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2015 – Venezuelan elections are held. For the first time in 17 years the United Socialist Party of Venezuela loses its majority in parliament.
1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3.)
1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.
1957 – Project Vanguard: A launchpad explosion of Vanguard TV3 thwarts the first United States attempt to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
1917 – World War I: USS Jacob Jones is the first American destroyer to be sunk by enemy action when it is torpedoed by German submarine SM U-53.
1904 – Theodore Roosevelt articulated his "Corollary" to the Monroe Doctrine, stating that the U.S. would intervene in the Western Hemisphere should Latin American governments prove incapable or unstable.
1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.
1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.
1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, banning slavery.
1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published.
1534 – The city of Quito in Ecuador is founded by Spanish settlers led by Sebastián de Belalcázar.
1992 – Johnny Manziel, American football player. Johnathan Paul Manziel (/mænˈzɛl/ man-ZEL; born December 6, 1992) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent.
1991 – Coco Vandeweghe, American tennis player. In 2017, she reached two Grand Slam semifinals and the final of the WTA Elite Trophy to move up to a career-high ranking of No. 9.
1986 – Matt Niskanen, American ice hockey player. Matthew Norman Niskanen (born December 6, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1985 – Shannon Bobbitt, American basketball player. Following a stellar college career in which 5'2" Bobbitt won two Division I national titles at University of Tennessee she decided to enter the WNBA and began her professional basketball career playing point guard for the Los Angeles Sparks.
1984 – Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician. Nora Kirkpatrick (born December 6, 1984) is an American actress, writer and musician.
1984 – Syndric Steptoe, American football player. He played college football at Arizona.
1982 – Ryan Carnes, American actor and producer. He is most known for playing the adult Lucas Jones on the ABC soap opera General Hospital.
1981 – Robbie Gould, American football player. Robert Paul Gould III (/ˈɡoʊld/; born December 6, 1982) is an American football placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
1980 – Danielle Downey, American golfer and coach (d. 2014), was an American professional golfer. She won golf tournaments at the collegiate level, Sun Coast events and on the Futures Tour.
1978 – Chris Başak, American baseball player. Christopher Joseph Başak, (born December 6, 1978 in North Platte, Nebraska) is an American former professional baseball infielder.
1978 – Darrell Jackson, American football player, was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 2000s. Jackson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
1977 – Kevin Cash, American baseball player and coach. Kevin Forrest Cash (born December 6, 1977) is an American professional baseball manager and former player who is the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB).
1974 – Jens Pulver, American mixed martial artist and boxer. Penn.
1972 – Heather Mizeur, American lawyer and politician. Mizeur (/mɪˈzɪər/ mih-ZEER; born December 6, 1972) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party from the state of Maryland.
1972 – Rick Short, American baseball player. Richard Ryan Short (born December 6, 1972) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman who is currently the Hitting coach for the Jackson Generals.
1971 – Craig Brewer, American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is also known for directing the 2011 remake of Footloose, and the 2019 film Dolemite Is My Name.
1970 – Adrian Fenty, American lawyer and politician, 6th Mayor of the District of Columbia. Gray.
1970 – Jeff Rouse, American swimmer. Jeffrey Norman Rouse (born February 6, 1970) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.
1967 – Helen Greiner, American businesswoman and engineer. Helen Greiner (born December 6, 1967) is a co-founder of iRobot and former CTO of CyPhyWorks, a start-up company specializing in small multi-rotor drones for the consumer, commercial and military markets.
1967 – Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Judd Apatow (/ˈæpətaʊ/; born December 6, 1967) is an American filmmaker, actor and comedian.
1961 – David Lovering, American drummer. After the band's breakup in 1993, Lovering drummed with several other acts, including The Martinis, Cracker, Nitzer Ebb and Tanya Donelly.
1959 – Deborah Estrin, American computer scientist and academic. Estrin is known for her work on sensor networks, mobile health, and small data.
1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956) is an American musician and songwriter who is best known as co-founder and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band R.E.M.
1956 – Randy Rhoads, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 1982), was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.
1955 – Steven Wright, American actor and screenwriter. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, paraprosdokians, non sequiturs, anti-humor, and one-liners with contrived situations.
1953 – Dwight Stones, American high jumper and sportscaster. Dwight Edwin Stones (born December 6, 1953) is an American television commentator and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist and former three-time world record holder in the men's high jump.
1953 – Tom Hulce, American actor. Thomas Edward Hulce (/ˈhʊls/; born December 6, 1953) is an American actor, singer, and theater producer.
1952 – Chuck Baker, American baseball player. Charles Joseph Baker (born December 6, 1952) is a former middle infielder and third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins in parts of three seasons spanning 1978–1981.
1952 – Craig Newmark, American computer programmer and entrepreneur; founded Craigslist. Craig Alexander Newmark (born December 6, 1952) is an American Internet entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for being the founder of the website Craigslist.
1952 – David L. Spector, American biologist and academic. Spector (born (1952-12-06)December 6, 1952, in New York City) is a cell and molecular biologist best recognized for his research on gene expression and nuclear dynamics.
1952 – Jeff Schneider, American baseball player. A switch hitter who threw left-handed, Schneider stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).
1949 – Doug Marlette, American author and cartoonist (d. 2007), was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American editorial cartoonist who, at the time of his death, had also published two novels and was "finding his voice in writing long-length fiction." His popular comic strip Kudzu, distributed by Universal Press Syndicate from 1981 to 2007, was adapted into a musical comedy.
1949 – Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986), was an American singer-songwriter and lyricist who teamed up with songwriter-producer Thom Bell to produce some of the most successful Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s.
1948 – Don Nickles, American businessman and politician, was a Republican United States Senator from Oklahoma from 1981 until 2005. He was considered both a fiscal and social conservative.
1948 – JoBeth Williams, American actress. Since 2009, she has served as president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.
1947 – Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist and songwriter. Miroslav Ladislav Vitouš (born 6 December 1947) is a Czech jazz bassist who has had an extensive career in the US.
1945 – Dan Harrington, American lawyer and poker player. Dan Harrington (born December 6, 1945) is a professional poker player, best known for winning the Main Event at the 1995 World Series of Poker.
1945 – Larry Bowa, American baseball player and manager. Lawrence Robert Bowa (born December 6, 1945) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB), who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets.
1942 – Robb Royer, American guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter. Robert Wilson "Robb" Royer (born December 6, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of Bread from 1968 to 1971.
1941 – Bill Thomas, American academic and politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 2007, finishing his tenure representing California's 22nd congressional district and as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
1941 – Bruce Nauman, American sculptor and illustrator. Nauman lives near Galisteo, New Mexico.
1941 – Richard Speck, American murderer (d. 1991), was an American mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13 into the early morning hours of July 14, 1966. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later overturned due to issues with jury selection at his trial.
1940 – Richard Edlund, American visual effects designer and cinematographer. Richard Edlund, A.S.C. (born December 6, 1940) is a multi-Academy Award-winning US special effects cinematographer.
1938 – Patrick Bauchau, Belgian-American actor. Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau (born 6 December 1938) is a Belgian actor best known for his role as Scarpine in the 1985 James Bond movie, A View to a Kill; Sydney (Jarod's mentor) in the TV series The Pretender; and Doctor Rowan Chase, Doctor Robert Chase's estranged father in the TV series, House.
1937 – Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian-American soccer player (d. 2006), was an Ecuadorian-Uruguayan footballer who played as a forward, regarded as the best Ecuadorian footballer of all time. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America.
1936 – Kenneth Copeland, American evangelist and author. KCM's motto is "Jesus is Lord" from Romans 10:9.
1934 – Nick Bockwinkel, American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015), was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association (AWA) from 1970 to 1987, where he held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship on four occasions and the AWA World Tag Team Championship on three.
1933 – Donald J. Kutyna, American general. General (ret) Donald Joseph Kutyna (born December 6, 1933) is a retired United States Air Force Officer.
1929 – Frank Springer, American author and illustrator (d. 2009), was an American comics artist best known for Marvel Comics' Dazzler and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. As well, in collaboration with writer Michael O'Donoghue, Springer created one of the first adult-oriented comics features on American newsstands: "The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist" in the magazine Evergreen Review.
1928 – Bobby Van, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1980), was a musical actor, best known for his career on Broadway, in films and television from the 1950s through the 1970s. He was also a game show host and panelist.
1927 – Jim Fuchs, American shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2010), was an American athlete who competed in the discus throw and shot put. He developed a new shot-putting technique to compensate for a leg injury, and then used what he called "the sideways glide" to set world records and dominate the sport over a two-year span in the early 1950s.
1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973), was an American actor and comedian, particularly associated with the early years of television in the United States. He appeared in the U.S. television series Mister Peepers from 1952 to 1955, plus several other popular shows, and as a character actor in over 20 films.
1922 – Benjamin A. Gilman, American soldier and politician (d. 2016), was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Middletown, New York, from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 2003.
1921 – Otto Graham, American football player and coach (d. 2003), was an American professional football player who was a quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). Graham is regarded by critics as one of the most dominant players of his era, having taken the Browns to league championship games every year between 1946 and 1955, winning seven of them.
1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012), was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke".
1919 – Skippy Baxter, Canadian-American figure skater and coach (d. 2012). Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, his family moved to Oakland, California when he was 1 year of age.
1917 – Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (d. 2015), was an American minister and United States Air Force colonel who was involved in the so-called "Kiddy Car Airlift," the documented rescue of 950 orphans and 80 orphanage staff from the path of the Chinese advance during the Korean War on December 20, 1950. He is the subject of the autobiography Battle Hymn, published in 1956, which later served the basis for the 1957 film of the same name, where he was played by Rock Hudson.
1917 – Irv Robbins, Canadian-American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 2008), was a Canadian-born American businessman. He co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1945 with his partner and brother-in-law Burt Baskin.
1916 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986). Peretti (December 6, 1916 – May 1, 1986) was an American songwriter and record producer.
1913 – Eleanor Holm, American swimmer and actress (d. 2004). Holm (December 6, 1913 – January 31, 2004) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.
1913 – Karl Haas, German-American pianist, conductor, and radio host (d. 2005), was a German-American classical music radio host, known for his sonorous speaking voice, humanistic approach to music appreciation, and popularization of classical music. He was the host of the classical music radio program Adventures in Good Music, which was syndicated to commercial and public radio stations around the world.
1910 – David M. Potter, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1971), was an American historian of the South. Born in Georgia, he graduated from the Academy of Richmond County, then from Emory University in 1932.
1909 – Rulon Jeffs, American religious leader (d. 2002), was the President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church), a Mormon fundamentalist organization based in Colorado City, Arizona, from 1986 until his death in 2002.
1908 – Baby Face Nelson, American gangster (d. 1934), was an American bank robber. He was given the nickname Baby Face Nelson due to his small stature and somewhat youthful appearance, although few dared call him that to his face.
1908 – Herta Freitag, Austrian-American mathematician (d. 2000), was an Austrian-American mathematician, a professor of mathematics at Hollins College, known for her work on the Fibonacci numbers.
1907 – John Barkley Rosser Sr., American logician (d. 1989), was an American logician, a student of Alonzo Church, and known for his part in the Church–Rosser theorem, in lambda calculus. He also developed what is now called the "Rosser sieve", in number theory.
1904 – Ève Curie, French-American journalist and pianist (d. 2007), was a French and American writer, journalist and pianist. Ève Curie was the younger daughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie. Her sister was Irène Joliot-Curie and her brother-in-law Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Ève was the only member of her family who did not choose a career as a scientist and did not win a Nobel Prize, although her husband Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr. did collect the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 on behalf of UNICEF.
1903 – Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player and manager (d. 1946), was an Italian-American professional baseball second baseman during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He was part of the famed "Murderers' Row" Yankee batting lineup of the late 1920s (most notably the legendary 1927 team), along with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel.
1901 – Eliot Porter, American photographer and academic (d. 1990), was an American photographer best known for his intimate color photographs of nature.
1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974), was an American actress whose 41-year career included work in radio, stage, film, and television. She is best known for her role as Endora on the television series Bewitched, but she also had notable roles in films, including Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Dark Passage, All That Heaven Allows, Show Boat, and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
1898 – Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-American photographer and journalist (d. 1995), was a German-born American photographer and photojournalist. He began his career in Germany prior to World War II but achieved prominence as a staff photographer for Life Magazine after moving to the U.S.
1898 – Winifred Lenihan, American actress, writer, and director (d. 1964). She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making her debut in 1918.
1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983), was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs in the English language of the 20th century.
1893 – Homer N. Wallin, American admiral (d. 1984), was a vice admiral in the United States Navy, best known for his salvage of ships sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1886 – Joyce Kilmer, American soldier, author, and poet (d. 1918), was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled "Trees" (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914. Though a prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his Roman Catholic religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor.
1884 – Cornelia Meigs, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 1973), was an American writer of fiction and biography for children, teacher of English and writing, historian and critic of children's literature. She won the Newbery Medal for her 1933 biography of Louisa May Alcott, entitled Invincible Louisa.
1876 – Fred Duesenberg, German-American businessman, co-founded the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company (d. 1932), was a German-born American automobile and engine designer, manufacturer and sportsman who was internationally known as a designer of racecars and racing engines. Duesenberg's engineering expertise influenced the development of the automobile, especially during the 1910s and 1920s.
1875 – Albert Bond Lambert, American golfer and pilot (d. 1946), was an American golfer who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics and in the 1904 Summer Olympics. He was also a prominent St.
1872 – William S. Hart, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1946), was an American silent film actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is remembered as a foremost western star of the silent era who "imbued all of his characters with honor and integrity." During the late 1910s and early 1920s, he was one of the most consistently popular movie stars, frequently ranking high among male actors in popularity contests held by movie fan magazines.
1863 – Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and engineer (d. 1914), was an American inventor, businessman, and chemist. He is best known for his invention in 1886 of an inexpensive method for producing aluminum, which became the first metal to attain widespread use since the prehistoric discovery of iron.
1833 – John S. Mosby, American colonel (d. 1916), was a Confederate army cavalry battalion commander in the American Civil War. His command, the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, known as Mosby's Rangers or Mosby's Raiders, was a partisan ranger unit noted for its lightning-quick raids and its ability to elude Union Army pursuers and disappear, blending in with local farmers and townsmen.
1752 – Gabriel Duvall, American jurist and politician (d. 1844), was an American politician and jurist. Duvall was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1811 to 1835, during the Marshall Court and early-Taney Court eras.
2014 – Fred Hawkins, American golfer (b. 1923)
2014 – Jimmy Del Ray, American wrestler and manager (b. 1962)
2014 – Luke Somers, English-American photographer and journalist (b. 1981)
2014 – Ralph H. Baer, German-American video game designer, created the Magnavox Odyssey (b. 1922)
2013 – M. K. Turk, American basketball player and coach (b. 1942)
2011 – Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1940)
2010 – Mark Dailey, American-Canadian journalist and actor (b. 1953)
2005 – William P. Yarborough, American general (b. 1912)
2002 – Philip Berrigan, American priest and activist (b. 1923)
2001 – Charles McClendon, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
2000 – Werner Klemperer, German-American actor (b. 1920)
1996 – Pete Rozelle, American businessman (b. 1926)
1993 – Don Ameche, American actor (b. 1908)
1989 – Frances Bavier, American actress (b. 1902)
1989 – Sammy Fain, American pianist and composer (b. 1902)
1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1936)
1985 – Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1893)
1985 – Burr Tillstrom, American actor and puppeteer (b. 1917)
1980 – Charles Deutsch, French engineer and businessman, co-founded DB (b. 1911)
1955 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1874)
1951 – Harold Ross, American journalist and publisher, founded The New Yorker (b. 1892)
1924 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author and screenwriter (b. 1863)
1892 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded the Siemens Company (b. 1816)
1889 – Jefferson Davis, American general and politician, President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1808)
1882 – Alfred Escher, Swiss businessman and politician, founded Credit Suisse (b. 1819)
1879 – Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American businessman (b. 1814)