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  • 2002 – A U.S. MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25 in the first combat engagement between a drone and conventional aircraft.
  • 1986 – Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
  • 1968 – The 82 sailors from the USS Pueblo are released after eleven months of internment in North Korea.
  • 1954 – First successful kidney transplant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
  • 1947 – The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
  • 1893 – The opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1876 – First day of the Constantinople Conference which resulted in agreement for political reforms in the Balkans.
  • 1815 – The novel Emma by Jane Austen is first published.


  • 1986 – T. J. Oshie, American ice hockey player. J." Oshie (born December 23, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • 1984 – Josh Satin, American baseball player. Joshua Blake Satin (born December 23, 1984) is an American former professional baseball corner infielder.
  • 1982 – Brad Nelson, American baseball player. He played primarily first base and outfield in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 1981 – Maritza Correia, Puerto Rican-American swimmer. Maritza Correia (born December 23, 1981), also known by her married name Maritza McClendon, is a former Olympic swimmer from the United States.
  • 1980 – Cody Ross, American baseball player. Cody Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1980), nicknamed "Toy Cannon" and "Ross the Boss," is a former professional baseball outfielder.
  • 1979 – Megan Mayhew Bergman, American author and educator. Megan Mayhew Bergman (born December 23, 1979) is an American writer, author of the books Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise.
  • 1979 – Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player. Scott Carlos Gomez (born December 23, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player.
  • 1978 – Andra Davis, American football player. Andra Raynard Davis (born December 23, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1978 – Esthero, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer. Esthero (/ɛˈstɛroʊ/ es-THERE-oh; born Jenny-Bea Englishman on December 23, 1978 in Stratford, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1977 – Alge Crumpler, American football player. Algernon Darius Crumpler (/ˈældʒiː/; born December 23, 1977) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons.
  • 1977 – Paul Shirley, American basketball player and blogger. Paul Murphy Shirley (born December 23, 1977) is a former Iowa State University and professional basketball player who last played for Unicaja Málaga in the Spanish ACB.
  • 1976 – Brad Lidge, American baseball player. Bradley Thomas Lidge (born December 23, 1976) nicknamed "Lights Out" is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 2002–2012.
  • 1976 – Jamie Noble, American wrestler and producer. James Gibson (born December 23, 1976) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, Jamie Noble.
  • 1976 – Joanna Hayes, American hurdler and coach. Joanna Dove Hayes (born December 23, 1976 in Williamsport) is an American hurdler, who won the gold medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • 1975 – Lady Starlight, American singer-songwriter. Starlight released her debut extended play, Untitled, in 2017.
  • 1970 – Raymont Harris, American football player. Harris played professionally for six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) between 1994 and 2000 with the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.
  • 1969 – Greg Biffle, American race car driver. After racing in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series in the mid-1990s, he was recommended to Jack Roush by former announcer Benny Parsons.
  • 1969 – Martha Byrne, American actress and singer. Byrne has also appeared in other stage, television and movie roles, including the title role in the 1983 film Anna to the Infinite Power.
  • 1969 – Rob Pelinka, American sports agent. Robert Todd Pelinka Jr. (born December 23, 1969) is an American basketball executive, lawyer, sports agent, and former college basketball player from Lake Bluff, Illinois (suburban Chicago).
  • 1969 – Rodney Culver, American football player (d. 1996), was an American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. During this time, he played for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers.
  • 1968 – Barry Kooser, American painter and animator. Kooser is an American artist, painter, and documentary filmmaker who worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios between 1992 and 2003 as a background artist on films such as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and as background supervisor on Brother Bear.
  • 1968 – Karyn Bryant, American journalist, actress, producer, and screenwriter. Karyn Elaine Bryant (born December 23, 1968) is an American actress, writer, and television personality.
  • 1968 – Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Puerto Rican-American photographer. Rivera-Ortiz lives in Rochester, New York, in New York City and in Zurich.
  • 1964 – Eddie Vedder, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Eddie Jerome Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, one of three guitarists, and the lyricist of the American rock band Pearl Jam.
  • 1963 – Donna Tartt, American author. Donna Tartt (born December 23, 1963) is an American writer, the author of the novels The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013).
  • 1963 – Jess Harnell, American singer-songwriter. Harnell (born December 23, 1963) is an American voice actor and singer.
  • 1963 – Jim Harbaugh, American football player and coach. James Joseph Harbaugh (/ˈhɑːrbɔː/; born December 23, 1963) is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.
  • 1958 – Joan Severance, American actress. Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model.
  • 1958 – Victoria Williams, American singer-songwriter. Victoria Williams (born December 23, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career.
  • 1953 – Gerrit W. Gong, American religious leader and academic. Gerrit Walter Gong (born December 23, 1953) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
  • 1952 – William Kristol, American journalist, publisher, and political activist/pundit. A frequent commentator on several networks, he was the founder and editor-at-large of the now-defunct political magazine The Weekly Standard.
  • 1950 – Michael C. Burgess, American obstetrician and politician. Michael Clifton Burgess (born December 23, 1950) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Texas's 26th congressional district.
  • 1949 – Adrian Belew, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing, which, rather than relying on standard instrumental tones, often resembles sound effects or noises made by animals and machines.
  • 1949 – Reinhold Weege, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2012), was an American television writer, producer and director. He was born in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1948 – Jack Ham, American football player and sportscaster, was an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1971 to 1982. He is considered one of the greatest outside linebackers in the history of the NFL.
  • 1948 – Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, and journalist. James Edwin Ferguson (born December 23, 1948) is an American guitarist, composer, journalist, and educator.
  • 1948 – Rick Wohlhuter, American runner. Rick Wohlhuter (born December 23, 1948) is a retired American middle-distance runner.
  • 1947 – Bill Rodgers, American runner. William Thomas Rodgers, Baron Rodgers of Quarry Bank, PC (born 28 October 1928), usually known as William Rodgers, but also often known as Bill Rodgers, is one of the 'Gang of Four' of senior British Labour Party politicians who defected to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
  • 1947 – Lawrence Tanter, American basketball player and sportscaster. Lawrence Tanter (born October 11, 1949) is an American public address announcer best known for his work for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
  • 1946 – Robbie Dupree, American singer-songwriter. Robert Dupuis (born December 23, 1946), known professionally as Robbie Dupree, is an American singer who sang the hit songs "Steal Away" (No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Hot Rod Hearts" (No. 15).
  • 1946 – Susan Lucci, American actress. Susan Victoria Lucci (born December 23, 1946) is an American actress, television host, author and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama All My Children from 1970 to 2011.
  • 1945 – Ron Bushy, American rock drummer. Ron Bushy (born September 23, 1945) is the drummer of the rock band Iron Butterfly.
  • 1944 – Wesley Clark, American general. Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. (born December 23, 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army.
  • 1943 – Harry Shearer, American actor, voice artist, and comedian. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group.
  • 1943 – Ron Allen, American baseball player, was an English character actor.
  • 1941 – Tim Hardin, American folk singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1980), was an American folk musician and composer. He wrote the Top 40 hit "If I Were a Carpenter", covered by, among others, Bobby Darin, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Four Tops, Robert Plant, Small Faces, Johnny Rivers, and Bert Jansch; his song "Reason to Believe" has also been covered by many artists, notably Rod Stewart (who had a chart hit with the song), Neil Young, and The Carpenters.
  • 1940 – Eugene Record, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2005), was an American Grammy-Winning singer, songwriter and arranger, and record producer. Mr.
  • 1940 – Jorma Kaukonen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #54 on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.
  • 1939 – Nancy Graves, American sculptor and painter (d. 1995), was an American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and sometime-filmmaker known for her focus on natural phenomena like camels or maps of the moon. Her works are included in many public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the Des Moines Art Center, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Museum of Fine Arts (St.
  • 1938 – Bob Kahn, American computer scientist and engineer, co-developed the Transmission Control Protocol. Robert Elliot Kahn (born December 23, 1938) is an American electrical engineer, who, along with Vint Cerf, first proposed the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet.
  • 1937 – Barney Rosenzweig, American screenwriter and producer. Barney Rosenzweig (born December 23, 1937) is an American television producer.
  • 1937 – Nelson Shanks, American painter, historian, and educator (d. 2015), was an American artist and painter. His best known works include his portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, first shown at Hirschl & Adler Gallery in New York City, April 24 to June 28, 1996 and the portrait of president Bill Clinton for the National Portrait Gallery.
  • 1936 – Bobby Ross, American football player and coach. Ross was also the head coach of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers from 1992 to 1996 and the Detroit Lions from 1997 to 2000, tallying a career NFL mark of 77–68.
  • 1935 – Esther Phillips, American R&B singer (d. 1984), was an American singer, best known for her R&B vocals. She was a versatile singer and also performed pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music.
  • 1935 – Paul Hornung, American football player and sportscaster. Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935), nicknamed The Golden Boy, is a former professional American football player and a Hall of Fame running back for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1957 to 1966.
  • 1933 – Noella Leduc, American baseball player (d. 2014), was an American pitcher and outfielder who played from 1951 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 130 lb, Leduc batted and threw right-handed.
  • 1932 – Richard Clark Barkley, American soldier, academic, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 2015), was a United States diplomat. From December 1988 until October 1990, he was the last United States Ambassador to East Germany.
  • 1929 – Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, flugelhorn player, and singer (d. 1988), was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist.
  • 1929 – Dick Weber, American professional bowler (d. 2005), was a ten-pin bowling professional and a founding member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Along with Don Carter, Weber is widely regarded as professional bowling's first superstar.
  • 1926 – Harold Dorman, American rock & roll singer-songwriter (d. 1988). Harold Kenneth Dorman was born in Drew, Mississippi.
  • 1926 – Robert Bly, American poet and essayist. Robert Bly (born December 23, 1926) is an American poet, essayist, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement.
  • 1924 – Bob Kurland, American basketball player and politician (d. 2013), was a 7 feet (2.1 m) American basketball center, who played for the two-time NCAA champion Oklahoma A&M Aggies (now Oklahoma State Cowboys) basketball team. He led the U.S. basketball team to gold medals in two Summer Olympics, and led his AAU team to three national titles.
  • 1923 – James Stockdale, American admiral and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2005), was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which he was a prisoner of war for over seven years.
  • 1919 – Kenneth M. Taylor, American general and pilot (d. 2006), was a United States Air Force officer and a flying ace of World War II. He was a new United States Army Air Corps second lieutenant pilot stationed at Wheeler Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
  • 1918 – José Greco, Italian-American dancer and choreographer (d. 2000), was an Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer known for popularizing Spanish dance on the stage and screen in America mostly in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • 1912 – Anna J. Harrison, American organic chemist and academic (d. 1998), was an American organic chemist and a professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College for nearly forty years. She was the first female President of the American Chemical Society, and the recipient of twenty honorary degrees.
  • 1912 – Woodrow Borah, American historian of Spanish America (d. 1999), was a U.S. historian of colonial Mexico, whose research contributions on demography, economics, and social structure made him a major Latin Americanist. With his 1999 death "disappears the last great figure in the generation that presided over the vast expansion of the Latin American scholarly field in the United States during the years following World War II." With colleagues at University of California, Berkeley who came to be known as the "Berkeley School" of Latin American history, Borah pursued projects to gather data from archives on indigenous populations, colonial enterprises, and "land-life" relations that revolutionized the study of Latin American history.
  • 1907 – James Roosevelt, American general and politician (d. 1991), was an American businessman, Marine, activist, and Democratic Party politician. The oldest son of President Franklin D.
  • 1902 – Norman Maclean, American author and academic (d. 1990), was an American author and scholar noted for his books A River Runs Through It and Other Stories (1976) and Young Men and Fire (1992).
  • 1900 – Merle Barwis, American-Canadian supercentenarian (d. 2014). This article lists Canadian supercentenarians (people from Canada who have attained the age of at least 110 years).
  • 1900 – Otto Soglow, American cartoonist (d. 1975), was an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip The Little King.
  • 1895 – Nola Luxford, New Zealand-American actress and broadcaster (d. 1994), was a New Zealand-born American film actress, spanning from the silent film era to the 1930s. During the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.
  • 1878 – Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-American engineer and academic (d. 1972), was a Ukrainian-born Russian and, later, an American engineer and academician. He is considered to be the father of modern engineering mechanics.
  • 1870 – John Marin, American architect and painter (d. 1953), was an early American modernist artist. He is known for his abstract landscapes and watercolors.
  • 1867 – Madam C. J. Walker, American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company (d. 1919). Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C.
  • 1843 – Richard Conner, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1924), was an American Civil War Union Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in action.
  • 1805 – Joseph Smith, American religious leader, 1st President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1844), was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. When he was 24, Smith published the Book of Mormon.
  • 1758 – Nathan Wilson, American soldier and politician (d. 1834), was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he moved with his family to Greenwich, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, where he attended school.
  • 1732 – Richard Arkwright, English businessman and inventor, invented the Water frame and Spinning frame (d. 1792), was an English inventor and a leading entrepreneur during the early Industrial Revolution. He is credited as the driving force behind the development of the spinning frame, known as the water frame after it was adapted to use water power; and he patented a rotary carding engine to convert raw cotton to "cotton lap" prior to spinning.


  • 2015 – Alfred G. Gilman, American pharmacologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Robert V. Hogg, American statistician and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Chryssa, Greek-American sculptor (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and weapons designer, designed the AK-47 rifle (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Ricky Lawson, American drummer and composer (b. 1954)
  • 2013 – Robert W. Wilson, American philanthropist and art collector (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Yusef Lateef, American saxophonist, composer, and educator (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Jean Harris, American educator and murderer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Fred Hargesheimer, American soldier and pilot (b. 1916)
  • 2009 – Robert L. Howard, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – Michael Kidd, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – William Francis Ganong, Jr., American physiologist and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Timothy J. Tobias, American pianist and composer (b. 1952)
  • 2000 – Billy Barty, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000 – Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 1998 – Joe Orlando, Italian-American author and illustrator (b. 1927)
  • 1982 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 1979 – Peggy Guggenheim, American-Italian art collector (b. 1898)
  • 1973 – Charles Atlas, Italian-American bodybuilder and model (b. 1892)
  • 1973 – Irna Phillips, American screenwriter, created Guiding Light and As the World Turns (b. 1901)
  • 1972 – Andrei Tupolev, Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-95 and Tupolev Tu-104 (b. 1888)
  • 1970 – Charles Ruggles, American actor (b. 1886)
  • 1961 – Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, American author (b. 1875)
  • 1946 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist and academic (b. 1873)
  • 1939 – Anthony Fokker, Indonesia-born Dutch pilot and engineer, designed the Fokker Dr.I and Fokker D.VII (b. 1890)
  • 1931 – Wilson Bentley, American meteorologist and photographer (b. 1865)
  • 1884 – John Chisum, American businessman and poker player (b. 1824)
  • 1771 – Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (b. 1701)
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