Birthdays in History on December 19

  • 1036 Su Tung-p'o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
  • 1498 Andreas Osiander, Germany, Protestant Reformation theologist
  • 1554 Philip William, Prince of Orange (d. 1618)
  • 1683 Philip V, Versailles France, King of Spain (1700-24, 24-46)
  • 1699 William Bowyer, English printer (d. 1777)
  • 1714 John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)
  • 1723 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother
  • 1744 Jacobus J Cramer, priest of Holland/Zealand/West-Friesland
  • 1753 John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
  • 1778 Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, eldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI (d. 1851)
  • 1779 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France
  • 1783 Charles-Julien Brianchon, France, mathematician (Brianchon's theorem)
  • 1784 Marcus Morton, 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1790 William Parry, England, Arctic explorer
  • 1792 [Andries] Hendrik Potgieter, Cape Colony, settled Transvaal
  • 1796 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
  • 1809 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • 1813 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), born in Belfast (d. 1885)
  • 1814 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, Ohio, US Secretary of War (1861-65)
  • 1817 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)
  • 1819 James Clifford Veatch, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • 1821 Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer/women's suffrage leader
  • 1824 Hercules Robinson, Ireland, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89, 1895-97)
  • 1831 Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian philanthropist (d. 1884)
  • 1832 John Kirk Barry, Scot, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone
  • 1836 Maria L Sanford, pioneer educator (PTA)
  • 1837 John Carpenter Carter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1849 Henry Clay Frick, Penn, built world's largest coke & steel operation
  • 1852 A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)
  • 1853 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1861 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, born in Brighton England
  • 1861 Italo Svevo, Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)
  • 1865 Hermann Hirt, Magdeburg Prussia, linguist (Indo-European Grammar)
  • 1865 Tikhon Toropets, Pskov Russia, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint
  • 1869 Eduard Hermann, Coburg Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, German linguist (Homer)
  • 1875 Carter G Woodson, New Canton Va, American historian (African American studies)
  • 1883 Louis Davids, [Simon David], Dutch cabaret performer/chorus performer
  • 1883 [Francis] Barry Byrne, architect, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1884 Antonin Zapotocky, Czechoslovak president (Ceskoslovensky Spisouatel)
  • 1885 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • 1890 Klaas Painter, vicar/antifascist (Occupies possession) [or 1880]
  • 1890 Klaas Schilder, Dutch theologist/vicar (Occupied Territory)
  • 1891 Edward Bernard Andre Maria Raczynski, Poland, pres-in-exile (1979-86)
  • 1894 Yoshida Isoya, architect (modern sukiya style), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1895 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • 1896 John Seldon Whale, theologian
  • 1897 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, France, anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • 1901 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist/novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, born in Chorley, England (d. 1981)
  • 1903 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)
  • 1903 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)

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1906 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
  • 1909 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Jean Genet, criminal/novelist/dramatist (The Blacks), born in Paris, France
  • 1910 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1913 William C De Vries, surgeon/inventor (artificial heart)
  • 1916 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • 1919 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Luigi Innocenti, designer
  • 1924 Peter Prowtiny, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1924 Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Gary Morton, second husband of Lucille Ball (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • 1926 Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN
  • 1926 Herb Stempel, American game show contestant
  • 1928 Nathan Oliveira, American artist
  • 1929 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • 1932 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • 1934 Rudi Carrell, [Rudolf W Kesselman], Dutch showmaster
  • 1934 Casper R. Taylor, Jr., American politician
  • 1942 Jean-Patric Manchette, thriller writer
  • 1943 William De Vries, Bkln, surgeon-inventor (Symbion artifical heart)
  • 1943 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Richard Leakey, anthropologist
  • 1944 William Christie, American-born director of Les Arts Florissants
  • 1944 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 1951 Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
  • 1960 Michelangelo Signorile, American writer
  • 1962 Bettina Huebers, claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1967 Criss Angel [Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos], Hempstead, New York, American magician and illusionist (Criss Angel Mindfreak)
  • 1971 Liz Cho, American television reporter
  • 1975 Jon Smith, British writer
  • 1996 Paige Speakman, England, born 19 days before her twin sister