This Week's Birthdays - Week of December 19

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December 19, 1915 – Edith Piaf was a French singer and cultural icon who became universally regarded as France’s greatest popular singer. Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads.

Edith Piaf's house (former) (Google Maps)
Edith Piaf's house (former)

December 20, 1881 – Wesley Branch Rickey was an innovative Major League Baseball executive elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. He was known for breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier by signing African American player Jackie Robinson, for drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente, for creating the framework for the modern minor league farm system, and for introducing the batting helmet.

Branch Rickey statue (StreetView)
Branch Rickey statue

December 21, 1734 – Paul Revere was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution.

Paul Revere statue (StreetView)
Paul Revere statue

December 22, 244 – Diocletian, Roman Emperor (d. 311)

Diocletian's Palace (Google Maps)
Diocletian's Palace

December 23, 1970 – Robert John Burke, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is an American busker whose patch is on New York City’s Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity.

Robert John Burke a.k.a The Naked Cowboy (StreetView)
Robert John Burke a.k.a The Naked Cowboy

December 24, 1798 – Adam Bernard Mickiewicz was one of the best-known Polish poets and writers, considered the greatest Polish poet alongside Zygmunt Krasiński and Juliusz Słowacki.

Monument Mickiewicz (Google Maps)
Monument Mickiewicz

December 25, 0 – Jesus of Nazareth

Odd Nativity Scene (StreetView)
Odd Nativity Scene