Birthdays of Personalities on December 14

-194 :Dave Herman, NYC radio DJ (WNEW, WXRK)
1363 :John Van [Jean C] Gerson, French theologist
1503 :Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist/prophet
1546 :Tycho Brahe, Knudstrup Denmark, astronomer (Golden nose)
1553 :Henri IV the Bourbon, king of Navarra (Henri III)/France
1720 :Justus M”ser, writer
1777 :Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)
1780 :Karl Robert von Nesselrode, Germ/Russian minister of Foreign Affairs
1812 :Charles J Canning, English earl/1st viceroy of British-Indies
1824 :Pierre C Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (Panth‚on)
1829 :John Mercer Langston, 1st black to hold US political office
1830 :Allen Thomas, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1907
1832 :Daniel Harris Reynolds, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
1837 :William Wells, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
1853 :Salvador Diaz Miron, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas)
1862 :Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian/French/Italian writer [OS]
1862 :John M Acket, Dutch literary (Grammatic Conceptions)
1870 :Dirk J de Geer, Dutch premier (1926-29, 39-40)
1870 :Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/president (1918-20, 45-50)
1883 :Morihei Ueshiba, founder (Aikido)
1884 :Regina Ullmann, writer
1895 :George VI, king of England (1936-52)
1895 :Paul Eluard, French communist/poet/resistance fighter (Le Ph‚nix)
1896 :James H Doolittle, USAF General (Raid on Tokyo 1942)
1897 :Margaret Chase Smith, (Rep/Sen-R-Maine)
1901 :Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64)
1905 :Sydney Lipton, bandleader/violin
1909 :Edward L Tatum, US, molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958)
1909 :Phia [Sophia R] Berghout, harpist/founder Eduard of Beinumstichting
1911 :Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader/founder (Federal Trust)
1912 :Morey Amsterdam, Chicago Ill, comedian (Buddy-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1914 :Dan Dailey, NYC, dancer/actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ)
1914 :Karl Carstens, German (CDU)/pres Germany (1979-84)
1914 :Rosalyn Tureck, Chicago Illinois, pianist (Bach & Rock)
1915 :Clay Warnick, Tacoma Wash, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
1919 :Shirley Jackson, US, writer (Road Through the Wall)
1920 :Albertus Meintser, office clerk/resistance fighter
1920 :Quinton Hazell, businessman
1922 :Don Hewitt, NYC, CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes)
1923 :Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys)
1923 :Leonardus S van Egeraat, Dutch travel expert
1924 :Marion Morgan, singer (Stop the Music)
1927 :Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch internal minister (VVD) (1982-86)
1932 :Abbe Lane, Bkln, aka Mrs Xavier Cugat/singer (Xavier Cugat Show)
1932 :Charlie "Silver Fox" Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)
1933 :Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I left my heart in SF)
1934 :Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
1936 :Robert Alan Ridley Parker, NYC, PhD/astronaut (STS 9, STS 35)
1938 :Leonardo Boff, Italy, Brazilian Catholic theologian
1939 :Ernest Davis, 1st black to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
1942 :David Band, banker
1943 :Frank Allen, rock vocalist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)
1946 :Anthonius A M "Ton" Kors, Dutch writer (Hannie Schaft)
1946 :Jackie McCauley, North Ireland, rock pianist (Them Coleraine)
1946 :Joyce Vincent Wilson, Detroit Mich, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn)
1946 :Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
1946 :Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)
1947 :Christopher Parkening, LA Calif, guitarist (transcribed sacred music)
1948 :Boudewijn Buch, Dutch writer/TV host
1949 :Bill Buckner, Calif, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series
1949 :Cliff Williams, Sydney Australia, rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
1951 :Jan Timman, Dutch chess player
1952 :Tamara Danz, singer
1953 :Joe Toplyn, Boston, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman)
1954 :Alan Kulwicki, Greenfield Wisc, NASCAR racer (Winston Cup)
1954 :Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)
1954 :Ib Anderson, Copenhagen, ballet dancer
1954 :Steven Glenwood MacLean, Ottawa Ontario, astronaut (STS 52)
1958 :Jan Dijksma, Dutch bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
1958 :Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc, Waterboys-Rainbow Warrior)
1958 :Spider Tracy, English rock vocalist (The Pogues)
1959 :Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer
1960 :Catherine G Coleman, Charleston SC, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73)
1964 :C[arl] J[eff] Snare, Wash DC, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime)
1965 :Craig Biggio, Smithtown NY, infielder (Houston Astros)
1965 :Ken Hill, Lynn MA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
1967 :Ali Wood, Long Beach Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
1968 :Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders)
1969 :Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
1972 :Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
1975 :Inga Drozdova, Latvia, playmate (Nov, 1997)



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