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Famous Birthdays on November 25

  • 1454 Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, born in Venice (d. 1510)
  • 1501 Yi Hwang, Korean Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty, born in Ongye-ri, Andong, North Gyeongsang Province (d. 1570)
  • 1507 Joost de Damhoudere, Flemish lawyer (Praxis rerum criminalium), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1581)
  • 1562 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish dramatist and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1635)
  • 1566 John Heminges, English actor and member of The Kings Men, editor of Shakespeare's First Folio, born in Droitwich, Worcestershire (d. 1630) (baptism date)

Person of interestPiet Heyn

1577 Piet Heyn, Dutch privateer who captured a Spanish silver fleet and admiral who became a folk hero, born in Delft (d. 1629)

Dutch Admiral and Privateer Piet Heyn
Dutch Admiral and Privateer
Piet Heyn
  • 1638 Catherine of Braganza, Portuguese Roman Catholic Queen of Charles II of England, born in Vila Vicosa, Portugal (d. 1705)
  • 1697 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), born in Moers, Germany (d. 1769)
  • 1703 Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist, born in Nîmes, France (d. 1784)
  • 1712 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of 'Signed French', born in Versailles, France (d. 1789)
  • 1714 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (approximated the value of pi and its square, pi^2) (d. 1783)
  • 1721 Willem Crul, British admiral (West-Indies), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1781)
  • 1734 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Wenkel, German composer, born in Niedergebra, Nordhausen, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1737 Christian Friedrich Penzel, German musician and composer, born in Oelsnitz, Germany (d. 1801)
  • 1741 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, born in Schwabhausen, Germany (d. 1790)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1814)

  • 1753 Otto Carl Erdmann Kospoth, Prussian composer, born in Mühltroff (d. 1817)
  • 1778 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, born in Birmingham (d. 1856)
  • 1787 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), born in Hochberg, Austria (d. 1863)
  • 1814 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (first law of thermodynamics), born in Heilbronn, Württemberg (d. 1878)
  • 1817 John Bigelow, American statesman and author, born in Bristol, New York (d. 1911)
  • 1823 Joseph Alexander Cooper, American civil servant and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Whitley County, Kentucky (d. 1910)
  • 1825 Edward Augustus Wild, American homeopathic doctor and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1828 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, born in Fužine, Austrian Empire (d. 1894)
  • 1834 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1902)

Person of interestAndrew Carnegie

1835 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1919)

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1839 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1870)
  • 1840 Hugo Verriest, Flemish author and poet (Flemish Movement), born in Deerlijk, Belgium (d. 1922)
  • 1841 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (algebraic logic), born in Mannheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1842 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, born in Turin (d. 1896)
  • 1843 Henry Ware Eliot, American industrialist, philanthropist and the father of T. S. Eliot (d. 1919)

Person of interestKarl Benz

1844 Karl Benz, German inventor, engine designer and automobile manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz), born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1929)

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1845 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese novelist, born in Póvoa de Varzim (d. 1900)
  • 1846 Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate, born in Garrard County, Kentucky (d. 1911)
  • 1852 Johan Salvator, Archduke of Austria, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1890)
  • 1856 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 1915)

  • 1858 Alfred Capus, French journalist and playwright, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1922)
  • 1862 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1869 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • 1870 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), born in North Easton, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor and director (Ghost Hotel, Two Boys), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1910)
  • 1876 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, born in San Anton Palace, Attard, British Malta (d. 1936)
  • 1877 Harley Granville-Barker, English dramatist, producer (The Voysey Inheritance) and critic, born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), born in Magdeburg (d. 1945)
  • 1880 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, born in London (d. 1969)
  • 1880 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1960)

Person of interestJohn XXIII

1881 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), born in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1963)

  • 1881 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Percy Marmont, British actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon, Captain Apache), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1883 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian author and mystic, born in Frenchtown, New Jersey (d. 1939)
  • 1886 Percy Holmes, English cricketer (Engl, 555 partners with Sutcliffe for Yorks), born in Oakes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1971)
  • 1887 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1943)
  • 1890 Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet (Poems from the Trenches) and artist, born in Bristol, England (d. 1918)
  • 1895 Anastas Mikoyan, Armenian revolutionary and member of Supreme Soviet, born in Sanahin, Yelizavetpol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1895 Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), born in Hroznatín, Moravia, Austria Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1895 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), born in Jüterbog, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1895 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer ("...And Ladies of the Club"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • 1896 Rex Maupin, American orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1989)
  • 1899 Vera Reynolds, American silent screen actress (Lawless Woman), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • 1899 W. R. Burnett, American author (Little Caesar), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans; That's Entertainment), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1900 Helen Gahagan Douglas, American actress and politician (Nixon's 1st opponent for the United States Senate in 1950), born in Boonton, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Rudolf Höss, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, born in Baden-Baden, German Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1901 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), born in Losonc, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp (d. 1948)

Person of interestEddie Shore

1902 Eddie Shore, Canadian NHL hall of famer, born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories (d. 1985)

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 1902 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), born in Perm, Russia (d. 1983
  • 1903 Martin Soames, British traveller
  • 1903 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Jessie Royce Landis [Medbury], American actress (North by Northwest), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1904 Ba Jin, Chinese novelist (d. 2005)
  • 1904 Antonio "Toni" Ortelli, Italian composer ("La Montanara" (The Song of the Mountains)) and alpinist, born in Schio, Veneto, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1907 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (d. 1938)
  • 1909 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer
  • 1909 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricket fast bowler (10 Tests, 37 wickets; Barbados), born in St Lucy, Barbados (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Leon Poliakov, historian
  • 1911 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (d. 1984)
  • 1913 Jack Davies, screenwriter
  • 1913 Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (d. 1993)

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1914 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1914 Eddie Boyd, American blues pianist and singer ("Five Long Years"), born in Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Léon Zitrone, Russian-born French journalist and television host (d. 1995)

Person of interestAugusto Pinochet

1915 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general and dictator of Chile (1973-90), born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 2006)

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1915 George Mudie, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1935, 5 & 3-40)
  • 1915 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • 1919 Chaim Pearl, Jewish rabbi and scholar, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2009)

  • 1920 Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Noel Neill, American actress (Adventures of Superman), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Stanley Ho, Chinese casino tycoon who transformed Macao, born in Hong Kong (d. 2020)
  • 1922 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, born in Poruba (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (Le tour de chant de Gloria Lasso), born in Vilafranca del Penedès, Catalonia (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Jaap van Meekren, Dutch TV host (AVRO/RTL4)
  • 1923 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), born in Turku (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Art Wall Jr, American golfer (Masters 1959), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Take Five"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Lorraine "Tui" St. George Tucker, American recorder player and composer (Peyote Concerto), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president El Salvador
  • 1926 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1969)
  • 1926 Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)
  • 1926 Poul [William] Anderson, American sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Mirkheim)
  • 1927 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1928 James "Jimmy" Johnson, American gospel and blues singer and guitarist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1928 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Jack Hogan [Richard Roland Benson Jr], American actor (Combat", "Adam 12", "Sierra"), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1929 Theo Bruins, Dutch concert pianist and composer (Sei Studi; Syncope), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • 1931 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1933 Lenny Moore, NFL back (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1933 Ramiro Cortés Jr., American composer, born in Dallas, Texas (c. 1984)
  • 1936 Matt Clark, actor and director (Return to Oz, Horror Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1936 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1938 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher
  • 1939 Martin Feldstein, American economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal), chief economic adviser to President Reagan, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Rosanna Schiaffino, actress (Minotaur, Mazzabubu), born in Genoa, Italy

  • 1940 Percy Sledge, American soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman), born in Leighton, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Reinhard Furrer, German physicist and astronaut (STS 22), born in Worgl, Germany

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

1940 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Indian Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (d. 2001)
  • 1942 Rosa Von Praunheim [Holger Mischwitzky], Riga Latvia, dir (Affengeil)
  • 1944 Ben Stein, American actor
  • 1944 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Bev Bevan, English drummer (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1945 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Patrick Nagel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1947 Tracey Walter, American character actor (Repo Man; Best of the West), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1947 John Larroquette, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1947 Jonathan Kaplan, director (Heart Like a Wheel), born in Paris, France
  • 1947 Linda Laflamme, rocker
  • 1947 Val Fuentes, rocker (It's A Beautiful Day)
  • 1948 Storm Field [Elliot], NY, weatherman (WABC TV, WCBS TV)
  • 1948 Jacques P. Dupuis, French Canadian politician
  • 1949 Kerry O'Keeffe, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-77)
  • 1949 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1949 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • 1950 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • 1950 Jocelyn Brown, American R&B and dance singer, born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1951 Bucky Dent, all star shortstop (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
  • 1951 Johnny Rep, Dutch soccer player
  • 1951 Bill Morrissey, American folk singer-songwriter (Inside) born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1951 Arturo Pérez Reverte, Spanish novelist and war reporter
  • 1952 Ernest Harden Jr, actor (Marcus-Jeffersons), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952 John Lynch, American politician current governor of New Hampshire
  • 1953 Monique St Pierre, German model, Playboy model (Nov 1978, Playmate of Year 1979), born in Weisbaden, Germany
  • 1953 Jeffrey Skilling, American former CEO of Enron

  • 1955 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • 1956 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)
  • 1956 Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)
  • 1956 Hélène Goudin, Swedish politician
  • 1957 Bob Ehrlich, Jr., former Maryland governor
  • 1957 Terry Stotts, American basketball head coach (Portland Trail Blazers 2012-19; Atlanta Hawks 2002-04; Milwaukee Bucks 2005-07), born in Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • 1958 Gary Coveyou, American pop musician (Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods)
  • 1959 Steve Rothery, British progressive rock guitarist, (Marillion - Clutching at Straws), born in Brampton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1959 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1960 Amy Grant, American gospel and rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy Jr.

1960 John F. Kennedy Jr, American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 1960 Kasey Smith, American heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Mary Ostergren, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1961 Amy Gibson, actress (General Hospital)
  • 1961 Kenny Monday, 163 lbs freestyles wrestler (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1962 Gilbert Delorme, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963 Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1963 Steve Ave, St Germain Enlay France, US 1500m runner
  • 1963 Kevin Chamberlin, American actor
  • 1963 Holly Cole, Canadian jazz singer (Temptation), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1964 Dan Saleaumua, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1964 Wendy Wyland, American platform diver (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1964 Mark Lanegan, American musician (Screaming Trees), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • 1965 Anthony Newman, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1965 Cris Carter, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (8 × Pro Bowl 1993–2000; First-team All-Pro 1994, 99; NFL receiving TD leader 1995, 97, 99; Minnesota Vikings), born in Troy, Ohio
  • 1965 Jeff Norton, Acton, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1965 Mike Gebhardt, mistral sailor (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965 Yasmin "Yaz" Farooq, Waupun Wisc, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1965 Dougray Scott, Scottish television and film actor
  • 1966 Mark Whiten, American baseball outfielder (4 home runs in one game 1993; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pensacola, Florida

  • 1966 Stacy Lattisaw, Americam disco singer (Million Dollar Baby), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Tim Armstrong, American musician (Rancid and The Transplants)
  • 1967 Andrea Stinson, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1967 Anthony Nesty, Suriname swimmer (Suriname's 1st Olympic gold medal 100m butterfly 1988), born in Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1967 Curtis Baldwin, actor (Calvin-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Kazuya Nakai, Japanese voice actor
  • 1967 Gregg Turkington, American comedian (as Neil Hamburger) and musician
  • 1967 Rodney Sheppard, American guitarist (Sugar Ray), born in Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1968 Jory Husain, actor (Jawaharial-Head of the Class), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1968 Erick Sermon, American rap music artist (EPMD), born in Brentwood, New York
  • 1969 Anthony Peeler, NBA guard (LA Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1969 Jacqueline Hennessy, Edmonton, actress (Dead Ringers)
  • 1969 Jillian Hennessy, Edmonton, twin actress (Claire-Law & Order, Paper)
  • 1970 Saskia Sibilo, Miss Suriname (1990)
  • 1970 Shane Pahukoa, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)

Person of interestChristina Applegate

1971 Christina Applegate, actress (Married With Children), born in Hollywood, California

  • 1971 Dominic Cummings, English political strategist (Vote Leave campaign), born in Durham, England
  • 1972 Alessandro Michele, Italian fashion designer (Gucci), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1973 Erick Strickland, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks)