Famous Birthdays on December 21

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Person of interestThomas Becket

1117 Thomas Becket, English archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1401 Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter, born in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (d. 1428)
  • 1518 Mark van Vaernewijck, Habsburg historian, born in Ghent, County of Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands (d. 1569)
  • 1596 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)

Person of interestRoger Williams

1603 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, born in London, England (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian organist & composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, Czech composer, born in Žerčice, Czech Republic (d. 1665)
  • 1714 John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier, born in Annapolis Royal, Canada (d. 1774)
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, German composer, born in Stralsund, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • 1778 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician, born in Rudkøbing, Denmark (d. 1860)

Person of interestLeopold von Ranke

1795 Leopold von Ranke, German historian who founded the modern concept of source-based history, born in Wiehe, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1886)

  • 1800 Barnwell Rhett Robert, (Confederacy), (d. 1876)

Person of interestBenjamin Disraeli

1804 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, born in London (d. 1881)

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1805 Thomas Graham, British chemist and father of colloid chemistry (d. 1869)
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, German pianist & composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1834)

  • 1815 Thomas Couture, French history painter & teacher, born in Senlis, France (d. 1879)
  • 1818 Amalia, wife of king Otto of Greece
  • 1818 Lewis H. Morgan, American ethnologist (Systems of Consanguinity), born in Aurora, New York (d. 1881)
  • 1823 Jean Henri Fabre, French nautralist & entomologist (insects & spiders), born in Saint-Léons, Aveyron, France
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 1832 John Henry Ketcham, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dover Plains, New York (d. 1906)
  • 1840 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)
  • 1843 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet, born in Clones, County Monaghan (d. 1898)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, American musical composer & theater producer, born in Brighton, Boston (d. 1924)
  • 1849 James Lane Allen, American writer (Kentucky Cardinal), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), born in Všebořice (d. 1900)
  • 1851 Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Isolde Kurz, German poet & short-story writer (Meine Mutter), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1859 Gustave Kahn, French symbolist poet & art critic, born in Metz, France (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Henrietta Szold, U.S. Jewish Zionist leader & founder of Hadassah, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1945)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1870 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), born in Ellon, United Kingdom (d. 1943)
  • 1872 Albert Payson Terhune, American novelist (Lad, a Dog), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1942)
  • 1872 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), born in Manchester, England (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Juan Bautista Sacasa, President of Nicaragua (1932-36), born in León, Nicaragua
  • 1878 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish logician and philosopher, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • 1879 Theodore Limperg, Dutch accountant, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, English composer & music publisher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)

  • 1886 Hermann A. J. Kees, German Egyptologist (Problems of Egyptology)
  • 1887 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Sewall Wright, American geneticist, born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1890 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate, born in New York City, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1891 John W. McCormack, American politician (D) Speaker of House (1962-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1892 Walter Hagen, American PGA golfer (11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1892 Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet & writer, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1980)
  • 1892 Walter Hagan, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business, born in Oirschot, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Constantine Rokossovski, Russian marshal/vice-premier of Poland, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, American composer & music educator, born in Fountain Green, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1898 Ira S. Bowen, American physicist & astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), born in Seneca Falls, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Oda Schaefer, German writer & journalist (Die Windharfe, Ladies Only), born in Wilmersdorf, Berlin
  • 1900 Vsevolod Vishnevsky, Russian playwright and journalist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1951)
  • 1901 Juan A de Zunzunegui y Loredo, Spanish writer, born in Portugalete, Spain (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1905 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring), born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 2000)
  • 1907 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch poet & literary (Poet in Love), born in Stroobos, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Pat Weaver, American radio advertising executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1909 George Ball, American diplomat & banker, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Rosa Bouglione, French circus performer, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2018)
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, American Negro League baseball legend (hit 800+ HRs), born in Buena Vista, Georgia (d. 1947)
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Raich Carter, English soccer star and cricketer, born in Hendon, Sunderland (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter, born in Hlebine, Croatia (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Eve Perrick, British journalist
  • 1916 John Boon, British publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1917 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Sophie Masloff, American politician, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1918 Donald Regan, White House staffer/US Secretary of Treasury (1981-85), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Kurt Waldheim, Austrian 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1972-81) and 9th President of Austria (1986-92), born in Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1921 James Tye, British safety expert
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist, born in Dibai, Bulandshahr (d. 2016) (approx. date)
  • 1924 Johan W "Jo" van Marle, KNVB-chairman (1980-93), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1926 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Michael Carreras, British film producer & director, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, Along Came a Spider), born in New Orleans, Louisiana,(d. 2014)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, Hungarian-born composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, secretary of Council of Churches
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer, born in Blackness, United Kingdom
  • 1931 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, Slovak composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1932 Edward Hoagland, American essayist, born in New York City, New York
  • 1933 Huib Eversdijk, Dutch 2nd chamber member (CDA), born in Kapelle, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Phil Donahue, TV talk show host (The Phil Donahue Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver, born in Marj, Libya (d. 1967)
  • 1935 Yusuf Bey (Joseph Stephens), American activist, born in Greenville, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Edward Schreyer, Canadian politician (Premier of Manitoba), born in Beausejour, Canada
  • 1935 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2017)

Person of interestJane Fonda

1937 Jane Fonda, American actress (Barbarella, Klute, 9 to 5), born in NYC, New York

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • 1937 Donald F. Munson, American politician (former Maryland Senator), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • 1938 Larry Bryggman, American actor (Dr John Dixon-As the World Turns), born in Concord, California
  • 1939 Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician, born in North Battleford, Canada
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

  • 1940 Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)

Person of interestHu Jintao

1942 Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (2002-12) and President of the People's Republic of China (2003-13), born in Taizhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1943 Jack Nance, American stage & screen actor (Rubbed Out), born in Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • 1943 André Arthur, Canadian radio host & politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1944 Jared Martin, American actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Hwang Jang Lee, Korean martial artist and film actor, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1944 Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat, born in Fuzhou, China (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Bill Atkinson, English footballer, born in Sunderland, United Kingdom (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Doug Walters, Australian cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert), born in Dungog, Australia
  • 1945 Millie Hughes-Fulford, American scientist & astronaut (STS 40), born in Mineral Wells, Texas
  • 1946 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Christopher Keene, American conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1946 Josh Mostel, American actor (Jesus Christ Superstar, Big Daddy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Barry Gordon, American actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon

Person of interestSamuel L. Jackson

1948 Samuel L. Jackson, American actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1948 Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist & politician, born in Zuilen, Netherlands
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria
  • 1949 Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician, born in Rethymno, Greece
  • 1950 Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer, born in New York City, New York
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1952 Dennis Boutsikaris, American actor (Batteries Not Included), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, Hungarian pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Person of interestChris Evert

1954 Chris Evert, American tennis player (18 Gram Slam singles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1955 Jane Kaczmarek, American actress, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • 1956 Kevin Burnham, American 470 sailor (Olympic 8th 1992, 96), born in Hollis, New York City
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, American country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1957 Lisa Gerritsen, American actress (Bess-The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestRay Romano

1957 Ray Romano, American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age), born in Queens, New York

Actor Ray Romano
Actor
Ray Romano
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player, born in Utica, New York
  • 1960 Michael Swain, American judoka (Olympic bronze 88), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Trevor Bayliss, Australian cricketer (NSW batsman) and coach (England), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • 1961 Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor (Internal Affairs), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1962 Christy Forester, American musician (Forester Sisters-Men), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • 1964 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1964 Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1965 Andy Dick, American actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1965 Rodney Thomas, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons), born in Trinity, Texas
  • 1965 Sue Thomas, LPGA golfer (1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies-14th), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1965 Anke Engelke, Canadian-German comedian, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1966 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • 1966 Karri Turner, American actress, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • 1967 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1968 Khrystyne Haje, American actress (Simone-Head of the Class), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1969 Julie Delpy, French-American actress (Before Sunrise), born in Paris, France
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1971 Earnest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1971 Matthieu Chedid, French musician, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1971 Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's), born in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, American football fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1973 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer, born in West Berlin
  • 1974 Karrie Webb, Australian professional golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay), born in Ayr, Australia
  • 1974 Raymond Austin, American defensive back (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1975 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1976 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower, born in Durrës, Albania

Person of interestEmmanuel Macron

1977 Emmanuel Macron, French politician, President of France (2017-), born in Amiens, France

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 1978 Amber Corwin, American figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1978 Michael Vitar, American actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California