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Famous Birthdays on December 1

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 229

  • 1081 Louis VI of France (d. 1137)
  • 1083 Anna Comnena, Byzantine historian (d. 1153)
  • 1521 Takeda Shingen, Japanese warlord (d. 1573)
  • 1525 Tadeáš Hájek, Czech physician and astronomer (d. 1600)
  • 1549 Johan van der Veeken, merchant/co-founder (VOC)
  • 1566 Philip, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, gov of Ft Gorinchem/Nijmegen
  • 1573 Philippus Rovenius, [Rouveen], apostile
  • 1580 Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (d. 1637)
  • 1605 Juan de Padilla, composer
  • 1634 John-Erasmus Quellinus, [Quellien], Flemish painter
  • 1671 John Keill, Scottish mathematician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, (d. 1721)
  • 1671 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • 1690 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England, born in Dover, Kent (d. 1764)
  • 1709 Franz Xaver Richter, composer
  • 1712 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer
  • 1716 Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)

  • 1722 Anna Louisa Karsch "Die Karschin", German poet, born in Hammer, Silesia (d. 1791)
  • 1724 Charles Theodoor, elector (Palts & Bayern)
  • 1724 Dismas Hatas, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1777)
  • 1726 Eggert Olafsson, Icelandic writer
  • 1729 Giuseppe Sarti, Italian composer, born in Faenza, (d. 1802)
  • 1743 Martin H Klaproth, German chemist (uranium)

Person of interestMadame Tussaud

1761 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, born in Strasbourg (d. 1850)

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1766 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)
  • 1779 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer
  • 1781 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer
  • 1784 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer
  • 1787 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
  • 1792 Lobachevsky, mathematician
  • 1805 Lungtok Gyatso, 9th Dalai Lama, born near Dan Chokhor Monastery (d. 1815)
  • 1810 Joseph Gungl, composer
  • 1814 August Rockel, composer
  • 1823 Ernest Reyer, French opera composer, born in Marseilles, France (d. 1909)
  • 1826 William Mahone, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1832 Archibald Gracie Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1835 Micah Jenkins, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)

  • 1844 Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain/Ireland
  • 1844 Alfred Cellier, composer
  • 1847 Agathe Grondahl, composer
  • 1850 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer
  • 1869 Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)
  • 1871 Archie MacLaren, English cricket batsman and captain (35 Tests; 424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895), born in Manchester, England (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Charles JM Ruys de Beerenbrouck, premier of Neth (1918-25, 29-33)
  • 1873 Valery Bryusov, Russian poet (d. 1924)
  • 1874 Dominicus Johner, composer
  • 1878 Arthur B Spingarn, US NAACP-chairman (1940-65)
  • 1883 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer
  • 1884 Torben Myer, Danish actor (Girl Who Came Back, Judgment at Nuremberg, Sullivan's Travels), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1975)
  • 1884 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, German painter (d. 1976)
  • 1885 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • 1886 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Aust, Otago), born in Cane Hill, Surrey, England (d. 1963)
  • 1886 Pierre Kemp, Dutch poet (Fugitives & Constants)
  • 1886 Rex Stout, American mystery writer (Nero Wolf novels), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 1975)
  • 1886 Willem E Crown, Antillian writer
  • 1886 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), born in Yilong Country, Qing Dynasty (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer (wreck laws)
  • 1892 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1893 Ernst Toller, German playwright, President of Bavarian Soviet Republic (1919), born in Samotschin (d. 1939)
  • 1893 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), born in Arima, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Henry Williamson, English author (d. 1977)
  • 1896 Petko Staynov, composer

Person of interestGeorgy Zhukov

1896 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, born in Strelkovka, Kaluga (d. 1974)

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1897 Manuel A Neat, Curacaos author (Nobleza di Coerazon)
  • 1897 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Robert Welch, founded John Birch Society
  • 1901 Dorothy James, composer
  • 1901 Ilona Feher, Hungarian-Jewish violinist (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1904 W A "Tony" Boyle, United Mine Workers president
  • 1905 Charles Finney, American author (Circus of Dr Lao)
  • 1905 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Jean Cartan, French composer, born in Nancy (d. 1932)
  • 1907 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, born in Kudowa (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • 1910 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist (Manhattan Project, Los Alamos) who assembled the plutonium core for 'Trinity', the first detonated atomic device, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1911 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Venice, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1911 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Minoru Yamasaki, architect (World Trade Center, NY)
  • 1912 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • 1912 Ken Willingham, English soccer right half (12 caps; Huddersfield Town), born in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, England (d. 1975)
  • 1912 Cookie Lavagetto, American baseball third baseman, manager and coach (MLB All Star 1938-41; Brooklyn Dodgers; Washington Senators), born in Oakland, California (d. 1990)

Person of interestMary Martin

1913 Mary Martin, American actress (Peter Pan) and Larry Hagman's mom, born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1990)

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1914 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1916 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • 1917 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Richburg, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1917 William Tracy, American actor (To the Shores of Tripoli, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)

  • 1918 Kirby Laing, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1918 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), born in Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Anne Cox Chambers, US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1919 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, born in born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Geraldine McCulloug, Maywood Ill, painter/sculptor (Phoenix)
  • 1922 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), born in Morshansk, Tambov, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1923 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Morris, Belgian cartoonist (Lucky Luke) (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, composer
  • 1925 Jordan Klein, cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1925 Martin Rodbell, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Keith Michell, American actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Robert Symonds, American actor and associate director of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, born in Bristow, Oklahoma (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • 1929 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer
  • 1929 Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1929 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), born in White Plains, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Leon Biriotti, composer
  • 1930 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Jim Nesbitt, singer (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Robert T Herres, USAF/astronaut, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932 Matt Monro, English singer (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • 1934 Hilly Axwijk, Suriname social worker
  • 1934 LaMar Clark, American boxer (record most consecutive knockouts 44, including unsanctioned bouts), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Roger Christian, American ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1960; Christian Brother's Hockey Sticks), born in Warroad, Minnesota (d. 2011)

Person of interestWoody Allen

1935 Woody Allen [Allen Konigsberg], American film director and actor (Zelig, Annie Hall), born in Brooklyn, New York

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen
  • 1937 Gordon Crosse, Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd)
  • 1937 Chuck Low, American actor
  • 1937 Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, 6th President of Latvia
  • 1938 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • 1939 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 Lee Trevino, American golfer (British Open 1971-72; US Open 1968, 71; US PGA 1974, 84), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1940 Matthias Habich, actor (Straight to the Heart, A Corps Perdu)
  • 1940 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2013)

Person of interestRichard Pryor

1940 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1940 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1942 John Crowley, American sci-fi author (Deep, Beasts, Novelty)
  • 1942 Peter Kalikow, Queens real estate developer/publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Nicholas Peter Negroponte, American founder/director (Media Lab at MIT), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Orton Enderlein, German [GDR] luger (Olympic gold women's singles 1964; World C'ships gold 1965, 67)), born in Trünzig, Sachsen, Germany
  • 1944 Pierre Arditi, French film and stage actor
  • 1944 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • 1944 Tahar Ben Jelloun, French writer of Moroccan origin
  • 1944 Daniel Pennac, French writer born in Morocco
  • 1944 Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1945 John Densmore, LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire)
  • 1945 Ross Edwards, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests @ 40.37, top score 170no; 9 ODIs), born in Perth Western Australia

Person of interestBette Midler

1945 Bette Midler, American actress and singer (Beaches, Wind Beneath my Wings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1946 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Irish singer (Alone Again Naturally)
  • 1946 Ho-Jun Li, North Korean shooter (Olympic gold 50m rifle 1972; DPR Korea first Olympic gold), born in North Korea
  • 1947 Alain Bashung, French singer

  • 1947 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (35 Tests; coach Australia 39 Tests; RL Immortal), born in Warrington, England
  • 1947 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Sarfraz Nawaz, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (55 Tests, 177 wickets; 45 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1948 George Foster, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1976-79, 81; NL MVP 1977; Cincinnati Reds), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1948 Tom Wright, English bishop and theologian
  • 1948 Neil Warnock, English soccer winger and manager (Crystal Palace, Leeds, QPR, Cardiff City), born in Sheffield, England

Person of interestPablo Escobar

1949 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord, born in Rionegro, Colombia (d. 1993)

Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar
Colombian Drug Lord
Pablo Escobar
  • 1949 Sebastián Piñera, Chilean businessman and politician, President of Chile (2010-14, 2018-), born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1950 Richard Keith, Lafayette La, actor (Little Ricky-I Love Lucy)
  • 1950 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • 1951 Alexander Panayotov Aleksandrov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-5)
  • 1951 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1951 Treat Williams, Rowayton CT, actor (Flashpoint, Hair)
  • 1954 Bob Goen, TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1954 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), born in Opwijk, Belgium (d. 2017)
  • 1955 Uwe Benter, German rowing coxswain (Olympic gold coxed four 1972), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1955 Pat Spillane, Irish Gaelic football left half forward and broadcaster (8 x All Ireland titles; Kerry), born in Templenoe, County Kerry, Ireland
  • 1955 Mark Thompson, American disc jockey and actor
  • 1955 Verónica Forqué, Spanish actress
  • 1956 Stuart Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face)
  • 1956 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • 1958 Charlene Tilton, American actress (Lucy Ewing - Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958 Lisa Fischer, American vocalist and songwriter ("How Can I Ease the Pain"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1958 Javier Aguirre, Mexican soccer midfielder and manager (59 caps; Atlético Madrid, Espanyol; Mexico, Japan), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 Alberto Cova, Italian athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1984; World C'ship gold 10,000m 1983), born in Inverigo, Italy
  • 1959 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • 1959 Rick Leventhal, American broadcast journalist
  • 1959 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1960 Carol Alt[man], Queens NY (Mrs Ron Greshner)/actress (Private Parts)
  • 1960 Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich, German [GDR] speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m 1984), born in Dreden, Germany

  • 1961 Barb Mucha, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Parma Heights, Ohio
  • 1961 Jeremy Northam, English actor (Emma, The Crown), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1961 Armin Meiwes, German cannibal
  • 1962 Pamela McGee, American basketball center (Olympic gold 1984; 1997 WNBA Draft, 2nd overall pick, Sacramento Monarchs), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1962 Stan Albers, Pleasant Beach NJ, actor (Curtis-Loving)
  • 1962 Sylvie Daigle, Canadian speed skater (Olympic gold 3k relay 1992; World C'ship gold overall x 5), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1963 Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (93 Tests, 269 ODIs) and politician (MP 2004-present), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1963 Marco Greco, Brazilian motorcycle road racer and auto racer (Indy Racing League 3rd 1996-97), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1963 Nathalie Lambert, Canadian short-track speed skater (Olympic gold 3,000m relay 1992; World C'ships gold overall 1991, 93-94), born n Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Salvatore Schillaci [Totò], Italian soccer striker (16 caps; Messina, Juventus), born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1965 Henry Honiball, South African rugby union fly-half (35 caps; Sharks [Natal], Bristol), born in Estcourt, South Africa
  • 1966 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
  • 1966 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966 Katherine LaNasa, American actress
  • 1966 Larry Walker, Canadian baseball right fielder (NL MVP 1997; MLB All Star 1992, 1997–1999, 2001), born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • 1967 Nestor Carbonell, American actor (Luis-Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Reggie Sanders, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1995; World Series 2001), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1968 Anders Holmertz, Swedish swimmer (4 x Olympic silver 200m, 1 x bronze 400m 1988-96), born in Motala, Sweden
  • 1968 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director