This Day in History

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Day History: January-13

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Famous Birthdays

1334- Henry II of Castile -(d. 1379)

1505- Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg -(d. 1571)

1562- Mark Alexander Boyd -Scottish poet (d. 1601)

1596- Jan van Goyen -Dutch painter (d. 1656)

1610- Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (1610–1665)|Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria -(d. 1665)

1616- Antoinette Bourignon -French-Flemish mystic (d. 1680)

1635- Philipp Jakob Spener -German theologian (d. 1705)

1651- Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington -English politician (d. 1694)

1683- Christoph Graupner -German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1760)

1698- Metastasio -Italian poet (d. 1782)

1720- Richard Hurd (bishop)|Richard Hurd -English bishop (d. 1808)

1749- Maler Müller -German poet, painter, and playwright (d. 1825)

1777- Elisa Bonaparte -French sister of Napoleon (d. 1820)

1787- John Davis (Massachusetts governor)|John Davis -American lawyer and politician, 14th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)

1804- Paul Gavarni -French illustrator (d. 1866)

1805- Thomas Dyer -American politician, 18th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)

1808- Salmon P. Chase -American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)

1812- Victor de Laprade -French poet and critic (d. 1883)

1832- Horatio Alger, Jr. -American author (d. 1899)

1845- Félix Tisserand -French astronomer (d. 1896)

1858- Oskar Minkowski -Lithuanian biologist (d. 1931)

1859- Kostis Palamas -Greek poet (d. 1943)

1861- Max Nonne -German neurologist (d. 1959)

1864- Wilhelm Wien -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1865- Princess Marie of Orléans (1865–1909)|Princess Marie of Orléans -(d. 1908)

1866- Vasily Kalinnikov -Russian composer (d. 1901)

1869- Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta -Italian general (d. 1931)

1870- Ross Granville Harrison -American biologist (d. 1959)

1874- Alexandros Hatzikyriakos -Greek admiral and politician (d. 1958)

1878- Lionel Groulx -Canadian priest and historian (d. 1967)

1878- Geert Lotsij -Dutch rower (d. 1959)

1881- Essington Lewis -Australian businessman (d. 1961)

1883- Prince Arthur of Connaught -(d. 1938)

1883- Nathaniel Cartmell -American runner and coach (d. 1967)

1884- Sophie Tucker -Ukrainian-American singer and actress (d. 1966)

1885- Alfred Fuller -Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company (d. 1973)

1886- Art Ross -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1964)

1887- Gabriel Gabrio -French actor (d. 1946)

1887- George Gurdjieff -Armenian mystic (d. 1949)

1890- Jüri Uluots -Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1945)

1892- Ermanno Aebi -Italian-Swiss footballer (d. 1976)

1893- Roy Cazaly -Australian footballer (d. 1963)

1893- Clark Ashton Smith -American poet, sculptor, painter, and author (d. 1961)

1898- Kai Munk -Danish pastor and playwright (d. 1944)

1898- Carlo Tagliabue -Italian opera singer (d. 1978)

1901- A. B. Guthrie, Jr. -American historian and author (d. 1991)

1901- Mieczysław Żywczyński -Polish priest and historian (d. 1978)

1904- Richard Addinsell -English composer (d. 1977)

1904- Nathan Milstein -Ukrainian-American violinist (d. 1992)

1905- Kay Francis -American actress (d. 1968)

1906- Zhou Youguang -Chinese linguist and academic

1909- Marinus van der Lubbe -Dutch anarchist (d. 1934)

1910- Yannis Tsarouchis -Greek painter (d. 1989)

1911- Joh Bjelke-Petersen -New Zealand-Australian politician, 31st Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)

1913- Jeff Morrow -American actor (d. 1993)

1914- Ted Willis, Baron Willis -English screenwriter (d. 1992)

1918- Stephen Dunne (actor)|Stephen Dunne -American actor (d. 1977)

1919- Robert Stack -American actor (d. 2003)

1921- Dachine Rainer -American-English author (d. 2000)

1922- Albert Lamorisse -French director and producer (d. 1970)

1923- Daniil Shafran -Russian cellist (d. 1997)

1923- Willem Slijkhuis -Dutch runner (d. 2003)

1924- Paul Feyerabend -Austrian philosopher (d. 1994)

1924- Roland Petit -French dancer and choreographer (d. 2011)

1925- Georgi Kaloyanchev -Bulgarian actor (d. 2012)

1925- Rosemary Murphy -German-American actress (d. 2014)

1925- Ron Tauranac -Australian engineer and designer

1925- Gwen Verdon -American actress and dancer (d. 2000)

1926- Michael Bond -English soldier and author

1926- Carolyn Gold Heilbrun -American author (d. 2003)

1926- Melba Liston -American trombonist and composer (d. 1999)

1926- Shakti Samanta -Indian director and producer (d. 2009)

1927- Brock Adams -American politician (d. 2004)

1927- Sydney Brenner -South African biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Joe Pass -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1994)

1930- Liz Anderson -American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1930- Frances Sternhagen -American actress

1931- Ian Hendry -English actor (d. 1984)

1931- Charles Nelson Reilly -American actor and director (d. 2007)

1931- Chris Wiggins -English-Canadian actor

1932- Barry Bishop (mountaineer)|Barry Bishop -American mountaineer, photographer, and scholar (d. 1994)

1932- Bearcat Wright -American wrestler (d. 1982)

1933- Tom Gola -American basketball player, coach, and politician (d. 2014)

1934- Rip Taylor -American actor

1935- Mauro Forghieri -Italian engineer

1935- Elsa Martinelli -Italian actress

1936- Renato Bruson -Italian opera singer

1938- Richard Anthony (singer)|Richard Anthony -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter

1938- William B. Davis -Canadian actor and director

1938- Dave Edwards (Wyoming politician)|Dave Edwards -American captain and politician (d. 2013)

1938- Tord Grip -Swedish footballer and manager

1938- Anna Home -English screenwriter and producer

1938- Shivkumar Sharma -Indian santoor player and composer

1939- Edgardo Cozarinsky -Argentinian author, screenwriter, and director

1939- Jacek Gmoch -Polish footballer and coach

1939- Cesare Maniago -Canadian ice hockey player

1940- Edmund White -American author

1941- Pasqual Maragall i Mira -Catalan politician, 127th List of Presidents of the Generalitat de Catalunya|President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

1942- Carol Cleveland -English actress

1943- William Duckworth (composer)|William Duckworth -American composer and author (d. 2012)

1943- Richard Moll -American actor

1945- Gordon McVie -English oncologist

1946- Eero Koivistoinen -Finnish saxophonist, composer, and conductor

1947- John Lees (musician)|John Lees -English guitarist (Barclay James Harvest)

1947- Jacek Majchrowski -polish historian, lawyer, and politician

1947- Carles Rexach -Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach

1948- Gaj Singh -Indian politician

1949- Klaus Brandner -German politician

1949- Rakesh Sharma -Indian pilot and astronaut

1949- Brandon Tartikoff -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1950- Clive Betts -English politician

1950- Bob Forsch -American baseball player (d. 2011)

1950- John McNaughton -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1951- Bruce Hart (wrestler)|Bruce Hart -Canadian wrestler

1951- Frank E. Peretti -American author

1952- Stephen Glover -English journalist

1954- Richard Blackford -English composer

1954- Trevor Rabin -South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Yes (band)|Yes, Rabbitt, and Manfred Mann's Earth Band)

1954- Nikos Sarganis -Greek footballer

1955- Paul Kelly (musician)|Paul Kelly -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five)

1955- Jay McInerney -American author

1955- Anne Pringle -English diplomat

1956- Janet Hubert -American actress

1957- Claudia Emerson -American poet

1957- Mary Glindon -English politician

1957- Lorrie Moore -American author

1957- Mark O'Meara -American golfer

1958- Francisco Buyo -Spanish footballer and manager

1958- Ton du Chatinier -Dutch footballer and manager

1958- Tasha Voux -American porn actress

1959- Ernie Irvan -American race car driver

1959- James LoMenzo -American bass player (Megadeth, White Lion, Pride and Glory (band)|Pride and Glory, Slash's Snakepit, and Black Label Society)

1960- Little Oral Annie -American porn actress

1960- Eric Betzig -American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1960- Matthew Bourne -English choreographer and director

1960- Takis Lemonis -Greek footballer and coach

1961- Jeremy Bamber -English murderer

1961- Wayne Coyne -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Flaming Lips)

1961- Kelly Hrudey -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Julia Louis-Dreyfus -American actress and producer

1961- Suggs (singer)|Suggs -English singer-songwriter and actor (Madness (band)|Madness)

1962- Trace Adkins -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1962- Paul Higgins -Canadian ice hockey player

1962- Kevin Mitchell (baseball player)|Kevin Mitchell -American baseball player

1963- Kevin McClatchy -American businessman

1964- Bill Bailey -English comedian, actor, singer, and guitarist

1964- Penelope Ann Miller -American actress

1964- Ronan Rafferty -Irish golfer

1966- Patrick Dempsey -American actor and race car driver

1966- Shelagh Fogarty -English journalist

1966- Leo Visser -Dutch speed skater

1967- Neal Hargrove -American wrestler

1967- Annie Jones (actress)|Annie Jones -Australian actress

1967- Paul McCarthy (actor)|Paul McCarthy -Australian comedian and actor

1968- Traci Bingham -American model and actress

1968- Chara (singer)|Chara -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress (Mean Machine (band)|Mean Machine)

1968- Antonio Tartaglia -Italian bobsledder

1968- Mike Whitlow -English footballer

1969- Stefania Belmondo -Italian skier

1969- Stephen Hendry -Scottish snooker player

1969- John Kronus -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1970- Keith Coogan -American actor

1970- Frank Kooiman -Dutch footballer

1970- Marco Pantani -Italian cyclist (d. 2004)

1970- Shonda Rhimes -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- John Mallory Asher -American actor and director

1971- Phil Whyman -English paranormal investigator

1972- Mark Bosnich -Australian footballer

1972- Nicole Eggert -American actress

1972- Park Jin-young -South Korean singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, founded JYP Entertainment

1972- James O'Brien (radio presenter)|James O'Brien -English journalist and radio host

1972- Atoosa Rubenstein -Iranian-American journalist

1972- Vitaly Scherbo -Belarusian gymnast

1973- Nikolai Khabibulin -Russian ice hockey player

1973- Gloria Yip -Hong Kong actress and singer

1974- Sergei Brylin -Russian ice hockey player

1975- Mailis Reps -Estonian politician

1976- Michael Peña -American actor

1976- Bic Runga -New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Tania Vicent -Canadian speed skater

1976- Mario Yepes -Colombian footballer

1977- William Ash (actor)|William Ash -English actor

1977- Orlando Bloom -English actor

1977- Elliot Mason -English trombonist and keyboard player

1977- James Posey -American basketball player

1978- Ashmit Patel -Indian actor

1978- Nate Silver -American journalist and statistician, developed PECOTA

1979- Katy Brand -English actress and screenwriter

1980- Krzysztof Czerwiński -Polish organist and conductor

1980- María de Villota -Spanish race car driver (d. 2013)

1980- Nils-Eric Johansson -Swedish footballer

1980- Akira Kaji -Japanese footballer

1980- Argo Meresaar -Estonian volleyball player

1980- Michael Rupp -American ice hockey player

1980- Mirko Soltau -German footballer

1981- Reggie Brown (wide receiver)|Reggie Brown -American football player

1981- Shad Gaspard -American wrestler and actor

1981- Darrell Rasner -American baseball player

1981- Yujiro Takahashi -Japanese wrestler

1982- Kamran Akmal -Pakistan cricketer

1982- Guillermo Coria -Argentinian tennis player

1982- Constantinos Makrides -Cypriot footballer

1982- Mason Ryan -Welsh wrestler

1982- Ruth Wilson (actress)|Ruth Wilson -English actress

1983- William Hung -Hong Kong-American singer and actor

1983- Imran Khan (actor)|Imran Khan -Indian actor

1983- Sebastian Kneißl -German footballer

1983- Trina Michaels -American porn actress

1983- Julian Morris (actor)|Julian Morris -English actor

1983- Mauricio Martín Romero -Argentinian footballer

1983- Ronny Turiaf -French basketball player

1984- Lourdes Arévalos -Paraguayan model

1984- Matteo Cavagna (footballer born 1984)|Matteo Cavagna -Italian footballer

1984- Kamghe Gaba -German sprinter

1984- Nathaniel Motte -American singer-songwriter and producer (3OH!3)

1985- Qi Hui -Chinese swimmer

1985- Luke Robinson (wrestler)|Luke Robinson -American wrestler

1986- Laura Ludwig -German volleyball player

1986- Josefine Preuß -German actress

1986- Joannie Rochette -Canadian figure skater

1987- Stefano Del Sante -Italian footballer

1987- Daniel Oss -Italian cyclist

1987- Alexandre Pliuschin -Moldovan cyclist

1987- Lee Seung-gi -South Korean singer and actor

1987- Marc Staal -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Sven Wetzel -German rugby player

1988- Josh Freeman -American football player

1988- Daniel Scheinig -German footballer

1989- Bryan Arguez -American footballer

1989- James Berrett -English footballer

1989- Triinu Kivilaan -Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)

1989- Tim Matavž -Slovenian footballer

1989- Beau Mirchoff -American-Canadian actor

1990- Vincenzo Fiorillo -Italian footballer

1990- Liam Hemsworth -Australian actor

1991- Goo Ha-ra -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Kara (band)|Kara)

1991- Rob Kiernan -English-Irish footballer

1992- Adam Matthews -Welsh footballer

1992- Dinah Pfizenmaier -German tennis player

1993- Xénia Krizsán -Hungarian heptathlete

1993- Max Whitlock -English gymnast

1995- Qaasim Middleton -American actor, singer, and guitarist (Nat & Alex Wolff)

2004- Anastasia and Tatiana Dogaru -Italian conjoined twins