 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1770)

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1716 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1717 Elizabeth Carter, English writer (d. 1806)
  • 1742 Gebhard Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German Field Marshal (d. 1819)

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1775 Jane Austen, Winchester, Hampshire, novelist (Pride and Prejudice), (d. 1817)

Novelist Jane Austen
Novelist
Jane Austen
  • 1776 Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)
  • 1787 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • 1790 King Léopold I of Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1804 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1889)
  • 1809 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • 1812 William Grose, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1900)
  • 1819 Robert Selden Garnett, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • 1825 Henry Heth, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1827 John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer
  • 1828 John Beatty, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1914)
  • 1830 John Frederick Hartranft, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1834 Leon Walras, French economist (border use theory)
  • 1851 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08)
  • 1857 Edward Emerson Barnard, Tenn, astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite)
  • 1861 Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
  • 1862 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la robe)
  • 1863 George Santayana, Spain, philosopher/poet/humanist (Last Puritan)
  • 1863 Ralph Adams Cram, US, gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC)
  • 1865 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor
  • 1867 Amy Carmichael, missionary in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)
  • 1869 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Dict of natural biography)
  • 1869 Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • 1872 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • 1882 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner effect)
  • 1888 Alphonse Juin, French marshal
  • 1892 A "Shon Nene" Morales, Antillean/Neth very old lady
  • 1895 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1897 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright (Le Canari et le Cerise)
  • 1899 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist
  • 1899 Noel Coward, England, playwright (In Which We Serve-1942 Acad Award)
  • 1900 Victor S Pritchett, literary critic/author (Myth Makers)

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1901 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • 1903 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado)
  • 1904 Edward Morris Bernstein, economist
  • 1905 Piet Hein, poet/inventor
  • 1906 John Morrison, politician/landowner
  • 1906 Lord Margadale, English Conserv parliament leader/large landowner
  • 1907 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
  • 1908 Remedios Varo, Anglès Spain, Spain-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1909 Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • 1916 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • 1916 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer

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1917 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Minehead England, science fiction author (2001, 2010, Childhood's End)

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1917 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi scholar
  • 1918 Henry Clarke, fashion photographer
  • 1923 Tip [Silvio A] Marugg, Antillian writer (Weekend pilgrimage)
  • 1927 G Randall P D Garrett, US, sci-fi writer (Takeoff (too)!)
  • 1927 Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)
  • 1928 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian
  • 1929 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d.1994)
  • 1930 Bill Young, Harmarville, PA, politician (Congress, 1993-2013), (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • 1937 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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1938 Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

Civil Rights Protestor Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Protestor
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 1942 Donald Carcieri, American politician, governor of Rhode Island
  • 1945 Bobby George, English professional darts player
  • 1945 Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator
  • 1946 Fred Borgman, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1950 Ieremia Tabai, President of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
  • 1950 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Carol M Browner, US Administrator (EPA)
  • 1955 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1965 Cynthia Lynne White, Miss Oklahoma-America (1991-top 10), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Melanie Sloan, American attorney

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1969 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • 1973 Scott Storch, Canadian-American hip-hop producer
  • 1981 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • 1985 Keita Tachibana, member of Japanese boy band w-inds.