Birthdays in History on December 23

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245 Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, born in Palmyra, Syria (d. 274)

Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria Zenobia
Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria
Zenobia
  • 1173 Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
  • 1513 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)
  • 1544 Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange (1561-71)
  • 1548 Pieter C Bockenberg, historian (Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae)
  • 1597 Martin Opitz, Germany, poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"
  • 1613 Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish soldier (d. 1676)
  • 1621 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)
  • 1621 Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
  • 1722 Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Turinge, Swedish Chemist who discovered nickel and tungsten
  • 1732 Richard Arkwright, inventor (spinning frame)
  • 1743 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (d. 1803)
  • 1750 Frederik Augustus I, the Righteous, king of Saxony (1806-27)
  • 1758 Nathan Wilson U.S. Representative from New York
  • 1777 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)
  • 1780 Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher
  • 1790 Jean-Francois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • 1804 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic/writer (Informal Talk)

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1805 Joseph Smith Jr, Sharon Vermont, founder (Mormon Church), (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1808 Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Samuel Smiles, Scotland, author (Self-Help, Character, Duty)
  • 1815 Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
  • 1818 David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1819 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)
  • 1827 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Austrian admiral (Helgoland/Lissa)
  • 1828 Mathilde Wesendonk, German writer/poet (Tagebuchblatter)
  • 1843 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • 1845 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr (found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal)
  • 1845 Gustave Ador, union president of Austria (1919)
  • 1854 Henry B. Guppy, British botanist (d. 1926)
  • 1858 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright (Life in Russian Theater)
  • 1860 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1862 Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)
  • 1864 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (d. 1890)

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1867 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur and 1st US female self-made millionaire (Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), born in Delta, Louisiana (d. 1919)

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1878 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • 1883 Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45)
  • 1885 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • 1886 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
  • 1888 Friedrich Wolf, writer
  • 1896 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (Der Leopard)
  • 1900 Otto Soglow, American comics artist (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Norman Maclean, American author (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
  • 1907 Don McNeill, Galena Ill, host (Don McNeill TV Club)
  • 1907 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)
  • 1908 Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)
  • 1910 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)
  • 1911 Niels Jerne, immunologist
  • 1918 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), born in Hamburg (d. 2015)
  • 1919 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
  • 1923 Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana (1977-94)
  • 1926 Robert Bly, US, poet/editor/translator (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds)
  • 1929 Dick Weber, pro bowler (16, 300 games)
  • 1932 Tertius Metcalf, businessman
  • 1933 Akihito, emperor of Japan (1989- )
  • 1937 Karol Joseph Bobko, American Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Bob Kahn, American Internet pioneer
  • 1940 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician
  • 1943 Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden (1973- )
  • 1943 Stephen Wallace, director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride)
  • 1943 Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician
  • 1944 D J D Dees, pharmacist/Dutch minister of WVC (VVD)
  • 1944 Wesley Clark, American military officer
  • 1947 Bill Rodgers, marathon runner (Boston, NY)
  • 1948 Leslie Moonves, American television executive
  • 1950 Michael C. Burgess, American politician
  • 1950 Ilchi Lee, Korean educator and author
  • 1952 William Kristol, American political commentator
  • 1953 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
  • 1955 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • 1959 Geoff Willis, British engineer
  • 1960 Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
  • 1963 Donna Tartt, American author
  • 1967 Tim Fountain, British playwright
  • 1970 Shannon Noelle DePuy, Miss Virg-America (1991-top 10), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite