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History Births on December 05

Eva Joly
Eva Joly, Norwegian-French judge and politician


Calvin Trillin
Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist


Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda, Slovak footballer


Ellis Parker Butler
Ellis Parker Butler, American author and poet (d. 1937)


Jacopo Sala
Jacopo Sala, Italian footballer


Michel'le, American singer-songwriter


Fausto Sozzini
Fausto Sozzini, Italian theologian and author (d. 1604)


Esther Borja
Esther Borja, Cuban soprano and actress (d. 2013)


Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford
Anne Cecil, Countess of Oxford, English countess (d. 1588)


Carl Ferdinand Cori
Carl Ferdinand Cori, Czech-American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)


Olli Jokinen
Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player


Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, South Korean cardinal


Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan, English snooker player and radio host


Jimmy Dimmock
Jimmy Dimmock, English footballer (d. 1972)


Link Byfield
Link Byfield, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2015)


Mikelangelo Loconte
Mikelangelo Loconte, Italian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor


Kim Simmonds
Kim Simmonds, Welsh blues-rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Savoy Brown)


Fritz Lang
Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)


Tommy Fraser
Tommy Fraser, English footballer


Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan, Indian cricketer


Gary Allan
Gary Allan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist


Justin Smoak
Justin Smoak, American baseball player


Fred Rutten
Fred Rutten, Dutch footballer and manager


Giuseppe Occhialini
Giuseppe Occhialini, Italian-French physicist and academic (d. 1993)


Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, German businessman and politician, German Federal Minister of Defence


Paul Painlevé
Paul Painlevé, French mathematician and politician, 84th Prime Minister of France (d. 1933)


Hans Hellmut Kirst
Hans Hellmut Kirst, German lieutenant and author (d. 1989)


Lydia Millet
Lydia Millet, American novelist


Pieter Oud
Pieter Oud, Dutch historian, academic, and politician, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands (d. 1968)


Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley, English footballer


Ibrahim Maalouf
Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer


Elbert Frank Cox
Elbert Frank Cox, American mathematician and academic (d. 1969)


Rose Wilder Lane
Rose Wilder Lane, American journalist and author (d. 1968)


Boris Ignatyev
Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager


Cliff Floyd
Cliff Floyd, American baseball player and sportscaster


Klaus Allofs
Klaus Allofs, German footballer and manager


Alvy Moore
Alvy Moore, American actor and producer (d. 1997)


John Henry Leech
John Henry Leech, English entomologist (d. 1900)


Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs
Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs, British politician


Sheldon Lee Glashow
Sheldon Lee Glashow, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate


Ilja Antonov
Ilja Antonov, Estonian footballer


Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player (d. 1906)


Paul Kogerman
Paul Kogerman, Estonian chemist and academic (d. 1951)


Andy Kim
Andy Kim, Canadian pop singer-songwriter


Eddie the Eagle
Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, British Olympic ski jumper


Don Touhig
Don Touhig, Welsh journalist and politician


Matteo Ferrari
Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer


Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz
Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American philosopher and academic, co-founded Radcliffe College (d. 1907)


Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière
Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 4th Premier of Quebec (d. 1908)


David Manning
David Manning, English civil servant and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States


Jim Plunkett
Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host


Nicolas Cleynaerts
Nicolas Cleynaerts, Flemish philologist and lexicographer (d. 1542)


Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter


Shalom Harlow
Shalom Harlow, Canadian model


Don Robertson (songwriter)
Don Robertson, American songwriter and pianist (d. 2015)


Montee Ball
Montee Ball, American football player


Milton H. Erickson
Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)


Hilary Koprowski
Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist and immunologist, created the world's first effective live polio vaccine (d. 2013)


Neil Druckmann
Neil Druckmann, American video game designer and author


Arthur Currie
Arthur Currie, Canadian general (d. 1933)


Oleksandr Yaroslavsky
Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, Ukrainian businessman


Krystian Zimerman
Krystian Zimerman, Polish virtuoso pianist


Afanasy Fet
Afanasy Fet, Russian poet and author (d. 1892)


John Altman (composer)
John Altman, English composer and conductor


Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi, English author and playwright


Moshe Katsav
Moshe Katsav, Iranian-Israeli educator and politician, 8th President of Israel


Werner Heisenberg
Werner Heisenberg, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)


Jim Messina (musician)
Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer


Josh Malihabadi
Josh Malihabadi, Indian-Pakistani poet and translator (d. 1982)


Peter van der Vlag
Peter van der Vlag, Dutch footballer


Konstantin Korovin
Konstantin Korovin, Russian-French painter and set designer (d. 1939)


Lisa Marie (actress)
Lisa Marie, American model and actress


Charlie Batch
Charlie Batch, American football player and sportscaster


Kaetlyn Osmond
Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian figure skater


Jessica Paré
Jessica Paré, Canadian actress


J. J. Cale
J. J. Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)


Johannes Heesters
Johannes Heesters, Dutch-German actor and singer (d. 2011)


Ashikaga Yoshiaki
Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Japanese sh?gun (d. 1597)


Serge Chapleau
Serge Chapleau, Canadian cartoonist


Antti Aarne
Antti Aarne, Finnish author and academic (d. 1925)


Francesco Geminiani
Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)


John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe
John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, English admiral and politician, 2nd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1935)


Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial, French footballer


Raquel Argandoña
Raquel Argandoña, Chilean model, actress, and politician


Lin Biao
Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)


Bruce Golding
Bruce Golding, Jamaican lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica


Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz, American actor, drummer, and race car driver


Robert Sobukwe
Robert Sobukwe, South African banker and politician (d. 1978)


Vít?zslav Novák
Vít?zslav Novák, Czech composer and educator (d. 1949)


Niklas Hagman
Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player


Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid, British Pakistani banker and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer


George Shepherd (artist)
George Shepherd, English illustrator and painter (d. 1862)


Jeroen Krabbé
Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor, director, and producer


Anastasio Somoza Debayle
Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)


Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1988)


Nadira (actress)
Nadira, Indian actress (d. 2006)


Peter Pohl
Peter Pohl, Swedish author, director, and screenwriter


Grace Moore
Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (d. 1947)


Arnold Sommerfeld
Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist and academic (d. 1951)


José Carreras
José Carreras, Spanish tenor and actor


Fyodor Tyutchev
Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and diplomat (d. 1873)


José Cura
José Cura, Argentinian tenor, conductor, and director


LeGarrette Blount
LeGarrette Blount, American football player


Strom Thurmond
Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)


Xavier Garbajosa
Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby player


Yi-Fu Tuan
Yi-Fu Tuan, Chinese-American geographer


John Rzeznik
John Rzeznik, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer


Marcus Daly
Marcus Daly, Irish-American businessman (d. 1900)


Trai Essex
Trai Essex, American football player


Marcelo Zalayeta
Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer


Danny Levi
Danny Levi, New Zealand rugby league player


Joan Didion
Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter


Danny Wicks
Danny Wicks, Australian rugby league player


Henry Lawes
Henry Lawes, English composer (d. 1662)


Gareth McAuley
Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer


Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson, American singer-songwriter and actress


David Bomberg
David Bomberg, English painter, illustrator, and academic (d. 1957)


Nick Stahl
Nick Stahl, American actor and producer


Nivek Ogre
Nivek Ogre, Canadian singer-songwriter


Amy Acker
Amy Acker, American actress


Zbigniew Ole?nicki (cardinal)
Zbigniew Ole?nicki, Polish cardinal and statesman (d. 1455)


Cooper Cronk
Cooper Cronk, Australian rugby league player


Grant Ward
Grant Ward, English footballer


Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)


Jack Russell (musician)
Jack Russell, American singer-songwriter and producer


Bhumibol Adulyadej
Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thai king (d. 2016)


Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont
Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, English historian and politician


Traian Demetrescu
Traian Demetrescu, Romanian poet and author (d. 1896)


Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti, English poet and author (d. 1894)


Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)


Józef Pi?sudski
Józef Pi?sudski, Polish field marshal and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 1935)


Nikolai Uglanov
Nikolai Uglanov, Soviet politician (d. 1937)


Little Richard
Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor


Paula Patton
Paula Patton, American actress


Jim Hurtubise
Jim Hurtubise, American race car driver (d. 1989)


Gary Roenicke
Gary Roenicke, American baseball player and scout


Zhu Wen
Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor (d. 912)


Denise Drysdale
Denise Drysdale, Australian television host and actress


Manish Malhotra
Manish Malhotra, Indian fashion designer


Eddy Curry
Eddy Curry, American basketball player


Ubbo Emmius
Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (d. 1625)


Gershom Scholem
Gershom Scholem, German-Israeli philosopher and historian (d. 1982)


Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II (d. 1513)


Gus Mancuso
Gus Mancuso, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1984)


James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe, Canadian race car driver


Lewis Pugh
Lewis Pugh, English swimmer and lawyer


Eduard Seler
Eduard Seler, German anthropologist, ethnohistorian, linguist, and academic (d. 1922)


Charity Adams Earley
Charity Adams Earley, Black American Army officer (d. 2002)


George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)


Walt Disney
Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)


Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer
Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer, English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1724)


Bryan Murray (ice hockey)
Bryan Murray, Canadian ice hockey coach (d. 2017)


W?adys?aw Szpilman
W?adys?aw Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)


Clinton Hart Merriam
Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer (d. 1942)


Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid, English wrestler (d. 2018)


Luboš Motl
Luboš Motl, Czech physicist and academic


Willibald Pirckheimer
Willibald Pirckheimer, German lawyer and author (d. 1530)


Nunnally Johnson
Nunnally Johnson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)


Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar, Indian journalist and author


Jianwen Emperor
Jianwen Emperor of China (d. 1402)


C. F. Powell
C. F. Powell, English-Italian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)


Laura Flanders
Laura Flanders, British journalist


Francisco Javier Arana
Francisco Javier Arana, Guatemalan Army colonel and briefly Guatemalan head of state (d.1949)


Yury Vlasov
Yury Vlasov, Ukrainian-Russian weightlifter and politician


Joanna Rowsell, English cyclist
Nico Verdonck, Belgian race car driver
Rachel Komisarz, American swimmer and coach
Sachiko Kokubu, Japanese actress and model
Brian Lewis, American sprinter
Andrei Krasnopjorov, Estonian footballer
Argo Arbeiter, Estonian footballer
Duane Ross, American hurdler and coach
Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
Gabriel Hjertstedt, Swedish golfer
Ashia Hansen, American-English triple jumper
Kevin Haller, Canadian ice hockey player
Ramón Ramírez, Mexican footballer
Morgan J. Freeman, American director, producer, and screenwriter
Eric Etebari, American actor, director, and producer
Falilat Ogunkoya, Nigerian sprinter
Valeriy Spitsyn, Russian race walker
Wayne Smith, Jamaican rapper (d. 2014)
Martin Vinnicombe, Australian cyclist
Alberto Nisman, Argentinian lawyer (d. 2015)
Carrie Hamilton, American actress and playwright (d. 2002)
Doctor Dré, American television and radio host
Pablo Morales, American swimmer and coach
Ralf Dujmovits, German mountaineer
Matthew Taylor, English businessman and politician
Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator
Frans Adelaar, Dutch footballer and manager
Lee Chapman, English footballer
Adam Thorpe, French-English author, poet, and playwright
Juha Tiainen, Finnish hammer thrower (d. 2003)
Miyuki Kawanaka, Japanese singer
Gwen Lister, South African-Namibian journalist, publisher, and activist
Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Belgian painter and illustrator
Tony Gregory, Irish activist and politician (d. 2009)
Rudy Fernandez, Filipino triathlete
Sarel van der Merwe, South African race car driver
Frank Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2012)
Tony Crafter, Australian cricket umpire
James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic
Harry Holgate, Australian politician, 36th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1997)
Gennadiy Agapov, Russian race walker (d. 1999)
Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer and manager (d. 2011)
Madis Kõiv, Estonian physicist, philosopher, and author (d. 2014)
W.D. Amaradeva, Sri Lankan musician and composer (d. 2016)
Adetowun Ogunsheye, first female Nigerian professor and university dean
Casey Ribicoff, American philanthropist (d. 2011)
Ken Downing, English race car driver (d. 2004)
Walt McPherson, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
Kate Simon, American travel writer (d. 1990)
Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)


Abraham Polonsky, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999)
Ann Nolan Clark, American historian, author, and educator (d. 1995)
Charles Robberts Swart, South African lawyer and politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 1982)
René Cresté, French actor and director (d. 1922)
Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)
John Beresford, Irish polo player (d. 1944)
Giuseppe de Majo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1771)
Francesco Scarlatti, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)