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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 1972 – Vietnam War: The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1936 – The United Auto Workers union stages its first sitdown strike.
  • 1927 – The Ginza Line, the first subway line in Asia, opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1919 – Lincoln's Inn in London, England, UK admits its first female bar student.
  • 1916 – Russian mystic and advisor to the Tsar Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered by a loyalist group led by Prince Felix Yusupov. His frozen, partially-trussed body was discovered in a Moscow river three days later.
  • 1906 – The All-India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India (later Dhaka, Bangladesh).
  • 1896 – Canadian ice hockey player Ernie McLea scores the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play, and the Cup-winning goal as the Montreal Victorias defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 6–5.
  • 1853 – Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico to facilitate railroad building in the Southwest.
  • 1825 – The Treaty of St. Louis between the United States and the Shawnee Nation is proclaimed.
  • 1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis (1816) between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes is proclaimed.

Births

  • 1992 – Carson Wentz, American football player. Carson James Wentz (born December 30, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1989 – Ryan Sheckler, American skateboarder and entrepreneur, was the star of the MTV-produced reality television series Life of Ryan. Sheckler was listed in Fox Weekly's "15 Most Influential Skateboarders of All-Time" article.
  • 1986 – Caity Lotz, American actress. She is also a co-founder of SheThority, a women empowerment organization.
  • 1984 – LeBron James, American basketball player, producer and businessman. LeBron Raymone James Sr. (/ləˈbrɒn/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1983 – Kevin Systrom, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Instagram. He co‑founded Instagram, the world's largest photo sharing website, along with Mike Krieger.
  • 1983 – Nick Symmonds, American runner. Nicholas Symmonds (born December 30, 1983) is a retired American middle-distance track athlete, from Boise, Idaho, specializing in the 800 meters and 1500 meters distances.
  • 1982 – Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner. He is a three-time national cross country champion with wins at the USA Cross Country Championships in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
  • 1982 – Dawan Landry, American football player. Dawan Frank Landry (born December 30, 1982) is a former American football strong safety in the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1981 – Matt Ulrich, American football player. Matthew James Ulrich (born December 30, 1981) is a former American football offensive guard for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
  • 1980 – Eliza Dushku, American actress and producer. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, Bye Bye Love, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.
  • 1978 – Devin Brown, American basketball player. Devin LaVell Brown (born December 30, 1978) is an American former professional basketball shooting guard who last played for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.
  • 1978 – Rob Scuderi, American ice hockey player. Robert John Scuderi (born December 30, 1978) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman.
  • 1978 – Tyrese Gibson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases.
  • 1977 – Kenyon Martin, American basketball player. Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1977 – Laila Ali, American boxer and actress. Laila Amaria Ali (born December 30, 1977) is an American television personality and former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2007.
  • 1976 – A. J. Pierzynski, American baseball player and sportscaster. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015–2016).
  • 1976 – Kastro, American rapper. Kastro may refer to :
  • 1976 – Patrick Kerney, American football player. Patrick Manning Kerney (born December 30, 1976) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons.
  • 1975 – Tiger Woods, American golfer. Woods is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers, and one of the most famous athletes of all time.
  • 1973 – Jason Behr, American actor. Behr has also had a series of guest appearances in various television shows like Step by Step, The Profiler, 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG and had recurring roles in the American television series Dawson's Creek and Breakout Kings.
  • 1972 – Steven Wiig, American actor and drummer. He is also the drummer in the band Papa Wheelie.
  • 1971 – C. S. Lee, Korean-American actor. Lee (born December 30, 1971), known professionally as C.
  • 1969 – Dave England, American snowboarder and stuntman. David England (born December 30, 1969) is an American stunt performer and former professional snowboarder.
  • 1969 – Meredith Monroe, American actress. Meredith Monroe (born December 30, 1969) is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.
  • 1969 – Michelle McGann, American golfer. Michelle McGann (born December 30, 1969) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour.
  • 1968 – Bryan Burk, American screenwriter and producer. Bryan Burk (born December 30, 1968) is an American film and television producer.
  • 1968 – Sandra Glover, American hurdler. Sandra Glover (née Cummings; born December 30, 1968 in Palestine, Texas) is an African American former track and field athlete who competed in the 400-meter hurdles.
  • 1966 – Bennett Miller, American director and producer. Bennett Miller (born December 30, 1966) is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014).
  • 1966 – Gary Chartier, American philosopher, scholar, and academic. Gary William Chartier (born December 30, 1966) is an American legal scholar and philosopher who is currently Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.
  • 1965 – Heidi Fleiss, American procurer. Fleiss is also a columnist and television personality regularly featured in the 1990s in American media.
  • 1964 – George Newbern, American actor. He is also known for providing the voices of Superman in many pieces of DC Comics media (most notably the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series and the Injustice video game series), and Sephiroth in the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • 1963 – Chandler Burr, American journalist and author. Chandler Burr (born December 30, 1963) is an American journalist, author, and museum curator.
  • 1961 – Sean Hannity, American radio and television host. Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is an American talk show host and conservative political commentator.
  • 1959 – Tracey Ullman, English-American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter. Tracey Ullman (born 30 December 1959) is a British-American actress, comedian, singer, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman.
  • 1957 – Matt Lauer, American television journalist and anchor. With NBC, he hosted the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1998 to 2017 and co-hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games.
  • 1957 – Patricia Kalember, American actress. Patricia Kathryn Kalember (born December 30, 1956) is an American actress, best known for her role as Georgiana "Georgie" Reed Whitsig in the NBC drama series, Sisters (1991–1996).
  • 1956 – Sheryl Lee Ralph, American actress and singer. She made her screen debut in the 1977 comedy film A Piece of the Action, before landing her breakthrough role as Deena Jones in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls (1981), for which she received Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
  • 1956 – Suzy Bogguss, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist. In the 1990s, six of her songs were Top 10 hits, three albums were certified gold, and one album received a platinum certification.
  • 1954 – Barry Greenstein, American poker player and philanthropist. Greenstein donates his profit from tournament winnings to charities, primarily Children, Incorporated, earning him the nickname "the Robin Hood of poker".
  • 1953 – Dana Key, American singer, guitarist, and producer (d. 2010), was an American Christian rock guitarist, singer, and producer who was co-founder of the Christian rock group DeGarmo and Key with keyboardist Eddie DeGarmo, best friends since the first grade. Key was a direct descendant of Francis Scott Key, the author of The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • 1953 – Daniel T. Barry, American engineer and astronaut. He was at Singularity University from 2009–2012, where he was co-chair of the Faculty of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the chair of the graduate summer program.
  • 1953 – Meredith Vieira, American journalist and game show host. Meredith Louise Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is a former American broadcast journalist and television personality.
  • 1952 – June Anderson, American soprano and actress. June Anderson (born December 30, 1952) is a Grammy Award-winning American dramatic coloratura soprano.
  • 1951 – Chris Jasper, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. Jasper is a former member of the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of the Isley Brothers music (1973–1983) and Isley-Jasper-Isley music (1984–1987).
  • 1950 – Lewis Shiner, American journalist and author. Lewis Shiner (born December 30, 1950 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American writer.
  • 1947 – James Kahn, American author, screenwriter, and producer. James Kahn is an American medical specialist and writer, best known for his novelization of Return of the Jedi.
  • 1947 – Steve Mix, American basketball player and coach. He had a lengthy career as a broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • 1946 – Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet. Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
  • 1945 – Concetta Tomei, American actress. Concetta Tomei (born December 30, 1945) is an American theatre, film and television character actress, best known for her roles as Major Lila Garreau on the ABC series China Beach (1988–1991) and as Lynda Hansen on the NBC series Providence (1999–2002).
  • 1945 – Lloyd Kaufman, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded Troma Entertainment. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, such as The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet.
  • 1944 – Joseph Hilbe, American mathematician and philosopher, was an American statistician and philosopher, founding President of the International Astrostatistics Association(IAA) and one of the most prolific authors of books on statistical modeling in the early twenty-first century. Hilbe was an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association as well as an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), for which he founded the ISI astrostatistics committee in 2009.
  • 1944 – William J. Fallon, American admiral. William Joseph Fallon (born December 30, 1944) is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who retired after serving for over 41 years.
  • 1942 – Fred Ward, American actor. Frederick Joseph Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American character actor, producer and model.
  • 1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Robert Michael Nesmith (born December 30, 1942) is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the pop rock band the Monkees and co-star of the TV series The Monkees (1966–1968).
  • 1942 – Robert Quine, American guitarist (d. 2004). A native of Akron, Ohio, Quine worked with a wide range of musicians, though he himself remained relatively unknown.
  • 1941 – Mel Renfro, American football player and coach. Melvin Lacy Renfro (born December 30, 1941) is a former American football player, a cornerback who spent his entire 14-year career in the National Football League (NFL) with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • 1940 – James Burrows, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. James Edward Burrows (born December 30, 1940), sometimes known as Jim Burrows, is an American television director who has been working in television since the 1970s.
  • 1939 – Felix Pappalardi, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1983). He is best known to the public as the bassist and vocalist of the band Mountain, whose song "Mississippi Queen" peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become a classic rock radio staple.
  • 1938 – Ron Wolf, American Football Hall of Fame General Manager. Ron Wolf (born December 30, 1938) is the former American football general manager (GM) of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.
  • 1937 – John Hartford, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2001), was an American folk, country, and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore. His most successful song is "Gentle on My Mind", which won three Grammy Awards and was listed in "BMI's Top 100 Songs of the Century".
  • 1937 – Paul Stookey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He continues to work as a singer and an activist, performing as a solo artist, and occasionally performing with Peter Yarrow.
  • 1935 – Sandy Koufax, American baseball player and sportscaster. Sanford Koufax (/ˈkoʊfæks/; born Sanford Braun; December 30, 1935) is an American former professional baseball left-handed pitcher.
  • 1934 – Del Shannon, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1990), was an American rock and roll and country musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his 1961 number 1 Billboard hit "Runaway".
  • 1934 – John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and astronomer, co-developed the Hubble Space Telescope (d. 2005), was an American astrophysicist, best known for his contributions to the solar neutrino problem, the development of the Hubble Space Telescope and for his leadership and development of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
  • 1934 – Joseph Bologna, American actor, director, and screenwriter, was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter notable for his roles in the comedy films My Favorite Year, Blame It on Rio and Transylvania 6-5000.
  • 1934 – Joseph P. Hoar, American general. Hoar (born December 30, 1934) is a retired U.S.
  • 1934 – Russ Tamblyn, American actor. Russell Irving Tamblyn (born December 30, 1934) is an American film and television actor and dancer.
  • 1931 – Frank Torre, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014), was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman.
  • 1931 – Skeeter Davis, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004), was an American country music singer who sang crossover pop music songs including 1962's "The End of the World". She started out as part of the Davis Sisters as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on RCA Victor.
  • 1930 – Red Rhodes, American guitarist (d. 1995). Rhodes, better known as Red Rhodes or O.
  • 1928 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008), was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll. He influenced many artists, including Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, and the Clash.
  • 1924 – Yvonne Brill, Canadian-American propulsion engineer (d. 2013), was a Canadian-American rocket and jet propulsion engineer. During her career she was involved in a broad range of national space programs in the United States, including NASA and the International Maritime Satellite Organization.
  • 1922 – Jane Langton, American author and illustrator, was an American author of children's literature and mystery novels. She also illustrated her novels.
  • 1920 – Jack Lord, American actor and director (d. 1998), was an American television, film and Broadway actor, director and producer. He was known for his starring role as Steve McGarrett in the CBS television program Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.
  • 1917 – Seymour Melman, American engineer and author (d. 2004), was an American professor emeritus of industrial engineering and operations research at Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • 1914 – Bert Parks, American actor, singer, television personality, and beauty pageant host (d. 1992), was an American actor, singer, and radio and television announcer, best known for hosting the annual Miss America telecast from 1955 to 1979.
  • 1911 – Jeanette Nolan, American actress (d. 1998). Nominated for four Emmy Awards, she had roles in the television series The Virginian (1962–1971) and Dirty Sally (1974); and in films such as Macbeth (1948).
  • 1910 – Paul Bowles, American composer and author (d. 1999), was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his life.
  • 1887 – William Kolehmainen, Finnish-American runner and coach (d. 1967), was a Finnish-American long-distance runner and track and field coach. The brother of fellow runners Hannes and Tatu, William Kolehmainen moved to the United States in 1910 and became a professional runner there, setting a long-standing marathon world best in 1912.
  • 1883 – Archer Baldwin, American-English farmer and politician (d. 1966), was a farmer and British Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP).
  • 1873 – Al Smith, American lawyer and politician, 42nd Governor of New York (d. 1944). Member of the New York State Assembly
  • 1851 – Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Atlanta (d. 1929), was an American business tycoon who purchased the Coca-Cola Company for USD1,750 from chemist John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia in 1892 and developed it as a major company.
  • 1825 – Samuel Newitt Wood, American lawyer and politician (d. 1891), was an American attorney, politician, and Free State advocate in Kansas.
  • 1819 – John W. Geary, American lawyer and politician, 16th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 1873), was an American lawyer, politician, Freemason, and a Union general in the American Civil War. He was the final alcalde and first mayor of San Francisco, a governor of the Kansas Territory, and the 16th governor of Pennsylvania.
  • 159 – Empress Dowager Bian, second wife of Cao Cao, mother of Cao Wei's first emperor, Cao Pi (d. 230), was an empress dowager and later grand empress dowager of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of China. She was the wife of Cao Cao, a warlord who rose to power in the late Eastern Han dynasty and laid the foundation of Wei.

Deaths

  • 2015 – Doug Atkins, American football player (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Howard Davis, Jr., American boxer and trainer (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – Luise Rainer, German-born American-British actress (b. 1910)
  • 2014 – Terry Becker, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Kinnaird R. McKee, American admiral (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Beate Sirota Gordon, Austrian-American director and producer (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Carl Woese, American microbiologist and biophysicist (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Philip Coppens, Belgian-American journalist and author (b. 1971)
  • 2005 – Rona Jaffe, American novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2004 – Artie Shaw, American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 2003 – John Gregory Dunne, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (b. 1932)
  • 2002 – Eleanor J. Gibson, American psychologist and academic (b. 1910)
  • 2002 – Mary Brian, American actress (b. 1906)
  • 2000 – Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1909)
  • 1999 – Fritz Leonhardt, German engineer, co-designed the Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge and Fernsehturm Stuttgart (b. 1909)
  • 1998 – Sam Muchnick, American wrestling promoter, co-founded the National Wrestling Alliance (b. 1905)
  • 1996 – Lew Ayres, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1995 – Doris Grau, American voice actor and script supervisor (b. 1924)
  • 1995 – Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1914)
  • 1993 – Irving "Swifty" Lazar, American talent agent (b. 1907)
  • 1988 – Isamu Noguchi, American sculptor and landscaper (b. 1904)
  • 1986 – Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1982 – Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter and illustrator (b. 1896)
  • 1979 – Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer (b. 1902)
  • 1970 – Sonny Liston, American boxer (b. 1932)
  • 1947 – Alfred North Whitehead, English-American mathematician and philosopher (b. 1861)
  • 1940 – Childe Wills, American engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1937 – Hans Niels Andersen, Danish businessman, founded the East Asiatic Company (b. 1852)
  • 1803 – Francis Lewis, Welsh-American merchant and politician (b. 1713)
  • 1572 – Galeazzo Alessi, Italian architect, designed the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (b. 1512)
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