Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15 birthdays

37 – Nero, Roman emperor (d. 68)
130 – Lucius Verus, Roman emperor (d. 169)
1567 – Christoph Demantius, German composer, poet, and theorist (d. 1643)
1657 – Michel Richard Delalande, French organist and composer (d. 1726)
1686 – Jean-Joseph Fiocco, Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1746)
1789 – Carlos Soublette, Venezuelan general and politician, 11th President of Venezuela (d. 1870)
1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)
1852 – Henri Becquerel, French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1908)
1859 – L. L. Zamenhof, Polish linguist and ophthalmologist, created Esperanto (d. 1917)
1860 – Niels Ryberg Finsen, Faroese-Danish physician and educator, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1904)
1860 – Abner Powell, American baseball player and manager (d. 1953)
1861 – Charles Duryea, American engineer and businessman, co-founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company (d. 1938)
1861 – Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 3rd President of Finland (d. 1944)
1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)
1869 – Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)
1875 – Emilio Jacinto, Filipino journalist and activist (d. 1899)
1875 – Emil Voigt, American gymnast (d. 1961)
1878 – Hans Carossa, German author and poet (d. 1956)
1885 – Leonid Pitamic, Slovenian lawyer, philosopher, and academic (d. 1971)
1888 – Maxwell Anderson, American journalist and playwright (d. 1959)
1890 – Harry Babcock, American pole vaulter (d. 1965)
1892 – J. Paul Getty, American-English businessman and art collector, founded Getty Oil (d. 1976)
1894 – Vibert Douglas, Canadian astronomer (d. 1988)
1894 – Josef Imbach, Swiss sprinter (d. 1964)
1896 – Betty Smith, American author and playwright (d. 1972)
1899 – Harold Abrahams, English sprinter, lawyer, and journalist (d. 1978)
1902 – Robert F. Bradford, American lawyer and politician, 57th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1983)
1903 – Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 32nd Yokozuna (d. 1938)
1907 – Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, designed the United Nations Headquarters and the Cathedral of Brasília (d. 2012)
1908 – Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk, scholar, and author (d. 2005)
1909 – Sattar Bahlulzade, Azerbaijani-Russian painter (d. 1974)
1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)
1911 – Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and illustrator (d. 1991)
1911 – Stan Kenton, American pianist and composer (d. 1979)
1913 – Roger Gaudry, Canadian chemist and businessman (d. 2001)
1913 – Prudent Joye, French hurdler and therapist (d. 1980)
1913 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, academic, and activist (d. 1980)
1916 – Miguel Arraes, Brazilian lawyer and politician, Governor of Pernambuco (d. 2005)
1916 – Buddy Cole, American pianist and conductor (d. 1964)
1916 – Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-English physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
1917 – Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Indian-Pakistani linguist and lexicographer (d. 2005)
1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor and singer (d. 1961)
1919 – Max Yasgur, American farmer, owner of the Woodstock festival site (d. 1973)
1920 – Gamal al-Banna, Egyptian author and scholar (d. 2013)
1920 – Kurt Schaffenberger, German-American sergeant and illustrator (d. 2002)
1921 – Alan Freed, American radio host (d. 1965)
1921 – Bob Todd, English actor (d. 1992)
1923 – Freeman Dyson, English-American physicist and mathematician
1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli firearm designer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)
1923 – Valentin Varennikov, Russian general and politician (d. 2009)
1924 – Frank W. J. Olver, English-American mathematician and educator (d. 2013)
1924 – Ruhi Sarıalp, Turkish triple jumper (d. 2001)
1925 – Kasey Rogers, American actress, memoirist and writer (d. 2006)
1928 – Ernest Ashworth, American singer (d. 2009)
1928 – Ida Haendel, Polish-English violinist and educator
1928 – Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-New Zealand painter and architect, designed the Kuchlbauer Tower and Waldspirale (d. 2000)
1928 – Jerry Wallace, American singer and guitarist (d. 2008)
1929 – Barry Harris, American pianist and educator
1930 – Edna O'Brien, Irish author, poet, and playwright
1931 – Klaus Rifbjerg, Danish author and poet (d. 2015)
1932 – Jesse Belvin, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1960)
1932 – John Meurig Thomas, Welsh chemist and academic
1933 – Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 2014)
1933 – Tim Conway, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1933 – Donald Woods, South African journalist and activist (d. 2001)
1934 – Clive Brittain, English horse trainer
1936 – Joe D'Amato, Italian director and producer (d. 1999)
1938 – Michael Bogdanov, Welsh director and screenwriter
1938 – Billy Shaw, American football player
1939 – Cindy Birdsong, American singer-songwriter (The Supremes and Labelle)
1940 – Nick Buoniconti, American football player and sportscaster
1942 – Kathleen Blanco, American educator and politician, 54th Governor of Louisiana
1942 – Dave Clark, English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Dave Clark Five)
1942 – Geoffrey Davies, English actor
1943 – Lucien den Arend, Dutch sculptor
1944 – Jim Leyland, American baseball player and manager
1944 – Chico Mendes, Brazilian union leader and activist (d. 1988)
1945 – Ivor Crewe, English political scientist and academic
1945 – Thaao Penghlis, Australian actor
1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter (Vanilla Fudge, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and Cactus)
1946 – Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
1946 – Henrietta Knight, English horse trainer
1947 – Rodney Bingenheimer, American radio host
1948 – Cassandra Harris, Australian actress (d. 1991)
1949 – Don Johnson, American actor, singer, and producer
1949 – Brian Roper, English economist and academic
1950 – Melanie Chartoff, American actress, inventor
1951 – Joe Jordan, Scottish footballer and manager
1952 – Rudi Protrudi, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Fuzztones)
1952 – Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer and manager
1952 – Julie Taymor, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1953 – John R. Allen, American general
1953 – J. M. DeMatteis, American author
1953 – Robert Charles Wilson, American-Canadian author
1954 – Oliver Heald, English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales
1954 – Mark Warner, American businessman and politician, 69th Governor of Virginia
1955 – Hector Sants, English banker
1955 – Paul Simonon, English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Clash and Havana 3am)
1956 – Tony Leon, South African lawyer and politician
1956 – William Orbit, English keyboard player and producer (Torch Song and Bassomatic)
1957 – Chō, Japanese voice actor
1957 – Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
1957 – Mike McAlary, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
1957 – Laura Molina, American singer, guitarist, actress, and painter
1957 – Tim Reynolds, German-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dave Matthews Band, TR3, and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds)
1958 – Carlo J. Caparas, Filipino director and producer
1960 – Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer and producer
1961 – Karin Resetarits, Austrian journalist and politician
1962 – Tim Gaines, American bass player (Stryper and SinDizzy)
1962 – Simon Hodgkinson, English rugby player and coach
1963 – Ellie Cornell, American actress and producer
1963 – Norman J. Grossfeld, American screenwriter and producer
1963 – Andrew Luster, American rapist
1963 – Liliya Nurutdinova, Russian runner
1963 – Helen Slater, American actress and singer
1963 – David Wingate, American basketball player
1964 – Michael Le Vell, English actor
1964 – Paul Kaye, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1964 – Katsunori Takahashi, Japanese singer and actor
1966 – Carl Hooper, Guyanese cricketer and coach
1966 – Manos Papayiannis, Greek model and actor
1966 – Molly Price, American actress
1967 – David Howells, English footballer and coach
1967 – Ami Kawai, Japanese actress
1967 – Elix Skipper, American wrestler
1967 – Mo Vaughn, American baseball player
1968 – Osama Ali Maher, Egyptian-Swedish politician
1968 – Garrett Wang, American actor
1969 – Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair racer
1969 – Adam Setliff, American discus thrower and lawyer
1970 – Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey
1970 – Lawrence Funderburke, American basketball player
1970 – Michael Shanks, Canadian actor, screenwriter and director
1971 – Clint Lowery, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sevendust, Dark New Day, and Call Me No One)
1971 – Arne Quinze, Belgian painter and sculptor
1971 – Necati Şaşmaz, Turkish actor
1972 – Fita Bayisa, Ethiopian runner
1972 – Rodney Harrison, American football player and sportscaster
1972 – Stuart Townsend, Irish actor and director
1973 – Surya Bonaly, French-American figure skater
1973 – Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korean actor, director, and screenwriter
1974 – Pooh, Filipino actor and comedian
1975 – Laurel Nakadate, American photographer and director
1976 – Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer and manager
1976 – Maria Kekkonen, Finnish porn actress
1976 – Aaron Miles, American baseball player and coach
1976 – Todd Tichenor, American baseball player and umpire
1977 – Mehmet Aurélio, Brazilian-Turkish footballer
1977 – Geoff Stults, American actor and producer
1978 – Ned Brower, American drummer and actor (Rooney)
1978 – Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist and songwriter (Epica, After Forever, and Mayan)
1978 – Jerome McDougle, American football player
1979 – Adam Brody, American actor
1979 – Alex Solowitz, American actor, singer, and dancer (2Ge+Her)
1979 – Eric Young, Canadian-American wrestler
1980 – Sergio Pizzorno, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kasabian and Loose Tapestries)
1980 – Manuel Wilhelm, German rugby player
1981 – Najoua Belyzel, French singer
1981 – Michelle Dockery, English actress and singer
1981 – Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor
1981 – Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
1981 – Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
1981 – Creighton Lovelace, American minister
1981 – Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian footballer
1981 – Firman Utina, Indonesian footballer
1982 – Charlie Cox, English actor
1982 – Borja García, Spanish race car driver
1982 – George O. Gore II, American actor
1982 – Tatiana Perebiynis, Ukrainian tennis player
1983 – Delon Armitage, Trinidadian-English rugby player
1983 – René Duprée, Canadian wrestler
1983 – Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
1983 – Ronnie Radke, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate)
1984 – Kirsty Lee Allan, Australian actress
1984 – Ryouma Baba, Japanese actor
1984 – Martyn Bernard, English high jumper
1984 – Véronique Mang, French sprinter
1984 – Martin Škrtel, Slovak footballer
1985 – Diogo Fernandes, Brazilian footballer
1986 – Junsu, South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (TVXQ and JYJ)
1986 – Iveta Mazáčová, Czech sprinter
1986 – Snejana Onopka, Ukrainian model
1988 – Emily Head, English actress
1988 – Imbi Hoop, Estonian footballer
1988 – Steven N'Zonzi, French footballer
1988 – Bai Xue, Chinese runner
1989 – Josh McQuoid, Irish footballer
1990 – Lavanya Tripathi, Indian actress
1991 – Jehue Gordon, Trinidadian hurdler
1994 – Emma Lockhart, American actress
1997 – Magdalena Fręch, Polish tennis player
1997 – Zach Banks, American racing driver
1998 – Chandler Canterbury, American actor

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