On This Day

Famous People Born in December 1947

  • Dec 1 Alain Bashung, French singer
  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  • Dec 2 Michael Green, English businessman and psychotherapist, born in Hampstead, London
  • Dec 2 Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist (research on biopsy investigation of muscle and peripheral nerves in neuromuscular diseases), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Dec 2 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • Dec 3 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 4 Ursula Krechel, German writer (Shanghai far from where), born in Trier, Germany
  • Dec 4 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span), born in Dublin
  • Dec 5 Jim Messina, American guitarist and songwriter (Buffalo Springfield; Poco: Loggins & Messina - "Your Mamma Don't Dance"), born in Maywood, California
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • Dec 5 Jugderdemidjin Gurragcha, Mongolian cosmonaut (Soyuz 39), born in Gurvanbulag, Bulgan, Mongolia
  • Dec 5 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician (8th Prime Minister of Jamaica 2007-11), born in Chapelton, Jamaica
  • Dec 5 Tony Gregory, Irish politician, born in Dublin
  • Dec 5 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • Dec 5 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 6 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 6 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician (9th Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Quebec City, Quebec

Person of interestJohnny Bench

Dec 7 Johnny Bench, American MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Dec 7 Mino Reitano, Italian entertainer, born in Fiumara, Italy (d. 2009)
  • Dec 7 Peter de Jong, Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 7 Vincent Baggetta, American actor (Lou-Chicago Story), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Dec 7 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer, born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 8 Belinda Balaski, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling), born in Inglewood, California
  • Dec 8 Geoff Daking, American rocker (Blue Magoos)
  • Dec 8 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Dec 8 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer
  • Dec 9 Tom Daschle, American politician (U.S. Senator from South Dakota), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Dec 9 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician (Minister of Defence 2004-05), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 9 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • Dec 10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 10 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), born in West Palm Beach, Florida (d. 1980)
  • Dec 10 Rəsul Quliyev, Azerbaijani politician, born in Qazanci, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
  • Dec 11 Tom Fuccello, American actor (Dave-Dallas), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 13 Les Joslin, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • Dec 13 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Dec 13 Charles “Chuck” Findley, American session trumpet and flugelhorn player (Steely Dan; The Carpenters; The Tonight Show), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 14 Christopher Parkening, American classical guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 14 Linda Sutton, English artist, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Person of interestDilma Rousseff

Dec 14 Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian politician, President of Brazil (2011-16), born in Belo Horizonte

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • Dec 15 Rodney Bingenheimer, American disc jockey, born in Mountain View, California
  • Dec 16 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 17 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • Dec 17 Marilyn Hassett, LA Ca
  • Dec 17 Wes Studi, Native American actor (Last of the Mohicans), born in Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma
  • Dec 18 Judy Heumann, American disability rights activist, and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 18 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 19 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • Dec 20 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian pop singer, born in Verona, Italy
  • Dec 21 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Dec 22 Brian C. Daley, American sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India

Person of interestBill Rodgers

Dec 23 Bill Rodgers, American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Marathon Runner Bill Rodgers
Marathon Runner
Bill Rodgers
  • Dec 24 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Dec 25 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • Dec 26 Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
  • Dec 26 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Dec 27 Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition
  • Dec 27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 27 Alan Bruce "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • Dec 28 Andrew Olle, broadcaster
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • Dec 28 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • Dec 29 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • Dec 29 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 29 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • Dec 30 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing", Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • Dec 30 Michael Burns, American actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train), born in Mineola, New York
  • Dec 30 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • Dec 30 Janet Mills, American lawyer and politician, first female Governor of Maine (2018-), born in Farmington, Maine
  • Dec 31 Burton Cummings, Canadian rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Guess Who - "These Eyes"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Dec 31 Tim Matheson, American actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek), born in Glendale, California
  • Dec 31 Rita Lee [Jones], Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and musician (Os Mutantes), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 31 June Tabor, British folk singer, born in Warwick, England

About December 1947

How Old? 73 years old
Generation: Baby Boomer
Leap Year: No

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