Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21 Birthdays

1118 – Thomas Becket, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1170)
1401 – Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
1596 – Petro Mohyla, Moldovan religious figure (d. 1646)
1603 – Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (d. 1684)
1682 – Calico Jack Rackham, English pirate (d. 1720)
1714 – John Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (d. 1774)
1778 – Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
1795 – Leopold von Ranke, German historian (d. 1886)
1795 – John Russell, English parson and dog breeder (d. 1883)
1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1881)
1805 – Thomas Graham, British chemist (d. 1869)
1811 – Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1882)
1815 – Thomas Couture French painter and teacher (d. 1879)
1818 – Amalia of Oldenburg, Queen of Greece (d. 1875)
1832 – John H. Ketcham, American politician (d. 1906)
1840 – Namık Kemal, Turkish nationalist poet (d. 1888)
1843 – Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
1850 – Zdeněk Fibich, Bohemian composer (d. 1900)
1850 – William Wallace Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1862)
1851 – Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician (d. 1929)
1859 – Gustave Kahn, French poet (d. 1936)
1866 – Maud Gonne, Irish activist (d. 1953)
1872 – Sidney Ainsworth, British actor (d. 1922)
1872 – Don Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (d. 1956)
1872 – Albert Payson Terhune, American author (d. 1942)
1873 – Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
1876 – Jack Lang, Australian politician (d. 1975)
1878 – Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
1885 – Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
1889 – Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
1890 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (d. 1967)
1891 – John William McCormack, American politician (d. 1980)
1892 – Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (d. 1980)
1892 – Walter Hagen, American golfer (d. 1969)
1892 – Rebecca West, British writer (d. 1983)
1896 – Leroy Robertson, American composer (d. 1971)
1905 – Anthony Powell, British author (d. 2000)
1908 – Herbert Hutner, American banker and attorney (d. 2008)
1909 – Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
1911 – Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)
1913 – Arnold Friberg, American illustrator (d. 2010)
1914 – Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (d. 2010)
1914 – Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
1915 – Joe Mantell, American actor d.2010
1915 – Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
1917 – Heinrich Böll, German writer and Nobel laureate (d. 1985)
1917 – Sophie Masloff, American politician
1918 – Donald Regan, American civil servant (d. 2003)
1918 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian politician and diplomat (d. 2007)
1920 – Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina
1920 – Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
1920 – Jean Gascon, Canadian actor (d. 1988)
1921 – Robert Lipshutz, American attorney and counsel to the Carter Adminisrtation (d. 2010)
1921 – John Severin, American comics artist
1922 – Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (d. 1989)
1922 – Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)
1923 – Intizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist
1924 – Rita Reys, Dutch jazzsinger
1926 – Arnošt Lustig, Czech author
1926 – Joe Paterno, American football coach
1928 – Ed Nelson, American actor
1932 – Edward Hoagland, American essayist
1935 – John G. Avildsen, American film director
1935 – Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (d. 1967)
1935 – Yusuf Bey, American activist (d. 2003)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host
1935 – Edward Schreyer, Canadian politician, Premier of Manitoba
1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress
1937 – Donald F. Munson, American politician
1938 – Larry Bryggman, American actor
1938 – Frank Moorhouse, Australian author
1939 – Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician
1940 – Arvi Lind, Finnish news broadcaster
1940 – Ray Hildebrand, American singer (Paul & Paula)
1940 – Frank Zappa, American musician (d. 1993)
1942 – Hu Jintao, Chinese president
1942 – Reinhard Mey, German singer
1942 – Carla Thomas, American singer
1943 – André Arthur. Canadian radio host
1943 – Albert Lee, English guitarist
1943 – Jack Nance, American actor (d. 1996)
1944 – Bill Atkinson, English footballer
1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor
1944 – Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat (d. 2007)
1946 – Christopher Keene, American conductor (d. 1995)
1946 – Carl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (d. 1998)
1947 – Bryan Hamilton, Northern Irish footballer
1947 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician
1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor
1948 – Dave Kingman, American baseball player
1948 – Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
1949 – Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé military figure (d. 1987)
1949 – Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
1950 – Jeffrey Katzenberg, American film producer
1950 – Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
1951 – Nick Gilder, English musician (Sweeney Todd)
1952 – Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball player
1953 – Betty Wright, American singer
1954 – Chris Evert, American tennis player
1955 – Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
1955 – Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
1957 – Tom Henke, American baseball player
1957 – Ray Romano, Italian-American comedian
1959 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (d. 1998)
1960 – Louis Demetrius Alvanis, British pianist
1960 – Roger McDowell, American baseball player
1960 – Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player
1961 – Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor
1961 – Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer
1961 – Del Wilkes, American pro wrestler
1963 – Govinda Ahuja, Indian actor and politician
1964 – Rob Kelly, English football manager
1964 – Fabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
1964 – Joe Kocur, Canadian hockey player
1965 – Andy Dick, American actor and comedian
1965 – Anke Engelke, German comedian
1965 – Stuart Mitchell, Scottish Composer
1966 – Adam Schefter, American sports journalist
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor
1966 – Karri Turner, American actress
1967 – Ervin Johnson, American basketball player
1967 – Fritz Karl, Austrian actor
1967 – Terry Mills, American basketball player
1967 – Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
1969 – Julie Delpy, French actress
1969 – Jack Noseworthy, American actor
1969 – Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
1971 – Matthieu Chedid, French musician
1971 – Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
1971 – Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel)
1972 – Gloria De Piero, English journalist
1972 – Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
1972 – Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
1972 – Claudia Poll, Costa Rican swimmer
1972 – Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Indian politician
1972 – Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
1973 – Irakli Alasania, Georgian politician and diplomat
1973 – Mike Alstott, American football player
1973 – Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
1974 – Karrie Webb, Australian golfer
1975 – Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
1976 – Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
1976 – Lukas Rossi, Canadian rock singer (Rock Star Supernova)
1977 – Toby Rand, Australian singer (Juke Kartel)
1978 – Emiliano Brembilla, Italian swimmer
1978 – Mike Vitar, American actor
1979 – Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
1980 – Royce Ring, American baseball player
1981 – Frankie Abernathy, American actress (d. 2007)
1981 – Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer
1981 – Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
1982 – Charlie Cox, English actor
1982 – Mike Gansey, American basketball player
1982 – Erica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality
1982 – Philip Humber, American baseball player
1982 – Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
1982 – Tom Payne, British actor
1984 – Darren Potter, Irish football player
1984 – Jackson Rathbone, American actor
1985 – James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
1987 – Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress
1987 – Brad Howard, Australian footballer
1988 – Alexa Goddard, British R&B singer
1988 – Yasmin, British DJ and Singer
1989 – Tamannaah Bhatia, Indian actress
1989 – Mark Ingram Jr., American football player

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