Famous People Born in December 1906

  • Dec 1 Jean Cartan, French composer, born in Nancy (d. 1932)
  • Dec 2 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (d. 1998)
  • Dec 2 Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
  • Dec 2 Peter Carl Goldmark, German-Hungarian engineer (developed the LP record format), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician
  • Dec 7 George Richard James, saxophonist
  • Dec 8 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist (How Green Was My Valley)
  • Dec 9 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), born in Cleveland, Ohio

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Dec 9 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
  • Dec 9 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer
  • Dec 10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American Nuclear-Physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Dec 11 Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
  • Dec 12 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Season restaurant, NYC)
  • Dec 13 Ingemar Liljefors, composer
  • Dec 13 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African-born writer, soldier, explorer and conservationist, born in Philippolis (d. 1996)
  • Dec 14 Helmut Bornefeld, composer
  • Dec 15 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • Dec 16 John Morrison, politician/landowner
  • Dec 16 Lord Margadale, English Conserv parliament leader/large landowner
  • Dec 17 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
  • Dec 18 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher
  • Dec 18 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), born in San Francisco (d. 1969)
  • Dec 19 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)

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Dec 19 Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1964-82), born in Kamenskoye, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Dec 20 Dick White, head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6)
  • Dec 20 Irving Krick, meteorologist
  • Dec 20 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1960)
  • Dec 23 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • Dec 24 John Walker, museum director
  • Dec 24 Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 25 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • Dec 25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • Dec 25 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • Dec 25 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • Dec 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • Dec 27 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • Dec 27 Ivan Brkanovic, composer
  • Dec 27 Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer
  • Dec 27 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • Dec 30 Carol Reed, motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Dec 30 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe
  • Dec 31 Erna Bogen, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932)