Famous Birthdays on December 29

  • 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 and politician, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1869 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)
  • 1876 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1879 Billy Mitchell, aviation hero Gen (WWI)
  • 1880 Jean-Fernand Vaubourgoin, composer
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 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, German composer, born in Darmstadt (d. 1966)
  • 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, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 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 [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma (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 Jo Van Fleet, American actress (Cool Hand Luke, Cinderella, East of Eden), born in Oakland, California (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player (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)
  • 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, 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, 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 (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)

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, 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)

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

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, 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, 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 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, gymnast (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 (Olympic gold 1996), 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, 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
  • 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, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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