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Day History: December-17

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Famous Birthdays


1239 - [[Kujō Yoritsugu]] -Japanese shogun (d. 1256)

1267 - [[Emperor Go-Uda]] -of Japan (d. 1324)

1556 - [[Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana]] -Pakistani-Indian poet (d. 1627)

1619 - [[Prince Rupert of the Rhine]] -(d. 1682)

1632 - [[Anthony Wood]] -English historian and author (d. 1695)

1685 - [[Thomas Tickell]] -English poet (d. 1740)

1699 - [[Charles-Louis Mion]] -French composer (d. 1775)

1706 - [[Émilie du Châtelet]] -French mathematician and physicist (d. 1749)

1734 - [[Maria I of Portugal]] -(d. 1816)

1749 - [[Domenico Cimarosa]] -Italian composer and educator (d. 1801)

1778 - [[Humphry Davy]] -English chemist and physicist (d. 1829)

1785 - [[Dorothea Lieven]] -Russian wife of Christopher Lieven (d. 1857)

1796 - [[Thomas Chandler Haliburton]] -Canadian judge and politician (d. 1865)

1797 - [[Joseph Henry]] -American physicist and engineer (d. 1878)

1807 - [[John Greenleaf Whittier]] -American poet and activist (d. 1892)

1812 - [[Vilhelm Petersen (painter)|Vilhelm Petersen]] -Danish painter (d. 1880)

1827 - [[Alexander Wassilko von Serecki]] -Austrian lawyer and politician (d. 1893)

1830 - [[Jules de Goncourt]] -French author and critic (d. 1870)

1835 - [[Alexander Emanuel Agassiz]] -Swiss-American ichthyologist and engineer (d. 1910)

1840 - [[Nozu Michitsura]] -Japanese field marshal and leading figure in the Imperial Japanese Army (d. 1908)

1842 - [[Sophus Lie]] -Norwegian mathematician and academic (d. 1899)

1847 - [[Émile Faguet]] -French author and critic (d. 1916)

1853 - [[Pierre Paul Émile Roux]] -French physician, co-founded the Pasteur Institute (d. 1933)

1859 - [[Paul César Helleu]] -French painter and illustrator (d. 1927)

1866 - [[Kazys Grinius]] -Lithuanian politician, 3rd President of Lithuania (d. 1950)

1866 - [[Konrad Stäheli]] -Swiss target shooter (d. 1931)

1873 - [[Ford Madox Ford]] -English-French author, poet, and critic (d. 1939)

1874 - [[William Lyon Mackenzie King]] -Canadian economist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1950)

1881 - [[Aubrey Faulkner]] -South African-English cricketer and coach (d. 1930)

1887 - [[Josef Lada]] -Czech painter and illustrator (d. 1957)

1887 - [[Hermine Reuss of Greiz]] -(d. 1947)

1890 - [[Prince Joachim of Prussia]] -(d. 1920)

1892 - [[Sam Barry]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 1950)

1893 - [[Erwin Piscator]] -German director and producer (d. 1966)

1894 - [[Arthur Fiedler]] -American conductor (d. 1979)

1894 - [[Patrick Flynn (athlete)|Patrick Flynn]] -Irish-American runner (d. 1969)

1894 - [[Wim Schermerhorn]] -Dutch cartographer, engineer, and politician, List of Prime Ministers of the Netherlands|Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1977)

1898 - [[Loren Murchison]] -American sprinter (d. 1979)

1900 - [[Mary Cartwright]] -English mathematician and academic (d. 1998)

1900 - [[Katina Paxinou]] -Greek actress (d. 1973)

1903 - [[Erskine Caldwell]] -American author (d. 1987)

1903 - [[Ray Noble]] -English bandleader, composer, and actor (d. 1978)

1904 - [[Paul Cadmus]] -American painter and illustrator (d. 1999)

1905 - [[Simo Häyhä]] -Finnish soldier and sniper (d. 2002)

1905 - [[Mohammad Hidayatullah]] -Indian lawyer, judge, and politician, 6th List of Vice Presidents of India|Vice President of India (d. 1992)

1905 - [[Erico Verissimo]] -Brazilian author and translator (d. 1975)

1906 - [[Fernando Lopes-Graça]] -Portuguese composer and conductor (d. 1994)

1906 - [[Russell C. Newhouse]] -American pilot and engineer (d. 1998)

1908 - [[Willard Libby]] -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)

1910 - [[Eknath Easwaran]] -Indian-American educator and author (d. 1999)

1910 - [[Sy Oliver]] -American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (d. 1988)

1912 - [[Edward Short, Baron Glenamara]] -English captain and politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 2012)

1913 - [[Burt Baskin]] -American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 1967)

1914 - [[Fernando Alonso (dancer)|Fernando Alonso]] -Cuban ballet dancer, co-founded the Cuban National Ballet (d. 2013)

1914 - [[Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck|Raymond Fernandez]] -American murderer (d. 1951)

1915 - [[André Claveau]] -French singer (d. 2003)

1916 - [[Penelope Fitzgerald]] -English author and poet (d. 2000)

1917 - [[Kenneth Dike]] -Nigerian historian, author, and academic (d. 1983)

1920 - [[Kenneth E. Iverson]] -Canadian computer scientist, developed the APL (programming language)|APL programming language (d. 2004)

1921 - [[Lore Berger]] -German-Swiss author and translator (d. 1943)

1922 - [[Alan Voorhees]] -American engineer and academic (d. 2005)

1923 - [[Jaroslav Pelikan]] -American historian and scholar (d. 2006)

1926 - [[Ray Jablonski]] -American baseball player (d. 1985)

1926 - [[John Hans Krebs]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Patrice Wymore]] -American-Jamaican actress and singer (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Ivar Ivask]] -Estonian poet and scholar (d. 1992)

1927 - [[Richard Long (actor)|Richard Long]] -American actor and director (d. 1974)

1927 - [[Edward Meneeley]] -American painter and sculptor (d. 2012)

1928 - [[Marilyn Beck]] -American journalist and actress (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Eli Beeding]] -American captain and pilot (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Doyle Conner]] -American farmer and politician (d. 2012)

1928 - [[George Lindsey]] -American actor and singer (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Jacqueline Hill]] -English actress (d. 1993)

1929 - [[William Safire]] -American journalist and author (d. 2009)

1930 - [[Bob Guccione]] -American publisher, founded ''Penthouse (magazine)|Penthouse'' (d. 2010)

1930 - [[Armin Mueller-Stahl]] -German actor

1930 - [[Dorothy Rowe]] -Australian psychologist and author

1931 - [[Gerald Finnerman]] -American director and cinematographer (d. 2011)

1931 - [[Dave Madden]] -Canadian-American actor (d. 2014)

1931 - [[James McGaugh]] -American neurobiologist and psychologist

1932 - [[John Bond (footballer)|John Bond]] -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Marilyn Eastman]] -American actress

1934 - [[Irving Petlin]] -American artist

1934 - [[Ray Wilson (English footballer)|Ray Wilson]] -English footballer and manager

1935 - [[Brian Langford]] -English cricketer (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Cal Ripken, Sr.]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1999)

1936 - [[Tommy Steele]] -English singer, guitarist, and actor

1937 - [[Brian Hayes (broadcaster)|Brian Hayes]] -Australian-English radio host

1937 - [[Art Neville]] -American singer and keyboard player (The Neville Brothers and The Meters)

1937 - [[Kerry Packer]] -Australian businessman, founded World Series Cricket (d. 2005)

1937 - [[John Kennedy Toole]] -American author and academic (d. 1969)

1937 - [[Calvin Waller]] -American general (d. 1996)

1938 - [[Carlo Little]] -English drummer (Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages and All-Stars (band)|All-Stars) (d. 2005)

1938 - [[Peter Snell]] -New Zealand-American runner and orienteer

1939 - [[James Booker]] -American pianist (d. 1983)

1939 - [[Eddie Kendricks]] -American singer-songwriter (The Temptations) (d. 1992)

1940 - [[Kåre Valebrokk]] -Norwegian journalist (d. 2013)

1940 - [[María Elena Velasco]] -Mexican actress, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1941 - [[Stan Mudenge]] -Zimbabwean historian and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Zimbabwe)|Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2012)

1942 - [[Muhammadu Buhari]] -Nigerian general and politician, 7th List of heads of state of Nigeria|Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

1942 - [[Paul Butterfield]] -American singer and harmonica player (d. 1987)

1943 - [[Mary Brunner]] -American criminal

1943 - [[Ron Geesin]] -Scottish pianist and composer

1944 - [[Jack L. Chalker]] -American author and educator (d. 2005)

1944 - [[Carlo M. Croce]] -Italian-American oncologist and academic

1944 - [[Bernard Hill]] -English actor

1944 - [[Timo K. Mukka]] -Swedish-Finnish author (d. 1973)

1945 - [[Ernie Hudson]] -American actor

1945 - [[Chris Matthews]] -American journalist and author

1945 - [[Jüri Talvet]] -Estonian poet and critic

1945 - [[Jacqueline Wilson]] -English author and academic

1946 - [[Simon Bates]] -English radio host

1946 - [[Eugene Levy]] -Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Wes Studi]] -American actor and producer

1948 - [[Valery Belousov]] -Russian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)

1948 - [[Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu]] -Turkish economist and politician

1949 - [[Sotiris Kaiafas]] -Cypriot footballer

1949 - [[Paul Rodgers]] -English singer-songwriter and producer (Free (band)|Free, Bad Company, The Firm (rock band)|The Firm, and The Law (band)|The Law)

1950 - [[Laurence F. Johnson]] -American educator and author

1950 - [[Maurice Peoples]] -American sprinter and coach

1951 - [[Pat Hill]] -American football player and coach

1951 - [[Ken Hitchcock]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951 - [[Tatyana Kazankina]] -Russian runner

1953 - [[Barry Livingston]] -American actor

1953 - [[Sally Menke]] -American film editor (d. 2010)

1953 - [[Bill Pullman]] -American actor, singer, and director

1954 - [[Sergėjus Jovaiša]] -Lithuanian basketball player

1955 - [[Brad Davis (basketball)|Brad Davis]] -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster

1956 - [[Peter Farrelly]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1956 - [[Dominic Lawson]] -English journalist

1956 - [[Totka Petrova]] -Bulgarian runner

1957 - [[Wendy Hoyte]] -English sprinter

1957 - [[Bob Ojeda]] -American baseball player and coach

1958 - [[Mike Mills]] -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods (band)|Hindu Love Gods, and Automatic Baby)

1959 - [[Albert King (basketball)|Albert King]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1960 - [[Moreno Argentin]] -Italian cyclist

1961 - [[Mansoor al-Jamri]] -Bahraini journalist and author

1961 - [[Sara Dallin]] -English singer and bass player (Bananarama)

1961 - [[Marek Kaleta]] -Estonian javelin thrower

1962 - [[Paul Dobson (footballer)|Paul Dobson]] -English footballer

1962 - [[Richard Jewell]] -American police officer (d. 2007)

1962 - [[Galina Malchugina]] -Russian sprinter

1962 - [[Rocco Mediate]] -American golfer and journalist

1964 - [[Ginger (musician)|Ginger]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wildhearts, Ginger & The Sonic Circus, and Silver Ginger 5)

1964 - [[Frank Musil]] -Czech ice hockey player and coach

1964 - [[Michele Tafoya]] -American sportscaster

1964 - [[Joe Wolf]] -American basketball player and coach

1965 - [[Craig Berube]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1966 - [[Yuko Arimori]] -Japanese runner

1966 - [[Tracy Byrd]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966 - [[Valeri Liukin]] -Kazakh-Russian gymnast and coach

1966 - [[Kristiina Ojuland]] -Estonian politician, 23rd Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1967 - [[Gigi D'Agostino]] -Italian DJ and producer

1967 - [[Vincent Damphousse]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1967 - [[Karsten Neitzel]] -German footballer and manager

1968 - [[Claudio Suárez]] -Mexican footballer

1968 - [[Paul Tracy]] -Canadian race car driver

1969 - [[Inna Lasovskaya]] -Russian triple jumper

1969 - [[Chuck Liddell]] -American mixed martial artist and kick-boxer

1969 - [[Chris Mason (darts player)|Chris Mason]] -English darts player and sportscaster

1969 - [[Mick Quinn]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (Supergrass)

1969 - [[Michael V.]] -Filipino comedian, actor, and singer

1970 - [[Sean Patrick Thomas]] -American actor

1971 - [[Sinan Akkuş]] -Turkish-German actor and director

1971 - [[Alan Khan]] -South African radio host

1971 - [[Antoine Rigaudeau]] -French basketball player

1972 - [[John Abraham (actor)|John Abraham]] -Indian actor and producer

1972 - [[Laurie Holden]] -American-Canadian actress and producer

1972 - [[Iván Pedroso]] -Cuban long jumper and coach

1973 - [[Eddie Fisher (drummer)|Eddie Ray Fisher]] -American drummer (OneRepublic)

1973 - [[Konstadinos Gatsioudis]] -Greek javelin thrower

1973 - [[Rian Johnson]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Paula Radcliffe]] -English runner

1973 - [[Codrin Țapu]] -Romanian psychologist and academic

1973 - [[Hasan Vural]] -German-Turkish footballer

1974 - [[Duff Goldman]] -American chef and television host

1974 - [[Charl Langeveldt]] -South African cricketer

1974 - [[Sarah Paulson]] -American actress

1974 - [[Ian Petrella]] -American actor

1974 - [[Giovanni Ribisi]] -American actor

1974 - [[Marissa Ribisi]] -American actress and screenwriter

1975 - [[Mayuko Aoki]] -Japanese voice actress

1975 - [[Nick Dinsmore]] -American wrestler and trainer

1975 - [[Susanthika Jayasinghe]] -Sri Lankan sprinter

1975 - [[Milla Jovovich]] -Ukrainian-American actress and singer

1975 - [[Bree Sharp]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976 - [[Éric Bédard]] -Canadian speed skater and coach

1976 - [[Nir Davidovich]] -Israeli footballer and manager

1976 - [[Patrick Müller]] -Swiss footballer

1976 - [[Andrew Simpson (sailor)|Andrew Simpson]] -English sailor (d. 2013)

1976 - [[Takeo Spikes]] -American football player and sportscaster

1977 - [[Arnaud Clément]] -French tennis player

1977 - [[Oxana Fedorova]] -Russian model, actress, and singer, Miss Universe 2002

1977 - [[Samuel Påhlsson]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1977 - [[Katheryn Winnick]] -Canadian actress

1978 - [[Alex Cintrón]] -Puerto Rican baseball player and sportscaster

1978 - [[Riteish Deshmukh]] -Indian actor and producer

1978 - [[Manny Pacquiao]] -Filipino boxer, actor, singer, and politician

1978 - [[Neil Sanderson]] -Canadian drummer and songwriter (Three Days Grace and Thousand Foot Krutch)

1978 - [[Chase Utley]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Charlotte Edwards]] -English cricketer

1979 - [[Jaimee Foxworth]] -American actress

1979 - [[Ryan Key]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Yellowcard and Craig's Brother)

1979 - [[Matt Murley]] -American ice hockey player

1979 - [[Paul Smith (footballer, born 1979)|Paul Smith]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Stella (singer)|Stella]] -Singaporean singer and actress

1980 - [[Ryan Hunter-Reay]] -American race car driver

1980 - [[Alexandra Papageorgiou]] -Greek hammer thrower

1980 - [[Eli Pariser]] -American activist and author, co-founded Avaaz.org

1981 - [[Jerry Hsu]] -American skateboarder and photographer

1981 - [[Rena Takeshita]] -Japanese model and actress

1981 - [[Tim Wiese]] -German footballer

1981 - [[Tolgahan Sayışman]] -Turkish model, television host, and actor

1982 - [[Dynamo (magician)|Dynamo]] -English magician

1982 - [[Josh Barfield]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Lorenzo Cittadini]] -Italian rugby player

1982 - [[Benjamin Goldwasser]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (MGMT)

1982 - [[Craig Kielburger]] -Canadian activist, co-founded Free the Children and Me to We

1982 - [[Stephane Lasme]] -Gabonese basketball player

1982 - [[Ryan Moats]] -American football player

1983 - [[Erik Christensen]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Bryan Jurynec]] -American ice hockey player

1983 - [[Haron Keitany]] -Kenyan runner

1983 - [[Kosuke Saito]] -Japanese DJ and composer

1984 - [[Luis Maria Alfageme]] -Argentinian footballer

1984 - [[Julian Bennett (footballer)|Julian Bennett]] -English footballer

1984 - [[Sahara Davenport]] -American drag queen performer and singer (d. 2012)

1984 - [[Andrew Davies (footballer)|Andrew Davies]] -English footballer

1984 - [[Mikky Ekko]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1985 - [[Łukasz Broź]] -Polish footballer

1985 - [[Katie Kox]] -American porn actress

1985 - [[Jeremy McKinnon]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (A Day to Remember)

1985 - [[Ryuichi Ogata]] -Japanese singer and dancer (W-inds)

1985 - [[Craig Reid (footballer, born 1985)|Craig Reid]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Emma Bell]] -American actress

1986 - [[Vanessa Zima]] -American actress

1987 - [[Bo Guagua]] -Chinese businessman

1987 - [[Chelsea Manning]] -American soldier

1988 - [[Liisa Ehrberg]] -Estonian cyclist

1988 - [[Grethe Grünberg]] -Estonian ice dancer

1988 - [[Kris Joseph]] -Canadian basketball player

1988 - [[David Rudisha]] -Kenyan runner

1988 - [[Craig Sutherland]] -Scottish footballer

1988 - [[Rin Takanashi]] -Japanese actress

1990 - [[Henri Anier]] -Estonian footballer

1990 - [[Ashley Edner]] -American actress

1990 - [[Makoto Takeda]] -Japanese actress and model

1991 - [[James Hurst (American football)|James Hurst]] -American football player

1991 - [[Nadech Kugimiya]] -Thai actor and singer

1991 - [[Atsedu Tsegay]] -Ethiopian runner

1993 - [[Patricia Kú Flores]] -Peruvian tennis player

1993 - [[Kiersey Clemons]] -American actress

1994 - [[Nat Wolff]] -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player and actor (Nat & Alex Wolff)

1997 - [[Naiktha Bains]] -Australian tennis player

1998 - [[Martin Ødegaard]] -Norwegian footballer

2007 - [[James, Viscount Severn]] -English son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

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