On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 27

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 203

  • 1390 Anne de Mortimer, claimant to the English throne (d. 1411)
  • 1555 Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist

Person of interestJohannes Kepler

1571 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer (discovered laws of planetary motion), born in Weil der Stadt, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1630)

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • 1572 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1645 Giovanni Adb Viscardi, Swiss architect, baptized
  • 1654 Jean/Jacobus Bernouilli, Swiss mathematician
  • 1683 Conyers Middleton, English minister (d. 1750)
  • 1709 Pieter de Swart, Dutch architect (Royal Palace, Hague)
  • 1715 Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)
  • 1717 Pope Pius VI [Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi] Italian Pope (1775-1799), born in Cesena (d. 1799)
  • 1721 Franciscus "French" Hemsterhuis, Frisian philosopher
  • 1748 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer ( strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), born in Fochabers, Scotland (d. 1833)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer
  • 1755 Antons Klemens Theodor, king of Saksen (1827-36)
  • 1761 Michael A Barclay de Tolly, Scot/Russ minister of War
  • 1773 George Cayley, England, found science of aerodynamics

  • 1776 Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1811)
  • 1796 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (d. 1869)
  • 1800 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (d. 1880)
  • 1801 Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49)
  • 1802 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter
  • 1803 John ACA van Nispen Sevenaer, Member of Dutch 2nd parliament (1848-75)
  • 1814 James Henry Carleton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lubec, Maine (d. 1873)
  • 1816 Eliakim Parker Scammon, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Whitefield, Maine (d. 1894)
  • 1821 Jane Wilde, Irish poet, nationalist and mother of Oscar Wilde, born in Wexford (d. 1896)
  • 1822 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, born in Aber­ystwyth, Wales (d. 1877)

Person of interestLouis Pasteur

1822 Louis Pasteur, French bacteriologist (invented pasteurization), born in Dole, France (d. 1895)

Bacteriologist Louis Pasteur
Bacteriologist
Louis Pasteur

Person of interestMackenzie Bowell

1823 Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), born in Rickinghall, England (d. 1917)

5th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie Bowell
5th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie Bowell
  • 1825 Reinhold Finsterbusch, composer
  • 1829 James Clay Rice, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worthington, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1831 Lucius Fairchild, American politician, diplomat, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kent, Ohio (d. 1896)
  • 1832 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art, born in Moscow (d. 1897)
  • 1836 Henricus Oort, Dutch theologist (Leidse translation)
  • 1845 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer
  • 1855 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist
  • 1856 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, born in Paris, France (d. 1926)

  • 1859 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), born in Ebrington, Gloucestshire (d. 1937)
  • 1864 René Georges Hermann-Paul, French artist (d. 1940)
  • 1874 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
  • 1879 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), born in Sandwich, Kent, England (d. 1954)

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

1883 Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, born in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia (d. 1979)

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • 1884 Bernard van Dieren, composer
  • 1888 Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Thea von Harbou, German author and actress (Metropolis), born in Tauperlitz, Döhlau, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1890 Maurice Schoemaker, composer
  • 1892 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, Polish pianist, composer and educator (Triptych Champétre), born in Ksawerynow (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Alfred Edwin McKay, Canadian World War One flying ace (d. 1917)
  • 1895 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • 1896 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright
  • 1896 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security Board)
  • 1896 Louis Bromfield, Mansfield Ohio, writer (Early Autumn, Pulitzer-1926)
  • 1897 Iwan S Konew, Russ marshal/supreme commander pact of Warsaw
  • 1899 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)
  • 1900 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), born in London, England (d. 1987)

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

1901 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1902 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), born in Budapest (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), born in Randwick, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Ivan Brkanovic, composer
  • 1906 Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher
  • 1907 Nils-Eric Ringbom, Finnish composer, born in Turku (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1907 Conrad L. Raiford, Goodwill Ambassador (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Louis JHCA de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Black Banners)
  • 1910 Neville Crump, British racehorse trainer, born in Beckenham, Kent, England (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Jack Massey, groundsman
  • 1910 Charles Olson, American poet (d. 1970)
  • 1911 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]

Person of interestElizabeth Smart

1913 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1914 Giuseppe Berto, Italian writer (Heaven Sees Red)
  • 1914 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), born in Purley, London (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Mary Kornman, American actress (Desert Trail, Queen of the Jungle, Swing it Professor), born in Idaho Falls, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • 1915 William Howell Masters, sex author/physician
  • 1915 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)
  • 1917 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • 1918 John Celardo, American comic strip artist
  • 1920 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Larry Osborne, navigator air traffic controller/supply specialist
  • 1924 James A McClure, (Sen-R-Idaho)
  • 1924 Mokta Ould Daddah, president Mauritania (1961-78)
  • 1924 Wouter Eijkelemboom, Dutch architect (Holy-hospital, Vlaardingen)
  • 1925 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Michel Piccoli, actor (Topaz, Peril, May Fools), born in Paris, France

  • 1926 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Antony Gardner, British politician
  • 1930 Jacqueline Fontijn, Flemish composer
  • 1930 Meg Greenfield, US politician(?)
  • 1930 Wilfrid Sheed, England, writer (Boys of Winter, Hack)
  • 1931 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • 1935 Norma Rae Beatty Ashby, broadcaster/TV producer
  • 1936 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • 1939 John Amos, actor (Good Times, Coming to America), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1941 Leslie Maguire, English pianist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Cross the Mersey), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Mike Pinder [Michael Thomas Pinder], English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1941 Charlie Dog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Pooch"
  • 1942 Mike Heron, rock musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1942 Byron Browne, baseball player
  • 1942 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Cokie Roberts, American pioneering newscaster (ABC, NPR), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
  • 1944 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love is), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1944 Tracy Nelson, American singer, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • 1947 Bill Eadie, professional wrestler known as "Ax" of Demolition
  • 1947 Janet Perry, American soprano
  • 1947 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1948 Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)
  • 1948 Gérard Depardieu, French actor
  • 1950 Jack van Gelder, Dutch TV host
  • 1950 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1950 Roberto Bettega, Italian footballer
  • 1951 William Waldorf 4th viscount Astor/English large landowner
  • 1951 Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico
  • 1952 Karla Bonoff, rock singer (New World, Restless Nights)
  • 1952 Tovah Feldshuh, American actress (Idolmaker, Terror out of the Sky), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Jay Hill, Canadian politician
  • 1952 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1952 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Arthur Kent [The Scud Stud], American newscaster (prominent Gulf War coverage for NBC), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1953 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • 1955 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (d. 2001)
  • 1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver
  • 1956 Doina Melinte, Romanian running star (world record 1500 m/mile indoor)
  • 1957 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • 1958 Steffen Mensching, writer
  • 1958 Steve Jones, American golfer (US Open 1996, 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Artesia, New Mexico
  • 1959 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1959 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1959 Gerina Dunwich, American author
  • 1960 Maryam D'Abo, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept), born in London, England
  • 1960 Donald Nally, American choral conductor
  • 1962 Barbara Crampton, actress (Body Double, Young & Restless), born in Levittown,New York
  • 1962 Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1992, British Open 2006), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Timothy Hacker, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1963 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • 1963 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1963 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963 Gaspar Noé, Argentinian-born director

  • 1964 Randy Kirk, NFL outside linebacker (AZ Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Steve Wallace, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs)
  • 1964 Ian Gomez, American actor
  • 1965 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)

Person of interestSalman Khan

1965 Salman Khan, Indian actor (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), born in Indore, India

  • 1965 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1966 Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • 1966 Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer
  • 1966 Eva LaRue, American actress
  • 1966 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • 1967 Niels Meijer, Dutch rock keyboardist (Bob Color)
  • 1968 Dean Palmer, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver
  • 1969 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1969 Sarah Vowell, American author and journalist
  • 1970 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • 1971 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1971 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1971 Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 Charles Way, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Thomas Wilson Brown, American actor (Jason-Knots Landing), born in Lusk, Wyoming
  • 1972 Matt Slocum, American musician (Sixpence None the Richer)
  • 1973 Wilson Cruz, actor (My So Called Life, Ally McBeal)
  • 1973 Kristoffer Zegers, Dutch composer
  • 1973 Dee Ferris, British painter
  • 1974 Masi Oka, Japanese-American actor
  • 1974 Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 Heather O'Rourke, American actress (Happy Days, Poltergeist), born in San Diego, California
  • 1975 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)

  • 1976 Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Aaron Stanford, American actor
  • 1977 Jacqueline Pillon, Canadian actress
  • 1979 David Dunn, English footballer
  • 1979 Carson Palmer, American football player
  • 1980 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • 1980 Cas Haley, American singer and guitarist
  • 1981 Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress
  • 1981 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England
  • 1982 James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)
  • 1982 Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)
  • 1983 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • 1984 Gilles Simon, French tennis player
  • 1984 Pleasure P, American R&B Singer. Former member of Pretty Ricky (band)
  • 1985 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • 1985 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1987 Lily Cole, English model and actress, born in Torquay, England
  • 1988 Rick Porcello, American baseball player
  • 1990 Luis Trujillo, Peruvian Football Player