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Famous Birthdays on December 16

Person of interestCatherine of Aragon

1485 Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess, 1st wife of Henry VIII, Queen of England (1509-33), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1536)

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon
  • 1584 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar, born in Salvington, Sussex, England (d. 1654)
  • 1614 Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1674)
  • 1622 Kurt S Adeler, Danish admiral/ship builder
  • 1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, composer
  • 1669 Arnold van Boonen, Dutch portrait painter

Person of interestGeorge Whitefield

1714 George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader and preacher, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1770)

Anglican Preacher George Whitefield
Anglican Preacher
George Whitefield
  • 1716 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • 1717 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), born in Deal, England (d. 1806)
  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, composer
  • 1742 Gebhard Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt, German Field Marshal (d. 1819)
  • 1748 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), born in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne (d. 1827)

  • 1775 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, French composer "the French Mozart" (d. 1834)

Person of interestJane Austen

1775 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), born in Steventon, England (d. 1817)

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen
  • 1776 Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)

  • 1777 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1787 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • 1790 Leopold I, King of Belgium (1831-65), born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1865)
  • 1804 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1889)
  • 1809 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • 1812 William Grose, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1900)
  • 1819 Robert Selden Garnett, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • 1822 Charles Edward Horsley, composer
  • 1825 Henry Heth, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1825 Robert Prescott Stewart, composer
  • 1827 John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer
  • 1828 John Beatty, American banker, statesman, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1830 John Frederick Hartranft, American politician, 17th Governor of Pennsylvania (1873-1879), and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1834 Leon Walras, French economist (border use theory)
  • 1847 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)
  • 1850 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • 1851 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08)
  • 1857 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1923)
  • 1861 Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
  • 1862 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la robe)

  • 1863 George Santayana, Spanish philosopher/poet/humanist (Last Puritan)
  • 1863 Ralph Adams Cram, American gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC)
  • 1865 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor
  • 1867 Amy Carmichael, missionary in Dohnavur, India (d. 1951)
  • 1869 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1960)
  • 1869 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Dict of natural biography)
  • 1869 Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • 1872 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • 1879 William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), born in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (1st-class runs, the most ever)
  • 1882 John Berry Hobbs, England, 1st cricket played knighted (1953)
  • 1882 Walther Meissner, German physicist (Meissner effect)
  • 1882 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Max Linder [Gabriel-Maximilien Leuvielle], French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck: Max Prend un Bain), born in Saint-Loubès, Gironde, France (d. 1925)
  • 1888 Alphonse Juin, French marshal
  • 1888 Alexander I, king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (1921–29) and of Yugoslavia (1929–34), born in Cetinje, Montenegro (d. 1934)
  • 1892 A "Shon Nene" Morales, Antillean/Neth very old lady
  • 1892 Cameron Prud'Homme, American actor (The Rainmaker), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • 1895 Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1897 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1897 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Harold Walter Bailey, philologist

Person of interestNoël Coward

1899 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1900 Victor S Pritchett, literary critic/author (Myth Makers)

Person of interestMargaret Mead

1901 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • 1903 Hardie Albright, American actor (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado)
  • 1904 Edward Morris Bernstein, economist
  • 1905 Piet Hein, poet/inventor
  • 1906 John Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale, English politician and landowner, last non-royal to be raised to the peerage in UK (1965) (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Ray C Bliss, (R) Ohio State Republican Chairman
  • 1907 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • 1907 Barbara Kent, Canadian actress (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil), born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1908 Remedios Varo, Anglès Spain, Spain-Mexican Surrealist artist
  • 1909 Henricus Verbunt, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • 1909 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • 1910 Freddie Brown, Peru, cricketer ("Lettuces! Hearts as big as ")
  • 1910 Robert Noehren, composer
  • 1910 Stanojlo Rajicic, composer
  • 1915 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • 1915 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • 1916 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

1917 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), born in Minehead, England (d. 2008)

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1917 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Sindhi scholar
  • 1918 Henry Clarke, fashion photographer
  • 1918 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • 1922 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • 1922 Cy Leslie, American music and video executive (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Tip [Silvio A] Marugg, Antillian writer (Weekend pilgrimage)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, composer
  • 1926 Alfred Koerppen, composer

  • 1926 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • 1927 G Randall P D Garrett, American sci-fi writer (Takeoff (too)!)
  • 1927 Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)
  • 1928 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian
  • 1928 Philip K[indred] Dick, US, sci-fi author (Hugo-1963, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales
  • 1929 Ian Board, British barkeeper (the Colony Room), born in Devon (d.1994)
  • 1929 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Bill Young, American politician (Congress, 1993-2013), born in Harmarville, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

1931 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1931 Shelby Singleton, American record label owner and producer (Smash Records, Mercury Records), born in Waskom, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, composer (Humpback Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1932 Quentin Blake, English illustrator, British Children's Laureate (1999-2001), born in Sidcup, England
  • 1933 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1936 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), born in Honiton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • 1937 Jim Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • 1937 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Joyce Bulifant, American actress (Marie- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1937 Edward Ruscha, American artist (Pop Art), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1938 Frank Deford, American sportswriter
  • 1938 Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestJimmie Lee Jackson

1938 Jimmie Lee Jackson, American civil rights protester and church deacon, shot and killed by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1965)

Civil Rights Activist Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Activist
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 1940 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Lesley Stahl, newscaster/correspondent (CBS)
  • 1941 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Cafe Express, Octopus), born in Cercola, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1942 Donald Carcieri, American politician, governor of Rhode Island
  • 1943 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1944 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"

  • 1945 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • 1945 Patti Deutsch, American actress and Match Game panelist
  • 1945 Bobby George, English darts player (BDO World C'ship 1980, 84 runner-up), born in Manor Park, Essex, England
  • 1945 Yukio Hattori, Japanese Iron Chef commentator
  • 1946 Terence Knox, American actor (Peter-St Elsewhere), born in Richland, Washington
  • 1946 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Promised Country), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • 1946 Benny Andersson, Swedish composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Fred Borgman, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in Aalsmeer, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1946 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1948 Christopher Biggins, English actor
  • 1949 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Caroline Munro, Windsor, actress (Golden Voyage of Sinbad) [or 1/16]
  • 1950 Ieremia Tabai, President of Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) (1979-91)
  • 1950 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (d. 2007)
  • 1950 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1951 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • 1952 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1952 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • 1953 Filip Bolluyt, Dutch actor (Daybreak)
  • 1954 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1955 Carol M Browner, US Administrator (EPA)
  • 1955 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • 1955 Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • 1955 Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1958 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1959 Alison La Placa, NJ, actress (Duet, Catherine-John Larroquette Show)
  • 1959 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)

  • 1960 Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer
  • 1961 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, Valdosta, Georgia, American stand-up comedian and social critic
  • 1962 Jon Tenney, actor (Brooklyn South)
  • 1962 Maruschka Detmers, Schoonebeek Holland, actress (Devil in the Flesh)
  • 1962 Melanie Smith, actress (Emily-As the World Turns), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive lineman (Chicago Bears), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1963 Benjamin Bratt, California, actor (Det Reynaldo Curtis-Law & Order)
  • 1963 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • 1963 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • 1964 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1964 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Gail Harris, Dewsbury England, actress (Virtual Desire)
  • 1964 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • 1965 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Melanie Sloan, American attorney
  • 1966 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • 1967 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • 1967 Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • 1968 Darryll Lewis, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1968 Paul Scherrer, American actor (Children of Corn II, Free Spirit), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1968 Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer (Evian Masters 2004), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 Yannick Alléno, French chef, born in Puteaux, France
  • 1969 Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1969 Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)

Person of interestLei Jun

1969 Lei Jun, Chinese Businessman and founder of Xiaomi Inc, born in Xiantao, Hubei

Founder of Xiaomi Inc Lei Jun
Founder of Xiaomi Inc
Lei Jun
  • 1971 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • 1972 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress

  • 1972 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • 1972 Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • 1973 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • 1973 Scott Storch, Canadian-American hip-hop producer
  • 1973 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese singer (fado genre), born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1974 Frida Hallgren, Swedish actress
  • 1975 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • 1975 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • 1975 Jonathan Scarfe, Canadian actor

Person of interestAshens

1976 Stuart Ashen, English YouTube personality (Ashens, Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild), born in Norwich

YouTube Personality Ashens
YouTube Personality
  • 1977 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • 1978 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1978 Kaine, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • 1979 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer
  • 1979 Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape
  • 1981 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • 1981 Flo Rida [Tramar Dillard], American rapper, born in Carol City, Florida