Birthdays in History on December 9

  • 1392 Peter, Prince/Regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa benfeitoria)
  • 1447 Chenghua, Emperor of China (d. 1487)
  • 1561 Edwin Sandys, a founder of Virginia colony
  • 1571 Adrian A Metius, Dutch mathematician/fort architect
  • 1579 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice) (d. 1639)
  • 1581 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1594 Gustavus II Adolphus, king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)

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1608 John Milton, poet/puritan (Paradise Lost), born in London, England (d. 1674)

  • 1610 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato (d. 1680)
  • 1652 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician (d. 1723)
  • 1667 William Whiston, English mathematician (d. 1752)
  • 1717 Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)
  • 1742 Carl W Scheele, Swedish pharmacist/chemist (lemon acid)
  • 1748 Claude Louis Berthollet, French chemist (d. 1822)
  • 1751 Maria Luisa of Parma, queen of Charles IV of Spain (d. 1819)
  • 1787 John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)
  • 1806 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (d. 1838)
  • 1842 Pjotr A Kopotkin, Russian ruler/anarchist
  • 1848 Joel Chandler Harris, US journalist (created Uncle Remus stories)
  • 1868 Fritz Haber, German phycist-chemist (Nobel 1919)
  • 1873 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect
  • 1883 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal/supreme commander
  • 1883 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • 1886 Clarence Birdseye, frozen vegatable king (Birdseye)
  • 1891 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (d. 1917)
  • 1898 Emmett Kelly, Sedan KS, circus clown (Weary Willie)
  • 1899 Jean de Brunhoff, France, children's book author (Babar the Elephant)
  • 1899 Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (Those not elected)
  • 1900 Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian-born writer (d. 1938)
  • 1901 Jean Mermoz, French pilot (d. 1936)
  • 1902 Richard A Butler, England, Dutch min of Finance/Foreign affairs
  • 1904 Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist
  • 1906 Grace Murray Hopper, computer innovator
  • 1907 Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • 1910 Dick Elffers, Dutch graphic artist/painter (Holland Festival)
  • 1910 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • 1911 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese educator (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Herbert Huncke, writer
  • 1916 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect/writer (Mozart biog)
  • 1917 James Angleton, head of counterintelligence for the CIA (d. 1987)
  • 1917 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author
  • 1919 William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1920 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), born in Livorno (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Jan Křesadlo, Czech writer (d. 1995)

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1929 Bob Hawke, 23rd Australian Prime Minister (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
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  • 1935 Dominico Tromp, Aruba, stage leader
  • 1938 Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care
  • 1939 Patrician Stephens Due, Quincy, Florida, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Joe McGinniss, Rye NY, author (Selling of President 1968)
  • 1944 Ki Longfellow, American novelist
  • 1944 Bob O'Connor, American politician
  • 1946 Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born Indian politician
  • 1947 Tom Daschle, American politician
  • 1947 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician
  • 1948 Marleen Gorris, Dutch director (Mres Dalloway, Antonia, Last Island)
  • 1949 Nando Parrado, Uruguayan plane crash survivor
  • 1954 Herman Finkers, Dutch cabaret performer
  • 1958 Nancy J Currie, Mjr Army/astronaut (STS 57, 70, sk: 88), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1960 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor
  • 1960 Terry Moran, American TV reporter
  • 1963 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
  • 1965 Vecepia Towery, American Survivor contestant
  • 1966 Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
  • 1973 Tony Batista, Puerto Plata Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)