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Day History: January-19

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Famous Birthdays


398- Pulcheria -Byzantine empress and saint (d. 453)

1544- Francis II of France -(d. 1560)

1676- John Weldon (musician)|John Weldon -English organist and composer (d. 1736)

1721- Jean-Philippe Baratier -German scholar (d. 1740)

1736- James Watt -Scottish engineer (d. 1819)

1737- Giuseppe Millico -Italian soprano, composer, and educator (d. 1802)

1739- Joseph Bonomi the Elder -Italian architect, designed Longford Hall and Barrells Hall (d. 1808)

1752- James Morris III -American soldier (d. 1820)

1757- Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf -(d. 1831)

1788- Pavel Kiselyov -Russian general and politician (d. 1874)

1790- Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom -Swedish poet (d. 1855)

1798- Auguste Comte -French philosopher (d. 1857)

1807- Robert E. Lee -American general (d. 1870)

1808- Lysander Spooner -American philosopher (d. 1887)

1809- Edgar Allan Poe -American author and poet (d. 1849)

1813- Henry Bessemer -English engineer and businessman (d. 1898)

1832- Ferdinand Laub -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1875)

1833- Alfred Clebsch -German mathematician (d. 1872)

1839- Paul Cézanne -French painter (d. 1906)

1848- John Fitzwilliam Stairs -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1904)

1848- Matthew Webb -English swimmer and diver (d. 1883)

1851- Jacobus Kapteyn -Dutch astronomer (d. 1922)

1863- Werner Sombart -German sociologist (d. 1941)

1871- Dame Gruev -Bulgarian educator and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1906)

1874- Hitachiyama Taniemon -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 19th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1922)

1876- Wakashima Gonshirō -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 21st Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1943)

1876- Dragotin Kette -Slovenian poet (d. 1899)

1878- Herbert Chapman -English footballer and manager (d. 1934)

1879- Boris Savinkov -Russian soldier and author (d. 1925)

1887- Alexander Woollcott -American actor, playwright, and critic (d. 1943)

1889- Sophie Taeuber-Arp -Swiss painter and sculptor (d. 1943)

1892- Ólafur Thors -Icelandic politician, 8th Prime Minister of Iceland (d. 1964)

1893- Magda Tagliaferro -Brazilian pianist (d. 1986)

1905- Stanley Hawes -English-Australian director and producer (d. 1991)

1908- Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh -Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1971)

1909- Hans Hotter -German opera singer (d. 2003)

1911- Choor Singh -Singaporean judge (d. 2009)

1912- Leonid Kantorovich -Russian mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1913- Rex Ingamells -Australian poet (d. 1955)

1914- Bob Gerard -English race car driver (d. 1990)

1917- John Raitt -American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1918- John H. Johnson -American publisher, founded the Johnson Publishing Company (d. 2005)

1920- Bernard Dunstan -English painter and educator

1920- Javier Pérez de Cuéllar -Peruvian diplomat, 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations

1921- Patricia Highsmith -American author (d. 1995)

1922- Guy Madison -American actor (d. 1996)

1923- Jean Stapleton -American actress and singer (d. 2013)

1923- Markus Wolf -German spy (d. 2006)

1924- Nicholas Colasanto -American actor (d. 1985)

1924- Jean-François Revel -French author (d. 2006)

1925- Nina Bawden -English author (d. 2012)

1926- George Ives (actor)|George Ives -American actor (d. 2013)

1926- Jim Line -American basketball player (d. 2013)

1926- Hans Massaquoi -German-American journalist and author (d. 2013)

1926- Fritz Weaver -American actor

1930- Tippi Hedren -American actress

1931- Robert MacNeil -Canadian-American journalist and author

1932- Russ Hamilton (singer)|Russ Hamilton -English singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1932- Richard Lester -American-English director, producer, and screenwriter

1933- George Coyne -American priest, astronomer, and theologian

1934- Lloyd Robertson -Canadian journalist

1935- Soumitra Chatterjee -Indian actor

1935- Johnny O'Keefe -Australian singer-songwriter (d. 1978)

1936- Ziaur Rahman -Bangladeshi politician, 7th President of Bangladesh (d. 1981)

1936- Willie "Big Eyes" Smith -American singer, harmonica player, and drummer (d. 2011)

1937- Fred J. Lincoln -American porn actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1937- John Lions -Australian computer scientist (d. 1998)

1937- Giovanna Marini -Italian singer-songwriter

1937- Appadurai Muttulingam -Sri Lankan accountant and author

1939- Phil Everly -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Everly Brothers) (d. 2014)

1940- Paolo Borsellino -Italian judge (d. 1992)

1940- Mike Reid (actor)|Mike Reid -English comedian, actor, and author (d. 2007)

1941- Tony Anholt -Singaporean-English actor (d. 2002)

1941- Colin Gunton -English theologian (d. 2003)

1941- Pat Patterson (wrestler)|Pat Patterson -Canadian wrestler

1942- Michael Crawford -English actor and singer

1942- Thom Mayne -American architect, designed the San Francisco Federal Building and Phare Tower

1942- Paul-Eerik Rummo -Estonian poet and politician

1943- Petchara Chaowarat -Thai actress

1943- Larry Clark -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1943- Janis Joplin -American singer-songwriter (Big Brother and the Holding Company) (d. 1970)

1944- Shelley Fabares -American actress

1944- Laurie London -English singer

1944- Peter Lynch -American businessman

1944- Dan Reeves -American football player and coach

1945- Trevor Williams (musician)|Trevor Williams -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Audience (band)|Audience and The Nashville Teens)

1946- Julian Barnes -English author

1946- Dolly Parton -American singer-songwriter and actress

1947- Frank Aarebrot -Norwegian political scientist and academic

1947- Christine Allsopp -English priest

1947- Ann Compton -American journalist

1947- Paula Deen -American chef and author

1947- Rod Evans -English singer-songwriter (Deep Purple and Captain Beyond)

1947- Patricia Hodgson -English broadcaster

1947- Elena Nathanael -Greek actress (d. 2008)

1948- Amanda Holden (writer)|Amanda Holden -English playwright and composer

1948- Frank McKenna -Canadian politician and diplomat, 27th Premier of New Brunswick

1948- Mal Reilly -English rugby player and coach

1949- Arend Langenberg -Dutch voice actor and radio host (d. 2012)

1949- Robert Palmer (singer)|Robert Palmer -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Power Station (band)|Power Station) (d. 2003)

1949- Lindsay Roy -Scottish educator and politician

1949- Andrew Samuels -English psychologist and academic

1949- Dennis Taylor -Irish snooker player

1950- Sébastien Dhavernas -Canadian actor

1950- Jon Matlack -American baseball player

1950- Grant Nordman -American-Canadian politician

1950- David Tredinnick (politician)|David Tredinnick -English politician

1951- Graham James (bishop)|Graham James -English bishop

1951- Arthur Taxier -American actor

1953- Desi Arnaz, Jr. -American actor

1953- Linda Hayden -English actress

1953- Richard Legendre -Canadian tennis player and politician

1954- Katey Sagal -American actress

1954- Cindy Sherman -American photographer

1954- Katharina Thalbach -German actress and director

1955- Tony Mansfield -English singer-songwriter and producer (New Musik)

1955- Simon Rattle -English conductor

1955- Paul Rodriguez -Mexican-American comedian and actor

1956- Carman (singer)|Carman -American singer-songwriter, actor, and television host

1957- Ottis Anderson -American football player

1957- Kenneth McClintock -Puerto Rican politician, 13th President of the Senate of Puerto Rico

1958- Thomas Kinkade -American painter (d. 2012)

1959- Jeff Pilson -American bass player, songwriter, and actor (Dokken, Dio (band)|Dio, and Foreigner (band)|Foreigner)

1961- William Ragsdale -American actor

1961- Wayne Hemingway -English fashion designer, co-founded Red or Dead

1962- Hans Daams -Dutch cyclist

1962- Chris Sabo -American baseball player

1962- Jeff Van Gundy -American basketball player and coach

1963- Michael Adams (basketball)|Michael Adams -American basketball player

1963- Martin Bashir -English journalist

1963- John Bercow -English politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons

1963- Caron Wheeler -English singer-songwriter (Soul II Soul)

1963- Luís Martins (footballer born 1963)|Luís Martins -Portuguese footballer, coach, and manager

1964- Janine Antoni -Bahamian sculptor and photographer

1964- Ricardo Arjona -Guatemalan singer-songwriter and basketball player

1966- Floris Jan Bovelander -Dutch field hockey player

1966- Sylvain Côté -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Stefan Edberg -Swedish tennis player

1966- Lena Philipsson -Swedish singer

1967- Javier Cámara -Spanish actor

1968- Whitfield Crane -American singer-songwriter (Ugly Kid Joe, Medication (band)|Medication, Another Animal, and Life of Agony)

1969- Edwidge Danticat -Haitian-American author

1969- Luc Longley -Australian basketball player

1969- Predrag Mijatović -Montenegrin footballer and manager

1969- Junior Seau -American football player (d. 2012)

1969- Casey Sherman -American author

1969- Steve Staunton -Irish footballer

1970- Tim Foster -English rower

1970- Steffen Freund -German footballer and manager

1970- Kathleen Smet -Belgian triathlete

1970- Udo Suzuki -Japanese comedian and singer (UltraCats)

1971- Shawn Wayans -American actor

1971- John Wozniak -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Marcy Playground)

1972- Angham -Egyptian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1972- Joana Benedek -Mexican actress

1972- Drea de Matteo -American actress

1972- Jon Fisher -American businessman and author

1972- Elena Kaliská -Slovak canoe racer

1972- R-Truth -American wrestler

1972- Troy Wilson (Australian rules footballer)|Troy Wilson -Australian footballer and race car driver

1971- Sergei Zjukin -Estonian chess player

1973- Antero Manninen -Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)

1973- Yevgeny Sadovyi -Russian swimmer

1973- Aaron Yonda -American comedian, actor, and director

1974- Dainius Adomaitis -Lithuanian basketball player

1974- Frank Caliendo -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974- Ian Laperrière -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Jaime Moreno -Bolivian footballer

1975- Noah Georgeson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1975- Zdeňka Málková -Czech tennis player

1976- Natale Gonnella -Italian footballer

1976- Tarso Marques -Brazilian race car driver

1977- Cocco -Japanese singer-songwriter

1977- Nicole (Chilean singer)|Nicole -Chilean singer-songwriter

1977- Benjamin Ayres -Canadian actor

1977- Margus Maiste -Estonian architect

1977- Lauren Etame Mayer -Cameroonian footballer

1979- Svetlana Khorkina -Russian gymnast

1979- Josu Sarriegi -Spanish footballer

1979- Wiley (rapper)|Wiley -English rapper and producer (Roll Deep)

1980- Jenson Button -English race car driver

1980- Pasha Kovalev -Russian-American dancer

1980- Luke Macfarlane -Canadian-American actor and singer

1980- Arvydas Macijauskas -Lithuanian basketball player

1981- Asier del Horno -Spanish footballer

1981- Lucho González -Argentinian footballer

1981- Dimosthenis Manousakis -Greek footballer

1981- Andrus Mitt -Estonian football and beach soccer player

1981- Jaanus Nõmmsalu -Estonian volleyball player

1981- Kerby Raymundo -Filipino basketball player

1981- Bitsie Tulloch -American actress

1982- Angela Chang -Taiwanese singer and actress

1982- Mike Komisarek -American ice hockey player

1982- Jodie Sweetin -American actress

1983- Hikaru Utada -American-Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

1984- Fabio Catacchini -Italian footballer

1984- Karun Chandhok -Indian race car driver

1984- Jimmy Kebe -Malian footballer

1984- Thomas Vanek -Austrian ice hockey player

1985- Jake Allen (American football)|Jake Allen -American football player

1985- Pascal Behrenbruch -German decathlete

1985- Benny Feilhaber -American soccer player

1985- Esteban Guerrieri -Argentinian race car driver

1985- Rika Ishikawa -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Dream Morning Musume, Ongaku Gatas, v-u-den, and Hangry & Angry)

1985- Aleksandr Yevgenyevich Nikulin -Russian footballer

1986- Loren Galler-Rabinowitz -American ice dancer

1986- Claudio Marchisio -Italian footballer

1986- Oleksandr Miroshnychenko -Ukrainian footballer

1986- Moussa Sow -Senegalese footballer

1987- Edgar Manucharyan -Armenian footballer

1987- Angus Monfries -Australian footballer

1988- JaVale McGee -American basketball player

1988- Yusuke Yamamoto -Japanese actor

1990- Tatiana Búa -Argentine tennis player

1991- Corinna Harrer -German runner

1991- Petra Martić -Croatian tennis player

1991- Erin Sanders -American actress

1992- Shawn Johnson -American gymnast

1992- Logan Lerman -American actor

1992- Mac Miller -American rapper, producer, and actor

1993- Gus Lewis -American-English actor

1993- Erick Torres Padilla -Mexican footballer

1994- Matthias Ginter -German footballer

2006- JB Agustin -Filipino actor