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Day History: January-21

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Famous Birthdays


1338- Charles V of France -(d. 1380)

1610- Elizabeth Fones -English-American settler (d. 1673)

1721- James Murray (Quebec governor)|James Murray -Scottish general and politician, Governor of Minorca (d. 1794)

1735- Johann Gottfried Eckard -German pianist and composer (d. 1809)

1738- Ethan Allen -American general (d. 1789)

1804- Eliza R. Snow -American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)

1813- John C. Frémont -American general, explorer, and politician, 5th List of Governors of Arizona|Territorial Governor of Arizona (d. 1890)

1815- John Bingham -American lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1900)

1820- Joseph Wolf -German illustrator (d. 1899)

1823- Imre Madách -Hungarian poet, lawyer, and politician (d. 1864)

1824- Stonewall Jackson -American general (d. 1863)

1827- Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin -Russian mathematician (d. 1900)

1829- Oscar II of Sweden -(d. 1907)

1846- Pieter Hendrik Schoute -Dutch mathematician (d. 1923)

1848- Henri Duparc (composer)|Henri Duparc -French composer (d. 1933)

1860- Karl Staaff -Swedish lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)

1864- Paul Troje -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)

1867- Ludwig Thoma -German author (d. 1921)

1867- Maxime Weygand -French general (d. 1965)

1878- Vahan Tekeyan -Armenian poet and activist (d. 1948)

1879- Joseph Roffo -French rugby player (d. 1933)

1882- Pavel Florensky -Russian mathematician and theologian (d. 1937)

1882- Francis Gailey -Australian-American swimmer (d. 1972)

1883- Olav Aukrust -Norwegian poet (d. 1929)

1883- Eulogio Rodriguez -Filipino politician, 7th President of the Senate of the Philippines (d. 1964)

1884- Roger Nash Baldwin -American author and activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (d. 1981)

1885- Ernst Gustav Kühnert -Estonian-German architect and historian (d. 1961)

1885- Umberto Nobile -Italian engineer (d. 1978)

1887- Maude Farris-Luse -American super-centenarian (d. 2002)

1887- Georges Vézina -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1926)

1895- Cristóbal Balenciaga -Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga (d. 1972)

1897- René Iché -French sculptor (d. 1954)

1898- Avery Claflin -American composer (d. 1979)

1899- Alexander Tcherepnin -Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 1977)

1901- Ricardo Zamora -Spanish footballer (d. 1978)

1904- Puck van Heel -Dutch footballer (d. 1984)

1905- Christian Dior -French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (d. 1957)

1905- Karl Wallenda -German acrobat (d. 1978)

1906- Igor Moiseyev -Russian choreographer (d. 2007)

1907- Friedrich Karm -Estonian footballer (d. 1980)

1909- Todor Skalovski -Macedonian composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1910- Albert Rosellini -American politician, 15th Governor of Washington (d. 2011)

1910- Eua Sunthornsanan -Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)

1912- Konrad Emil Bloch -German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1913- William Ungar -Polish-American author and philanthropist, founded the National Envelope Corporation (d. 2013)

1914- Lally Bowers -English actress (d. 1984)

1918- Chichay -Filipino actress (d. 1993)

1918- Richard Winters -American soldier (d. 2011)

1919- Eric Brown (pilot)|Eric Brown -Scottish captain and pilot

1921- Lincoln Alexander -Canadian politician, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (d. 2012)

1921- Howard Unruh -American murderer (d. 2009)

1922- Telly Savalas -American actor (d. 1994)

1922- Paul Scofield -English actor (d. 2008)

1923- Lola Flores -Spanish singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1995)

1924- Benny Hill -English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1925- Eva Ibbotson -Austrian-English author (d. 2010)

1925- Arnold Skaaland -American wrestler and manager (d. 2007)

1926- Brian Brockless -English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)

1926- Steve Reeves -American actor (d. 2000)

1927- Clive Churchill -Australian rugby player (d. 1985)

1928- Gene Sharp -American political scientist and academic

1930- Mainza Chona -Zambian politician, 3rd Vice President of Zambia (d. 2001)

1932- Bill Bell (businessman)|Bill Bell -English businessman (d. 2013)

1932- John Chaney (basketball, born 1932)|John Chaney -American basketball player and coach

1933- Joseph W. Eschbach -American physician and academic (d. 2007)

1933- Norman Willis -English trade leader

1934- Audrey Dalton -Irish actress

1935- Masamichi Noro -Japanese-French martial artist (d. 2013)

1935- Eleftherios Veryvakis -Greek politician (d. 2012)

1935- Ann Wedgeworth -American actress

1936- Koji Hashimoto (director)|Koji Hashimoto -Japanese director (d. 2005)

1937- Nushiravan Keihanizadeh -Iranian-American journalist and historian

1937- Ursula Owen -English publisher and activist

1938- Sandy Barr -American wrestler and referee (d. 2007)

1938- Ken Maginnis -Irish politician

1938- Nicholas Phillips, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers|Nicholas Phillips -British judge, President of The Supreme Court

1938- John Savident -English actor

1938- Wolfman Jack -American radio host and actor (d. 1995)

1939- Abdul Jalil (Bangladesh politician)|Abdul Jolil -Bangladeshi politician (d. 2013)

1940- John J. McGinty III -American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)

1940- Jack Nicklaus -American golfer

1941- Plácido Domingo -Spanish tenor and conductor

1941- Stathis Giallelis -Greek actor

1941- Richie Havens -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1941- Mike Medavoy -Chinese-American film producer, co-founded Orion Pictures

1941- Ivan Putski -Polish-American wrestler

1941- Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud -Saudi Arabian prince (d. 2013)

1941- Elaine Showalter -American author and critic

1942- Mac Davis -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1942- George Foulkes, Baron Foulkes of Cumnock -English politician

1942- Edwin Starr -American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1943- Rosemary Butler (politician)|Rosemary Butler -English-Welsh politician

1943- Dimitris Poulikakos -Greek singer-songwriter and actor

1945- Martin Shaw -English actor

1945- Andrew Turnbull, Baron Turnbull -English civil servant

1946- Johnny Oates -American baseball player and manager (d. 2004)

1947- Jill Eikenberry -American actress

1947- Pye Hastings -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Caravan (band)|Caravan)

1947- Michel Jonasz -French singer-songwriter and actor

1947- Jonathan Meades -English journalist and author

1950- Gary Locke -American politician and diplomat, 36th United States Secretary of Commerce

1950- Billy Ocean -Trinidadian-English singer-songwriter

1950- Agnes van Ardenne -Dutch politician and diplomat

1951- Eric Holder -American jurist, 82nd United States Attorney General

1952- Marco Camenisch -Swiss activist

1952- Cyril Hellier -American soprano

1952- Libbye Hellier -American soprano

1952- Louis Menand -American author and academic

1953- Paul Allen -American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft

1953- Glenn Kaiser -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Resurrection Band)

1954- Idrissa Ouedraogo -Burkinabé director, producer, and screenwriter

1954- Phil Thompson -English footballer and coach

1955- Jeff Koons -American sculptor

1955- Leslie Hoffman -American stunt performer, stunt coordinator and actress

1956- Robby Benson -American actor

1956- Geena Davis -American actress

1957- Greg Ryan -German-American soccer player and coach

1958- Gareth Branwyn -American journalist and critic

1958- Frank Ticheli -American composer

1958- Michael Wincott -Canadian actor

1959- Alex McLeish -Scottish footballer and manager

1960- Toxey Haas -American businessman, founded Haas Outdoors, Inc.

1962- Tyler Cowen -American economist and academic

1962- Brian Hildebrand -American wrestler, referee, and manager (d. 1999)

1962- Marie Trintignant -French actress (d. 2003)

1963- Hakeem Olajuwon -Nigerian-American basketball player

1963- Detlef Schrempf -German basketball player

1965- Jam Master Jay -American rapper and DJ (Run–D.M.C.) (d. 2002)

1966- Robert Del Naja -English singer-songwriter and DJ (Massive Attack and The Wild Bunch (sound system)|The Wild Bunch)

1967- Artashes Minasian -Armenian chess player

1968- Sundar C. -Indian actor and director

1968- Charlotte Ross -American actress

1969- Eduard Hämäläinen -Finnish-Belarusian decathlete

1969- M. K. Hobson -American author

1969- Karina Lombard -American actress

1969- Tsubaki Nekoi -Japanese illustrator

1970- Ken Leung -American actor

1971- Tweet (singer)|Tweet -American singer-songwriter (The Dresden Soul Symphony)

1971- Adia Chan -Indonesian-Hong Kong actress and singer

1971- Sergey Klevchenya -Russian speed skater

1971- Alan McManus -Scottish snooker player

1971- Doug Weight -American ice hockey player

1972- Alan Benes -American baseball player

1972- Rickard Falkvinge -Swedish businessman and politician

1972- Yasunori Mitsuda -Japanese composer

1972- Cat Power -American singer-songwriter and actress

1973- Rob Hayles -English cyclist

1974- Malena Alterio -Argentinian-Spanish actress

1974- Rove McManus -Australian comedian, television host, and producer

1974- Alex Sperafico -Brazilian race car driver

1975- Nicky Butt -English footballer

1975- Thomas Castaignede -French rugby player

1975- Yuji Ide -Japanese race car driver

1975- Ito (Spanish footballer)|Ito -Spanish footballer

1975- Willem Korsten -Dutch footballer

1976- Emma Bunton -English singer-songwriter and actress (Spice Girls)

1976- Patrick de Lange -Dutch baseball player

1977- Al Baxter -Australian rugby player

1977- Phil Neville -English footballer

1977- Matt Perry (rugby union)|Matt Perry -English rugby player

1977- Jerry Trainor -American actor

1978- Faris al-Sultan -German-Iraqi triathlete

1978- Bryan Gilmore -American football player

1978- Nokio the N-Tity -American singer-songwriter and producer (Dru Hill)

1978- Phil Stacey -American singer

1978- Andrei Zyuzin -Russian ice hockey player

1979- Byung-Hyun Kim -South Korean baseball player

1979- Spider Loc -American rapper and actor

1979- Brian O'Driscoll -Irish rugby player

1980- Dave Kitson -English footballer

1980- Nana Mizuki -Japanese singer-songwriter and voice actress

1980- Mari Possa -Salvadorian-American porn actress

1980- Brie Rippner -American tennis player

1980- N. Santhanam -Indian actor

1981- Gillian Chung -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress (Twins (group)|Twins)

1981- Jamie Dalrymple -English cricketer

1981- Ivan Ergić -Serbian footballer

1981- Dany Heatley -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Andy Lee (Korean singer)|Andy Lee -South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1981- Izabella Miko -Polish actress and model

1981- Michel Teló -Brazilian singer-songwriter

1982- Nicolas Mahut -French tennis player

1982- Simon Rolfes -German footballer

1982- Go Shiozaki -Japanese wrestler

1982- Dean Whitehead -English footballer

1983- Alex Acker -American basketball player

1983- Niels de Ruiter -Dutch darts player

1983- Maryse Ouellet -Canadian wrestler and model

1983- Peter Philipakos -American-Greek soccer player

1983- Moritz Volz -German footballer

1984- Raymond Gutierrez -American Filipino actor and television host

1984- Richard Gutierrez -American-Filipino actor

1984- Alex Koslov -Moldovan-American wrestler

1984- Robert Ray (baseball)|Robert Ray -American baseball player

1985- Salvatore Giunta -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient

1985- Justin Ingram -American basketball player

1985- Adrian Lewis -English darts player

1985- Álex Pérez -Spanish footballer

1985- Sasha Pivovarova -Russian model

1985- Matt Unicomb -Australian basketball player

1986- Peyton Hillis -American football player

1986- Jonathan Quick -American ice hockey player

1986- Sushant Singh Rajput -Indian actor

1987- Ioannis Athanasoulas -Greek basketball player

1987- Brandon Crawford -American baseball player

1987- Henrico Drost -Dutch footballer

1987- Darren Helm -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Maša Zec Peškirič -Slovenian tennis player

1988- Rapsody -American rapper

1988- Ashton Eaton -American decathlete

1988- Vanessa Hessler -Italian-American model

1988- William C. Woxlin -Swedish author and composer

1989- Henrikh Mkhitaryan -Armenian footballer

1990- Jacob Smith (actor)|Jacob Smith -American actor

1991- Martin Dorbek -Estonian basketball player

1993- John Cofie -English footballer

1993- Ben Meehan -Australian rugby player

1994- Laura Robson -Australian-English tennis player

1994- Booboo Stewart -American actor, singer, and dancer (T-Squad)

1994- Simone Pasa -Italian footballer

1994- Kang Seung-yoon -South Korean singer and actor (Winner (band)|Winner)

1997- Jeremy Shada -American actor

2001- Jackson Brundage -American actor