Famous Birthdays on December 29

  • 1563 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer
  • 1586 Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna/marquis of Aytona
  • 1678 Gotthard Wagner, German composer, born in Erding (d. 1738)

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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
  • 1743 Alexander van Bylandt, Dutch military officer
  • 1767 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer
  • 1776 Charles Macintosh, Scotland, patented waterproof fabric
  • 1788 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages, born in Copenhagen
  • 1792 Archibald Alison, Scottish historian (History of Europe)
  • 1796 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (d. 1877)

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1800 Charles Goodyear, American chemist and manufacturing engineer who invented the vulcanization process for rubber, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1860)

Chemist and Inventor Charles Goodyear
Chemist and Inventor
Charles Goodyear

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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 Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian Parliament member
  • 1809 Albert Pike, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)

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1809 William Ewart Gladstone, 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, composer
  • 1816 Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)
  • 1831 Adam Badeau, American author, diplomat, and Brevet Brigadier General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1833 John James Ingalls, (Rep-Ks)
  • 1843 Elisabeth of Wied (pen name was Carmen Sylva), queen of Romania and writer (d. 1916)
  • 1850 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer
  • 1856 Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes integral)
  • 1859 Venustiano Carranza, President of Mexico (1915-20)
  • 1866 Joseph Limburg, liberal Second-Member of parliament (1905-19)
  • 1869 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)
  • 1876 Pablo Casals, Vendrell Catalonia Spain, cellist/conductor/composer
  • 1879 Billy Mitchell, aviation hero Gen (WWI)
  • 1880 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, composer
  • 1888 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal
  • 1892 Emory Parnell, American actress (Rocket Man, County Fair), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • 1896 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican painter/muralist (Lib of Chile)
  • 1897 Hermann Heiss, composer
  • 1898 Jeanne Leleu, composer
  • 1899 Nie Rongzhen, People's Liberation Army Chief of General Staff (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Willie Humphrey, jazz Clarinetist
  • 1902 Nels Stewart, National Hockey League player (d. 1957)
  • 1903 Clyde McCoy, jazz trumpeter/bandleader
  • 1907 James Gardner, designer
  • 1908 Claire Dodd, American actress (Lady, In the Navy), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Gerben Sonderman, Dutch test pilot (Fokker)
  • 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
  • 1913 Laurence Gower, academic
  • 1914 Billy Tipton, American musician (d. 1989)
  • 1914 Albert Tucker, Australian artist (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Charles L[eonard] Harness, American sci-fi author (Paradox Men, Wolfhead)
  • 1915 John P W Meefout, Dutch sculptor (Laying Woman)
  • 1915 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value)

  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)

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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)
  • 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, Uppsala Sweden, actress (Way We Were, Welcome to LA)
  • 1921 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President 1992-93), born in Velika Drenova, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Mala Powers, actress (Cyrano de Bergerac) [or 12/20/31], born in San Francisco, California
  • 1921 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
  • 1922 William Gaddis, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Pete Dye, American golf course architect
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Bernard Cribbins, Oldham England, actor (Val Doonican Show)
  • 1930 Willy Giefer, composer
  • 1931 Prince Gu of Korea, Korean royalty (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Inga Swenson, actress (Gretchen-Benson), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1933 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1934 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphall-St Elsewhere), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934 Tom Jarriel, LaGrange Ga, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20)
  • 1935 Tony Bramall, England, auto dealer/multi-millionaire (Harrogate)

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

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • 1936 Vitaly Alexeyevich Godzyatsky, composer

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

  • 1937 Barbara Steele, Birkenhead, Cheshire, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½)

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

Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • 1938 Wayne Huizenga, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1939 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, president of Maldives (1978- )
  • 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 writer/vocalist (Come off that Roof)
  • 1941 Ray Thomas, England, rock vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
  • 1942 Rick Danko, Blayney Ontario, Canadain musician (The Band)
  • 1942 Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1943 JHR Maij-Wegge, Dutch traffic minister (19..-94)
  • 1944 Rodney Redmond, NZ cricket (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973)
  • 1945 Adje Roland, Dutch disc-jockey
  • 1946 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)
  • 1946 Marianne Faithfull, English vocalist (Money), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1946 Paul Trible, (Sen-R-Va)
  • 1947 Cozy Powell, England, rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP)
  • 1947 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947 Vincent Winter, British actor (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Syed Kirmani, cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer)
  • 1950 Jon Polito, actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Laurel Masse, Holland Mich, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator)
  • 1951 Yvonne Elliman, US actress/singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him)
  • 1951 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Gelsey Kirkland, Bethlehem Pa, ballerina/druggie (Nutcracker)
  • 1952 Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnist (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • 1953 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1953 Stanley Tookie Williams, American author/murderer (executed 2005)
  • 1953 Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress
  • 1954 Glenn Myernick, US soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1954 Roger Voudouris, rock vocalist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954 Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1955 Jan Pijnenburg, Dutch rock drummer (Doe Maar-Bomb)
  • 1955 Neil Giraldo, rocker (Pat Benatar Band)
  • 1956 Dolf de Vries, Dutch musical/director/arranger (Josephine)
  • 1956 Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian
  • 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
  • 1958 Curt Allen Byrum, PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic), born in Onida, South Dakota
  • 1959 Paula Poundstone, comedienne (Emmy Awards)
  • 1959 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), born in Hashima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Dave Gilbert, cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86)
  • 1960 David Boon, cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania)
  • 1960 Katerina Didaskou, Greek actress
  • 1960 Thomas Lubanga, founder and leader of Union of Congolese Patriots
  • 1961 Robert Louis Tewdwr Moss, journalist/travel writer
  • 1961 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)
  • 1962 Devon White, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1963 Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
  • 1963 Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • 1963 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1964 Craig Grebeck, Cerritos CA, infielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1964 Kimberly Russell, actress (Sarah-Head of the Class)
  • 1965 David Delfino, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1965 Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring)
  • 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
  • 1967 Henry Jones, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1967 Kevin Toth, shot putter, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Tolbert, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1967 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist
  • 1967 Lilly [formerly Andy] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1968 Carlo H L Ponti Jr, son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren
  • 1968 Darren Perry, NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Jennifer Ehle, American actress
  • 1969 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver
  • 1970 Yaroslav Ihorovych Pustovyi, Kostroma Ukraine, cosmonaut
  • 1970 Aled Jones, Welsh singer
  • 1970 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver
  • 1970 Glen Phillips, American musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
  • 1970 Kevin Weisman, American actor
  • 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, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Toby Mills, WLAF corner (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Melissa Hall, Miss USA-Minnesota (1997)
  • 1972 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Jude Law, English actor (The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London
  • 1972 Evan Seinfeld, American musician (Biohazard) and actor
  • 1973 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1973 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
  • 1974 James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Mekhi Phifer, American actor
  • 1974 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Kalin Olson, playmate (Aug 1997), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 1975 Jaret Wright, American baseball player
  • 1976 Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer
  • 1977 Katherine Moennig, American actress
  • 1977 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1978 Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • 1978 LaToya London, American singer
  • 1979 Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
  • 1979 Ariel Schrag, American Cartoonist
  • 1979 Diego Luna, Mexican actor
  • 1982 Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Quebec singer
  • 1983 Jessica Andrews, American country/pop singer
  • 1985 Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
  • 1986 Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model
  • 1988 Agnes Szavay, Hungary tennis player
  • 1989 Nathan Forbes, British footballer
  • 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