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1363John Van [Jean C] Gerson, French theologist
1503Nostradamus, astrologer and physician
1503Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist/prophet
1546Tycho Brahe, astronomer
1546Tycho Brahe, Knudstrup Denmark, astronomer (Golden nose)
1553Henri IV the Bourbon, king of Navarra (Henri III)/France
1720Justus M”ser, writer
1730Capel Bond, composer
1738Johann Antonin Kozeluch, composer
1777Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)
1779Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer
1780Karl Robert von Nesselrode, Germ/Russian minister of Foreign Affairs
1783Johann Christoph Kienlen, composer
1789Maria Agata Szymanowska, composer
1812Charles J Canning, English earl/1st viceroy of British-Indies
1824Pierre C Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (Panth‚on)
1829John Mercer Langston, 1st black to hold US political office
1830Allen Thomas, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1907
1832Daniel Harris Reynolds, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1902
1837William Wells, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1892
1853Salvador Diaz Miron, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas)
1862Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian/French/Italian writer [OS]
1862John M Acket, Dutch literary (Grammatic Conceptions)
1868Richard Batka, composer
1870Dirk J de Geer, Dutch premier (1926-29, 39-40)
1870Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/president (1918-20, 45-50)
1873Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer
1875Dobri Khristov, composer
1877Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music writer/composer (Leiecyclys)
1883Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer
1883Morihei Ueshiba, founder (Aikido)
1884Regina Ullmann, writer
1894Joaquin Zamacois Soler, composer
1895George VI, king of England (1936-52)
1895Paul Eluard, French communist/poet/resistance fighter (Le Ph‚nix)
1896James H. Doolittle, sinker of ships and self
1896James H Doolittle, USAF General (Raid on Tokyo 1942)
1897Margaret Chase Smith, (Rep/Sen-R-Maine)
1898Frederick Douglass Hall, composer
1900Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer
1901Henri Cochet, tennis champ (US Open-1928)
1901Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64)
1902Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bea-Andy Griffith Show)
1905Sydney Lipton, bandleader/violin
1906Helmut Bornefeld, composer
1907Guy Middleton, Hove England, actor (Gentlemen Marrie Brunettes)
1908Laurence Naismith, Surrey England, actor (Judge Fulton-Persuaders)
1909Edward L Tatum, US, molecular geneticist (Nobel 1958)
1909Phia [Sophia R] Berghout, harpist/founder Eduard of Beinumstichting
1911Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader/founder (Federal Trust)
1911Spike Jones, Long Beach Calif, composer (In a Secluded Rendesvous)
1912Morey Amsterdam, Chicago Ill, comedian (Buddy-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1914Dan Dailey, NYC, dancer/actor (Gov Drinkwater-Governor & JJ)
1914Karl Carstens, German (CDU)/pres Germany (1979-84)
1914Rosalyn Tureck, Chicago Illinois, pianist (Bach & Rock)
1915Clay Warnick, Tacoma Wash, choral director (Jimmie Rodgers Show)
1917Elyse Knox, Hartford Ct, actress (Hit the Ice, Black Gold)
1917Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years)
1919Shirley Jackson, US, writer (Road Through the Wall)
1920Albertus Meintser, office clerk/resistance fighter
1920Quinton Hazell, businessman
1922Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
1922Don Hewitt, NYC, CBS news executive producer (60 Minutes)
1923Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys)
1923Leonardus S van Egeraat, Dutch travel expert
1923Sully Boyar, NYC, actor (Car Wash)
1924Marion Morgan, singer (Stop the Music)
1924Siiri Rantanen, Finland, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1956)
1926Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts)
1927Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch internal minister (VVD) (1982-86)
1929Ron Nelson, composer
1932Abbe Lane, Bkln, aka Mrs Xavier Cugat/singer (Xavier Cugat Show)
1932Charlie "Silver Fox" Rich, Colt Ark, vocalist (Behind Closed Doors)
1932George Furth, Chicago Ill, actor/dir (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings)
1933Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I left my heart in SF)
1934Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
1935Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Bath England, actress (Search for the Nile)
1935David White, cricketer (Engld opening attack Brown & White v Pak 1961)
1935Lee Remick, Quincy MA, actress (Days of Wine & Rose, Long Hot Summer)
1935Lewis Arquette, Chicago IL, actor (Horror Show, Book of Love)
1936Robert Alan Ridley Parker, NYC, PhD/astronaut (STS 9, STS 35)
1938Charlie Griffith, cricketer (WI fast bowler (or did he chuck?))
1938Hal Williams, Columbus Ohio, actor (Pvt Benjamin, 227, Sanford & Son)
1938Janette Scott, actress (Day of the Triffids)
1938Leonardo Boff, Italy, Brazilian Catholic theologian
1939Ernest Davis, 1st black to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
1939Marilyn Cooper, NYC, actress (Broadway Bound, Survivors)
1941Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle & Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)
1942David Band, banker
1942Rex Thompson, NYC, actor (Young Bess, King & I, Her 12 Men)
1943Frank Allen, rock vocalist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)
1946Anthonius A M "Ton" Kors, Dutch writer (Hannie Schaft)
1946Jackie McCauley, North Ireland, rock pianist (Them Coleraine)
1946Jane Birkin, London England, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust)
1946Joyce Vincent Wilson, Detroit Mich, singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn)
1946Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
1946Patty Duke, [Anna Marie], Elmhurst NY, actress (Miracle Worker)
1946Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)
1946Stanley R Smith, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1972, US Open-1971)
1947Christopher Parkening, LA Calif, guitarist (transcribed sacred music)
1948Boudewijn Buch, Dutch writer/TV host
1949Bill Buckner, Calif, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series
1949Cliff Williams, Sydney Australia, rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell)
1949Dee Wallace Stone, [Deanna Bowers], KC Mo, actress (Critters, 10, ET)
1950Vicki Michelle, Essex England, actress (Virgin Witch, Allo Allo)
1951Jan Timman, Dutch chess player
1952Tamara Danz, singer
1953Joe Toplyn, Boston, comedic writer (Late Night with David Letterman)
1953Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
1954Alan Kulwicki, Greenfield Wisc, NASCAR racer (Winston Cup)
1954Eva Mattes, Tegernsee Germany, actress (Celeste, Man Like Eva)
1954Hans William Schlegel, Oberlingen Germany, Astronaut (STS 55)
1954Ib Anderson, Copenhagen, ballet dancer
1954James Horean, actor (Loving)
1954Steven Glenwood MacLean, Ottawa Ontario, astronaut (STS 52)
1955Jane Crafter, Perth Australia, golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams)
1956Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein, Slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
1956T K Carter, LA Calif, actor (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just our Luck)
1958Jan Dijksma, Dutch bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
1958Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc, Waterboys-Rainbow Warrior)
1958Spider Tracy, English rock vocalist (The Pogues)
1958Steven Rock-Savage, Mellville Louisiana, (LSU), actor
1959Franco Iglesia, Cuba, spanish singer
1960Catherine G Coleman, Charleston SC, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73)
1961Jeff Robinson, baseball player (Det, Balt)
1962Bharat Arun, cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80's)
1962Chris Dahlquist, Fridley, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
1963Cindy Gibb, Bennington Vt, actress (Search for Tomorrow, Youngblood)
1964C[arl] J[eff] Snare, Wash DC, vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime)
1964Chelsea Noble, actress (Kate-Growing Pains)
1965Christine Burton, Adelaide Aust, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
1965Craig Biggio, Smithtown NY, infielder (Houston Astros)
1965Ken Hill, Lynn MA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
1965Lawrence Clay-Bey, Hartford Ct, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96)
1966Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
1966Bill Ranford, Brandon Man, NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston)
1966Carl Herrera, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
1967Ali Wood, Long Beach Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
1967Eldridge Recasner, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets)
1967Noelle Beck, Baltimore, actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives)
1968Cees Marbus, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1968Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders)
1969Arthur Numan, soccer player (PSV)
1969Craig Jones, Nambour Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (NZ Open-1994)
1969Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
1969Rogerick Green, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1970Bradford Banta, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
1971Chris Therien, Ottawa, NHL defenseman (Phila Flyers)
1971Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
1972Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
1973Eelco Wassenaar, Neth, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
1974Billy Koch, Garden City NY, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
1975Inga Drozdova, Latvia, playmate (Nov, 1997)
1975James Cotton, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics)
1975Tamecka Dixon, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
1977Tisha Dabber, Shelbyville Indiana, actress (New Mickey Mouse Club)

Historial events:

Halcyon Days begin
644Osman ibn Affan appointed 3rd kalief of islam
867Adrian II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
872John VIII elected as Catholic Pope
1124Theobald Buccapecus elected Pope Coelestinus II (he refuses)
1287Zuider Zee seawall collapses with loss of 50,000 lives
1490Anna van Bretagne marries a proxy Maximilian of Austria
1575Polish Parliament selects Istv n B thory as king of Poland
1582Zealand/Brabant Neth adopt Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is 12/25
1600Olivier van Noort sinks Sp galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die
1656Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales
1708Prosper Jolyot's "Electre," premieres in Paris
1774Mass militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William & Mary
1782Charleston, SC evacuated by British
17931st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati
1798David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine
1819Alabama becomes the 22nd state
1819Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state
1825Decembrist uprising in Russia against Tsar Nicholas I begins
18491st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)
1863Battle of Bean's Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tenn
1882Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo
1889American Academy of Political & Social Science organized, Phila
1894Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
1894Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren
19011st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
1903Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut
1911South Pole 1st reached by Amundsen.
1911South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen
1913Greece formally takes possession of Crete
1915Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion
1917UFA, Universal Film AG, forms in Germany
1918Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico," premieres in NYC
1920Heavyweight Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in NYC
1920Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1923Gerard K "Simon" van het Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings)
1924Chiang Kai-shek occupies Hankou
1924Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma," premieres in Paris
1926Danish Madsen govt, forms
1927Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
19282nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman 12th man
1929Alexander Zaimis elected pres of Greece
1930NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game
19311st assembly of Anton Musserts NSB in Utrecht
1932French govt of Herriot falls
1933Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam
19341st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY)
1935Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v S Africa, Durban
1937Japanese troops conquer/plunder Nanjing
1938AL permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games
1938Major leagues agrees on standard ball
1938Major leagues disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25
1938Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president
1939Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union
19411st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
1941Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS Duke of York
1941U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
1944Begin(ning) Liese-Aktion: werving of labor force for Germany
1944Congress establshes rank of General of Army (5-star General)
1944German occupiers forbid use of electricity in parts of Holland
1945Elmer Rice' "Dream Girl," premieres in NYC
1946"Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 perfs
1946Togo made a trusteeship territory of UN
1946UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC
1947Cleve Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
1950"Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 perfs
1950UN Gen Assembly establishes High Comm for Refugees (Nobel 1954)
1950Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
1952KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
1952R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
1952Uprising of captives in Pongam South Korea, 82 die
1953Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
1954WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
1955Dutch Reformed Church condemns woman/wife as vicar
1955Tappan Zee Bridge in NY opens to traffic
1956Paul-Henri Spaak appointed secretary-general of NATO
1957"Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 perfs
1957"Rumple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
1959Archbishop Makarios proclaimed president of Cyprus
1959J B Jordan in F-104C sets world altitude record, 31,513m
1960Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
1960Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) forms
1960Washington Senators joins American League
1961Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record
1962Mariner 2 makes 1st US visit to another planet (Venus)
1962Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
1962US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1963Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
1964Michael Brown meets Rene Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Rene" 15685 "S
1967DNA created in a test tube
1969"La Strada" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 1 performance
1969Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta
1969Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show" 15690 "S
1971US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1972Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
1972Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor
1974Islander Glenn Resch's 1st shut-out opponent-Kings 3-0
1974Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
1975"Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances
19756 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days
1975WCPR (Bkln NY pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
1976Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Dutch Liberal/social dem abortion laws
1977"Saturday Night Fever,"starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC
1977Egypt & Israel reps gather in Cairo for 1st formal peace conference
1977Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash
1977Test Cricket debut of Abdul Qadir, v England at Lahore
1977War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years
1978"Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
1978China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1978USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1979US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980"Onward Victoria" opens/closes at Martin Beck NYC for 1 performance
1980Anders Kailur scores on 6th Islander penalty shot
1980At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
1980Minn Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleve Browns, winning 28-24
1980Nancy Lopez/Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1980New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
1980USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1981Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)
1982Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals
1983"Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances
1984Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football
1985US Foreign Minister George Shultz arrives in West Berlin
1986Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards AFB, Calif on 1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around world
1987Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
1987Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new
1988CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
1988NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
1988Spanish General strike to protest austerity measures
1988US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org (1st time in 13 yrs)
1990Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe," premieres in London
1990Right to Die case permits Nancy Cruzan to have her feeding tube removed, she dies 12 days later
199157th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)
1991Ferry boat Salem Express sinks in Red Sea, 476 killed
1992Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him
1993Moslem fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria
1995"Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki
1995AIDS patient Jeff Getty recieves baboon bone marrow transplant
199612th Soap Opera Digest Awards
199662nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
1997"View From the Bridge," opens at Criterion Theater NYC
1997Diners Club Senior Golf Match
1997Juli Inkster & Dottie Pepper win LPGA Diners Club Matches
1997Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

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