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Day History: January-20

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Famous Birthdays


225- Gordian III -Roman emperor (d. 244)

1292- Elisabeth of Bohemia (1292–1330)|Elisabeth of Bohemia -(d. 1330)

1435- Ashikaga Yoshimasa -Japanese shogun (d. 1490)

1554- Sebastian of Portugal -(d. 1578)

1573- Simon Marius -German astronomer (d. 1624)

1586- Johann Schein -German composer (d. 1630)

1664- Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina -Italian jurist (d. 1718)

1703- Joseph-Hector Fiocco -Flemish violinist and composer (d. 1741)

1716- Jean-Jacques Barthélemy -French archaeologist and numismatist (d. 1795)

1716- Charles III of Spain -(d. 1788)

1732- Richard Henry Lee -American politician (d. 1794)

1755- Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet -English admiral (d. 1824)

1761- Giovanni Domenico Perotti -Italian composer (d. 1825)

1762- Jérôme-Joseph de Momigny -Belgian-French composer and theorist (d. 1842)

1775- André-Marie Ampère -French physicist (d. 1836)

1781- Joseph Hormayr, Baron zu Hortenburg -Austrian-German politician (d. 1848)

1783- Friedrich Dotzauer -German cellist and composer (d. 1860)

1798- Anson Jones -American politician, 5th President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1858)

1804- Eugène Sue -French author (d. 1857)

1812- Thomas Meik -Scottish engineer (d. 1896)

1834- George D. Robinson -American politician, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)

1855- Ernest Chausson -French composer (d. 1899)

1867- Yvette Guilbert -French singer and actress (d. 1944)

1873- Johannes V. Jensen -Danish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)

1876- Josef Hofmann -Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1967)

1878- Finlay Currie -Scottish actor (d. 1968)

1878- Ruth St. Denis -American dancer (d. 1968)

1880- Walter W. Bacon -American politician, 60th Governor of Delaware (d. 1962)

1880- Max Schöne -German swimmer (d. 1961)

1882- Johnny Torrio -Italian-American mobster (d. 1957)

1883- Enoch L. Johnson -American mob boss (d. 1968)

1883- Forrest Wilson -American journalist and author (d. 1942)

1886- Claude Jameson -American soccer player (d. 1943)

1889- Allan Haines Loughead -American engineer and businessman, founded the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company (d. 1969)

1891- Mischa Elman -Ukrainian-American violinist (d. 1967)

1893- Georg Åberg -Swedish triple jumper (d. 1946)

1894- Harold Gray -American cartoonist, created ''Little Orphan Annie'' (d. 1968)

1894- Walter Piston -American composer (d. 1976)

1895- Gábor Szegő -Hungarian mathematician (d. 1985)

1896- George Burns -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1996)

1896- Rolfe Sedan -American actor (d. 1982)

1896- Isabel Withers -American actress (d. 1968)

1898- U Razak -Burmese educator and politician (d. 1947)

1899- Clarice Cliff -English potter (d. 1972)

1899- Kenjiro Takayanagi -Japanese engineer (d. 1990)

1900- Colin Clive -English actor (d. 1937)

1902- Leon Ames (actor)|Leon Ames -American actor (d. 1993)

1902- Kevin Barry -Irish Republican (d. 1920)

1906- Aristotle Onassis -Turkish-Greek businessman (d. 1975)

1907- Paula Wessely -Austrian actress (d. 2000)

1908- Fleur Cowles -American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

1908- Jean S. MacLeod -Scottish author (d. 2011)

1909- Gōgen Yamaguchi -Japanese martial artist (d. 1989)

1910- Joy Adamson -Austrian author (d. 1980)

1911- Wendell J. Westcott -American carillon player (d. 2010)

1912- Walter Briggs, Jr. -American businessman (d. 1970)

1913- S. M. Rasamanickam -Ceylonese politician (d. 1974)

1915- Ghulam Ishaq Khan -Pakistani politician, 7th President of Pakistan (d. 2006)

1918- Juan García Esquivel -Mexican pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2002)

1918- Nevin S. Scrimshaw -American scientist and academic (d. 2013)

1918- Cleon Skousen -American author (d. 2006)

1920- Federico Fellini -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1920- DeForest Kelley -American actor (d. 1999)

1920- Thorleif Schjelderup -Norwegian ski jumper and author (d. 2006)

1921- Telmo Zarraonaindía -Spanish footballer (d. 2006)

1922- Ray Anthony -American trumpet player, composer, bandleader, and actor

1922- Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland -(d. 2012)

1922- Graham Stark -English actor and director (d. 2013)

1923- Nora Brockstedt -Norwegian singer

1923- Slim Whitman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1925- Ernesto Cardenal -Nicaraguan priest, poet, and politician

1926- Jamiluddin Aali -Pakistani poet, playwright, and critic

1926- Qurratulain Hyder -Indian-Pakistani author (d. 2007)

1926- Patricia Neal -American actress (d. 2010)

1926- David Tudor -American pianist and composer (d. 1996)

1927- Helen Elliot -Scottish table tennis player (d. 2013)

1928- Rudy Boesch -American soldier

1929- Jimmy Cobb -American drummer

1929- Arte Johnson -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1929- Frank Kush -American football player and coach

1929- Fireball Roberts -American race car driver (d. 1964)

1930- Buzz Aldrin -American pilot and astronaut

1930- Blair Lent -American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

1931- Preston Henn -American businessman, founded the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

1931- David Lee (physicist)|David Lee -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Hachidai Nakamura -Japanese pianist and composer (d. 1992)

1932- Lou Fontinato -Canadian ice hockey player

1933- Ronald Townson -American singer and actor (The 5th Dimension) (d. 2001)

1934- Hennie Aucamp -South African poet, author, and academic (d. 2014)

1934- Tom Baker -English actor

1935- Alexander Men -Russian priest and scholar (d. 1990)

1935- Joan Weston -American roller derby racer (d. 1997)

1936- Frances Shand Kydd -Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales and maternal Grandmother of Princes Prince William, Duke of Cambridge|William and Prince Henry of Wales|Henry

1937- Dorothy Provine -American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 2010)

1938- William Berger (actor)|William Berger -Austrian actor (d. 1993)

1938- Liz Calder -English publisher

1938- Derek Dougan -Irish footballer (d. 2007)

1939- Paul Coverdell -American captain and politician (d. 2000)

1939- Chandra Wickramasinghe -Sri Lankan-English mathematician, astronomer, and astrobiologist

1940- Carol Heiss -American figure skater

1940- Krishnam Raju -Indian actor and politician

1940- Mandé Sidibé -Malian politician, Prime Minister of Mali (d. 2009)

1941- Pierre Lalonde -Canadian singer and television host

1942- Linda Moulton Howe -American journalist

1943- Rick Evans -American singer and guitarist (Zager and Evans)

1943- Jessica Rawson -English historian and academic

1944- José Luis Garci -Spanish director and producer

1944- Farhad Mehrad -Iranian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1945- Dave Boswell (baseball)|Dave Boswell -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1945- Robert Olen Butler -American author

1945- Christopher Martin-Jenkins -English journalist (d. 2013)

1945- Eric Stewart -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (10cc, Hotlegs, Mandalaband, and The Mindbenders)

1946- David Lynch -American director

1946- Vladimír Merta -Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and journalist

1947- Cyrille Guimard -French cyclist

1948- Nancy Kress -American author

1948- Mel Pritchard -English drummer (Barclay James Harvest) (d. 2004)

1948- Natan Sharansky -Russian-Israeli physicist and politician

1948- Nigel Williams (author)|Nigel Williams -English author, playwright, and screenwriter

1949- Göran Persson -Swedish politician, 31st Prime Minister of Sweden

1950- Daniel Benzali -Brazilian-American actor

1950- Liza Goddard -English actress

1950- Edward Hirsch -American poet

1950- Chuck Lefley -Canadian ice hockey player

1950- William Mgimwa -Tanzanian banker and politician, 13th Minister of Finance (Tanzania)|Tanzanian Minister of Finance (d. 2014)

1950- Mahamane Ousmane -Nigerian politician, President of Niger

1951- Iván Fischer -Hungarian conductor and composer

1951- Ian Hill -English bass player (Judas Priest)

1952- Nikos Sideris -Greek psychiatrist and poet

1952- Paul Stanley -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Kiss (band)|Kiss and Wicked Lester)

1952- John Witherow -South African journalist

1953- Jeffrey Epstein -American financier and philanthropist

1953- Barbara Hay -English diplomat

1953- Colleen Zenk Pinter -American actress

1954- Rudy La Scala -Venezuelan singer-songwriter and producer

1954- Ken Page -American actor and singer

1954- Alison Seabeck -English politician

1955- McKeeva Bush -Caymanian politician, Premier of the Cayman Islands

1955- Joe Doherty -Irish soldier and activist

1955- Wyatt Knight -American actor

1955- Hiromi Ōta -Japanese singer

1956- Maria Larsson -Swedish educator and politician

1956- Bill Maher -American comedian, actor, and television host

1957- Andy Sheppard -English saxophonist and composer

1958- Lorenzo Lamas -American actor

1959- Tami Hoag -American author

1959- R.A. Salvatore -American author

1960- Apa Sherpa -Nepalese mountaineer

1960- Scott Thunes -American bass player (Fear (band)|Fear)

1960- Will Wright (game designer)|Will Wright -American video game designer, co-founded Maxis

1963- Firebreaker Chip -American wrestler

1963- James Denton (actor)|James Denton -American actor

1963- Mark Ryden -American painter

1964- Ozzie Guillén -Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager

1964- Aquilino Pimentel III -Filipino politician

1964- Ron Harper -American basketball player

1964- Kazushige Nojima -Japanese screenwriter and songwriter

1964- Fareed Zakaria -Indian-American journalist and author

1964- Jack Lewis (author)|Jack Lewis -American author

1965- Colin Calderwood -Scottish footballer

1965- Warren Joyce -English footballer

1965- Greg Kriesel -American bass player (The Offspring)

1965- John Michael Montgomery -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965- Heather Small -English singer-songwriter and actress (Hot House (British band)|Hot House and M People)

1965- Anton Weissenbacher -Romanian footballer

1966- Stacey Dash -American actress

1966- Tracii Guns -American guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Guns, Brides of Destruction, Hollywood Rose, and Contraband (band)|Contraband)

1966- Rainn Wilson -American actor

1967- Jay Hunt (television executive)|Jay Hunt -Australian businessman

1968- Nick Anderson -American basketball player

1968- Melissa Rivers -American actress, television host, and producer

1968- Charlie Swan (jockey)|Charlie Swan -Irish jockey

1969- Patrick K. Kroupa -American computer hacker and activist, co-founded MindVox

1969- Nicky Wire -Welsh singer-songwriter and bass player (Manic Street Preachers)

1970- Mitch Benn -English comedian, singer-songwriter, and guitarist

1970- Kerri Kenney-Silver -American actress and singer

1970- Edwin McCain -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970- Mark Spencer (politician)|Mark Spencer -English politician

1970- Skeet Ulrich -American actor

1971- Gary Barlow -English singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (Take That)

1971- Brian Giles -American baseball player

1971- Derrick Green -American singer-songwriter (Sepultura)

1971- Wakanohana Masaru -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 66th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1971- Gerard McDonnell -Irish mountaineer (d. 2008)

1971- Questlove -American drummer, DJ, and producer (The Roots and Soulquarians)

1972- Tony DeVito -American wrestler

1973- Stephen Crabb -Scottish-Welsh politician

1973- Josh Weston -American porn actor (d. 2012)

1974- David Dei -Italian footballer

1975- David Eckstein -American baseball player

1975- Norberto Fontana -Argentinian race car driver

1975- Zac Goldsmith -English journalist and politician

1976- Kirsty Gallacher -Scottish television host

1976- Gretha Smit -Dutch speed skater

1977- Melody (Belgian singer)|Melody -Belgian singer

1977- Liivo Leetma -Estonian footballer

1978- Salvatore Aronica -Italian footballer

1978- Joy Giovanni -American model and actress

1978- Sonja Kesselschläger -German heptathlete

1978- Allan Søgaard -Danish footballer

1978- Sid Wilson -American DJ and pianist (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot)

1978- Luciano Zauri -Italian footballer

1979- Asaka Kubo -Japanese singer

1979- Shang Yi -Chinese footballer

1979- Will Young -English singer-songwriter and actor

1980- Philippe Cousteau, Jr. -American-French oceanographer

1980- Philippe Gagnon (swimmer)|Philippe Gagnon -Canadian swimmer

1980- Kim Jeong-hoon -South Korean singer and actor

1980- Brigitte Olivier -Belgian martial artist

1980- Petra Rampre -Slovenian tennis player

1980- Matthew Tuck -Welsh singer and guitarist (Bullet for my Valentine)

1981- Daniel Cudmore -Canadian actor

1981- Brendan Fevola -Australian footballer

1981- Freddy Guzmán -Dominican baseball player

1981- Owen Hargreaves -English footballer

1981- Crystal Lowe -Canadian actress

1981- Jason Richardson -American basketball player

1982- Fredrik Strømstad -Norwegian footballer

1982- Joe Swash -English actor

1983- Geovany Soto -Puerto Rican baseball player

1983- Paula Taylor -English-Thai actress and model

1983- Mari Yaguchi -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Dream Morning Musume, and ZYX)

1984- Victoria Asher -American keyboard player (Cobra Starship)

1984- Toni Gonzaga -Filipino actress and singer

1984- Olivia Hallinan -English actress

1984- Rene Mandri -Estonian cyclist

1985- Marina Inoue -Japanese voice actress and singer

1985- Tanel Sokk -Estonian basketball player

1986- Genie Chuo -Taiwanese singer and actress

1986- Bissan Rafe -Palestinian-American painter and biologist

1986- Derek Fathauer -American golfer

1987- Evan Peters -American actor

1987- Janin Lindenberg -German sprinter

1987- Marco Simoncelli -Italian motorcycle racer (d. 2011)

1987- Mark Wright (TV personality)|Mark Wright -English actor, footballer, and radio host

1988- Colin Bensadon -Gibraltarian swimmer

1988- Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé -Nigerian footballer

1988- Jeffrén Suárez -Spanish footballer

1988- Benjamin Ulrich -German rugby player

1989- Nick Foles -American football player

1989- Washington Santana da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1991- Ciara Hanna -American actress

1991- Polona Hercog -Slovenian tennis player

1991- Jolyon Palmer -English race car driver

1992- Jorge Zárate -Mexican footballer

1993- Lorenzo Crisetig -Italian footballer

1994- Denis Mukhametdinov -Russian footballer

1995- Joey Badass -American rapper (Pro Era)

1999- Shannon Tavarez -American actress and singer (d. 2010)