On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1928

  • Dec 2 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2019)
  • Dec 3 Jack McMahon, American basketball guard and coach (player Rochester Royal, St. Louis Hawks; coach Cincinnati Royals, San Diego Rockets, Pittsburgh Condors), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Dec 4 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1967)
  • Dec 4 Dena Dietrich, American actress (Mother Nature in Chiffon margarine), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Bert Geoffrey Achong, Trinidadian pathologist and inventor (electron microscopist), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • Dec 6 Bobby Van, American musical actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)

Person of interestNoam Chomsky

Dec 7 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philosopher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist and Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist and Author
Noam Chomsky
  • Dec 7 Raymond Warren, British composer
  • Dec 8 Ulric Neisser, America psychologist (Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns, Bell Curve task force head), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Dec 9 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 9 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Dec 10 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Dec 10 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), born in DeKalb, Bowie County, Texas (d. 1972)
  • Dec 10 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York (d. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1996)
  • Dec 12 Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist artist (Arden), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2011)

  • Dec 12 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Dec 12 Lionel Blair [Ogus], Canadian choreographer (Give Us a Clue), born in Montréal, Québec
  • Dec 12 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), born in Kirghiz ASSR, Soviet Union (d. 2008)
  • Dec 13 W Gordon Smith, Scottish playwright, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • Dec 13 Jack Tramiel, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2012)
  • Dec 15 Jimmy Nelson, American ventriloquist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-born New Zealand artist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • Dec 15 Jerry Wallace, American singer (If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry), born in Guilford, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Dec 16 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian
  • Dec 16 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 17 Marilyn Beck, newspaper columnist
  • Dec 17 Eli Beeding, Sherman, TX, Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, (d. 2013)
  • Dec 18 Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal
  • Dec 19 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • Dec 19 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 Nathan Oliveira, American artist
  • Dec 20 Charles Donald Adams, English opera singer and actor, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Dec 20 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • Dec 21 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • Dec 21 Thomas Rajna, Hungarian-born composer, born in Budapest, Hungary

  • Dec 22 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • Dec 23 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer, born in Karoti, Greece
  • Dec 23 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Irish McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • Dec 28 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • Dec 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • Dec 29 John Kennedy Sr., Australian Rules Football coach (Australian Football Hall of Fame legend; VFL Premiership 1961, 71, 76; Hawthorn FC; North Melbourne FC), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • Dec 29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • Dec 30 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Dec 31 Hugh McElhenny, American NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 31 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Dec 31 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, born in Viipuri (d. 2015)
  • Dec 31 Siné [Maurice Sinet], French cartoonist, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • Dec 31 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], American hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2012)

About December 1928

How Old? 91 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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