On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 7

  • 521 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, born in Gartan, Ireland (d. 597)
  • 903 Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Persian astronomer, born in Rey, Buyid Persia (d. 986)
  • 967 Abū-Sa'īd Abul-Khayr, Persian mystic and poet, born in Mihne, Greater Khorasan (d. 1049)
  • 1302 Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1339)
  • 1545 Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary I of Scotland, born in Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England (d. 1567)
  • 1557 Girolamo Trombetti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1628)
  • 1561 Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period (d. 1625)

Person of interestGian Lorenzo Bernini

1598 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • 1604 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, born in Altdorf, Weingarten, Württemberg (d. 1672)
  • 1637 Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer, born in Massa e Cozzile, Tuscany (d. 1710)
  • 1648 Giovanni Maria Capelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1726)
  • 1731 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron, French scholar and interpreter, born in Paris (d. 1805)
  • 1751 Jurriaan François de Friderici, governor-general of Suriname, born in Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1812)
  • 1754 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)
  • 1764 Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, French marshal, born in Lamarche, France (d. 1841)
  • 1772 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, Bohemian aristocrat and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1816)

  • 1784 Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet and author, born in Keir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (d. 1842)
  • 1801 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1862)
  • 1803 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Saxony (d. 1829)
  • 1808 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)
  • 1810 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, born in Neuss, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1810 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist, born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1894)
  • 1823 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), born in Liegnitz, Province of Silesia, Prussia (d. 1891)
  • 1830 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1835 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, born in Bouzemont, France (d. 1923)
  • 1839 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Crediton, Devon (d. 1908)
  • 1840 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • 1842 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist and sociologist (schedelmetingen), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • 1857 Niccolò van Westerhout, Italian composer, born in Mola di Bari, Italy (d. 1898)
  • 1860 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Silverdale, Staffordshire, England (d. 1947)
  • 1862 Paul Adam, French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde), born in Paris (d. 1920)
  • 1863 John Ebenezer West, English composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1929)
  • 1863 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1863 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Forest King), born in Velika Moštanica, Principality of Serbia (d. 1899)
  • 1863 Felix Calonder, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Scuol, Switzerland
  • 1872 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • 1873 Willa Cather, American author (My Ántonia), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1947)
  • 1876 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv), born in Regensburg, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), born in Sakai, Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1942)
  • 1879 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1972)

  • 1882 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26), Warren, New South Wales (d. 1954)
  • 1887 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Melodie Lehre), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Hamilton Fish III, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Garrison, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1888 Joyce Cary, Anglo-Irish writer (House of Children), born in Londonderry, Ireland (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st President of American Newspaper Guild
  • 1889 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer (d. 1973)
  • 1891 Fay Bainter, American actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), born in Leamington, England (d. 1973)
  • 1892 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Jack Pennick, American actor (Lady From Louisiana), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Tony Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944)) (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, India (d. 1979)
  • 1903 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, born in Osijek, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), born in Watonga, Oklahoma (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune), born in Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1906 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Jacques Gans, Dutch author and journalist, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1908 John Doeg, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Jacob Kainen, American painter and curator, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1909 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2011)
  • 1910 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1910 Rod Cameron [Nathan Roderick Cox], Canadian actor (City Detective, State Trooper, Trigger Trail), born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Louis Prima, American musician (That Old Black Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, born in Pembroke, Wales (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Winston Place, English cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), Los Angeles, California (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Eli Wallach, American actor (Magnificent 7, The Misfits, People Next Door), born in Brooklyn New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • 1918 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2017)
  • 1919 Ellen Stewart, American actress, director and founder of La Mama Theatre Group, born in the US (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (Mary Tyler Moore, Too Close for Comfort), born in Terryville, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1924 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)

Person of interestMário Soares

1924 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2017)

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 1925 Hernando da Silva Ramos, French-Brazilian racing driver, born in Paris
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, born in Marburg, Germany
  • 1927 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)

Person of interestNoam Chomsky

1928 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philospher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist and Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist and Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 1928 Raymond Warren, British composer
  • 1930 Richard Felciano, American composer, born in Santa Rosa, California

Person of interestEllen Burstyn

1932 Ellen Burstyn, American actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn't Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

Actress Ellen Burstyn
Actress
Ellen Burstyn
  • 1932 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son), born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Paul Caponigro, American photographer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Jean-Claude Casadesus, French conductor, born in Paris
  • 1936 Martha Layne Collins, American businesswoman and politician (56th Governor of Kentucky), born in Bagdad, Kentucky
  • 1937 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Kumar Shahani, Indian writer and director (Kasbam Tarang, Maya Darpan), born in Larkana, Sindh
  • 1940 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1942 Harry Chapin, American rock vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Cradle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1942 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1943 Göran Lennmarker, Swedish politician, born in Norberg, Västmanland County, Sweden
  • 1943 Bernard C. Parks, American politician and Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1943 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1945 Marion Rung, Finnish pop singer, born in Helsinki, Finland

Person of interestJohnny Bench

1947 Johnny Bench, MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 1947 Mino Reitano, Italian entertainer, born in Fiumara, Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1947 Peter de Jong, Dutch actor (Maxi-Mini & Maxi), born in Amsterdam
  • 1947 Vincent Baggetta, American actor (Lou-Chicago Story), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Tony Thomas, American TV and film producer, born in Hollywood, California

  • 1948 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1948 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1948 Mads Vinding, Danish bassist, born in Copenhagen
  • 1949 Tom Waits, American rocker and songwriter (Blue Valentine), born in Pomona, California
  • 1951 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist and keyboardist (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1952 Georges Corraface, Greek-French actor and president of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, born in Paris
  • 1952 Susan Collins, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), born in Caribou, Maine
  • 1954 Bertín Osborne, Italian entertainer, born in Madrid
  • 1954 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • 1954 Julie Halston, American actress (Juror, Drunks, Addams Family Values), born in Suffolk County, New York
  • 1954 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1954 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1955 Priscilla Barnes, American actress (License to Kill, 3s Company), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1955 John Watkins, Australian politician (Deputy Premier of New South Wales), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1957 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1957 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • 1958 Edd Hall, TV announcer (Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
  • 1958 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1959 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • 1960 Craig Scanlon, English guitarist (The Fall)
  • 1961 Mary Beth Evans, actress (Katherine Ashton-Gen Hospital), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1962 Grecia Colmenares, Italian entertainer
  • 1963 Barbara Weathers, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • 1964 Duncan Miller, rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1964 Roberta Close, Brazilian model
  • 1964 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • 1964 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • 1965 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Keith, Scotland
  • 1965 Jeffrey Wright, American actor (Angels in America, Westworld), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
  • 1967 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1967 Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
  • 1968 Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Keith Goganious, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Ricky Ervins, NFL running back (SF 49ers)

  • 1968 Tom Myslinski, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1969 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, born in Boston (d. 2011)
  • 1970 Courtney Browne, cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995)
  • 1971 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • 1971 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
  • 1972 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1972 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • 1972 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis star
  • 1972 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1972 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier
  • 1972 Tammy Lynn Sytch, American professional wrestler
  • 1973 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
  • 1974 Nicole Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • 1974 Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist
  • 1975 Nikola Wapzarow, writer
  • 1975 Jamie Clapham, English footballer
  • 1976 Alan Faneca, American football player
  • 1976 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
  • 1976 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Vanessa Lorenzo, Spanish fashion model
  • 1977 Francesca Lubiani, Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
  • 1977 Dominic Howard, English drummer (Muse)
  • 1977 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • 1978 Shiri Appleby, American actress
  • 1978 Frankie J, Mexican-born American singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1978 Chad Dukes, Radio Personality
  • 1979 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • 1979 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1979 Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
  • 1979 Sara Bareilles, American singer
  • 1979 Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
  • 1980 John Terry, English soccer defender (78 caps; Chelsea), born in London, England
  • 1984 Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver
  • 1984 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer
  • 1984 Aaron Gray, American basketball player
  • 1986 Billy Horschel, American golfer (FedEx Cup 2014, 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Grant, Florida
  • 1987 Aaron Carter, American singer and actor
  • 1987 Baran Kosari, Iranian actress
  • 1988 Emily Browning, Australian actress
  • 1988 Asia Ray Smith, American actress
  • 1988 Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 2012), born in Bremerton, Washington
  • 1989 Nicholas Hoult, English actor (The Favourite), born in Wokingham, England
  • 2003 Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands