Birthdays in History on December 25

  • 1250 John IV Laskaris, Byzantine Emperor (d. circa 1305)
  • 1461 Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
  • 1587 Margarita of Austria, queen of Philip III of Spain (d. 1611)
  • 1624 Angelus Silesius, [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)
  • 1628 Noel Coypel, French painter

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1642 Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1652 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)
  • 1667 Ehrengard von der Schulenburg, English royal mistress (d. 1743)
  • 1674 Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)
  • 1698 Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch engraver/illustrator
  • 1700 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1758)
  • 1716 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italy, Pope (1775-99)
  • 1721 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • 1730 Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson (d. 1816)
  • 1742 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)
  • 1757 Benjamin Pierce, U.S. politician (d 1839)
  • 1763 Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)
  • 1771 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet and diarist, brother of William Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1855)
  • 1808 Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • 1810 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1811 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz
  • 1813 Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) (d. 1890)
  • 1814 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)

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1821 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912)

Humanitarian Clara Barton
Humanitarian
Clara Barton
  • 1823 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1865)
  • 1856 Hans von Bartels, German painter (d. 1913)
  • 1860 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • 1861 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • 1865 Evangeline Cory Booth, Salvation Army general (1904-34)
  • 1867 Alfred Kerr [Kempner], German-British writer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1948)
  • 1870 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)
  • 1873 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1875 Theodor Innitzer, cardinal/archbishop Vienna
  • 1876 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Karachi, founded Pakistan (1947)/gov (1947-58)
  • 1876 Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Maurice Utrillo, France, painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • 1887 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • 1890 Robert Ripley, Santa Rosa, California, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)
  • 1892 Rebecca West, [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • 1898 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1899 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Alice C, English duchess of Gloucester/aunt of Elizabeth II
  • 1904 Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)
  • 1906 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • 1906 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1906 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • 1906 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter
  • 1911 Louise Bourgeois, sculptor
  • 1912 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist
  • 1912 Willian Noel Moffet, architect
  • 1913 Henri Nannen, journalist
  • 1914 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)

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1918 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), born in Monufia, Egypt (d. 1981)

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1918 Ahmed Ben Bella, Maghnia, Algeria, politician, first President of Algeria, (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Henry Charnock, oceanographer
  • 1921 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Rod Serling, writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1924 Henry Sy Sr. Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King' in Amoy China
  • 1925 Christmas F Tinto, South African ANC'er/UDF-leader
  • 1925 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American author and mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within), born in Cajamarca (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker
  • 1932 Jose Maria Capricorne, Curacaos graphically designer/painter
  • 1932 Peter John Swales, football club chairman
  • 1934 Bob Martinez, (Gov-Fl)
  • 1936 Alexandra HEOC, English princess/daughter of Sir Angus Ogilvy
  • 1936 Ismail Merchant, producer (Householder), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1938 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno California
  • 1939 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1940 Frans Moor, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1941 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author
  • 1942 Mani Kaul, director (Idiot, Nazar, Dhrupad, Duvidha)
  • 1943 Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)
  • 1945 Mike Pringle, Scottish politician
  • 1948 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • 1950 Karl Rove, former American presidential advisor
  • 1953 Arnella Flynn, Errol Flynn's daughter, born in Rome, Italy

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1954 Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Mexican drug lord and escape artist, born in La Tuna, Sinaloa, Mexico (or April 4th, 1957)

  • 1955 Claus Strigel, director (Obituary for the Automobile, Act of God)
  • 1959 Michael P Anderson, Plattsburgh NY, major USAF/astronaut (STS 89)
  • 1961 Ingrid Betancourt, Colombian senator
  • 1969 Bernhard Jr, Prince of Netherlands

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1971 Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • 1973 Alexandre Trudeau, Canadian journalist
  • 1975 Rob Mariano, American reality show contestant
  • 1975 Pardis Sabeti, Iranian-American biologist and geneticist, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1976 Armin van Buuren, Dutch DJ & Producer