This Day in History

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Day History: January-25

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Famous Birthdays

750- Leo IV the Khazar -Byzantine emperor (d. 780)

1477- Anne of Brittany -(d. 1514)

1509- Giovanni Morone -Italian cardinal (d. 1580)

1615- Govert Flinck -Dutch painter (d. 1660)

1627- Robert Boyle -Irish chemist (d. 1691)

1634- Gaspar Fagel -Dutch diplomat (d. 1688)

1640- William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire -English soldier and politician (d. 1707)

1688- Juraj Jánošík -Slovak criminal (d. 1713)

1736- Joseph Louis Lagrange -Italian-French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1813)

1739- Charles François Dumouriez -French general (d. 1823)

1743- Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi -German philosopher (d. 1819)

1750- Johann Gottfried Vierling -German organist and composer (d. 1813)

1755- Paolo Mascagni -Italian physician (d. 1815)

1759- Robert Burns -Scottish poet (d. 1796)

1777- Karoline Jagemann -German actress (d. 1848)

1783- William Colgate -English-American businessman and philanthropist, founded Colgate-Palmolive (d. 1857)

1794- François-Vincent Raspail -French chemist (d. 1878)

1796- William MacGillivray -Scottish ornithologist (d. 1852)

1813- James Marion Sims -American physician (d. 1883)

1822- Charles Reed Bishop -American businessman, philanthropist, and politician, founded the Bishop Museum (d. 1915)

1822- William McDougall (politician)|William McDougall -Canadian lawyer and politician, List of lieutenant governors of the Northwest Territories|Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories (d. 1905)

1824- Michael Madhusudan Dutt -Indian poet and playwright (d. 1873)

1825- George Pickett -American general (d. 1875)

1841- John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher -Sri Lankan-English admiral (d. 1920)

1858- Mikimoto Kōkichi -Japanese businessman (d. 1954)

1860- Charles Curtis -American politician, 31st Vice President of the United States (d. 1936)

1864- Julije Kempf -Croatian historian and author (d. 1934)

1868- Juventino Rosas -Mexican violinist and composer (d. 1894)

1874- W. Somerset Maugham -French-English author and playwright (d. 1965)

1878- Ernst Alexanderson -Swedish-American engineer (d. 1975)

1882- Virginia Woolf -English author and critic (d. 1941)

1885- Kitahara Hakushū -Japanese poet and author (d. 1942)

1886- Wilhelm Furtwängler -German conductor and composer (d. 1954)

1896- Florence Mills -American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1927)

1899- Sleepy John Estes -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1977)

1899- Paul-Henri Spaak -Belgian politician, 46th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1972)

1900- István Fekete -Hungarian author (d. 1970)

1900- Yōjirō Ishizaka -Japanese author (d. 1986)

1901- Martín de Álzaga (racing driver)|Martín De Álzaga -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1982)

1902- Pablo Antonio -Filipino architect (d. 1975)

1905- Maurice Roy -Canadian cardinal (d. 1985)

1905- Margery Sharp -English author (d. 1991)

1910- Edgar V. Saks -Estonian historian, author, and politician (d. 1984)

1913- Huang Hua (politician)|Huang Hua -Chinese politician, 5th Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China (d. 2010)

1913- Witold Lutosławski -Polish composer and conductor (d. 1994)

1913- Luis Marden -American photographer and journalist (d. 2003)

1915- Ewan MacColl -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 1989)

1916- Pop Ivy -American football player and coach (d. 2003)

1917- Ilya Prigogine -Russian chemist, Nobel Prize for Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1917- Jânio Quadros -Brazilian politician, 22nd President of Brazil (d. 1992)

1917- Paul Rowe (Canadian football)|Paul Rowe -Canadian football player (d. 1990)

1918- Ernie Harwell -American sportscaster (d. 2010)

1919- Edwin Newman -American journalist and author (d. 2010)

1921- Samuel T. Cohen -American physicist (d. 2010)

1922- Raymond Baxter -English television host and pilot (d. 2006)

1923- Arvid Carlsson -Swedish pharmacologist and physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1923- Rusty Draper -American singer (d. 2003)

1923- Shirley Ardell Mason -American psychiatric patient (d. 1998)

1923- Sally Starr (TV hostess)|Sally Starr -American actress and television host (d. 2013)

1923- Jean Taittinger -French politician (d. 2012)

1923- Tom Tipps -American soldier and politician (d. 2013)

1924- Lou Groza -American football player (d. 2000)

1924- Speedy West -American guitarist and producer (d. 2003)

1924- Husein Mehmedov -Bulgarian-Turkish Olympic wrestler (d. 2014)

1925- Giorgos Zampetas -Greek bouzouki player and songwriter (d. 1992)

1927- Antônio Carlos Jobim -Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1994)

1928- Jérôme Choquette -Canadian lawyer and politician

1928- Eduard Shevardnadze -Georgian general and politician, 2nd President of Georgia (d. 2014)

1928- Cor van der Hart -Dutch footballer (d. 2006)

1929- Robert Faurisson -English-French academic

1929- Benny Golson -American saxophonist and composer

1930- Tanya Savicheva -Russian author (d. 1944)

1931- Dean Jones (actor)|Dean Jones -American actor and singer

1933- Corazon Aquino -Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines (d. 2009)

1933- Donald Nicholls, Baron Nicholls of Birkenhead -English lawyer and judge

1934- Mimi Kok -Dutch actress and singer (d. 2014)

1935- Conrad Burns -American soldier and politician

1935- António Ramalho Eanes -Portuguese general and politician, 16th President of Portugal

1935- J. G. Farrell -Irish author (d. 1979)

1935- Maretta Taylor -American politician (d. 2013)

1936- Diana Hyland -American actress (d. 1977)

1937- Judith Ann Mayotte -American humanitarian and author

1937- Ange-Félix Patassé -Central African politician, President of the Central African Republic (d. 2011)

1938- Shotaro Ishinomori -Japanese author and illustrator (d. 1998)

1938- Etta James -American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

1938- Leiji Matsumoto -Japanese illustrator

1938- Vladimir Vysotsky -Russian singer-songwriter, actor, and poet (d. 1980)

1939- Gabriel Romanus -Swedish politician

1941- Buddy Baker -American race car driver

1941- Gregory Sierra -American actor

1942- Eusébio -Mozambican-Portuguese footballer (d. 2014)

1942- Carl Eller -American football player

1942- Kenichi Shinoda -Japanese mobster

1943- Roy Black (singer)|Roy Black -German singer and actor (d. 1991)

1943- Tobe Hooper -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- John Leslie (pornographic actor)|John Leslie -American porn actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)

1945- Leigh Taylor-Young -American actress

1945- Dave Walker -English singer and guitarist (Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac)

1946- Doc Bundy -American race car driver

1947- Tostão -Brazilian footballer

1947- Ángel Nieto -Spanish motorcycle racer

1948- Gueorgui Chichkine -Russian painter

1948- Ros Kelly -Australian politician

1949- John Cooper Clarke -English poet

1949- Paul Nurse -English geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1950- Gloria Naylor -American author

1951- Steve Prefontaine -American runner (d. 1975)

1951- Leonid Telyatnikov -Kazakhstani fire fighter (d. 2004)

1952- Sara Mandiano -French singer-songwriter

1952- Peter Tatchell -Australian-English activist

1952- Timothy White (editor)|Timothy White -American journalist (d. 2002)

1953- The Honky Tonk Man -American wrestler

1953- Mark Weil -Russian-Uzbek director (d. 2007)

1954- Ricardo Bochini -Argentinian footballer

1954- Kay Cottee -Australian sailor

1954- Renate Dorrestein -Dutch journalist and author

1954- Kim Gandy -American lawyer and activist

1956- Andy Cox -English guitarist (The Beat (British band)|The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals)

1957- Eskil Erlandsson -Swedish politician

1957- Andrew P. Harris -American physician and politician

1957- Jenifer Lewis -American actress and singer

1958- Kavita Krishnamurthy -Indian singer

1958- Dinah Manoff -American actress and director

1958- Franco Pancheri -Italian footballer and manager

1958- Gary Tibbs -English bass guitarist and actor

1961- Vivian Balakrishnan -Singaporean politician

1961- Willie Revillame -Filipino actor, singer, and game show host

1962- Chris Chelios -American ice hockey player

1963- Fernando Haddad -Brazilian academic and politician, 61st List of mayors of São Paulo|Mayor of São Paulo

1963- Timo Rautiainen -Finnish singer (Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus, Lyijykomppania)

1965- Mark Jordon -English actor, director, and producer

1965- Esa Tikkanen -Finnish ice hockey player

1966- Chet Culver -American politician, 41st Governor of Iowa

1966- Yiannos Ioannou -Cypriot footballer

1967- David Ginola -French footballer and actor

1967- Randy McKay -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Eric Orie -Dutch footballer and manager

1969- Kina (musician)|Kina -American singer-songwriter (Brownstone (group)|Brownstone)

1969- Sergei Ovchinnikov (volleyball)|Sergei Ovchinnikov -Russian volleyball player and coach (d. 2012)

1970- Stephen Chbosky -American author, screenwriter, and director

1970- Chris Mills -American basketball player

1970- Milt Stegall -American football player

1971- Luca Badoer -Italian race car driver

1971- Philip Coppens (author)|Philip Coppens -Belgian journalist and author (d. 2012)

1971- China Kantner -American actress

1971- Ana Ortiz -American actress and singer

1973- Geoff Johns -American author

1973- Ace Steel -American wrestler

1974- Robert Budreau -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1974- Emily Haines -Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Metric (band)|Metric and Broken Social Scene)

1974- Attilio Nicodemo -Italian footballer

1975- Mia Kirshner -Canadian actress

1975- Tim Montgomery -American runner

1975- Dat Phan -Vietnamese-American comedian and actor

1976- Stephanie Bellars -American wrestler

1976- Mario Haberfeld -Brazilian race car driver

1976- Dimitris Nalitzis -Greek footballer

1978- Denis Menchov -Russian cyclist

1978- Jason Roberts (footballer)|Jason Roberts -English footballer

1978- Derrick Turnbow -American baseball player

1978- B.J. Whitmer -American wrestler

1979- Pi Hongyan -French badminton player

1979- Gabe Jennings -American runner

1979- Christine Lakin -American actress

1979- Rodrigo Ribeiro -Brazilian race car driver

1980- Xavi -Spanish footballer

1980- Michelle McCool -American wrestler

1980- Efstathios Tavlaridis -Greek footballer

1981- Charlie Bewley -English actor

1981- Francis Jeffers -English footballer

1981- Alicia Keys -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress

1981- Märt Kosemets -Estonian footballer

1981- Clara Morgane -French porn actress and singer

1981- Toše Proeski -Macedonian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2007)

1982- Sho Sakurai -Japanese singer-songwriter and actor (Arashi)

1982- Shawna Waldron -American actress

1983- Helen Klaos -Estonian badminton player

1983- Andrée Watters -Canadian singer

1984- Robinho -Brazilian footballer

1984- Sara Aerts -Belgian heptathlete

1984- Stefan Kießling -German footballer

1985- Brent Celek -American football player

1985- Tina Karol -Ukrainian singer

1985- Acie Law -American basketball player

1985- Michael Trevino -American actor

1985- Patrick Willis -American football player

1986- Shahriar Nafees -Bangladeshi cricketer

1986- Chris O'Grady -English footballer

1987- Maria Kirilenko -Russian tennis player

1988- Tatiana Golovin -French tennis player

1989- Sheryfa Luna -French singer

1989- Víctor Ruiz Torre -Spanish footballer

1989- Mikako Tabe -Japanese actress

1990- Thomas Berge -Dutch singer

1990- Apostolos Giannou -Greek footballer

1991- Nigel Melker -Dutch race car driver

1991- Jano Toussounian -Australian actor

1992- Mikkel Cramer -Danish footballer

1992- Dean McCarthy -Irish actor, dancer, and model

1993- Kylie Padilla -Filipino actress