On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 5

  • 1377 Jianwen, 2nd Emperor of the Ming Empire (1398-1402), born in China (d. 1402)

Person of interestJulius II

1443 Julius II, Italian Pope (1503-13) and patron of Michelangelo, Bramante and Raphael, born in Albisola, Republic of Genoa (d. 1513)

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • 1495 Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish grammarian, born in Diest, Belgium (d. 1542)
  • 1537 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, 15th Japanese shōgun, born in Japan (d. 1597)
  • 1539 Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian and founder of Socinianism, born in Siena, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1604)
  • 1547 Ubbo Emmius [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist and historian, born in Greetsiel, East Frisia (d. 1625)
  • 1661 Robert Haley, 1st Earl of Oxford and English premier (Whig, 1710-14), born in Covent Garden, Middlesex, Kingdom of England (d. 1725)
  • 1666 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)
  • 1687 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1762)
  • 1697 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, born in Florence (d. 1744)
  • 1697 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, born in Naples (d. 1771)
  • 1724 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, born in Gnadendorf, Lower Austria (d. 1799)

Person of interestMartin Van Buren

1782 Martin Van Buren, 8th US President (Democrat: 1837-41), born in Kinderhook, New York (d. 1862)

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • 1786 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, born in The Grange, Hampshire (d. 1860)
  • 1803 Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and statesman, born in Bryansk, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1873)
  • 1820 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, born in Mtsensk, Russia (d. 1892)

  • 1822 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1824 Titian James Coffey, Atty Gen (Union), (d. 1867)
  • 1826 John Benjamin Sanborn, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Epsom, New Hampshire (d. 1904)
  • 1829 Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian politician (7th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), born in Épernay, France (d. 1908)
  • 1830 Christina Rossetti, English poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away), born in London, England (d. 1894)

Person of interestGeorge Armstrong Custer

1839 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, born in New Rumley, Ohio (d. 1876)

  • 1841 Marcus Daly, Irish-American mining tycoon, born in Ballyjamesduff, Ulster, Ireland (d. 1900)
  • 1844 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, born in Oldbury, Worcestershire (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1855 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist and ornithologist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)

Person of interestJohn Jellicoe

1859 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), born in Southampton, England (d. 1935)

British Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Jellicoe
  • 1861 Armando Diaz, Italian marshal and minister of War (1922-24), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1928)
  • 1863 Paul Painlevé, French Prime Minister (1917, 1925), born in Paris (d. 1933)

Person of interestJózef Piłsudski

1867 Józef Piłsudski, Father of the Second Polish Republic who served as its Chief of State (1918-22), Marshall of Poland and later its de facto leader (1926-35), born in Zułów, Russian Empire (d. 1935)

Statesman and First Marshall Józef Piłsudski
Statesman and First Marshall
Józef Piłsudski
  • 1867 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1925)
  • 1868 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1951)
  • 1869 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), born in Muscatine, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • 1870 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, Czech Republic (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • 1872 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

  • 1875 Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (fought in WWI), born in Napperton, Ontario (d. 1933)
  • 1878 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, born in Montebello Vicentino, Veneto, Italy (d. 1964)
  • 1879 Clyde Cessna, American aviator and airplane manufacturer, born in Hawthorne, Louisiana (d. 1954)
  • 1880 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, born in Mazyr, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1884 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1931)
  • 1886 Pieter Oud, Dutch politician and Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), born in Purmerend, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Áskell Snorrason, Icelandic composer, born in Öndolfsstaðir, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • 1890 David Bomberg, English painter, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American filmmaker and screenwriter (Metropolis), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Alexander Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer, born in St Petersburg (d. 1956)
  • 1892 Cyril Ring, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, The Barber Shop), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1894 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), born in Winburg, Orange Free State (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • 1895 Elbert Frank Cox, African-American mathematician (first African-American to receive PhD in Mathematics), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Lady Huxley [Marie Juliette Baillot], Swiss sculptor and author, born in Auvernier, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1896 Willem Frederik Meinhardt Lampe, Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles, born in Netherlands Antilles (d. 1973)
  • 1897 Nunnally Johnson, American screenwriter and producer, born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1977)
  • 1898 Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, born in Malihabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1901 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1969)

Person of interestWalt Disney

1901 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1901 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, born in Aurum, Nevada (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

1903 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1969)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1905 Otto Preminger, Austrian director and producer (Laura, Exodus), born in Wiznitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian physicist (Contribution to the discovery of the pion or pi-meson decay), born in Fossombrone, Pesaro, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Abraham Polonsky, American writer and director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Alfred Manessier, French painter (leaded windows), born in Saint-Ouen, Somme, France (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Maisie Fitter, editor and conservationist (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (The Lieutenant Must Be Mad), born in Osterode, Germany (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Simone Gallimard, French editor and publisher (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Ken Downing, English racing driver, born in Chesterton, Staffordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Victor Collin Matthews, British businessman, born in Islington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1921 George Henderson, Scottish priest (Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977-92), born in Oban, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), born in Oakland, California (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), born in Makarovskaya, Vologda Oblast (d. 1984)
  • 1923 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1924 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1924 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), born in León, Nicaragua (d. 1980)

Person of interestBhumibol Adulyadej

1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1932 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1932 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1932 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, born in Khunzakhsky District, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Sheldon Lee Glashow, American theoretical physicist (Electroweak theory, Georgi–Glashow model), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer and music educator, born in Amsterdam (d. 2016)

  • 1933 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Joan Didion, American author and journalist (The year of Magical Thinking), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1934 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Calvin Trillin, American author (New Yorker), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1935 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1936 James Lee Burke, American writer (Dave Robicheaux series), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1939 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, born in Exin (d. 1986)
  • 1939 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • 1940 Peter Pohl, Swedish writer, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1940 Adrian Street, Welsh professional wrestler, born in Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales
  • 1942 Randy Kirby, American actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Eva Joly, Norwegian-French magistrate and politician (Europe Écologie–The Greens), born in Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
  • 1944 Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor (The Fugitive), born in Amsterdam
  • 1945 J W "Corkey" Fornof, American stunt coordinator (Octopussy), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946 Andy Kim [Andrew Joachim], Canadian rocker (Baby, I Love You), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona
  • 1947 Jim Messina, American rocker (Loggins & Messina-Your Mamma Don't Dance), born in Maywood, California
  • 1947 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1947 Jugderdemidjin Gurragcha, Mongolian cosmonaut (Soyuz 39), born in Gurvanbulag, Bulgan, Mongolia
  • 1947 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician (8th Prime Minister of Jamaica 2007-11), born in Chapelton, Jamaica
  • 1947 Tony Gregory, Irish politician, born in Dublin
  • 1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1949 Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1949 Lewis Arlt, American actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1949 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1950 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1992)

  • 1950 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1951 Morgan Brittany [Suzanne Cupito], American actress (Katherine-Dallas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Tom Purtzer, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951 Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian artist, born in Antwerp
  • 1952 Bobby Barth, American rocker vocalist and guitarist (Axe), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1953 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1953 Larry Zbyszko [Living Legend, Whistler], American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer (1. FC Köln), born in Düsseldorf, West Germany
  • 1956 Brian Backer, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
  • 1957 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1957 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Dean Erickson, American actor and founder and CEO of Bionic Capital LLC, born in Maine
  • 1959 Nikki Gianulias, American ten-pin bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979), born in Vallejo, California
  • 1959 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1959 Connie Needham Newton, American actress (Eight is Enough, Fame), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Jack Russell, American rocker (Great White-Twice Shy), born in Montebello, California
  • 1960 Les Nemes, English rock bassist (Haircut 100), born in Croydon, England
  • 1962 José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1963 Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1963 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper, born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1964 Pablo Morales, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic 3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician (Under Mi Sleng Teng), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1966 Joseph Barbara, American actor (Joe Carlino-Another World), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • 1966 Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • 1966 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), born in Forbach, Lorraine, France
  • 1967 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967 René Shuman, Dutch bandleader and singer, born in Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands

  • 1967 Gary Allan, American country musician (Used Heart For Sale), born in La Mirada, California
  • 1967 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin (fourth son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela), born in Madrid
  • 1968 Lisa Marie [Sliwa], American actress (Mars Attack), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1968 Margaret Cho, American actress and comedienne (Face/Off), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Rhett Hall, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morgan Hill, California
  • 1969 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman, born in Gatooma, Rhodesia
  • 1969 Morgan J. Freeman, American film director (Hurricane Streets), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English-South African swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1969 Sajid Javid, British politician, Home Secretary (2018-), born in Littleborough, England
  • 1970 Kevin Haller, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Trochu, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970 Susan Sloane, American tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1971 Bryan Schwartz, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in St. Lawrence, South Dakota
  • 1971 Marrio Grier, NFL fullback (New England Patriots), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1971 Kali Rocha, American actress (Liv and Maddie), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Cliff Floyd, MLB outfielder and 1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Randolph Ross, American 110m hurdler, born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1972 Roderick Mullen, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1972 Angela Shelton, American actress and screenwriter (Tumbleweeds), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1973 Corissa Yasen, American WNBA forward and guard (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1973 Shalom Harlow, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Luboš Motl, Czech theoretical physicist, born in Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • 1973 Sorin Grindeanu, Romanian Prime Minister (2017), born in Caransebeș, Romania
  • 1974 Charlie Batch, American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRonnie O'Sullivan

1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (5-time world champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 1975 Paula Patton, American actress (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer, born in Toulouse, France
  • 1976 Amy Acker, American actress (Root-Person of Interest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese-American Mando-pop singer, born in Longview, Texas

  • 1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer (Juventus), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer, born in Aflou, Algeria
  • 1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer (Rangers), born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • 1979 Nick Stahl, American actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Harlingen, Texas
  • 1980 Shizuka Itō, Japanese voice actress (seiyū), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1981 Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress (The Last Breakthrough), born in Hong Kong
  • 1982 Keri Hilson, American singer and songwriter (The Way I Are), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1982 Trai Essex, American football player, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1984 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Frankie Muniz, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985 Josh Smith, American basketball player (New Orleans Pelicans), born in College Park, Georgia
  • 1988 Ross Bagley, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1989 Megan Lovell, American singer and guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1994 Emily Marie Estefan, American music artist and daughter of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, born in Miami, Florida