Birthdays in History on December 18

  • 1507 Ōuchi Yoshitaka, Japanese warlord (d. 1551)
  • 1602 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian and politician (d. 1650)
  • 1610 Charles Du Fresne Du Cange, French scholar/philologist
  • 1620 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (d. 1668)
  • 1633 Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, baptised
  • 1633 Willem van de Velde the Young, Dutch seascape painter, baptised
  • 1635 Antonius Matthaeus, Dutch lawyer/historian
  • 1661 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (d. 1751)
  • 1662 James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry, Scottish politician (d. 1711)
  • 1707 Charles Wesley, co-founder (Methodist movement)
  • 1725 Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (d. 1791)
  • 1760 Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)

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1779 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", born in London (d. 1837)

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi

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1800 Charles Goodyear, American inventor (vulcanization process for rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

  • 1803 William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)
  • 1811 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Hungarian-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1868)
  • 1816 Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • 1819 Yakov Petrovich Polonsky, Russian poet (Stichotvorenija)
  • 1825 Charles Griffin, American Major General (Union Army), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1826 Charles-A Chatrian, [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)
  • 1826 Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), (d. 1906)
  • 1835 George Dashiell Bayard, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1862)
  • 1835 Lyman Abbott, American author (d. 1922)
  • 1837 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/Dutch party founder (CVP)
  • 1844 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist
  • 1851 Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist (d. 1896)

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1856 J. J. Thomson, English physicist who discovered the electron (Nobel 1906), born in Manchester, England (d. 1940)

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson

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1863 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria whose assassination in 1914 led to declarations of war in WWI, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1914)

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand
Archduke of Austria
Franz Ferdinand
  • 1867 Antoon van Welie, Dutch painter
  • 1870 Saki, [Hector Hugo Munro], Burma, author (Reginald, When William Came)
  • 1873 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (d. 1957)

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1878 Joseph Stalin, Dictator and General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1941-53), born in Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1953)

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1879 Paul Klee, Münchenbuchsee Switzerland, Swiss/German abstract painter (Twittering Machine)
  • 1884 Philippe van Isacker, Belgian minister
  • 1888 Robert Moses, power broker (built Long Island & NYC parks & roads)
  • 1890 Edwin Howard Armstrong, American radio pioneer inventor (FM), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • 1898 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • 1904 George Stevens, US director (Alice Adams, Penny Serenade)
  • 1907 Christopher Fry, Bristol England, playwright (Ring Around the Moon)
  • 1911 Helen Vlachos, journalist
  • 1911 Jules Dassin, Middletown CT, director (Circle of Two, Never on Sunday)
  • 1912 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American General (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Alfred Bester, American sci-fi author (Decievers, Starlight)

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1913 Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971) born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1992)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1914 Jerry Zipkin, socialite
  • 1923 Lotti [Charlotte] van der Gaag, Dutch sculptor/painter
  • 1927 Ramsey Clark, US attorney General (1967-69)
  • 1927 Sterling Lanier, American writer (Hiero's Journey)
  • 1927 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada
  • 1928 Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal
  • 1931 Alison Plowden, English historian (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Arthur Leigh Allen, Suspected Zodiac serial killer (d. 1992)
  • 1934 Boris Valentinovich Volynov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 21)
  • 1935 Jacques Pépin, French chef
  • 1939 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South African minister of Education
  • 1939 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
  • 1939 Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940 Bramwell Morrison, member of Sharon, Lois & Bram
  • 1942 William HAF, English prince/grandson of George V
  • 1945 Birenda Bir Bikram, King of Nepal (1972- )
  • 1946 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Ginsberg Township (d. 1977)
  • 1947 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Gillian Armstrong, Australian director (High Tide, Mrs Soffel), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1951 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • 1953 Khas-Magomed Hadjimuradov, Chechen bard
  • 1956 Reinhold Ewald, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25)
  • 1960 Kazuhide Uekusa, Japanese economist
  • 1961 Thomas Strittmatter, writer
  • 1970 Miles Marshall Lewis, American author
  • 1970 Johnny Yeo, English artist
  • 1971 Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • 1972 Trevor Chowning, American Pop Artist
  • 1972 DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)