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Today's Anniversary – Sunday, December 16


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Births

* 1980 Danish Kaneria Leg-spin bowler in the Pakistani cricket team.
* 1973 Mindaugas Murza Radical Lithuanian nationalist, the leader of the United National Workers party, famous for supporting nationalsocialist and far-right ideas.
* 1961 Bill Hicks American stand-up comedian, satirist and social critic.
* 1951 Mark Heard Record producer, folk-rock singer and songwriter.
* 1946 Benny Andersson Former member of ABBA and is composer of "Chess", "Kristina fr?n Duvem?la", "Mamma Mia!,".
* 1944 Jim Gibbons 28th Governor of the U S state of Nevada.
* 1938 Frank Deford American writer for Sports Illustrated, author and commentator.
* 1929 Bernard Crick British political theorist and democratic socialist whose views were often summarised as "politics is ethics done in public".
* 1928 Philip Kindred - a.k.a. PKD Dick American science fiction writer.
* 1917 Arthur C. Clarke British author, inventor and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World.
* 1905 Piet Hein Danish mathematician, scientist, inventor, and poet.
* 1901 Margaret Mead American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
* 1900 V. S Pritchett British short story writer, novelist, memoirist and critic.
* 1899 Noel Coward English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music.
* 1863 George Santayana Philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.
* 1775 Jane Austen English novelist who recorded the domestic manners of the landed gentry.
* 1714 George Whitefield Also known as George Whitfield, was an Anglican itinerant Protestant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening in the Kingdom of Great Britain and, especially, in the British North American colonies.
* 1584 John Selden English jurist, legal antiquary and oriental scholar.
* 1485 Catherine of Aragon Also known as Katherine or Katharine;, was the Queen of England as the first wife of Henry VIII of England, and Princess of Wales by her first marriage to Arthur, Prince of Wales.

Deaths

 2009 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Minister of Health for South Africa 19992008.
 2007 Dan Fogelberg American singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, whose music was inspired by sources as diverse as folk, pop, rock, classical, jazz, and bluegrass music.
 1993 Maurice Davis American Rabbi and human rights activist.
 1980 Harland Sanders Also known as Colonel Sanders, was an American entrepreneur who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.
 1965 William Somerset Maugham English playwright, novelist, and short story writer; often published as simply W Somerset Maugham.
 1897 Alphonse Daudet French novelist, short-story writer and dramatist.
 0 Wassily Kandinsky December 13, 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist.
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