On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1915

  • Dec 2 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • Dec 2 Nico Richter, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • Dec 2 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers) (d. 2000)
  • Dec 4 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Dec 5 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 7 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), Los Angeles, California (d. 1978)
  • Dec 7 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, The Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 8 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • Dec 8 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Dec 9 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)
  • Dec 9 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in Jarotschin, German Empire (d. 2006)
  • Dec 9 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Dec 11 Anna van Beers [Graeve], Dutch actress (A Woman like Eve, Diary of a Hooker), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2011)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

Dec 12 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 13 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), born in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • Dec 13 Ross MacDonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1983)

  • Dec 13 Curd Jürgens [Curt Jurgens], German-born Austrian actor (Enemy Below, Longest Day), born in Solln, Munich, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Dec 13 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Vilnius, Lithuania, Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • Dec 14 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • Dec 14 Clay Warnick, American choral director (Your Show Of Shows), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1995)
  • Dec 14 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), born in Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • Dec 15 José Toribio Merino, Chilean admiral (one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état), born in La Serena, Chile (d. 1996)
  • Dec 16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), born in Fatezh, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1998)
  • Dec 16 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • Dec 17 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)
  • Dec 18 Dario Mangiarotti, Italian fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Dec 19 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Dec 20 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer & humorist, born in Heybeliada, Ottoman Empire (d. 1995)
  • Dec 21 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Dec 22 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • Dec 25 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • Dec 25 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), born in Belmont, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Dec 25 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • Dec 26 H. A. Gomperts, Dutch writer (Duck on Attic), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • Dec 26 Una Mae Carlisle, US jazz pianist and singer ("Walkin' By The River"), born in Xenia, Ohio; (d. 1956)
  • Dec 27 Mary Kornman, American actress (Desert Trail, Queen of the Jungle, Swing it Professor), born in Idaho Falls, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • Dec 27 William Masters, American gynecologist who studied sexual dysfunction, born in Cleveland, Ohio (2001)
  • Dec 27 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • Dec 29 Charles L. Harness, American sci-fi author (Paradox Men, Wolfhead), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Dec 29 John P W Meefout, Dutch sculptor (Laying Woman)
  • Dec 29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • Dec 29 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • Dec 29 Bill Osmanski, American football player & coach, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)

About December 1915

How Old? 105 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)