December 8 Birthdays in History - December 8 Deaths - December 8 Events
1978 Kate Robinson, Peoria, Illinois, dance skater, & Kate Robinson
1978 Ian Somerhalder, American Actor
1977 Elsa Benitez, Mexican Model
1976 Dominic Monaghan, born in Berlin, Germany, actor, known for playing role of Merry in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'Lost' and 'FlashForward' television shows
1974 Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player 1996 Olympics
1973 Mitch Jacoby, tight end for the St. Louis Rams
1973 Monty Montgomery, defensiveback for the Indianapolis Colts
1971 Garvin Alston, Mount Vernon, New York, pitcher for the Colorado Rockies
1971 James Stewart, NFL running back for the Minnesota Vikings
1969 Antoon Kuil, soccer player, Veendam, South Carolina Heerenveen
1969 Bobby Phillips, WLAF running back, Minnesota Vikings, Frankfurt Galaxy
1969 Darrin Shannon, Barrie, NHL left wing, Winnipeg Jets
1969 Lisa Marie Munzert, New Castle Delaware, Miss Delaware-America 1991
1969 Victor Green, NFL cornerback and safety for the New York Jets
1968 Bill Johnson, defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams
1968 Mike Mussina, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
1967 Jeff George, NFL quarterback, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders
1967 Marina Augusta Baker, Windsor England, playmate, Mar, 1987
1967 Ron George, linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings
1967 Tony Mayberry, NFL center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1966 Douglas Allan Martin, Bluffton, Ohio, PGA golfer, 1995 Buick-2nd
1966 Joe Staysniak, NFL guard for the Indianapolis Colts
1966 Matthew Laborteaux, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Albert-Little House on Prairie
1966 Sinead O'Connor, Dublin Ireland, singer, Nothing Compares 2 U
1965 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals
1965 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard, New York Liberty
1965 Troy Sadowski, NFL tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals
1964 James Martinez, Santa Fe, New Mexico, rower 1996 Olympics
1964 Teri Hatcher, born in Sunnyvale, California, actress, Lois Lane-Lois and Clark
1962 Berry van Aerle, Dutch soccer star, PSV
1962 Stephen John Elkington, Inverell Australia, PGA golfer, 1990 Kmart
1961 Ann Coulter, born in New York City, New York, conservative political commentator, author, 'Godless: The Church of Liberalism', 'How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)'
1959 Mark Dickson, born in Tampa, Florida, tennis star
1959 Marty Raybon, Sanford, Florida, singer, Shenandoah-Sunday in the South
1959 Paul Rutherford, vocalist, Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax
1958 Billy Hufsey, actor, Christopher-Fame, Days of our Life
1958 Wayne Dickert, Chattanooga, Tennessee, slalom double canoe, Olympics-11th-96
1956 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist, Missing Persons
1955 Ian Greig, cricketer, brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982
1954 Louis de Bernieres, British Novelist
1953 Kim Basinger, Athens, Georgia, actress, 9 Weeks, Batman
1953 Roy Firestone, sportscaster, Life's Most Embarrassing Moments
1953 Tom Barrett, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, politician, Democratic party, 38th Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1952 Richie Morales, drummer, Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance
1952 Sam Kinison, screaming comedian/actor, Back to School, Charlie Hoover
1950 Dan Hartman, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, singer, songwriter, record producer, known for "I Can Dream About You"
1950 Rick Baker, Binghamton, New York, special effects makeup artist, Exorcist
1949 Mary Gordon, U.S., author
1949 Ray Shulman, born in Portsmouth, England, born Raymond Schulman, musician, record producer, member of Gentle Giant, British progressive rock band, produced records for The Sugarcubes
1949 Robert Sternberg, American Educator
1947 Belinda Balaski, Inglewood California, actor, Cannonball, Proud Men, Howling
1947 Frans Leijnse, Dutch politician, PvdA 2nd Chamber
1947 Gregg Allman, Nashville, guitarist and vocalist, Allman Brothers Band
1947 Thomas R. Cech, American Scientist
1946 John Rubinstein, born in Los Angeles, California, actor/composer, Family, Boys from Brazil
1943 Jim Morrison, born in Melbourne, Florida, singer, Doors
1943 Mary Woronov, Brooklyn Hgts, New York, actress, Eating Raoul, Terror Vision
1943 Michael Unger, English editor-in-chief, Evening News, Manchester
1942 Bobby Elliot, rock drummer, Hollies
1942 Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer, batted in two Tests India vs. WI 1974
1942 Mario Savio, born in New York, New York, activist, member of Berkeley Free Speech Movement, Sproul Plaza steps named Mario Savio Steps, taught mathematics, philosophy, logic at Sonoma State University
1941 Albert J Evenhuis, Dutch undersecretary of Economic, VVD
1941 Geoff Hurst, cricketer, Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal
1940 Jenny Linden, English actress, Hedda, Dr. Who and the Daleks
1940 Nick Nolte, actor, Teachers, 48 Hours, North Dallas 40
1939 James Galway, born in Belfast. Ireland, flutist, 18k gold flute, Royal Phil
1939 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Mississippi, rock vocalist, Never Give You Up
1939 Lynn Wilson, contractor/multi-millionaire
1938 John Agyekum Kufuor, Ghanaian Statesman
1937 James MacArthur, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0
1937 Jan van Houwelingen, Dutch undersecretary of Defense, CDA
1936 David Carradine, born in Hollywood, California, actor, Kung Fu, Mean Streets
1936 Peter Parfitt, cricketer, fine England batsman of the 1960's
1936 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer, South African Test batsman 1962-64
1933 Flip Wilson, Clerow, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, comedian, Flip Wilson Show
1931 Rudolf Komorous, composer
1930 John Morressy, U.S., sci-fi author, Starbrat, Greymantle, Kingsbane
1930 Maximilian Schell, Austria, actor and director, Odessa File, Julia
1929 Goffredo Parise, writer
1927 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Shatalov, U.S.S.R., cosmonaut, Soyuz 4, 8, 10
1925 James E "Jimmy" Smith, U.S. jazz/organist, Walk on the Wild Side
1925 Sammy Davis, Jr., New York City, singer/dancer/actor, Ocean's 11, Candy Man
1922 George Fullerton, cricketer, South African keeper-batsman 1947-51
1922 Jean Ritchie, rocker
1922 John B McKay, U.S. test pilot, X-15
1922 Lucian Freud, Berlin German, artist, Boy With a Rat
1921 Johnny Otis, California, R&B talent scout, Cold Shot, Cuttin' Up
1921 Terence Morgan, born in London, England, actor, Adv of Sir Francis Drake
1921 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
1920 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner 1952 Olympics bronze
1920 Ron Gulliford, educationalist
1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, composer
1919 Moyssey Samuilovich Vaynberg, composer
1918 Gerard Souzay, Angers France, baritone, Le Nozze di Figaro
1918 Ian Johnson, cricketer, Australian Test captbetween Hassett and Craig
1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist/composer, Ca'i Organ
1916 Dorothy Mae Ballard, labor union rep
1915 Denis Harding, soldier
1915 George Scheuer, writer/journalist
1913 Delmore Schwartz, U.S., poet/short story writer/critic, Shenandoah
1913 Paul Felix, Flemish architect, Sun Song
1912 Jura Soyfer, born in Kharkov, Ukraine, writer, political journalist, imprisoned at Dachau concentration camp, wrote the Dachau song with composer Herbert Zipper
1911 Lee J Cobb, New York City, actor, Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront
1911 Lee J. Cobb, American Actor
1909 Cleo Brown, born in Mississippi, pianist, vocalist, stage name Cleo Patra Brown, performed on National Public Radio, stride piano playing was compared to Fats Waller
1908 John Volpe, Gov-Mass, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, 1969 - 1973
1907 Tony Aubin, composer
1906 Richard Llewellyn, Wales, novelist, How Green Was My Valley
1905 Charles Cushing, composer
1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer
1905 Frank Faylen, born in St. Louis, Missouri, actor, Herbert Gillis-Dobie Gillis
1905 Julius Silverman, politician
1904 Wilmer L Allison, Jr., tennis champ, U.S. Open-1935
1903 Adele Simpson, New York City, fashion designer, Neiman-Marcus Award-1946
1903 Irene Eisinger, singer
1903 Kathleen, Kitty, Rosalind Muggeridge, author
1903 Zoltan Szekely, composer
1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist
1899 John Qualen, Vancouver BC, actor, Grapes of Wrath, Searchers
1899 Sarah Williamson, U.S. missionary in Liberia
1897 Leslie Heward, composer
1894 James Thurber, American Comedian
1890 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Policka Czechoslovakia, composer, Hry o Marti
1890 Bohuslav Martinu, composer
1889 W Hervey Allen, U.S. writer/poet, Anthony Adverse
1889 Hervey Allen, American Author
1888 Fiske Kimball, U.S. architect/art historian
1888 Paul Cavanagh, Chislehurst England, actor, Tarzan and his Mate
1888 Vesey D'Davoren, character actor
1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer
1886 Diego Rivera, Lenin of Mexico, Mexico, painter/wife of Frida Kahlo
1882 Manuel Maria Ponce, Fresnillo Mexico, composer, Estrellita
1881 Padraic Colum, Irish poet and novelist /poet, Collected Poems
1879 Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor, Bauhaus,
1877 Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer
1865 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician, Taylor series
1865 Jean Sibelius, Tavastehus Finland, composer, Valse Triste, Finlandia
1864 Camille Claudel, French Artist
1862 Georges Feydeau, French playwright, La Dame de Chez Maxim's
1861 Aristide Maillol, France, painter/sculptor, Seated Woman
1861 Georges Melies, Paris, magician; 1st to film a fictional story
1861 William Crapo Durant, founded General Machine
1832 Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norway, novelist, Pa Guds Veje, Nobel-1903
1828 Clinton Bowen Fisk, Major General Union volunteers
1828 Robert Bullock, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1828 Henry Timrod, American Poet
1826 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist
1822 Luther Prentice Bradley, Brigadier General Union volunteers
1811 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer
1795 Jacques Francois Gallay, composer
1789 John Fawcett, composer
1765 Eli Whitney, inventor, Cotton Gin
1744 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer
1741 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French dancer and choreographer, Menuet Reine
1737 Robert Kimmerling, composer
1731 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer
1730 John Ingen Housz, Dutch/English personal physician of Maria Theresia
1728 Johann G von Zimmermann, Swiss author
1715 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar/poet, Frisianche rymlery
1708 Francis I, Holy Roman emperor, 1745-1765
1704 Anton de Haen, medical expert, Ratio Medendi
1626 Christina, queen of Sweden who abdicated after becoming Catholic
1542 Mary Queen of Scots, Scottish Royalty
1508 Gemma Frisius, Jemme Reinersz, Frisian geographer and astronomer