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Andrew Johnson "I feel incompetent to perform duties...which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me."

Andrew Johnson
(12/29/1808 – 07/31/1875)
US President (17), VP (16) (see all US Presidents, VPs)
William Ewart Gladstone "No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes."

William E. Gladstone
(12/29/1809 – 05/19/1898)
British PM (30) (see other British PMs)
Edwin Hubbel Chapin "Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."

Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(12/29/1814 – 12/26/1880)
US clergyman (died near his birthday)
Thomas Robert Malthus
"Population, when unchecked, increases in geometrical progression of such a nature as to double itself every twenty-five years."

Thomas Malthus
(02/14/1766 – 12/29/1834)
English economist (image courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
"To retire is to begin to die."

Pablo Casals
(12/29/1876 – 10/22/1973)
Spanish cellist
Christina Rossetti "Better by far that you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad."

Christina Rossetti
(12/05/1830 – 12/29/1894)
English poet (sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
"I am not an Economist. I am an honest man!"

Paul McCracken
(12/29/1915 – )
US economist (and liar)
Jim Murray "The only bad thing about Spokane is that there's nothing to do after 10 in the morning."

Jim Murray
(12/29/1919 – 08/16/1998)
US columnist
William Osler "The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals."

Sir William Osler
(07/11/1849 – 12/29/1919)
Canadian physician
Rainer Maria Rilke "Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems."

Rainer Maria Rilke
(12/04/1875 – 12/29/1926)
German writer
Mary Tyler Moore "Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers."

Mary Tyler Moore
(12/29/1936 – )
US actor
Don Marquis "A hypocrite is a person who... but who isn't?"

Don Marquis
(07/29/1878 – 12/29/1937)
US writer, cartoonist (Thanks to Jim, who seems to have vanished from the Web, for the pic!)
Jon Voight "I've been very fortunate—you only can do what you're offered, you know?"

Jon Voight
(12/29/1938 – )
US actor (father of Angelina Jolie)
Rick Danko "I love to play; a stage is a safe place for me to be. It's not that way for most folks, but I'd be lost without it."

Rick Danko
(12/29/1942 – 12/10/1999)
Canadian bassist (The Band)
Marianne Faithfull "Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs."

Marianne Faithfull
(12/29/1946 – )
English singer (had relationships with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones)
Edward Bridge Danson III "Acting is pretending that you're not pretending when you're actually pretending."

Ted Danson
(12/29/1947 – )
US actor (married to Mary Steenburgen)
Paula Poundstone "I don't have a bank account, because I don't know my mother's maiden name."

Paula Poundstone
(12/29/1959 – )
US comic
"The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none."

Eden Phillpotts
(11/04/1862 – 12/29/1960)
English writer
Paul Whiteman "Jazz is the folk music of the machine age."

Paul Whiteman
(03/28/1890 – 12/29/1967)
US bandleader
Jennifer Ehle "Half of this award should go to my wigs."

Jennifer Ehle
(12/29/1969 – )
US actor , on receiving a BAFTA award for "Pride and Prejudice"
Jude Law "My only obligation is to keep myself and other people guessing."

Jude Law
(12/29/1972 – )
English actor
"I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance."

Harold Macmillan
(02/10/1894 – 12/29/1986)
British Prime Minister (44) (see other British PMs)
Bob Monkhouse "The last time I was in Spain I got through six Jeffrey Archer novels. I must remember to take enough toilet paper next time."

Bob Monkhouse
(06/01/1928 – 12/29/2003)
English comic, writer