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Day History: December-4

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Famous Birthdays


1555 - [[Heinrich Meibom (poet)|Heinrich Meibom]] -German poet and historian (d. 1625)

1585 - [[John Cotton (minister)|John Cotton]] -English-American minister and theologian (d. 1652)

1595 - [[Jean Chapelain]] -French poet and critic (d. 1674)

1646 - [[Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon]] -French field marshal (d. 1730)

1647 - [[Daniel Eberlin]] -German soldier and composer (d. 1715)

1660 - [[André Campra]] -French composer and conductor (d. 1744)

1667 - [[Michel Pignolet de Montéclair]] -French composer (d. 1737)

1670 - [[John Aislabie]] -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1742)

1711 - [[Barbara of Portugal]] -(d. 1758)

1713 - [[Gasparo Gozzi]] -Italian playwright and critic (d. 1786)

1777 - [[Juliette Récamier]] -French businesswoman (d. 1849)

1795 - [[Thomas Carlyle]] -Scottish-English historian, philosopher, and academic (d. 1881)

1798 - [[Jules Armand Dufaure]] -French politician, 33rd Prime Minister of France (d. 1881)

1817 - [[Nikoloz Baratashvili]] -Georgian poet (d. 1845)

1835 - [[Samuel Butler (novelist)|Samuel Butler]] -English author and critic (d. 1902)

1844 - [[Franz Xavier Wernz]] -German religious leader, 25th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1914)

1861 - [[Hannes Hafstein]] -Icelandic poet and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1922)

1861 - [[Lillian Russell]] -American actress and singer (d. 1922)

1868 - [[Jesse Burkett]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1953)

1875 - [[Joe Corbett]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1945)

1875 - [[Rainer Maria Rilke]] -Austrian poet and author (d. 1926)

1878 - [[Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia]] -(d. 1918)

1880 - [[Tom Taylor (soccer)|Tom Taylor]] -Canadian soccer player (d. 1945)

1881 - [[Erwin von Witzleben]] -Polish-German field marshal (d. 1944)

1883 - [[Katharine Susannah Prichard]] -Australian author and playwright (d. 1969)

1886 - [[Jan Thomée]] -Dutch footballer (d. 1954)

1889 - [[Lloyd Bacon]] -American actor and director (d. 1955)

1892 - [[Francisco Franco]] -Spanish general and politician, List of Prime Ministers of Spain|Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

1892 - [[Liu Bocheng]] -Chinese commander and politician (d. 1986)

1893 - [[Herbert Read]] -English poet and critic (d. 1968)

1895 - [[Feng Youlan]] -Chinese philosopher and academic (d. 1990)

1899 - [[Karl-Günther Heimsoth]] -German physician and politician (d. 1934)

1899 - [[Charlie Spencer]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1953)

1903 - [[Anna van der Vegt]] -Dutch gymnast (d. 1983)

1903 - [[Cornell Woolrich]] -American author (d. 1968)

1904 - [[Albert Norden]] -German politician (d. 1982)

1908 - [[Alfred Hershey]] -American bacteriologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1909 - [[Jimmy Jewel]] -English actor and singer (d. 1995)

1910 - [[Alex North]] -American composer (d. 1991)

1910 - [[R. Venkataraman]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 6th President of India (d. 2009)

1912 - [[Pappy Boyington]] -American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1988)

1913 - [[Mark Robson]] -Canadian-American director and producer (d. 1978)

1914 - [[Rudolf Hausner]] -Austrian painter and sculptor (d. 1995)

1914 - [[Claude Renoir]] -French cinematographer (d. 1993)

1915 - [[Eddie Heywood]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1989)

1916 - [[Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr.]] -American journalist and author (d. 1994)

1919 - [[I. K. Gujral]] -Indian poet and politician, 12th Prime Minister of India (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Nadir Afonso]] -Portuguese painter and architect (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Jeanne Manford]] -American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Deanna Durbin]] -Canadian-French actress and singer (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Gérard Philipe]] -French actor (d. 1959)

1923 - [[Charles Keating]] -American lawyer and financier (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Eagle Keys]] -American-Canadian football player and coach (d. 2012)

1923 - [[John Krish]] -English director and screenwriter

1924 - [[John C. Portman, Jr.]] -American architect, designed the Renaissance Center and Tomorrow Square

1925 - [[Albert Bandura]] -Canadian-American psychologist and academic

1925 - [[Lino Lacedelli]] -Italian mountaineer (d. 2009)

1926 - [[Monty M. Wyche]] -American soldier, lawyer, and judge (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Barbara Knudson]] -American actress (d. 2014)

1927 - [[William Labov]] -American linguist and academic

1927 - [[Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe]] -Swedish silversmith and jeweler (d. 2004)

1928 - [[Dena Dietrich]] -American actress

1930 - [[Ronnie Corbett]] -Scottish actor

1930 - [[Jim Hall (musician)|Jim Hall]] -American guitarist and composer (d. 2013)

1931 - [[Alex Delvecchio]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1931 - [[Wally George]] -American radio and television host (d. 2003)

1932 - [[Roh Tae-woo]] -South Korean general and politician, 6th President of South Korea

1933 - [[Horst Buchholz]] -German actor (d. 2003)

1934 - [[Victor French]] -American actor and director (d. 1989)

1934 - [[Wink Martindale]] -American game show host

1935 - [[Paul O'Neill (politician)|Paul O'Neill]] -American businessman and politician, 72nd United States Secretary of the Treasury

1935 - [[Robert Vesco]] -American financier (d. 2007)

1936 - [[Bernie McInerney]] -American actor

1937 - [[Max Baer, Jr.]] -American actor, director, and producer

1938 - [[Andre Marrou]] -American politician

1938 - [[Yvonne Minton]] -Australian soprano

1939 - [[Joan Brady (American-British writer)|Joan Brady]] -American-English author

1939 - [[Freddy Cannon]] -American singer and guitarist

1940 - [[Gerd Achterberg]] -German footballer and manager

1940 - [[Gary Gilmore]] -American murderer (d. 1977)

1942 - [[Gemma Jones]] -English actress and singer

1944 - [[Chris Hillman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Byrds, The Hillmen, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Manassas (band)|Manassas)

1944 - [[Anna McGarrigle]] -Canadian singer-songwriter (Kate and Anna McGarrigle and Mountain City Four)

1944 - [[François Migault]] -French race car driver (d. 2012)

1944 - [[Dennis Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (The Beach Boys) (d. 1983)

1945 - [[Roberta Bondar]] -Canadian neurologist, academic, and astronaut

1946 - [[Geert Mak]] -Dutch journalist and author

1947 - [[Jane Lubchenco]] -American ecologist, academic, and diplomat

1947 - [[Terry Woods]] -Irish guitarist (The Pogues, Steeleye Span, Sweeney's Men, The Bucks, and Dr. Strangely Strange)

1948 - [[Southside Johnny]] -American singer-songwriter (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)

1949 - [[A. Scott Berg]] -American journalist and author

1949 - [[Jeff Bridges]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1949 - [[Paula England]] -American sociologist and academic

1949 - [[Pamela Stephenson]] -New Zealand-Australian actress and psychologist

1949 - [[Jock Stirrup, Baron Stirrup]] -English air marshal and politician

1950 - [[Bjørn Kjellemyr]] -Norwegian bassist

1951 - [[Gary Rossington]] -American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington Collins Band, and The Rossington Band)

1951 - [[Patricia Wettig]] -American actress and playwright

1953 - [[Gwen Humble]] -American actress

1953 - [[Rick Middleton]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1954 - [[Tony Todd]] -American actor and producer

1955 - [[Philip Hammond]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

1955 - [[Dave Taylor (ice hockey)|Dave Taylor]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1955 - [[Cassandra Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (M-Base)

1956 - [[Nia Griffith]] -Irish-Welsh educator and politician

1956 - [[Bernard King]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1957 - [[Raul Boesel]] -Brazilian race car driver

1957 - [[Eric S. Raymond]] -American computer programmer and author

1958 - [[Tim Hutchings]] -English runner

1959 - [[Susan W. Krebs]] -American accountant and politician

1959 - [[Paul McGrath (footballer)|Paul McGrath]] -English-Irish footballer

1959 - [[Christa Luding-Rothenburger]] -German speed skater and cyclist

1960 - [[David Green (baseball)|David Green]] -Nicaraguan-American baseball player

1960 - [[Glynis Nunn]] -Australian heptathlete and hurler

1961 - [[Frank Reich]] -American football player and coach

1962 - [[Nixon Kiprotich]] -Kenyan runner

1962 - [[Julie Lemieux]] -Canadian voice actress and singer

1962 - [[Kevin Richardson (footballer)|Kevin Richardson]] -English footballer and manager

1963 - [[Sergey Bubka]] -Ukrainian pole vaulter

1964 - [[Sertab Erener]] -Turkish singer-songwriter

1964 - [[Jonathan Goldstein (actor)|Jonathan Goldstein]] -American actor and director

1964 - [[Scott Hastings (rugby union)|Scott Hastings]] -Scottish rugby player and sportscaster

1964 - [[Chelsea Noble]] -American actress

1964 - [[Marisa Tomei]] -American actress

1965 - [[Álex de la Iglesia]] -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Shaun Hollamby]] -English racing driver and businessman

1966 - [[Masta Ace]] -American rapper (eMC (hip hop group)|eMC and Juice Crew)

1966 - [[Fred Armisen]] -American actor and screenwriter

1966 - [[Andy Hess]] -American bass player (Gov't Mule and The Black Crowes)

1966 - [[Suzanne Malveaux]] -American journalist

1966 - [[Chris Shepherd]] -English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Mike Barrowman]] -Paraguayan-American swimmer

1968 - [[Dionne Farris]] -American, singer-songwriter, producer and actress

1969 - [[Jay-Z]] -American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

1969 - [[Plum Sykes]] -English-American journalist and author

1970 - [[Kevin Sussman]] -American actor

1970 - [[Sylvester Terkay]] -American wrestler and mixed martial artist

1971 - [[Shannon Briggs]] -American boxer and actor

1972 - [[Jassen Cullimore]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1972 - [[Yūko Miyamura]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1972 - [[Nikki Tyler]] -American porn actress and model

1973 - [[Tyra Banks]] -American model, actress, and producer

1973 - [[Frank Boeijen (keyboardist)|Frank Boeijen]] -Dutch keyboard player (The Gathering (band)|The Gathering)

1973 - [[Michael Jackson (footballer)|Michael Jackson]] -English footballer

1973 - [[Mina Caputo]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Life of Agony)

1973 - [[Ferry Corsten]] -Dutch DJ and producer (Gouryella and Veracocha)

1973 - [[Steven Menzies]] -Australian rugby player

1973 - [[Kate Rusby]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Poozies)

1973 - [[Racci Shay]] -American drummer (Murderdolls, Synical, Dope (band)|Dope, and Genitorturers)

1973 - [[Atsushi Tamura]] -Japanese actor and singer (Jealkb)

1974 - [[Tadahito Iguchi]] -Japanese baseball player

1976 - [[Amie Comeaux]] -American singer (d. 1997)

1976 - [[Kristina Groves]] -Canadian speed skater

1977 - [[Darvis Patton]] -American sprinter

1977 - [[Big Pokey]] -American rapper (Screwed Up Click)

1977 - [[Morten Veland]] -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (Sirenia, Tristania (band)|Tristania, and Mortemia)

1978 - [[Jaclyn Victor]] -Malaysian singer and actress

1979 - [[Ysabella Brave]] -American singer-songwriter

1979 - [[Jay DeMerit]] -American soccer player

1980 - [[Rick Victor]] -Canadian wrestler

1981 - [[Courtney Cummz]] -American porn actress and director

1981 - [[Lila McCann]] -American singer and actress

1982 - [[Nathan Douglas]] -English triple jumper

1982 - [[Waldo Ponce]] -Chilean footballer

1982 - [[Ho-Pin Tung]] -Dutch-Chinese race car driver

1982 - [[Nick Vujicic]] -Australian evangelist

1983 - [[Jimmy Bartel]] -Australian footballer

1984 - [[Brooke (wrestler)|Brooke]] -American wrestler and model

1984 - [[Lindsay Felton]] -American actress

1984 - [[Marco Giambruno]] -Italian footballer

1984 - [[Anna Petrakova]] -Russian basketball player

1984 - [[Joe Thomas (American football)|Joe Thomas]] -American football player

1985 - [[Andrew Brackman]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Carlos Gómez]] -Dominican baseball player

1985 - [[Stephen Dawson]] -Irish footballer

1986 - [[Kaija Udras]] -Estonian skier

1986 - [[Martell Webster]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Orlando Brown (actor)|Orlando Brown]] -American actor and rapper

1987 - [[Yukina Kinoshita]] -Japanese model, actress, singer, and television personality (Shuchishin)

1987 - [[Kethy Õunpuu]] -Estonian footballer

1988 - [[Mario Maurer]] -Thai model and actor

1988 - [[Andriy Pylyavskyi]] -Ukrainian footballer

1989 - [[Jen Da Silva]] -Filipino model

1990 - [[Lukman Haruna]] -Nigerian footballer

1990 - [[Igor Sjunin]] -Estonian triple jumper

1990 - [[Cindy Yang]] -Taiwanese model and actress (d. 2015)

1992 - [[Jean-Claude Iranzi]] -Rwandan footballer

1992 - [[Līna Mūze]] -Latvian javelin thrower

1992 - [[Guan Xueting]] -Chinese ice dancer

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