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Famous Birthdays on December 26

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 204

  • 1194 Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, King of the Romans (Germany), Sicily and Jerusalem, born in Lesi, Italy
  • 1532 Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (d. 1576)
  • 1536 Yi I, Korean Confucian scholar (d. 1584)
  • 1618 Elisabeth, Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess
  • 1633 Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised
  • 1646 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1660 Peter Schenck, German/Neth engraver/publisher, baptised

Person of interestCalico Jack

1682 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, born in England (d. 1720)

Pirate Calico Jack
Calico Jack
  • 1687 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist/composer
  • 1716 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • 1716 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)
  • 1723 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)
  • 1731 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • 1737 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)
  • 1738 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence
  • 1751 Clement Hofbauer, Austrian missionary and saint (d. 1820)

  • 1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer
  • 1770 Pierre earl de Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba)
  • 1771 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • 1771 Julie Clary, queen consort of Naples (d. 1845)
  • 1778 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • 1780 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician (d. 1872)
  • 1782 Filaret Drozdov, Metropolitan of Moscow (d. 1867)

Person of interestCharles Babbage

1791 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage
  • 1793 Franz Hunten, composer
  • 1797 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Toten (d. 1839)
  • 1805 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer
  • 1808 Albert Grisar, composer
  • 1809 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer
  • 1815 Israel Bush Richardson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Fairfax, Vermont (d. 1862)
  • 1819 E. D. E. N. Southworth, American novelist (d. 1899)
  • 1820 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania(d. 1885)
  • 1822 Dion Boucicault [Dionysus Lardner Boursiquot], Irish actor and playwright (Rip van Winkle, London Assurance), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Augustus Louis Chetlain, American Major General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1914)
  • 1826 Franz Coenen, composer

  • 1826 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch publisher (Van Dale) and founder (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1894)

Person of interestGeorge Dewey

1837 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • 1837 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1922)
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer
  • 1849 Samuel "Sam" van Beem, Flemish actor (Fanfan la Tulipe), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1912)
  • 1853 René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
  • 1855 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)
  • 1859 Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
  • 1859 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (d. 1944)
  • 1861 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)
  • 1862 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-French-Italian writer, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1923)
  • 1869 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, born in Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1872 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)
  • 1873 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • 1873 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)
  • 1873 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)
  • 1878 Isaiah Bowman, American geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
  • 1879 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, born in Alexandropol, Armenia (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), born in Freiburg im Breisgau (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1883 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist
  • 1887 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)

Person of interestHenry Miller

1891 Henry Miller, American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller
  • 1893 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer
  • 1893 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin, composer

Person of interestMao Zedong

1893 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1894 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), born in Quiapo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1980)
  • 1894 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Willie Corsari, [Wilhelmina A Schmidt], Dutch writer
  • 1901 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1902 Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
  • 1904 Young Stribling, American boxer (vs Max Schmeling, Ring Magazine fight of the year 1931), born in Bainbridge, Georgia (d. 1933)
  • 1908 Ralph Hill, American athlete (Olympic silver 5,000m 1932; same time as winner Lauri Lehtinen), born in Klamath Falls, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner
  • 1910 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)
  • 1911 Steve Kordek, pinball machine designer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1913 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1914 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), born in Sunrise Township, Minnesota (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstraße, Der Seitensprung), born in Trostberg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Hans [Henri A] Gomperts, Dutch literature (Duck on Attic)
  • 1915 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • 1916 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • 1917 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • 1918 George Rallis, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)

Person of interestSteve Allen

1921 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, actor and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1921 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • 1925 Baron Baker, Jamaician-born British activist, born in Port Antonia

  • 1926 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1926 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian and actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • 1929 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • 1930 Donald Moffat, British actor (Kent-Logan's Run), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Sayed Mutawli imam ad-Darsh, scholar/broadcaster
  • 1931 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician
  • 1932 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter
  • 1933 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • 1933 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1935 Barbara J Jacket, US athletic coach (Olympics 1972)
  • 1935 Rohan Kanhai, cricketer (one of West Indies' finest batsmen)

Person of interestGnassingbé Eyadéma

1935 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, General and President of Togo (1967-2005), born in Kozah, Togo (d. 2005)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 1936 Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)
  • 1937 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • 1937 Jay Heimowitz, American poker player
  • 1938 Bahram Beizai, Iranian playwright and film director
  • 1938 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Lynn Martin, US secretary of Labor (1991-93)

Person of interestPhil Spector

1939 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 1940 Harmen Siezen, Dutch TV-journal host
  • 1940 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1940 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Daniel Schmid, actor and director (Paloma, Violanta, Hecate, Amateurs)
  • 1942 Barry Wood, cricketer (England opener in early 70's)
  • 1942 Earl Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)

  • 1942 Ernie Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)
  • 1942 Rob de Nijs, Dutch singer (Put a candle in your window)
  • 1942 Vinicio Cerezo, President of Guatemala (1986-91), born in Guatemala City
  • 1942 Gray Davis, former Governor of California
  • 1944 Jane Lapotaire, British actress (Spirit of the Dead), born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • 1945 John Walsh, activist/TV host (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1946 Gordon Edwards, rocker
  • 1946 Lisette Hordijk, Dutch TV broadcaster
  • 1947 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • 1947 Joyce Jillson, Cranston RI, psychic/actress (Superchick)
  • 1947 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1948 Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
  • 1949 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate
  • 1950 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 1950 Victoria Racimo, American actress (Corene-Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1952 Andre-Michel Schub, French pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • 1953 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic
  • 1953 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1954 Ozzie Smith, infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1954 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • 1954 Susan H Butcher, dog sled driver (Idatarod)
  • 1954 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Peter Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, philanthropist and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955 Evan Bayh, American politician, born in Shirkieville, Indiana
  • 1956 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)

  • 1956 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • 1956 David Sedaris, American essayist, born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1957 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster, born in Barnstaple, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Koji Morimoto, Japanese anime director, born in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1960 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor, born in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 1960 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1961 Storm Davis, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch], American actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 John Lynch, Irish actor, born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1963 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All), born in Gentoffe Municipality, Denmark
  • 1964 Colleen Dion-Scotti, American actress (Search for Tomorrow), born in Newburgh, New York
  • 1964 Jeff King, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1964 Elizabeth Kostova, American author (The Historian), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1965 Ben Husaby, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • 1966 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Tony Covington, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1967 Ken Tanigawa, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2019), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1968 Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Slovakian tennis star, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Slovakian tennis star (1994 Futures-GER), born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1970 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1970 James Mercer, American musician (The Shins), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1970 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • 1971 Mark Lathwell, English cricketer (England opening batsman v Australia 1993), born in Bletchley, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Jared Leto, American actor (My So Called Life, Requiem for a Dream), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1971 Jonathan M. Parisen, American film director, born in Staten Island, New York City
  • 1972 Burnell Roques, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Claremont, California
  • 1972 Derrick Cullors, American football running back (New England Patriots), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer, born in Coronel Dorrego Partido, Argentina

  • 1972 Robert Muchamore, English children's author, born in Islington, London
  • 1973 Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996), born in Tequesta, Florida
  • 1973 Reichen Lehmkuhl, American television personality, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1974 Tiffany Brissette, American actress (Vicki-Small Wonder), born in Paradise, California
  • 1974 Tony Brackens, American football defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1975 Marcelo Rios, Chilean tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1976 Lea De Mae, Czech actress, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2004)
  • 1978 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan
  • 1979 Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1979 Chris Daughtry, American singer, born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • 1979 Mzbel [Nana Akua Amoah], Ghanaian singer (16 Years, Saucy Girl), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1980 Todd Dunivant, American soccer player, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • 1982 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1982 Oguri Shun, Japanese actor & model, born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestAlexander Wang

1983 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • 1984 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker, born in Sterzing, Italy
  • 1985 Steven Hartman, American actor (Rick Forrester in Bold & Beautiful), born in Westlake, California
  • 1985 Yuu Shirota, Japanese-Spanish actor & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan