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Born This Day: Dec. 8

1542 Mary, Queen of Scots (Linlithgow, Scotland; died 1587)
1765 Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin (Westham, MA; died 1825)
1865 Jean Sibelius, composer (Finland; died 1957)
1886 Diego Rivera, muralist/painter (Guanajuato, Mexico; died 1957)
1894 James Thurber, humorist (Columbus, OH; died 1961)
1906 Richard Llewellyn, playwright and novelist best known for How Green Was My Valley (St. David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales; died 1983)
1925 Sammy Davis Jr., singer/actor (New York, NY; died 1990)
1926 Joachim Fest, historian, author and newspaper editor and publisher (Berlin, Germany; died 2006)
1930 Maximilian Schell, actor (Vienna, Austria)
1933 Flip Wilson, comedian (Jersey City, NJ; died 1998)
1937 James MacArthur, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1939 James Galway, flautist (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
1943 Jim Morrison, singer/songwriter (Melbourne, FL; died 1971)
1949 Mary Gordon, writer (Long Island, NY)
1953 Kim Basinger, actress (Athens, GA)
1964 Teri Hatcher, actress (Sunnyvale, CA)
1966 Sinead O'Connor, singer/songwriter (Dublin, Ireland)
1978 Vernon Wells, baseball player (Shreveport, LA)


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