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Born This Day: Dec. 21

1118: Thomas à Becket, chancellor of England and archbishop of Canterbury (London, England; died 1170)
1401: Masaccio, Renaissance painter (Italy; died 1428)
1804: Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister, novelist (London, England; died 1881)
1842: Pyotr Kropotkin, theorist of anarchism (Moscow, Russia; died 1921)
1879: Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator (Gori, Georgia; died 1953)
1892: Walter Hagen, golfer (Rochester, NY; died 1969)
1909: George Ball, U.S. government official (Des Moines, Iowa; died 1994)
1918: Donald Regan, Treasury secretary (Cambridge, Massachusetts; died 2003); Kurt Waldheim, fourth secretary-general of the United Nations and president of Austria (Sankt Andra-Wordern, Austria)
1921: Alicia Alonso, ballerina (Cuba)
1926: Joe Paterno, football coach (Brooklyn, NY)
1935: Phil Donahue, TV personality (Cleveland, OH)
1937: Jane Fonda, actress and exercise proponent (New York, NY)
1940: Frank Zappa, musician/songwriter (Baltimore, MD; died 1993)
1944: Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor/musician (Hollywood, CA)
1948: Samuel L. Jackson, actor (Chattanooga, TN)
1954: Chris Evert, champion tennis player (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
1957: Ray Romano, comedian/actor (New York, NY)
1959: Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic champion sprinter (Los Angeles, CA; died 1998)


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