On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 19

  • 1036 Su Tung-p'o, China, poet/essayist/painter/calligrapher
  • 1498 Andreas Osiander, German Protestant Reformation theologist
  • 1554 Philip William, Prince of Orange (1584) and Knight of the Golden Fleece (1599), born in Buren, Gelderland (d. 1618)
  • 1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d.1749)
  • 1683 Philip V, King of Spain (1700-24, 1724-46), born in Versailles, France (d. 1746)
  • 1699 William Bowyer, English printer (d. 1777)
  • 1714 John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)
  • 1723 Susanne K von Klettenberg, German friend of Goethes mother
  • 1744 Jacobus J Cramer, priest of Holland/Zealand/West-Friesland
  • 1753 John Taylor, Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
  • 1778 Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, eldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI (d. 1851)
  • 1779 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France
  • 1783 Charles-Julien Brianchon, French mathematician (Brianchon's theorem)
  • 1784 Marcus Morton, 16th and 18th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1790 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), born in Bath, England (d. 1855)
  • 1792 [Andries] Hendrik Potgieter, Cape Colony, settled Transvaal
  • 1796 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
  • 1797 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, born in Nové Strašecí, Czechia (d. 1859)
  • 1809 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • 1813 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), born in Belfast (d. 1885)

Edwin Stanton

1814 Edwin Stanton, US Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War (1861-65) and US Attorney General (1860-61), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1869)

US Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
US Secretary of War
Edwin Stanton
  • 1817 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)
  • 1819 James Clifford Veatch, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabeth, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • 1821 Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer/women's suffrage leader
  • 1824 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), born in County Westmeath Ireland (d. 1897)
  • 1825 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1898)
  • 1831 Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian philanthropist (d. 1884)
  • 1832 John Kirk Barry, Scot, Dr/companion to explorer David Livingstone
  • 1836 Maria L Sanford, pioneer educator (PTA)
  • 1837 John Carpenter Carter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1849 Henry Clay Frick, Penn, built world's largest coke & steel operation
  • 1852 A[lbert] A Michelson, Strelno Prussia, US physicist (Nobel 1907)
  • 1853 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1861 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, born in Brighton England
  • 1861 Italo Svevo, Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)
  • 1864 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, born in Würzburg (d. 1943)
  • 1865 Hermann Hirt, Magdeburg Prussia, linguist (Indo-European Grammar)
  • 1865 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1932)
  • 1869 Eduard Hermann, Coburg Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, German linguist (Homer)
  • 1875 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), born in New Canton, Virginia (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian composer, born in Vače, Slovenia (d. 1960)
  • 1879 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), born in Azcoitia, Spain (d. 1956) [1]
  • 1881 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, born in Aben, Louisiana (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Walter Braunfels, German composer (Die Vögel -The Birds), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1954)
  • 1882 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA Dirt Track C'ships 1908, 09, 10, 11; International Motorsports Hall of Fame), born in Biccari, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Louis Davids [Simon David], Dutch cabaret performer/chorus performer
  • 1883 [Francis] Barry Byrne, architect, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1884 Antonin Zapotocky, Czechoslovak president (Ceskoslovensky Spisouatel)
  • 1884 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Senigallia, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1885 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • 1888 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • 1890 Klaas Painter, vicar/antifascist (Occupies possession) [or 1880]
  • 1890 Klaas Schilder, Dutch theologist/vicar (Occupied Territory)
  • 1891 Edward Bernard Andre Maria Raczynski, Polish pres-in-exile (1979-86)
  • 1892 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), born in Hortonville, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • 1894 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1894 Yoshida Isoya, architect (modern sukiya style), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1895 Ingeborg Refling-Hagen, Norwegian author/poet (Loke Saar Havre)
  • 1895 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1896 John Seldon Whale, theologian
  • 1897 Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, French anti-Semite/nazi collaborator
  • 1901 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1902 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]

Ralph Richardson

1902 Ralph Richardson, English actor (Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1983)

  • 1902 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, born in Chorley, England (d. 1981)
  • 1903 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)
  • 1903 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)
  • 1905 (Charles) Robert Medley, English abstract and figurative style painter, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1906 H Allen Smith, Ill, humorist/author (Low Man on Totem Pole)

Leonid Brezhnev

1906 Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1964-82), born in Kamenskoye, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • 1907 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)
  • 1909 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (d. 2002)

Jean Genet

1910 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), born in Paris, France

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet
  • 1910 Jose Lezama Lima, poet/novelist, born in Havana, Cuba

Edith Piaf

1915 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
  • 1916 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • 1916 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1916 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • 1917 Graham Sharp, British figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Benedict Freedman, novelist and mathematician (Mrs Mike), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1920 David Susskind, American TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • 1922 Catherine Hall, British nurse who raised the professional profile of nursing and to establish its central role in health care, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Eamonn Andrews, Irish-born television presenter (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Luigi Innocenti, designer
  • 1923 Gordon Jackson, Scottish actor (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals, The Great Escape), born in Glasgow, Scotland(d. 1990)
  • 1924 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), born in Hertfordshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Peter Prowtiny, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1924 Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1924 Carlo Chiti, Italian race car engineer (d. 1994)

Doug Harvey

1924 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1924 Gary Morton [Morton Goldaper], American comedian, television produce, studio executive, and second husband of Lucille Ball, born in New York City (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Tankred Dorst, German playwright, born in Oberlind
  • 1925 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (3 x NFL champion; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), born in Santa Anna, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Jeanne Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN
  • 1926 Herb Stempel, American game show contestant
  • 1927 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Nathan Oliveira, American artist
  • 1928 Morris "Moose" Charlap, American Broadway composer (Peter Pan; Kelly), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1929 Herman T M Lauxtermann, Dutch 2nd chamber member (VVD)
  • 1929 Howard Sackler, American screenwriter (d. 1982)
  • 1932 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer
  • 1933 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Rudi Carrell [Rudolf W Kesselman], Dutch showmaster
  • 1934 Casper R. Taylor, Jr., American politician
  • 1934 Pratibha Patil, 1st female President of India (2007-12) and Governor of Rajasthan (2004-07), born in Nadgaon, India
  • 1935 Barbara Bostock, American actress
  • 1935 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1935 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), born in Central Álava, Cuba (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Marian McKnight, Miss America 1957
  • 1940 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1941 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Jean-Patrick Manchette, French thriller writer (3 to Kill, The Prone Gunman), born in Marseille, France (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Rufus [Jacques Narcy], French actor (Amélie), born in Riom, Puy-de-Dôme
  • 1942 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), born in Brookings, South Dakota (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1943 William DeVries, American cardiothoracic surgeon (artificial heart), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Ross M. Lence, American political scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), born in Manchester, England (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Richard Leakey, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1944 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
  • 1944 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1944 William Christie, American-born director of Les Arts Florissants
  • 1944 Mitchell Feigenbaum, American mathematical physicist
  • 1944 Steve Tyrell [Stephen Bilao III], American jazz and standards singer and record producer, born in Palo Pinto, Texas
  • 1945 Elaine Joyce, actress (City of Angels, Mr Merlin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1945 John McEuen, American bluegrass, folk-rock fiddler, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Steve Martin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1946 Robert Urich, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$), born in Toronto, Ohio
  • 1946 Rosemary Conley, English businesswoman, author and broadcaster
  • 1947 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • 1948 Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1949 Lenny White, American jazz-fusion drummer (Return to Forever), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Nancy Kyes, American actress
  • 1949 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in Sønderborg, Denmark
  • 1951 Fred W Leslie, Ancon Panama, PhD/astronaut (STS 73)
  • 1953 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • 1955 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1956 Alice Barrett, American actress (Frankie Frame-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Tom Lawless, American baseball player
  • 1957 Doug Johnson, Canadian rock keyboardist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1957 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1957 Cyril Collard, French film director (d. 1993)
  • 1957 John Gulager, American film director and actor (He Was a Quiet Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • 1958 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • 1958 Steven Isserlis, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • 1960 Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah
  • 1960 Michelangelo Signorile, American writer

Reggie White

1961 Reggie White, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 1962 Bettina Huebers, claims to be the illegitimate daughter of Paul McCartney, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1962 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • 1962 Jill Talley, American actress (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Til Schweiger, German actor
  • 1963 Jennifer Beals, American actress (Flashdance; The Bride; The L-Word), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1964 Beatrice Dalle, French actress (Betty Blue, Sabbath), born in Breast
  • 1964 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • 1964 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1964 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 (Eugene) Chuckii Booker, American R&B musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • 1966 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • 1966 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1966 Rajesh Chauhan, cricket spin bowler (21 Tests; 47 wickets; 35 ODIs), born in Ranchi, India
  • 1966 Robert MacNaughton, American actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • 1967 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1967 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • 1967 Criss Angel [Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos], American magician and illusionist (Criss Angel Mindfreak), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1969 Kristen "Kristy" Swanson, American actress (Knots Landing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • 1969 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1969 Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • 1969 Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1969 Richard Hammond, English television presenter (Top Gear), born in Solihull, West Midlands
  • 1969 Villano IV, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1970 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Robert Lang, Teplice CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Los Angeles)
  • 1970 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester (d. 2002)
  • 1970 Tyson Beckford, American model (Ralph Lauren), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1971 Amy Locane, American actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1971 Jennifer Dore, American rower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Kearny, New Jersey