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), born in Stralsund, Swedish Pomerania (d. 1786)
  • 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, French 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

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1906 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • 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
Bob Hawke
  • 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, author (Selling of President 1968), born in Rye, New York
  • 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)