Birthdays in History on December 7

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  • 521 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, born in Gartan, Ireland (d. 597)
  • 903 Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Persian astronomer, born in Rey, Buyid Persia (d. 986)
  • 967 Abū-Sa'īd Abul-Khayr, Persian mystic and poet, born in Mihne, Greater Khorasan (d. 1049)
  • 1302 Azzone Visconti, Lord of Milan (1329-39), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1339)
  • 1545 Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary I of Scotland, born in Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England (d. 1567)
  • 1561 Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period (d. 1625)

Person of interestGiovanni Bernini

1598 Giovanni Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

Baroque Sculptor Giovanni Bernini
Baroque Sculptor
Giovanni Bernini
  • 1731 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron, French scholar and interpreter, born in Paris (d. 1805)
  • 1751 Jurriaan François de Friderici, governor-general of Suriname, born in Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1812)
  • 1754 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)
  • 1764 Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, French marshal, born in Lamarche, France (d. 1841)
  • 1784 Allan Cunningham, Scottish poet and author, born in Keir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (d. 1842)
  • 1803 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Saxony (d. 1829)
  • 1808 Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)
  • 1810 Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, born in Neuss, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1810 Josef Hyrtl, Austrian anatomist, born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1894)

  • 1823 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), born in Liegnitz, Province of Silesia, Prussia (d. 1891)
  • 1830 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1903)
  • 1839 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Crediton, Devon (d. 1908)
  • 1842 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist and sociologist (schedelmetingen), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • 1860 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, born in Silverdale, Staffordshire, England (d. 1947)
  • 1862 Paul Adam, French writer (La Bataille d'Uhde), born in Paris (d. 1920)
  • 1863 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Forest King), born in Velika Moštanica, Principality of Serbia (d. 1899)
  • 1863 Felix Calonder, Swiss politician (Free Democratic Party), born in Scuol, Switzerland
  • 1872 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • 1873 Willa Cather, American author (My Ántonia), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet (Tangled Hair), born in Sakai, Ōsaka, Japan (d. 1942)
  • 1888 Hamilton Fish III, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Garrison, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1888 Joyce Cary, Anglo-Irish writer (House of Children), born in Londonderry, Ireland (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun, 1st President of American Newspaper Guild
  • 1892 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Tony Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944)) (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, born in Osijek, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), born in Watonga, Oklahoma (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune), born in Tuitjenhorn, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Jacques Gans, Dutch author and journalist, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • 1909 Jacob Kainen, American painter and curator, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1909 Arch Oboler, American director, screen and radio writer, and producer (Lights Out, Bwana Devil), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), Los Angeles, California (d. 1978)
  • 1916 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1988)

  • 1920 Tatamkhulu Afrika, South African poet and writer, born in As Sallum, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), born in Chansad, Gujarat (d. 2016)

Person of interestMário Soares

1924 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2017)

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares

Person of interestNoam Chomsky

1928 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philospher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist and Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist and Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 1932 Paul Caponigro, American photographer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 Martha Layne Collins, American businesswoman and politician (56th Governor of Kentucky), born in Bagdad, Kentucky
  • 1937 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi
  • 1943 Göran Lennmarker, Swedish politician, born in Norberg, Västmanland County, Sweden
  • 1943 Bernard C. Parks, American politician and Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1943 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), born in Kansas City Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1944 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Mino Reitano, Italian entertainer, born in Fiumara, Italy (d. 2009)
  • 1952 Susan Collins, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), born in Caribou, Maine
  • 1954 Bertín Osborne, Italian entertainer, born in Madrid
  • 1954 Gianfranco Jannuzzo, Italian entertainer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • 1954 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1955 John Watkins, Australian politician (Deputy Premier of New South Wales), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1957 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • 1962 Grecia Colmenares, Italian entertainer
  • 1967 Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
  • 1972 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier
  • 1974 Kang Full, South Korean webcomic artist
  • 1975 Nikola Wapzarow, writer
  • 1978 Chad Dukes, Radio Personality
  • 2003 Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands