Birthdays of Personalities on December 24

1167 :John "without a land", king of England (1199-1216)
1564 :Abraham C Bloemaert, painter/cartoonist/engraver
1689 :French van Mieris "the Young", Dutch painter/historian
1714 :Rainieri De Calzabigi, Italian's literary (1st European Lottery)
1716 :Patrice F earl De N‚ny, South Netherlands chairman of Secret Council
1745 :Benjamin Rush, Byberry Pa, physician/general/signer (Decl of Indep)
1754 :George Crabbe, Aldeburgh England, poet (Everlasting Mercy)
1791 :A EugŠne Scribe, French dramatist (Bertrand et Raton)
1798 :Adam B Mickiewicz, Poland, national poet (Pan Tadeusz)
1809 :Christopher "Kit" Carson, KY, Union brig-general/indian fighter
1818 :James Prescott Joule, physicist (discovered conservation of energy)
1822 :Charles Hermite, French mathematician (E is Transcendent)
1822 :Matthew Arnold, England, poet/critic (Dover Beach)
1837 :Sissi, Emperor of Austria
1867 :Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian/diplomat
1867 :Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet (Servet-i Fnun, Sis)
1868 :Emanuel Lasker, Germany, world chess champion (1894-21)
1869 :Henri‰tte GA Roland Holst-van der Schalk, Dutch poet (Women in Forest)
1881 :Juan Ram˘n Jim‚nez, Spain, poet (Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956)
1894 :Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot
1904 :Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist
1904 :Herbert D Riley, US vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa)
1905 :Anna "Ans" van Dike ("the Young"), Jewish nazi collaborator
1905 :Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire (Hughes Aircraft)/inventor
1906 :John Walker, museum director
1907 :I[sidore] F[einstein] Stone, US journalist (IF Stone's Weekly)
1909 :Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68)
1910 :Fritz [Reuter] Leiber Jr, US, sci-fi author (Bazaar of the Bizarre)
1910 :Mitchell Ayres, Milwaukee Wisc, orch leader (Hollywood Palace)
1911 :Eric Briault, educationalist
1911 :Malcolm MacEwen, writer
1920 :Dave Bartholomew, La, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill)
1923 :Wilton S Mkwayi, South African ANC leader
1924 :Willem Drees, economist/Dutch politician (DS'70)
1924 :[Irving] Lee Dorsey, New Orleans, vocalist (Working in the Coal Mines)
1927 :Mary Higgins Clark, suspense novelist
1927 :Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
1929 :Mary Higgins Clark, Bronx NY, author (Cry in the Night, Stillwatch)
1930 :Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], US, dancer
1938 :Ralp Inbar, Dutch TV host (Banana Split)
1940 :Anthony Fauci, US health official
1943 :Tatton Sykes, English baron/large landowner
1944 :Mike Curb, Savannah Ga, singer (Mike Curb Congregation)
1945 :Lemmy, [Ian Kilminster], rocker (Hawkwind, Motorhead-Built for Speed)
1945 :Nicholas Meyer, director (Star Trek II Wrath of Khan)
1946 :Judy Tyler, LA CA, playmate (Jan 1966)
1946 :Sharon Farrell, Sioux City Iowa, (Lori-Hawaii 5-0, Young & Restless)
1950 :Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw)
1951 :Johnny Contardo, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
1956 :Stephanie Hodge, comedian/actress (I Madman, Happily Ever After)
1957 :Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist (Human League-Only Human)
1962 :Michael Ray, rocker
1963 :Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
1965 :Erika von Heiland, Angeles City Phil, US badminton player (Oly-92,96)
1969 :Kenny "Damn" Kelly, Paterson NJ, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend)
1971 :Ricky Martin, PR, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital) [or Nov 2]
1975 :Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Oly-br-96)



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