This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Day History: January-26

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Famous Birthdays

1497- Emperor Go-Nara -of Japan (d. 1557)

1541- Florent Chrestien -French poet (d. 1596)

1595- Antonio Maria Abbatini -Italian composer (d. 1679)

1708- William Hayes (composer)|William Hayes -English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1777)

1714- Jean-Baptiste Pigalle -French sculptor (d. 1785)

1716- George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville -English soldier and politician (d. 1785)

1722- Alexander Carlyle -Scottish minister and author (d. 1805)

1761- Jens Zetlitz -Norwegian priest and poet (d. 1821)

1763- Charles XIV John of Sweden -(d. 1844)

1781- Ludwig Achim von Arnim -German poet (d. 1831)

1813- Juan Pablo Duarte -Dominican philosopher (d. 1876)

1826- Julia Grant -American wife of Ulysses S. Grant, 19th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (d. 1902)

1832- George Shiras, Jr. -American jurist (d. 1924)

1842- François Coppée -French poet and author (d. 1908)

1852- Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza -Italian-French explorer (d. 1905)

1864- József Pusztai -Slovene-Hungarian poet and journalist (d. 1934)

1866- John Cady (golfer)|John Cady -American golfer (d. 1933)

1878- Dave Nourse -South African cricketer (d. 1948)

1880- Douglas MacArthur -American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1964)

1882- André Rischmann -French rugby player (d. 1955)

1885- Michael Considine -Irish-Australian politician (d. 1959)

1887- François Faber -Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)

1887- Marc Mitscher -American admiral (d. 1947)

1891- Frank Costello -Italian-American mob boss (d. 1973)

1891- August Froehlich -German priest and martyr (d. 1942)

1891- Wilder Penfield -American-Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)

1892- Bessie Coleman -American pilot (d. 1926)

1892- Zara Cully -American actress (d. 1978)

1893- Giuseppe Genco Russo -Italian mob boss (d. 1976)

1899- Günther Reindorff -Estonian graphic designer (d. 1974)

1900- Karl Ristenpart -German conductor (d. 1967)

1902- Jokichi Ikarashi -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1902- Menno ter Braak -Dutch author (d. 1940)

1904- Ancel Keys -American nutritionist (d. 2004)

1904- Seán MacBride -Irish politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1905- Charles Lane (actor)|Charles Lane -American actor (d. 2007)

1905- Maria von Trapp -Austrian-American singer (d. 1987)

1907- Dimitrios Holevas -Greek priest (d. 2001)

1908- Jill Esmond -English actress (d. 1990)

1908- Rupprecht Geiger -German painter (d. 2009)

1908- Stéphane Grappelli -French violinist (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1997)

1910- Jean Image -Hungarian-French animator (d. 1989)

1911- Polykarp Kusch -German-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)

1911- Norbert Schultze -German composer (d. 2002)

1913- Jimmy Van Heusen -American pianist and composer (d. 1990)

1914- Princess Durru Shehvar -of the Ottoman Empire (d. 2006)

1915- William Hopper -American actor (d. 1970)

1917- Louis Zamperini -American runner and captain (d. 2014)

1918- Nicolae Ceauşescu -Romanian politician, 1st List of heads of state of Romania|President of Romania (d. 1989)

1918- Philip José Farmer -American author (d. 2009)

1919- Valentino Mazzola -Italian footballer (d. 1949)

1919- Bill Nicholson (footballer)|Bill Nicholson -English footballer and manager (d. 2004)

1920- Hans Holzer -Austrian-American author and paranormal researcher (d. 2009)

1921- Eddie Barclay -French record producer, founded Barclay Records (d. 2005)

1921- Akio Morita -Japanese businessman, co-founded Sony (d. 1999)

1922- Michael Bentine -English comedian and actor (d. 1996)

1922- Seán Flanagan -Irish footballer and politician (d. 1993)

1923- Patrick J. Hannifin -American admiral (d. 2014)

1923- Patricia Hughes -English radio host (d. 2013)

1923- Anne Jeffreys -American actress and singer

1924- Alice Babs -Swedish singer and actress (d. 2014)

1924- Rauf Denktaş -Cypriot politician (d. 2012)

1924- Annette Strauss -American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (d. 1998)

1925- David Jenkins (bishop)|David Jenkins -English bishop

1925- Joan Leslie -American actress and singer

1925- Paul Newman -American actor, director, race car driver, and businessman, co-founded Newman's Own (d. 2008)

1925- Ben Pucci -American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1925- Claude Ryan -Canadian journalist (d. 2004)

1926- Farman Fatehpuri -Pakistani linguist and scholar

1926- Joseph Bacon Fraser, Jr. -American businessman (d. 2014)

1927- José Azcona del Hoyo -Honduran politician, President of Honduras (d. 2005)

1927- Bob Nieman -American baseball player (d. 1985)

1927- Hubert Schieth -German footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1928- Paul Marcotte -American politician (d. 2012)

1928- Roger Vadim -French actor and director (d. 2000)

1929- Jules Feiffer -American cartoonist

1929- Gordon Solie -American wrestling announcer (d. 2000)

1930- Napoleon Abueva -Filipino sculptor

1931- Alfred Lynch -English actor (d. 2003)

1931- Mary Murphy (actress)|Mary Murphy -American actress (d. 2011)

1932- Coxsone Dodd -Jamaican record producer (d. 2004)

1932- George Clements -American priest and activist

1932- Christopher Price (politician)|Christopher Price -English politician

1933- Ercole Baldini -Italian cyclist

1934- Roger Landry -Canadian businessman and publisher

1934- Charles Marowitz -American director, playwright, and critic

1935- Corrado Augias -Italian journalist and politician

1935- Bob Uecker -American baseball player and sportscaster

1936- Sal Buscema -American illustrator

1936- Theophanis Lamboukas -Greek-French actor-singer (d. 1970)

1936- Huey "Piano" Smith -American pianist

1937- Joseph Saidu Momoh -Sierra Leonean politician, 2nd President of Sierra Leone (d. 2003)

1940- Séamus Hegarty -Irish bishop

1941- Scott Glenn -American actor

1941- Henry Jaglom -English-American director and screenwriter

1942- Soad Hosny -Egyptian actress (d. 2001)

1943- César Gutiérrez -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)

1943- Jean Knight -American singer

1943- Jack Warner (football executive)|Jack Warner -Trinidadian businessman and politician

1944- Angela Davis -American activist and author

1944- Jerry Sandusky -American football player and coach and convicted serial child molester

1945- Jacqueline du Pré -English cellist (d. 1987)

1945- David Purley -English race car driver (d. 1985)

1946- Timothy Clifford -English historian

1946- Christopher Hampton -Portuguese-English director, screenwriter, and playwright

1946- Deon Jackson -American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1946- Gene Siskel -American journalist and critic (d. 1999)

1947- Patrick Dewaere -French actor (d. 1982)

1947- Les Ebdon -English chemist and academic

1947- Redmond Morris, 4th Baron Killanin -Irish director, producer, and production manager

1947- Michel Sardou -French singer-songwriter

1949- Jonathan Carroll -American author

1949- David Strathairn -American actor

1950- Jörg Haider -Austrian politician, List of governors of Carinthia|Governor of Carinthia (d. 2008)

1950- Janet Lupo -American model

1950- Jack Youngblood -American football player

1951- Christopher North (Ambrosia) -founding keyboardist for the American progressive rock band Ambrosia

1951- David Briggs (Australian musician)|David Briggs -Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Little River Band)

1951- Roy Goodman -English violinist and conductor

1951- Andy Hummel -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Big Star) (d. 2010)

1951- Anne Mills -British vice-director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1951- Walt Willey -American actor

1953- Alik L. Alik -Micronesian politician, 7th Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia

1953- Anders Fogh Rasmussen -Danish politician and diplomat, 39th Prime Minister of Denmark and 12th Secretary General of NATO

1953- Lucinda Williams -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954- Kim Hughes -Australian cricketer

1955- Eddie Van Halen -Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Van Halen)

1958- Anita Baker -American singer-songwriter (Chapter 8)

1958- Ellen DeGeneres -American comedian, actress, and talk show host

1958- Salvador Sánchez -Mexican boxer

1960- Road Warrior Animal -American wrestler

1960- Charlie Gillingham -American pianist and accordion player (Counting Crows)

1961- Li Cunxin (dancer)|Li Cunxin -Chinese-Australian ballet dancer

1961- Wayne Gretzky -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Tom Keifer -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cinderella (band)|Cinderella)

1961- Mark Urban -English journalist and author

1962- Guo Jian -Chinese Australian artist

1962- Oscar Ruggeri -Argentinian footballer

1963- Riddell Akua -Nauruan politician

1963- José Mourinho -Portuguese footballer and manager

1963- Andrew Ridgeley -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wham!)

1963- Gisela Valcárcel -Peruvian actress and publisher, founded ''Gisela (magazine)|Gisela Magazine''

1963- Tony Parks -English footballer

1964- Peter Braunstein -American journalist

1964- Adam Crozier -Scottish businessman

1964- Paul Johansson -American actor

1965- Thomas Östros -Swedish politician

1965- Natalia Yurchenko -Russian gymnast

1967- Bryan Callen -American actor

1967- Anatoly Komm -Russian chef and businessman

1967- Col Needham -English businessman, co-founded Internet Movie Database

1967- Pradip Somasundaran -Indian singer

1967- Toshiyuki Morikawa -Japanese voice actor

1968- Ravi Teja -Indian actor

1969- George Dikeoulakos -Greek-Romanian basketball player and coach

1969- Michael O'Hearn -American bodybuilder and actor

1970- Kirk Franklin -American singer-songwriter and producer (One Nation Crew)

1970- Tracy Middendorf -American actress

1971- Dorian Gregory -American actor

1972- Peter Peschel -German footballer

1973- Robert Kellum -American wrestler and actor

1973- Melvil Poupaud -French actor

1973- Mayu Shinjo -Japanese illustrator

1973- Brendan Rodgers -Irish footballer and manager

1974- Shannon Hale -American author

1974- Rokia Traoré -Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Frankie Rayder -American model

1976- Hitomi -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1976- Willie Adler -American guitarist and songwriter (Lamb of God (band)|Lamb of God)

1977- Vince Carter -American basketball player

1977- Justin Gimelstob -American tennis player

1977- Tye Tribbett -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1978- Esteban Germán -Dominican baseball player

1978- Corina Morariu -American tennis player

1978- Kelly Stables -American actress

1979- Sara Rue -American actress

1980- Brian Fallon -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes)

1980- Sanae Kobayashi -Japanese voice actress

1981- José de Jesús Corona -Mexican footballer

1981- Gustavo Dudamel -Venezuelan violinist, composer, and conductor

1981- Juan José Haedo -Argentinian cyclist

1981- Volador Jr. -Mexican wrestler

1981- Colin O'Donoghue -Irish actor and singer

1982- Reggie Hodges -American football player

1982- Brahim Takioullah -Moroccan giant

1982- Yasushi Tsujimoto -Japanese wrestler

1983- Petri Oravainen -Finnish footballer

1983- Ryan Rowland-Smith -Australian baseball player

1983- Lee Su-Hwan (kickboxer)|Lee Su-Hwan -South Korean kick-boxer

1984- Layla Kayleigh -English-American television host

1984- Wu Qian -Chinese pianist

1984- Iain Turner -Scottish footballer

1984- Luo Xuejuan -Chinese swimmer

1985- Heather Stanning -English rower

1986- Jaejoong -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (JYJ and TVXQ)

1986- Gerald Green -American basketball player

1986- Matt Heafy -Japanese-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Trivium (band)|Trivium and Capharnaum (band)|Capharnaum)

1986- Mads Ibenfeldt -Danish footballer

1986- Thiago Pereira -Brazilian swimmer

1986- Taylor Wilde -Canadian wrestler

1987- Marlon Mario Brandao da Silveira -Brazilian footballer

1987- Sebastian Giovinco -Italian footballer

1987- Mia Rose -English singer-songwriter

1987- Asaph Schwapp -American football player (d. 2013)

1988- Dimitrios Chondrokoukis -Cypriot high jumper

1988- Yukiyo Mine -Japanese softball player

1988- Miguel Torres Gómez -Spanish footballer

1989- MarShon Brooks -American basketball player

1989- Emily Hughes -American figure skater

1989- Lin Qingfeng -Chinese weightlifter

1989- Torrey Smith -American football player

1990- Christopher Massey -American actor

1990- Sergio Pérez -Mexican race car driver

1990- Peter Sagan -Slovak cyclist

1990- Nina Zander -German tennis player

1993- Cameron Bright -Canadian actor

1993- Peter Čerešňák -Slovak ice hockey player

1993- Florian Thauvin -French footballer

1996- Igor Decraene -Belgian cyclist (d. 2014)

1996- Tyger Drew-Honey -English actor

1997- Vasileios Charalampopoulos -Greek basketball player

1997- Ieva Gaile -Latvian figure skater

2008- Paul the Octopus -English octopus (d. 2010)