Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 5th December – A Tribute to Remarkable Individuals

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Celebrating Today’s Famous Birthdays: 5th 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
846 Hasan al-Askari, Arabian 11th of the Twelve Imams (d. 874)
1285 Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)
1421 Henry VI of England (d. 1471)
1478 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian courtier, diplomat, and author (d. 1529)
1520 Barbara Radziwiłł, queen of Poland (d. 1551)
1545 Janus Dousa, Dutch historian and noble (d. 1604)
1586 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1670)
1592 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle (d. 1676)
1608 George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1670)
1637 Edmund Andros, English courtier and politician, 4th Colonial Governor of New York (d. 1714)
1640 Claude Fleury, French historian and author (d. 1723)
1642 Johann Christoph Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1703)
1685 Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (d. 1712)
1721 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French minister and politician (d. 1794)
1721 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist and linguist (d. 1809)
1752 Gabriel Duvall, American jurist and politician (d. 1844)
1778 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
1792 William II of the Netherlands (d. 1849)
1803 Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony (d. 1829)
1805 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)
1812 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1884)
1823 Max Müller, German-English philologist and orientalist (d. 1900)
1827 William Arnott, Australian biscuit manufacturer and founder of Arnott’s Biscuits (d. 1901)
1833 John S. Mosby, American colonel (d. 1916)
1841 Frédéric Bazille, French painter and soldier (d. 1870)
1849 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
1853 Hans Molisch, Czech-Austrian botanist and academic (d. 1937)
1853 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian historian and scholar (d. 1931)
1863 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (d. 1914)
1872 Arthur Henry Adams, Australian journalist and author (d. 1936)
1872 William S. Hart, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
1875 Albert Bond Lambert, American golfer and pilot (d. 1946)
1875 Evelyn Underhill, English mystic and author (d. 1941)
1876 Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932)
1882 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (d. 1954)
1884 Cornelia Meigs, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973)
1886 Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918)
1887 Lynn Fontanne, British actress (d. 1983)
1887 Joseph Lamb, American pianist and composer (d. 1960)
1888 Will Hay, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1949)
1890 Dion Fortune, Welsh occultist, psychologist, and author (d. 1946)
1890 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist and academic (d. 1951)
1890 Rudolf Schlichter, German painter and illustrator (d. 1955)
1892 Osbert Sitwell, English-Italian captain, poet, and author (d. 1969)
1893 Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (d. 1984)
1893 Sylvia Townsend Warner, English author and poet (d. 1978)
1896 Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)
1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995)
1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)
1898 Winifred Lenihan, American actress, writer, and director (d. 1964)
1900 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)
1901 Eliot Porter, American photographer and academic (d. 1990)
1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946)
1904 Ève Curie, French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007)
1905 Elizabeth Yates, American journalist and author (d. 2001)
1907 John Barkley Rosser Sr., American logician (d. 1989)
1908 Pierre Graber, Swiss lawyer and politician, 69th President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2003)
1908 Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934)
1908 Miklós Szabó, Hungarian runner (d. 2000)
1908 Herta Freitag, Austrian-American mathematician (d. 2000)
1909 Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002)
1909 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1996)
1910 David M. Potter, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971)
1913 Karl Haas, German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005)
1913 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (d. 2004)
1914 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (d. 1999)
1916 Yekaterina Budanova, Russian captain and pilot (d. 1943)
1916 Kristján Eldjárn, Icelandic educator and politician, 3rd President of Iceland (d. 1982)
1916 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)
1917 Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (d. 2015)
1917 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)
1917 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008)
1917 Waldemar von Gazen, German soldier and lawyer (d. 2014)
1919 Skippy Baxter, Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012)
1919 Paul de Man, Belgian-born philosopher, literary critic and theorist (d. 1983)
1920 Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)
1920 Peter Dimmock, English sportscaster and producer (d. 2015)
1920 George Porter, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)
1921 Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003)
1921 Piero Piccioni, Italian lawyer, pianist, and composer (d. 2004)
1922 John Brunt, English captain, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1944)
1922 Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (d. 2016)
1924 Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)
1927 Jim Fuchs, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010)
1928 Bobby Van, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1980)
1929 Philippe Bouvard, French journalist and radio host
1929 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German-Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)
1929 Frank Springer, American author and illustrator (d. 2009)
1929 Alain Tanner, Swiss director, producer, and screenwriter
1930 Daniel Lisulo, Zambian banker and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2000)
1931 Zeki Müren, Turkish singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1996)
1932 Kamleshwar, Indian author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2007)
1933 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer and academic (d. 2010)
1933 Donald J. Kutyna, American general
1934 Nick Bockwinkel, American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)
1935 Jean Lapointe, Canadian actor, singer, and politician
1936 Bill Ashton, English saxophonist and composer
1936 Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist and author
1937 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006)
1938 Patrick Bauchau, Belgian-American actor
1939 Franco Carraro, Italian politician and sports administrator
1940 Lawrence Bergman, Canadian lawyer and politician
1940 Richard Edlund, American visual effects designer and cinematographer
1941 Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991)
1941 Bruce Nauman, American sculptor and illustrator
1941 Bill Thomas, American academic and politician
1942 Peter Handke, Austrian author and playwright
1942 Robb Royer, American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter
1943 Mike Smith, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 2008)
1945 Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager
1945 Dan Harrington, American lawyer and poker player
1945 Shekhar Kapur, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter
1946 Willy van der Kuijlen, Dutch footballer and manager
1947 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian businessman and politician, 9th Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
1947 Henk van Woerden, Dutch-South African painter and author (d. 2005)
1947 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist and songwriter
1948 Jean-Paul Ngoupandé, Central African politician, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (d. 2014)
1948 Don Nickles, American businessman and politician
1948 Keke Rosberg, Finnish race car driver
1948 JoBeth Williams, American actress
1949 Linda Barnes, American author, playwright, and educator
1949 Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
1949 Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007)
1949 Peter Willey, English cricketer and umpire
1950 Guy Drut, French hurdler and politician
1950 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese pianist, composer, and conductor
1950 Helen Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, Scottish journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Scotland
1951 Wendy Ellis Somes, English ballerina and producer
1951 Maurice Hope, Caribbean-English boxer
1952 Chuck Baker, American baseball player
1952 Nicolas Bréhal, French author and critic
1952 Joe Harris, American football player
1952 Craig Newmark, American computer programmer and entrepreneur; founded Craigslist
1952 Charles Salvador, English boxer and criminal
1952 Shio Satō, Japanese illustrator (d. 2010)
1952 Jeff Schneider, American baseball player
1952 David L. Spector, American biologist and academic
1953 Sue Carroll, English journalist (d. 2011)
1953 Gary Goodman, Australian cricketer and coach
1953 Geoff Hoon, English academic and politician, Minister of State for Europe
1953 Tom Hulce, American actor
1953 Masami Kurumada, Japanese author and illustrator
1953 Dwight Stones, American high jumper and sportscaster
1953 Gary Ward, American baseball player and coach
1955 Anne Begg, Scottish educator and politician
1955 Rick Buckler, English drummer, songwriter, and producer
1955 Graeme Hughes, Australian cricketer, rugby league player, and sportscaster
1955 Tony Woodcock, English footballer
1955 Steven Wright, American actor and screenwriter
1956 Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
1956 Hans Kammerlander, Italian mountaineer and guide
1956 Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1982)
1957 Adrian Borland, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1999)
1958 Nick Park, English animator, director, producer, and screenwriter
1959 Stephen Hepburn, English politician
1959 Satoru Iwata, Japanese game programmer and businessman (d. 2015)
1959 Stephen Muggleton, English computer scientist and engineer
1959 Deborah Estrin, American computer scientist and academic
1960 Masahiko Katsuya, Japanese journalist and photographer
1961 David Lovering, American drummer
1961 Manuel Reuter, German race car driver
1963 Ulrich Thomsen, Danish actor and producer
1964 Mall Nukke, Estonian painter
1965 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer and manager
1966 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
1966 Per-Ulrik Johansson, Swedish golfer
1967 Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1967 Arnaldo Mesa, Cuban boxer (d. 2012)
1967 Helen Greiner, American businesswoman and engineer
1968 Akihiro Yano, Japanese baseball player
1969 Torri Higginson, Canadian actress
1970 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
1970 Adrian Fenty, American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia
1970 Mark Reckless, English politician
1970 Jeff Rouse, American swimmer
1971 Craig Brewer, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1971 Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player
1971 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor
1971 Carole Thate, Dutch field hockey player
1972 Heather Mizeur, American lawyer and politician
1972 Rick Short, American baseball player
1974 Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist and boxer
1974 Nick Stajduhar, Canadian ice hockey player
1975 Noel Clarke, English actor, director, and screenwriter
1975 Adrian García Arias, Mexican footballer
1977 Kevin Cash, American baseball player and coach
1977 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster
1977 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
1978 Chris Başak, American baseball player
1978 Darrell Jackson, American football player
1978 Ramiro Pez, Argentine rugby player
1979 Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
1980 Danielle Downey, American golfer and coach (d. 2014)
1980 Steve Lovell, English footballer
1980 Carlos Takam, boxer
1981 Federico Balzaretti, Italian footballer
1981 Robbie Gould, American football player
1982 Ryan Carnes, American actor and producer
1982 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist
1982 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
1982 Aaron Sandilands, Australian footballer
1982 Susie Wolff, Scottish race car driver
1984 Syndric Steptoe, American football player
1984 Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician
1984 Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland
1985 Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player
1985 Aristeidis Grigoriadis, Greek swimmer
1985 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian cricketer
1986 Sean Edwards, English race car driver (d. 2013)
1986 Matt Niskanen, American ice hockey player
1988 Adam Eaton, American baseball player
1988 Sandra Nurmsalu, Estonian singer and violinist
1988 Nils Petersen, German footballer
1988 Nobunaga Shimazaki, Japanese voice actor
1989 Felix Schiller, German footballer
1990 Tamira Paszek, Austrian tennis player
1991 Coco Vandeweghe, American tennis player
1992 Britt Assombalonga, Congolese footballer
1992 Johnny Manziel, American football player
1993 Pedro Rafael Amado Mendes, Portuguese footballer
1993 Tautau Moga, Australian-Samoan rugby league player
1994 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek basketball player
1996 Davide Calabria, Italian football player
1998 Angelīna Kučvaļska, Latvian figure skater

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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