Birthdays in History on December 14

  • 1009 Emperor Go-Suzaku, 69th Emperor of Japan (1036-45), born in Heian Kyō, Japan (d. 1045)
  • 1363 Jean de Gerson, French theologian, born in Gerson-lès-Barby, Champagne, France (d. 1429)

NostradamusNostradamus (1503-1566)

French astrologist and prophet (Les Propheties), born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

Tycho BraheTycho Brahe (1546-1601)

Danish astronomer (set new standards for astronomical observations), born in Knudstrup, Scania, Denmark

  • 1625 Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist, born in Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1631 Anne Conway, English philosopher, born in London (d. 1679)
  • 1640 Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist, baptized in Canterbury, England (d. 1689)
  • 1678 Daniel Neal, English historian, born in London (d. 1743)
  • 1720 Justus Möser, German statesman and writer, born in Osnabrück, Germany (d. 1794)
  • 1775 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, born in Cornish, New Hampshire (d. 1852)
  • 1775 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral, born in Annsfield, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1860)
  • 1777 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos the mayo), born in Zamora, Spain (d. 1853)
  • 1780 Karl Robert von Nesselrode, German-Russian diplomat, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1862)
  • 1784 Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias, born in Caserta Palace, Caserta, Naples (d. 1806)
  • 1787 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Monza, Duchy of Milan (d. 1816)
  • 1791 Charles Wolfe, Irish poet, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1823)
  • 1794 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1872)
  • 1812 Charles Canning, English 1st viceroy of British-Indies, born in Brompton, London (d. 1862)
  • 1824 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter, born in Lyon, Rhône, France (d. 1898)
  • 1829 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, born in Louisa County, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • 1830 Allen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Howard County, Maryland (d. 1907)
  • 1832 Daniel H. Reynolds, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Centerburg, Ohio (d. 1902)
  • 1837 William Wells, American businessman, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Waterbury, Vermont (d. 1892)
  • 1853 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1928)
  • 1862 John M. Acket, Dutch literary (Grammatic Conceptions) (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, born in St Pancras, London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Dirk Jan de Geer, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1926-29, 39-40), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1870 Karl Renner, Austrian President (1918-20, 45-50), born in Dolní Dunajovice, Austria-Hungary (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, born in Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan (d. 1969)
  • 1884 Regina Ullmann, Swiss poet and writer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1961)

George VIGeorge VI (1895-1952)

King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), born in Norfolk, England

  • 1895 Paul Éluard, French communist and poet, born in Saint-Denis, France (d. 1952)

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle (1896-1993)

American air force general who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, born in Alameda, California

  • 1897 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (Dictator of the Austrian Federal State), born in Riva del Garda, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), born in Skowhegan, Maine (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), born in Tatoi Palace, Athens, Kingdom of Greece (d. 1964)
  • 1908 Mária Szepes, Hungarian author (The Red Lion), born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Hans von Ohain, German-American aerospace engineer, born in Dessau, Duchy of Anhalt German Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Ota Adler, Czech-British fur trader and founder (Federal Trust), born in Kraslice, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Karl Carstens, German politician (President of the Federal Republic of Germany 1979-84), born in Bremen, German Empire (d. 1992)

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson (1916-1965)

American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1917 June Taylor, American choreographer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1918 B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian yoga advocate, born in Bellur, Kolar district, Kingdom of Mysore (d. 2014)
  • 1920 Albertus Louis Meintser, Dutch office clerk and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • 1923 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), born in Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Koss Rietkerk, Dutch internal minister (VVD) (1982-86), born in Boskoop, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, born in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Robert Alan Ridley Parker, American PhD/astronaut (STS-9, STS-35), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Leonardo Boff, Brazilian Catholic theologian (liberation theology) and writer, born in Concórdia, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • 1941 Ellen Willis, American journalist and feminist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1942 David Band, British banker (BZW) (d. 1996)

Dilma RousseffDilma Rousseff (75 years old)

1947 Brazilian politician and President of Brazil (2011-16), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

  • 1947 Linda Sutton, English artist, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • 1948 Kim Beazley, Australian politician (33rd Governor of Western Australia), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1953 Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1953 Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1954 Steve MacLean, Canadian astronaut (STS 52), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1959 Bob Paris, Canadian-American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate, born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1960 Catherine Coleman, American USAF officer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1960 Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian jurist and politician (President of Iran 2021-), born in Mashhad, Iran

James ComeyJames Comey (62 years old)

1960 American lawyer and former FBI director, born in Yonkers, New York

  • 1962 Glenda E. Gray, South African scientist specializing in HIV research, born in Boksburg, South Africa
  • 1967 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer, born in Elbląg, Poland
  • 1976 Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter, born in Groom, Texas
  • 1985 Paul Rabil, Lebanese-American professional lacrosse player, born in Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • 1995 Princess Olimpia Preslavska of Bulgaria, born in London