Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21 Birthdays

1118 – Thomas Becket, English archbishop and saint (d. 1170)
1401 – Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
1596 – Peter Mogila, Romanian-Ukrainian metropolitan (d. 1646)
1603 – Roger Williams, English-American minister, theologian, and politician, 9th President of the Colony of Rhode Island (d. 1684)
1672 – Benjamin Schmolck, German pastor and composer (d. 1737)
1714 – John Bradstreet, Canadian-English general (d. 1774)
1728 – Hermann Raupach, German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1778)
1778 – Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish jurist and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1860)
1795 – John Russell, English hunter and dog breeder (d. 1883)
1795 – Leopold von Ranke, German historian, author, and academic (d. 1886)
1803 – Achille Vianelli, Italian painter (d. 1894)
1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1881)
1805 – Thomas Graham, Scottish chemist and academic (d. 1869)
1811 – Archibald Tait, Scottish-English archbishop (d. 1882)
1815 – Thomas Couture, French painter and educator (d. 1879)
1818 – Amalia of Oldenburg (d. 1875)
1820 – William H. Osborn, American businessman (d. 1894)
1830 – Bartolomé Masó, Cuban soldier and politician (d. 1907)
1832 – John H. Ketcham, American general and politician (d. 1906)
1840 – Namık Kemal, Turkish journalist, playwright, and activist (d. 1888)
1843 – Thomas Bracken, Irish-New Zealand journalist, poet, and politician (d. 1898)
1850 – Zdeněk Fibich, Czech composer and poet (d. 1900)
1850 – William Wallace Lincoln, American son of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1862)
1851 – Thomas Chipman McRae, American lawyer and politician, 26th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
1859 – Gustave Kahn, French poet and critic (d. 1936)
1866 – Maud Gonne, English-Irish actress and activist (d. 1953)
1868 – George W. Fuller, American engineer (d. 1934)
1872 – Sidney Ainsworth, English-American actor (d. 1922)
1872 – Lorenzo Perosi, Italian priest and composer (d. 1956)
1872 – Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (d. 1942)
1872 – Trevor Kincaid, American scientist (d. 1970)
1873 – Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer and educator (d. 1934)
1876 – Jack Lang, Australian politician, 23rd Premier of New South Wales (d. 1975)
1877 – Jaan Sarv, Estonian mathematician and scholar (d. 1954)
1878 – Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish-Irish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1956)
1885 – Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1960)
1888 – Jean Bouin, French runner and rugby player (d. 1914)
1889 – Sewall Wright, American geneticist and biologist (d. 1988)
1890 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
1891 – John William McCormack, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1980)
1892 – Amy Clarke, English poet, author, and academic (d. 1980)
1892 – Walter Hagen, American golfer (d. 1969)
1892 – Rebecca West, English journalist and author (d. 1983)
1896 – Leroy Robertson, American composer and educator (d. 1971)
1903 – Maria Balcerkiewiczówna, Polish-English actress (d. 1975)
1905 – Anthony Powell, English author (d. 2000)
1908 – Herbert Hutner, American banker and lawyer (d. 2008)
1909 – Seichō Matsumoto, Japanese journalist and author (d. 1992)
1911 – Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)
1913 – Arnold Friberg, American illustrator and painter (d. 2010)
1914 – Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist and virologist (d. 2010)
1914 – Ivan Generalić, Hungarian-Croatian painter (d. 1992)
1915 – Joe Mantell, American actor (d. 2010)
1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 2007)
1917 – Diana Athill, English author
1917 – Heinrich Böll, German soldier and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)
1918 – Donald Regan, American colonel and politician, 11th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2003)
1918 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian colonel and politician, 9th President of Austria (d. 2007)
1920 – Bob Bindig, American illustrator and historian (d. 2007)
1920 – Jean Gascon, Canadian actor and director (d. 1988)
1921 – Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and choreographer, founded the Cuban National Ballet
1921 – Robert Lipshutz, American lawyer and politician, 17th White House Counsel (d. 2010)
1922 – Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (d. 1989)
1922 – Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist and voice actor (d. 2005)
1923 – Richard Hugo, American poet and educator (d. 1982)
1924 – Rita Reys, Dutch singer (d. 2013)
1925 – Olga Aroseva, Russian actress (d. 2013)
1926 – Arnošt Lustig, Czech author and playwright (d. 2011)
1926 – Joe Paterno, American football player and coach (d. 2012)
1928 – Michalis Kounelis, Greek violinist (d. 1999)
1928 – Ed Nelson, American actor (d. 2014)
1931 – David Baker, American composer and educator
1931 – Moira Orfei, Italian actress (d. 2015)
1932 – U. R. Ananthamurthy, Indian author, poet, and critic (d. 2014)
1932 – Edward Hoagland, American author and critic
1933 – Denis E. Dillon, American jurist and politician (d. 2010)
1933 – Robert Worcester, American businessman, founder of MORI
1934 – Giuseppina Leone, Italian sprinter
1935 – John G. Avildsen, American director, producer, and cinematographer
1935 – Lorenzo Bandini, Italian race car driver (d. 1967)
1935 – Yusuf Bey, American activist (d. 2003)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer
1935 – Edward Schreyer, Canadian academic and politician, 22nd Governor General of Canada
1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress, producer, and activist
1937 – Donald F. Munson, American politician
1938 – Larry Bryggman, American actor
1938 – Frank Moorhouse, Australian journalist, author, and screenwriter
1938 – John Quayle, English actor
1939 – Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian academic and politician, 2nd Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1939 – Wafic Saïd, Syrian-Monacan businessman and philanthropist
1940 – Arvi Lind, Finnish journalist
1940 – Ray Hildebrand, American singer-songwriter (Paul & Paula)
1940 – Frank Zappa, American contemporary composer, guitarist, and record producer (The Mothers of Invention) (d. 1993)
1942 – Hu Jintao, Chinese engineer and politician, 6th President of China
1942 – Reinhard Mey, German singer-songwriter and guitarist
1942 – Anthony Summers, Irish journalist and author
1942 – Carla Thomas, American singer
1943 – André Arthur, Canadian journalist and politician
1943 – Lena Bergman, Swedish actress
1943 – Albert Lee, English guitarist and songwriter (Heads Hands & Feet and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings)
1943 – Jack Nance, American actor (d. 1996)
1943 – Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
1944 – Bill Atkinson, English footballer and referee (d. 2013)
1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist, composer, and conductor
1944 – Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese diplomat (d. 2007)
1946 – Roy Karch, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1946 – Christopher Keene, American conductor (d. 1995)
1946 – Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist and songwriter (Sky) (d. 2013)
1946 – Carl Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beach Boys) (d. 1998)
1947 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Paco de Lucía Sextet) (d. 2014)
1947 – Bryan Hamilton, Irish footballer and manager
1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor and producer
1948 – Dave Kingman, American baseball player
1948 – Willi Resetarits, Austrian singer-songwriter, actor, and activist
1949 – Nicholas Penny, English historian and academic
1949 – Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé captain and politician, 5th President of Burkina Faso (d. 1987)
1949 – Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
1950 – Jeffrey Katzenberg, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded DreamWorks Animation
1950 – Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gitarkameratene)
1950 – David Thacker, English director and screenwriter
1951 – Nick Gilder, English-Canadian singer-songwriter (Sweeney Todd)
1951 – Steve Perryman, English footballer and manager
1952 – Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball player (d. 2015)
1953 – András Schiff, Hungarian-English pianist and conductor
1953 – Betty Wright, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Chris Evert, American tennis player and coach
1954 – Tsurutaro Kataoka, Japanese boxer, television personality, actor, and artist
1955 – Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
1955 – Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese singer-songwriter and bass player (Southern All Stars)
1956 – Dave Laut, American shot putter (d. 2009)
1957 – Tom Henke, American baseball player
1957 – Rolf Kanies, German actor
1957 – Ray Romano, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1958 – Tamara Bykova, Russian high jumper
1959 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter and actress (d. 1998)
1960 – Roger McDowell, American baseball player and coach
1960 – Sherry Rehman, Pakistani journalist, politician, and diplomat, 25th Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
1960 – Tim Rucks, American football player and coach (d. 2015)
1960 – Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player and coach
1961 – Henry Ford Kamel, Ghanaian banker and politician (d. 2012)
1961 – Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor and director
1961 – The Patriot, American wrestler
1961 – Rein Raud, Estonian scholar and author
1961 – Ryuji Sasai, Japanese bass player and composer
1963 – Govinda, Indian actor, singer, and politician
1964 – Rob Kelly, English footballer and manager
1964 – Joe Kocur, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
1964 – Kunihiko Ikuhara, Japanese director
1964 – Daniel Suarez, American author
1964 – Fabiana Udenio, Argentinian-Italian actress
1965 – Andy Dick, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1965 – Anke Engelke, Canadian-German actress, director, and screenwriter
1965 – Stuart Mitchell, Scottish pianist and composer
1965 – Masahiro Motoki. Japanese actor
1966 – Martin Bayfield, English rugby player, actor, and stuntman
1966 – Adam Schefter, American journalist and sportscaster
1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, English-Canadian actor, director, and producer
1966 – Karri Turner, American actress
1967 – Ervin Johnson, American basketball player
1967 – Fritz Karl, Austrian actor
1967 – Terry Mills, American basketball player and coach
1967 – Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Georgia
1969 – Julie Delpy, French-American model, actress, director, and screenwriter
1969 – Jack Noseworthy, American actor
1969 – Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, coach, and manager
1971 – Matthieu Chedid, French singer-songwriter and guitarist
1971 – Margarita Drobiazko, Lithuanian ice dancer
1971 – Fenton Keogh, Australian chef
1971 – Brett Scallions, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fuel, Manzarek–Krieger, and Circus Diablo)
1971 – Jamie Theakston, English actor and television host
1972 – Gloria De Piero, English journalist and politician
1972 – LaTroy Hawkins, American baseball player
1972 – Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
1972 – Claudia Poll, Nicaraguan-Costa Rican swimmer
1972 – Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Indian journalist and politician
1972 – Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
1973 – Irakli Alasania, Georgian colonel and politician, Georgian Minister of Defense
1973 – Mike Alstott, American football player
1973 – Karmen Stavec, German-Slovenian singer
1974 – Karrie Webb, Australian golfer
1975 – Paloma Herrera, Argentinian ballerina
1976 – Mirela Maniani, Albanian-Greek javelin thrower
1976 – Lukas Rossi, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rock Star Supernova and Daylight Division)
1977 – A. J. Bowen, American actor and producer
1977 – Toby Rand, Australian singer-songwriter (Juke Kartel)
1978 – Emiliano Brembilla, Italian swimmer
1978 – Mike Vitar, American actor
1979 – Steve Montador, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2015)
1979 – Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress, singer, and director
1979 – Kristjan Sarv, Estonian actor
1980 – Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer
1980 – Royce Ring, American baseball player
1981 – Frankie Abernathy, American purse designer, cast member on The Real World: San Diego (d. 2007)
1981 – Mohammed Jabarah, Kuwaiti terrorist
1981 – Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
1981 – Sanita Pušpure, Latvian-Irish rower
1981 – Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer-songwriter and producer
1981 – Cristian Zaccardo, Italian footballer
1982 – Primo, Puerto Rican and Canadian wrestler
1982 – Mike Gansey, American basketball player
1982 – Philip Humber, American baseball player
1982 – Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
1982 – Tom Payne, English actor
1983 – Steven Yeun, South Korean-American actor
1984 – Andrea Jeremiah, Indian actress and singer
1984 – Sarah Mutch, Canadian model and actress
1984 – Darren Potter, Irish footballer
1985 – James Stewart, Jr., American motorcycle racer
1985 – Tom Sturridge, English actor
1985 – Kotaro Yanagi, Japanese actor
1986 – Davey Browne, Australian boxer (d. 2015)
1986 – Rachel Shenton, English actress
1987 – Denis Alekseyev, Russian sprinter
1987 – Ryza Cenon, Filipino actress and dancer
1987 – Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress
1987 – Brad Howard, Australian footballer
1987 – Michael Lohan Jr., American actor
1988 – Yasmin, English-Scottish singer-songwriter and DJ
1988 – Alexa Goddard, English singer
1988 – Perri Shakes-Drayton, English sprinter and hurdler
1989 – Tamannaah, Indian model and actress
1989 – Mark Ingram, Jr., American football player
1990 – Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Greek footballer
1994 – Eva Paalma, Estonian tennis player

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