Famous Birthdays on December 31

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 206

  • 695 Muhammad bin Qasim, Umayyad general, born in Ta'if, Saudi Arabia (d. 715)
  • 1378 Pope Callixtus III [Alfonso de Borgia], head of the Catholic Church & ruler of the Papal States (1455-58), born in Kingdom of Valencia (d. 1458)

Person of interestJacques Cartier

1491 Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France, born in St. Malo, Brittany (d. 1557)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1514 Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1564)
  • 1540 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri)
  • 1572 Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan, (d. 1617)
  • 1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, Italian composer (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), born in Italy (d. 1630 or 31)
  • 1668 Hermannus Boerhaave, Dutch botanist & physician, born in Voorhout, Netherlands (d. 1738)
  • 1720 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), born in Rome (d. 1788)
  • 1724 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, Czech organist & composer, born in Lahošť, Czech Republic (d. 1788)

Person of interestCharles Cornwallis

1738 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), born in London (d. 1805)

General and Colonial Administrator Charles Cornwallis
General and Colonial Administrator
Charles Cornwallis
  • 1741 Isabella Maria of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1763)
  • 1763 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral, born in Valensole, France (d. 1806)
  • 1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, German violinist & composer, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1867)
  • 1805 Marie d'Agoult (Daniel Stern), French author (Knife), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1876)
  • 1815 George Gordon Meade, Spanish-American Major General (Union Army), born in Cádiz, Spain (d. 1872)

  • 1818 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1825 Francis Trowbridge Sherman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Newtown, Connecticut (d. 1905)
  • 1826 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)
  • 1830 Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1863-79), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1895)
  • 1838 Emile Loubet, French politician (President 1899-1906), born in Marsanne, France (d. 1929)
  • 1846 Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, vicar/Dutch anarchist (Right for all)
  • 1846 Richard Kleinmichel, Russian composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1901)
  • 1855 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist & poet, born in San Mauro Pascoli, Italy (d. 1912)
  • 1857 King Kelly, American baseball player, born in Troy, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1859 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1860 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist, born in Pennsylvania, United States (d. 1937)
  • 1863 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Dizionario Moderno), born in Senigallia, Italy (d. 1939)
  • 1864 Robert G Aitken, American astronomer (Binary Stars), born in Jackson, California (d. 1951)

Person of interestHenri Matisse

1869 Henri Matisse, French impressionist painter (Odalisque), born in Le Cateau-Cambresis, France (d. 1954)

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • 1870 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)
  • 1874 Ernest Austin, English composer, born in Poplar, London (d. 1947)
  • 1877 Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author, born in Wirksworth, United Kingdom (d. 1967)
  • 1878 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), born in Salto, Uruguay (d. 1937)
  • 1878 Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswoman, born in Woodbridge, Ontario (d. 1966)

Person of interestGeorge Marshall

1880 George Marshall, US Secretary of State (1947-49) who authored the Marshall Plan (Nobel 1953), born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1880 Fred Beebe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1881 Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1881 Jacob Israël de Haan, Dutch poet/writer (Pipelines, Jewish Song), born in Holland, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1881 Max Pechstein, German "entartet" painter and graphic artist (The Bridge), born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1882 Ben Jones, American horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), born in Parnell, Missouri (d. 1961)

  • 1882 David Cohen, Dutch historian and chairman of the Jewish Council, born in Deventer, Holland (d. 1967)
  • 1884 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1885 Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein, born in Province of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)
  • 1892 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), born in Hillsdale, Michigan (d. 1963)
  • 1893 Jimmy Blanckenberg, South African cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist & author (Flemish Resurrection), born in Saint-Gilles, Brussels (d. 1975)
  • 1894 Ernest John Moeran, English composer, born in London Borough of Hounslow, United Kingdom (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Ronald Adam, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1897 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), born in Clydach, Swansea, Wales (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Gaston Glass, American-French actor & producer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Chuck Gardiner, Canadian NHL goalie (Vezina winner), born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (d. 1934)
  • 1904 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1905 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), born in Flers, France (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Jule Styne, English songwriter & composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), born in Sekežintsõ, Ostrog (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Erna Bogen-Bogáti, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Jaroslaw, Poland (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Marko Rothmuller, Croatian composer, born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Simon Wiesenthal, Jewish-Austrian holocaust survivor & Nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center), born in Buchach, Ukraine (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), born in Rigewood, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1910 Roy Rowland, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Dal Stivens, Australian novelist, born in Blayney, Australia (d. 1997)
  • 1912 John Frost, British airborne officer, born in Pune, India (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rodgers Show, Man from Music Mountain), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France
  • 1917 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1919 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Artur Fischer, German inventor with more patents than Edison, born in Tumlingen, Baden-Württemberg (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, born in Abbeville, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Lynn Compton, American jurist (Sirhan Sirhan prosecutor) and commissioned officer (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1924 Taylor Mead, American writer, actor and performer (Factory, Taylor Mead's Ass), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), born in Riesa, Saxony (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Hugh McElhenny, American NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, born in Viipuri (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Siné [Maurice Sinet], French cartoonist, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], American hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Mies Bouman, Dutch television presenter (Open the Village), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Sidney Greenbaum, British scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Bob Shaw, Northern Irish sci-fi author (Light of Other Days, The Ragged Astronauts), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1996)
  • 1932 George Schlatter, American television producer & director (Laugh-in), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933 Edward Bunker, American author & actor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Chryssa [Vardea-Mavromichali], Greek-American artist, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Akram Awan, Islamic scholar & spiritual leader, born in Chakwal, Pakistan (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Peter Allan, Australian cricketer (1 Test Australia v England 1965, 2-58 & 0-25), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1935 Rolf Haufs, German writer, born in Düsseldorf (d. 2013)

Person of interestSalman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

1935 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (2015-present), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Person of interestAnthony Hopkins

1937 Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor (Elephant Man, QB VII, Magic, Bounty), born in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales

  • 1937 Nicolas Born, German writer, born in Duisburg (d. 1979)
  • 1937 Avram Hershko, Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, born in Karcag, Hungary
  • 1938 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater (world champ, born in Grou, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Henricus G Wijmans, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1938 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Omega Man, Wrong is Right), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Afaq Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64), born in Lucknow, India (d. 2002)
  • 1939 Willye White, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1956, appeared in 5 Olympics), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), born in Lydenburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Tim Considine, American actor (Mike-My 3 Sons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, born in Leningrad
  • 1940 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1941 Milkha Singh, Indian cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests), born in Madras, India (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Sarah Miles, English actress (Ryan's Hope, Big Sleep, Venom), born in Essex
  • 1941 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1942 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Pete Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, England (d. 2010)

Person of interestBen Kingsley

1943 Ben Kingsley, English actor (Gandhi, Betrayal), born in Scarborough, England


Person of interestJohn Denver

1943 John Denver, American country singer (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's a country boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1944 Taylor Hackford, American director (Devil's Advocate, Ray), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1945 Claude Marks, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1945 Barbara Carrera, Nicaraguan actress (Angelica-Dallas), born in Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • 1946 Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights advocate, born in Filabusi, Zimbabwe

Person of interestDiane von Furstenberg

1946 Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-born American fashion designer (wrap dress), born in Brussels

Fashion Designer Diane von Furstenberg
Fashion Designer
Diane von Furstenberg
  • 1946 Cliff Richey, American tennis player (Davis Cup 1969-70), born in San Angelo, Texas
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, Canadian musician (Guess Who-These Eyes), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1947 Tim Matheson, American actor (Animal House, Fletch, Up the Creek), born in Glendale, California
  • 1947 Rita Lee, Brazilian musician, born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestDonna Summer

1948 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1948 Joe Dallesandro, American actor (Heat, Trash, AW Frankenstein), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1948 Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11, TM-18)
  • 1948 René Robert, Canadian NHL player, born in Trois-Rivières, Canada
  • 1949 Ellen Datlow, American editor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Susan Shwartz, American author, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1949 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1950 Inge Helten, German sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Sinzig, Germany
  • 1950 Bob Gilder, American golfer (6 PGA tour titles), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • 1951 Fermin Goytisolo, American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Michael Allen Bantom, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Tom Hamilton, American rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1953 James Remar, American actor (48 Hours, Rent-a-Cop, Cotton Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Jane Badler, American actress (Fine Gold, Easy Kill, V), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Yahya Ould Hademine, Mauritanian politician & 13th Prime Minister of Mauritania (2014-present), born in Timbédra, French West Africa
  • 1954 Alex Salmond, Scottish politician (Scottish National Party) First Minister of Scotland (2007-14), born in Linlithgow, Scotland
  • 1954 Hermann Tilke, German racing circuit architect, born in Olpe, Germany
  • 1955 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss (D-Company), born in Khed, Ratnagiri, India
  • 1955 Michigan J. Frog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "One Froggy Evening"
  • 1956 Martin Joseph Fettman, American researcher & astronaut (STS 58), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Steve Rude, American comics artist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1958 Geoff Marsh, Australian cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92), born in Northam, Australia
  • 1959 Bebe Neuwirth, American actress (Lilith in Cheers, Damn Yankees), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, American musician (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1959 Val Kilmer, American actor (Top Secret, Top Gun, Willow), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Phill Kline, American politician, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru
  • 1959 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor, born in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1981)
  • 1960 Broderick Dyke, Australian tennis player, born in Gumeracha, Australia
  • 1961 Joanna Johnson, American actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful), born in Phoenix, Arizona

  • 1961 Rick Aguilera, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1962 Don Diamont, American actor (Brad-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Tyrone Corbin, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1962 Heather McCartney, American-British potter & artist, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1963 Ed Simmons, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in French Camp, California
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1963 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1964 Denis Hickey, Australian cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan), born in Mooroopna, Australia
  • 1964 Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1964 Liz Masakayan, Filipino WPVA volleyball player (Best of Beach-3rd-1994), born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • 1964 Winston Benjamin, Antiguan cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95), born in All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Julie Doucet, Canadian underground cartoonist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1965 Gong Li, Chinese actress ( Farewell My Concubine), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1965 Nicholas Sparks, American author (The Notebook), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1966 Paula Barbieri, American model & actress (Dangerous), born in Panama City, Florida
  • 1967 Brad Daluiso, American NFL placekicker (NY Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Gerry Dee, Canadian comedian & actor, born in Scarborough, Canada
  • 1969 Dominik Diamond, Scottish presenter & newspaper columnist, born in Arbroath, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Bryon Russell, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1970 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1970 Edwin Huizinga, Dutch football player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen), born in Drachten, Netherlands
  • 1970 Michel Brunet, Canadian ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Gatineau, Quebec
  • 1971 Brent Barry, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1971 Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • 1971 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • 1971 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1972 Chris Parker, American football running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1972 Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Kelvin Kinney, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Montgomery, West Virginia
  • 1972 Cole Ford, American football placekicker (Oakland Raiders), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1973 Curtis Myden, Canadian 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic 2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 George Jones, American running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Dumfries, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • 1974 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974 Ryan Sakoda, Japanese American professional wrestler, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1976 Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser, born in South Africa
  • 1977 Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1978 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1979 Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress, born in Raheny, Republic of Ireland
  • 1980 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 1980 Matt Cross, American professional wrestler, born in Brecksville, Ohio
  • 1981 Jason Campbell, American football player, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1981 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player, born in Adelaide, Australia