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Famous Birthdays on November 30

Gregory of Tours

538 St Gregory of Tours, Gallo-Roman chronicler and bishop (Historia Francorum), born in Auvergne, Gaul (d. 594)

  • 1340 John, Duke of Berry, French art collector and third son of King John II of France and Bonne of Luxemburg, born in Château de Vincennes, France (d. 1416)
  • 1364 John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier (d. 1390)
  • 1373 Ferdinand I the Righteous, King of Aragon and Sicily, born in Medina del Campo (d. 1416)
  • 1427 Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland (1447-92), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1492)
  • 1466 Andrea Doria, Genoese statesman and admiral, born in Oneglia, Duchy of Milan (d. 1560)
  • 1485 Veronica Gambara, Italian poet, born in Pralboino, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1550)
  • 1498 Andrés de Urdaneta, Spanish Augustinian friar, sail-captain and explorer, born in Ordizia, Gipuzkoa, Crown of Castile (d. 1568)
  • 1508 Andrea Palladio [Andrea di Pietro della Gondola], Italian architect (Il Redentore, Venice), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1580)
  • 1554 Philip Sidney, English Elizabethan era poet (Arcadia) and soldier, born in Penshurst, Kent, England (d. 1586)
  • 1593 Johann Dilliger, German composer, born in Eisfeld, Hildburghausen, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1647)
  • 1594 John Cosin, English clergyman, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1672)
  • 1602 Otto von Guericke, German scientist, inventor, and politician, born in Magdeburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1686)
  • 1622 Thomas of Apshoven, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp
  • 1625 Jean Domat, French jurist, born in Clermont, Auvergne (d. 1696)
  • 1634 Andres de Sola, Spanish composer, born in Tudela (d. 1696)
  • 1637 Louis-Sébastien Le Nain de Tillemont, French ecclesiastical historian, born in Paris (d. 1698)
  • 1645 Andreas Werkmeister, German organist and composer, born in Benneckenstein, Germany (d. 1706)

Jonathan Swift

1667 Jonathan Swift, Irish author and satirist (Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1745)

  • 1670 John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher, born in Ardagh, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1722)
  • 1683 Ludwig Andreas Graf Khevenhüller, Austrian field marshal, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1744)
  • 1693 Christoph Förster, German composer, born in Bibra, Thuringia (d. 1745)
  • 1699 Christian VI, King of Denmark and Norway, born in Copenhagen Castle, Denmark (d. 1746)
  • 1719 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales by marriage to Frederick, Prince of Wales, born in Gotha, Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Germany (d. 1772)
  • 1722 Théodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1761)
  • 1723 William Livingston, American politician and 1st revolutionary Governor of New Jersey, born in Albany, Province of New York (d. 1790)
  • 1726 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher and engraver, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1788)
  • 1753 Johann Baptist Schenk, Austrian composer, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1836)
  • 1756 Ernst Chladni, German physicist and musician (Estimating the speed of sound Chladni's law), born in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1827)
  • 1764 Franz Xaver Gerl, composer, born in Andorf, Austria (d. 1827)
  • 1768 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), born in Żnin, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1838)
  • 1781 Alexander Berry, Scottish surgeon and adventurer (established the first European settlement on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia), born in Hilltarvit Mains Farmhouse, Cupar, Fife, Scotland(d. 1873)
  • 1796 Carl Loewe, German composer, born in Löbejün, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1809 Thomas Molleson Mudie, English composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1810 Oliver Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1813 Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1888)
  • 1813 Hermann Kurz, German poet and novelist (Schillers Heimatjahre), born in Reutlingen, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1813 Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (works characterized by a deep sense of pessimism), born in Paris (d. 1890)

Theodor Mommsen

1817 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Imperial Lives, Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), born in Garding, Duchy of Schleswig (d. 1903)

  • 1821 Gustavus Woodson Smith, American Major General (Confederate States Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • 1821 Frederick Temple, 95th Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Levkás, Greece (d. 1902)
  • 1826 George Washington Deitzler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (d. 1884)
  • 1827 Henri Ernest Baillon, French botanist (History of Plants), born in Calais, France (d. 1895)
  • 1828 Jedediah Hotchkiss, American topographer and cartographer, born in Windsor, New York (d. 1899)

Mark Twain

1835 Mark Twain [Samuel Clemens], American author (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn), born in Florida, Missouri (d. 1910)

  • 1836 Lord Frederick Cavendish, English politician who was appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland in May 1882 and murdered only hours after his arrival in Dublin, born in Compton Place, Eastbourne, Sussex (d. 1882)
  • 1840 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, born in Montreal, Lower Canada (d. 1928)
  • 1843 József Kiss, Hungarian literary (Zsido Dalok), born in Mezőcsát, Hungary (d. 1921)
  • 1847 August Klughardt, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1855 Willem Treub, Dutch economist and politician, born in Voorschoten, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1857 Bobby Abel, English cricketer (The Guv'nor Surrey & England batsman), born in Rotherhithe, Surrey, England (d. 1936)
  • 1858 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, polymath and writer, born in Munshiganj, British India (d. 1937)
  • 1859 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian pianist and composer (Lezghinka), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 1861 Franz Gailliard, Belgian painter (Zeustempel in Athens), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1932)
  • 1861 Ludwig Thuille, Austrian composer (sextet for piano and wind quintet), born in Bozen, Tyrol (now Bozano, Italy) (d. 1907)
  • 1863 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1897)
  • 1863 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, Italian pianist and composer, born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1916)

Gustaf Dalén

1869 [Nils] Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist and industrialist (AGA, Nobel Prize in Physics 1912), born in Stenstorp, Sweden (d. 1937)

  • 1870 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, born in Greenwich, England (d. 1941)
  • 1870 Princess Henriette, Duchess of Vendôme and Alençon, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1948)

John McCrae

1872 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

Winston Churchill

1874 Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1940-45, 1951-55) during World War II, and writer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1953), born in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1965)

Lucy Maud Montgomery

1874 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island (d. 1942)

  • 1884 Ture Rangström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1947)

Albert Kesselring

1885 Albert Kesselring, German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), born in Marktsteft, German Empire (d. 1960)

  • 1889 Edgar Adrian, English physiologist (Nobel 1932-function of neurons), born in Hampstead, London (d. 1977)
  • 1890 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1890 Oege Bakker, Dutch economist
  • 1895 Johann Nepomuk David, composer
  • 1897 Andreas Nezertis, composer
  • 1897 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), born in Fairfield, California (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Roy "Link" Lyman, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1900 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literature/art historian
  • 1903 Germaine Emilie Madame Gres Krebs, haute Couturist
  • 1904 Clyfford Still, American abstract painter
  • 1904 Philip Burton, Welsh director, acting teacher and mentor to Richard Burton, born in Mountain Ash, Glamorganshire
  • 1906 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/husband of English prince George
  • 1907 Gyorgy Ranki, composer
  • 1907 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), born in Créteil, France (d. 2012)
  • 1909 Robert Nighthawk, American musician (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1953)
  • 1912 Constant Stotijn, Dutch oboist (Residence Orchestra)
  • 1912 Gordon Parks, Ft Scott KS, film director/author (Learning Tree)
  • 1913 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1914 Charles Hawtrey [Hartree], English actor (Carry On films), born in Hounslow, England (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Henry Taube, chemist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1915 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Village of Damned, Question 7), born in Bath, England (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Efren Zimbalist Jr, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, FBI, Scruples), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1919 Anne S Wadman, Frisian literary (Fioele & faem, Smearlappen)
  • 1919 Jan Elburg [Joannes G], Dutch poet (Through the Night)
  • 1920 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Robert Evett, American composer, born in Loveland, Colorado (d. 1975)
  • 1922 Weston Noble, American music educator and conductor (Luther College, 1948-2005), born in Riceville, Iowa (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter ("Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1924 Klaus Huber, Swiss composer, born in Bern

Shirley Chisholm

1924 Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American Congresswoman (Rep-D-NY) and presidential candidate, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)

  • 1926 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Robert Guillaume [Williams], American actor (Rafiki- The Lion King, Sports Night, Benson, Soap), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), born in Tangen, Norway (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Chic Hecht, (Sen-R-NV, 1983- )
  • 1928 Joe B. Hall, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA Division I C'ship 1978; University of Kentucky 1972-85), born in Cynthiana, Kentucky (d. 2022)
  • 1929 Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Dick Clark

1929 Dick Clark [Richard Wagstaff Clark], American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2012)

  • 1930 G. Gordon Liddy, American Watergate felon and radio host, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1930 James Felton Boyd, Rocky Mount NC, light HW boxer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1930 William H Dana, test pilot (X-15), born in Pasadena, California

Bill Walsh

1931 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

  • 1931 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orchestra)
  • 1931 Jack Ging, American actor (11th Hour, Ripcord, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Alva, Oklahoma
  • 1931 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1932 David Lightbown, British politician and government whip
  • 1932 Cho Namchul, South Korean professional Go player (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Bob Moore, American session double bassist (Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley; Roger Miller), and orchestra leader ("Mexico"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Linwood C Ivey, NC, (Mayor-Garysburg NC)
  • 1933 Norman Deeley, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Steve Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (New York Yankees) and basketball forward (Minneapolis Lakers), born in Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Lansana Conté, Guinean politician, born in Dubreka, Guinea (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Abbie Hoffman, aka Free, Yippie/activist/author (Steal this Book)
  • 1936 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer
  • 1937 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1937 Richard Threlkeld, newscaster (ABC-TV)
  • 1937 Ridley Scott, English film director (Alien, Blade Runner), born in South Shields, England
  • 1937 Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Writer
  • 1937 Tom Simpson, English road cyclist (World Road Race Champion 1965), born in Haswell, County Durham (d. 1967)
  • 1937 Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), born in Tunis, Tunisia (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Jean Eustache, French filmmaker
  • 1940 Glenn English, (Rep-D-OK, 1975- )
  • 1943 (James Jay) "J.J." Barnes, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("Please Let Me In"; "Baby Please Come Back Home"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Jerry Hunt, American experimental composer and video artist, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1943 Leo Lyons, British blues-rock bassist (Ten Years After - "Love Like a Man"; "Choo Choo Mama"), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1943 Oscar Harris, Surinames-Dutch pop and soul singer ("Try A Little Love"), born in Albina, Suriname
  • 1943 Terrence Malick, American film director (Badlands; The Tree of Life), born in Ottawa, Illinois
  • 1944 Dian Parkinson [Dianna Lynn Batts], American model (The Price Is Right) and Miss USA 1965, born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1944 Luther T Ingram, American singer-songwriter ("I'll Be Your Shelter")
  • 1944 Rob Grill, American rock bassist/vocalist (Grass Roots), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1945 Radu Lupu, Galati Romania, pianist (Enesco 1st prize-1967)
  • 1945 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Rainbow), born near Brecon, Wales
  • 1946 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (33 Tests, 96 dismissals, 5 x 50s; Central Districts CA), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • 1946 Marina Abramović, Serbian American performance artist, born in Belgrade, Serbia

David Mamet

1947 David Mamet, American playwright (Speed the Plow, House of Games), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1947 Sergio Badilla Castillo, Chilean poet, born in Valparaiso, Chile
  • 1949 Arthur Lee Washington Jr, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • 1949 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil; Major League), born in Meade, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Billy Drago, American character actor, specializing in roles as a villain (Pale Rider; The Untouchables), born in Hugoton, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Bill Reichenbach Jr., American jazz and session trombonist, and euphonium player born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 1949 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1950 Greg Gordon, rock vocalist (Boys Band)
  • 1950 Kathryn Witt, American actress (Lenny; Flying High - "Pam"), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1950 Paul Westphal, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA C'ship 1974; NBA All-Star 1977–81; Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns) and coach (Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings), born in Torrance, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Christian Bernard, mystic
  • 1951 June Chadwick, British actress
  • 1952 Mandy Patinkin, American stage and screen actor (Yentl, The Princess Bride, Homeland), and singer (Sunday in the Park with George; Evita), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Keith Giffen, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1953 (Alphonso) Mike Espy, American lawyer and politician (US Representative for Mississippi, 1987-93 (D); Secretary of Agriculture, 1993-94), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi
  • 1953 (Johnny) "Shuggie" Otis [Veliotes], American rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ("Strawberry Letter 23"; "Inspiration Information"), born in Los Angeles California
  • 1953 David Sancious, American session and touring keyboardist (E Street Band, 1972-74; Peter Gabriel; Stanley Clarke; Zuccchero), born in Asbury Park, New Jersey
  • 1954 George McArdle, Australian rock bassist (Little River Band), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1954 June Pointer, American pop and R&B singer (Pointer Sisters -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), born in Oakland, California (d. 2006)
  • 1954 Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian Actress (The Godfather)
  • 1955 Andy Gray, English soccer player
  • 1955 Billy Idol [William Broad], British-American pop-punk singer ("White Wedding"; "Dancing With Myself"), born in Stanmore, England
  • 1955 Kevin Conroy, American actor (Tour of Duty, Another World), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • 1955 Richard Burr, American politician
  • 1957 John Ashton, English guitarist (Psychedelic Furs)
  • 1957 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1957 Andrew Calhoun, American musician
  • 1957 Joël Champetier, French Canadian author
  • 1957 Colin Mochrie, Scottish-born Canadian comedian
  • 1958 Juliette Bergmann, Dutch bodybuilder
  • 1958 Stacey Q [Swain], American singer ("Two of Hearts"), born in Fullerton, California

Sylvia Hanika

1959 Sylvia Hanika, German tennis player (WTA Tour Championship 1982), born in Munich, West Germany

  • 1959 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • 1959 Randy Gane, American keyboardist, born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • 1960 Bob Tewksbury, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1960 Gary Lineker, English soccer player (World Cup 1986)
  • 1960 Rich Fields, American television personality
  • 1961 Tony Armatrading, British stage and screen actor (Colour Blind; Notting Hill), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • 1961 Innocent Egbunike, Nigeria, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1984)

Bo Jackson

1962 Bo Jackson, American College Football Hallf of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1985, Auburn; Pro Bowl 1990, LA Raiders) and baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1989, KC Royals), born in Bessemer, Alabama

  • 1962 Daniel Keys Moran, American writer
  • 1964 David Wood, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1964 Michael Cudlitz, American actor
  • 1965 Ben Stiller, American actor (Ben Stiller Show, Next of Kin, Cable Guy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Mike Zandofsky, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965 Aldair, Brazilian footballer
  • 1965 Lee Klein, American Writer
  • 1965 Prince Akishino of Japan
  • 1966 Wil Mara, American author
  • 1966 David Nicholls, English novelist and screenwriter
  • 1967 Gary Jones, NFL safety (NY Jets)
  • 1968 Des'ree [Desirée Annette Weeks], English singer ("Feel So High"; "You Gotta Be"; "Life")
  • 1968 Laurent Jalabert, French road cyclist (Tour de France points 1992, 95; mountains 2001-2), born in Mazamet, France
  • 1968 DuShon Monique Brown, American actor (Prison Break, Connie-Chicago Fire), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Larry Brown, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Mark Lewis, American MLB infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1970 Robert Griffith, NFL strong safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Yayuk Basuki, Indonesian tennis player and politician, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia