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Famous Birthdays on December 22

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 208

  • 1095 Roger II, King of Sicily, born in Mileto, Italy (d. 1154)
  • 1178 Emperor Antoku of Japan, born in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (d. 1185)
  • 1400 Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Madonna of Rose Garden), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1482)
  • 1459 Sultan Cem, third son of Sultan Mehmed II and pretender to the Ottoman throne, born in Rumelia, Ottoman Empire (d. 1495)
  • 1515 Mary of Guise [Mary of Lorraine], pro-French Queen of Scots (1538-42) and Regent of Scotland (1554-60), born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1560)
  • 1546 Kuroda Yoshitaka, Japanese daimyō, born in Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan (d. 1604)
  • 1550 Cesare Cremonini, Italian professor of natural philosophy, born in Cento, Papal States (d. 1631)
  • 1573 Ernst Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland, Groningen, and Drenthe, born in Dillenburg, Germany (d. 1632)
  • 1624 Tomas Micieres, Spanish composer (d. 1662)
  • 1639 Jean Racine, French dramatist (Phèdre), born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardy (d. 1699)
  • 1684 Johann J Dillenius [Dillen], German botanist (Historia Muscorum), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1747)
  • 1690 Meidingnu Pamheiba, King of Manipur, born in Manipur (d. 1751)
  • 1694 Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1768)
  • 1696 James Oglethorpe, British soldier, politician, philanthropist, and founder of the colony of Georgia, born in Godalming, Surrey, England (d. 1758)
  • 1700 Egbert de Vrij Temminck, Amsterdam regent, born in Amsterdam (d. 1785)
  • 1702 Jean-Étienne Liotard, Swiss-French painter, art connoisseur, and dealer (Madame d'Epinay), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1789)

  • 1723 Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1727 William Ellery, US attorney and signer of the Declaration of Independence (Rhode Island), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1820)
  • 1728 Charles Frederick, Margrave, Elector and later Grand Duke of Baden, born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1765 Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1825)
  • 1768 John Crome (Old Crome), English landscape artist, born in Norwich, England (d. 1821)
  • 1795 Thomas Ainsworth, English founder of Nijverdal & industrialist (Twentse textile), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1841)
  • 1803 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1805 John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom (d. 1893)
  • 1807 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1873)
  • 1812 Johanne Luise Heiberg, Danish actress (Romeo & Juliet), born in Copenhagen Denmark (d. 1890)
  • 1815 Johann Jakob Bachofen, Swiss antiquarian & jurist, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1887)
  • 1815 Lucien Petipa, French ballet dancer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1898)
  • 1819 Franz Abt, German composer & choir conductor, born in Eilenburg, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1819 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1892)
  • 1821 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)
  • 1826 James Scott Negley, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1830 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • 1831 Mark Rutherford [Hale White], English writer, born in Bedford, England (d. 1913)
  • 1831 Robert Ogden Tyler, Bvt Major General (Union Army), born in Hunter, New York (d. 1874)
  • 1832 Edward Hatch, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1889)

  • 1844 Izydor Lotto, Polish violinist & composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1927)
  • 1846 Andreas Hallén, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Constantin Fahlberg, Russian chemist who discovered Saccharin (artificial sweetener), born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1853 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)
  • 1853 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician, born in Orensburg, Russia (d. 1919)

Person of interestFrank Kellogg

1856 Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State (1925-29), tried to outlaw war (Nobel 1929), born in Potsdam, New York (d. 1937)

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

1858 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1860 Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator, born in Fort Jackson, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1861 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theocentric Theology), born in Clausthal, Germany (d. 1936)

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862 Connie Mack, American hall of fame baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-50), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1863 Qi Baishi, Chinese painter, born in Xiangtan, China (d. 1957)
  • 1863 Jean-Baptiste Marchand, French military officer & explorer in Africa, born in Thoissey, France (d. 1934)
  • 1866 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), born in Środa,Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1867 František Xaver Šalda, Czechoslovakian literary critic, born in Liberec, Czech Republic (d. 1937)
  • 1867 Joseph Maria Olbrich, Austrian architect (Wiener Sezession), born in Opava, Czech Republic (d. 1908)
  • 1867 Wilhelm Groener, German soldier & politician, born in Ludwigsburg, Germany (d. 1939)
  • 1869 Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (Richard Corey), born in Head Tide, Maine (d. 1935)
  • 1869 Dmitri Egorov, Russian-Soviet mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1872 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist, born in Poitiers, France (d. 1961)
  • 1874 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer & musician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1939)
  • 1875 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)
  • 1876 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1944)
  • 1879 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), born in Nice, France (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Enver Pasa, Turkish politician, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 1922)
  • 1883 Arthur James Cook, British trade union leader (coal miners), born in Wookey, Somerset (d. 1931)
  • 1883 Edgard Varèse, French-born composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1887 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), born in Erode, British India (d. 1920)
  • 1888 J. Arthur Rank, English industrialist, born in Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, born in Baskinta, Lebanon (d. 1988)
  • 1889 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), born in Marianna, Arkansas (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Mark Tobey, American abstract painter (Broadway Norm), born in Centerville, Wisconsin (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, born in Droylsden, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Edward L. Bernays, 1st public relations agent, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1896 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1898 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, born in Middlesex, England (d. 1984)
  • 1898 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Soviet physicist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1900 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, French WW II hero (liberator of Paris), born in Belloy-Saint-Léonard, France (d. 1947)
  • 1902 Joe Adonis, Italian American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, born in Montemarano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Barbara Moore, Russian-born British engineer (walked across US in 86 days in 1960), born in Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American biophysicist (Nobel 1967), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Louis-Eugene-Felix Neel, French physicist (Nobel 1970), born in Lyon, France (d. 2000)
  • 1905 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet & translator & critical essayist (Birds in the Bush), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Peggy Ashcroft [Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft], British actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Marius F. Duintjer, Dutch architect, born in Veendam, Netherlands
  • 1908 Max Bill, Swiss architect & artist (Ruban Sans Fin), born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Patricia Hayes, British actress (A Fish Called Wanda), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1910 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), born in Middlesex, England

  • 1911 Grote Reber, American radio astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope), born in Wheaton, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Claudia A. "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, American first lady (1963-1969), born in Karnack, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Doris Duke, American heiress (American Tobacco Co.), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Henry Armstrong, American professional boxer and 1938 world boxing champion, born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Anthony Barber Doncaster, English bookseller, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Andrew Fielding Huxley, English physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Gene Rayburn, TV game show host (Match Game), born in Christopher, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Piet De Somer, Belgian physician & biologist (U of Leuven), born in Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1918 William Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1921 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer, born in Cicero, Illinois
  • 1922 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jim Wright, American politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1922 Jack Brooks, American politician, born in Crowley, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Heinz Bernhard [Löwenstein], German-born British actor and director (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Thomas Christian David, Austrian composer, born in Wels, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Lewis Glucksman, American financier, born in Manhattan, New York City (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, born in New York, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), born in Appalachia, Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1928 Piero Angela, Italian television host & writer (Control), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1929 Wazir Mohammad, Indian cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers), born in Junagadh, India
  • 1930 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator (kicktail), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934 David Pearson, American stock car racer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1935 John L. Finley, United States Navy aviator, born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1936 Hector Elizondo, American actor (American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love), born in NYC, New York

  • 1936 James Burke, British science historian and broadcaster (Connections), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1936 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1938 Matty Alou, Dominican baseball outfielder (NL batting champion 1966; MLB All-Star 1968-69), born in Haina, Dominican Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Lucien Bouchard, French-Canadian lawyer & politician, born in Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Quebec
  • 1939 James Gurley, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Dick Parry, English saxophonist (Pink Floyd, 'Money'), born in Kentford, Suffolk
  • 1943 Paul Wolfowitz, American political scientist & diplomat, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1944 Barry Jenkins, English musician (Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1944 Steve Carlton, American baseball pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1945 Diane Sawyer, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1945 Joris J. C. Voorhoeve, Dutch Defense minister (1994-, VVD), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • 1945 Marianne van Wijnkoop [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Miserables), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1946 Pamela Courson, American woman and long-term companion of Jim Morrison, born in Weed, California (d. 1974)
  • 1947 Brian C. Daley, American sci-fi author (Exploits of Han Solo, Tron), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1947 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India
  • 1948 Chris Old, English cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's), born in Middlesborough, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Steve Garvey, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1948 Lynne Thigpen, American actress, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2003)

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

1949 Maurice Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
  • 1949 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), born in Florida (d. 1984)

Person of interestRobin Gibb

1949 Robin Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 1951 Charles de Lint, Canadian sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow), born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1951 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and wealthy landowner, born in Omagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (3-time LPGA major winner; US Open 1983), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953 Bernnadette Stanis, American actress (Thelma-Good Times), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 David Leisner, American composer
  • 1954 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's), born in Cotton Ground, Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • 1954 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1954 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955 Lonnie Smith, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1957 Susan Powter, Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author (The Susan Powter Show), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1957 Carole James, Canadian politician, born in Dukinfield, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Lenny Von Dohlen, American actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 Frank Gambale, Australian musician, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor & musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1959 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist (Gray, SAMO), born in Brooklyn, NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1960 Tyrell Biggs, US super HW boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1960 Luther Campbell [Luke], American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Patrick Fitzgerald, American lawyer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian cosmonaut (1st person to marry in space), born in Khrushchev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1961 Andrew Fastow, US convicted criminal and businessman (former CFO of Enron), born in Washington, D.C., United States

Person of interestRalph Fiennes

1962 Ralph Fiennes, English actor (Schindler's List, The English Patient), born in Ipswich, Suffolk

  • 1963 Brian McMillan, South African cricket all-rounder (38 Tests, top score 113, 75 wickets; 78 ODIs), born in Welkom, South Africa
  • 1963 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese-American surrealist painter, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1964 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1966 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1967 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1967 Dan Petrescu, Romanian football manager and professional football player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1967 Richey James Edwards, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom (disappeared in 1995)
  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Dina Meyer, American film & television actress, born in Forest Hills, New York City

  • 1969 Marcie Aguilar, American female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1969 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • 1970 Ted Cruz [Rafael Edward], Canadian-born US politician (Senate-R-Texas 2013-), born in Calgary. Alberta
  • 1970 Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player (world champion 2015-16), born in Musselburgh, Scotland
  • 1971 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1972 Kirk Maltby, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Guelph, Canada
  • 1972 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Portage, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Vanessa Paradis, French model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
  • 1972 Big Tigger [Darian Morgan], American television host & radio personality, born in Co-op City, New York
  • 1973 Annie Pelletier, Canadian diver (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Jamel Williams, American football safety (Washington Redskins), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1974 Heather Donahue, American writer & actress, born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • 1975 Chris Adler, American writer, born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • 1975 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1976 Brian A. Alexander, American screenwriter and director
  • 1976 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete, born in Rumst, Belgium
  • 1976 Jason Lane, American baseball player, born in Santa Rosa, California