On This Day

Birthdays in History in December 1913

  • Dec 3 Omer Vanaudenhoven, Flemish politician and resistance fighter, born in Diest, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • Dec 4 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Dec 8 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)
  • Dec 8 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Sun Song), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • Dec 13 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian and director of British Museum (1974-76), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 15 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (The Book of the Dead), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Dec 15 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Dec 18 Alfred Bester, American sci-fi author (Decievers, Starlight)

Person of interestWilly Brandt

Dec 18 Willy Brandt [Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm], German statesman, leader of the SPD party (1964-1987) and Chancellor of West Germany (1969-74, Nobel 1971), born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1992)

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Dec 22 Anthony Barber Doncaster, English bookseller, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • Dec 25 Henri Nannen, journalist

Person of interestElizabeth Smart

Dec 27 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Dec 29 Laurence Gower, English lawyer & academic, born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1997)
  • Dec 30 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)

About December 1913

How Old? 107 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

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