Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23 Birthdays

1173 – Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1231)
1513 – Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)
1582 – Severo Bonini, Italian organist and composer (d. 1663)
1597 – Martin Opitz, German poet and composer (d. 1639)
1613 – Carl Gustaf Wrangel, Swedish field marshal and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1676)
1621 – Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English politician, Lord Chancellor of England (d. 1682)
1621 – Edmund Berry Godfrey, English judge (d. 1678)
1689 – Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, French composer (d. 1755)
1690 – Pamheiba, Indian emperor (d. 1751)
1713 – Maruyama Gondazaemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 3rd Yokozuna (d. 1749)
1732 – Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792)
1750 – Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (d. 1827)
1758 – Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834)
1777 – Alexander I of Russia (d. 1825)
1790 – Jean-François Champollion, French philologist, orientalist, and scholar (d. 1832)
1804 – Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French author, critic, and academic (d. 1869)
1805 – Joseph Smith, American religious leader, 1st President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1844)
1812 – Samuel Smiles, Scottish-English author (d. 1904)
1819 – Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate, Dutch poet and clergyman (d. 1889)
1822 – Wilhelm Bauer, German engineer (d. 1875)
1839 – János Murkovics, Slovene-Hungarian author and educator (d. 1917)
1843 – Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924)
1854 – Henry B. Guppy, English botanist and author (d. 1926)
1864 – Princess Zorka of Montenegro (d. 1890)
1867 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919)
1870 – John Marin, American painter (d. 1953)
1874 – Viggo Wiehe, Danish actor (d. 1956)
1878 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972)
1885 – Pierre Brissaud, French illustrator, painter, and engraver (d. 1964)
1896 – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian lieutenant and author (d. 1957)
1900 – Merle Barwis, American-Canadian super-centenarian (d. 2014)
1900 – Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975)
1902 – Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990)
1902 – Charan Singh, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (d. 1987)
1907 – Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean author and poet (d. 2005)
1907 – James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991)
1907 – Avraham Stern, Polish Zionist leader (d. 1942)
1908 – Yousuf Karsh, Turkish-Canadian photographer (d. 2002)
1910 – Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (d. 1961)
1911 – James Gregory, American actor (d. 2002)
1911 – Niels Kaj Jerne, English-Danish physician and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
1911 – Marie Orav, Estonian chess player (d. 1994)
1916 – Dino Risi, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2008)
1918 – José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000)
1918 – Kumar Pallana, Indian-American actor (d. 2013)
1918 – Helmut Schmidt, German soldier, economist, and politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (d. 2015)
1919 – Kenneth M. Taylor, American pilot and general (d. 2006)
1920 – Birger Malmsten, Swedish actor (d. 1991)
1921 – Guy Beaulne, Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)
1922 – Micheline Ostermeyer, French discus thrower, shot putter, and pianist (d. 2001)
1923 – Onofre Marimón, Argentinian race car driver (d. 1954)
1923 – Günther Schifter, Austrian journalist and radio host (d. 2008)
1923 – James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005)
1924 – Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013)
1925 – Duncan Hallas, English author and politician (d. 2002)
1925 – Rayner Unwin, English publisher (d. 2000)
1926 – Robert Bly, American poet and author
1928 – Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer
1929 – Chet Baker, American trumpet player and singer (d. 1988)
1929 – Ike Jones, American actor and producer (d. 2014)
1929 – Dick Weber, American bowler (d. 2005)
1931 – Patricia Hardy, American actress (d. 2011)
1931 – Ronnie Schell, American actor
1932 – Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015)
1933 – Akihito, Japanese emperor
1933 – Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014)
1935 – Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster
1935 – Abdul Ghani Minhat, Malaysian footballer and manager (d. 2012)
1935 – Esther Phillips, American singer (d. 1984)
1936 – Frederic Forrest, American actor
1937 – Avi, American author
1937 – Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer
1937 – Nelson Shanks, American painter (d. 2015)
1938 – Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol
1939 – Nancy Graves, American artist (d. 1995)
1939 – La Lupe, Cuban-American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)
1940 – Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna)
1940 – Robert Labine, Canadian politician
1940 – Eugene Record, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Chi-Lites) (d. 2005)
1941 – Peter Davis, English businessman
1941 – Tim Hardin, American singer-songwriter (d. 1980)
1941 – Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (d. 1975)
1942 – Quentin Bryce, Australian lawyer and politician, 25th Governor-General of Australia
1942 – John Peterman, American businessman, founded The J. Peterman Company
1943 – Ron Allen, American baseball player
1943 – Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, Russian-French mathematician and academic
1943 – Elizabeth Hartman, American actress (d. 1987)
1943 – Harry Shearer, American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter
1943 – Queen Silvia of Sweden
1944 – Wesley Clark, American general
1945 – Adly Mansour, Egyptian lawyer, judge, and politician, President of Egypt
1945 – Geoffrey Wheatcroft, English journalist and author
1946 – Edita Gruberová, Slovak soprano and actress
1946 – Susan Lucci, American actress
1946 – John Sullivan, English screenwriter, producer, and composer (d. 2011)
1946 – Ray Tabano, American guitarist (Aerosmith)
1947 – Graham Bonnet, English singer-songwriter (The Marbles, Rainbow, Anthem, and Michael Schenker Group)
1947 – Bill Rodgers, American runner
1947 – Lawrence Tanter, American basketball player and announcer for National Basketball Association
1948 – David Davis, English politician, Minister of State for Europe
1948 – Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist
1948 – Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster
1948 – Charles Herbert, American actor (d. 2015)
1948 – Rick Wohlhuter, American runner
1949 – Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (King Crimson, Tom Tom Club, and The Bears)
1949 – Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012)
1950 – Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician
1950 – Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, English general
1950 – Vicente del Bosque, Spanish footballer and manager
1950 – Ilchi Lee, South Korean author and educator
1951 – Anthony Phillips, English guitarist and songwriter (Genesis)
1951 – Shōfukutei Tsurube II, Japanese actor and comedian
1952 – William Kristol, American journalist and publisher, founded The Weekly Standard
1953 – Andres Alver, Estonian architect
1953 – Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader
1953 – Belinda Lang, English actress
1953 – Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
1954 – Raivo Järvi, Estonian radio host and politician (d. 2012)
1955 – Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet and playwright
1955 – Grace Knight, English singer (Eurogliders)
1956 – Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (d. 2001)
1956 – Dave Murray, English guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden and Urchin)
1957 – Dan Bigras, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor
1957 – Trisha Goddard, English television host and actress
1958 – Joan Severance, American model, actress, and producer
1958 – Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter (Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers)
1959 – Demet Akbağ, Turkish actress
1961 – Ezzat el Kamhawi, Egyptian journalist and author
1961 – Carol Smillie, Scottish model and actress
1961 – Lorna Tolentino, Filipino actress and producer
1962 – Bertrand Gachot, Belgian race car driver
1962 – Stefan Hell, Romanian-German physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1962 – Kang Je-gyu, South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter
1962 – Keiji Mutoh, Japanese wrestler and actor
1963 – Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach
1963 – Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter and voice actor (Rock Sugar)
1963 – Donna Tartt, American author
1963 – Ante Zelck, German businessman
1964 – Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Bad Radio, and Hovercraft)
1966 – Badi Assad, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1967 – Carla Bruni, Italian-French singer-songwriter and model
1967 – Tim Fountain, English author and playwright
1967 – Otis Grant, Jamaican-Canadian boxer, coach, and manager
1968 – Lucy Bell, English-Australian actress
1968 – Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter
1968 – Quincy Jones III, English-Swedish songwriter and producer
1968 – Barry Kooser, American painter and animator
1968 – Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer
1968 – Olga Shishigina, Kazakhstani hurdler
1968 – René Tretschok, German footballer and manager
1969 – Greg Biffle, American race car driver
1969 – Mary Boquitas, Mexican singer and actress
1969 – Martha Byrne, American actress, singer, producer, and screenwriter
1969 – Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996)
1969 – Rob Pelinka, American basketball player, agent, and lawyer
1970 – Catriona Le May Doan, Canadian speed skater and sportscaster
1970 – Raymont Harris, American football player
1970 – Karine Polwart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Burns Unit, Malinky, and The Fruit Tree Foundation)
1970 – Holly Samos, English radio host
1971 – Corey Haim, Canadian-American actor and producer (d. 2010)
1971 – Jo Johnson, English banker, journalist, and politician
1971 – Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
1971 – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English model, actress, and author
1971 – Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist
1971 – Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter
1972 – Christian Potenza, Canadian actor and producer
1974 – Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer and politician
1974 – Mieszko Talarczyk, Polish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nasum and Genocide Superstars) (d. 2004)
1975 – Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
1975 – Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter
1976 – Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach
1976 – Brad Lidge, American baseball player
1976 – Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Uzbek-Greek footballer and manager
1976 – Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer
1977 – Matt Baker, English television host
1977 – Alge Crumpler, American football player
1977 – Tore Johansen, Norwegian trumpeter and record producer (Inner Ear)
1977 – Jari Mäenpää, Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wintersun, Ensiferum, and Arthemesia)
1977 – Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger
1978 – Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer
1978 – Andra Davis, American football player
1978 – Jodie Marsh, English model and actress
1978 – Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
1978 – Estella Warren, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress
1979 – Summer Altice, American model and actress
1979 – Abraham Chebii, Kenyan runner
1979 – Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
1979 – Holly Madison, American model and actress
1979 – Kenny Miller, Scottish footballer
1979 – Yukifumi Murakami, Japanese javelin thrower
1980 – Intira Jaroenpura, Thai actress
1980 – Lexi Love, American porn actress
1980 – Elvin Ng, Singaporean actor
1980 – Cody Ross, American baseball player
1980 – Kohei Yamamoto, Japanese actor
1981 – Beth, Spanish singer and actress
1981 – Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer
1981 – Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
1981 – Agnes Milowka, Polish-Australian diver, explorer, photographer, and author (d. 2011)
1981 – Mario Santana, Argentinian footballer
1982 – Brad Nelson, American baseball player
1982 – Thomas Rohregger, Austrian cyclist
1983 – Michael Chopra, English footballer
1983 – Lisa Dobriskey, English runner
1983 – Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
1984 – Dudu Aharon, Israeli singer-songwriter
1984 – Josh Satin, American baseball player
1984 – Sebastian Werle, German rugby player
1985 – Harry Judd, English drummer and songwriter (McFly and McBusted)
1985 – Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor and singer
1986 – Beau Champion, Australian rugby player
1986 – T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player
1986 – Noël Wells, American actress
1987 – Tommaso Bellazzini, Italian footballer
1987 – Thomas Bourgin, French motorcycle racer (d. 2013)
1987 – Owen Franks, New Zealand rugby player
1987 – Kana Kurashina, Japanese actress
1988 – Thomai Apergi, Greek singer
1988 – Eri Kamei, Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Morning Musume Sakuragumi, and Tanpopo)
1988 – Yuka Kashino, Japanese singer and dancer (Perfume)
1988 – Eliana Ramos, Uruguayan model (d. 2007)
1989 – Liis Koger, Estonian painter and poet
1990 – Anna Maria Perez de Taglé, American actress and singer
1992 – Jeff Schlupp, German footballer
1993 – Ruriko Kojima, Japanese model and sportscaster

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