Birthdays of Personalities on December 23

xxxx :John Marin, painter (1948 Fine Arts Medal)
xxxx :Patrick Ramsey, football player
1174 :Louis I, Duke of Wittelsbach
1544 :Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange (1561-71)
1548 :Pieter C Bockenberg, historian (Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae)
1597 :Martin Opitz, Germany, poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"
1732 :Richard Arkwright, inventor (spinning frame)
1734 :Filinto ElĄsio, [Francisco M do Nascimento], Portuguese poet
1750 :Frederik Augustus I, the Righteous, king of Saxony (1806-27)
1777 :Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)
1780 :Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher
1790 :Jean-Fran‡ois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics
1795 :Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer (Atlas Universel)
1804 :Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic/writer (Informal Talk)
1805 :Joseph Smith Jr, Sharon Vt, founder (Mormon Church)
1808 :Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883
1812 :Samuel Smiles, Scotland, author (Self-Help, Character, Duty)
1815 :Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
1818 :David Addison Weisiger, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1899
1827 :Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Austrian admiral (Helgoland/Lissa)
1828 :Mathilde Wesendonk, German writer/poet (Tagebuchblatter)
1834 :Thomas R Malthus, English vicar/economist (moral restraint)
1845 :Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr (found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal)
1845 :Gustave Ador, union president of Austria (1919)
1858 :Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright (Life in Russian Theater)
1860 :Harriet Monroe, Chicago, poet/editor of Poetry magazine (You & I)
1862 :Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (History of Belgium)
1865 :Albrecht MAPJ, duke of Wrttemberg/general-fieldmarshal
1867 :Madame C J Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul
1883 :Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45)
1886 :Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Message from the Madhouse)
1888 :Friedrich Wolf, writer
1896 :G Tomasi di Lampedusa, writer
1896 :Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (Der Leopard)
1900 :Marc All‚gret, French director (Voyage ouch Congo)
1903 :Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
1907 :Don McNeill, Galena Ill, host (Don McNeill TV Club)
1908 :Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer (Life Magazine)
1909 :Barney Ross, NYC, Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934)
1911 :Niels Jerne, immunologist
1913 :Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
1918 :Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany (SPD, 1974- )
1918 :Jos‚ Greco, Italy, flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)
1922 :Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
1922 :Micheline Ostermeyer, France, shot-put/discus thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
1923 :Bob Barker, Darrington Wash, TV host (Price is Right)
1923 :James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
1923 :Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster
1923 :Leonard Stern, NYC, producer/TV writer (Phil Silvers Show, Get Smart)
1923 :Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana (1977-94)
1923 :Milt Okun, Bkln NY, orch leader (Starland Vocal Band Show)
1924 :Floyd Kalber, Omaha Neb, newscaster (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973)
1925 :Pierre B‚r‚govoy, French premier (1992-93)
1926 :James Dewar, journalist/documentary film-maker
1926 :Robert Bly, US, poet/editor/translator (Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds)
1929 :Dick Weber, pro bowler (16, 300 games)
1931 :Ronnie Schell, Richmond Cal, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World)
1932 :Revjames Cleveland, rocker
1932 :Tertius Metcalf, businessman
1933 :Akihito, emperor of Japan (1989- )
1935 :Esther Phillips, [EM Jones], US singer (When a Woman Loves a Man)
1935 :Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packer (the Golden Boy)
1937 :Karol Joseph Bobko, NYC, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6, STS 51D, STS 51J)
1939 :Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], London, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates)
1940 :Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)
1940 :Jorma Kaukonen, Wash DC, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
1941 :Tim Hardin, Oregon, singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire)
1942 :Jerry Koosman, pitcher (NY Mets)
1943 :Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
1943 :Peter Quaife, Devon England, rock bassist (Kinks-Long Tall Sally)
1943 :Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden (1973- )
1943 :Stephen Wallace, director (For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride)
1944 :D J D Dees, pharmacist/Dutch minister of WVC (VVD)
1944 :Ennes Heerma, Dutch minister of Housing (CDA)
1944 :Hans Tentije, [Johann Kr„mer], Dutch poet (Nachtwit)
1945 :Ronald Bushy, rocker (Iron Butterfly-Ina gada davida)
1947 :Bill Rodgers, marathon runner (Boston, NY)
1949 :Luther Grosvenor, rocker (Spooky Tooth)
1951 :Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)
1953 :Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
1955 :Dave Murray, English pop guitarist (Iron Maiden-Number of the Beast)
1956 :Michele Alboretto, formula-1 racer (Ferrari)
1958 :Dave Murray, English pop guitarist (Iron Maiden-Powerslave)
1958 :Denise McConnell, Weisbaden Germany, playmate (March, 1979)
1960 :Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson & Winnie Mandela
1963 :Carol Peterka, Little Falls MN, team handball back court (Oly-92, 96)
1963 :Keiji Muto, wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW)
1965 :Eddie Vedder, heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)
1965 :Slash, rocker (Guns N' Roses)
1970 :Kimberly Ann Cooley, Grand Forks ND, Miss America-ND (1996)
1970 :Shannon Noelle DePuy, Lynchburg Va, Miss Virg-America (1991-top 10)
1971 :Steve Stenstrom, quarterback (Chicago Bears)
1973 :Tony Graziani, quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
1977 :Helen Mahmastol, Miss Universe-Estonia (1996)



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