December 1 Birthdays
Tahar Ben Jelloun (December 1, 1944-)Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic. He became known for his 1985 novel 'L’Enfant de Sable'. Today he lives in Paris and continues to write. He has been named as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Wikipedia
Fes, French Morocco
Henry Cadbury (December 1, 1883-October 9, 1974)Henry Joel Cadbury was a biblical scholar, Quaker historian, writer, and non-profit administrator. A graduate of Haverford College, he was a Quaker throughout his life, though essentially an agnostic. Forced out of his teaching position at Haverford for writing an anti-war letter to the Philadelphia Public Ledger, in 1918, he saw the experience as... Wikipedia
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
John Clauser (December 1, 1942-)John Francis Clauser is an American theoretical and experimental physicist known for contributions to the foundations of quantum mechanics, in particular the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality. Wikipedia
Pasadena, California, United States
Ernesto de Martino (December 1, 1908-May 9, 1965)Ernesto de Martino was an Italian philosopher and anthropologist and historian of religions. He studied with Benedetto Croce and Adolfo Omodeo, and did field research with Diego Carpitella into the funeral rituals of Lucania and the 'tarantism'. Wikipedia
Federico Faggin (December 1, 1941-)Federico Faggin is an Italian American physicist, widely known for designing the first commercial microprocessor. He led the 4004 project and the design group during the first five years of Intel's microprocessor effort. Most importantly, Faggin created in 1968, while working at Fairchild Semiconductor, the self-aligned MOS silicon gate technology... Wikipedia
Sarge Ferris (December 1, 1928-March 12, 1989)Fred Bernard "Sarge" Ferris was an American professional poker player who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in deuce-to-seven draw. Wikipedia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Charles G. Finney (December 1, 1905-April 16, 1984)Charles G. Finney was an American news editor and fantasy novelist. His complete name was Charles Grandison Finney, evidently after his great-grandfather, the evangelist Charles Grandison Finney. His first novel and most famous work, 'The Circus of Dr. Lao,' won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Original Book of 1935. Wikipedia
Sedalia, Missouri, USA
Lisa Fischer (December 1, 1958-)Lisa Fischer is an American vocalist and songwriter. She rose to fame in 1991 with her debut album 'So Intense', which produced the Grammy Award–winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". Known for her wide, high-reaching vocal range, Fischer has been recognized as one of the most successful session vocalists of the era. She has been a back-up... Wikipedia
New York City United States
Puttanna Kanagal (December 1, 1933-June 5, 1985)Puttanna Kanagal, born as Shubraveshti Ramaswamiah Seetharama Sharma, was an Indian filmmaker and is considered as one of Kannada's cinema's greatest filmmakers. He was born in Kanagal, a village in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore into a poor Kannada Brahmin family. Starting his career as a publicity boy, Kanagal was drawn into independent... Wikipedia
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Finn E. Kydland (December 1, 1943-)Finn Erling Kydland is a Norwegian economist. He is the Henley Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds the Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship at the Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his Ph.D., and a part-time position at the Norwegian School of... Wikipedia
Tommy Lucchese (December 1, 1899-July 13, 1967)Thomas Lucchese was an Sicilian-born American gangster and founding member of the Mafia in the United States, an offshoot of the 'Cosa Nostra' in Sicily. From 1951 until 1967, he was the boss of the Lucchese crime family, one of the Five Families that dominates organized crime in New York City. Wikipedia
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Lido Beach, Nassau County, New York, U.S.
Mary Martin (December 1, 1913-November 3, 1990)Mary Virginia Martin was an American actress, singer and Broadway star. A muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, she originated many leading roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in 'South Pacific' and Maria von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music'. She was named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1989. She was also the mother of actor Larry Hagman. Wikipedia
Weatherford, Texas, U.S.
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
James McClelland (psychologist) (December 1, 1948-)James Lloyd "Jay" McClelland is the Lucie Stern Professor at Stanford University, where he was formerly the chair of the Psychology Department. He is best known for his work on statistical learning and Parallel Distributed Processing, applying connectionist models to explain cognitive phenomena such as spoken word recognition and visual word... Wikipedia
Brian McEniff (December 1, 1942-)Brian McEniff is a former Gaelic football manager. Regarded as a Gaelic football Godfather-type figure, the high point of his managerial career was his masterminding of Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final victory over Dublin. In his most recent spell as manager of his county team he led them to the All-Ireland Senior... Wikipedia
Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland
Bette Midler (December 1, 1945-)Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over... Wikipedia
Jeremy Northam (December 1, 1961-)Jeremy Philip Northam is an English actor. Wikipedia
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Richard Pryor (December 1, 1940-December 10, 2005)Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California
Cyril Ritchard (December 1, 1897-December 18, 1977)Cyril Ritchard was an Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. He is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of 'Peter Pan'. In 1945, he played Gabriele Eisenstein in Gay Rosalinda at the Palace theatre in London, a version of Strauss's Die Fledermaus by Erich... Wikipedia
Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Martin Rodbell (December 1, 1925-December 7, 1998)Martin Rodbell was an American biochemist and molecular endocrinologist who is best known for his discovery of G-proteins. He shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Alfred G. Gilman for "their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells." Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Jakob Sande (December 1, 1906-March 16, 1967)Jakob Sande was a Norwegian writer, poet and folk singer from Dale in Sunnfjord. His parents were Andreas Sande and Ragna Margrete. He married Solveig Ytterlid in 1942 and they had a daughter, Siri, in 1943. Wikipedia
Tanvi Shah (December 1, 1982-)Tanvi Shah is a popular Indian playback singer. She has sung in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and added to it, she sings in Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and other Latin languages. Her first song was "Fanaa" for the movie 'Yuva'. Wikipedia
Rex Stout (December 1, 1886-October 27, 1975)Rex Todhunter Stout was an American writer noted for his detective fiction, particularly the 33 novels and approximately 40 novellas that featured the detective Nero Wolfe and his assistant Archie Goodwin between 1934 and 1975. Wikipedia
Lee Trevino (December 1, 1939-)Lee Buck Trevino is a Mexican American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The only major that has eluded him is the Masters Tournament. He is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred... Wikipedia
Murray Tyrrell (December 1, 1913-July 13, 1994)Sir Murray Louis Tyrrell was an Australian public servant, noted as the Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia for a record term of 26 years, 1947–73, in which time he served six governors-general. Wikipedia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Lito Vitale (December 1, 1961-)Héctor Facundo Vitale, known as Lito Vitale, is an Argentine musician, composer and arranger. Wikipedia
Larry Walker (December 1, 1966-)Larry Kenneth Robert Walker is a Canadian former right fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1989 through 2005, Walker played for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals. He announced his retirement after Game 6 of the 2005 National League Championship Series. Wikipedia
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Jo Walton (December 1, 1964-)Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002 and the World Fantasy award for her novel 'Tooth and Claw' in 2004. Her novel 'Ha'penny' was a co-winner of the 2008 Prometheus Award. Her novel 'Lifelode' won the 2010 Mythopoeic Award. Her novel 'Among Others'... Wikipedia
Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales, UK