Birthdays in History on December 8

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65 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), born in Venosa, Italy (d. 8 BC)

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
Horace
  • 1508 Gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer

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1542 Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland (1560-87), born in Linlithgow Palace, Scotland (d. 1587)

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart
  • 1574 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
  • 1626 Christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic
  • 1678 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat (d. 1757)
  • 1699 Maria Josepha of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1757)
  • 1704 Anton de Haen, medical expert (Ratio Medendi)
  • 1708 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-1765)
  • 1715 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar/poet (Frisianche rymlery)
  • 1728 Johann G von Zimmermann, Swiss author
  • 1730 John Ingen Housz, Dutch/English personal physician of Maria Theresia
  • 1730 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-born British physiologist and botanist (d. 1799)

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1765 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1825)

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1795 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)
  • 1815 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist (d. 1905)
  • 1816 August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (d. 1896)
  • 1822 Luther Prentice Bradley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1910)
  • 1826 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist
  • 1828 Clinton Bowen Fisk, American abolitionist, Brevet Major General (Union Army), helped establish 1st free public schools in the South, born in York, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1828 Robert Bullock, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1861 Aristide Maillol, French painter/sculptor (Seated Woman)
  • 1861 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1862 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's)
  • 1865 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Taylor series)
  • 1874 Ernst Moro, Austrian physician (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/novelist/poet (Collected Poems)

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1886 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and wife of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México (d. 1957)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • 1888 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian
  • 1889 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse)
  • 1894 E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)
  • 1899 Sarah Williamson, US missionary in Liberia
  • 1900 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Irene Eisinger, singer
  • 1903 Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge, author
  • 1905 Julius Silverman, politician
  • 1906 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
  • 1908 John Volpe, (Gov-Mass)/US Secretary of Treasury (1969-73)
  • 1912 Jura Soyfer, political and cabaret writer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1913 Delmore Schwartz, American poet/short story writer/critic (Shenandoah)
  • 1913 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Sun Song)
  • 1915 Denis Harding, soldier
  • 1915 George Scheuer, writer/journalist
  • 1916 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • 1919 Peter Tali Coleman, American politician (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Ron Gulliford, educationalist
  • 1922 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15)

  • 1922 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-born American chemist
  • 1925 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10)
  • 1927 Ferdie Pacheco, the "Fight Doctor"
  • 1928 Ulric Neisser, America psychologist (Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns, Bell Curve task force head), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Goffredo Parise, writer
  • 1930 John Morressy, American sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane)
  • 1930 Julian Critchley, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player
  • 1936 Brad Jurjens, Estonia, director (The Bank Job)
  • 1937 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch undersecretary of Defense (CDA)
  • 1937 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Lynn Wilson, contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1941 Albert J Evenhuis, Dutch undersecretary of Economic (VVD)
  • 1941 Randall "Duke" Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman
  • 1942 Mario Savio, American political activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)
  • 1945 John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
  • 1946 Graham Knight, Scottish musician (Marmalade)
  • 1947 Frans Leijnse, Dutch politician (PvdA 2nd Chamber)
  • 1947 Geoff Daking, American rocker (Blue Magoos)
  • 1947 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer

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1948 Jimmy Lai [Lai Chee-Ying], Chinese businessman (founder of Giordano), born in Guangzhou, China

Founder of Giordano Jimmy Lai
Founder of Giordano
Jimmy Lai
  • 1949 Mary Gordon, American author
  • 1949 Robert Sternberg, Proposed the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
  • 1950 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1951 Bill Bryson, American author
  • 1952 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • 1953 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • 1954 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • 1959 Jim Yong Kim, South Korean-American physician, anthropologist and President of the World Bank, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1960 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • 1961 Ann Coulter, American author, political commentator, and attorney
  • 1969 Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America (1991)
  • 1972 Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
  • 1979 Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
  • 1982 Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
  • 1983 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player