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Famous Birthdays on December 8

Horace

65 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), born in Venosa, Italy (d. 8 BC)

Mary, Queen of Scots

1542 Mary, Queen of Scots [Mary Stuart], Queen of Scotland (1560-87), born in Linlithgow Palace, Scotland (d. 1587)

  • 1574 Maria Anna of Bavaria, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, born in Munich, Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1616)
  • 1626 Christina, Queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic (1644-54), born in Tre Kronor Castle, Stockholm (d. 1689)
  • 1678 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, born in Houghton, Cambridge, England (d. 1757)
  • 1699 Maria Josepha of Austria, Queen consort of Poland (1734-57), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria (d. 1757)
  • 1704 Anton de Haen, Austrian medical expert (Ratio Medendi), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1776)
  • 1708 Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1745-1765), born in Ducal Palace of Nancy, Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1765)
  • 1715 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar and poet (Frisianche rymlery)
  • 1724 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, born in Dijon, France (d. 1799)
  • 1728 Johann Georg von Zimmermann, Swiss philosophical author and physician, born in Brugg, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1795)
  • 1730 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, born in Breda, Staats-Brabant, Dutch Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1731 František Xaver Dušek, Czech composer, born in Chotěborky, Jaroměř, Czech Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1737 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1741 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1744 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, born in Estaires, France (d. 1827)

Eli Whitney

1765 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1825)

  • 1789 John Fawcett, English sacred music composer, born in Wennington, Lancahire, England (d. 1867)
  • 1795 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1864)
  • 1795 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish-German astronomer (Hansen hypothesis), born in Tønder, Schleswig, Denmark (d. 1874)
  • 1811 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • 1815 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist, born in Breslau, Prussian Silesia (d. 1905)
  • 1816 August Belmont, Prussian-American financier and diplomat (U.S. Minister to the Netherlands 1853-57), born in Alzey, Hesse, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (Council President of Denmark 1865-70), born in Frijsenborg, Denmark (d. 1896)
  • 1821 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1822 Luther Prentice Bradley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1910)
  • 1826 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist, born in Menzendorf, Germany (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Clinton Bowen Fisk, American abolitionist, Brevet Major General (Union Army), helped establish 1st free public schools in the South, born in York, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1828 Robert Bullock, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, born in Kvikne, Norway (d. 1910)
  • 1861 Aristide Maillol, French painter and sculptor (Seated Woman), born in Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roussillon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1861 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1861 George Méliès, French early filmmaker (A trip to the Moon), born in Paris (d. 1938)
  • 1862 Georges Feydeau, French playwright (La Dame de Chez Maxim's), born in Paris (d. 1921)
  • 1865 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (proved the prime number theorem), born in Versailles, France (d. 1963)

Jean Sibelius

1865 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland (d. 1957)

  • 1874 Ernst Moro, Austrian physician and pediatrician (Moro reflex), born in Laibach, Duchy of Carniola, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1944)
  • 1881 Padraic Colum, Irish novelist and poet (Collected Poems), born in Columcille, County Longford, Ireland (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Estrellita), born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1948)

Diego Rivera

1886 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, born in Guanajuato, México (d. 1957)

  • 1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), born in Chislehurst, England (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Hervey Allen, American writer and poet (Anthony Adverse), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1890 Bohuslav Martinů, Czech, composer (Hry o Marti), born in Polička, Bohemia (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Herbert "Bert" Hinkler, Australian aviator who made first solo flight from England to Australia (1928), born in Bundaberg, Queensland (d. 1933)
  • 1894 James Thurber, American humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1961)
  • 1894 E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Chester, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1897 Leslie Heward, English composer, born in Liversedge, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1899 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Sarah Williamson, US missionary in Liberia
  • 1900 Sun Li-jen, Chinese general (best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War), born in Jinnu, Lujiang, Chaohu, Anhui, Qing dynasty (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (The Jungle), born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, born in Cosel, German Empire (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Kitty Muggeridge, British author and translator, born in Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Zoltán Székely, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Kocs, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1904 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Charles Cushing, American composer, born in Oakland, California (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Julius Silverman, British Labour Party politician, born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley), born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1908 John Volpe, American politician (61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts) and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1969-73), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Lee J. Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1911 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Jura Soyfer, Austrian political journalist and cabaret writer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1913 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1913 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Sun Song), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), born in Cobar, NSW (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Corbett Davis, American NFL football fullback, 1938-42 ( Cleveland Rams), born in Lowell, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1915 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • 1916 Richard Fleischer, American film director (Doctor Dolittle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist and composer (Ca'i Organ), born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Ian Johnson, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), born in Pago Pago, American Samoa (d. 1997)
  • 1920 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Williamsville, Trinidad (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Ronald Gulliford, English educationalist (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Birmingham University 1979-81), born in Manchester (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), born in Kensington, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1922 John B. McKay, American test pilot (X-15), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1975)
  • 1922 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Rudolph Pariser, American chemist, born in Harbin, China
  • 1923 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)

Sammy Davis Jr.

1925 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen singer ("The Candy Man"), dancer, actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1925 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, born in Salamanca, Spain (d. 2000)

Joachim Fest

1926 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2006)

  • 1927 Vladimir Shatalov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 4, 8, 10), born in Petropavlovsk, Kazakh SSR
  • 1927 Ferdie Pacheco, American physician (cornerman for Mohammad Ali) and boxing analyst (NBC, Showtime), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Ulric Neisser, America psychologist (Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns, Bell Curve task force head), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1986)
  • 1929 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry (d. 2019)
  • 1930 John Morressy, American sci-fi author (Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane), born in Brooklyn, New York

Maximilian Schell

1930 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor and director (Odessa File, Julia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)

  • 1930 Julian Critchley, British journalist and politician, born in Islington, London (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, Czech-born Canadian composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1933 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (Flip Wilson Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Dharmendra, Indian actor (Sholay), born in Nasrali, Punjab, British India
  • 1935 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1936 David Carradine, American actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2009)
  • 1936 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • 1936 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1936 Brad Jurjens, Estonian director (The Bank Job), born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • 1936 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, (d. 2011)
  • 1937 James MacArthur, American actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1937 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch politician (Undersecretary of Defense (CDA), born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman, born in Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1939 James Galway, Irish classical flutist known as "The Man With the Golden Flute", born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1939 Lynn Wilson, contractor and multi-millionaire
  • 1940 Jenny Linden, English actress (Hedda, Dr Who & the Daleks), born in Worthing, Sussex, England
  • 1940 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • 1941 Albert J Evenhuis, Dutch undersecretary of Economic (VVD)
  • 1941 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • 1941 Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • 1941 Randall "Duke" Cunningham, US Navy fighter pilot and Congressman
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, British rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire
  • 1942 Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974)
  • 1942 Mario Savio, American political activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1942 (Frederick) "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), born in May Pen, Jamaica (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Patti Chandler, American actress (Bikini Beach), born in Culver City, California
  • 1943 Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts NY, actress (Eating Raoul, Terror Vision)
  • 1943 Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief (Evening News, Manchester)

Jim Morrison

1943 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

  • 1944 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • 1945 Donna Michelle, American actress (Beach Blanket Bingo) and Playboy playmate (Dec, 1963), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1945 John Banville, Irish novelist and journalist
  • 1946 Graham Knight, Scottish musician (Marmalade)
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Sharmila Tagore, Indian Actress
  • 1947 Belinda Balaski, actor (Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1947 Geoff Daking, American rocker (Blue Magoos)
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947 Kati-Claudia Fofonoff, Skolt Sámi writer

Jimmy Lai

1948 Jimmy Lai [Lai Chee-Ying], Chinese businessman (founder of Giordano), born in Guangzhou, China

  • 1948 Roscoe Nance, American sportswriter (USA Today; Mississippi’s first African American sportswriter at mainstream newspaper), born in Enterprise, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Mary Gordon, American author
  • 1949 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • 1949 Robert Sternberg, Proposed the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
  • 1950 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1950 Rick Baker, American special effects makeup artist (Exorcist), born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1950 Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • 1950 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), born in West Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1950 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Richmond, Virgina (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Bill Bryson, American British author (Notes From a Small Island), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1951 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1952 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1952 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister

Sam Kinison

1953 Sam Kinison, American screaming comedian and actor (Back to School, Charlie Hoover), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1992)

  • 1953 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Kim Basinger, American actress
  • 1953 Norman Finkelstein, American professor, activist
  • 1953 Stan Harrison, American rock and jazz saxophonist and woodwind player (Mud Music Ensemble)
  • 1953 Ric Sanders, British folk-rock, jazz violinist (Fairport Convention; Stomu Yamash'ta; Soft Machine, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1954 Harold Hongju Koh, Korean-American Dean of Yale Law School
  • 1955 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • 1955 Kasim Sulton, American session and touring bass guitarist (Utopia; Todd Rundgren; Meatloaf), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1956 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • 1956 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - "Love Bites"), born in London, England
  • 1958 Billy Hufsey, actor (Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life)
  • 1958 Wayne Dickert, slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1958 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1958 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • 1959 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1959 Paul Rutherford, British rock vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood - "Relax"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Jim Yong Kim, South Korean-American physician, anthropologist and President of the World Bank, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1960 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP), born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • 1961 Ann Coulter, American author, political commentator, and attorney
  • 1961 Mikey Robins, Australian comedian
  • 1962 Berry van Aerle, Dutch soccer star (PSV)
  • 1962 Marty Friedman, American heavy metal guitarist (Megadeath), born in Washington, D.C.

Steve Elkington

1962 Steve Elkington, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 1995; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Inverell, New South Wales

  • 1962 Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Venezuelan conductor (Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, 2003-present), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 1963 Toshiaki Kawada, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1964 Teri Hatcher, actress (Lois & Clark, Desperate Housewives), born in Sunnyvale, California
  • 1964 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • 1964 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • 1965 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1965 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1965 Troy Sadowski, American NFL tight end (Cin Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China
  • 1966 Joe Staysniak, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • 1966 Matthew Laborteaux, American actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Les Ferdinand, English footballer who scored 149 goals in the Premier League for various clubs, born in Acton, London