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Day History: January-28

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Famous Birthdays


1312- Joan II of Navarre -(d. 1349)

1457- Henry VII of England -(d. 1509)

1540- Ludolph van Ceulen -German-Dutch mathematician (d. 1610)

1578- Cornelius Haga -Dutch diplomat (d. 1654)

1582- John Barclay (poet)|John Barclay -Scottish poet (d. 1621)

1600- Pope Clement IX -(d. 1669)

1608- Giovanni Alfonso Borelli -Italian physiologist and physicist (d. 1679)

1611- Johannes Hevelius -Polish astronomer and politician (d. 1687)

1622- Adrien Auzout -French astronomer (d. 1691)

1693- Gregor Werner -Austrian composer (d. 1766)

1701- Charles Marie de La Condamine -French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)

1706- John Baskerville -English printer and typographer (d. 1775)

1712- Tokugawa Ieshige -Japanese shogun (d. 1761)

1717- Mustafa III -Ottoman sultan (d. 1774)

1719- Johann Elias Schlegel -German poet and critic (d. 1749)

1755- Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring -German physician (d. 1830)

1784- George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen -Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1860)

1818- George S. Boutwell -American politician, 28th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1905)

1822- Alexander Mackenzie -Canadian politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1892)

1833- Charles George Gordon -English general and politician (d. 1885)

1841- Henry Morton Stanley -Welsh-American explorer and journalist (d. 1904)

1843- Mihkel Veske -Estonian poet and linguist (d. 1890)

1853- José Martí -Cuban journalist, poet, and theorist (d. 1895)

1853- Vladimir Solovyov (philosopher)|Vladimir Solovyov -Russian philosopher (d. 1900)

1857- William Seward Burroughs I -American businessman, founded the Burroughs Corporation (d. 1898)

1858- Tannatt William Edgeworth David -Welsh-Australian geologist and explorer (d. 1934)

1861- Julián Felipe -Filipino composer (d. 1944)

1863- Ernest William Christmas -Australian painter (d. 1918)

1864- Charles Williams Nash -American businessman, founded Nash Motors (d. 1948)

1864- Herbert Akroyd Stuart -English inventor, invented the Hot bulb engine and Hornsby-Akroyd oil engine (d. 1927)

1865- Lala Lajpat Rai -Indian author and politician (d. 1928)

1865- Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg -Finnish politician, 1st President of Finland (d. 1952)

1873- Colette -French author (d. 1954)

1875- Julián Carrillo -Mexican violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1965)

1880- Herbert Strudwick -English cricketer (d. 1970)

1884- Auguste Piccard -Swiss physicist (d. 1962)

1885- Vahan Terian -Armenian poet and activist (d. 1920)

1886- Marthe Bibesco -Romanian-French author (d. 1973)

1886- Hidetsugu Yagi -Japanese engineer (d. 1976)

1887- Arthur Rubinstein -Polish-American pianist (d. 1982)

1890- Robert Stroud -American ornithologist (d. 1963)

1891- Bill Doak -American baseball player (d. 1954)

1892- Ernst Lubitsch -German-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1947)

1897- Valentin Kataev -Russian author and playwright (d. 1986)

1899- Elias Simojoki -Finnish clergyman (d. 1940)

1900- Alice Neel -American painter (d. 1984)

1903- Aleksander Kamiński -Polish author and educator (d. 1978)

1904- Canuplin -Filipino magician (d. 1979)

1908- Paul Misraki -French composer (d. 1998)

1909- John Thomson (footballer)|John Thomson -Scottish footballer (d. 1931)

1910- John Banner -Austrian actor (d. 1973)

1910- Arnold Moss -American actor (d. 1989)

1911- Johan van Hulst -Dutch academic and politician

1912- Jackson Pollock -American painter (d. 1956)

1913- Maurice Gosfield -American actor (d. 1964)

1915- Nien Cheng -Chinese-American author (d. 2009)

1918- Harry Corbett -English puppeteer (d. 1989)

1918- Trevor Skeet -New Zealand-English lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

1919- Francis Gabreski -American pilot (d. 2002)

1921- Vytautas Norkus -Lithuanian–American basketball player (d. 2014)

1922- Anna Gordy Gaye -American songwriter and producer, co-founded Anna Records (d. 2014)

1922- Robert W. Holley -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)

1924- Marcel Broodthaers -Belgian painter (d. 1976)

1924- George Papassavas -Greek painter

1925- Scotty Bloch -American actress

1925- Raja Ramanna -Indian physicist (d. 2004)

1927- Per Oscarsson -Swedish actor (d. 2010)

1927- Ronnie Scott -English saxophonist (d. 1996)

1927- Hiroshi Teshigahara -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1927- Vera Williams -American author and illustrator

1928- Philip Levine (poet)|Philip Levine -American poet

1929- Acker Bilk -English clarinet player

1929- Nikolai Parshin -Russian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1929- Claes Oldenburg -Swedish-American sculptor

1930- Jasraj -Indian singer

1930- Kurt Biedenkopf -German politician

1930- Roy Clarke -English screenwriter

1933- Jack Hill -American director and screenwriter

1932- Daisy Voog -Estonian-German mountain climber

1934- Juan Manuel Bordeu -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1990)

1934- Mitr Chaibancha -Thai actor (d. 1970)

1935- David Lodge (author)|David Lodge -English author and critic

1935- Nicholas Pryor -American actor

1936- Alan Alda -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1936- Bill Jordan, Baron Jordan -English economist and politician

1936- Ismail Kadare -Albanian author

1937- Karel Čáslavský -Czech historian and television host (d. 2013)

1938- Leonid Zhabotinsky -Ukrainian weightlifter

1939- John M. Fabian -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1940- Carlos Slim -Mexican businessman, founded Grupo Carso

1940- Trebor Jay Tichenor -American pianist and composer (d. 2014)

1941- Joel Crothers -American actor (d. 1985)

1941- Cash McCall (musician)|Cash McCall -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941- King Tubby -Jamaican DJ, producer, and engineer (d. 1989)

1942- Sjoukje Dijkstra -Dutch figure skater

1943- John Beck (actor)|John Beck -American actor

1943- Paul Henderson -Canadian ice hockey player

1943- Dick Taylor -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, and The Mekons)

1944- Bobby Ball -English comedian, actor, and singer

1944- Tim Heald -English journalist and author

1944- Susan Howard -American actress

1944- Rosalía Mera -Spanish businesswoman, co-founded Inditex and Zara (retailer)|Zara (d. 2013)

1944- John Tavener -English composer (d. 2013)

1945- Maxwell Fuller -Australian chess player (d. 2013)

1945- Karen Lynn Gorney -American actress

1945- Marthe Keller -Swiss actress

1945- John Perkins (author)|John Perkins -American author and activist

1845- Nick Raynsford -English politician

1945- Robert Wyatt -English singer-songwriter and drummer (Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers, and Matching Mole)

1947- Jeanne Shaheen -American politician, 78th Governor of New Hampshire

1948- Bob Moses (musician)|Bob Moses -American drummer (The Free Spirits and Compost (band)|Compost)

1948- Charles Taylor (Liberian politician)|Charles Taylor -Liberian politician, 22nd President of Liberia

1949- Thomas Downey -American politician

1949- Gregg Popovich -American basketball player and coach

1950- Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa -Bahraini king

1950- Barbi Benton -American model, actress, and singer

1950- Bob Hay (musician)|Bob Hay -American singer-songwriter (Supercluster (band)|Supercluster)

1950- David C. Hilmers -American colonel, physician, and astronaut

1950- Naila Kabeer -Bangladeshi-born British social economist

1951- Brian Bilbray -American politician

1951- Leonid Kadeniuk -Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut

1953- Colin Campbell (ice hockey executive)|Colin Campbell -Canadian ice hockey player

1953- Chris Carter (musician)|Chris Carter -English DJ and producer (Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey)

1954- Bruno Metsu -French footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1954- Rick Warren -American pastor and author

1954- Kaneto Shiozawa -Japanese voice actor (d.2000)

1955- Vinod Khosla -Indian-American businessman, co-founded Sun Microsystems

1955- Nicolas Sarkozy -French politician, 23rd President of France

1957- Kent Kessler -American bassist

1957- Mark Napier (ice hockey)|Mark Napier -Canadian ice hockey player

1957- Nick Price -Zimbabwean golfer

1957- Frank Skinner -English comedian, actor, and author

1959- Frank Darabont -American director and producer

1959- Megan McDonald -American author

1959- Randi Rhodes -American radio host

1959- Dave Sharp -English guitarist (The Alarm, The Hard Travelers, and AOR – Spirit of The Alarm)

1959- Bill Ware -American vibraphone player

1960- Loren Legarda -Filipino journalist, politician and environmentalist

1960- Robert von Dassanowsky -Austrian-American historian and academic

1961- Arnaldur Indriðason -Icelandic author

1961- Normand Rochefort -Canadian ice hockey player

1962- Keith Hamilton Cobb -American actor

1962- Creflo Dollar -American pastor

1962- Sam Phillips (musician)|Sam Phillips -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1963- Dan Spitz -American guitarist (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax and Overkill (band)|Overkill)

1964- Jürgen Teller -German artist, fine-art and fashion photographer

1965- Lynda Boyd -Canadian actress

1966- Seiji Mizushima -Japanese anime director

1967- Jan Lamb -Chinese singer and actor (Softhard)

1967- Marvin Sapp -American singer-songwriter (Commissioned (gospel group)|Commissioned)

1968- Rakim -American rapper (Eric B. & Rakim)

1968- Sarah McLachlan -Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1968- DJ Muggs -American DJ and producer (Cypress Hill and The 7A3)

1969- Kathryn Morris -American actress

1969- Mo Rocca -American comedian, actor, and journalist

1969- Linda Sánchez -American politician

1971- Anthony Hamilton (musician)|Anthony Hamilton -American singer-songwriter and producer

1972- Léon van Bon -Dutch cyclist

1972- Indrek Sammul -Estonian actor

1972- Nicky Southall -English footballer and manager

1973- Jason Aaron -American author

1974- Tony Delk -American basketball player

1974- Jermaine Dye -American baseball player

1974- Ramsey Nasr -Dutch author and poet

1974- Magglio Ordóñez -Venezuelan baseball player

1975- Shark Boy -American wrestler

1975- Hiroshi Kamiya -Japanese voice actor

1975- Tanya Chua -Singaporean singer-songwriter

1975- Terri Colombino -American actress

1975- Lee Latchford-Evans -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Steps (group)|Steps and Upper Street (band)|Upper Street)

1975- Anne Montminy -Canadian diver

1975- Junior Spivey -American baseball player

1976- Lee Ingleby -English actor

1976- Emiko Kado -Japanese wrestler (d. 1999)

1976- Mark Madsen -American basketball player

1976- Rick Ross -American rapper and producer (Triple C's)

1976- Miltiadis Sapanis -Greek footballer

1977- Sandis Buškevics -Latvian basketball player

1977- Daunte Culpepper -American football player

1977- Matt DeVries -American guitarist (Chimaira, Ringworm (band)|Ringworm, Six Feet Under (band)|Six Feet Under, and Fear Factory)

1977- Joey Fatone -American singer, dancer, and actor (NSYNC)

1977- Lyle Overbay -American baseball player

1977- Takuma Sato -Japanese race car driver

1978- Sheamus -Irish wrestler and actor

1978- Gianluigi Buffon -Italian footballer

1978- Jamie Carragher -English footballer

1978- Papa Bouba Diop -Senegalese footballer

1979- Ali Boulala -Swedish skateboarder

1980- Nick Carter (musician)|Nick Carter -American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (Backstreet Boys)

1980- Yasuhito Endō -Japanese footballer

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

1980- Michael Hastings (journalist)|Michael Hastings -American journalist (d. 2013)

1980- Jesse James Hollywood -American drug dealer

1981- Shuji Kondo -Japanese wrestler

1981- Elijah Wood -American actor

1982- Ryan Sheridan (musician)|Ryan Sheridan -Irish singer-songwriter

1982- Annie Social -American wrestler

1984- Stephen Gostkowski -American football player

1984- Andre Iguodala -American basketball player

1984- Anne Panter -English field hockey player

1985- Daniel Carcillo -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- J. Cole -American rapper and producer

1985- Arnold Mvuemba -French footballer

1985- Basharmal Sultani -Afghan Boxer

1985- Libby Trickett -Australian swimmer

1986- Jessica Ennis-Hill -English heptathlete and hurdler

1986- Shruti Haasan -Indian actress and singer

1986- Nathan Outteridge -Australian sailor

1986- Antonis Petropoulos -Greek footballer

1986- Asad Shafiq -Pakistani cricketer

1988- Paul Henry (English footballer)|Paul Henry -English footballer

1988- Seiya Sanada -Japanese wrestler

1989- Siem de Jong -Dutch footballer

1989- Ronny Philp -German footballer

1990- Kalifa Faifai Loa -New Zealand rugby player

1990- Zhang Kailin -Chinese tennis player

1991- CJ Harris -American singer

1991- Carl Klingberg -Swedish ice hockey player

1991- Calum Worthy -Canadian actor

1992- Sergio Araujo -Argentinian footballer

1992- Andrei Savchenko -Russian footballer

1993- Richmond Boakye -Ghanaian footballer

1993- Will Poulter -English actor

1996- Emily Piriz -American singer

1998- Ariel Winter -American actress