December 23 Birthdays in History - December 23 Deaths - December 23 Events
1979 Summer Altice, born in Fountain Valley, California, fashion model, actress, 'Playboy' magazine Playmate, appeared in films, 'The Scorpion King', 'Grind'
1978 Estella Warren, born in Peterborough, Canada, actress, fashion model, Maxim Magazine's Hottest Woman 2000, Victoria's Secret model
1977 Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park, Kentucky, diver, Olympics-4th-1996
1977 Helen Mahmastol, Miss Universe-Estonia 1996
1973 Tony Graziani, quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons
1971 Corey Haim, Toronto, actor, Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive
1971 Pete Bercich, NFL linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings
1971 Steve Stenstrom, quarterback for the Chicago Bears
1970 Kimberly Ann Cooley, Grand Forks ND, Miss America-ND 1996
1970 Martha Byrne, actress, Lily Grimaldi-As the World Turns
1970 Raymont Harris, NFL running back for the Chicago Bears
1970 Shannon Noelle DePuy, Lynchburg, Virginia, Miss Virg-America, 1991-top 10
1969 Rodney Culver, NFL running back for the San Diego Chargers
1969 Stephen Grant, NFL linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts
1967 Lamar Lathon, NFL linebacker for the Carolina Panthers
1966 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player, Vitesse, Willem II
1965 Eddie Vedder, heavy metal singer, Pearl Jam-Justine
1964 Andy Gabel, born in Chicago, Illinois, short track skater 1994 Olympics
1964 Petr Klima, born in Chaomutov, Czechoslovakia, NHL right wing, Tampa Bay Lightning
1963 Carol Peterka, Little Falls, Minnesota, team handball back court, 1992, 1996 Olympics
1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts
1962 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard and forward for the Milwaukee Bucks
1962 Keiji Muto, born in Fujiyoshida, Japan, professional wrestler, trained by Hiro Matsuda, appeared on World Championship Wrestling television editions, ring name, The Great Mota
1960 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician, Shamen-Move Any Mountain
1960 Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela
1958 Dave Murray, English pop guitarist, Iron Maiden-Powerslave
1958 Denise McConnell, Weisbaden Germany, playmate, March, 1979
1958 Joan Severance, born in Houston, Texas, actress, Hear No Evil, See No Evil
1956 Michele Alboretto, formula-1 racer, Ferrari
1955 Dave Murray, English pop guitarist, Iron Maiden-Number of the Beast
1954 Brian Teacher, San Diego Cal, tennis star
1953 John Callahan, born in Brooklyn, New York, actor, Craig-Santa Barbara, Falcon Crest
1953 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler, WWF/NWA
1952 Hans Abrahamsen, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, composer, musician, played French horn, studied at Royal Danish Academy of Music, compositions employ New Simplicity style
1952 Bill Kristol, American Politician
1951 Johnny Contardo, born in Boston, Massachusetts, lead singer for Sha Na Na, appeared in hit musical Grease as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers
1949 Luther Grosvenor, rocker, Spooky Tooth
1949 Wally Edwards, cricketer, three Tests Australia vs. England 1974
1948 Jack Ham, NFL linebacker, Steelers
1948 Les Moonves, American Businessman
1948 David Davis, British Politician
1947 Bill Rodgers, marathon runner, Boston, New York
1947 Susan Lucci, born in Scarsdale, New York, actress, All My Children, Mafia Princess
1946 Tony Craig, Kulasa, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor, That Boy Next Door
1945 Georges Aperghis, composer
1945 Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner 1976 Olympics bronze
1945 Ronald Bushy, rocker, Iron Butterfly-Ina gada davida
1944 D J D Dees, pharmacist/Dutch minister of WVC, VVD
1944 Enneus Heerma, Dutch minister of Housing, CDA
1944 Hans Tentije, Johann Kramer, Dutch poet, Nachtwit
1944 U C Joshi, cricketer, Sussex off-spinner 1970-74 from India
1944 Wesley Clark, American Soldier
1943 Derek Small, rocker, Spinal Tap
1943 Harry Shearer, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, SNL, Simpsons, Pure Luck
1943 Peter Quaife, Devon England, rock bassist, Kinks-Long Tall Sally
1943 Roelof den Ambtman, Dutch actor and director, One Evening at Eva
1943 Silvia Sommerlath, German wife of King Carl XVI of Sweden, 1973-
1943 Stephen Wallace, director, For Love Affair, Hunger, Mail Order Bride
1942 Friedrich Schenker, composer
1942 Jerry Koosman, pitcher for the New York Mets
1941 Elizabeth Hartman, Youngstown Ohio, actress, Walking Tall, Beguilled
1941 Tim Hardin, Oregon, singer, If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire
1940 Eugene Record, U.S. singer, Chi Lites-Give it Away
1940 Jorma Kaukonen, Washington D.C., rock guitarist, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna
1939 Johnny Kidd, Frederick Heath, London, rocker, Johnny Kidd and Pirates
1937 Karol Joseph Bobko, New York City, Col USAF/astronaut, STS-6, STS-51D, STS-51J
1936 Bobby Ross, NFL coach for the San Diego Chargers
1936 Claude Albert Coppens, composer
1936 Frederic Forrest, Waxahachie, Texas, actor, Music Box, Lonesone Dove
1936 James Stacy, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Fred-Adv of Ozzie and Harriet
1935 Esther Phillips, EM Jones, U.S. singer, When a Woman Loves a Man
1935 Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packer, the Golden Boy
1933 Akihito, emperor of Japan, 1989-
1932 Revjames Cleveland, rocker
1932 Tertius Metcalf, businessman
1931 Ronnie Schell, Richmond Cal, comedian, Gomer Pyle, Good Morning World
1930 Barbara Ruick, born in Pasadena, California, actress, Apache War Smoke, Tu Para Mi
1929 Dick Weber, pro bowler, 16, 300 games
1927 Joseph Castaldo, composer
1926 Dusan Kostic, composer
1926 James Dewar, journalist/documentary film-maker
1926 Robert Bly, U.S., poet/editor/translator, Loving a Woman in 2 Worlds
1925 Harry Guardino, New York City, actor, Monty Nash, Perry Mason, Hill St. Blues
1925 Pierre Beregovoy, French premier, 1992-93
1924 Floyd Kalber, born in Omaha, Nebraska, newscaster, NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973
1923 James Stockdale, Admiral, Vietnam, Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
1923 Kenneth Henry Lowry Lamb, broadcaster
1923 Leonard Stern, New York City, producer/TV writer, Phil Silvers Show, Get Smart
1923 Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana, 1977-94
1923 Milt Okun, born in Brooklyn, New York, orchestra leader, Starland Vocal Band Show
1923 Ruth Roman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, actress, Sylvia-Knots Landing, Dallas
1922 Ian Powell Bancroft, civil servant
1922 Micheline Ostermeyer, France, shot-put/discus thrower, 2 Gold Medals 1948 Olympics, Bronze Medal 1948 Olympics
1921 Gerald S O'Loughlin, New York City, actor, Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels
1918 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany, SPD, 1974-
1918 Jose Greco, Italy, flamenco dancer, Holiday for Lovers
1914 Dezider Kardos, composer
1913 Hans Henkemans, composer
1913 Leo A. Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
1911 James Gregory, Bronx New York City, actor, My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller
1911 Niels Jerne, immunologist
1909 Barney Ross, New York City, Welterweight Boxing Champ, 1934
1909 Don Cleverley, cricketer, two Tests for New Zealand 1932 and 1946, took 0-130
1909 Maurice Denham, Beckenham England, actor, Mr Love, Damn the Defiant
1908 Yousuf Karsh, portrait photographer, Life Magazine
1907 Don McNeill, Galena, Illinois, host, Don McNeill TV Club
1907 James Roosevelt, American Politician
1906 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer, Landscapes Remembered
1905 Arn Bjornsson, composer
1903 Fredi [Fredericka] Carolyn Washington, actress, Black and Tan
1903 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer, When the Cranes Fly
1901 Gene Sarazen, golfer, PGA 1922, 23, 33
1900 Marc Allegret, French director, Voyage ouch Congo
1897 Julien Carette, Paris, France, actor, Sylvia and the Phantom
1896 Alberto Hemsi, composer
1896 G Tomasi di Lampedusa, writer
1896 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer, Der Leopard
1894 Arthur Gilligan, cricketer, England captain in 1920's
1893 Ann O'Neal, Missouri, actress, Nana-Professional Father
1888 Eric Blore, English/US actor, Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad
1888 Friedrich Wolf, writer
1887 Eric Blore, born in London, England, actor, Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad
1887 John Cromwell, born in Toledo, Ohio, actor and director, Spitfire, Of Human Bondage
1886 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer, Message from the Madhouse
1883 Hubert M E Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier, 1939-45
1867 Madame C J Walker, Louisiana, cosmetic mogul
1865 Albrecht MAPJ, duke of Wurttemberg/general-Field Marshal
1862 Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian, History of Belgium
1860 Harriet Monroe, Chicago, poet/editor of Poetry magazine, You and I
1858 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright, Life in Russian Theater
1855 Alan Gray, born in York, England, composer, organist, known for descants, hymn tunes, works include, 'Common Praise'
1853 Giacomo Puccini, Italy, composer
1853 Maria Teresa Carreno, composer
1853 William Henry Moody, American Politician
1845 Emmanuel-Persillier Lachapelle, dr, found Notre Dame Hosp Montreal
1845 Gustave Ador, union president of Austria, 1919
1834 Thomas R Malthus, English vicar/economist, moral restraint
1830 Adam Minchejmer, composer
1828 Mathilde Wesendonk, German writer/poet, Tagebuchblatter
1827 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Austrian Admiral, Helgoland/Lissa
1823 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer
1818 David Addison Weisiger, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1815 Henry Highland Garnet, Maryland, minister/abolitionist/diplomat
1812 Samuel Smiles, born in Scotland, author, Self-Help, Character, Duty
1812 William Hauser, composer
1808 Thomas Turner, Commander Union Navy
1805 Joseph Smith, Jr., Sharon Vt, founder, Mormon Church
1804 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic/writer, Informal Talk
1795 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer, Atlas Universel
1790 Jean-Francois Champollion, deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics
1780 Charles-Louis Panckoucke, French publisher
1777 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia, 1801-25
1750 Frederik Augustus I, the Righteous, king of Saxony, 1806-27
1749 Johann Lukas Schubaur, composer
1734 Filinto Elisio, Francisco M do Nascimento, Portuguese poet
1732 Richard Arkwright, inventor, spinning frame
1716 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer
1714 Johann Siebenkas, composer
1709 Jean-Noel Hamal, composer
1699 Joseph Gibbs, composer
1689 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer
1644 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, composer
1597 Martin Opitz, Germany, poet "Father of Modern German Poetry"
1582 Severo Bonini, composer
1548 Pieter C Bockenberg, historian, Annales Hollandiae et Zeelandiae
1544 Anna, duchess of Saxson/wife of prince Willem of Orange, 1561-71
1174 Louis I, Duke of Wittelsbach