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Day History: January-27

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Famous Birthdays


1443- Albert III, Duke of Saxony -(d. 1500)

1546- Joachim III Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg -(d. 1608)

1571- Abbas I of Persia -Shah of Persia (d. 1629)

1585- Hendrick Avercamp -Dutch painter (d. 1634)

1603- Sir Harbottle Grimston, 2nd Baronet -English lawyer and politician (d. 1685)

1621- Thomas Willis -English physician (d. 1675)

1662- Richard Bentley -English scholar and theologian (d. 1742)

1687- Johann Balthasar Neumann -German engineer and architect, designed Würzburg Residence and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (d. 1753)

1701- Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim -German historian (d. 1790)

1708- Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia -(d. 1728)

1720- Samuel Foote -English playwright (d. 1777)

1741- Hester Thrale -Welsh author (d. 1821)

1756- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -Austrian composer (d. 1791)

1775- Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling -German philosopher (d. 1854)

1795- Eli Whitney Blake -American engineer, invented the Mortise lock (d. 1886)

1805- Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805–1877)|Maria Anna of Bavaria -(d. 1877)

1805- Princess Sophie of Bavaria -(d. 1872)

1805- Samuel Palmer -English painter (d. 1881)

1806- Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga -Spanish composer (d. 1826)

1807- David Strauss -German theologian and author (d. 1874)

1814- Eugène Viollet-le-Duc -French architect, designed the Lausanne Cathedral (d. 1879)

1821- John Chivington -American colonel and pastor (d. 1892)

1823- Édouard Lalo -French composer (d. 1892)

1826- Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin -Russian journalist and author (d. 1889)

1826- Richard Taylor (general)|Richard Taylor -American general (d. 1879)

1827- Nakahama Manjirō -Japanese translator (d. 1898)

1832- Lewis Carroll -English mathematician, photographer, and author (d. 1898)

1832- Carl Friedrich Schmidt -Estonian-Russian geologist and botanist (d. 1908)

1836- Leopold von Sacher-Masoch -Austrian journalist and author (d. 1895)

1841- Arkhip Kuindzhi -Russian painter (d. 1910)

1848- Togo Heihachiro -Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

1850- John Collier (artist)|John Collier -English painter and author (d. 1934)

1850- Samuel Gompers -English-American labor leader (d. 1924)

1850- Edward Smith (sea captain)|Edward Smith -English captain (d. 1912)

1858- Neel Doff -Dutch author (d. 1942)

1859- Wilhelm II, German Emperor -(d. 1941)

1862- Eustaquio de Escandón -Mexican polo player (d. 1933)

1869- Will Marion Cook -American violinist and composer (d. 1944)

1875- Elizabeth Israel -Dominican super-centenarian (d. 2003)

1885- Jerome Kern -American composer (d. 1945)

1885- Eduard Künneke -German composer (d. 1953)

1885- Maeda Seison -Japanese painter (d. 1977)

1886- Radhabinod Pal -Indian jurist (d. 1967)

1886- Balthasar van der Pol -Dutch physicist (d. 1959)

1891- Ilya Ehrenburg -Russian journalist and author (d. 1967)

1893- Soong Ching-ling -Chinese politician (d. 1981)

1895- Joseph Rosenstock -Polish conductor (d. 1985)

1895- Harry Ruby -American composer and screenwriter (d. 1974)

1900- Hyman Rickover -American admiral (d. 1986)

1901- Willy Fritsch -German actor (d. 1973)

1901- Art Rooney -American football player and coach, founded the Pittsburgh Steelers (d. 1988)

1902- Carl Berner (supercentenarian)|Carl Berner -German-American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1903- John Carew Eccles -Australian neurophysiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1903- Otto P. Weyland -American general (d. 1979)

1904- James J. Gibson -American psychologist (d. 1979)

1905- Howard McNear -American actor (d. 1969)

1908- William Randolph Hearst, Jr. -American journalist and publisher (d. 1993)

1908- Hot Lips Page -American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (d. 1954)

1910- Edvard Kardelj -Slovene general, economist, and politician, 2nd Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Yugoslavia)|Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 1979)

1912- Arne Næss -Norwegian philosopher (d. 2009)

1912- Francis Rogallo -American engineer, invented the Rogallo wing (d. 2009)

1915- Jules Archer -American historian and author (d. 2008)

1915- Jacques Hnizdovsky -Ukrainian-American painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1985)

1918- Skitch Henderson -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)

1918- Elmore James -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)

1918- William Seawell -American general (d. 2005)

1919- Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (Alvin and the Chipmunks) (d. 1972)

1920- John Box -English production designer and art director (d. 2005)

1920- Helmut Zacharias -German violinist and composer (d. 2002)

1921- Donna Reed -American actress (d. 1986)

1924- Sabu Dastagir -Indian actor (d. 1963)

1924- Rauf Denktaş -Cypriot lawyer and politician, 1st President of Northern Cyprus (d. 2012)

1924- Brian Rix -English actor, producer, and academic

1924- Harvey Shapiro (poet)|Harvey Shapiro -American poet and academic (d. 2013)

1926- Fritz Spiegl -Austrian journalist (d. 2003)

1926- Ingrid Thulin -Swedish actress (d. 2004)

1927- Billy Barnes (composer)|Billy Barnes -American composer (d. 2012)

1927- Jerry Haynes -American actor (d. 2011)

1928- Michael Craig (actor)|Michael Craig -Indian-English actor and screenwriter

1928- Hans Modrow -German politician, 5th Prime Minister of East Germany

1929- Gastón Suárez -Bolivian author (d. 1984)

1930- Bobby Bland -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1931- Red Bastien -American wrestler (d. 2012)

1931- Mordecai Richler -Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1931- Nigel Vinson, Baron Vinson -English Lieutenant and businessman

1932- Boris Shakhlin -Russian gymnast (d. 2008)

1933- Mohamed Al-Fayed -Egyptian-Monacan businessman

1933- Jerry Buss -American chemist and businessman (d. 2013)

1934- Édith Cresson -French politician

1934- George Follmer -American race car driver

1935- Gillian Beer -English academic and critic

1935- Steve Demeter -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1936- Troy Donahue -American actor (d. 2001)

1936- Florin Piersic -Romanian actor

1936- Samuel C. C. Ting -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1937- Fred Åkerström -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

1937- John Ogdon -English pianist and composer (d. 1989)

1939- Julius Lester -American author and academic

1940- James Cromwell -American actor

1940- Terry Harper -Canadian ice hockey player

1940- Petru Lucinschi -Romanian politician, 2nd President of Moldova

1941- Bobby Hutcherson -American vibraphone player and composer

1941- Beatrice Tinsley -New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist (d. 1981)

1942- Stewart Raffill -American director and screenwriter

1942- John Witherspoon (actor)|John Witherspoon -American actor

1942- Kate Wolf -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)

1943- Julia Cumberlege, Baroness Cumberlege -English businesswoman and politician

1944- Peter Akinola -Nigerian archbishop

1944- Mairead Maguire -Irish activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1944- Nick Mason -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (Pink Floyd)

1945- Harold Cardinal -Canadian politician (d. 2005)

1946- Christopher Hum -English academic and diplomat

1946- Nedra Talley -American singer (Ronettes)

1947- Björn Afzelius -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hoola Bandoola Band) (d. 1999)

1947- Vyron Polydoras -Greek politician

1947- Cal Schenkel -American illustrator

1947- Philip Sugden (historian)|Philip Sugden -English historian (d. 2014)

1948- Mikhail Baryshnikov -Russian dancer, choreographer, and actor

1948- Valeri Brainin -Russian-German composer and poet

1948- Jean-Philippe Collard -French pianist

1948- Gordon Henderson (politician)|Gordon Henderson -English politician

1949- Ethan Mordden -American author

1950- Derek Acorah -English medium and television host

1950- Amos Grunebaum -Israeli-American gynecologist

1950- Alex Norton -Scottish actor

1951- Brian Downey (drummer)|Brian Downey -Irish drummer and songwriter (Thin Lizzy)

1951- Seth Justman -American keyboard player and songwriter (The J. Geils Band)

1951- Ken Timbs -American wrestler (d. 2004)

1951- Cees van der Knaap -Dutch politician

1952- Billy Johnson (American football)|Billy Johnson -American football player

1952- Tam O'Shaughnessy -American tennis player, psychologist, and academic

1954- Peter Laird -American author and illustrator

1954- Jōkō Ninomiya -Japanese martial artist

1954- Stelios Papafloratos -Greek footballer

1954- Ed Schultz -American talk show host

1955- Brian Engblom -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- John Roberts -American jurist, 17th Chief Justice of the United States

1955- Alexander Stuart (writer)|Alexander Stuart -English-American author and screenwriter

1955- Koji Ushikubo -Japanese race car driver

1956- Mimi Rogers -American actress

1957- Janick Gers -English guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden, White Spirit (band)|White Spirit, Gogmagog (band)|Gogmagog, and Gillan (band)|Gillan)

1957- Frank Miller (comics)|Frank Miller -American illustrator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1958- James Grippando -American author

1958- Kadri Mälk -Estonian jewelry designer

1958- Alan Milburn -English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1958- Susanna Thompson -American actress

1959- Cris Collinsworth -American football player

1959- Göran Hägglund -Swedish politician

1959- Keith Olbermann -American journalist and author

1960- Fiona O'Donnell -Scottish politician

1960- Bernd Stieler -German footballer

1961- Zarganar -Burmese comedian, actor, and director

1961- Dina Bonnevie -Filipino actress

1961- Gillian Gilbert -English keyboard player and singer (New Order and The Other Two)

1961- Narciso Rodriguez -American fashion designer

1961- Margo Timmins -Canadian singer-songwriter (Cowboy Junkies)

1961- Karen Velez -American model

1962- Roberto Paci Dalò -Italian director and composer

1963- George Monbiot -English-Welsh author and activist

1963- Mark Moraghan -English actor and singer

1964- Patrick van Deurzen -Dutch composer

1964- Bridget Fonda -American actress

1964- Jack Haley (basketball)|Jack Haley -American basketball player

1965- Alan Cumming -Scottish-American actor, singer, director, and producer

1965- Mike Newell (footballer)|Mike Newell -English footballer and manager

1965- Ignacio Noé -Argentinian illustrator

1966- Tamlyn Tomita -Japanese actress

1967- Bobby Deol -Indian actor

1967- Byron Mann -Hong Kong actor

1967- Dave Manson -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Tricky (musician)|Tricky -English rapper, producer, and actor (The Wild Bunch (sound system)|The Wild Bunch and Massive Attack)

1968- Patrick Blondeau -French footballer

1968- Mike Patton -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas (band)|Fantômas, Tomahawk (band)|Tomahawk, and Lovage (band)|Lovage)

1968- Matt Stover -American football player

1968- Deb Talan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Weepies)

1969- Cornelius (musician)|Cornelius -Japanese singer, guitarist, and producer (Flipper's Guitar and Plastic Ono Band)

1969- Michael Kulas -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer (James (band)|James)

1969- Patton Oswalt -American comedian and actor

1970- Dean Headley -English cricketer

1970- Emmanuel Pahud -Swiss flute player

1971- Patrice Brisebois -Canadian ice hockey player

1971- Toomas Kallaste -Estonian footballer

1971- Fann Wong -Singaporean actress

1972- Wynne Evans -Welsh tenor

1972- Janine Ilitch -Australian netball player

1972- Mark Owen -English singer-songwriter (Take That)

1972- Josh Randall -American actor

1972- Keith Wood -Irish rugby player

1973- Valyantsin Byalkevich -Belarusian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1973- Lucy Porter -English actress

1974- Ole Einar Bjørndalen -Norwegian biathlete

1974- Andrei Pavel -Romanian tennis player

1974- Chaminda Vaas -Sri Lankan cricketer

1976- Clint Ford -American voice actor

1976- Ahn Jung-Hwan -South Korean footballer

1976- Ruby Lin -Taiwanese actress, singer, and producer

1976- Todd MacCulloch -American basketball player

1976- Zoriah Miller -American photographer

1976- Fred Taylor (American football)|Fred Taylor -American football player

1978- Pete Laforest -Canadian baseball player

1978- Jake Pavelka -American pilot

1979- Mario Fatafehi -American football player

1979- Rosamund Pike -English actress

1979- Liesbet Van Breedam -Belgian volleyball player

1979- Daniel Vettori -New Zealand cricketer

1980- Jay Murphy -American basketball player

1980- Chanda Gunn -American ice hockey player

1980- Marat Safin -Russian tennis player

1981- Yaniv Katan -Israeli footballer

1981- Alicia Molik -Australian tennis player

1981- Tony Woodcock (rugby player)|Tony Woodcock -New Zealand rugby player

1982- Danko Bošković -German footballer

1983- Deon Anderson -American football player

1983- Carlo Colaiacovo -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Paulo Colaiacovo -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Gavin Floyd -American baseball player

1983- Tim Kasten -German rugby player

1983- Mike Zagurski -American baseball player

1984- Davetta Sherwood -American actress and singer

1985- Gerard Aafjes -Dutch footballer

1985- Dustley Mulder -Dutch footballer

1986- Giorgi Loria -Georgian footballer

1987- Lily Donaldson -English model

1987- Katy Rose -American singer-songwriter and producer

1987- Anton Shunin -Russian footballer

1988- Kerlon -Brazilian footballer

1988- Toni Gänge -German footballer

1988- Liu Wen -Chinese model

1989- Alberto Botía -Spanish footballer

1989- Daisy Lowe -English model

1989- Ricky van Wolfswinkel -Dutch footballer

1990- Paul Jolley -American singer

1990- Maria-Elena Papasotiriou -American-Greek figure skater

1991- Christian Bickel -German footballer

1991- Juan Govea -Ecuadorian footballer

1992- Stefano Pettinari -Italian footballer

1993- Yaya Sanogo -French footballer

1994- Rani Khedira -German footballer

1995- Raz Fresco -Canadian rapper and producer

1996- Braeden Lemasters -American actor and singer

1997- Peyton Ernst -American gymnast

2000- Pranav Sivakumar -National Spelling Bee runner-up