On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1899

  • Dec 1 American business Robert W. Welch Jr. founds the conservative John Birch Society
  • Dec 2 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Southampton Row, Holborn, London (d. 1970)
  • Dec 2 John Cobb, British speed record holder (World Land Speed Record 1938-39, 47), born in Esher, Surrey, England (d. 1952)
  • Dec 3 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-64), born in Takehara, Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1965)
  • Dec 3 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • Dec 4 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, Frisian farmer and writer, born in Poppenwier, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • Dec 4 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), born in Washington, England (d. 1953)
  • Dec 5 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • Dec 6 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • Dec 6 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1937)
  • Dec 8 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • Dec 8 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Sarah Williamson, US missionary in Liberia
  • Dec 9 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Dec 9 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
  • Dec 9 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris (d. 1937)

  • Dec 9 Léonie Adams, American poetess (Those not elected), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • Dec 11 Vera von der Heydt, German psychoanalyst, born in Berlin (d. 1996)
  • Dec 13 Harold Guinzburg, American publisher (founder of Literary Guild), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • Dec 13 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1961)
  • Dec 15 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • Dec 15 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold & silver 1924), born in Bedford, England (d. 1978)
  • Dec 16 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist

Person of interestNoël Coward

Dec 16 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Dec 20 John Sparkman, American politician (Sen-D-Alabama 1946-79, Rep-D-Alabama 1937-46), born in Hartselle, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • Dec 21 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • Dec 22 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Dec 25 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)

Person of interestHumphrey Bogart

Dec 25 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • Dec 25 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • Dec 27 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)
  • Dec 28 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • Dec 29 Nie Rongzhen, People's Liberation Army Chief of General Staff, born in Chongqing, China (d. 1992)
  • Dec 30 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • Dec 31 Gaston Glass, American-French actor & producer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Dec 31 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)