On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 28

  • 1164 Emperor Rokujō of Japan (d. 1176)
  • 1484 Joachim Vadianus [von Watt], Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen
  • 1522 Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands (d. 1583)
  • 1619 Antoine Furetière, French writer (d. 1688)
  • 1631 Ludolf Backhuysen, Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist
  • 1635 Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650)
  • 1651 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1735)
  • 1655 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)
  • 1665 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)
  • 1694 Ceslav Vanura, Czech composer, born in Miletín (d. 1736)
  • 1731 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master
  • 1738 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer
  • 1751 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer
  • 1753 Johan Wikmanson, composer
  • 1763 John Molson, founded Montreal brewery (Molsons)
  • 1778 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)
  • 1783 Robert Gallenberg, composer
  • 1787 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao
  • 1801 James Barnes, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1869)
  • 1805 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
  • 1812 Julius Reitz, composer
  • 1822 William Booth Taliaferro, Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Gloucester County, Virginia (d. 1898)
  • 1823 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1826 Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch vicar/literary (Country of Rubens)
  • 1827 Robert Latimer McCook, volunteers Brigadier General (Union), (d. 1862)
  • 1828 Karl L Kahlbaum, German psychiatrist (katatonie)
  • 1833 Charles Miller Shelley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1835 Archibald Geikie, British geologist
  • 1837 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1842 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), born in Verchères (d. 1891)
  • 1845 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer
  • 1849 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto of Bismarck

Woodrow Wilson

1856 Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President (Democrat: 1913-21) and 1919 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, born in Staunton City, Virginia (d. 1924)

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1859 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, born in Koudekerke, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1859 John W Fortescue, British military historian and archivist at Windsor Castle, born in Madeira (d. 1933)
  • 1860 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • 1865 Félix Vallotton, Swiss-French painter and writer (Chaste Suzanna), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1925)
  • 1866 Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian and diplomat (d. 1935)
  • 1868 Marie van Regteren Altena, Dutch painter (Amsterdam's Joffers)

Pío Baroja

1872 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • 1880 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
  • 1882 Arthur Eddington, English astrophysicist, cosmologist and mathematician (stars), born in Kendal, Westmorland, England (d. 1944)

Lili Elbe

1882 Lili Elbe [born Einar Wegener], Danish transgender woman, former painter, and 1st identifiable recipient of sex reassignment surgery (autobiography: Man into Woman), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1931)

Painter and 1st Recipient of Gender-Reassignment Surgery Lili Elbe
Painter and 1st Recipient of Gender-Reassignment Surgery
Lili Elbe
  • 1883 Alfred Wolfenstein, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter
  • 1887 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), born in Wabash, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer
  • 1889 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
  • 1890 Frank Butler, actor/sreenwriter (Road to Bali, China), born in Oxford, England
  • 1894 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)
  • 1894 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • 1896 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1898 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (d. 1957)
  • 1898 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1902 Mortimer J Adler, American author (Encyclopedia Brittanica), born in NYC, New York
  • 1902 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), born in Zhen'gan, Hunan Province (d. 1988)
  • 1903 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer
  • 1904 Sergei Yutkevich, director (Otello, Banya), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1905 Cliff Arquette, comedian (Charlie Weaver), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests), born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1965)
  • 1907 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • 1908 Lew Ayres, American actor (All Quiet on Western Front, Holiday, Dr Kildare), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), born in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet (Subrani Sutsjinenija)
  • 1909 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 1910 John "Jack" Kerr, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1911 Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
  • 1911 Sam Levenson, American humorist (Sam Levenson Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1914 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Noel Johnson, British actor (Frenzy, Frightmare, Royal Flash)
  • 1916 Nelly Adamson Landry, French tennis player (French C'ships 1948), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
  • 1919 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Bruce McCarty, South Bend, Indiana, architect (1982 World Fair), (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1921 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)

Stan Lee

1922 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • 1923 Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Bill [William] Westwood, British bishop of Peterborough
  • 1925 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Anne Armstrong, US ambassador and first female counsel to the President, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Simon Raven, English playwright/critic (Alms for Oblivion)
  • 1927 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Kamilló Lendvay, Hungarian composer (Pezzo Concertanto), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)
  • 1929 Owen Bieber, United Auto Workers president

Terry Sawchuk

1929 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1931 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66", "Adam 12"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
  • 1931 Guy Debord, situationist
  • 1931 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932 Clem Schouwenaars, Flemish poet/writer
  • 1932 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1932 Manuel Puig, Argentina, writer (Blood of Requited Love)
  • 1932 Roy Hattersley, British journalist/Labour-parliament leader
  • 1932 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (d. 2002)
  • 1932 [Grace] Nichelle Nichols, American actress (Star Trek - "Lt. Uhura") and singer (Down To Earth), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1932 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Jack Perkins, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday, NBC Magazine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1933 John Y. Brown, Jr., American politician
  • 1934 David Warrilow, English actor (Radio Days, Dakota Road, Barton Fink), born in Stone, England (d. 1995)
  • 1934 John Akers, American business executive (IBM)

Maggie Smith

1934 Maggie Smith, English actress (Harry Potter, Death on the Nile, Clash of Titans), born in Ilford, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
  • 1934 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • 1934 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (Crazed Fruit), born in Kobe, Japan (d. 1987)
  • 1935 Fernando Lopes, Portuguese director (Encoberto, Matar Saudades)
  • 1936 Jacques Mesrine, French criminal (d. 1979)
  • 1936 Lawrence Schiller, American journalist
  • 1936 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Ratan Tata, Indian industrialist
  • 1938 Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 1938 Janet Hough Bryant, author/performing artist/educator
  • 1938 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), born in Dublin (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Pachín, Spanish soccer defender (8 caps; Real Madrid) and manager (Osasuna, Levante, Granada), born in Torrelavega, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Philip Anschutz, American businessman
  • 1940 Alvin Singleton, American composer ("After Fallen Crumbs"; "Shadows", born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1940 Lonnie Liston Smith, American jazz piano and keyboard player (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady), born in Richmond, Virginia,
  • 1940 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1993)
  • 1941 Don Francisco [Mario Kreutzberger], Chilean TV variety show host (Sábado Gigante, 1962-2015), born in Talca, Chile
  • 1941 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • 1942 Paul Horowitz, American physicist, META project (Sloan Award 1971-3), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2009)
  • 1943 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England
  • 1943 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • 1943 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943 Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)
  • 1943 Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)
  • 1944 Johnny Isakson, American politician
  • 1944 Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1945 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva, King of Nepal (1972- )
  • 1945 Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl)
  • 1945 Max Hastings, British editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)
  • 1945 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods-Billy Don't be a Hero), (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946 Jorge Velásquez, Panamanian Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes 1981; 6,795 career wins), born in Chepo, Panama
  • 1946 Tim Johnson, American politician, senior senator from South Dakota
  • 1947 Andrew Olle, broadcaster
  • 1947 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • 1947 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Øivind Blunck, Norwegian comedian and actor
  • 1951 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born in Galverton, Texas
  • 1951 Ian Buruma, Anglo-Dutch scholar and writer on Japan and the Far East.
  • 1952 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1952 Arun Jaitley, Indian Politician
  • 1953 Richard Clayderman, French pop instrumental pianist (Amour, Romantic America), born in Paris
  • 1953 Robert Pittman, TV executive/developer (MTV)
  • 1953 Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian pianist and composer of electronic and classical music, born in Milan, Italy

Denzel Washington

1954 Denzel Washington, American actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere), born in Mount Vernon, New York

  • 1954 Tony Rosato, Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), born in Naples, Italy (d. 2017)

Liu Xiaobo

1955 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, born in Changchun, China (d. 2017)

Writer and Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo
Writer and Human Rights Activist
Liu Xiaobo
  • 1956 Kenneth Grant, American funk bassist andvocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1956 Nigel Kennedy, British classical, jazz and Klezmer violinist, born in Brighton, England
  • 1957 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • 1958 Carl Marsden, bodyguard
  • 1958 Carlos Carson, football player
  • 1958 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Mike McGuire, American country music songwriter and drummer (Shenandoah - "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • 1958 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1959 Ana Torroja, Spanish pop singer (Mecano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1959 Phil Abrams, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Chad McQueen, actor (Nightforce)
  • 1960 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, born in Cummins
  • 1960 Marty Roe, American country singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet in the Middle"), born in Lebanon Ohio,

Ray Bourque

1960 Ray Bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1960 Terri Garber, American actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1960 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Kent Nielsen, Danish football player & coach, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1962 Keith Lee, American basketball player (Memphis State), born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1962 Rachel Z [Nicolazzo], American jazz and rock pianist ("Tokyo Blue"; Ozmosys), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), born in Orange, France (d. 1999)
  • 1963 Malcolm Gets, American actor (Richard Karinsky-Caroline In the City), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1963 Willow Bay, American TV host (Good Morning America), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Charles Sinek, American ice dancer (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1964 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete, born in Eibar, Spain
  • 1965 Colleen Dion, American actress (Brett Gardner-Another World), born in Newburgh, New York
  • 1965 Martine Robine, French journalist and Miss France 1984, born in Comines, Nord, France
  • 1966 Joe Wolf, US NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Chris Ware, US cartoonist, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1968 Darrick Brownlow, US NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Linus Torvalds

1969 Linus Torvalds, Finnish-American software engineer (developed Linux operating system), born in Helsinki, Finland

Software Engineer Linus Torvalds
Software Engineer
Linus Torvalds
  • 1970 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player (95, 96 Oklahoma City), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1970 Elizabeth McIntyre, Miss West Virginia (1996), born in Dunbar, West Virginia