Birthdays in History on December 5

  • 1377 Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)

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1443 Julius II, Italian Pope (1503-13) and patron of Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael, born in Albisola, Republic of Genoa (d. 1513)

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1495 Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish grammarian (d. 1542)
  • 1537 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1597)
  • 1539 Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian (d. 1604)
  • 1545 Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], Dutch politician/poet
  • 1547 Ubbo Emmius, [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist/historian
  • 1661 Robert Haley, earl of Oxford/English premier (Whig, 1710-14)

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1782 Martin Van Buren, 8th US president (Democrat: 1837-41), born in Kinderhook, New York (d. 1862)

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • 1786 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader
  • 1803 Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev, Russian poet (d. 1873)
  • 1820 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American college president (d. 1907)
  • 1824 Titian James Coffey, Atty Gen (Union), (d. 1867)
  • 1826 John Benjamin Sanborn, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French Canadian politician (d. 1908)
  • 1830 Christina Rossetti, poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away), born in London, England

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1839 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, born in New Rumley, Ohio (d. 1876)

  • 1841 Marcus Daly, American mining tycoon (d. 1900)
  • 1855 Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942)

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1859 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, born in Southampton (d. 1935)

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe
  • 1861 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
  • 1863 Paul P Painlevé, French PM (1917, 1925), mathematician [OS]
  • 1867 Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman (d. 1935)
  • 1867 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist (d. February 2, 1925)
  • 1868 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1869 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • 1872 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • 1875 Sir Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (d. 1933)
  • 1879 Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Dirk H W Filarski, Dutch painter/lithographer (Bergense School)
  • 1886 Pieter J Old, lawyer/minister of Finance/mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52)
  • 1890 Fritz Lang, Germany, director (M, Metropolis)
  • 1890 David Bomberg, English painter (d. 1957)
  • 1891 Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, born in St Petersburg (d. 1956)
  • 1892 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (d. 1973)
  • 1894 Charles Robberts, Winburg district of the Orange Free State, The first State President of South Africa
  • 1895 Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician (d. 1969)
  • 1896 (Lady Huxley) Juliette Baillot, author
  • 1896 Willem F M Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles
  • 1898 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (d. 1982)

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1901 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1901 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist/discovered uncertainty (Nobel 32)
  • 1901 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (d. 1980)
  • 1902 [Steve James] Strom Thurmond, (Sen-D/R-SC)

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1903 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), born in Tonbridge, Kent, England (d. 1969)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1907 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Abraham L Polonsky, US writer/director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here)
  • 1911 Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows)
  • 1912 Maisie Fitter, editor/conservationist
  • 1914 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Simone Gallimard, publisher
  • 1919 Victor Collin Matthews, businessman
  • 1921 George Henderson, priest/politician
  • 1923 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), born in Makarovskaya, Vologda Oblast (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), born in León, Nicaragua (d. 1980)

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1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1932 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Joan Didion, US author and journalist (The year of Magical Thinking), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1935 Calvin Trillin, author (New Yorker)
  • 1936 James Lee Burke, American writer
  • 1940 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer
  • 1941 David Wilson, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1943 Eva Joly, Norwegian-born French magistrate
  • 1945 J W "Corkey" Fornof, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1945 Jocelyn, Italian entertainer
  • 1947 Jugderdemidjin Gurragcha, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39)
  • 1947 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
  • 1947 Tony Gregory, Irish politician
  • 1949 Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
  • 1951 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian artist
  • 1959 Nikki Gianulias, Vallejo California, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979)
  • 1963 Doctor Dre, American radio personality
  • 1967 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1970 Heather Crickard, Miss Oklahoma USA (1996)
  • 1973 Luboš Motl, Czech physicist
  • 1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player
  • 1994 Emily Marie Estefan, daughter of Gloria & Emilio