On This Day

Birthdays in History in December 1916

  • Dec 1 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, born in Dongping County, Shandong province (d. 2015)
  • Dec 4 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Dec 7 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1988)
  • Dec 8 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
  • Dec 9 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)

Person of interestShirley Jackson

Dec 14 Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

  • Dec 15 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), born in Pongaroa, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Dec 16 Theo Bitter, Dutch painter/set designer
  • Dec 16 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer
  • Dec 17 Antoine G T "Toon" Hermans, Dutch entertainer/poet (Kolderliedjes)
  • Dec 17 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer (d. 2000)
  • Dec 19 Adriaan van der Veen, Dutch writer (Sister at Sea)
  • Dec 20 Michel Chartrand, French-Canadian union activist, born in Outremont, Quebec
  • Dec 21 Eve Perrick, British journalist
  • Dec 21 John Boon, British publisher (Mills and Boon), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk (d. 1996)
  • Dec 27 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (d. 1953)

About December 1916

How Old? 103 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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