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Day History: January-17

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Famous Birthdays


1463- Frederick III, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1525)

1484- George Spalatin -German religious reformer (d. 1545)

1501- Leonhart Fuchs -German physician and botanist (d. 1566)

1504- Pope Pius V -(d. 1572)

1560- Gaspard Bauhin -Swiss botanist (d. 1624)

1574- Robert Fludd -English physician, astrologer, and mathematician (d. 1637)

1600- Pedro Calderón de la Barca -Spanish playwright and poet (d. 1681)

1612- Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron -English general (d. 1671)

1640- Jonathan Singletary Dunham -American settler (d. 1724)

1659- Antonio Veracini -Italian composer and violinist (d. 1745)

1666- Antonio Maria Valsalva -Italian anatomist (d. 1723)

1686- Archibald Bower -Scottish historian (d. 1766)

1706- Benjamin Franklin -American publisher and politician, 6th List of Governors of Pennsylvania|President of Pennsylvania (d. 1790)

1712- John Stanley (composer)|John Stanley -English organist and composer (d. 1786)

1719- William Vernon -American businessman (d. 1806)

1728- Johann Gottfried Müthel -German pianist and composer (d. 1788)

1732- Stanisław August Poniatowski -Polish-Lithuanian king (d. 1798)

1733- Thomas Linley the elder -English singer and conductor (d. 1795)

1734- François-Joseph Gossec -French composer (d. 1829)

1761- Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet -Scottish geologist (d. 1832)

1789- August Neander -German historian and theologian (d. 1850)

1793- Antonio José Martínez -Spanish-American priest, rancher and politician (d. 1867)

1814- Ellen Wood (author)|Ellen Wood -English author (d. 1887)

1820- Anne Brontë -English author and poet (d. 1849)

1828- Lewis A. Grant -American lawyer and general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)

1828- Ede Reményi -Hungarian violinist and composer (d. 1898)

1831- Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria -(d. 1903)

1832- Henry Martyn Baird -American historian and educator (d. 1906)

1834- August Weismann -German biologist (d. 1914)

1850- Alexander Taneyev -Russian composer (d. 1918)

1850- Joaquim Arcoverde de Albuquerque Cavalcanti -Brazilian cardinal (d. 1930)

1851- A. B. Frost -American illustrator (d. 1928)

1853- Alva Belmont -American activist (d. 1933)

1857- Wilhelm Kienzl -Austrian composer (d. 1941)

1857- Eugene Augustin Lauste -French-American inventor (d. 1935)

1858- Tomás Carrasquilla -Colombian author (d. 1940)

1860- Douglas Hyde -Irish politician, 1st President of Ireland (d. 1949)

1863- David Lloyd George -English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1945)

1863- Constantin Stanislavski -Russian actor and director (d. 1938)

1865- Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet -English general and politician, 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

1867- Carl Laemmle -German-American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)

1867- Sir Alfred Rawlinson, 3rd Baronet -English pilot and polo player (d. 1934)

1871- David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty -English admiral (d. 1936)

1871- Nicolae Iorga -Romanian historian and politician, 34th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1940)

1872- Henri Masson -French fencer (d. 1963)

1875- Florencio Sánchez -Uruguayan playwright (d. 1910)

1876- Frank Hague -American politician, 30th Mayor of Jersey City (d. 1956)

1877- May Gibbs -Australian author (d. 1969)

1879- Burt McKinnie -American golfer (d. 1946)

1880- Mack Sennett -Canadian director (d. 1960)

1881- Antoni Łomnicki -Polish mathematician (d. 1941)

1881- Harry Price -English psychologistst and author (d. 1948)

1882- Noah Beery, Sr. -American actor (d. 1946)

1882- Arnold Rothstein -American businessman (d. 1928)

1883- Compton Mackenzie -Scottish author (d. 1972)

1886- Ronald Firbank -English author (d. 1926)

1886- Glenn L. Martin -American pilot, founded the Glenn L. Martin Company (d. 1955)

1887- Ola Raknes -Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)

1888- Babu Gulabrai -Indian author (d. 1963)

1895- John Duff -Canadian race car driver (d. 1958)

1897- Marcel Petiot -French doctor and serial killer (d. 1946)

1899- Al Capone -American gangster (d. 1947)

1899- Robert Maynard Hutchins -American philosopher and academic (d. 1977)

1899- Nevil Shute -English author (d. 1960)

1901- Aron Gurwitsch -Lithuanian-American philosopher (d. 1973)

1903- Warren Hull -American actor (d. 1974)

1904- Hem Vejakorn -Thai illustrator (d. 1969)

1905- Ray Cunningham -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1905- Peggy Gilbert -American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2007)

1905- Eduard Oja -Estonian composer, conductor, educator, and critic (d. 1950)

1905- Guillermo Stábile -Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 1966)

1905- Jan Zahradníček -Czech poet (d. 1960)

1907- Henk Badings -Dutch composer (d. 1987)

1908- Cus D'Amato -American boxing manager and trainer (d. 1985)

1911- Busher Jackson -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1966)

1911- John S. McCain, Jr. -American admiral (d. 1981)

1911- George Joseph Stigler -American economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1914- Anacleto Angelini -Italian-Chilean businessman (d. 2007)

1914- Irving Brecher -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1914- William Stafford (poet)|William Stafford -American poet (d. 1993)

1916- Peter Frelinghuysen, Jr. -American politician (d. 2011)

1917- Ramón Cardemil -Chilean horse rider (d. 2007)

1917- M. G. Ramachandran -Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)

1918- Keith Joseph -English politician (d. 1994)

1918- George M. Leader -American politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

1920- Corsica Joe -French-American wrestler (d. 2010)

1920- Georges Pichard -French illustrator (d. 2003)

1921- Herbert Ellis (actor)|Herbert Ellis -American actor

1921- Asghar Khan -Pakistani pilot and politician

1921- Antonio Prohías -Cuban cartoonist (d. 1998)

1922- Robert De Niro, Sr. -American painter (d. 1993)

1922- Luis Echeverría -Mexican politician, 50th President of Mexico

1922- Nicholas Katzenbach -American lawyer, 65th United States Attorney General (d. 2012)

1922- Betty White -American actress and singer

1923- Rangeya Raghav -Indian author (d. 1962)

1923- Carol Raye -English-Australian actress

1924- Rik De Saedeleer -Belgian footballer and journalist (d. 2013)

1925- Robert Cormier -American author and journalist (d. 2000)

1925- Abdul Kardar -Pakistani cricketer (d. 1996)

1925- Edgar Ray Killen -American Ku Klux Klan organizer

1925- Patricia Owens (actress)|Patricia Owens -Canadian-American actress (d. 2000)

1926- Newton N. Minow -American lawyer and politician

1926- Moira Shearer -Scottish-English actress and dancer (d. 2006)

1927- Thomas Anthony Dooley III -American physician and humanitarian (d. 1961)

1927- Norman Kaye -Australian actor (d. 2007)

1927- Eartha Kitt -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1927- Harlan Mathews -American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1927- E.W. Swackhamer -American director and producer (d. 1994)

1928- Jean Barraqué -French composer (d. 1973)

1928- Vidal Sassoon -English-American hairdresser and businessman (d. 2012)

1929- Jacques Plante -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

1929- Tan Boon Teik -Malaysian-Singaporean politician, Attorney-General of Singapore (d. 2012)

1930- Eddie LeBaron -American football player, amanager, and sportscaster

1931- James Earl Jones -American actor

1931- Douglas Wilder -American politician, 66th Governor of Virginia

1931- Don Zimmer -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

1932- Sheree North -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2005)

1933- Dalida -Egyptian-French singer and actress (d. 1987)

1933- Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan -French-Pakistani diplomat (d. 2003)

1933- Shari Lewis -American actress, puppeteer, and television host (d. 1998)

1934- Donald Cammell -Scottish-American director and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1934- Stuart Nisbet -American actor

1934- Zlatko Papec -Croatian footballer (d. 2013)

1934- Cedar Walton -American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1935- Ruth Ann Minner -American businesswoman and politician, 72nd Governor of Delaware

1936- John Boyd (diplomat)|John Boyd -English academic and diplomat

1937- Alain Badiou -French philosopher and educator

1938- John Bellairs -American author (d. 1991)

1938- Percy Qoboza -South African journalist (d. 1988)

1939- Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens -(d. 2008)

1939- Maury Povich -American talk show host

1940- Kipchoge Keino -Kenyan runner

1940- Umashanker Singh -Indian politician (d. 2013)

1940- Tabaré Vázquez -Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay

1941- István Horthy, Jr. -Hungarian physicist and architect

1941- Gillian Weir -New Zealand organist

1942- Muhammad Ali -American boxer

1942- Ita Buttrose -Australian journalist

1942- Ulf Hoelscher -German violinist

1942- Nigel McCulloch -English bishop

1942- Nancy Parsons -American actress (d. 2001)

1943- Geoffrey Deuel -American actor

1943- Chris Montez -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943- René Préval -Haitian politician, 52nd President of Haiti

1944- Françoise Hardy -French singer and actress

1945- Javed Akhtar -Indian poet, playwright, and composer

1946- Michèle Deslauriers -Canadian actress

1947- Jane Elliot -American actress

1947- Alain Payet -French pornographic movie director (d. 2007)

1948- Jim Ladd -American radio host and producer

1948- Davíð Oddsson -Icelandic politician, 21st Prime Minister of Iceland

1948- Anne Queffélec -French pianist

1948- Michael Rake -English businessman

1949- Gyude Bryant -Liberian businessman and politician (d. 2014)

1949- Andy Kaufman -American comedian and actor (d. 1984)

1949- Mick Taylor -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones)

1950- Luis López Nieves -Puerto Rican author

1952- Darrell Porter -American baseball player (d. 2002)

1952- Ryuichi Sakamoto -Japanese pianist, composer, producer, and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra)

1953- Jeff Berlin -American bass player

1953- Carlos Johnson (blues musician)|Carlos Johnson -American singer and guitarist

1954- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. -American lawyer, radio host, and environmentalist

1954- Susan Kiefel -Australian lawyer and judge

1955- Steve Earle -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1955- Steve Javie -American basketball player and referee

1956- Damian Green -English politician

1956- Mitch Vogel -American actor

1956- Paul Young -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Q-Tips (band)|Q-Tips)

1957- Keith Chegwin -English television host and actor

1957- Steve Harvey -American comedian, actor, and author

1957- Ann Nocenti -American author

1957- Michel Vaarten -Belgian cyclist

1958- Valdas Kasparavičius -Lithuanian footballer

1959- Susanna Hoffs -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Bangles and Ming Tea)

1959- Momoe Yamaguchi -Japanese singer and actress

1960- John Crawford (musician)|John Crawford -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Berlin (band)|Berlin)

1960- Chili Davis -Jamaican-American baseball player

1960- Tracey Moore -Canadian voice actress and singer

1960- Chatchai Plengpanich -Thai actor

1961- Maia Chiburdanidze -Georgian chess player

1961- Brian Helgeland -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Jun Azumi -Japanese politician

1962- Jim Carrey -Canadian-American actor and producer

1962- Sebastian Junger -American journalist and author

1962- Taija Rae -American porn actress

1962- Ari Up -German-English singer (The Slits and New Age Steppers) (d. 2010)

1963- Kai Hansen -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Gamma Ray (band)|Gamma Ray, Helloween, Unisonic (band)|Unisonic, and Iron Savior)

1964- Michelle Fairley -Northern Irish actress

1964- Michelle Obama -American lawyer and activist, 46th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States

1964- Andy Rourke -English bass player (The Smiths and Freebass)

1965- Nikos Nioplias -Greek footballer

1965- Sylvain Turgeon -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Joshua Malina -American actor

1966- Stephin Merritt -American singer-songwriter (The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and The Gothic Archies)

1966- Shabba Ranks -Jamaican singer

1966- António Zeferino -Cape Verdean runner

1967- Richard Hawley -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Pulp (band)|Pulp and Longpigs)

1967- Song Kang-ho -South Korean actor

1967- Wendy Mass -American author

1967- Filippo Raciti -Italian police officer (d. 2007)

1968- Svetlana Masterkova -Russian runner

1968- Rowan Pelling -English journalist

1968- Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer -Dutch author, poet, and scholar

1968- Jane Salumäe -Estonian runner

1969- Naveen Andrews -English actor

1969- Lukas Moodysson -Swedish director, screenwriter, and author

1969- Tiësto -Dutch DJ and producer (Gouryella and Kamaya Painters)

1970- Cássio Alves de Barros -Brazilian footballer

1970- Masaaki Mochizuki -Japanese wrestler

1970- Jeremy Roenick -American ice hockey player

1970- Genndy Tartakovsky -Russian-American animator, director, and producer

1970- James Wattana -Thai snooker player

1971- Giorgos Balogiannis -Greek basketball player

1971- Richard Burns -English race car driver (d. 2005)

1971- Kid Rock -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1971- Youki Kudoh -Japanese actress

1971- Sylvie Testud -French actress

1971- Paolo Vaccari -Italian rugby player

1971- Ann Wolfe -American boxer

1972- Benno Fürmann -German actor

1972- Ken Hirai -Japanese singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1973- Cuauhtémoc Blanco -Mexican footballer

1973- Chris Bowen -Australian politician

1973- Liz Ellis -Australian netball player

1973- Aaron Ward (ice hockey)|Aaron Ward -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Danny Bhoy -Scottish comedian

1974- Ladan and Laleh Bijani -Iranian conjoined twins (d. 2003)

1974- Vesko Kountchev -Bulgarian viola player (Amparanoia)

1974- Derrick Mason -American football player

1974- Yang Chen -Chinese footballer

1975- Freddy Rodriguez (actor)|Freddy Rodriguez -American actor

1975- Squarepusher -English singer-songwriter

1975- Rami Yacoub -Swedish songwriter and producer

1977- Kevin Fertig -American wrestler

1977- Leigh Whannell -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Carolina "Pampita" Ardohaín -Argentine model, television personality and actress

1978- Meilen Tu -Taiwanese-American tennis player

1978- Ricky Wilson (British musician)|Ricky Wilson -English singer-songwriter (Kaiser Chiefs)

1979- Oleg Lisogor -Ukrainian swimmer

1979- Chase Stevens -American wrestler

1980- Maksim Chmerkovskiy -Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer

1980- Zooey Deschanel -American singer-songwriter and actress (She & Him)

1980- Gareth McLearnon -Irish flute player

1980- Modestas Stonys -Lithuanian footballer

1981- Warren Feeney -Irish footballer

1981- Ray J -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1981- Scott Mechlowicz -American actor

1982- Hwanhee -South Korean singer and actor (Fly to the Sky)

1982- Dwyane Wade -American basketball player

1982- Amanda Wilkinson -Canadian singer (The Wilkinsons)

1983- Álvaro Arbeloa -Spanish footballer

1983- Johannes Herber -German basketball player

1983- Rick Kelly -Australian race car driver

1984- Sophie Dee -Welsh porn actress

1984- Kelvin Fletcher -English actor and model

1984- Calvin Harris -Scottish singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer

1984- Sam Shaw (wrestler)|Sam Shaw -American wrestler

1985- Pablo Barrientos -Argentinian footballer

1985- Mark Briscoe -American wrestler

1985- Kangin -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Super Junior)

1985- Riyu Kosaka -Japanese singer and actress (BeForU)

1985- Betsy Ruth -American wrestler

1985- Simone Simons -Dutch singer-songwriter (Epica (band)|Epica)

1986- Max Adler (actor)|Max Adler -American actor

1986- Hale Appleman -American actor

1986- Viktor Stålberg -Swedish ice hockey player

1987- Oleksandr Usyk -Ukrainian boxer

1988- Andrea Antonelli -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2013)

1988- Will Genia -Australian rugby player

1988- Héctor Moreno (footballer)|Héctor Moreno -Mexican footballer

1989- Hollie-Jay Bowes -English actress and singer

1989- Björn Dreyer (footballer born 1989)|Björn Dreyer -German footballer

1989- Taylor Jordan -American baseball player

1990- Santiago Tréllez -Colombian footballer

1991- Trevor Bauer -American baseball player

1991- Lee Kiseop -South Korean singer and dancer (U-KISS)

1993- Frankie Cocozza -English singer

1997- Jack Vidgen -Australian singer-songwriter