On This Day

Famous Birthdays on December 9

  • 1392 Peter, Duke of Coimbra and writer (Virtuosa Benfeitoria), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1449)
  • 1447 Chenghua, Emperor of China, born in Beijing, China (d. 1487)
  • 1508 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), born in Dokkum, Friesland (d. 1555)
  • 1561 Edwin Sandys, English politician (leading Parliamentary opponent of King James I of England) and a founder of Virginia colony, born in Worcestershire, England (d. 1629)
  • 1571 Adrian Metius, Dutch astronomer and fort architect, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1635)
  • 1579 Martinus de Porres, Peruvian saint (patron of social justice), born in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru (d. 1639)
  • 1581 Emilia Secunda Antwerpiana, 6th and youngest daughter of Willem of Orange, born in Antwerp (d. 1657)
  • 1594 Gustavus II Adolphus, King who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), born in Castle Tre Kronor, Sweden (d. 1632)

Person of interestJohn Milton

1608 John Milton, English poet and puritan (Paradise Lost), born in London, England (d. 1674)

  • 1610 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1680)
  • 1652 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician and botanist, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1723)
  • 1667 William Whiston, English Anglican priest and mathematician, born in Norton, Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1715 Georg Gottfried Petri, German composer, born in Żary, Poland (d. 1795)
  • 1717 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), born in Stendal, Prussia (d. 1768)
  • 1728 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, born in Massa, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1804)
  • 1742 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), born in Stralsund, Swedish Pomerania (d. 1786)

  • 1748 Claude-Louis Berthollet, French chemist, born in Talloires, Savoy, France (d. 1822)
  • 1751 Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Charles IV of Spain, born in Parma (d. 1819)
  • 1754 Etienne Ozi, French composer and bassoonist, born in Nimes (d. 1813)
  • 1787 John Dobson, English architect, born in High Chirton, North Shields, England (d. 1865)
  • 1791 Peter Josef von Lindpaintner, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1796 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, born in Verneuil, Eure, France (d. 1869)
  • 1806 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote, born in Lachine, Canada (d. 1838)
  • 1837 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1915)
  • 1842 Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Russian activist and anarchist, born in Moscow (d. 1921)
  • 1847 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1848 Joel Chandler Harris, American writer (created Uncle Remus stories), born in Eatonton, Georgia (d. 1908)
  • 1850 Emma Abbott, American soprano, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1891)
  • 1853 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1897)
  • 1854 P. J. Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Nurmes, Finland (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Algernon Ashton, British composer, born in Durham, England (d. 1937)
  • 1862 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1920)
  • 1864 Sidney Homer, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1864 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Monasterevin, Kildare (d. 1943)
  • 1868 Fritz Haber, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1918), born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1934)
  • 1871 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)

  • 1873 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, born in Brussels (d. 1980)
  • 1876 Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor (I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1940)
  • 1882 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1949)
  • 1883 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal and supreme commander, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1955)
  • 1883 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician, born in Irkutsk, Russian Empire (d. 1950)

Person of interestClarence Birdseye

1886 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1956)

  • 1887 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", born in Tennessee or Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 1889 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, born in Minsk, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1895 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • 1897 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Emmett Kelly, American circus clown (Weary Willie), born in Sedan, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Jean de Brunhoff, French children's book author (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris (d. 1937)
  • 1899 Léonie Adams, American poetess (Those not elected), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Albert Weisbord, American labor organizer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Ödön von Horváth, Hungarian writer (A Child of Our Time), born in Sušak, Rijeka, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1901 Jean Mermoz, French pilot, born in Aubenton, Aisne, France (d. 1936)

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

1902 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1985)

  • 1902 Richard A Butler, England, Dutch min of Finance/Foreign affairs
  • 1904 Roger Wolcott Sperry, physicist
  • 1904 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), born in Quincy, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Dalton Trumbo, American writer/film director (Johnny Got His Gun)
  • 1906 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)

Person of interestGrace Hopper

1906 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • 1906 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, born in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1907 Noel Walton Bott, engineer
  • 1909 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Dick Elffers, Dutch graphic artist/painter (Holland Festival)
  • 1910 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1911 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

  • 1911 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, born in Toyama, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Tip O'Neill, American politician and 47th speaker of the house (D-Ma: 1977-86), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • 1914 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1915 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in Jarotschin, German Empire (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Herbert Huncke, American writer and poet, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestKirk Douglas

1916 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 2020)

  • 1917 James Angleton, Head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1987)
  • 1917 James Rainwater, American physicist (Nobel 1975-determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei), born in Council, Idaho (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1919 William Lipscomb, American chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry (Nobel 1976), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), born in Livorno (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Redd Foxx, American comedian (Sandford & Son, Redd Foxx Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1926 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist (Nobel 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), born in Eisenharz, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)

  • 1928 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)

Person of interestBob Hawke

1929 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • 1929 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1929 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1930 Buck Henry [Zuckerman], American screenwriter and comedian (SNL, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 William Reynolds, American actor (The Gallant Men, All That Heaven Allows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Alan Ridout, English composer, born in West Wickham, (d. 1996)

Person of interestJudi Dench

1934 Judi Dench, British actress (Henry V, Wetherby, Skyfall), born in York, England

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench
  • 1934 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Dominico Tromp, Aruba, stage leader
  • 1935 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1937 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Rina Venter, South African Minister of National Health and Population Development (1989-94)
  • 1938 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), born in Quincy, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Sammy Strain, American singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Beau Bridges, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, 5th Musketeer), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Joe McGinniss, American author (The Selling of the President 1968), born in Rye, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1942 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1943 Kenny Vance, American musician and producer (Jay and the Americans, The Planotones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 Ki Longfellow, American novelist (The Secret Magdalene), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1944 Bob O'Connor, American politician (58th Mayor of Pittsburgh), born in Greenfield Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)

  • 1944 Guy Darrell [John Swail], British singer (I've Been Hurt), born in Kent, England
  • 1945 Michael Nouri, American actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor, born in Turku, Finland
  • 1946 Dennis Dunaway, American rocker (Alice Cooper), born in Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • 1946 Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born Indian politician (President of the Indian National Congress 1998-2017), born in Lusiana, Veneto, Italy
  • 1946 Shatrughan Sinha, Indian actor (Dostana) and politician (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha 2009-19), born in Patna, Bihar, British India
  • 1947 Tom Daschle, American politician (U.S. Senator from South Dakota), born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • 1947 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician (Minister of Defence 2004-05), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1947 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Marleen Gorris, Dutch writer and director (Antonia's Line), born in Roermond, Netherlands
  • 1948 Ron Vawter, American actor (Philadelphia, Empire City, Twister), born in Latham, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Tom Kite, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1949 Nando Parrado, Uruguayan survivor of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 (crashed in the Andes mountains on 13 October 1972), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1950 Joan Armatrading, British singer (Back to the Night), born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts
  • 1952 Michael Dorn, American actor (Worf-Star Trek Next Generation), born in Luling, Texas
  • 1953 John Malkovich, American actor and director (Killing Fields), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1953 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1954 Herman Finkers, Dutch comedian, born in Almelo, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • 1954 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1954 Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg politician, President of the European Commission (2014-), born in Redange, Luxembourg
  • 1955 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1956 Sylvia, American country singer (Nobody), born in Kokoma, Indiana
  • 1957 Donny Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1958 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1960 Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays), manager and coach, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1960 Dobroslav Paraga, Croatian politician and editor, born in Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1960 Terry Moran, American journalist (Senior National Correspondent at ABC News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Joe Lando, American actor (Byron Sully-Dr Quinn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 David Anthony Higgins, American actor (Malcolm in the Middle), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1962 Felicity Huffman, American actress (Desperate Housewives), born in Bedford, New York

  • 1963 Barry Wilburn, American NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1963 Bárbara Palacios, Venezuelan TV host and Miss Universe (1986), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1963 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer, born in Port Credit, Ontario
  • 1963 Empress Masako, Empress of Japan as wife and consort of Naruhito, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein), born in Berlin
  • 1964 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Brad Savage, American actor (Red Dawn), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • 1965 Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • 1965 Vecepia Towery, American Survivor contestant
  • 1966 Dana Murzyn, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1966 Kirsten Gillibrand, American attorney and politician (Senator (D) NY 2009-), born in Albany, New York
  • 1966 Toby Huss, American actor
  • 1967 Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater
  • 1967 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle (Carolina Panthers, NY Giants)
  • 1967 Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • 1968 Kurt Angle, American 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Michael Foster, American drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1969 Allison Smith, American actress (Jennie-Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • 1969 André Heinz, American environmentalist and son of Senator Henry John Heinz III and Teresa Heinz
  • 1969 Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • 1969 Sebastian Spence, Canadian actor, born in St. John's, Canada
  • 1969 Jakob Dylan, American musician (The Wallflowers), son of Bob Dylan, born in New York City
  • 1970 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1970 Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer, born in Ossining, New York
  • 1971 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1971 Clifton Abraham, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Petr Nedved, Czech NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins), born in Liberec, Czechia

  • 1971 Todd Van Poppel, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1972 Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian tennis star, born in Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • 1972 Reiko Aylesworth, American actress, born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1972 Tré Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1973 Tony Batista, Dominican baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Canibus [Germaine Williams], American rapper, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1974 Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach, born in St. Charles County, Missouri
  • 1975 Joshua Rudoy, American actor (Harry & Hendersons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1976 Chris Booker, American baseball player, born in West Virginia
  • 1977 Saskia Garel, Canadian actress, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977 Shayne Graham, American football player, born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1977 Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter, born in London Borough of Havering, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor, born in Carmel Valley, California
  • 1979 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1979 Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer, born in City of Westminster, London
  • 1980 Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist, born in Victoria, Canada
  • 1980 Simon Helberg, American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Mardy Fish, American tennis player, born in Edina, Minnesota