People Born on December 30

dec_30Today is December 30, 2009 and the 364th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  There is one day left in the year 2009. According the Mayan calendar, there are   1086 days till the end of the current cycle.  On this date in 1971, the U.S. ends heavy bombing of North Vietnam.   Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:


number1Tiger Woods (Born 1975)
Born Eldrick Tont Woods in Cypress, California, is one of the most successful professional golfers of all time. He is the highest paid athlete of all time making a whopping $110 million dollars in 2008, alone.  He has won 14 professional major golf tournaments and 71 PGA tournaments.  He is also the youngest player ever to win the Grand Slam.  No other golfer has achieved what Woods has done in such a short period of time.  His life has been in turmoil since a string of infidelities in his marriage have come to light in late 2009.  He took an indefinite leave of absence in December to work on fixing his marriage.


number2Bo Diddley (1928-2008)
The stage name of Ellas Otha Bates who was born in McComb, Mississippi and was to become an American rock-n-roll vocalist, guitar player and songwriter.  He is known as “the Originator” for his pivotal role in transitioning rock-n-roll from the Blues, influencing such artists as Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton.  He has been inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, won numerous awards, including: the Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.  He is known for his iconic square guitar and hard driving blues rhythms.  In his fifty plus year career, he created and performed more than 35 albums.



number3Sandy Koufax (Born 1935)
Koufax is an American left-handed pitcher who played his entire career from 1955-1966 with the Dodgers.  He won the Cy Young award in 1963, 1965, and 1966 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.  Koufax was the first pitcher to throw no-hitter games and despite having a very short career, is considered the seventh best pitcher in the history of the game.  He had a win-loss record of 165-87 and an earned run record of 2.76.  He made headlines in 1965 when he refused to pitch the first game of the World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur and went against his religious beliefs.



number4LeBron James (Born 1984)
James is an American professional basketball player born in Akron, Ohio and forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is nicknamed King James and is one of the best athletes to play the sport.   He was a national spotlight to play professional basketball in his sophomore year in high school and was the number one draft pick for the Cavaliers in 2003.  He signed a $90 million dollar shoe contract with Nike before he ever started professional basketball.  He has led the Cavaliers to consecutive NBA playoff appearances from 2006-2009.


number5Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.  He was born in Bombay, India.  His best known works for his stories called the Jungle Book. Riki Tiki Tavi, Kim, The Man Who Would Be King and his poems, such as Mandalay and Gunga Din.  He is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and the first English speaking author.  George Orwell considered Kipling the “prophet of English Imperialism”.