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Day History: January-14

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Famous Birthdays


83 BC- Mark Antony -Roman general and politician (d. 30 BCE)

47 BC- Marcus Antonius Antyllus -Roman soldier (d. 30 BC)

1131- Valdemar I of Denmark -(d. 1182)

1451- Franchinus Gaffurius -Italian composer and theorist (d. 1522)

1477- Hermann of Wied -German archbishop (d. 1552)

1507- Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal -(d. 1578)

1552- Alberico Gentili -Italian jurist (d. 1608)

1615- John Biddle (Unitarian)|John Biddle -English theologian (d. 1662)

1683- Gottfried Silbermann -German instrument maker (d. 1753)

1684- Johann Matthias Hase -German mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer (d. 1742)

1684- Jean-Baptiste van Loo -French painter (d. 1745)

1699- Jakob Adlung -German organist, historian, and theorist (d. 1762)

1700- Picander -German poet (d. 1764)

1705- Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier -French sailor, explorer, and politician (d. 1786)

1741- Benedict Arnold -American-English general (d. 1801)

1767- Maria Theresa of Austria (1767–1827)|Maria Theresa of Austria -(d. 1827)

1780- Henry Baldwin (judge)|Henry Baldwin -American judge and politician (d. 1844)

1792- Christian Julius de Meza -Danish general (d. 1865)

1793- John C. Clark -American politician (d. 1852)

1798- Johan Rudolph Thorbecke -Dutch politician, 3rd Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1872)

1800- Ludwig Ritter von Köchel -Austrian composer, botanist, and publisher (d. 1877)

1806- Charles Hotham -English-Australian soldier and politician, 1st Governor of Victoria (d. 1855)

1806- Matthew Fontaine Maury -American astronomer, oceanographer, and historian (d. 1873)

1818- Zachris Topelius -Finnish author and journalist (d. 1898)

1819- Dimitrie Bolintineanu -Romanian poet (d. 1872)

1824- Vladimir Stasov -Russian critic (d. 1906)

1836- Henri Fantin-Latour -French painter (d. 1904)

1841- Berthe Morisot -French painter (d. 1895)

1845- Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne -English politician, 34th Governor-General of India (d. 1927)

1850- Jean de Reszke -Polish tenor (d. 1925)

1850- Pierre Loti -French captain and author (d. 1923)

1856- J. F. Archibald -Australian journalist and publisher, co-founded ''The Bulletin'' (d. 1919)

1861- Mehmed VI -Ottoman sultan (d. 1926)

1863- Manuel de Oliveira Gomes da Costa -Portuguese general and politician, 10th President of Portugal (d. 1929)

1863- Richard F. Outcault -American author and illustrator (d. 1928)

1869- Robert Fournier-Sarlovèze -French polo player and politician (d. 1937)

1870- George Pearce -Australian politician (d. 1952)

1875- Albert Schweitzer -Alsatian physician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1882- Hendrik Willem van Loon -Dutch-American historian and journalist (d. 1944)

1883- Nina Ricci (designer)|Nina Ricci -Italian-French fashion designer (d. 1970)

1886- Hugh Lofting -English author and poet, created ''Doctor Dolittle'' (d. 1947)

1887- Hugo Steinhaus -Polish mathematician and educator (d. 1972)

1892- Martin Niemöller -German theologian (d. 1984)

1892- Hal Roach -American actor, director, and producer (d. 1992)

1896- John Dos Passos -American author (d. 1970)

1897- Hasso von Manteuffel -German general and politician (d. 1978)

1899- Carlos P. Romulo -Filipino soldier and politician, President of the United Nations General Assembly (d. 1985)

1901- Bebe Daniels -American actress (d. 1971)

1901- Alfred Tarski -Polish-American mathematician and philosopher (d. 1983)

1904- Cecil Beaton -English photographer (d. 1980)

1904- Emily Hahn -American journalist and author (d. 1997)

1904- Babe Siebert -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1939)

1905- Takeo Fukuda -Japanese politician, 67th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1995)

1906- William Bendix -American actor (d. 1964)

1907- Georges-Émile Lapalme -Canadian politician (d. 1985)

1908- Russ Columbo -American singer, violinist, and actor (d. 1934)

1909- Joseph Losey -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1911- Sailor Jerry -American tattoo artist (d. 1973)

1911- Anatoly Rybakov -Russian author (d. 1998)

1912- Tillie Olsen -American author (d. 2007)

1914- Harold Russell -Canadian-American actor (d. 2002)

1915- Mark Goodson -American game show producer, created ''Family Feud'' and ''The Price Is Right (U.S. game show)|The Price Is Right'' (d. 1992)

1917- Billy Butterfield -American trumpet player (d. 1988)

1918- Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai -Hungarian-English wife of István Horthy (d. 2013)

1919- Giulio Andreotti -Italian journalist and politician, 41st Prime Minister of Italy (d. 2013)

1919- Andy Rooney -American journalist (d. 2011)

1920- Bertus de Harder -Dutch footballer (d. 1982)

1920- R. K. Srikantan -Indian singer (d. 2014)

1921- Murray Bookchin -American author and philosopher (d. 2006)

1921- Kenneth Bulmer -American author (d. 2005)

1923- Fred Beckey -American mountaineer and author

1924- Carole Cook -American actress and singer

1924- Guy Williams (actor)|Guy Williams -American actor (d. 1989)

1925- Jean-Claude Beton -Algerian-French businessman, founded Orangina (d. 2013)

1925- Yukio Mishima -Japanese author, poet, and playwright (d. 1970)

1925- Louis Quilico -Canadian opera singer (d. 2000)

1926- Frank Aletter -American actor (d. 2009)

1926- Warren Mitchell -English actor

1926- Tom Tryon -American actor (d. 1991)

1927- Zuzana Růžičková -Czech harpsichord player

1928- Gerald Arpino -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2008)

1928- Lars Forssell -Swedish author, poet, and songwriter (d. 2007)

1928- Hans Kornberg -German-English biologist and academic

1928- Garry Winogrand -American photographer (d. 1984)

1930- Kenny Wheeler -Canadian-English trumpet player and composer (Azimuth (band)|Azimuth) (d. 2014)

1931- Frank Costigan -Australian lawyer (d. 2009)

1931- Martin Holdgate -English biologist

1931- Caterina Valente -French-Italian singer, dancer, and actress

1932- Don Garlits -American race car driver

1933- Stan Brakhage -American director and producer (d. 2003)

1934- Richard Briers -English actor (d. 2013)

1934- Alberto Rodriguez Larreta -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1977)

1935- Ennio Girolami -Italian actor (d. 2013)

1935- Lucille Wheeler -Canadian skier

1937- Sobhan Babu -Indian actor (d. 2008)

1937- J. Bernlef -Dutch author and poet (d. 2012)

1937- Ken Higgs -English cricketer

1937- Erland Kops -Danish badminton player

1937- Sonny Siebert -American baseball player

1938- Morihiro Hosokawa -Japanese politician, 79th Prime Minister of Japan

1938- Jack Jones (singer)|Jack Jones -American singer and actor

1938- Allen Toussaint -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1940- Julian Bond -American activist and politician

1940- Ron Kostelnik -American football player (d. 1993)

1940- Trevor Nunn -English director and composer

1941- Faye Dunaway -American actress and producer

1941- Barry Jenner -American actor

1941- Milan Kučan -Slovenian politician, 1st President of Slovenia

1942- Ian Brayshaw -Australian cricketer and footballer

1942- Dave Campbell (infielder)|Dave Campbell -American baseball player and sportscaster

1942- Gerben Karstens -Dutch cyclist

1943- Angelo Bagnasco -Italian cardinal

1943- Mariss Jansons -Latvian conductor

1943- Shannon Lucid -American biochemist and astronaut

1943- José Luis Rodríguez (singer)|José Luis Rodríguez -Venezuelan singer and actor

1943- Holland Taylor -American actress

1944- Marjoe Gortner -American actor

1944- Graham Marsh -Australian golfer

1944- Nina Totenberg -American journalist

1945- Maina Gielgud -English ballerina

1945- Einar Hakonarson -Icelandic painter

1946- Harold Shipman -English serial killer (d. 2004)

1947- Taylor Branch -American historian and author

1947- Bev Perdue -American politician, 73rd Governor of North Carolina

1947- Lembit Sibul -Estonian actor and journalist (d. 2001)

1947- Bill Werbeniuk -Canadian snooker player (d. 2003)

1948- T-Bone Burnett -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Alpha Band)

1948- Valeri Kharlamov -Russian ice hockey player (d. 1981)

1948- John Lescroart -American author

1948- Carl Weathers -American actor

1949- Paul Chubb -Australian actor (d. 2002)

1949- Lawrence Kasdan -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1949- Mary Robison -American author

1949- Charlie Tumahai -New Zealand singer, bass player and songwriter (Be-Bop Deluxe) (d. 1995)

1949- Lamar Williams -American bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level (band)|Seal Level) (d. 1983)

1950- Rambhadracharya -Indian religious leader, scholar, and author

1950- Arthur Byron Cover -American author and screenwriter

1952- Sydney Biddle Barrows -American author

1952- Maureen Dowd -American journalist and author

1952- Konstantinos Iosifidis -Greek footballer and manager

1952- Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu -Romanian politician, 60th Prime Minister of Romania

1953- David Clary -English chemist and academic

1954- Jim Duggan -American wrestler

1954- Masanobu Fuchi -Japanese wrestler

1954- Vernee Watson-Johnson -American actress

1956- Étienne Daho -Algerian-French singer-songwriter and producer

1956- Ben Heppner -Canadian tenor

1956- Rosina Lippi -American author

1957- Suzanne Danielle -English actress

1957- Anchee Min -Chinese-American painter, photographer, and author

1958- Colin Ferguson (mass murderer)|Colin Ferguson -Jamaican-American murderer

1959- Geoff Tate -German-American singer-songwriter (Queensrÿche)

1960- Nick Smith (British politician)|Nick Smith -Welsh politician

1961- Rob Hall -New Zealand mountaineer (d. 1996)

1961- Mike Tramp -Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist (White Lion and Freak of Nature (band)|Freak of Nature)

1962- Michael McCaul -American politician

1963- Steven Soderbergh -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Gert-Jan Theunisse -Dutch cyclist

1964- Mark Addy -English actor

1964- Ernest Miller -American wrestler and actor

1964- Henry Saari -Finnish porn actor and director

1964- Shepard Smith -American journalist

1965- Shamil Basayev -Chechen rebel (d. 2006)

1965- Marc Delissen -Dutch field hockey player

1965- Bob Essensa -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall -English chef and critic

1965- Ellis Paul -American singer-songwriter

1965- Slick Rick -British-American rapper

1966- DJ Paul Elstak -Dutch DJ and producer

1966- Robert Flello -English politician

1966- Marco Hietala -Finnish singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Nightwish, Tarot (band)|Tarot, Northern Kings, and Sinergy)

1966- Rene Simpson -Canadian-American tennis player (d. 2013)

1966- Dan Schneider (TV producer)|Dan Schneider -American television producer, screenwriter, actor, founder (Schneider's Bakery)

1967- Kerri Green -American actress

1967- Leonardo Ortolani -Italian author

1967- Emily Watson -English actress

1967- Saskia Wickham -English actress

1967- Zakk Wylde -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Black Label Society and Pride and Glory (band)|Pride and Glory)

1968- Efthimis Bakatsias -Greek basketball player

1968- Ruel Fox -English footballer

1968- Veikka Gustafsson -Finnish mountaineer

1968- LL Cool J -American rapper and actor

1969- Jason Bateman -American actor, director, and producer

1969- Dave Grohl -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Scream (band)|Scream, Dain Bramage, and Killing Joke)

1970- Imam Samudra -Indonesian terrorist (d. 2008)

1970- Fazıl Say -Turkish pianist and composer

1970- Gene Snitsky -American wrestler

1971- Lasse Kjus -Norwegian skier

1971- Bert Konterman -Dutch footballer

1971- Antonios Nikopolidis -Greek footballer

1972- Kyle Brady -American football player

1972- Dion Forster -South African minister, theologian, and author

1972- James Key (Formula One)|James Key -English engineer

1972- Raimondas Rumšas -Lithuanian cyclist

1973- Eva Bes -Spanish tennis player

1973- Giancarlo Fisichella -Italian race car driver

1973- Katie Griffin -Canadian voice actress

1974- Kevin Durand -Canadian actor

1974- David Flitcroft -English footballer and manager

1975- Georgina Cates -English actress

1975- Taylor Hayes (pornographic actress)|Taylor Hayes -American porn actress

1976- Vincenzo Chianese -Italian footballer

1977- Narain Karthikeyan -Indian race car driver

1977- Terry Ryan (ice hockey b. 1977)|Terry Ryan -Canadian ice hockey player

1978- Shawn Crawford -American sprinter

1979- Karen Elson -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and model

1979- Angela Lindvall -American model and actress

1979- John Reuben -American rapper

1979- Evans Soligo -Italian footballer

1980- Clive Clarke -Irish footballer

1980- Cory Gibbs -American soccer player

1980- Ossama Haidar -Lebanese footballer

1980- Byron Leftwich -American football player

1980- Sosuke Sumitani -Japanese announcer

1980- Taeke Taekema -Dutch field hockey player

1980- Hiroshi Tamaki -Japanese actor and singer

1981- Abdelmalek Cherrad -Algerian footballer

1981- Rosa López -Spanish singer

1982- Léo Lima -Brazilian footballer

1982- Víctor Valdés -Spanish footballer

1983- Cesare Bovo -Italian footballer

1983- Jason Krejza -Australian cricketer

1983- Maxime Monfort -Belgian cyclist

1984- Erick Aybar -American baseball player

1984- Fred Matua -American football player (d. 2012)

1984- Brandon Meriweather -American football player

1984- Mike Pelfrey -American baseball player

1985- Joel Rosario -Dominican-American jockey

1985- Shawn Sawyer -Canadian figure skater

1986- Cristina Aicardi -Peruvian badminton player

1986- Gary Brolsma -American internet personality

1986- Yohan Cabaye -French footballer

1986- Alessio Cossu -Italian footballer

1988- Farshad Bashir -Afghan-Dutch politician

1988- Mikalah Gordon -American singer

1988- Hakeem Nicks -American football player

1988- Tom Rosenthal -English actor and comedian

1988- Jack P. Shepherd -English actor

1988- Keren Shlomo -Israeli tennis player

1989- Adam Clayton (footballer)|Adam Clayton -English footballer

1989- Liu Xiaodong (footballer)|Liu Xiaodong -Chinese footballer

1989- Mattia Marchi -Italian footballer

1989- Frankie Sandford -English singer-songwriter and dancer (S Club 8 and The Saturdays)

1990- Lelisa Desisa -Ethiopian runner

1990- Grant Gustin -American actor and singer

1991- Diva Montelaba -Filipino actress and singer

1992- Robbie Brady -Irish footballer

1992- Chieh-Yu Hsu -American tennis player

1992- Nimue Smit -Dutch model

1993- Daniel Bessa -Brazilian footballer

1994- Abi Phillips -English actress and singer-songwriter

1995- Georgios Diamantakos -Greek basketball player