Famous Birthdays on December 29

  • December
  • 1563 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer
  • 1586 Francisco de Moncada, 3rd Marquis of Aitona, Spanish diplomat, soldier, and writer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1635)

Person of interestElizabeth of Russia

1709 Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], Empress of Russia (1741-62) and daughter of Peter the Great, born in Kolomenskoye, Moscow, Russia (d. 1762)

Empress of Russia Elizabeth of Russia
Empress of Russia
Elizabeth of Russia
  • 1721 Madame De Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th
  • 1767 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, Belgian-born French composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1866)
  • 1776 Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor (waterproof fabric), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1843)
  • 1788 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish antiquarian (named the stone/iron/bronze ages), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1865)
  • 1792 Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet, Scottish historian (History of Europe), born in Shropshire, England (d. 1867)
  • 1796 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1877)

Person of interestCharles Goodyear

1800 Charles Goodyear, US chemist and manufacturing engineer (vulcanized rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

Chemist and Inventor Charles Goodyear
Chemist and Inventor
Charles Goodyear

Person of interestAndrew Johnson

1808 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1875)

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1808 Györg Apponyi, Hungarian politician, born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1899)
  • 1809 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)

Person of interestWilliam Gladstone

1809 William Ewart Gladstone, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • 1813 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1871)
  • 1816 Carl Ludwig, German physician and physiologist, born in Witzenhausen, Germany (d. 1895)

  • 1831 Adam Badeau, US author, Union Army officer, and diplomat, born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1833 John James Ingalls, US politician (Rep-Ks), born in Middleton, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1843 Elisabeth of Wied [pseudonym Carmen Sylva], Queen consort of Romania and poet, born in Neuwied, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1850 Tomás Bretón, Spanish conductor and composer, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 1923)
  • 1856 Thomas J Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (Stieltjes integral), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1894)
  • 1859 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican revolutionary and President of Mexico (1915-20), born in Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1920)
  • 1866 Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1869 Bill Howell, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century), born in Penrith, New South Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1876 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1879 Billy Mitchell, United States Army general (father of the US Air Force), born in Nice, France (d. 1936)
  • 1880 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer, born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 1888 Joseph Beran, Czech Roman Catholic prelate, born in Pilsen, Czech Republic (d. 1969)
  • 1892 Emory Parnell, American actress (Rocket Man, County Fair), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1896 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican social realist painter & muralist (Lib of Chile), born in Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1897 Hermann Heiss, German composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Jeanne Leleu, French pianist & composer, Saint-Mihiel, France (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Nie Rongzhen, People's Liberation Army Chief of General Staff, born in Chongqing, China (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Willie Humphrey, American jazz clarinetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1902 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1907 James Gardner, British museum & exhibition designer, born in Hendon, London (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Claire Dodd, American actress (Lady, In the Navy), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Gerben Sonderman, Dutch test pilot (Fokker), born in Drachten, Netherlands (d. 1955)

  • 1910 Ronald Coase, British economist (Nobel Prize in Economics 1991), born in Willesden, London (d. 2013)
  • 1912 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Laurence Gower, English lawyer & academic, born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Albert Tucker, Australian artist, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Charles L. Harness, American sci-fi author (Paradox Men, Wolfhead), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1915 John P W Meefout, Dutch sculptor (Laying Woman)
  • 1915 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1915 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player & coach, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)

Person of interestTom Bradley

1917 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1998)

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 1919 Pieter Terpstra, Dutch journalist & writer (De dei is forroun/Havank-T), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, born in Cernauti, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), born in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Viveca Lindfors, Swedish actress (Way We Were, Life Goes On), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President 1992-93), born in Velika Drenova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Robert C. Baker, American inventor & professor (invented the chicken nugget), born in Newark, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1922 William Gaddis, American novelist, born in New York City, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Dub Jones, American NFL halfback, coach (Cleveland Browns, 2 x Pro Bowl), born in Arcadia, Louisiana
  • 1925 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Pete Dye, American golf course designer, born in Urbana, Ohio
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927 Andy Stanfield, American sprinter & Olympic medalist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • 1930 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and radio deejay (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1930 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • 1931 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty, born in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Inga Swenson, American actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1933 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1934 Ed Flanders, American actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Tom Jarriel, American television news reporter (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1934 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1967)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

1936 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1936 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, Soviet composer

Person of interestMary Tyler Moore

1936 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)

  • 1936 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, born in Tbilisi, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Barbara Steele, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire

Person of interestJon Voight

1938 Jon Voight, American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, New York

Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • 1938 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Maldivian politician & Islamic scholar, born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1939 William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, American country singer (Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys), born in Keiser, Arkansas
  • 1940 Brigitte Kronauer, German author (The Scheik of Aachen), born in Essen, Germany
  • 1940 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch musician & songwriter (Come off that Roof), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1941 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor officially titled "The First Superstar of Indian cinema," born in Amritsar, Punjab Province (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1943 JHR Maij-Wegge, Dutch politician, born in Drenthe, Netherlands
  • 1944 Rodney Redmond, NZ cricketer (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973), born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 1945 Adje Roland, Dutch radio disc jockey, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • 1946 Laffit Pincay Jr., Panamanian jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1946 Marianne Faithfull, English vocalist (Money), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1946 Paul Trible, American attorney & politician (Sen-R-Va), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947 Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1947 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947 Vincent Winter, Scottish actor, born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Syed Kirmani, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer), born in Chennai, India
  • 1950 Jon Polito, American actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Laurel Massé, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator), born in Holland, Michigan
  • 1951 Yvonne Elliman, American actress & singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1951 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer, born in Bedford, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina (Nutcracker), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1953 Stanley "Tookie" Williams, American gangster, born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1953 Gali Atari, Israeli singer & actress, born in Rehovot, Israel
  • 1954 Glenn Myernick, American soccer player & coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1954 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter & guitarist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954 Prince Takamado of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb), born in Vught, Netherlands
  • 1955 Neil Giraldo, American musician (Pat Benatar Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1956 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer, Chairman of Paramount Pictures, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1957 Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter & playwright, born in Piscataway, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Allen Byrum, American PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic), born in Onida, South Dakota
  • 1959 Paula Poundstone, American stand-up comedian (Emmy Awards), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1959 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Dave Gilbert, Australian cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86), born in Darlinghurst, Australia
  • 1960 David Boon, Australian cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania), born in Launceston, Australia
  • 1960 Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1960 Thomas Lubanga, Congolese war criminal, born in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1961 Robert Tewdwr Moss, British journalist, born in Congleton, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1961 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat), born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Devon White, Jamaican-born American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Person of interestCarles Puigdemont

1962 Carles Puigdemont [i Casamajó], Catalan politician and nationalist (President of Catalonia, 2016-17), born in Amer, Catalonia, Spain

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 1963 Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player, born in Tarlac, Phillipines
  • 1963 Dave McKean, British artist & filmmaker, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Sean Payton, American football coach, born in San Mateo, California
  • 1964 Craig Grebeck, American baseball infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Kimberly Russell, American actress (Sarah-Head of the Class), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1966 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Drew Hartt, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1966 Jason Gould, son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1967 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1967 Kevin Toth, American shot put athlete, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Tolbert, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1967 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1967 Lilly [formerly Andy] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Carlo Ponti, Italian orchestral conductor and son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1968 Darren Perry, American NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1968 James Mouton, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Jennifer Ehle, American actress, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1969 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver, born in Dumfries, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Yaroslav Ihorovych Pustovyi, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Kostroma, Ukraine
  • 1970 Aled Jones, Welsh singer, born in Bangor, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1970 Glen Phillips, American musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1970 Kevin Weisman, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York

  • 1971 Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Mark Montreuil, Canadian NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1971 Toby Mills, WLAF corner (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Hackensack , New Jersey
  • 1972 Jude Law, English actor (The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London
  • 1972 Evan Seinfeld, American musician (Biohazard) and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Lara, Venezuela
  • 1973 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Brad Hodge, Australian cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman), born in Sandringham, Australia
  • 1974 James Darling, American football linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Tom Knight, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 1974 Mekhi Phifer, American actor, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1974 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California
  • 1976 Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer, born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1977 Katherine Moennig, American actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1978 Kieron Dyer, English football player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • 1978 LaToya London, American singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1979 Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter, born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • 1979 Ariel Schrag, American cartoonist, born in Berkeley, California
  • 1979 Diego Luna, Mexican actor, born in Toluca, Mexico
  • 1982 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Québécois singer, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1982 Alison Brie, American actress (Community, GLOW), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Jessica Andrews, American country music singer, born in Wynne, Arkansas
  • 1985 Alexa Ray Joel, American singer-songwriter and daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1986 Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress, born in Suncheon, South Korea
  • 1988 Agnes Szavay, Hungarian tennis player, born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary
  • 1989 Nathan Forbes, English football player, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1989 Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan
  • 1994 Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 Minatozaki Sana, Japanese singer (Twice), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1998 Danny Wagner, American drummer (Greta Van Fleet), born in Frankenmuth, Michigan