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Famous Birthdays on December 23

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 236

Person of interestZenobia

245 Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, born in Palmyra, Syria (d. 274)

Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria Zenobia
Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria
  • 1173 Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
  • 1513 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)
  • 1544 Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange (1561-71)
  • 1548 Pieter C Bockenberg, historian (Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae)
  • 1582 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, born in Florence (d. 1663)
  • 1597 Martin Opitz, German poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"
  • 1613 Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish soldier (d. 1676)
  • 1621 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (d. 1678)
  • 1621 Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
  • 1644 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, composer
  • 1689 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer
  • 1699 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)
  • 1709 Jean-Noel Hamal, composer
  • 1714 Johann Siebenkas, composer
  • 1716 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer

  • 1722 Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, Turinge, Swedish Chemist who discovered nickel and tungsten

Person of interestRichard Arkwright

1732 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame), born in Preston, England (d. 1792)

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright
  • 1743 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (d. 1803)
  • 1749 Johann Lukas Schubaur, composer
  • 1750 Frederik Augustus I, the Righteous, king of Saxony (1806-27)
  • 1758 Nathan Wilson U.S. Representative from New York
  • 1763 John Davy, English composer, born at Creedy Bridge, Devon (d. 1824)
  • 1777 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)
  • 1780 Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher
  • 1790 Jean-Francois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • 1795 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel)
  • 1800 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1878)
  • 1804 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic/writer (Informal Talk)

Person of interestJoseph Smith Jr

1805 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, born in Sharon, Vermont (d. 1844)

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1808 Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Samuel Smiles, Scotland, author (Self-Help, Character, Duty)
  • 1812 William Hauser, composer
  • 1815 Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
  • 1818 David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1819 Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (d. 1889)

  • 1822 Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)
  • 1823 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Romanian composer, born in Iaşi, Romania (d. 1898)
  • 1827 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Austrian admiral (Helgoland/Lissa)
  • 1828 Mathilde Wesendonk, German writer/poet (Tagebuchblatter)
  • 1830 Adam Minchejmer, composer
  • 1843 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • 1845 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr (found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal)
  • 1845 Gustave Ador, union president of Austria (1919)
  • 1854 Henry B. Guppy, British botanist (d. 1926)
  • 1855 Alan Gray, British composer (Trinity College), born in York (d. 1935)
  • 1858 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright (Life in Russian Theater)
  • 1860 Harriet Monroe, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1862 Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)
  • 1864 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (d. 1890)

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

1867 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), born in Delta, Louisiana (d. 1919)

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • 1878 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • 1883 Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45)
  • 1885 Pierre Brissaud, French artist (d. 1964)
  • 1886 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
  • 1887 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • 1887 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1888 Friedrich Wolf, German writer and diplomat, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1953)

Person of interestCy Denneny

1891 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1893 Ann O'Neal [Patsy Ann Epperson], American actress (Professional Father), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • 1896 Alberto Hemsi, composer
  • 1896 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (Der Leopard)
  • 1897 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), born in Paris, France (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Otto Soglow, American comics artist (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Norman Maclean, American author (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), born in Noorpur District, British India (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Fredericka "Fredi" Washington, American actress (Black & Tan), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
  • 1905 Arn Bjornsson, composer
  • 1906 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • 1907 Don McNeill, Galena Ill, host (Don McNeill TV Club)
  • 1907 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)
  • 1908 Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)
  • 1909 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Don Cleverley, cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130)
  • 1909 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), born in Beckenham, England (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)
  • 1911 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Niels Jerne, immunologist
  • 1913 Hans Henkemans, composer
  • 1913 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • 1914 Dezider Kardos, composer
  • 1916 Dino Risi, Italian film director and screenwriter
  • 1918 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), born in Hamburg (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Jose Greco, Italian flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)
  • 1918 Kumar Pallana, Indian character actor and vaudevillian (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore), born in Indore, India (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

  • 1922 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
  • 1922 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923 James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
  • 1923 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster
  • 1923 Leonard Stern, American producer/TV writer (Phil Silvers Show, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana (1977-94)
  • 1923 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Ruth Roman, American actress (Strangers on a Train, Knots Landing, Dallas), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist
  • 1923 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor, born in Padua, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver, born in Zárate, Argentina (d. 1954)
  • 1924 Floyd Kalber, American television journalist & anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Henry Charles Gordon, American engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Valparaiso, Indiana (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Harry Guardino, American actor (Monty Nash, Perry Mason, Hill St Blues), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1926 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker
  • 1926 Robert Bly, American poet & essayist (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds), born in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
  • 1927 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer, born in Karoti, Greece
  • 1928 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Dick Weber, American ten-pin bowling pro (16, 300 games), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1929 Charles R Bentley, American pioneer of polar science, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Ronnie Schell, American comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World), born in Richmond, California
  • 1932 Tertius Metcalf, English businessman, born in Essex, England (d. 1996)

Person of interestAkihito

1933 Akihito, Emperor of Japan (1989-2019), born in Tokyo, Japan

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
  • 1935 Esther Phillips [EM Jones], American singer (When a Woman Loves a Man), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1935 Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packer (the Golden Boy), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1936 Claude Albert Coppens, Belgian pianist, born in Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • 1936 Frederic Forrest, American actor (The Rose, Lonesone Dove), born in Waxahachie, Texas

  • 1936 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Karol Joseph Bobko, American Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Bob Kahn, American internet pioneer, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1939 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], American rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1940 Eugene Record, American musician (Chi Lites-Give it Away), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Jorma Kaukonen, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Robert Labine, French-Canadian politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1941 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (Walking Tall, Beguilled), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1941 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 1980)
  • 1941 Ron Bushy, American musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter, born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1942 Friedrich Schenker, composer, born in Zeulenroda, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Jerry Koosman, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Appleton, Minnesota
  • 1943 Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • 1943 Harry Shearer, American actor (SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor and director (One Evening at Eva), born in Maurik, Netherlands
  • 1943 Ross Edwards, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1943 Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden (1973- ), born in Heidelburg, Germany
  • 1943 Stephen Wallace, Australian director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride), born in New South Wales, Australia
  • 1943 Mikhail Gromov, Russian-born mathematician, born in Boksitogorsk, Russia
  • 1943 Elizabeth Hartman, American actress, born in Boardman, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • 1944 Wesley Clark, American military officer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Georges Aperghis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1945 Richard Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 1945 Ronald Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Donald A. Ritchie, American Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Tony Craig [Kulasa], American actor (That Boy Next Door), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Susan Lucci, American actress (All My Children, Mafia Princess), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1946 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1946 John Sullivan, English television scriptwriter, born in Balham, London (d. 2011)

  • 1947 Bill Rodgers, American marathon runner (Boston, NY), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1948 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Leslie Moonves, American television executive (CEO and Chairman of CBS), born in New York City
  • 1949 Luther Grosvenor, English rock musician (Spooky Tooth), born in Evesham, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Wally Edwards, Australian cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1950 Michael C. Burgess, American politician, born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1950 Ilchi Lee, South Korean educator and author, born in Cheonan, South Korea
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • 1952 Hans Abrahamsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1952 William Kristol, American political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 John Callahan, American actor (Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Tatsumi Fujinami, Japanese wrestler (WWF/NWA), born in Kunisaki, Ōita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1953 Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1954 Brian Teacher, American tennis player (Australian Open 1980), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • 1956 Michele Alboretto, Italian racing driver (Ferrari), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957 Dan Bigras, Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1957 Trisha Goddard, English television presenter & actress, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Joan Severance, American actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Victoria Williams, American singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana,
  • 1959 Geoff Willis, British engineer, born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 1960 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • 1960 Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1961 Carol Smillie, British television personality, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard/forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in French Lick, Indiana
  • 1962 Bertrand Gachot, French racing driver, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1962 Kang Je-gyu, South Korean film director, born in Masan, South Korea
  • 1963 Carol Peterka, American team handball back court (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Little Falls, Minnesota

  • 1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1963 Keiji Muto, Japanese wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW), born in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1963 Donna Tartt, American writer (The Secret History), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1964 Andy Gabel, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Petr Klíma, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chomutov, Czech Republic
  • 1964 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1966 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1967 Lamar Lathon, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1967 Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer-songwriter, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1967 Tim Fountain, British playwright, born in Dewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Quincy Jones III, Swedish-American musician, born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1969 Rodney Culver, American football running back (San Diego Chargers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Stephen Grant, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Martha Byrne, American actress (Lily-As the World Turns), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1969 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver, born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1969 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • 1970 Raymont Harris, American football running back (Chicago Bears), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1970 Shannon Bream [DePuy], American Journalist (Fox News) Miss Virginia (1991), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971 Corey Haim, Canadian actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive), born in Toronto, Ontario