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Day History: December-13

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Famous Birthdays


1521 - [[Pope Sixtus V]] -(d. 1590)

1533 - [[Eric XIV of Sweden]] -(d. 1577)

1553 - [[Henry IV of France]] -(d. 1610)

1585 - [[William Drummond of Hawthornden]] -Scottish poet (d. 1649)

1640 - [[Robert Plot]] -English chemist and academic (d. 1696)

1662 - [[Francesco Bianchini]] -Italian astronomer and philosopher (d. 1729)

1678 - [[Yongzheng Emperor]] -of China (d. 1735)

1684 - [[Ludvig Holberg]] -Norwegian historian, philosopher, and author (d. 1754)

1720 - [[Carlo Gozzi]] -Italian playwright (d. 1804)

1724 - [[Franz Aepinus]] -German astronomer and philosopher (d. 1802)

1780 - [[Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner]] -German chemist, invented the Döbereiner's lamp (d. 1849)

1784 - [[Archduke Louis of Austria]] -(d. 1864)

1797 - [[Heinrich Heine]] -German journalist, poet, and critic (d. 1856)

1804 - [[Joseph Howe]] -Canadian journalist and politician, 5th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1873)

1814 - [[Ana Néri]] -Brazilian nurse (d. 1880)

1816 - [[Werner von Siemens]] -German engineer and inventor (d. 1892)

1818 - [[Mary Todd Lincoln]] -American wife of Abraham Lincoln, 17th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1836 - [[Franz von Lenbach]] -German painter and academic (d. 1904)

1854 - [[Herman Bavinck]] -Dutch theologian and churchman (d. 1921)

1856 - [[Svetozar Boroević]] -Croatian-Austrian field marshal (d. 1920)

1860 - [[Lucien Guitry]] -French actor (d. 1925)

1864 - [[Emil Seidel]] -American politician, 36th Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)

1867 - [[Kristian Birkeland]] -Norwegian physicist and author (d. 1917)

1870 - [[Edward LeSaint]] -American actor and director (d. 1940)

1871 - [[Emily Carr]] -Canadian painter and author (d. 1945)

1874 - [[Josef Lhévinne]] -Russian pianist and educator (d. 1944)

1883 - [[Belle da Costa Greene]] -American librarian (d. 1950)

1884 - [[Aimilios Veakis]] -Greek actor (d. 1951)

1887 - [[George Pólya]] -Hungarian-American mathematician (d. 1985)

1887 - [[Alvin C. York]] -American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)

1897 - [[Albert Aalbers]] -Dutch architect, designed the Savoy Homann Bidakara Hotel (d. 1961)

1897 - [[István Donogán]] -Hungarian discus thrower (d. 1966)

1897 - [[Drew Pearson (journalist)|Drew Pearson]] -American journalist and author (d. 1969)

1900 - [[Jonel Perlea]] -Romanian-American conductor (d. 1970)

1901 - [[Olev Roomet]] -Estonian singer, violinist, and bagpipe player (d. 1987)

1902 - [[Panagiotis Kanellopoulos]] -Greek philosopher and politician, 138th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1986)

1902 - [[Talcott Parsons]] -American sociologist and academic (d. 1979)

1903 - [[Ella Baker]] -American activist (d. 1986)

1903 - [[Carlos Montoya]] -Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)

1906 - [[Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark]] -(d. 1968)

1906 - [[Laurens van der Post]] -South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)

1908 - [[Elizabeth Alexander (astronomer)|Elizabeth Alexander]] -British meteorologist and radio astronomer (d. 1958)

1908 - [[Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira]] -Brazilian historian and activist (d. 1995)

1910 - [[Van Heflin]] -American actor and singer (d. 1971)

1910 - [[Sol Saks]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1911 - [[Trygve Haavelmo]] -Norwegian economist and mathematician, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1911 - [[Kenneth Patchen]] -American poet and painter (d. 1972)

1912 - [[Luiz Gonzaga]] -Brazilian singer, songwriter and musician (d. 1989)

1913 - [[Arnold Brown (General of The Salvation Army)|Arnold Brown]] -English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army (d. 2002)

1913 - [[Gerda Christian]] -German private secretary of Adolf Hitler (d. 1997)

1913 - [[Archie Moore]] -American boxer and actor (d. 1998)

1914 - [[Alan Bullock]] -English historian and author (d. 2004)

1914 - [[Larry Noble (actor)|Larry Noble]] -English comedian and actor (d. 1993)

1915 - [[Curd Jürgens]] -German-Austrian actor and director (d. 1982)

1915 - [[Ross Macdonald]] -American-Canadian author (d. 1983)

1915 - [[B. J. Vorster]] -South African politician,4th State President of South Africa (d. 1983)

1916 - [[Leonard Weisgard]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1917 - [[John Hart (actor)|John Hart]] -American actor and producer (d. 2009)

1918 - [[Rosalia Lombardo]] -Italian pneumonia victim (d. 1920)

1918 - [[Kim Won-kwon]] -South Korean jumper

1919 - [[Hans-Joachim Marseille]] -German captain and pilot (d. 1942)

1920 - [[George P. Shultz]] -American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1921 - [[Timofei Dokschitzer]] -Russian trumpeter (d. 2005)

1923 - [[Philip Warren Anderson]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1923 - [[Terence Beckett]] -English businessman (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Edward Clancy (cardinal)|Edward Bede Clancy]] -Australian cardinal (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Larry Doby]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2003)

1923 - [[Frankie Fraser]] -English gangster (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Robert Coogan]] -American actor (d. 1978)

1924 - [[George Shuba]] -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Dick Van Dyke]] -American actor, singer, and dancer

1926 - [[George Rhoden]] -Jamaican runner

1927 - [[James Wright (poet)|James Wright]] -American poet and academic (d. 1980)

1928 - [[Eve Meyer]] -American model, actress, and producer (d. 1977)

1929 - [[Christopher Plummer]] -Canadian actor, singer, and producer

1930 - [[Robert Prosky]] -American actor (d. 2008)

1933 - [[Doug Mohns]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Richard D. Zanuck]] -American film producer (d. 2012)

1935 - [[Joe Christopher]] -Virgin Islander baseball player

1935 - [[Kenneth Hall (American football)|Kenneth Hall]] -American football player

1935 - [[Lindy McDaniel]] -American baseball player

1936 - [[Aga Khan IV]] -Swiss-English businessman

1936 - [[J. C. Martin]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1937 - [[Rob Houwer]] -Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter

1937 - [[Ulf G. Lindén]] -Swedish businessman (d. 2009)

1937 - [[Ron Taylor (baseball)|Ron Taylor]] -Canadian baseball player and physician

1938 - [[Heino]] -German singer

1938 - [[Alvin Curran]] -American horn player and composer (Musica Elettronica Viva)

1939 - [[Eric Flynn]] -Chinese-Welsh actor and singer (d. 2002)

1940 - [[Sanjaya Lall]] -Indian economist and academic (d. 2005)

1941 - [[John Davidson (entertainer)|John Davidson]] -American actor and game show host

1941 - [[Anouska Hempel]] -New Zealand-English actress and fashion designer

1941 - [[Bessel Kok]] -Dutch chess player and businessman

1942 - [[Howard Brenton]] -English playwright and screenwriter

1942 - [[Anna Eshoo]] -American politician

1943 - [[Ferguson Jenkins]] -Canadian baseball and basketball player

1944 - [[Hwang Jang-lee]] -Japanese-South Korean martial artist and actor

1944 - [[Marti Webb]] -English actress and singer

1945 - [[Herman Cain]] -American businessman, journalist, and politician

1945 - [[Kathy Garver]] -American actress and producer

1945 - [[Brian McGuire]] -Australian race car driver (d. 1977)

1947 - [[Darlene Cates]] -American actress

1947 - [[Rex Hagon]] -Canadian actor

1947 - [[Dave Hamilton (baseball)|Dave Hamilton]] -American baseball player and coach

1948 - [[Lester Bangs]] -American journalist and author (d. 1982)

1948 - [[Jeff Baxter]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers)

1948 - [[Lillian Board]] -South African-English sprinter (d. 1970)

1948 - [[Ted Nugent]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees (band)|Damn Yankees, and Damnocracy)

1948 - [[Brian Wilson (Labour politician)|Brian Wilson]] -Scottish journalist and politician

1949 - [[Tarık Akan]] -Turkish actor and producer

1949 - [[Robert Lindsay (actor)|Robert Lindsay]] -English actor and singer

1949 - [[R. A. MacAvoy]] -American author

1949 - [[Randy Owen]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alabama (band)|Alabama)

1949 - [[Luc Sala]] -Dutch businessman and author

1949 - [[Tom Verlaine]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Television (band)|Television and Neon Boys)

1949 - [[Paula Wilcox]] -English actress

1950 - [[Linda Bellos]] -English businesswoman and politician

1950 - [[Wendie Malick]] -American model and actress

1950 - [[Heather North]] -American actress

1950 - [[Afemo Omilami]] -American actor

1950 - [[Julia Slingo]] -English meteorologist and academic

1950 - [[Tom Vilsack]] -American lawyer and politician, 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture

1952 - [[Junkyard Dog]] -American football player and wrestler (d. 1998)

1952 - [[John Francome]] -English jockey and sportscaster

1952 - [[Larry Kenon]] -American basketball player

1952 - [[Jean Rouaud]] -French author

1953 - [[Ben Bernanke]] -American economist and academic

1953 - [[Bill Castro]] -Dominican baseball player and coach

1953 - [[Jim Davidson]] -English comedian, actor, and television host

1953 - [[Bob Gainey]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1953 - [[Thomas Kurzhals]] -German keyboard player and songwriter (Karat (band)|Karat and Stern-Combo Meißen) (d. 2014)

1954 - [[John Anderson (musician)|John Anderson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 - [[Emma Bull]] -American blogger and author

1954 - [[Steve Forbert]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 - [[Tamora Pierce]] -American author

1954 - [[Harsh Vardhan (Delhi politician)|Harsh Vardhan]] -Indian otolaryngologist and politician, Minister of Science and Technology (India)|Indian Minister of Science and Technology

1955 - [[Joseph Mahmoud]] -Moroccan-French runner

1956 - [[Dale Berra]] -American baseball player

1956 - [[Majida El Roumi]] -Lebanese soprano and actress

1956 - [[Phil Hubbard]] -American basketball player and coach

1957 - [[Steve Buscemi]] -American actor and director

1957 - [[Morris Day]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (The Time (band)|The Time and Flyte Tyme (band)|Flyte Tyme)

1957 - [[Eric Marienthal]] -American saxophonist (Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)

1957 - [[Jean-Marie Messier]] -French businessman

1958 - [[Kanako Higuchi]] -Japanese actress

1958 - [[Lynn-Holly Johnson]] -American figure skater and actress

1959 - [[Heino Enden]] -Estonian basketball player and coach

1959 - [[Johnny Whitaker]] -American actor and singer

1959 - [[Staffan William-Olsson]] -Swedish guitarist (The Real Thing (Norwegian band)|The Real Thing)

1959 - [[Boris Zhukov]] -American wrestler

1960 - [[Rusty Cundieff]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Daggubati Venkatesh]] -Indian actor

1961 - [[Harry Gregson-Williams]] -English composer, conductor, and producer

1961 - [[Irene Sáez]] -Venezuelan model and politician, List of Governors of States of Venezuela#Nueva Esparta|Governor of Nueva Esparta

1961 - [[Gary Zimmerman]] -American football player

1962 - [[Roger Ilegems]] -Belgian cyclist

1962 - [[Jamie Raskin]] -American lawyer, academic, and politician

1962 - [[Rex Ryan]] -American football player and coach

1962 - [[Rob Ryan]] -American football player and coach

1964 - [[hide (musician)|Hideto Matsumoto]] -Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan and Zilch (band)|Zilch) (d. 1998)

1965 - [[Jackie Clune]] -English actress and singer

1965 - [[Marko Mäetamm]] -Estonian illustrator

1966 - [[Ross Burden]] -New Zealand-English chef and author

1966 - [[Toby Dammit]] -American drummer, composer, and producer

1966 - [[Don Roff]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Mike Tirico]] -American sportscaster

1967 - [[Jamie Foxx]] -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[NeNe Leakes]] -American actress

1967 - [[Bo Pelini]] -American football player and coach

1969 - [[Tony Curran]] -Scottish-American actor

1969 - [[Sergei Fedorov]] -Russian ice hockey player and manager

1969 - [[Murat Nasyrov]] -Russian singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1970 - [[Tonja Buford-Bailey]] -American hurdler and coach

1970 - [[Eoin Jess]] -Scottish footballer

1970 - [[Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner]] -Austrian mountaineer

1971 - [[Gloria Casarez]] -American activist (d. 2014)

1971 - [[Naomi Long]] -Northern Irish engineer and politician, 54th Lord Mayor of Belfast

1971 - [[Leanne Wood]] -Welsh academic and politician

1972 - [[Niki Evans]] -English singer

1972 - [[Chris Grant]] -Australian footballer

1973 - [[Emre Aşık]] -Turkish footballer

1973 - [[Christie Clark]] -American actress

1974 - [[Sara Cox]] -English radio and television host

1974 - [[Debbie Matenopoulos]] -American actress and television host

1974 - [[Nick McCarthy|Nicholas McCarthy]] -English singer and guitarist (Franz Ferdinand (band)|Franz Ferdinand and Box Codax)

1975 - [[Bates Battaglia]] -American ice hockey player

1975 - [[Tom DeLonge]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, and Box Car Racer)

1975 - [[Kostas Kiassos]] -Greek footballer

1975 - [[Matthew LeCroy]] -American baseball player and coach

1975 - [[Bahar Mert]] -Turkish volleyball player

1976 - [[Josh Fogg]] -American baseball player

1976 - [[Søren Friis]] -Danish footballer

1976 - [[Radosław Sobolewski]] -Polish footballer

1976 - [[Rama Yade]] -Senegalese-French politician

1977 - [[Tupele Dorgu]] -English actress

1977 - [[Sascha Kindred]] -German-English swimmer

1977 - [[Charlotte Milchard]] -English actress

1977 - [[Peter Stringer]] -Irish rugby player

1978 - [[Olav Bjortomt]] -English quiz player

1978 - [[Kaspars Kambala]] -Latvian basketball player

1978 - [[Ryo Kawakita]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)

1978 - [[B.J. Penn]] -American mixed martial artist

1979 - [[Matjaž Smodiš]] -Slovenian basketball player

1980 - [[Patrik Antonius]] -Finnish poker player

1980 - [[Ryan France]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Danil Haustov]] -Estonian swimmer

1980 - [[Swastika Mukherjee]] -Indian actress and singer

1980 - [[Tülin Şahin]] -Turkish-Danish model, actress, and fashion designer

1980 - [[Satoshi Tsumabuki]] -Japanese actor and singer

1980 - [[Bosco Wong]] -Hong Kong singer and actor

1981 - [[Amy Lee]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (Evanescence)

1982 - [[Anthony Callea]] -Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1982 - [[Eita]] -Japanese actor

1982 - [[Dan Hamhuis]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1982 - [[Ayumi Kinoshita]] -Japanese actress and model

1982 - [[Ricky Nolasco]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Tuka Rocha]] -Brazilian race car driver

1982 - [[Koutaro Tanaka]] -Japanese actor

1982 - [[Dominik Werling]] -German footballer

1983 - [[Matt Deis]] -American bass player and songwriter (CKY (band)|CKY and All That Remains (band)|All That Remains)

1983 - [[Otylia Jędrzejczak]] -Polish swimmer

1983 - [[Janeth Jepkosgei]] -Kenyan middle-distance runner

1984 - [[Santi Cazorla]] -Spanish footballer

1984 - [[Hanna-Maria Seppälä]] -Finnish swimmer

1985 - [[Michael Bumpus]] -American football player

1985 - [[Laurence Leboeuf]] -Canadian actress

1985 - [[Alby Mathewson]] -New Zealand rugby player

1986 - [[Dennis Bermudez]] -American mixed martial artist

1986 - [[Mathieu Gnanligo]] -Beninese sprinter

1987 - [[James Eagan Holmes]] -American murderer

1988 - [[Rickie Fowler]] -American golfer

1988 - [[Oliver Lancashire]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Dasha Kapustina]] -Russian model

1989 - [[Hellen Onsando Obiri]] -Kenyan runner

1989 - [[Ben Ridge]] -Australian rugby player

1989 - [[Taylor Swift]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1991 - [[Sénah Mango]] -Togolese footballer

1993 - [[Jurian Beat Crisis]] -Japanese singer

1994 - [[Leo Ieiri]] -Japanese singer-songwriter

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