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Born This Day: Dec. 22

1639: Jean Racine, French dramatist (La Ferté-Milon, France; died 1699)
1696: James Oglethorpe, English general and colonizer of Georgia (London, England; died 1785)
1858: Giacomo Puccini, opera composer (Tuscany, Italy; died 1924)
1869: Edwin Arlington Robinson, poet (Head Tide, ME; died 1935)
1905: Kenneth Rexroth, poet, critic, author, painter and translator (South Bend, IN; died 1982)
1907: Peggy Ashcroft, actress (Croyden, England; died 1991)
1912: Lady Bird Johnson, first lady of the United States (Karnack, TX)
1922: Barbara Billingsley, actress (Los Angeles, CA); Jim Wright, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Fort Worth, TX)
1936: Hector Elizondo, actor (New York, NY)
1938: Lucien Bouchard, Canadian political leader (Saint-Coeur-de-Marie, Quebec, Canada)
1944: Steve Carlton, baseball pitcher (Miami, FL)
1945: Diane Sawyer, TV journalist (Glasgow, KY)
1948: Steve Garvey, baseball player (Tampa, FL)
1949: Maurice Gibb, singer/musician and member of the Bee Gees (Manchester, England; died 2003); Robin Gibb, singer/musician and member of the Bee Gees (Manchester, England)
1951: Jan Stephenson, golfer (Sydney, Australia)
1962: Ralph Fiennes, actor (Suffolk, England)


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