Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 29th December – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

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Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 29th December – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

Welcome, dear readers! It brings me great joy to present a heartfelt tribute to the remarkable individuals born on this significant date. Today, we commemorate the birth anniversary of a diverse array of extraordinary personalities who have left an indelible mark on the world.

Year Person
AD 39 Titus, Roman emperor (d. 81)
159 Empress Dowager Bian, second wife of Cao Cao, mother of Cao Wei’s first emperor, Cao Pi (d. 230)
1204 Abû ‘Uthmân Sa’îd ibn Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (d. 1282)
1371 Vasily I of Moscow (d. 1425)
1490 Ebussuud Efendi, Ottoman lawyer and jurist (d. 1574)
1548 David Pareus, German theologian (d. 1622)
1578 Ulrik of Denmark, Danish prince-bishop (d. 1624)
1642 Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (d. 1707)
1673 Ahmed III, Ottoman sultan (d. 1736)
1678 William Croft, English organist and composer (d. 1727)
1722 Charles Yorke, English lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
1724 Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, French painter and educator (d. 1805)
1760 Charles Sapinaud de La Rairie, French general (d. 1829)
1792 Sylvester Jordan, German lawyer and politician (d. 1861)
1819 Theodor Fontane, German author and poet (d. 1898)
1819 John W. Geary, American lawyer and politician, 16th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
1825 Samuel Newitt Wood, American lawyer and politician (d. 1891)
1842 Osman Hamdi Bey, Ottoman administrator, intellectual, art expert and painter (d. 1910)
1849 John Milne, English seismologist and geologist (d. 1913)
1851 Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Atlanta (d. 1929)
1853 André Messager, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1929)
1857 Sylvio Lazzari, French-Austrian composer (d. 1944)
1865 Rudyard Kipling, Indian-English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1936)
1869 Stephen Leacock, English-Canadian political scientist and author (d. 1944)
1869 Ōzutsu Man’emon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 18th Yokozuna (d. 1918)
1873 Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (d. 1944)
1878 William Aberhart, Canadian evangelist and politician, 7th Premier of Alberta (d. 1943)
1879 Ramana Maharshi, Indian guru and philosopher (d. 1950)
1883 Archer Baldwin, American-English farmer and politician (d. 1966)
1883 Lester Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1960)
1884 Hideki Tōjō, Japanese general and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)
1887 William Kolehmainen, Finnish-American runner and coach (d. 1967)
1890 Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Mexican soldier and politician, 47th President of Mexico (d. 1973)
1897 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian songwriter and screenwriter (d. 1976)
1899 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and politician, 2nd Governor of Svalbard (d. 2001)
1904 Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian composer and academic (d. 1987)
1905 Daniil Kharms, Russian poet, author, and playwright (d. 1942)
1906 Alziro Bergonzo, Italian architect and painter (d. 1997)
1906 Carol Reed, English director and producer (d. 1976)
1910 Paul Bowles, American composer and author (d. 1999)
1911 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (d. 1998)
1913 Lucio Agostini, Italian-Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1996)
1913 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (d. 2002)
1914 Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality, and beauty pageant host (d. 1992)
1917 Seymour Melman, American engineer and author (d. 2004)
1919 Dick Spooner, English cricketer (d. 1997)
1919 David Willcocks, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 2015)
1920 Jack Lord, American actor and director (d. 1998)
1921 Rashid Karami, Lebanese lawyer and politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Lebanon (d. 1987)
1922 Jane Langton, American author and illustrator
1923 Prakash Vir Shastri, Indian academic and politician (d. 1977)
1924 Yvonne Brill, Canadian-American propulsion engineer (d. 2013)
1925 Ian MacNaughton, Scottish actor, producer, and director (d. 2002)
1926 Stan Tracey, English pianist and composer (d. 2013)
1927 Jan Kubíček, Czech painter and sculptor (d. 2013)
1928 Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)
1929 Rosalinde Hurley, English physician, microbiologist, and academic (d. 2004)
1930 Roy Yorke Calne, English surgeon and academic
1930 Red Rhodes, American guitarist (d. 1995)
1930 Tu Youyou, Chinese chemist and pharmacist, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
1931 John T. Houghton, Welsh physicist and author
1931 Frank Torre, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014)
1934 John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and astronomer, co-developed the Hubble Space Telescope (d. 2005)
1934 Joseph Bologna, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1934 Barry Briggs, New Zealand motorcycle racer and sportscaster
1934 Joseph P. Hoar, American general
1934 Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1990)
1934 Russ Tamblyn, American actor
1935 Omar Bongo, Gabonese lieutenant and politician, President of Gabon (d. 2009)
1935 Sandy Koufax, American baseball player and sportscaster
1935 Jack Riley, American actor (d. 2016)
1937 Gordon Banks, English footballer and manager
1937 John Hartford, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2001)
1937 Jim Marshall, American football player
1937 Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1938 Ron Wolf, American Football Hall of Fame General Manager
1939 Glenda Adams, Australian author and academic (d. 2007)
1939 Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1983)
1940 James Burrows, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
1941 Mel Renfro, American football player and coach
1942 Vladimir Bukovsky, Russian author and activist
1942 Guy Edwards, English race car driver
1942 Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1942 Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian, academic, and politician
1942 Robert Quine, American guitarist (d. 2004)
1942 Toomas Savi, Estonian physician and politician
1942 Fred Ward, American actor
1944 William J. Fallon, American admiral
1944 Joseph Hilbe, American mathematician and philosopher
1945 Davy Jones, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2012)
1945 Lloyd Kaufman, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded Troma Entertainment
1945 Paola Pigni, Italian runner
1945 Concetta Tomei, American actress
1946 Clive Bunker, English drummer and songwriter
1946 Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
1946 Berti Vogts, German footballer and coach
1947 James Kahn, American author, screenwriter, and producer
1947 Jeff Lynne, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1947 Steve Mix, American basketball player and coach
1948 Jed Johnson, American interior designer and director (d. 1996)
1949 David Bedford, English runner
1949 Jim Flaherty, Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Canadian Minister of Finance (d. 2014)
1950 Timothy Mo, Chinese-English author
1950 Lewis Shiner, American journalist and author
1950 Bjarne Stroustrup, Danish computer scientist, created the C++ programming language
1950 Martti Vainio, Finnish runner
1951 Doug Allder, English footballer and coach
1951 Chris Jasper, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer
1951 Nick Rose, English runner
1952 June Anderson, American soprano and actress
1953 Daniel T. Barry, American engineer and astronaut
1953 Dana Key, American singer, guitarist, and producer (d. 2010)
1953 Graham Vick, English director and producer
1953 Meredith Vieira, American journalist and game show host
1954 Barry Greenstein, American poker player and philanthropist
1956 Ingus Baušķenieks, Latvian singer-songwriter and producer
1956 Suzy Bogguss, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
1956 Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress and singer
1957 Patricia Kalember, American actress
1957 Matt Lauer, American television journalist and anchor
1957 Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian and actor
1958 Steven Smith, American engineer and astronaut
1959 Antonio Pappano, English pianist and conductor
1959 Kåre Thomsen, Norwegian guitarist and graphic designer
1959 Tracey Ullman, English-American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter
1959 Josée Verner, Canadian politician, 8th Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
1960 Richard M. Durbin, English biologist and academic
1961 Douglas Coupland, German-Canadian author and playwright
1961 Bill English, New Zealand farmer and politician, 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand
1961 Sean Hannity, American radio and television host
1961 Ben Johnson, Jamaican-Canadian sprinter
1961 Charlie Nicholas, Scottish footballer and sportscaster
1963 Chandler Burr, American journalist and author
1963 Milan Šrejber, Czech tennis player
1964 Almir Kayumov, Russian footballer and referee (d. 2013)
1964 Sylvie Moreau, Canadian actress and screenwriter
1964 George Newbern, American actor
1965 Heidi Fleiss, American procurer
1966 Gary Chartier, American philosopher, scholar, and academic
1966 Bennett Miller, American director and producer
1967 Carl Ouellet, Canadian wrestler and sportscaster
1968 Bryan Burk, American screenwriter and producer
1968 Adam Dale, Australian cricketer
1968 Sandra Glover, American hurdler
1969 Emmanuel Clérico, French race car driver
1969 Dave England, American snowboarder and stuntman
1969 Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
1969 Michelle McGann, American golfer
1969 Meredith Monroe, American actress
1971 Sister Bliss, English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
1971 C. S. Lee, Korean-American actor
1971 Ricardo, Spanish footballer and manager
1972 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
1972 Dita Indah Sari, Indonesian trade union leader and activist
1972 Steven Wiig, American actor and drummer
1973 Jason Behr, American actor
1973 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian runner, sportscaster, and politician
1974 Alexandro Alves do Nascimento, Brazilian footballer (d. 2012)
1975 Scott Chipperfield, Australian footballer
1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer
1976 Kastro, American rapper
1976 Patrick Kerney, American football player
1976 A. J. Pierzynski, American baseball player and sportscaster
1977 Laila Ali, American boxer and actress
1977 Glory Alozie, Nigerian-Spanish sprinter and hurdler
1977 Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
1977 Saša Ilić, Serbian footballer
1977 Scott Lucas, Australian footballer and coach
1977 Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
1977 Lucy Punch, English actress
1977 Kazuyuki Toda, Japanese footballer
1978 Devin Brown, American basketball player
1978 Tyrese Gibson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1978 Phillips Idowu, English triple jumper
1978 Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
1978 Rob Scuderi, American ice hockey player
1979 Michael Grimm, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1980 Eliza Dushku, American actress and producer
1980 D. J. Mbenga, Congolese-Belgian basketball player
1980 Alison McGovern, English politician
1981 Cédric Carrasso, French footballer
1981 Ali Al-Habsi, Omani footballer
1981 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
1981 Matt Ulrich, American football player
1982 Kristin Kreuk, Canadian actress
1982 Tobias Kurbjuweit, German footballer
1982 Dawan Landry, American football player
1982 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
1983 Davide Mandorlini, Italian footballer
1983 Eddie Edwards, American professional wrestler
1983 Nick Symmonds, American runner
1983 Kevin Systrom, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Instagram
1984 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer
1984 LeBron James, American basketball player, producer and businessman
1985 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist
1985 Bryson Goodwin, Australian rugby league player
1986 Domenico Criscito, Italian footballer
1986 Ellie Goulding, English singer-songwriter and producer
1986 Gianni Zuiverloon, Dutch footballer
1986 Caity Lotz, American actress
1989 Ryan Sheckler, American skateboarder and entrepreneur
1989 Kateřina Vaňková, Czech tennis player
1990 Joe Root, English cricketer
1990 Bruno Henrique Pinto, Brazilian footballer
1992 Ryan Tunnicliffe, English footballer
1992 Carson Wentz, American football player
1995 V, South Korean singer and actor

As we come to the end of this tribute to today’s famous birthdays, let us carry forward the inspiration and lessons gleaned from these exceptional individuals. Their journeys remind us that with determination, passion, and resilience, we can leave our own unique imprint on the world. May their stories serve as a guiding light, igniting the spark within each of us to pursue greatness and make a positive impact.

Stay tuned for more insightful posts dedicated to celebrating the lives and contributions of notable personalities. Their stories continue to resonate and inspire, shaping the course of history and leaving an unforgettable legacy for generations to come. Until next time, may the spirit of these extraordinary individuals continue to guide and inspire you on your own remarkable journey.

Laila is a seasoned content writer at USInsightNews, renowned for her captivating storytelling and incisive analysis. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laila can be found exploring new literary works, immersing herself in nature, and advocating for the power of education in empowering communities.

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