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)
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) ("On Books and the Housing of Them")
Edwin Hubbell Chapin "Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."

Edwin Hubbell Chapin
(12/29/1814 – 12/26/1880)
US clergyman
(died near his birthday)
Pablo Casals "To retire is to begin to die."

Pablo Casals
(12/29/1876 – 10/22/1973)
Spanish cellist ("Bach: Suite No. 1 for Cello, Pt. 1")
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 ("Goblin Market")
(sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
"I am not an Economist. I am an honest man!" *

Paul McCracken
(12/29/1915 – 08/03/2012)
US economist
William Osler "The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals."

Sir William Osler
(07/12/1849 – 12/29/1919)
Canadian physician
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
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 ("Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge (The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge)")
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 – 01/25/2017)
US actor (Dick Van Dyke Show)
Don Marquis "A hypocrite is a person who... but who isn't?"

Don Marquis
(07/29/1878 – 12/29/1937)
US writer, cartoonist ("Hermione and Her Little Group of Serious Thinkers")
Jon Voight "I've been very fortunate—you only can do what you're offered, you know?"

Jon Voight
(12/29/1938 – )
US actor ("Coming Home")
(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
(12/29/1943 – 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 ("Broken English")
(relationship with Mick Jagger)
Edward Bridge Danson III "Acting is pretending that you're not pretending when you're actually pretending."

Ted Danson
(12/29/1947 – )
US actor ("The Good Place")
(married to Mary Steenburgen; relationship with Whoopi Goldberg)
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 ("One Night Stand")
Eden Phillpotts "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 ("The Haven")
Paul Whiteman "Jazz is the folk music of the machine age."

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

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

Jude Law
(12/29/1972 – )
English actor ("The Talented Mr. Ripley")
"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)
Bob Monkhouse "The awkward part about an orgy is that afterwards you're not too sure who to thank."

Bob Monkhouse
(06/01/1928 – 12/29/2003)
English comic, writer ("Crying with Laughter: My Life Story")
(relationship with Diana Dors)
Neil Innes "Freedom is the handle on the bucket of your soul, the image of illusion in the goldfish of your bowl, the shampoo of perfection in the bathroom of your dreams, freedom is the universe and everything it seems, oh yes, we are the slaves of freedom."

Neil Innes
(12/09/1944 – 12/29/2019)
English actor, musician (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Rutles, Monty Python's Flying Circus) ("I'm the Urban Spaceman")