Famous Birthdays on December 15

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Person of interestNero

37 Nero, 5th Emperor of Rome (54-68), born in Antium, Italy (d. 68)

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman Emperor
Nero
  • 1534 Lucas Osiander, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1604)
  • 1567 Christoph Demantius, German composer, born in Reichenberg (d. 1643)
  • 1574 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)
  • 1610 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish court painter (Theatrum Pictorium), born in Antwerp (d. 1690)
  • 1648 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations), born in Lichfield, England (d. 1712)
  • 1657 Michel-Richard Delalande, French baroque composer, born in Paris (d. 1726)
  • 1667 Ludwig Ernst, German composer, born in Gotha (d. 1739)
  • 1765 Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1821)
  • 1778 Godert van der Capellen, Dutch governor-general (Dutch-Indies), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1848)
  • 1787 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, born in Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1877)
  • 1793 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1801 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, born in Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1802 Janos Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), born in Kolozsvár, Hungary (d. 1860)
  • 1812 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1884)

  • 1822 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, born in Maentwrog, Merionethshire (d. 1885)
  • 1823 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German composer, born in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (d. 1896)
  • 1830 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1890)

Person of interestGustave Eiffel

1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect who designed and built the Eiffel tower, born in Dijon, France (d. 1923)

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1836 Edmond Picard, French-Belgian lawyer and writer (La forge Roussel), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • 1842 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • 1848 Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1936)

Person of interestHenri Becquerel

1852 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), born in Paris, France (d. 1908)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • 1852 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1892)
  • 1853 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur and director of oil on Dutch Indies, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1900)
  • 1857 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)
  • 1859 L. L. Zamenhof, Polish physician and linguist (Esperanto), born in Białystok, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1860 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and phototherapist (Nobel 1903), born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (d. 1904)
  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball player, born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1861 Charles Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1863 Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist (patented rayon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)
  • 1870 Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect, born in Brtnice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1873 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1923)
  • 1875 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer, born in Aarburg, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1875 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, born in Tondo, Manila (d. 1899)
  • 1876 Ferdinand Hardekopf, German writer and journalist, born in Varel, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Hans Carossa, German writer, born in Tölz, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Hugo Willem Constantijn Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1879 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), born in Bratislava, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1881 James Schneider, American actor (The Key to Yesterday, Keystone Kops), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)

  • 1887 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Tribe), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), born in Ylihärmä, Finland (d. 1963)
  • 1888 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor), born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1891 A. P. (Alvin) Carter, Virginia, American musician (Carter Family)
  • 1892 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

1892 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1892 Jose Maria Castro, composer
  • 1896 Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
  • 1896 George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
  • 1896 Margaret Bannerman, Canadian actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
  • 1896 Betty Smith, American author (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Fernando Remacha, composer
  • 1899 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1899 Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Francesco Messina, sculptor
  • 1902 Robert F. Bradford, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)
  • 1904 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician
  • 1905 Ferenc Farkas, composer
  • 1906 Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
  • 1907 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), (d. 2012)
  • 1910 John H. Hammond, music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], jazz musician (Music 55), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1911 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Ray Eames, American designer (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
  • 1913 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
  • 1915 Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
  • 1916 Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
  • 1917 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1919 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1920 Kurt Schaffenberger, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
  • 1923 Freeman Dyson, English-born American physicist
  • 1923 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and statesman
  • 1924 Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
  • 1925 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager
  • 1925 Kasey Rogers, American actress (Bewitched), born in Morehouse, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Jimmy Nelson, American ventriloquist (Nestles, Farfel), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Jerry Wallace, American singer
  • 1929 Keith Andrew, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63)
  • 1930 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • 1930 Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist and short story writer (Girl with Green Eyes, Casualties of Peace)
  • 1931 Evald Schorm, director (Courage for Every Day), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1932 Elaine Barkin, composer
  • 1932 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • 1933 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1933 Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
  • 1933 Donald Woods, South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist and author (Biko, Asking for Trouble), born in Elliotdale, South Africa (d. 2001)
  • 1937 John [Thomas] Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
  • 1937 Karen Morrow, American actress (The Boy in the Plastic bubble, Ladies' Man), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1938 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1938 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1939 Nicolaus A Huber, composer
  • 1940 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1941 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
  • 1941 Geoffrey Davies, English actor (Doctor at Sea, Doctor on the Go)
  • 1942 Dave Clark, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943 Mihaly Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1943 Kathleen Blanco, American politician
  • 1943 Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist
  • 1944 Stan Bahnsen, pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year)

Person of interestChico Mendes

1944 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, born in Xapuri, Brazil (d. 1988)

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes
  • 1945 Thaao Penghlis, actor (Mission Impossible, Tony-Days of Our Life)

Person of interestMichael King

1945 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King

  • 1946 Carmine Appice, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Harry Ray, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1946 Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 Rodney Bingenheimer, Pioneering American radio personality
  • 1948 David Gwillim, Plymouth England, actor (Island at Top of the World)
  • 1948 Melanie Chartoff, American actress (Fridays, Parker Lewis) and director, born in West Haven Connecticut
  • 1948 Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
  • 1949 Don Johnson, Flatt Creek, Missouri, American actor (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)
  • 1949 Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
  • 1949 Adrian Belew, American musician (King Crimson), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1951 Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
  • 1951 Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
  • 1952 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer
  • 1952 Julie Taymor, American director
  • 1953 J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer
  • 1954 Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
  • 1954 Justin Ross, American actor (Sinatra, Chorus Line, Fan, Quick Change), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • 1957 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1957 Mike McAlary, American journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1957 Yuuichi Nagashima, Japanese voice actor
  • 1957 Tim Reynolds, German guitarist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1958 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • 1959 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • 1959 Heidi Bohay, Somerset NJ, actress (Megan-Hotel)
  • 1959 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • 1960 Don Franklin, actor (Seaquest 2032, Noah Dixon-The Young Riders)
  • 1960 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • 1960 Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • 1961 Annie Pujol, Perpignan, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune)
  • 1961 Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
  • 1961 Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist
  • 1963 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1963 Helen Slater, American actress (Supergirl, Billie Jean, Ruthless People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Andrew Luster, Max Factor heir
  • 1964 Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1964 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Kimberly Donley, Aurora IL, playmate (Mar, 1993)
  • 1965 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)

  • 1966 Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
  • 1967 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1967 Christine Larsen, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1967 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967 Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
  • 1967 Mo Vaughn, American MLB first baseman (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967 David Howells, English footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1968 Garrett Wang, actor (Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1968 Javid Hussain, Indian film producer
  • 1968 Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician
  • 1969 Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • 1970 Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • 1970 Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1970 Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1970 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1970 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971 Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
  • 1971 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1972 Stuart Townsend, Irish actor
  • 1973 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
  • 1973 Tammy Melinda Pearman, American soccer forward/defender (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Ryu Seung-wan, South Korean actor and director
  • 1974 Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1976 Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • 1976 Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • 1976 Elix Skipper, American professional wrestler
  • 1977 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1977 Larissa Fontaine, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1978 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • 1978 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • 1978 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • 1979 Adam Brody, American actor
  • 1979 Eric Young, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1980 Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)
  • 1981 Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
  • 1981 Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • 1981 Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor
  • 1981 Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • 1981 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister