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Day History: January-24

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Famous Birthdays


76- Hadrian -Roman emperor (d. 138)

1287- Richard de Bury -English bishop (d. 1345)

1444- Galeazzo Maria Sforza -Italian husband of Bona of Savoy (d. 1476)

1540- Edmund Campion -English priest and martyr (d. 1581)

1638- Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset -English poet (d. 1706)

1670- William Congreve (playwright)|William Congreve -English playwright (d. 1729)

1674- Thomas Tanner (bishop)|Thomas Tanner -English bishop (d. 1735)

1679- Christian Wolff (philosopher)|Christian Wolff -German philosopher (d. 1754)

1705- Farinelli -Italian singer (d. 1782)

1709- Dom Bédos de Celles -French monk and organ builder (d. 1779)

1712- Frederick the Great -Prussian king (d. 1786)

1732- Pierre Beaumarchais -French playwright (d. 1799)

1742- Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn -(d. 1808)

1746- Gustav III of Sweden -(d. 1792)

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

1754- Andrew Ellicott -American surveyor (d. 1820)

1763- Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron -Russian general (d. 1831)

1776- E. T. A. Hoffmann -German jurist and author (d. 1822)

1779- Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)|Elizabeth Alexeievna -German wife of Alexander I of Russia (d. 1826)

1841- Robert Williams (archer)|Robert Williams -American archer (d. 1914)

1843- Josip Štadler -Croatian archbishop (d. 1918)

1848- Vasily Surikov -Russian painter (d. 1916)

1862- Edith Wharton -American author (d. 1937)

1864- Marguerite Durand -French actress, journalist, and activist (d. 1936)

1866- Jaan Poska -Estonian lawyer and politician (d. 1920)

1872- Konstantin Bogaevsky -Russian painter (d. 1943)

1872- Ethel Turner -Australian author (d. 1958)

1872- Morris Travers -English chemist (d. 1961)

1883- Philip Schuster -American gymnast (d. 1926)

1886- Henry King (director)|Henry King -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1888- Vicki Baum -Austrian author (d. 1960)

1888- Ernst Heinkel -German businessman, founded the Heinkel|Heinkel Aircraft Manufacturing Company (d. 1958)

1889- Charles Hawes -American author (d. 1923)

1891- Walter Model -German field marshal (d. 1945)

1895- Eugen Roth -German poet and songwriter (d. 1976)

1898- Cliff Heathcote -American baseball player (d. 1939)

1900- Theodosius Dobzhansky -Ukrainian-American geneticist and biologist (d. 1975)

1901- Harry Calder -South African cricketer (d. 1995)

1901- Edward Turner -English motorcycle designer (d. 1973)

1902- E. A. Speiser -American scholar (d. 1965)

1905- J. Howard Marshall -American lawyer and businessman (d. 1995)

1907- Maurice Couve de Murville -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1999)

1907- Tuts Washington -American pianist (d. 1984)

1909- Martin Lings -English author and scholar (d. 2005)

1909- Ann Todd -English actress (d. 1993)

1910- Doris Haddock -American activist (d. 2010)

1911- Muir Mathieson -Scottish conductor and composer (d. 1975)

1912- Frederick Ashworth -American admiral (d. 2005)

1913- Norman Dello Joio -American composer (d. 2008)

1915- Robert Motherwell -American painter (d. 1991)

1916- Jack Brickhouse -American sportscaster (d. 1998)

1916- Rafael Caldera -Venezuelan politician, 65th President of Venezuela (d. 2009)

1916- Arnoldo Foà -Italian actor and director (d. 2014)

1916- Gene Mako -Hungarian-American tennis player (d. 2013)

1917- Ernest Borgnine -American actor (d. 2012)

1918- Oral Roberts -American evangelist, founded Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (d. 2009)

1919- Coleman Francis -American director (d. 1973)

1920- Jerry Maren -American actor

1922- Daniel Boulanger -French writer and actor (d. 2014)

1922- Charles Socarides -American psychiatrist (d. 2005)

1923- Vlado Kristl -Croatian painter and director (d. 2004)

1924- Joe Albany -American pianist (d. 1988)

1925- Maria Tallchief -American ballerina (d. 2013)

1926- Ruth Asawa -American sculptor (d. 2013)

1926- Georges Lautner -French director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1927- Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet -Scottish chief (d. 2007)

1928- Desmond Morris -English zoologist, ethologist, and painter

1928- Michel Serrault -French actor (d. 2007)

1930- Terence Bayler -New Zealand actor

1930- Mahmoud Farshchian -Iranian-Persian painter

1930- Bernard Matthews -English businessman, founded Bernard Matthews Farms (d. 2010)

1930- John Romita, Sr. -American illustrator

1931- Leonard Baker -American historian and author (d. 1984)

1931- Lars Hörmander -Swedish mathematician (d. 2012)

1932- Jaan Puhvel -Estonian-American linguist and mythographer

1933- Claude Préfontaine -Canadian actor (d. 2013)

1934- Ann Cole -American singer (d. 1986)

1934- Stanisław Grochowiak -Polish poet (d. 1976)

1935- Eric Ashton -English rugby player (d. 2008)

1935- Bamber Gascoigne -English television host and author

1936- William Bogert -American actor

1936- Doug Kershaw -American singer-songwriter and fiddler

1936- Bobby Wellins -Scottish saxophonist

1939- Ray Stevens -American singer-songwriter

1940- Joachim Gauck -German politician, 11th President of Germany

1941- Neil Diamond -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941- Aaron Neville -American singer (Neville Brothers)

1941- Dan Shechtman -Israeli chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1941- Gary K. Wolf -American author and humorist

1942- Gary Hart (wrestler)|Gary Hart -American wrestler and manager (d. 2008)

1943- Julie Bennett -American voice actress

1943- Subhash Ghai -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1943- Peter Struck -German politician (d. 2012)

1943- Sharon Tate -American actress (d. 1969)

1943- Tony Trimmer -English race car driver

1944- David Gerrold -American author and screenwriter

1944- Klaus Nomi -German singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1983)

1945- D. Todd Christofferson -American religious leader

1945- John Garamendi -American politician, 46th Lieutenant Governor of California

1946- Haji (actress)|Haji -Canadian-American actress (d. 2013)

1946- Michael Ontkean -Canadian actor

1947- Michio Kaku -Japanese-American physicist

1947- Masashi Ozaki -Japanese golfer

1947- Warren Zevon -American singer-songwriter (Hindu Love Gods (band)|Hindu Love Gods and lyme and cybelle) (d. 2003)

1948- Michael Des Barres -English singer-songwriter and actor (Power Station (band)|Power Station, Silverhead, and Detective (band)|Detective)

1949- John Belushi -American actor (d. 1982)

1950- Daniel Auteuil -French actor

1950- Gennifer Flowers -American actress and model

1950- Benjamin Urrutia -Ecuadorian-American author and scholar

1951- Yakov Smirnoff -Ukrainian-American comedian and actor

1953- Yuri Bashmet -Russian violinist, viola player, and conductor

1953- Bruce Jones (actor)|Bruce Jones -English actor

1953- Tim Stoddard -American baseball player

1954- Jo Gartner -Austrian race car driver (d. 1986)

1955- Jim Montgomery (swimmer)|Jim Montgomery -American swimmer

1956- Hanne Krogh -Norwegian singer and actress (Bobbysocks)

1956- Lounès Matoub -Algerian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1956- Jack Neo -Singaporean actor and director

1957- Mark Eaton (basketball)|Mark Eaton -American basketball player

1957- Ade Edmondson -English singer-songwriter and actor (The Bad Shepherds)

1958- Neil Allen -American baseball player

1958- Jools Holland -English singer-songwriter and pianist (Squeeze (band)|Squeeze and Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra)

1959- Akira Maeda -Japanese wrestler

1959- David Mills (author)|David Mills -American author

1959- Vic Reeves -English comedian, actor, and author

1960- Rick Leventhal -American journalist

1960- Mária Bajzek Lukács -Hungarian author and educator

1961- Guido Buchwald -German footballer

1961- Nastassja Kinski -German-American actress

1961- Vince Russo -American wrestling manager and journalist

1961- William Van Dijck -Belgian horse racer

1962- Sly Bailey -English businesswoman

1962- Argiris Kambouris -Greek basketball player

1963- Martyn Grimley -English field hockey player

1963- Arnold Vanderlyde -Dutch boxer

1965- Mike Awesome -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1965- Pagonis Vakalopoulos -Greek footballer

1966- Jimeoin -Irish comedian and actor

1967- Mark Kozelek -American singer-songwriter and producer (Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon)

1967- Phil LaMarr -American actor

1967- John Myung -American bass player (Dream Theater, Platypus (band)|Platypus, The Jelly Jam, and Explorers Club (band)|Explorers Club)

1968- Robert Chote -English economist

1968- Michael Kiske -German singer-songwriter (Helloween, Unisonic (band)|Unisonic, Place Vendome (band)|Place Vendome, and Kiske/Somerville)

1968- Mary Lou Retton -American gymnast

1969- Hilmir Snær Guðnason -Icelandic actor

1970- Matthew Lillard -American actor, director, and producer

1971- Cory Bailey -American baseball player

1972- Daniel Kawczynski -Polish-born British politician

1972- Beth Hart -American singer-songwriter

1972- Naoshi Mizuta -Japanese composer

1972- Daan Schuurmans -Dutch actor

1972- Ulla Werbrouck -Belgian martial artist and politician

1973- Eero Endjärv -Estonian architect

1974- Ed Helms -American actor

1975- Isobel Cooper -English soprano

1975- Rónald Gómez -Costa Rican footballer

1976- Shae-Lynn Bourne -Canadian ice dancer

1976- Cindy Pieters -Belgian cyclist

1976- Olga Vymetálková -Czech tennis player

1977- Kensuke Kita -Japanese singer and guitarist (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)

1977- Johann Urb -Estonian-American actor, producer, and model

1978- Kristen Schaal -American actress and author

1979- Tatyana Ali -American actress and singer

1979- Leandro Desábato -Argentine footballer

1979- Tom Kostopoulos -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Nik Wallenda -American acrobat and daredevil

1980- Rocky Boiman -American football player

1980- Yamandu Costa -Brazilian guitarist and composer

1980- Nicole Marie Lenz -American model and actress

1980- Rebecca Romero -English cyclist and rower

1981- Travis Hanson -American baseball player

1981- Michael Wolf (ice hockey)|Michael Wolf -German ice hockey player

1982- Fiona Xie -Singaporean actress

1983- Davide Biondini -Italian footballer

1983- Diane Birch -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1983- Wyatt Crockett -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Shaun Maloney -Scottish footballer

1983- Scott Speed -American race car driver

1984- Briscoe Brothers|Jay Briscoe -American wrestler

1984- Scott Kazmir -American baseball player

1984- Witold Kiełtyka -Polish drummer (Decapitated (band)|Decapitated) (d. 2007)

1984- Paulo Sérgio Moreira Gonçalves -Portuguese footballer

1985- Josie Gibson -English television personality, contestant on ''Big Brother 11 (UK)|Big Brother UK''

1986- Vieirinha -Portuguese footballer

1986- Mischa Barton -English-American actress

1986- Vladislav Ivanov (footballer)|Vladislav Ivanov -Russian footballer

1986- Michael Kightly -English footballer

1986- Ricky Ullman -Israeli-American actor and singer

1987- Luis Suárez -Uruguayan footballer

1988- Jade Ewen -English singer-songwriter and actress (Sugababes)

1989- Samba Diakité -Malian footballer

1989- Calvin Goldspink -English singer and actor (S Club 8)

1989- Ki Sung-Yueng -South Korean footballer

1990- Mao Abe -Japanese singer-songwriter

1990- Artjom Artjunin -Estonian footballer

1992- Becky Downie -British gymnast

1994- Youngjae -South Korean singer (B.A.P (band)|B.A.P)

1995- Callan McAuliffe -Australian actor

1997- Dylan Riley Snyder -American actor, singer, and dancer