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Born This Day: Dec. 24

1167: John, king of England, signer of the Magna Carta (Oxford, England; died 1216)
1737: Silas Deane, American Revolution diplomat (Groton, CT; died 1789)
1745: Benjamin Rush, patriot/physician (Byberry, PA; died 1813)
1809: Kit Carson, frontiersman/trapper/soldier/guide (Madison County, KY; died 1868)
1818: James Prescott Joule, physicist/inventor (Lancashire, England; died 1889)
1822: Matthew Arnold, poet/essayist (Laleham, England; died 1888)
1893: Harry Warren, songwriter (Brooklyn, NY; died 1981)
1905: Howard Hughes, reclusive industrialist/aviator/producer (Houston, TX; died 1976)
1907: I. F. Stone, journalist (Philadelphia, PA; died 1989)
1922: Ava Gardner, actress (Smithfield, NC; died 1990)
1930: Robert Joffrey, ballet dancer/choreographer and founder of the Joffrey Ballet (Seattle, WA; died 1988)
1931: Mary Higgins Clark, author (New York, NY)
1957: Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan (Kandahar, Afghanistan)
1971: Ricky Martin, singer (San Juan, PR)

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