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Day History: December-16

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Famous Birthdays


1485 - [[Catherine of Aragon]] -(d. 1536)

1584 - [[John Selden]] -English jurist and scholar (d. 1654)

1614 - [[Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg]] -(d. 1674)

1716 - [[Louis Jules Mancini Mazarini]] -French poet and diplomat (d. 1798)

1717 - [[Elizabeth Carter]] -English poet and scholar (d. 1806)

1742 - [[Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher]] -German field marshal (d. 1819)

1775 - [[Jane Austen]] -English author (d. 1817)

1775 - [[François-Adrien Boieldieu]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1834)

1776 - [[Johann Wilhelm Ritter]] -German chemist, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1810)

1778 - [[John Ordronaux (privateer)|John Ordronaux]] -French-American soldier (d. 1841)

1787 - [[Mary Russell Mitford]] -English author and playwright (d. 1855)

1790 - [[Leopold I of Belgium]] -(d. 1865)

1804 - [[Viktor Bunyakovsky]] -Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)

1834 - [[Léon Walras]] -French-Swiss economist and theorist (d. 1910)

1836 - [[Ernst von Bergmann]] -Latvian-German surgeon and academic (d. 1907)

1861 - [[Antonio de La Gándara]] -French painter and illustrator (d. 1917)

1863 - [[George Santayana]] -Spanish philosopher and author (d. 1952)

1865 - [[Olavo Bilac]] -Brazilian journalist and poet (d. 1918)

1866 - [[Wassily Kandinsky]] -Russian-French painter and theorist (d. 1944)

1867 - [[Amy Carmichael]] -Anglo-Irish missionary and humanitarian in India (d. 1951)

1869 - [[Hristo Tatarchev]] -Bulgarian physician and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1952)

1872 - [[Anton Denikin]] -Russian general (d. 1947)

1882 - [[Jack Hobbs]] -English cricketer and journalist (d. 1963)

1882 - [[Zoltán Kodály]] -Hungarian composer, conductor, and musicologist (d. 1967)

1882 - [[Walther Meissner]] -German physicist and engineer (d. 1974)

1883 - [[Károly Kós]] -Hungarian-Romanian architect, ethnologist, and politician (d. 1977)

1883 - [[Max Linder]] -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1925)

1884 - [[Seibo Kitamura]] -Japanese sculptor (d. 1987)

1888 - [[Alexander I of Yugoslavia]] -(d. 1934)

1888 - [[Alphonse Juin]] -Algerian-French general (d. 1967)

1889 - [[Kim Chwa-chin]] -South Korean guerrilla leader (d. 1930)

1892 - [[Ivar Wester]] -Swedish sport shooter (d. 1967)

1895 - [[Marie Hall Ets]] -American author and illustrator (d. 1984)

1899 - [[Noël Coward]] -English actor, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)

1900 - [[Horatio Fitch]] -American sprinter (d. 1985)

1900 - [[V. S. Pritchett]] -English author and critic (d. 1997)

1901 - [[Margaret Mead]] -American anthropologist and author (d. 1978)

1902 - [[Rafael Alberti]] -Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1999)

1903 - [[Hardie Albright]] -American actor (d. 1975)

1903 - [[Harold Whitlock]] -English race walker and coach (d. 1985)

1905 - [[Piet Hein (scientist)|Piet Hein]] -Danish mathematician, author, and poet (d. 1996)

1907 - [[Barbara Kent]] -Canadian-American actress (d. 2011)

1910 - [[Freddie Brown (cricketer)|Freddie Brown]] -Peruvian-English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1991)

1913 - [[George Ignatieff]] -Russian-Canadian scholar and diplomat, 8th List of Canadian ambassadors to the United Nations|Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1989)

1913 - [[Salik Lucknawi]] -Indian journalist and poet (d. 2013)

1915 - [[Turk Murphy]] -American trombonist and singer (d. 1987)

1916 - [[Birgitta Valberg]] -Swedish actress (d. 2014)

1917 - [[Nabi Bux Khan Baloch]] -Pakistani author and scholar (d. 2011)

1917 - [[Pete T. Cenarrusa]] -American soldier, pilot, and politician, Secretary of State of Idaho (d. 2013)

1917 - [[Arthur C. Clarke]] -English-Sri Lankan soldier and author (d. 2008)

1917 - [[Ruth Johnson Colvin]] -American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide

1918 - [[Pierre Delanoë]] -French songwriter (d. 2006)

1918 - [[Vida Hope]] -English actress (d. 1963)

1920 - [[Frederick Rotimi Williams]] -Nigerian lawyer and politician (d. 2005)

1921 - [[Eulalio González]] -Mexican actor, humorist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, announcer, director and producer (d. 2003)

1922 - [[Cy Leslie]] -American record producer, founded Pickwick Records (d. 2008)

1923 - [[Menahem Pressler]] -German-American pianist (Beaux Arts Trio)

1923 - [[Ernst Florian Winter]] -Austrian-American historian and political scientist (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Nicolas Sidjakov]] -Latvian-American illustrator (d. 1993)

1926 - [[James McCracken]] -American tenor and actor (d. 1988)

1926 - [[A. N. R. Robinson]] -Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 3rd List of Presidents of Trinidad and Tobago|President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Peter Dickinson]] -English author and poet

1927 - [[Randall Garrett]] -American author and poet (d. 1987)

1928 - [[Terry Carter]] -American actor, director, and producer

1928 - [[Philip K. Dick]] -American philosopher and author (d. 1982)

1929 - [[Nicholas Courtney]] -Egyptian-English actor (d. 2011)

1930 - [[Bill Brittain]] -American author (d. 2011)

1930 - [[Sam Most]] -American flute player and saxophonist (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Bill Young]] -American sergeant and politician (d. 2013)

1931 - [[Karl Denver]] -Scottish-English singer (d. 1998)

1932 - [[Rodion Shchedrin]] -Russian pianist and composer

1932 - [[Quentin Blake]] -English author and illustrator

1934 - [[Louis Waldon]] -American actor (d. 2013)

1936 - [[Morris Dees]] -American lawyer and activist, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center

1937 - [[Joyce Bulifant]] -American actress and singer

1937 - [[Edward Ruscha]] -American artist

1938 - [[Frank Deford]] -American journalist and author

1938 - [[Liv Ullmann]] -Japanese-Norwegian actress, director, and screenwriter

1939 - [[Philip Langridge]] -English tenor and actor (d. 2010)

1939 - [[Gordon Miller (athlete)|Gordon Miller]] -English high jumper

1941 - [[Robert Kerman]] -American porn actor and producer

1941 - [[Lesley Stahl]] -American journalist and actress

1941 - [[Roger Neil Wheeler]] -English general

1942 - [[Donald Carcieri]] -American educator and politician, 73rd Governor of Rhode Island

1942 - [[Eugene Robert Glazer]] -American actor

1943 - [[Steven Bochco]] -American screenwriter and producer

1944 - [[Jeff Kanew]] -American director and screenwriter

1944 - [[Don Meyer]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)

1945 - [[Patti Deutsch]] -American actress

1945 - [[Bobby George]] -English darts player and sportscaster

1945 - [[Yukio Hattori]] -Japanese television host

1945 - [[Tony Hicks]] -English singer and guitarist (The Hollies)

1946 - [[Benny Andersson]] -Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (ABBA and Hep Stars)

1946 - [[Charles Dennis]] -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 - [[Christopher Ellison]] -English actor

1946 - [[Terence Knox]] -American actor

1946 - [[Trevor Pinnock]] -English harpsichord player and conductor

1946 - [[Tom Stern (cinematographer)|Tom Stern]] -American cinematographer

1947 - [[Ben Cross]] -English actor

1947 - [[Vincent Matthews (athlete)|Vincent Matthews]] -American sprinter

1947 - [[Martyn Poliakoff]] -English chemist and academic

1948 - [[Christopher Biggins]] -English actor

1949 - [[Billy Gibbons]] -American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor (ZZ Top and Moving Sidewalks)

1949 - [[Heather Hallett]] -English lawyer and judge

1950 - [[Claudia Cohen]] -American journalist (d. 2007)

1950 - [[Roy Schuiten]] -Dutch cyclist and manager (d. 2006)

1951 - [[Sally Emerson]] -English author and poet

1951 - [[Mike Flanagan (baseball)|Mike Flanagan]] -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2011)

1951 - [[Robben Ford]] -American guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Express and Yellowjackets)

1951 - [[Mark Heard]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)

1951 - [[Shinji Yamashita]] -Japanese actor

1952 - [[Joel Garner]] -Barbadian cricketer and manager

1952 - [[Francesco Graziani]] -Italian footballer and manager

1953 - [[Rebecca Forstadt]] -American voice actress and screenwriter

1955 - [[Xander Berkeley]] -American actor and producer

1955 - [[Carol Browner]] -American lawyer and environmentalist, 8th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

1957 - [[H. D. Kumaraswamy]] -Indian social worker and politician, 18th Chief Minister of Karnataka

1957 - [[Antonio Vega (singer)|Antonio Vega]] -Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nacha Pop) (d. 2009)

1958 - [[Katie Leigh]] -American voice actress

1958 - [[Bart Oates]] -American football player and lawyer

1959 - [[Alexander Lebedev]] -Russian businessman and politician

1959 - [[Steve Mattsson]] -American author and illustrator

1959 - [[Larry Poindexter]] -American actor and singer

1960 - [[Pat Van Den Hauwe]] -Belgian footballer and manager

1961 - [[LaChanze]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1961 - [[André Andersen]] -Russian-Danish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Royal Hunt)

1961 - [[Shane Black]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Bill Hicks]] -American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 1994)

1961 - [[Gretchen Palmer]] -American actress

1961 - [[Sam Robards]] -American actor

1961 - [[Jon Tenney]] -American actor and director

1962 - [[Maruschka Detmers]] -Dutch-French actress

1962 - [[William Perry (American football)|William Perry]] -American football player and wrestler

1962 - [[Melanie Smith (actress)|Melanie Smith]] -American actress

1963 - [[Benjamin Bratt]] -American actor and producer

1963 - [[Jeff Carson]] -American singer-songwriter

1963 - [[James Mangold]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Heike Drechsler]] -German sprinter and long jumper

1964 - [[Gail Harris]] -English actress and producer

1964 - [[Georgie Parker]] -Australian actress

1964 - [[Billy Ripken]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1964 - [[Paul Vogt]] -American actor

1964 - [[Todd Glass]] -American comedian and actor

1965 - [[Chris Jones (1990s outfielder)|Chris Jones]] -American baseball player and manager

1965 - [[Melanie Sloan]] -American lawyer and activist

1965 - [[Nancy Valen]] -American actress and producer

1966 - [[Cliff Robinson (basketball, born 1966)|Clifford Robinson]] -American basketball player

1966 - [[Dennis Wise]] -English footballer and manager

1967 - [[Donovan Bailey]] -Canadian sprinter and sportscaster

1967 - [[Indrek Kaseorg]] -Estonian decathlete

1967 - [[Miranda Otto]] -Australian actress and singer

1968 - [[Peter Dante]] -American actor and singer

1968 - [[Lalah Hathaway]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1968 - [[Greg Kovacs]] -Canadian bodybuilder (d. 2013)

1968 - [[Mark Dean Schwab]] -American rapist and murderer (d. 2008)

1969 - [[Shane (actress)|Shane]] -American porn actress and director

1969 - [[Simon Grayson]] -English footballer and manager

1969 - [[Florencia Lozano]] -American actress

1969 - [[Adam Riess]] -American astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1969 - [[Dmitri Tymoczko]] -American composer and theorist

1969 - [[Craig White]] -English cricketer and coach

1970 - [[Valerie Chow]] -Canadian-Hong Kong actress

1970 - [[Daniel Cosgrove]] -American actor

1971 - [[Shigeki Hosokawa]] -Japanese actor

1971 - [[Seyhan Kurt]] -French-Turkish poet and sociologist

1971 - [[Michael McCary]] -American singer-songwriter (Boyz II Men)

1971 - [[Paul van Dyk]] -German DJ and producer

1972 - [[Charles Gipson]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Željko Kalac]] -Australian footballer and coach

1972 - [[Paul Leyden]] -Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Travis Morrison]] -American singer-songwriter (The Dismemberment Plan)

1973 - [[Sarah Kozer]] -American model and actress

1973 - [[Themba Mnguni]] -South African footballer

1973 - [[Jason Molina]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1973 - [[Luisa Ranieri]] -Italian actress

1973 - [[Scott Storch]] -American songwriter and producer, founded Storch Music Company

1974 - [[Frida Hallgren]] -Swedish actress

1974 - [[Earl C. Poitier]] -American actor

1975 - [[Valentin Bădoi]] -Romanian footballer and manager

1975 - [[Nao Kawakita]] -Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)

1975 - [[Benjamin Kowalewicz]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Billy Talent)

1975 - [[Paul Maynard]] -English politician

1975 - [[Jonathan Scarfe]] -Canadian actor

1976 - [[Jen Golbeck]] -American computer scientist

1976 - [[Emiri Henmi]] -Japanese actress and singer

1977 - [[Éric Bélanger]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Sylvain Distin]] -French footballer

1978 - [[Joe Absolom]] -English actor

1978 - [[Satoshi Matsuda]] -Japanese actor

1978 - [[John Morris (curler)|John Morris]] -Canadian curler and firefighter

1978 - [[Gunter Van Handenhoven]] -Belgian footballer and manager

1979 - [[Luke Harper]] -American wrestler

1979 - [[Trevor Immelman]] -South African golfer

1979 - [[Mihai Trăistariu]] -Romanian singer-songwriter

1979 - [[Jessie Ward]] -American wrestler and producer

1980 - [[Danish Kaneria]] -Pakistani cricketer

1981 - [[Imran Nazir]] -Pakistani cricketer

1981 - [[Krysten Ritter]] -American model, actress, and producer

1981 - [[Gareth Williams (Scottish footballer)|Gareth Williams]] -Scottish footballer

1982 - [[Garnon Davies]] -Welsh actor

1982 - [[Justin Mentell]] -American actor (d. 2010)

1982 - [[Antrel Rolle]] -American football player

1982 - [[Stanislav Šesták]] -Slovakian footballer

1982 - [[Hanna Syedokova]] -Ukrainian-American singer and actress (Nu Virgos)

1983 - [[Kelenna Azubuike]] -American basketball player

1983 - [[Frankie Ballard]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983 - [[Mika Kikuchi]] -Japanese actress and voice actress

1983 - [[Danielle O'Hara]] -English model and actress, Miss Great Britain|Miss Great Britain 2006

1984 - [[Theo James]] -English-American actor and singer

1985 - [[Rachel Bright]] -English actress

1985 - [[Stanislav Manolev]] -Bulgarian footballer

1985 - [[James Nash (racing driver)|James Nash]] -English racing driver

1985 - [[Amanda Setton]] -American actress

1985 - [[Keita Tachibana]] -Japanese singer and dancer (W-inds)

1986 - [[Candice Crawford]] -American model and journalist, Miss Missouri USA|Miss Missouri USA 2008

1986 - [[Alcides Escobar]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1986 - [[Zoltán Kovács (footballer, born 1986)|Zoltán Kovács]] -Hungarian footballer (d. 2013)

1986 - [[Pärt Uusberg]] -Estonian actor, composer, and conductor

1987 - [[Mame Biram Diouf]] -Senegalese footballer

1987 - [[Beau Dowler]] -Australian footballer

1987 - [[Hallee Hirsh]] -American actress

1988 - [[Mats Hummels]] -German footballer

1988 - [[Edita Janeliunaite]] -Lithuanian cyclist

1988 - [[Anna Popplewell]] -English actress

1988 - [[Park Seo-joon]] -South Korean model and actor

1989 - [[Mirei Kiritani]] -Japanese actress, model, and news anchor

1992 - [[Ulrikke Eikeri]] -Norwegian tennis player

1992 - [[Anamul Haque]] -Bangladeshi cricketer

1992 - [[Pietro Perdichizzi]] -Belgian footballer

1992 - [[Tom Rogić]] -Australian footballer

1993 - [[Jyoti Amge]] -Indian actress

1993 - [[Rikako Sakata]] -Japanese model and actress

1994 - [[Elliot Lee]] -English footballer

1994 - [[Nicola Murru]] -Italian footballer

1994 - [[José Rodríguez Martínez]] -Spanish footballer

1994 - [[Stephen Sutton]] -English activist and blogger (d. 2014)

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