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Famous Birthdays on December 30

Titus

39 Titus, 10th Roman Emperor (79-81) and conqueror of Jerusalem, born in Rome (d. 81)

  • 1204 Abû 'Uthmân Sa'îd Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (d. 1282)
  • 1552 Simon Forman, English occultist and astrologer (d. 1611)
  • 1566 Alessandro Piccinini, Italian lutenist and composer, born in Bologna, The Papal States (d. 1638)
  • 1569 Georg Quitschreiber, German composer, born in Kranichfeld, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1638)
  • 1642 Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (d. 1707)
  • 1644 Philips van Almonde, Dutch Zeeuws lt-admiral
  • 1673 Ahmed III, 23rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1703-30), born in Dobrich, Ottoman Empire (d. 1736)
  • 1678 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1722 Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
  • 1740 Princess Elizabeth Caroline of Wales (d. 1759)
  • 1741 Bartolomeo Giacometti, Italian composer, born in Verona, Republic of Venice (d. 1809)
  • 1756 Paul Wranitzky [Pavel Vranicky], Moravian-Austrian composer, born in Neureisch (Nová Říše) in Habsburg Moravia (now Czechia) (d. 1808)
  • 1774 Pieter G Witsen Geysbeek, Dutch historian/literary [or Dec 31]
  • 1775 Heinrich Carl Ebell, German composer, born in Neu-Rippon, Germany (d. 1824)
  • 1784 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven
  • 1818 James Cantey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1874)
  • 1819 John White Geary, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1819 Theodor Fontane, German writer (Effi Briest)
  • 1828 Mark Perrin Lowrey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1847 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, born in Selters, Duchy of Nassau (now Germany) (d. 1902)
  • 1848 Mary Frances Allitsen, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1850 John Milne, British geologist (developed the first modern seismograph), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1913)
  • 1851 Asa Griggs Candler, developed Coca-Cola
  • 1853 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)
  • 1855 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity)
  • 1859 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech composer, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1864 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Amantea, Italy (d. 1945)

Rudyard Kipling

1865 Rudyard Kipling, English author (Jungle Book, Gunga Din-Nobel 1907), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1936)

  • 1867 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1869 Adolphe Max, Belgian Rep (Lib)
  • 1869 Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist/humorist/professor
  • 1872 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)
  • 1873 Alfred "Al" Smith, American politician, 4 time Governor of New York (1919-20 and 1923-28), and 1st Catholic nominee for US President (1928), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1944)
  • 1878 William Aberhart, Canadian politician (d. 1943)
  • 1879 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Hindu philosopher/yogi (Maharshi Research Inst)
  • 1879 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), born in London, England (d. 1927)
  • 1880 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1883 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Mary Forbes, British actress (Terror by Night), born in Hornsey England (d. 1974)
  • 1884 Karl Heinrich David, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1951)

Hideki Tojo

1884 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), born in Tokyo (d. 1948)

  • 1887 Henry George Ley, British organist, composer, and teacher (Eton, 1926-45), born in Chagford, England (d. 1962)
  • 1889 Georg von der Vring, German painter and writer (Soldier Suhren), born in Brake, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, President of Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1891 Antoine Pinay, French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1892 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, born in Postoloprty, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1892 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), born in Albany, Wisconsin (d. 1972)
  • 1895 August De Boodt, Belgian politician
  • 1896 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]
  • 1899 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (d. 2001)
  • 1904 Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Emmanuel Levinas, philosopher
  • 1905 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1906 Carol Reed, English motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1906 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe
  • 1907 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Robert Grant Ferris, British politician (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi)
  • 1910 Paul Bowles, writer (The Shelting Sky), born in Queens, NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer and choral director (Danish Radio Choir, 1949-79), born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1917 Nancy Coleman, actress (Edge of Darkness), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1917 Seymour Melman, American industrial engineer (d. 2004)
  • 1918 W Eugene Smith, US photographer (Saipan, Walk to Paradise Garden)
  • 1919 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College Choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • 1919 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), born in Thornaby-on-Tees, England (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1920 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)
  • 1920 Jack Lord, American actor (Steve McGarrett in Hawaii FIVE-O, God's Little Acre), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Rashid Karami, Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955..87 of Lebanon
  • 1923 Sara A Lidman, Swedish author (Jag Och Min Son, Samtal in Hanoi)
  • 1926 Stanley Tracey, British jazz pianist and composer (Under Milk Wood), born in Denmark Hill, South London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Bernard Barrow, American actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1927 M Lawrence Antouin, college president (Emeritis)
  • 1928 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Bob Bouma, Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row)
  • 1929 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Jerome Theisen, American Abbot Primate of the Benedictine order of monks, born in Loyal, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Charles A Bassett II, Captain USAF/astronaut, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1931 Richard Christ, writer
  • 1931 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country-pop singer-songwriter ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"; "Set Him Free"; "The End Of The World"),, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Ike Skelton, US Congressman (Democrat: 1977-2011), born in Lexington, Missouri(d. 2013)
  • 1933 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Barry Briggs, New Zealand speedway rider (World Champion 1957-58, 64, 66; British Championship 1961, 64-67, 69), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1934 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London
  • 1934 Russ Tamblyn, actor (Win Place or Steal, Twin Peaks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1934 Joseph Bologna, American actor (Citizen Cohn, My Favorite Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1934 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1934 John Norris Bahcall, American physicist (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Joseph P. Hoar, former US Central Command commander
  • 1935 Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon (1967-2009), born in Lewai, French Equatorial Africa [now Bongoville, Gabon] (d. 2009)
  • 1935 Bruno Canino, Italian pianist, harpsichordist, composer, and music director, born in Naples, Italy

Sandy Koufax

1935 Sandy Koufax, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955, 59, 63, 65; perfect game 1967; Cy Young Award 1963, 65, 66; Triple Crown 1963, 65, 66; LA Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1935 Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), born in Cleveland (d. 2016)
  • 1937 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1937 (Noel) Paul Stookey, singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Doeke Eisma, Dutch sociologist and politician (D66)
  • 1939 Glenda Adams, Australian author (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1939 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now", born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1940 James Burrows, AmericanTV producer and director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Cheers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942 Fred Ward, actor (Chain Reaction, Thunderheart, Equinox), born in San Diego, California
  • 1942 Michael Nesmith, American rock guitarist (The Monkees), and singer-songwriter ("Different Drum"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1942 Vladimir Bukovsky, Russian author and dissident
  • 1942 Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1942 Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian
  • 1943 Rolf Gehlhaar, German-American electronic and avant-garde composer, born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1944 William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy Admiral, former U.S. Central Command commander, born in East Orange, New Jersey

Davy Jones

1945 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), and actor (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

  • 1945 John Kevin Moorhouse, test pilot
  • 1945 Preston Andrew Trombly, American classical and jazz clarinetist, and radio broadcaster, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1945 Concetta Tomei, American actress
  • 1945 Vernon Wells, Australian actor
  • 1946 Patti Smith, American poet and punk rock vocalist (Horses; "Because The Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British drummer (Jethro Tull, 1967-71), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1947 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing", Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • 1947 Michael Burns, American actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1947 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • 1947 Janet Mills, American lawyer and politician, first female Governor of Maine (2018-), born in Farmington, Maine
  • 1948 Surinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala 124 on debut v NZ 1976)
  • 1949 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1949 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), born in Lachine, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1999)
  • 1950 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1950 Lewis Shiner, American sci-fi/fantasy author
  • 1950 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • 1951 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1951 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • 1952 Larry Bartlett, photographic printer
  • 1952 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952 June Anderson, American coloratura soprano, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Daniel T Barry, PhD/MD/astronaut (STS 72), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1953 Bill Kazmaier, American powerlifter
  • 1953 Harald Schmautz, German-born journalist
  • 1953 Meredith Vieira, American television journalist
  • 1955 Dindo Yogo [Mabeli], Congolese singer and musician, known as La Voix Cassée, born in Lokutu, Belgian Congo (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Chéri Samba (Mbimba N'zinga), Congolese contemporary artist, born in Kinto M’Vuila, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 1956 Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress on stage (Dreamgirls - Tony Award, 1981); in film (To Sleep with Anger); and television (Moesha), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1956 Suzy Bogguss, American country singer ("Drive South"; "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1956 Patricia Kalember, American actress (Sisters - "Georgie Whitsig"; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), born in Schnectady, New York
  • 1957 Matt Lauer, American TV host (Today Show 1997-2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Brandon Clark, American actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Steven L Smith, astronaut (STS 68, 82), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1958 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • 1959 Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
  • 1959 Paul Milton Jackson Jr., American session and jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1961 Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • 1961 Douglas Coupland, Canadian author
  • 1961 Bill English, New Zealand politician and Prime Minister (National: 2016-17), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • 1962 Henry Cho, Korean-American comedian
  • 1963 Alessandra Mussolini, actress (Ferragosto OK), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1963 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • 1963 Milan Srejber, Czech tennis star
  • 1963 Chandler Burr, American author, born in Chicago, Illinois

Mike Pompeo

1963 Mike Pompeo, American politician, US Secretary of State (2018-), born in Orange, California

  • 1964 Kimberly Taylor [Cindy], model/Penthouse Pet (1990)
  • 1964 Kris Tschetter, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1965 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1965 Heidi Fleiss, American madam
  • 1968 Kevin Dahl, Regina, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Sean Higgins, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969 Anthuan Maybank, Georgetown SC, 200m/400m runner
  • 1969 Jeff Thomason, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Michelle McGann, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1969 Dave England, American television personality
  • 1969 Jay Kay [Jason Cheetham], English jazz-funk singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • 1969 Enno Poppe, German composer (Rundfunk), conductor (ensemble mosaik), and teacher, born in Hemer, Germany
  • 1971 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Daniel Sunjata, American actor
  • 1972 Kerry Collins, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback ( Penn State Uni; Pro Bowl 1996, 2008; Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1972 Maureen Flannigan, actress (Evie-Out of This World)
  • 1972 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • 1973 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1973 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • 1974 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (d. 2007)

Tiger Woods

1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer (15 major titles; 81 PGA Tour titles; 41 European Tour titles), born in Cypress, California

  • 1976 A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player