On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1939

  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 1 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 2 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician, born in Nahalal, Israel
  • Dec 2 Harry Reid, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Nevada 1987-2017), born in Searchlight, Nevada
  • Dec 2 Francis Fox, Canadian politician (member of the Senate of Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 5 Frederik Van Rossum, Belgian pianist, composer (Waves; In memoriam Glenn Gould) , and pedagogue, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 5 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 5 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • Dec 5 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, American pop singer ("Mashed Potatoes"; "Every Day I Have To Cry"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 8 James Galway, Irish classical flutist known as "The Man With the Golden Flute", born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • Dec 8 Lynn Wilson, contractor and multi-millionaire
  • Dec 9 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2012)
  • Dec 10 Barry Cunliffe, English archaeologist and university professor, born in Portsmouth, England
  • Dec 11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 11 Thomas McGuane, American writer (Colf Feet, Tom Horn, Missouri Breaks), born in Wyandotte, Michigan
  • Dec 11 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Dec 14 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), born in New Salem, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • Dec 14 Marilyn Cooper, American actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A. Huber, German composer, born in Passau, Germany
  • Dec 17 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations - "The Way You Do the Things You Do" ;, "Just My Imagination"), born in Union Springs, Alabama (d. 1992)
  • Dec 17 James Booker, American R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 17 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 17 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)
  • Dec 18 Christoffel "Stoffel" van de Merwe, South African minister of Education
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 18 Michael J Moorcock, England, sci-fi author (Alien Heat, Bull & Spear)
  • Dec 18 Sandro Lopopolia, Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • Dec 18 Harold E. Varmus, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 20 Kim Weston, American soul singer (with Marvin Gaye - "It Takes Two"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 20 Dianne Arndt, artist/photographer
  • Dec 20 Klaus Schweizer, German composer, born in Albstadt, Germany
  • Dec 20 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Dec 20 Bill Keith, American bluegrass and country banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Dec 21 Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician, born in North Battleford, Canada
  • Dec 22 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Dec 22 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Dec 25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • Dec 25 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • Dec 26 Lynn Martin, American politician, (Secretary of Labor, 1991-93; US Congress, 1981-91) born in Evanston, Illinois

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Dec 26 (Harvey) Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2021)

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  • Dec 27 John Amos, American actor (Good Times; Roots; Coming to America; The West Wing), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Dec 28 Philip Anschutz, American businessman
  • Dec 29 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Maldivian politician & Islamic scholar, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Dec 29 (William Edwin) "Ed" Bruce, American country singer ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • Dec 30 Doeke Eisma, Dutch sociologist and politician (D66)
  • Dec 30 Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • Dec 30 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now", born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Dec 31 Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64), born in Lucknow, India (d. 2002)
  • Dec 31 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Dec 31 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), born in Lydenburg, South Africa (d. 2019)

About December 1939

How Old? 81 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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