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Famous Birthdays on December 24

  • 3 Galba, Roman Emperor, born in Terracina, Italy (d. 69)
  • 1167 John "Lackland", King of England (1199-1216), born in Beaumont Palace, Oxford (d. 1216)
  • 1389 John VI, Duke of Brittany, born in Vannes, France (d. 1442)
  • 1475 Thomas Murner, German writer, born in Obernai, France (d. 1537)
  • 1491 Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, born in Azpeitia, Spain (d. 1556)
  • 1508 Pietro Carnesecchi, Italian humanist, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1567)
  • 1564 Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch painter & printmaker, born in Gorinchem (d. 1651)
  • 1588 Constance of Austria, queen of Poland, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1631)
  • 1609 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician, born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 1683)
  • 1635 Mariana of Austria, second wife of king Philip IV of Spain, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1696)
  • 1638 Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, English diplomat, born in London, England (d. 1709) (baptism date)
  • 1653 Georg Motz, German composer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1733)
  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian composer, born in Trani, Italy (d. 1744)
  • 1689 Frans van Mieris the Younger, Dutch painter & historian, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1763)
  • 1698 William Warburton, English writer & Bishop of Gloucester, born in Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1779)
  • 1714 Rainieri de' Calzabigi, Italian poet & librettist, born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1795)

  • 1716 Patrice F earl De Neney, South Netherlands chairman of Secret Council
  • 1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist & composer (Bach's son-in-law & copyist), born in Sulików, Poland (d. 1759)
  • 1724 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician & instructor of non-verbal deaf persons, born in Schaffhausen, Netherlands (d. 1811)
  • 1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish organist & composer, born in Glogów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1745 Benjamin Rush, American physician & politician (signed the Declaration of Independence), born in Byberry, Philadelphia (d. 1813)
  • 1754 George Crabbe, English poet (Everlasting Mercy), born in Aldeburgh, England (d. 1832)
  • 1761 Selim III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1789-1808), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • 1761 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (greatest visual comet discoverer of all time), born in Peyre, Hautes-Alpes (d. 1831)
  • 1773 Joseph Wölfl, Austrian pianist & composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1784 Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1803)
  • 1791 Eugène Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton), born in Paris, France (d. 1861)
  • 1798 Adam Mickiewicz, Polish national poet (Pan Tadeusz), born in Zavosse, Belarus (d. 1855)

Person of interestKit Carson

1809 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Kit Carson
  • 1810 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter & illustrator, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1873)
  • 1812 Henry Russell, English pianist & composer, born in Sheerness, United Kingdom (d. 1900)
  • 1812 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German jurist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1813 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English-American musician, born in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1853)
  • 1818 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (the law of conservation of energy), born in Salford, United Kingdom (d. 1889)
  • 1822 Charles Hermite, French mathematician (proof that e is transcendental), born in Dieuze, France (d. 1901)

Person of interestMatthew Arnold

1822 Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (Dover Beach), born in Laleham, England (d. 1888)

Poet & Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet & Critic
Matthew Arnold

  • 1824 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1826 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish composer, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1905)
  • 1829 Benjamin Ipavec, Slovene Romantic composer, born in Šentjur, Slovenia (d. 1909)
  • 1829 José Rogel, Spanish composer, born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1901)
  • 1837 Empress Elisabeth of Austria, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1842 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer and writer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1915)
  • 1843 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet, born in Vändra, Estonia (d. 1886)
  • 1859 Roman Statkowski, Polish composer, born in Szczypiorno, Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1867 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian writer & diplomat, born in Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1928)
  • 1867 Kantaro Suzuki, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan, born in Noda, Japan (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21), born in Barlinek, Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1869 Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Women in Forest), born in Noordwijk, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • 1870 Rosario Scalero, Italian composer, born in Moncalieri, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1871 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, Polish composer, born in Jarosław, Poland (d. 1979)
  • 1879 Émile Nelligan, Canadian francophone poet, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1941)
  • 1880 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, children's book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann, born in Arcola, Illinois (d. 1939)
  • 1881 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1881 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956), born in Moguer, Spain (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Arthur Dolphin, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump), born in Wilsden, United Kingdom (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), born in Crozon, Finistère, France (d. 1951)
  • 1889 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Carl Brisson, Danish actor (Ship Cafe, Ring, Song of Soho, Murder at the Vanities), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Ruth Chatterton, American actress (Madame X, Sarah & Son), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1894 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1895 E. Roland Harriman, American financier, born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1900 Joey Smallwood, Canadian politician (Premier of Newfoundland), born in (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Daniel K Womack, American singer & guitarist, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Herbert D. Riley, US Navy vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa), born in Maryland, United States (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Joseph Moses Juran, Romanian-born American industrial engineer and philanthropist, born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2008)
  • 1905 Anna "Ans" van Dike ("the Young"), Jewish nazi collaborator, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)

Person of interestHoward Hughes

1905 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1906 John Walker, American art curator, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1907 I. F. Stone, American journalist (IF Stone's Weekly), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1909 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68), born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Betty Ann Davies, British actress (Tough Guy), born in London, England (d. 1955)
  • 1910 Fritz [Reuter] Leiber Jr., American sci-fi author (Bazaar of the Bizarre), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Mitchell Ayres, American orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1910 Max Miedinger, typeface designer, famous for creating Helvetica in 1957, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1910 William "Bill" Pickering, NASA scientist (JPL), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Eric Briault, educationalist
  • 1911 Malcolm MacEwen, Scottish conservationist & communist activist, born in Inverness, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Karl Michael Komma, German composer & music publicist, born in Aš, Czech Republic
  • 1914 Dorothy Hyson, American actress (Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution" (d. 1949)
  • 1918 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1920 Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2014) date disputed
  • 1920 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine, born in Berdyansk, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • 1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia

  • 1921 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)

Person of interestAva Gardner

1922 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

Actress Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
  • 1922 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, born in Semeniškiai, Lithuania (d. 2019)
  • 1923 Wilton S Mkwayi, South African ANC leader, born in Middledrift, Eastern Cape (d. 2004)
  • 1923 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Roy Miller, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1924 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman (Prime Minister 1948–1958), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1924 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1925 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Ronald Draper, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50), born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • 1926 Paul Buissonneau, French-born Quebec theatre director, born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Mary Higgins Clark, American suspense novelist (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1927 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931 Jill Bennett, British actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang, Straits Settlements (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Mauricio Kagel, Argentine-German composer, born in Buenos Aires, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India (d. 2000)
  • 1932 On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Stjepan Mesić, president of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement and president of Croatia.
  • 1937 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Ralp Inbar, Dutch TV host (Banana Split), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1938 Valentim Loureiro, Portuguese politician, and former football chairman of Boavista F.C. and Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional

Person of interestAnthony Fauci

1940 Anthony Fauci, American Immunologist (White House Coronavirus COVID-19 taskforce), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci
Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert
Anthony Fauci
  • 1940 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1940 Sharon Farrell, American actress (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless), born in Sioux City, Iowa

  • 1941 John Levene, British actor, born in Salisbury, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Christiane Schmidtmer, German actress (Ship of Fools), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1943 Suzy Menkes, British fashion journalist (International Herald Tribune, Vogue), born in Beaconsfield
  • 1944 Erhard Keller, German speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72 500m), born in Günzburg, Germany
  • 1944 Mike Curb, American singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1944 Oswald Gracias, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bombay, born in Bombay Presidency
  • 1944 Barry Chuckle [Barry Patton Elliott], British entertainer, writer and actor (ChuckleVision, The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Rotherham, England
  • 1945 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Nicholas Meyer, American writer & director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan), born in New York City
  • 1945 John Till, Canadian musician, born in Stratford, Canada
  • 1946 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • 1946 Brenda Howard, American bisexual activist, born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Jeff Sessions [Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III], American Republican politician, US Attorney General (2017-18) and Alabama Senator (1997-2017), born in Selma, Alabama
  • 1947 Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1949 Randy Neugebauer, American politician, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1949 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1949 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Libbi Larsen, American composer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1950 Dana Gioia, American poet, born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, American singer (Sha Na Na-Shannon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1953 François Loos, French politician, born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1955 Anwar Khan, Pakistani cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1955 Clarence Gilyard Jr., American actor (Chips, Duck Factory), born in Moses Lake, Washington
  • 1955 Grand L. Bush, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Stephanie Hodge, American actress & comedian (I Madman, Happily Ever After), born in Wilmington, Ohio
  • 1957 Ian Burden, English musician (Human League-Only Human), born in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, born in Kandahar, Afghanistan

  • 1957 Diane Tell, Quebec singer, born in Québec City, Canada
  • 1958 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • 1958 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1959 Keith Deller, British darts player (BDO World Champion 1983), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1959 Anil Kapoor, Indian producer and actor (Slumdog Millionaire, Taal, Maulana Jutt, Tezaab, Beta), born in Bombay, India

Person of interestLee Daniels

1959 Lee Daniels, American director ("Precious", "Empire"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Director Lee Daniels
Lee Daniels
  • 1960 Glenn McQueen, American animator, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1960 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Republic, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1961 Jay Wright, American basketball coach, born in Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Mary Barra, American CEO of General Motors (1st woman to head a global automotive company), born in Waterford, Michigan
  • 1961 Darren Wharton, British musician (Dare, Thin Lizzy), born in Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1962 Kate Spade, American fashion designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1963 Mary Ramsey, American singer & violinist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1963 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1964 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas
  • 1964 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1964 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1964 Mark Valley, American actor (Days of Our Lives), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • 1965 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1966 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1968 Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
  • 1968 Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist, born in Texas
  • 1968 Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete, born in Diest, Belgium
  • 1969 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1969 Ed Milliband, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party, 2010–15), born in Fitzrovia, London

  • 1970 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1970 Amaury Nolasco, American actor, born in Puerto Rico
  • 1970 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestRicky Martin

1971 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
  • 1971 Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1971 Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1972 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1973 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Person of interestStephenie Meyer

1973 Stephenie Meyer, American author (Twilight Saga), born in Hartford, Connecticut,

  • 1974 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer, born in Temuco, Chile
  • 1974 Ryan Seacrest, American television host, born in Dunwoody, Georgia
  • 1975 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1975 Young Zee, American hip hop artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1978 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer, born in Herne, Germany
  • 1979 Chris Hero, American professional wrestler, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1980 Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1981 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan