On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 25

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 287

  • 1250 John IV Laskaris, Byzantine Emperor (d. circa 1305)
  • 1461 Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
  • 1583 Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized
  • 1587 Margarita of Austria, queen of Philip III of Spain (d. 1611)
  • 1601 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza (d. 1672)
  • 1624 Angelus Silesius [Johann Scheffler], German mystic (St Seelenlust)
  • 1628 Noel Coypel, French painter

Isaac Newton

1642 Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England (d. 1727)

  • 1646 Harald Vallerius, composer
  • 1652 Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (d. 1713)
  • 1665 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1667 Ehrengard von der Schulenburg, English royal mistress (d. 1743)
  • 1674 Thomas Halyburton, Scottish theologian (d. 1712)
  • 1686 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer
  • 1698 Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch engraver/illustrator
  • 1700 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (d. 1758)
  • 1711 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer
  • 1716 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)

Pius VI

1717 Pope Pius VI [Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi], Italian Pope (1775-99), born in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States (d. 1799)

  • 1721 William Collins, Chichester England, (Mayor-Chichester)/poet
  • 1725 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1803)
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, German composer, born in Wendisch-Ossig, Saxony (d. 1804)
  • 1730 Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson (d. 1816)
  • 1742 Charlotte von Stein, German friend of Goethe (d. 1827)
  • 1750 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), born in Norwich, England (d. 1809)
  • 1757 Benjamin Pierce, U.S. politician (d. 1839)
  • 1763 Claude Chappe, French engineer (optical telegraph)
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1771 Dorothy Wordsworth, English poet, diarist and sister of William Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England (d. 1855)
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, Ragusan composer and diplomat, born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa (d. 1841)
  • 1808 Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • 1810 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (d. 1892)
  • 1811 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz
  • 1813 Milledge Luke Bonham, (Confederacy) (d. 1890)
  • 1814 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/founder (Coop of Welfare of the People)
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer

Clara Barton

1821 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912)

  • 1823 Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1829 Patrick Gilmore, Irish-born American bandmaster and composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), born in Ballygar, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1832 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in County Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri-Manzocchi, Italian opera composer (Graziella), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1856 Hans von Bartels, German painter (d. 1913)
  • 1856 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1902)
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 1860 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • 1861 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • 1863 Charles Pathé, French pioneer of film and record industries (Pathé Brothers, 1896), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1865 Evangeline Cory Booth, Salvation Army general (1904-34)
  • 1867 Alfred Kerr [Kempner], German-British writer, born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)
  • 1873 Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-born American dairy educator (d. 1959)
  • 1874 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Theodor Innitzer, cardinal/archbishop Vienna
  • 1875 Walter Lees, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, England (d. 1924)

Mohammed Ali Jinnah

1876 Muhammad Ali Jinnah [Mahomedali Jinnahbhai], Founder of Pakistan who led the All-India Muslim League (1913-47) until he achieved his dream of Pakistan and became its 1st Governor-General (1947-48), born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1948)

  • 1876 Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, Nobel laureate (d. 1959)
  • 1878 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise) and aviation pioneer, born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1883 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, born in Mladá Vožice (d. 1962)
  • 1883 Maurice Utrillo, French painter (Port St Martin, Montmartre)
  • 1884 [Florence] Evelyn Nesbit, American actress, born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1887 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • 1887 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Robert Ripley, collector of odd facts (Believe it or Not), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1980)
  • 1891 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1891 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)
  • 1892 Rebecca West [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • 1893 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), born in Peterborough, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1893 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1898 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1899 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (My Friend Flicka, Peyton Place), born in Ferndale, California (d. 1978)

Humphrey Bogart

1899 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca - "Here's looking at you, kid"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

  • 1899 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born american artist (Depression Scenes in NYC), born in Borisoglebsk, Tambov (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), born in Deepwater, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1901 Alice C, English duchess of Gloucester/aunt of Elizabeth II
  • 1902 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • 1903 Corry Lievens [Isabella MJ Adriaens], Flemish actress (Blue Bird), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1903 J Edward Bromberg, Hungarian actor (The Mark of Zorro, Under 2 Flags), born in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1904 Gerhard Herzberg, Can, physicist (molecular structure-Nobel 1971)
  • 1906 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • 1906 Herman J Scheltema [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1906 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV)/movie producer (Boys from Brazil)
  • 1906 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • 1906 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Cab[ell] Calloway, American bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1907 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Mike Mazurki, Austrian-American actor and professional wrestler (Some Like It Hot, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), born in Tarnopol, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Helen Twelvetrees, American actress (State's Attorney, Painted Desert), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1908 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), born in Gause, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Marguerite Churchill, American actress (Dracula's Daughter, Big Trail), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1910 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1911 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • 1911 Louise Bourgeois, French American artist (Femme Maison), born in Paris, France (d, 2010)
  • 1912 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)
  • 1912 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist
  • 1912 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • 1912 Werner Fussan, composer
  • 1912 Willian Noel Moffet, architect
  • 1913 Henri Nannen, journalist
  • 1913 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1913 Jonathan "Candy" Candido, American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan; The Great Mouse Detective), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1914 James Fletcher Jr, New Zealand industrialist (Fletcher Construction), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • 1915 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), born in Belmont, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • 1916 Daniel Devoto, Argentine folklorist, musicologist, and poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2001)

Anwar Sadat

1918 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), born in Monufia, Egypt (d. 1981)

  • 1918 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1918 Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian politician, first President of Algeria (1963-65), born in Maghnia, Algeria (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Paul David, French Canadian cardiologist, founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Henry Charnock, oceanographer
  • 1920 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) born in Eagle Pass, Texas (d. 2016)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

1924 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian politician, 10th Prime Minister of India (1996, 1998-2004), born in Gwalior, India (d. 2018)

  • 1924 Rod Serling, American screenwriter and TV host (The Twilight Zone; Night Gallery), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1924 Henry Sy Sr., Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King', born in Amoy, China
  • 1925 Christmas F Tinto, South African ANC'er/UDF-leader
  • 1925 Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1925 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American author and mystic (Eagle's Gift, Fire From Within), born in Cajamarca (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1928 Irish McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1929 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • 1929 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, born in Shanghai (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran
  • 1930 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Uzo Egonu, painter/print maker
  • 1932 Jose Maria Capricorne, Curacaos graphically designer/painter
  • 1932 Peter Swales, British soccer executive (Chairman Manchester City FC 1973-93; vice-president English FA), born in Manchester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Bob Martinez, (Gov-Fl)
  • 1934 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • 1934 John Ashley, actor (Clipper-Straightaway), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1934 McKinley Mitchell, American gospel, blues, and R&B singer ("The Town I Live In"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1935 Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Princess Alexandra [Christabel], The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, British royal family member (cousin of Queen Elizabeth II), born in Belgravia, London, England
  • 1936 Ismail Merchant, film producer (Merchant Ivory - Remains of the Day), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1937 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1937 Noel Furlong, Irish businessman and poker player (World Series of Poker main event 1999), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2021)
  • 1938 David Borden, composer
  • 1938 Wibo van de Linde, Dutch TV host/director (Avro)
  • 1938 Duane Armstrong, American painter (Fields of Grass), born in Fresno, California
  • 1939 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1939 Christopher Wates, English real estate developer/multi-millionaire
  • 1940 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1941 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • 1941 Lex Hixon, religious teacher/author
  • 1941 Ronald Perera, composer
  • 1941 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Françoise Dürr, French tennis player (French C'ships 1967), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1942 Mani Kaul, director (Idiot, Nazar, Dhrupad, Duvidha)
  • 1942 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Hanna Schygulla, Katowice Silesia, actress (Love is Colder than Death)
  • 1943 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Ravish Malhotra, India cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11 backup)
  • 1943 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), born in Bungaree, Victoria (d. 1989)
  • 1943 Wilson Fittipaldi Jr, Brazilian auto racer, team owner (Fittipaldi F1 team), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1944 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], British DJ and TV personality (Kenny Everett Show), born in Seaforth, Lancashire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1944 Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1944 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Rick Berman [Richard], American television producer (Star Trek Generations), born in New York
  • 1945 Gary Sandy, actor (Andy-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1945 Ken Stabler, American NFL quarterback, 1968-84, 4X rpo-Bowl, MVP-1974 (Oakland Raiders - Super Bowl XI, and two other teams), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1945 (David) Noel Redding, British rock bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), born in Folkstone, England (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Steve Mancha [Clyde Wilson], American soul singer (100 Proof - "Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)"), born in in Walhall, South Carolina
  • 1945 Mike Pringle, Scottish politician
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1946 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1946 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Alia al Hussein, of Jordan (d. 1977)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]

Sissy Spacek

1949 Sissy Spacek, American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

  • 1949 Simone [Bittencourt de Oliveira], Brazilian pop-samba singer born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, born in San Francisco, California