December 24 Birthdays in History - December 24 Deaths - December 24 Events
1975 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman, Bronze Medal 1996 Olympics
1974 Ryan Seacrest, American Entertainer
1973 Eddie Pope, Greensboro, North Carolina, soccer defender, 1996 Olympics gold
1971 Tamir Bloom, New York City, fencer-epee 1996 Olympics
1970 Filmel Johnson, NFL defensive back for the Buffalo Bills
1970 Marian Smerciak, born in Martin, Czechoslovakia, hockey defenseman, Team Slovakia 1998
1970 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle, Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy
1970 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player, Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen
1970 Will Oldham, American Musician
1969 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, Paterson, New Jersey, rapper, Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend
1969 Mark Millar, Scottish Writer
1968 Joe Scuderi, cricketer, South Australian all-rounder
1966 Deidrich Bader, Washington D.C., actor, Oswald-Drew Carey Show
1965 Erika von Heiland, Angeles City Phil, U.S. badminton player, 1992, 1996 Olympics
1965 Michael Haynes, NFL wide receiver, NO Saints, Atlanta Falcons
1965 Nancy Reno, Elmhurst, Illinois, WPVA volleyballer 1996 Olympics
1965 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks
1964 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons
1964 Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star
1964 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player for the FC Utrecht
1964 Mark Valley, Odgensvurg, New York, actor, Days of Our Lives
1963 Mary Ramsey, singer, 10,000 Maniacs
1963 Timo Jutila, Tampere FIN, hockey defenseman, Team Finland
1961 Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani Politician
1960 Carol Vorderman, British Entertainer
1957 Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist, Human League-Only Human
1957 Hamid Karzai, born in Karz, Afghanistan, Pashtun of the Popalzai tribe, Sunni Muslim, politician, Independent Party, 12th President of Afghanistan
1956 Stephanie Hodge, comedian/actress, I Madman, Happily Ever After
1955 Anwar Khan, cricketer, bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979
1955 Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Moses Lake Wash, actor, Chips, Duck Factory
1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer, Claw Boys Claw
1949 Cameron Seward, LPGA golfer
1946 John Akkerman, Dutch guitarist/composer, Focus-Can't Stand Noise
1946 Judy Tyler, born in Los Angeles, California, playmate, Jan 1966
1946 Jeff Sessions, American Politician
1945 Lemmy, Ian Kilminster, rocker, Hawkwind, Motorhead-Built for Speed
1945 Nicholas Meyer, director, Star Trek II Wrath of Khan
1944 Erhard Keller, born in West Germany, 500m speed skater, Gold Medal 1968, 1972 Olympics
1944 Mike Curb, Savannah, Georgia, singer, Mike Curb Congregation
1944 Johnny Isakson, American Politician
1943 Christiane Schmidtmer, Heidelberg Germany, actress, Ship of Fools
1943 Tatton Sykes, English baron/large landowner
1943 Tarja Halonen, born in Kallio, Finland, politician, lawyer, Social Democratic Party, first female President of Finland
1940 Anthony Fauci, U.S. health official
1940 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner, 1989-
1938 Ralp Inbar, Dutch TV host, Banana Split
1934 Stjepan Mesic, Croation Statesman
1932 Colin Cowdrey, cricketer, in India England batsman, 1st to 100 Tests
1932 Colin Cowdrey, English cricket player
1932 Cynthia Payne, British Celebrity
1931 Jill Bennett, Penang Malay, actress, Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle
1931 Mauricio Kagel, Argentina/German composer
1930 Robert Joffrey, Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan, U.S., dancer
1929 Mary Higgins Clark, born in Bronx, New York, author, Cry in the Night, Stillwatch
1929 Noel Da Costa, composer
1927 Teresa Stich-Randall, U.S. soprano, Vienna State Opera
1926 Ronald Draper, cricketer, South African batsman vs. Australia 1949-50
1924 Roy Miller, cricketer, WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 and 0-28
1924 Willem Drees, economist/Dutch politician, DS'70
1924 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, New Orleans, vocalist, Working in the Coal Mines
1923 Wilton S Mkwayi, South African ANC leader
1922 Ava Gardner, born in Grabtown, North Carolina, actress, On the Beach, Night of the Iguana
1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington
1921 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer
1921 Gerard Victory, composer
1920 Dave Bartholomew, Louisiana, jazz artist/songwriter, Blueberry Hill
1914 Dorothy Hyson, actress, Ghoul, Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go
1914 Guus Verstraete Sr, August de Graef, Dutch actor/dir, Black Magic
1913 Karl Michael Komma, composer
1913 Ad Reinhardt, American Artist
1911 Eric Briault, educationalist
1911 Malcolm MacEwen, writer
1910 Betty Ann Davies, born in London, England, actress, Tough Guy
1910 Fritz [Reuter] Leiber, Jr., U.S., sci-fi author, Bazaar of the Bizarre
1910 Mitchell Ayres, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, orchestra leader, Hollywood Palace
1909 Adam Popovich, composer
1909 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs, 1956-68
1907 I[sidore] F[einstein] Stone, U.S. journalist, IF Stone's Weekly
1907 I. F. Stone, American Journalist
1906 Franz Waxman, Konigshutte, Germany, composer, Day at the Races
1906 John Walker, museum director
1905 Anna "Ans" van Dike, "the Young", Jewish nazi collaborator
1905 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, Hughes Aircraft, inventor
1904 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist
1904 Herbert D Riley, U.S. Vice-Admiral, WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa
1903 Joseph Cornell, American Sculptor
1894 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot
1893 Carl Brisson, Copenhagen Denmark, actor, Murder at the Vanities
1893 Ruth Chatterton, U.S. actress, Madame X, Sarah and Son
1893 Harry Warren, American Composer
1889 Vladimir Sokoloff, born in Moscow, Russia, actor, Road to Morocco
1887 Louis Jouvet, Crozon France, actor, Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise
1886 Michael Curtiz, Hungarian Director
1885 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer, Yorkshire and England keeper, later Test ump
1881 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer
1881 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer
1881 Juan Ramon Jimenez, Spain, poet, Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956
1879 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer
1871 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor, A Chique Little Boy
1870 Rosario Scalero, composer
1869 Henriette Georgia Roland Holst-van der Schalk, Dutch poet, Women in Forest
1868 Emanuel Lasker, Germany, world chess champion, 1894-21
1867 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian/diplomat
1867 Tevfik Fikret, Turkish poet, Servet-i Funun, Sis
1859 Roman Statkowski, composer
1850 Brandon Thomas, British Actor
1837 Sissi, Emperor of Austria
1829 Benjamin Ipavec, composer
1829 Jose Rogel, composer
1826 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, composer
1824 Peter Cornelius, composer
1822 Charles Hermite, French mathematician, E is Transcendent
1822 Matthew Arnold, England, poet and critic, Dover Beach
1818 James Prescott Joule, physicist, discovered conservation of energy
1818 Eliza Cook, English Poet
1813 Henry Wellington Greatorex, composer
1812 Henry Russell, composer
1809 Christopher "Kit" Carson, Kentucky, Union Brigadier-General/indian fighter
1798 Adam B Mickiewicz, Poland, national poet, Pan Tadeusz
1791 A Eugene Scribe, French dramatist, Bertrand et Raton
1773 Joseph Wolfl, composer
1761 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey, 1789-1808
1754 George Crabbe, Aldeburgh England, poet, Everlasting Mercy
1745 Benjamin Rush, Byberry, Pennsylvania, physician, general and signer, Declaration of Independence
1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer
1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, composer
1716 Patrice F earl De Neny, South Netherlands chairman of Secret Council
1714 Rainieri De Calzabigi, Italian's literary, 1st European Lottery
1698 William Warburton, English Critic
1689 French van Mieris "the Young", Dutch painter/historian
1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, composer
1653 Georg Motz, composer
1564 Abraham C Bloemaert, painter/cartoonist/engraver
1491 Saint Ignatius, Spanish Saint
1167 John "without a land", king of England, 1199-1216