At this time of year we gather together to observe the birth of someone who changed the world on ways that no other before him had done. The way he saw the world improved our own outlook on how we, in turn see the world today. His teachings continue to influence entire generations as they become aware of his philosophy. His name is known to billions around the world for the message he brought us on how the universe works for and against us. His views and teaching shocked the religious world in his time. To this day there is confusion on the exact date of his birth and death (which happened in the spring).
That’s right we are speaking of Sir Isaac Newton. Born on December 25th 1642 and died March 20th 1727. His work in mathematics, astronomy, physics and philosophy still resonate and are the foundation of modern day science and advance math. His theories of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion gave rise to modern physics. His work helped to cement heliocentric model as the accepted view of our solar system.
He is not the only person we should be celebrating this December 25th. Below is a short list of some of those who are also born on this date.
Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
Robert Ripley, collector of odd facts
Rod Serling, American television writer
Philip Mazzei, Italian physician and friend of Thomas Jefferson
Humphrey Bogart, American actor
Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician
Conrad Hilton, Founder of Hilton Hotels
Carlos Castaneda, American author
Jimmy Buffett , American country music singer
Mary Elizabeth (Sissy) Spacek, American actress
Claude Chappe, French engineer and optical telegraph inventor
Gerhard Herzberg, Canadian molecular physicist and Nobel Prize winner
Anwar el-Sadat Egyptian President and Nobel Peace Prize
So this year, when you gather with others to celebrate a famous birthday on December 25th, you might want to pick one of these real people to honor.