Martin Van Buren "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."

Martin Van Buren
(12/05/1782 – 07/24/1862)
US President (8), VP (8)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(01/27/1756 – 12/05/1791)
Austrian composer
Christina Rossetti "The downhill path is easy, but there's no turning back."

Christina Rossetti
(12/05/1830 – 12/29/1894)
English poet (sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
George Armstrong Custer "The Army is the Indian's best friend."

George Armstrong Custer
(12/05/1839 – 06/25/1876)
US general
Alexandre Dumas, Pere "While gripinge grefes ye hart would wounde,
And dolefulle domps ye mynde oppresse,
There musicke with her silver sound,
Is wont with spede to send redresse."

Alexandre Dumas Père
(07/24/1802 – 12/05/1870)
French writer (father of Alexandre Dumas Fils)
Werner Heisenberg "Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached."

Werner Karl Heisenberg
(12/05/1901 – 02/01/1976)
German physicist
Walt Disney "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known."

Walt Disney
(12/05/1901 – 12/15/1966)
US filmmaker
James Strom Thurmond "All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches."

Strom Thurmond
(12/05/1902 – 06/26/2003)
US senator (SC), bigot, and hypocrite , in 1948
Otto Preminger "A vacuum with nipples."

Otto Preminger
(12/05/1905 – 04/23/1986)
Austrian director , on Marilyn Monroe
Hans Richter "The hardest thing in the world is to start an orchestra, and the next hardest, to stop it."

Hans Richter
(04/04/1843 – 12/05/1916)
Hungarian conductor
Claude Monet "I am following Nature without being able to grasp her. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

Claude Monet
(11/14/1840 – 12/05/1926)
French painter (Manet is here)
Richard Penniman "Elvis may have been the king of rock'n'roll, but I am the queen."

Little Richard
(12/05/1932 – 05/09/2020)
US singer, pianist, hall of famer
Joan Didion "California: The west coast of Iowa."

Joan Didion
(12/05/1934 – )
US writer (was married to John Gregory Dunne)
Calvin Trillin "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."

Calvin Trillin
(12/05/1935 – )
US writer
"Even when Micheál [MacLiammóir] took in later life to autobiographies, they were about as reliable as his hairpieces."

Sheridan Morley
(12/05/1941 – 02/16/2007)
English writer (son of Robert Morley)
Margaret Cho "Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever."

Margaret Cho
(12/05/1968 – )
US-Korean comic
Jimmy Cannon "Let's face it, sports writers, we're not hanging around with brain surgeons."

Jimmy Cannon
(04/10/1909 – 12/05/1973)
US writer
Nick Stahl "I try to avoid the sweet-ass roles."

Nick Stahl
(12/05/1979 – )
US actor
Frankie Muniz "I'm just an actor, that's nothing special."

Frankie Muniz
(12/05/1985 – )
US actor
Dave Brubeck "It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me."

Dave Brubeck
(12/06/1920 – 12/05/2012)
US composer, musician (died near his birthday)
"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."

Colin Henry Wilson
(06/26/1931 – 12/05/2013)
English writer
Nelson Mandela "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Nelson Mandela
(07/18/1918 – 12/05/2013)
African statesman