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Notable Birthdays for December 5

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Those born on this date include:

- Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States, in 1782
- U.S. Army Gen. George Custer in 1839
- film director Fritz Lang in 1890
- German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1901
- Walt Disney in 1901
- U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., in 1902
- film director Otto Preminger in 1905
- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Little Richard (Richard Penniman) in 1932 (age 85)
- author Joan Didion in 1934 (age 83)
- writer Calvin Trillin in 1935 (age 82)
- songwriter J.J. Cale 1938
- opera tenor Jose Carreras in 1946 (age 71)
- football Hall of Fame member Jim Plunkett in 1947 (age 70)
- comedian/actress Margaret Cho in 1968 (age 49)
- actor Paula Patton in 1975 (age 42)
- actor Lauren London in 1984 (age 33)
- actor Frankie Muniz in 1985 (age 32).

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