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Birthdays in History in December 1906

  • Dec 2 Peter Carl Goldmark, German-Hungarian engineer (developed the LP record format), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Dec 6 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Dec 8 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley), born in Hendon, Middlesex, England (d. 1983)

Person of interestGrace Hopper

Dec 9 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
  • Dec 10 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • Dec 11 Birago Diop, Senegalese writer and ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs), born in Dakar, French West Africa (d. 1989)
  • Dec 12 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), born in Pleasant Mound, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • Dec 13 Laurens Jan van der Post, South African-born writer, soldier, explorer and conservationist, born in Philippolis (d. 1996)
  • Dec 16 John Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale, English politician and landowner, last non-royal to be raised to the peerage in UK (1965) (d. 1996)

Person of interestLeonid Brezhnev

Dec 19 Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union (1964-82), born in Kamenskoye, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Dec 20 Dick White, British intelligence officer (Director General of MI5 1953–1956; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service 1956–1968), born in Tonbridge, Kent
  • Dec 20 Irving Krick, American meteorologist & inventor, born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 24 John Walker, American art curator, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Clark M Clifford, US Secretary of Defense (1968-69)
  • Dec 25 Herman J Scheltema [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • Dec 25 William McChesney Martin, Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank (1951-70)
  • Dec 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
  • Dec 27 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • Dec 30 Carol Reed, English motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • Dec 30 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe

About December 1906

How Old? 113 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Signs: Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21), Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)