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Day History: January-12

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Famous Birthdays


1483- Henry III of Nassau-Breda -(d. 1538)

1562- Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy -(d. 1630)

1576- Petrus Scriverius -Dutch scholar (d. 1660)

1577- Jan Baptist van Helmont -Flemish chemist and physician (d. 1644)

1580- Alexander Ruthven -Scottish traitor (d. 1600)

1588- John Winthrop -English-American lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (d. 1649)

1591- José Ribera -Spanish painter (d. 1652)

1597- François Duquesnoy -Flemish sculptor (d. 1643)

1628- Charles Perrault -French author (d. 1703)

1711- Gaetano Latilla -Italian composer (d. 1788)

1715- Jacques Duphly -French organist and composer (d. 1789)

1716- Antonio de Ulloa -Spanish general and politician, 1st List of colonial governors of Louisiana|Spanish Governor of Louisiana (d. 1795)

1721- Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick -Prussian field marshal (d. 1792)

1723- Samuel Langdon -American clergyman and educator (d. 1797)

1724- Frances Brooke -English author and playwright (d. 1789)

1729- Edmund Burke -Irish politician and philosopher (d. 1797)

1746- Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi -Swiss philosopher and educator (d. 1827)

1751- Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1825)

1772- Mikhail Speransky -Russian reformer (d. 1839)

1786- Sir Robert Inglis, 2nd Baronet -English politician (d. 1855)

1792- Johan August Arfwedson -Swedish chemist (d. 1841)

1797- Gideon Brecher -Austrian physician (d. 1873)

1810- Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1859)

1822- Étienne Lenoir -French engineer, designed the internal combustion engine (d. 1900)

1837- Adolf Jensen -German pianist and composer (d. 1879)

1849- Jean Béraud -French painter (d. 1935)

1856- John Singer Sargent -American painter (d. 1925)

1860- Louis Dutfoy -French target shooter (d. 1904)

1863- Swami Vivekananda -Indian philosopher (d. 1902)

1873- Spiridon Louis -Greek runner (d. 1940)

1874- Laura Adams Armer -American author and photographer (d. 1963)

1874- James Juvenal -American rower (d. 1942)

1876- Fevzi Çakmak -Turkish field marshal and politician, List of Prime Ministers of Turkey|Prime Minister of the Turkish Provisional Government (d. 1950)

1876- Jack London -American author (d. 1916)

1876- Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari -Italian composer (d. 1948)

1877- Frank J. Corr -American politician, 45th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1934)

1878- Ferenc Molnár -Hungarian-American author and playwright (d. 1952)

1879- Ray Harroun -American race car driver (d. 1968)

1879- Anton Uesson -Estonian engineer and politician (d. 1942)

1882- Milton Sills -American actor (d. 1930)

1884- Texas Guinan -American actress (d. 1933)

1889- Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad -Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader (d. 1965)

1890- Johannes Vares -Estonian poet, physician, and politician (d. 1946)

1892- Mikhail Gurevich (aircraft designer)|Mikhail Gurevich -Russian aircraft designer, co-founded the Mikoyan|Russian Aircraft Corporation (d. 1976)

1893- Hermann Göring -German commander, pilot, and politician, Minister President of Prussia (d. 1946)

1893- Alfred Rosenberg -Estonian-German architect and politician (d. 1946)

1894- Georges Carpentier -French boxer (d. 1975)

1895- Leo Aryeh Mayer -Israeli scholar (d. 1959)

1896- David Wechsler -American psychologist (d. 1981)

1899- Pierre Bernac -French opera singer (d. 1979)

1899- Paul Hermann Müller -Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1901- Karl Künstler -German Nazi concentration camp commandant (d. 1945)

1903- Igor Kurchatov -Russian physicist (d. 1960)

1904- Mississippi Fred McDowell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1972)

1905- James Bennett Griffin -American archaeologist (d. 1997)

1905- Tex Ritter -American singer and actor (d. 1974)

1906- Emmanuel Lévinas -French philosopher (d. 1995)

1907- Sergei Korolev -Russian engineer (d. 1966)

1908- Jean Delannoy -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1908- Clement Hurd -American illustrator (d. 1988)

1910- Patsy Kelly -American actress (d. 1981)

1910- Luise Rainer -German-English actress

1912- Richard Kuremaa -Estonian footballer (d. 1991)

1915- Paul Jarrico -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1915- Joseph-Aurèle Plourde -Canadian archbishop (d. 2013)

1916- P. W. Botha -South African politician, 1st State President of South Africa (d. 2006)

1916- Jay McShann -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2006)

1916- William Pleeth -English cellist and educator (d. 1999)

1917- Walter Hendl -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2007)

1917- Jimmy Skinner -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)

1917- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -Indian guru (d. 2008)

1920- James L. Farmer, Jr. -American activist, co-founded Congress of Racial Equality (d. 1999)

1920- Jerzy Zubrzycki -Polish-Australian sociologist (d. 2009)

1922- Tadeusz Żychiewicz -Polish journalist and historian (d. 1994)

1923- Ira Hayes -American marine, who Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima|raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima (d. 1955)

1924- Olivier Gendebien -Belgian race car driver (d. 1998)

1924- Grethe Holmer -Danish actress (d. 2004)

1924- Chris Chase -American model, actress, and journalist (d. 2013)

1925- Bill Burrud -American television host, producer, and actor (d. 1990)

1925- Katherine MacGregor -American actress

1925- Bodil Udsen -Danish actress (d. 2008)

1925- Gabriel Vanel -French archbishop (d. 2013)

1926- Morton Feldman -American composer (d. 1987)

1926- Andrew Laszlo -Hungarian-American cinematographer (d. 2011)

1926- Ray Price (musician)|Ray Price -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1928- Lloyd Ruby -American race car driver (d. 2009)

1929- Alasdair MacIntyre -Scottish-American philosopher

1929- Guram Sagaradze (actor)|Guram Sagaradze -Georgian actor (d. 2013)

1930- Tim Horton -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1974)

1930- Jennifer Johnston -Irish author

1930- Glenn Yarbrough -American singer and actor (The Limeliters)

1932- Tzeni Karezi -Greek actress (d. 1992)

1932- Des O'Connor -English comedian, singer, and television host

1933- Michael Aspel -English television host

1933- Pavlos Matesis -Greek author and playwright (d. 2013)

1934- Metin Serezli -Turkish actor (d. 2013)

1934- Alan Sharp -Scottish-American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1934- Mick Sullivan -English rugby player and coach

1935- Kreskin -American magician

1935- Tomiko Ishii -Japanese actress

1936- Jennifer Hilton, Baroness Hilton of Eggardon -English police officer and politician

1936- Raimonds Pauls -Latvian pianist and composer

1936- Brajanath Ratha -Indian poet (d. 2014)

1937- Marie Dubois -French actress (d. 2014)

1937- Shirley Eaton -English actress

1937- Vicente Sardinero -Spanish opera singer (d. 2002)

1938- Qazi Hussain Ahmad -Pakistani scholar and politician (d. 2013)

1938- Lewis Fiander -Australian actor

1939- William Lee Golden -American singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

1939- Jim Palosaari -American evangelist (d. 2011)

1940- Ronald Shannon Jackson -American drummer and composer (Last Exit (free jazz band)|Last Exit) (d. 2013)

1941- Long John Baldry -English-Canadian singer-songwriter and voice actor (Blues Incorporated, The Steampacket, and Bluesology) (d. 2005)

1941- Fiona Caldicott -English psychiatrist

1941- Chet Jastremski -American swimmer (d. 2014)

1942- Bernardine Dohrn -American activist

1944- Hans Henning Atrott -Prussian author and theorist

1944- Joe Frazier -American boxer (d. 2011)

1944- Vlastimil Hort -Czech chess player

1944- Viktoria Postnikova -Russian pianist

1944- Carlos Villagrán -Mexican actor

1945- Maggie Bell -Scottish singer-songwriter (Stone the Crows and The British Blues Quintet)

1945- André Bicaba -Burkinabé sprinter

1946- Hazel Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove -Scottish lawyer and judge

1946- George Duke -American keyboard player, composer, and educator (d. 2013)

1946- Cynthia Robinson -American trumpet player and singer (Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station)

1947- Richard Carwardine -English historian and academic

1947- Tom Dempsey -American football player

1947- Sally Hamwee, Baroness Hamwee -English politician

1948- Kenny Allen (footballer)|Kenny Allen -English footballer

1948- Anthony Andrews -English actor

1948- Gordon Campbell -Canadian politician, 34th Premier of British Columbia

1948- John Etheridge -English guitarist (Soft Machine)

1948- Brendan Foster -English sportscaster

1948- Khalid Abdul Muhammad -American activist (d. 2001)

1948- William Nicholson (writer)|William Nicholson -English author and screenwriter

1949- Kentarō Haneda -Japanese composer (d. 2007)

1949- Ottmar Hitzfeld -German footballer and manager

1949- Hamadi Jebali -Tunisian engineer, journalist, and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Tunisia

1949- Haruki Murakami -Japanese author

1949- Michael W. Vannier -American radiologist

1949- Wayne Wang -Hong Kong-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Sheila Jackson Lee -American lawyer and politician

1950- Göran Lindblad -Swedish politician

1950- Bob McEwen -American politician

1950- Dorrit Moussaieff -Israeli-Icelandic jewelry designer and businesswoman, 5th List of spouses of presidents and prime ministers of Iceland|First Lady of Iceland

1950- Ricky Ray Rector -American murderer (d. 1992)

1950- Greg X. Volz -American singer (Petra)

1951- Kirstie Alley -American actress and producer

1951- Ann Althouse -American academic and author

1951- Rush Limbaugh -American talk show host and author

1951- Drew Pearson (American football)|Drew Pearson -American football player

1952- Charles Faulkner (author)|Charles Faulkner -American-English computer programer and author

1952- Walter Mosley -American author

1952- Ponvannan -Indian actor

1952- John Walker (runner)|John Walker -New Zealand runner

1953- Mary Harron -Canadian director and screenwriter

1954- Howard Stern -American radio host, actor, and author

1955- Tom Ardolino -American drummer (NRBQ and The Minus 5) (d. 2012)

1955- Rockne S. O'Bannon -American screenwriter and producer

1956- Marie Colvin -American journalist (d. 2012)

1957- Brian Blair -American wrestler

1957- John Lasseter -American animator, director, and producer

1957- Jeremy Sams -English director, playwright, and composer

1958- Christiane Amanpour -English-American journalist

1958- Curt Fraser -American-Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1959- Blixa Bargeld -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten)

1959- Per Gessle -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Roxette and Gyllene Tider)

1959- Nick Nairn -Scottish chef

1960- Theologis Papadopoulos -Greek footballer

1960- Oliver Platt -American actor

1960- Dominique Wilkins -American basketball player

1961- Simon Russell Beale -English actor

1961- Tahawwur Hussain Rana -Pakistani-Canadian physician and terrorist

1962- Joe Quesada -American author and illustrator

1962- Luna Vachon -American-Canadian wrestler (d. 2010)

1963- François Girard -Canadian director and screenwriter

1963- Nando Reis -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nando Reis e os Infernais and Titãs)

1964- Jeff Bezos -American businessman, founded Amazon.com

1964- Laura Gildemeister -Argentinian tennis player

1964- Clare Holman -English actress

1965- Mark Moore -English DJ and producer (S'Express)

1965- Alexandra Wentworth -American actress and producer

1965- Rob Zombie -American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director (White Zombie (band)|White Zombie)

1966- Olivier Martinez -French actor

1967- Spencer Dale -English economist

1967- Vendela Kirsebom -Swedish-American model and actress

1968- Keith Anderson -American singer-songwriter

1968- Heather Mills -English model and activist

1968- Big Dick Dudley -American wrestler (d. 2002)

1968- Rachael Harris -American actress

1968- Junichi Masuda -Japanese programmer, director, and composer

1968- Heather Mills -English model and activist

1968- Mauro Silva -Brazilian footballer

1969- Margaret Nagle -American screenwriter and producer

1969- Robert Prosinečki -Croatian footballer

1970- Raekwon -American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

1970- Mig Ayesa -Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1970- Zack de la Rocha -American singer-songwriter (Rage Against the Machine, One Day as a Lion, and Inside Out (band)|Inside Out)

1971- Scott Burrell -American basketball player

1972- Espen Knutsen -Norwegian ice hockey player

1972- Jason Sklar -American comedian and sportscaster

1972- Randy Sklar -American comedian and sportscaster

1972- Priyanka Vadra -Indian politician

1973- Brian Culbertson -American contemporary jazz musician

1973- Dan Haseltine -American singer-songwriter (Jars of Clay)

1973- Maret Vaher -Estonian orienteer

1973- Matt Wong -American bass player (Reel Big Fish)

1973- Hande Yener -Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1974- Melanie C -English singer-songwriter and actress (Spice Girls)

1974- Claudia Conserva -Chilean model and actress

1974- Tor Arne Hetland -Norwegian skier

1975- Aikaterini Deli -Greek basketball player

1975- Jason Freese -American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

1975- Jocelyn Thibault -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Miki Nakatani -Japanese actress and singer

1977- Yoandy Garlobo -Cuban baseball player

1977- Cade McNown -American football player

1977- Piolo Pascual -Filipino actor, singer, and producer

1978- Luis Ayala -Mexican baseball player

1978- Jeremy Camp -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978- Bonaventure Kalou -Ivorian footballer

1978- Kim Sa-rang (actress)|Kim Sa-rang -South Korean actress

1978- Maurizio Zaffiri -Italian rugby player

1979- Marián Hossa -Slovak ice hockey player

1979- Lee Bo-young -South Korean actress and model

1979- Grzegorz Rasiak -Polish footballer

1979- David Zabriskie -American cyclist

1980- Bobby Crosby -American baseball player

1980- Marco Jaggi -Swiss wrestler

1981- Amerie -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1981- João Paulo Daniel -Brazilian footballer

1981- Kristin Eubanks -American wrestler

1981- Dan Klecko -American football player

1981- Angus Macdonald (rugby union)|Angus Macdonald -New Zealand rugby player

1981- Luis Ernesto Pérez -Mexican footballer

1982- Sherzod Abdurahmonov -Uzbek boxer

1982- Paul-Henri Mathieu -French tennis player

1982- Chris Ray -American baseball player

1982- Dimitrios Tsiamis -Greek triple jumper

1982- Hans Van Alphen -Belgian decathlete

1982- Dean Whitehead -English footballer

1982- Dontrelle Willis -American baseball player

1983- Styliani Kaltsidou -Greek basketball player

1984- Scott Olsen -American baseball player

1984- Oribe Peralta -Mexican footballer

1984- Daniel Sepulveda -American football player

1984- Jonathan Zydko -French footballer

1985- Yohana Cobo -Spanish actress

1985- Gerard Lawson -American football player

1985- Artem Milevskiy -Ukrainian footballer

1985- Borja Valero -Spanish footballer

1986- Gemma Arterton -English actress

1986- Kehoma Brenner -German rugby player

1986- Miguel Ángel Nieto -Spanish footballer

1986- Pablo Daniel Osvaldo -Argentinian-Italian footballer

1986- Kieron Richardson -English actor

1987- Andi Muise -Canadian model

1987- Naya Rivera -American actress and singer

1987- Will Rothhaar -American actor

1987- Salvatore Sirigu -Italian footballer

1988- Ytalo (footballer)|Ytalo -Brazilian footballer

1988- Chris Casement -Irish footballer

1988- Holder da Silva -Guinea-Bissauan sprinter

1988- Claude Giroux -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Andrew Lawrence (actor)|Andrew Lawrence -American actor

1989- Thiemo-Jérôme Kialka -German footballer

1990- Sergey Karjakin -Ukrainian chess player

1990- Sergei Muhhin -Estonian figure skater

1991- Pixie Lott -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1992- Ishak Belfodil -Algerian footballer

1992- Georgia May Jagger -English model

1992- Mao Kobayashi -Japanese model and singer

1992- Samuele Longo -Italian footballer

1993- Aika Mitsui -Japanese singer (Morning Musume, Guardians 4, and Tanpopo)

1993- D.O. (singer)|D.O. -, South Korean singer, dancer and actor, Exo (band)

1993- Simone Pecorini -Italian footballer

1994- Emre Can -German footballer

1996- Ai Hashimoto -Japanese actress and fashion model

1996- Ella Henderson -English singer-songwriter

1998- Nathan Gamble -American actor