To begin with, Jesus Christ’s real birth date is not known. It is generally understood that he was born between 6 BC and 3 BC. Even Pope Benedict XVI has written on these discrepancies:
Numerous articles can be seen on the net which mention that his birth was not in the year 1 BC or 1 AD, there being no zero year used by historians. 1 BC was followed by 1 AD. (However astronomers do have a zero year between 1 BC and 1 AD.) For all these details see
Anyway, it is interesting to see that a number of prominent figures in recent South Asian history were born on December 25. The link below is useful for locating famous people born on your birthday and even on the same day and year when you were born.
1861: Madan Mohan Malaviya
1876: Muhammad Ali Jinnah
1924: Atal Behari Vajpayee
1949: Nawaz Sharif
(There was a time when the Indian and Pakistani PMs shared the same birthday)
But it would be fair to say that this scientist and mathematician was the most influential of those born on December 25:
1642: Isaac Newton*
From other walks of life we have actors, film-makers and musicians:
1899: Humphrey Bogart
1919: Naushad Ali
1936: Ismail Merchant
1949: Sissy Spacek
1891: Clarrie Grimmett
1975: Marcus Trescothick
1984: Alastair Cook
1916: Ahmed Ben Bella
1918: Anwar Sadat
1971: Justin Trudeau
1887: Conrad Hilton
1890: Robert Ripley
* It has been pointed out that Newton was born on 25 December 1642 according to the Old Style or Julian calendar then used in England. It should be 4 January 1643 according to the New Style or Gregorian calendar now in use. See if this makes things clearer:
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Actually, in the Gregorian calendar in current use, Newton’s date of birth would be January 4, and not December 25: this is because at the time of his birth, England had not yet implemented the Gregorian correction, so that his birth was recorded as December 25 there.
Good point. Have added a footnote.
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