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Today's Anniversary – Sunday, December 15


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Births

* 1983 Brooke Fraser Award-winning New Zealand singer-songwriter.
* 1971 Jeev Milkha Singh First Indian professional golfer to become a member of the European Tour.
* 1959 Donna Brazile American author, educator, and political activist and strategist affiliated with the Democratic Party.
* 1955 Paul Simonon Best known as the bass guitarist and vocalist for punk rock band The Clash.
* 1953 Robert Charles Wilson Canadian science fiction author.
* 1953 J. M. DeMatteis American writer of comic books.
* 1952 Julie Taymor American director of theater, opera and film.
* 1949 Don Johnson American actor known for his work in television and film.
* 1931 John Allen Fraser Retired Canadian parliamentarian and former Speaker of the House of Commons.
* 1929 Keith Andrew Former English cricketer who played in two Tests, in 195455 and in 1963.
* 1928 Friedensreich Hundertwasser Born Friedrich Stowasser, was an Austrian painter, architect, and sculptor.
* 1923 Freeman Dyson English-born American physicist, mathematician, and futurist, famous for his work in quantum mechanics, nuclear weapons design and policy, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
* 1921 Maurice Davis American Rabbi and human rights activist.
* 1920 Albert Memmi Tunisian Jewish writer and essayist who migrated to France.
* 1913 Muriel Rukeyser American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism.
* 1907 Oscar Niemeyer Brazilian architect who is considered one of the most important names in international modern architecture.
* 1897 David McCord Poet and writer of verse for children.
* 1892 J. Paul Getty American industrialist and founder of the Getty Oil Company.
* 1881 Branch Rickey Actively involved in Major League Baseball for 50 years.
* 1870 Josef Hoffmann Austrian architect, designer of consumer goods and founding member of the Vienna Secession.
* 1859 Ludoviko Lazaro Zamenhof Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist, philologist, and the initiator of Esperanto, the most widely spoken artificial language to date.

Deaths

 2011 Christopher Hitchens English-American journalist and author of twelve books on politics, literature, and religion, including his anti-religion polemic, God Is Not Great.
 1991 Vasily Zaytsev Soviet sniper during World War II, notable particularly for his activities between November 10 and December 17, 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad.
 1981 Claud Cockburn Influential left-wing English journalist; also a novelist, short-story writer and autobiographer.
 1966 Walt Disney American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator.
 1958 Wolfgang Pauli Austrian-Swiss physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1945.
 1950 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Major political and social leader of India and its struggle for independence, and is credited for achieving the political integration of India.
 1949 Alice Bailey Born Alice LaTrobe Bateman, was a writer on spiritual, occult and religious themes.
 1947 Arthur Machen Welsh writer of supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction.
 1908 Donald Grant Mitchell American essayist and novelist.
 1890 Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man and war chief, notable for his role in the defeat of George Armstrong Custer and the U S 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
 1864 Eliza Farnham 19th-century American novelist, feminist, abolitionist, and activist for prison reform, her fame as a writer rests upon her work Life in Prairie Land (1846), an account of life on the Illinois prairie near Pekin between 1836 and 1840.
 1796 Anthony Wayne United States Army general and statesman.
 1792 Joseph Martin Kraus German composer and Hofkapellmeister in the service of king Gustav III of Sweden in Stockholm.
 1683 Izaak Walton English writer, author of The Compleat Angler.
 1072 Alp Arslan Second sultan of the dynasty of Seljuk Turks, in Persia, and great-grandson of Seljuk, the founder of the dynasty.
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