Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn.

They include:

-- American Red Cross founder Clara Barton in 1821

-- Hotelier Conrad Hilton in 1887

-- Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley in 1890

-- Actor Humphrey Bogart in 1899

-- Anwar Sadat, Egyptian president/Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in 1918

-- Singer Jimmy Buffett in 1946 (age 72)

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-- Singer Barbara Mandrell in 1948 (age 70)

-- Actor Gary Sandy in 1945 (age 73)

-- Actor Sissy Spacek in 1949 (age 69)

-- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1949 (age 69)

-- Actor CCH Pounder in 1952 (age 66)

-- Political adviser Karl Rove in 1950 (age 68)

-- British singer Annie Lennox in 1954 (age 64)

-- Baseball Hall of Fame member Rickey Henderson in 1958 (age 60)

-- Model/photographer Helena Christensen in 1968 (age 50)

-- British singer Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong in 1971 (age 47)

-- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 1971 (age 47)

On this date in history:

In about 3 B.C., according to Christian belief, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Calendar miscalculations of the time make it impossible to be certain of the year.

In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned King William I of England.

In 1818, the first known Christmas carol was sung at Oberndorf, Austria. It was "Silent Night, Holy Night," composed by organist Franz Gruber and the Rev. Joseph Mohr.

In 1938, after auditioning numerous women for the role, producer David O. Selznick chose British actress Vivien Leigh to play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind."

In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as Soviet president the day before Russia's Supreme Soviet (the name for the USSR's legislative bodies) voted to end the Soviet Union.

In 1995, actor-singer Dean Martin died at the age of 78.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI revealed a new-style nativity scene in the Vatican's St. Peter's Square. It depicted Jesus' birth in Joseph's house, with no mention of a manger or journey to Bethlehem. The Christmas scene was apparently based on St. Matthew's version of the nativity.

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to fighting in war-torn Syria. "I appeal for an end to the bloodshed, easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced," the pope said in his Christmas message. "May peace spring up for the people of Syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims."

In 2013, at the Vatican, Pope Francis, in his first Christmas message as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, spoke out against wars that "shatter and hurt so many lives" and called on the opposing sides in the Syrian conflict to "guarantee access to humanitarian aid." In Baghdad, car bombs, including one near a Catholic church and another a half-mile away, at a place where Christians gather, killed 37 people and wounded dozens.

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