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Born This Day: Dec. 16

1485: Catherine of Aragon, first wife of England's King Henry VIII (Alcalá de Henares, Spain; died 1536)
1742: Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, Prussian general (Rostock, Germany; died 1819)
1770: Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (Bonn, Germany; died 1827)
1775: Jane Austen, novelist (Hampshire, England; died 1817)
1863: George Santayana, philosopher/author (Madrid, Spain; died 1952)
1899: Sir Noel Coward, actor/playwright/director (Teddington, England; died 1973)
1900: Sir V. S. Pritchett, writer who chronicled lower-middle class British life (Ipswich, England; died 1997)
1901: Margaret Mead, anthropologist (Philadelphia, PA; died 1978)
1917: Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author (Minehead, England)
1938: Liv Ullmann, actress (Tokyo, Japan)
1941: Lesley Stahl, TV journalist (Lynn, MA)
1943: Steven Bochco, TV writer/producer (New York, NY)
1947: Ben Cross, actor (London, England)
1962: William ("the Refrigerator") Perry, football player (Aiken, SC)
1963: Benjamin Bratt, actor (San Francisco, CA)


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