Happy 56th Birthday, Matt Lauer!

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Matt Lauer is ready to turn the page on 2013 and on the 55th year of his life.

It wasn't a great one for the Today anchor, who turns 56 today and who faced rumors of his firing over the past 12 months.

His NBC program plummeted in the ratings, actually losing to Good Morning America for the first time in forever, and fired staffers blamed Lauer's for their dismissal because he allegedly refused to take a pay cut. Ouch.

Matt Lauer on a Red Carpet

And, as if that wasn't embarrassing enough, Lauer dressed as Pamela Anderson for Halloween. We can never erase that memory from our brains.

But at least the reporter can take solace in looking ahead. After all, there's no way the age of 56 can be worse than the age of 55 for him... right?

Among other celebrities celebrating birthdays on December 30 are two of the biggest names in sports:

  • LeBron James (29)
  • Tiger Woods (38)
  • Ellie Goulding (27)
  • Eliza Dushku (33)
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