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Born This Day: Dec. 12

1745 John Jay, statesman/diplomat and first chief justice of the Supreme Court (New York, NY; died 1829)
1786 William Learned Marcy, American politician (Southbridge, MA; died 1857)
1795 Leopold von Ranke, German historian and educator (Wiehe, Germany; died 1886)
1821 Gustave Flaubert, novelist (Rouen, France; died 1880)
1863 Edvard Munch, artist (L√łten, Norway; died 1944)
1893 Edward G. Robinson, actor (Hungary; died 1973)
1905 Mulk Raj Anand, Marxist writer (Peshawar, then in India but now part of Pakistan; died 2004)
1915 Frank Sinatra, singer/actor (Hoboken, NJ; died 1998)
1923 Bob Barker, TV personality (Darrington, WA)
1924 Ed Koch, former New York City mayor (New York, NY)
1927 Robert Norton Noyce, co-inventor of the silicon microchip (Iowa; died 1990)
1932 Bob Pettit, basketball player (Baton Rouge, LA)
1938 Connie Francis, singer (Newark, NJ)
1941 Dionne Warwick, singer (East Orange, NJ)
1952 Cathy Rigby, Olympic gymnast and actress (Long Beach, CA)
1959 Sheila E (Sheila Escoveda), singer/musician (San Francisco, CA)
1970 Jennifer Connelly, actress (Catskill Mountains, NY)
1975 Mayim Bialik, actress (San Diego, CA)


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