Birthdays in History on December 21

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1117 Thomas Becket, Cheapside, archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1401 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
  • 1518 Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician
  • 1537 Johan III, king of Sweden (1569-92)
  • 1596 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)

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1603 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1714 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)
  • 1778 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
  • 1795 Leopold von Ranke, German historian (d. 1886)
  • 1800 Barnwell Rhett Robert, (Confederacy), (d. 1876)

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1804 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, born in London (d. 1881)

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1805 Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)
  • 1815 Thomas Couture, French painter/author
  • 1818 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1818 Lewis H Morgan, US, etnologist (Systems of Consanguinity)
  • 1823 Jean Henri Fabre, France, entomologist (insects & spiders)
  • 1832 John Henry Ketcham, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1840 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)
  • 1843 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
  • 1849 James Lane Allen, US writer (Kentucky Cardinal)
  • 1851 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter)
  • 1859 Gustave Kahn, France, poet (claimed to have invented vers libre)
  • 1860 Henrietta Szold, founder (Hadassah)
  • 1870 Sir Patrick Duncan, Fortrie, Banffshire, Scotland, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943)
  • 1872 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • 1874 Juan Bautista Sacasa, President of Nicaragua (1932-36)
  • 1878 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)
  • 1886 Hermann A J Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • 1889 Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
  • 1890 Fred M Vinson, US Supreme Court Justice (1946-53)
  • 1890 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1891 John W McCormack, (D) Speaker of House (1962-70)
  • 1892 Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business
  • 1896 Constantine Rokossovski, Russian marshal/vice-premier of Poland
  • 1898 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)
  • 1900 Oda Schaefer, German author/poet (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only)
  • 1900 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • 1901 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer
  • 1905 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring)
  • 1907 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch literary (Poet in Love)
  • 1908 Pat Weaver, TV Executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1909 George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • 1909 Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Eve Perrick, journalist
  • 1916 John Boon, publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1917 Andre Eglevsky, choreographer (Limelight)
  • 1917 Sophie Masloff, American politician
  • 1918 Donald Regan, White House staffer/US Secretary of Treasury (1981-85)
  • 1918 Kurt Waldheim, Austrian 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1972-81) and 9th President of Austria (1986-92), born in Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1921 James Tye, safety expert
  • 1923 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • 1924 Johan W "Jo" van Marle, KNVB-chairman (1980-93)
  • 1930 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • 1932 Edward Hoagland, American essayist
  • 1933 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA)
  • 1935 Phil Donahue, TV talk show host (The Phil Donahue Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1935 Yusuf Bey (Joseph Stephens), American activist (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Edward Schreyer, Canadian politician, Premier of Manitoba
  • 1937 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present)
  • 1937 Donald F. Munson, American politician
  • 1939 Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician

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1942 Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (2002-12) and President of the People's Republic of China (2003-13), born in Taizhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 1943 André Arthur. Quebec radio host
  • 1944 Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Millie Hughes-Fulford, Wells Tx, astronaut (STS 40)
  • 1948 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist/undersecretary of Finance (1994-)
  • 1949 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
  • 1953 Tina Brown, journalist (New Yorker)
  • 1967 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
  • 1971 Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
  • 1982 Erica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality