Birthdays of Personalities on December 15

xxxx :Sophy, PR, spanish singer (Comparame Balada y Salsa)
xxxx :Tim Gaines, rock bassist/vocalist (Stryper-Against the Law)
1610 :David Teniers II, Flemish courtpainter (Theatrum Pictorium)
1648 :Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations)
1720 :J F Beck, writer
1735 :Cesare Beccaria-Bonesana, Italian lawyer
1778 :Godert AGP baron van der Capellen, Dutch gov-gen (Dutch-Indies)
1787 :Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
1793 :Henry Charles Carey, Phila, economist (Principles of Poli Economy)
1802 :J nos Bolyai, Romania, mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry)
1832 :Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, French engineer (Eiffel tower)
1836 :Edmond Picard, French/Belgian lawyer/writer (La forge Roussel)
1848 :Edwin Howland Blashfield, decorated the dome of Library of Congress
1852 :Antoine Henri Becquerel, discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903)
1852 :Tewfik Pasja, khedive (viceroy) of Egypt
1853 :Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies
1859 :Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
1860 :Niels Ryberg Finsen, Denmark, physician/phototherapist (Nobel 1903)
1861 :Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
1863 :Arthur D Little, US, chemist (patented rayon)
1863 :Paul [Prudent] Painlev‚, French mathematician/minister/premier [NS]
1870 :Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect
1876 :Ferdinand Hardekopf, writer
1878 :Hans Carossa, writer
1879 :Hugo W C Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer
1879 :Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
1882 :Helena Rubinstein, US cosmetic manufacturer
1887 :Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of the Dutch Tribe)
1888 :Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
1888 :Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Bric … Brac)
1888 :Maxwell Anderson, US, dramatist (Winter Set, High Tor)
1892 :J Paul Getty, Minneapolis Mn, oil magnate (Getty Oil)
1896 :Carl Ferdinand Cori, US bio-chemist
1896 :George B Cressey, US geographer (Asia's Lands & Peoples)
1896 :Paul R Citroen, Dutch sculptor
1900 :Francesco Messina, sculptor
1904 :Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)
1904 :William Hitzig, Austria, Maxwell physician
1906 :Betty Smith, novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
1907 :Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilians architect (Brasilia)
1913 :Muriel Rukeyser, US, poet (1977 Shelley Memorial Award)
1913 :Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager
1915 :Jose Toribio Merino Castro, admiral
1916 :Maurice Wilkins, England, physicist, worked with DNA (Nobel 1962)
1921 :Bobby Todd, US comic/actor (Original Sin)
1922 :Alan Freed, Penn, DJ, accepted payola/introduced term "rock-n-roll"
1924 :Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
1928 :Jimmy Nelson, Chic Ill, ventriloguist (Nestles, Farfel)
1931 :Evald Schorm, Prague Czech, director (Courage for Every Day)
1932 :Edna O'Brien, Ireland, writer (Fanatic of Heart, Casualties of Peace)
1933 :Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
1933 :Tim Conway, Willoughby Oh, comic (McHale's Navy, Carol Burnett Show)
1937 :John [Thomas] Sladek, US, sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs)
1938 :Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
1939 :Cindy Birdsong, Camden NJ, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes)
1942 :Dave Clark, London England, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
1944 :Stan Bahnsen, pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year)
1946 :Harry Ray, Hackensack NJ, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown)
1949 :Ton [Teunis] Sijbrands, Dutch world checkers champion
1950 :Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Dutch minister of Justice (198?-94)
1951 :Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
1954 :Alex Cox, director (Repo Man)
1954 :Mike Ratledge, author (2DAY & NEWDAY)/ratledgm@spawar.navy.mil
1955 :Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
1960 :Doug Phelps, Leachville Ar, singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
1961 :Annie Pujol, Perpignan, French TV hostess (Roue de la Fortune)
1961 :Reginald Hudlin, director (House Party)
1965 :Kimberly Donley, Aurora IL, playmate (Mar, 1993)
1967 :Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
1967 :Christine Larsen, New Westminster BC, synchro swimmer (Oly-silver-96)
1967 :Mo Vaughn, Norwalk Conn, infielder (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)
1969 :Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
1971 :Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
1973 :Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
1985 :Sheeba Reiter, Fla, illegitimate daughter of Jackie Mason



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