9 December: today's birthdays

  • Juan Atkins - American musician. He is considered the father of techno music
  • Jousha Bell - American violinist and conductor
  • Claude Louis Berthollet - French chemist and scientist
  • Richard Brooks - American writer and film director. He won an Oscar for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) in 1961
  • John Cassavetes - American actor and film director
  • Judi Dench - English actress. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1999
  • Kirk Douglas - American actor of Russian descent, born Issur Danielovitch. He is the father of Michael Douglas. He is best known for having played the leading role in the 1960 blockbuster Spartacus.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand - American lawyer and politician, born Kirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand. She is a member of the Democratic Party
  • Imogen Heap - English singer-songwriter
  • Simon Helberg - American actor, born Simon Maxwell Helberg
  • Felicity Huffman - American actress, born Felicity Kendall Huffman. She is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the TV series Desperate Housewives
  • Jean-Claude Juncker - Luxembourgish and European. He is the current President of the European Commission
  • Pëtr Alekseevič Kropotkin (Pyotr Alexeevich Kropotkin) - Russian philosopher, geographer, and scientist. He was also an activist who advocated anarchism
  • John Milton - English poet, writer and philosopher. He wrote the epic poem Paradise Lost 
  • Joseph Pilates - German-born American inventor of the Pilates method
  • Bruno Trentin - Italian-born French trade unionist, politician and partisan
  • Johann Joachim Winckelmann - German archaeologist
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