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Day History: January-23

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Famous Birthdays


1350- Vincent Ferrer -Spanish missionary and saint (d. 1419)

1688- Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden -(d. 1741)

1719- John Landen -English mathematician (d. 1790)

1737- John Hancock -American politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1793)

1745- William Jessop -English engineer, built the Cromford Canal (d. 1814)

1752- Muzio Clementi -Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1832)

1780- Georgios Karaiskakis -Greek general (d. 1827)

1783- Stendhal -French author (d. 1842)

1786- Auguste de Montferrand -French-Russian architect, designed Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Alexander Column (d. 1858)

1809- Veer Surendra Sai -Indian activist (d. 1884)

1813- Camilla Collett -Norwegian author and activist (d. 1895)

1828- Saigō Takamori -Japanese samurai (d. 1877)

1832- Édouard Manet -French painter (d. 1883)

1833- Muthu Coomaraswamy -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1879)

1840- Ernst Abbe -German physicist (d. 1905)

1846- Hermann Clemenz -Estonian chess player (d. 1908)

1855- John Browning -American weapons designer, founded the Browning Arms Company (d. 1926)

1857- Andrija Mohorovičić -Croatian meteorologist (d. 1936)

1862- David Hilbert -German mathematician (d. 1943)

1870- Ole Sæther -Norwegian target shooter (d. 1946)

1872- Paul Langevin -French physicist (d. 1946)

1872- Jože Plečnik -Slovenian architect, designed Plečnik Parliament (d. 1957)

1876- Otto Diels -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)

1881- Luisa Casati -Italian model (d. 1957)

1884- Ralph DePalma -Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956)

1884- George McManus -American cartoonist (d. 1954)

1894- Jyotirmoyee Devi -Indian author (d. 1988)

1896- Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg -(d. 1985)

1896- Alf Hall -South African cricketer (d. 1964)

1897- Subhas Chandra Bose -Indian activist and politician (d. 1945)

1897- Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky -Austrian architect (d. 2000)

1897- Ieva Simonaitytė -Lithuanian author (d. 1978)

1897- William Stephenson -Canadian captain (d. 1989)

1898- Sergei Eisenstein -Latvian-Russian director and screenwriter (d. 1948)

1898- Randolph Scott -American actor (d. 1987)

1898- Freda Utley -English scholar and author (d. 1978)

1899- Glen Kidston -English race car driver and pilot (d. 1931)

1900- William Ifor Jones -Welsh organist and conductor (d. 1988)

1901- Arthur Wirtz -American businessman (d. 1983)

1903- Jorge Eliécer Gaitán -Colombian politician, Mayor of Bogotá (d. 1948)

1907- Dan Duryea -American actor (d. 1968)

1907- Hideki Yukawa -Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1910- Django Reinhardt -Belgian guitarist and composer (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1953)

1912- Boris Pokrovsky -Russian director (d. 2009)

1913- Jean-Michel Atlan -French painter (d. 1960)

1913- Wally Parks -American businessman, founded the National Hot Rod Association (d. 2007)

1915- Arthur Lewis (economist)|Arthur Lewis -Saint Lucian economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1915- Potter Stewart -American judge (d. 1985)

1916- David Douglas Duncan -American photographer and journalist

1916- Airey Neave -English colonel, lawyer, and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (d. 1979)

1918- Gertrude B. Elion -American biochemist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1919- Frances Bay -Canadian actress (d. 2011)

1919- Hans Hass -Austrian biologist and diver (d. 2013)

1919- Ernie Kovacs -American actor and game show host (d. 1962)

1919- Bob Paisley -English footballer and manager (d. 1996)

1920- Walter Frederick Morrison -American inventor, invented the Frisbee (d. 2010)

1923- Cot Deal -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1923- Walter M. Miller, Jr. -American author (d. 1996)

1924- Frank Lautenberg -American politician (d. 2013)

1926- Kyriakos Matsis -Cypriot EOKA member (d. 1958)

1926- Bal Thackeray -Indian politician (d. 2012)

1927- Lars-Eric Lindblad -Swedish-American businessman and explorer (d. 1994)

1927- Jack Quinlan -American sportscaster (d. 1965)

1928- Chico Carrasquel -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)

1928- Jeanne Moreau -French actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1929- Myron Cope -American sportscaster (d. 2008)

1929- Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko)|Patriarch Filaret -Ukrainian patriarch

1929- Phillip Knightley -Australian journalist, author, and critic

1929- John Polanyi -Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1930- William R. Pogue -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2014)

1930- Derek Walcott -Saint Lucian poet and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- George Allen (footballer)|George Allen -English footballer

1932- Larri Thomas -American actress and dancer (d. 2013)

1933- Chita Rivera -American actress, singer, and dancer

1934- Pierre Bourgault -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2003)

1935- Robert Parris Moses -American educator and activist

1935- Tom Reamy -American author (d. 1977)

1935- Teresa Żylis-Gara -Polish soprano

1936- Riccardo Garrone (entrepreneur)|Riccardo Garrone -Italian businessman (d. 2013)

1936- Brian Howe (politician)|Brian Howe -Australian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1936- Jerry Kramer -American football player and sportscaster

1938- Shohei Baba -Japanese wrestler (d. 1999)

1938- Georg Baselitz -German painter and sculptor

1939- Sonny Chiba -Japanese actor and martial artist

1939- Arlene Golonka -American actress

1940- Joe Dowell -American singer

1940- Ted Rowlands, Baron Rowlands -Welsh politician

1940- Johnny Russell (singer)|Johnny Russell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)

1941- Jock R. Anderson -Australian economist

1941- João Ubaldo Ribeiro -Brazilian journalist, author, and academic (d. 2014)

1942- Abdur Razzak (actor)|Abdur Razzak -Indian-Bangladeshi actor and producer

1942- Herman Tjeenk Willink -Dutch politician

1943- Gary Burton -American vibraphone player

1943- Gil Gerard -American actor

1944- Rutger Hauer -Dutch actor

1945- Richard Dearlove -English intelligence officer

1945- Mike Harris -Canadian politician, 22nd Premier of Ontario

1946- Arnoldo Alemán -Nicaraguan politician, President of Nicaragua

1946- Boris Berezovsky (businessman)|Boris Berezovsky -Russian-English businessman and mathematician (d. 2013)

1946- Zvonko Bušić -Croatian terrorist, hijacker of TWA Flight 355 (d. 2013)

1946- Don Whittington -American race car driver

1947- Mary Arden (judge)|Mary Arden -English judge

1947- Tom Carper -American politician, 71st Governor of Delaware

1947- Megawati Sukarnoputri -Indonesian politician, 5th President of Indonesia

1948- David F. Ford -Irish theologian and academic

1948- Anita Pointer -American singer-songwriter (The Pointer Sisters)

1949- Joan Walley -English politician

1950- Richard Dean Anderson -American actor, producer, and composer

1950- Bill Cunningham (musician)|Bill Cunningham -American bass player and keyboard player (The Box Tops)

1950- Danny Federici -American accordion player (E Street Band) (d. 2008)

1950- John Greaves (musician)|John Greaves -Welsh bass player and songwriter (Henry Cow, National Health, and The Lodge (band)|The Lodge)

1950- Suzanne Scotchmer -American economist and academic (d. 2014)

1951- David Patrick Kelly -American actor

1951- Michael R. Matz -American horse rider

1951- Chesley Sullenberger -American pilot and captain

1952- Omar Henry (cricketer)|Omar Henry -South African cricketer

1953- John Luther Adams -American composer

1953- Raul Arnemann -Estonian rower

1953- Alister McGrath -Irish priest, historian, and theologian

1953- Antonio Villaraigosa -American politician, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles

1953- Robin Zander -American singer and guitarist (Cheap Trick)

1954- Franco De Vita -Venezuelan singer-songwriter

1954- Richard Finch (musician)|Richard Finch -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (KC and the Sunshine Band)

1954- Edward Ka-Spel -English singer-songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots, The Tear Garden, and Mimir (band)|Mimir)

1957- Lou Schuler -American journalist

1959- Clive Bull -English radio host

1960- Patrick de Gayardon -French sky diver (d. 1998)

1960- Leilani Kai -American wrestler

1960- Jean-François Sauvé -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Mas Selamat bin Kastari -Indonesian-Singaporean criminal

1962- David Arnold -English composer

1962- Aivar Lillevere -Estonian footballer and coach

1962- Elvira Lindo -Spanish journalist

1962- Richard Roxburgh -Australian actor

1963- Gail O'Grady -American actress

1964- Mariska Hargitay -American actress

1964- Bharrat Jagdeo -Guyanese politician, 7th President of Guyana

1964- Mario Roberge -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Thomas Adler -German footballer

1965- Louie Clemente -American drummer (Testament (band)|Testament)

1966- Haywoode Workman -American basketball player

1967- Naim Süleymanoğlu -Bulgarian-Turkish weightlifter

1968- Petr Korda -Czech tennis player

1968- Raul Olle -Estonian skier

1969- Ariadna Gil -Spanish actress

1969- Andrei Kanchelskis -Ukrainian-Russian footballer

1969- Brendan Shanahan -Canadian ice hockey player

1970- Brendan O'Connor (media personality)|Brendan O'Connor -Irish singer and television host

1970- Oleg Ovsyannikov -Russian ice dancer

1970- Spyridon Vasdekis -Greek long jumper

1971- Scott Gibbs -Welsh rugby player

1971- Kevin Mawae -American football player

1971- Marc Nelson -American singer-songwriter (Boyz II Men, Az Yet, and Blayse)

1971- Adam Parore -New Zealand cricketer

1972- Gavin Barwell -English politician

1972- Ewen Bremner -Scottish actor

1972- Lisa Snowdon -English model and television host

1972- Marcel Wouda -Dutch swimmer

1973- Dee Caffari -English sailor

1973- Lanei Chapman -American actress

1973- Tomas Holmström -Swedish ice hockey player

1974- Sampsa Astala -Finnish singer-songwriter and drummer (Lordi and Stala & so.)

1974- Joel Bouchard -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Rebekah Elmaloglou -Australian actress

1974- Yosvani Pérez -Cuban baseball player

1974- Richard T. Slone -English painter

1974- Tiffani Thiessen -American actress

1975- Phil Dawson -American football player

1975- Tito Ortiz -American mixed martial artist

1976- Brandon Duckworth -American baseball player

1976- Angelica Lee -Malaysian-Taiwanese actress and singer

1976- Tony Lucca -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1976- Nigel McGuinness -English wrestler

1977- Kamal Heer -Indian singer-songwriter

1979- Larry Hughes -American basketball player

1979- Dawn O'Porter -Scottish-English journalist

1979- Juan Rincón -Venezuelan baseball player

1981- Sarai (rapper)|Sarai -American rapper and actress

1981- Rob Friend -Canadian footballer

1981- Julia Jones -American actress

1982- Patrick Levis -American actor

1982- Wily Mo Peña -Dominican baseball player

1984- Robbie Farah -Australian rugby player

1984- Arjen Robben -Dutch footballer

1985- Dong Fangzhuo -Chinese footballer

1985- Doutzen Kroes -Dutch model and actress

1986- Anne Foy -English actress and television host

1986- José Enrique Sánchez -Spanish footballer

1986- Steven Taylor (footballer)|Steven Taylor -English footballer

1986- Marc Laird -Scottish footballer

1987- Felicia Brandström -Swedish singer

1988- Alan Power -Irish footballer

1989- April Pearson -English actress

1990- Artjom Abramov -Estonian ice hockey player

1990- Alex Silva (wrestler)|Alex Silva -Canadian wrestler

1990- Martyn Waghorn -English footballer

1994- Wesley Jobello -French footballer

1996- Chachi Gonzales -American dancer