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Day History: January-29

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Famous Birthdays


1584- Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange -(d. 1647)

1632- Johann Georg Graevius -German scholar and critic (d. 1703)

1688- Emanuel Swedenborg -Swedish-English astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1772)

1703- Carlmann Kolb -German priest and composer (d. 1765)

1711- Giuseppe Bonno -Austrian composer (d. 1788)

1715- Georg Christoph Wagenseil -Austrian composer (d. 1777)

1717- Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst -English field marshal and politician, 19th List of Governors General of Canada|Governor General of Canada (d. 1797)

1718- Paul Rabaut -French pastor (d. 1794)

1737- Thomas Paine -English-American author, activist, and theorist (d. 1809)

1749- Christian VII of Denmark -(d. 1808)

1754- Moses Cleaveland -American general, lawyer, and politician, founded Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1806)

1756- Henry Lee III -American general and politician, 9th Governor of Virginia (d. 1818)

1761- Albert Gallatin -Swiss-American politician, 4th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1849)

1782- Daniel Auber -French composer (d. 1871)

1801- Johannes Bernardus van Bree -Dutch violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1857)

1801- Horatia Nelson -English daughter of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (d. 1881)

1810- Ernst Kummer -German mathematician (d. 1893)

1843- William McKinley -American politician, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)

1846- Karol Olszewski -Polish chemist, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1915)

1860- Anton Chekhov -Russian physician and author (d. 1904)

1862- Frederick Delius -English composer (d. 1934)

1866- Julio Peris Brell -Spanish painter (d. 1944)

1866- Romain Rolland -French author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1944)

1867- Vicente Blasco Ibáñez -Spanish journalist and author (d. 1928)

1874- John D. Rockefeller, Jr. -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)

1876- Havergal Brian -English composer (d. 1972)

1877- Georges Catroux -French general and diplomat (d. 1969)

1880- W. C. Fields -American actor (d. 1946)

1884- Juhan Aavik -Estonian composer (d. 1982)

1884- Douglass Cadwallader -American golfer (d. 1971)

1888- Sydney Chapman (mathematician)|Sydney Chapman -English mathematician and geophysicist (d. 1970)

1891- Elizaveta Gerdt -Russian ballerina (d. 1975)

1891- R. Norris Williams -Swiss-American tennis player (d. 1968)

1895- Muna Lee (writer)|Muna Lee -American poet (d. 1965)

1901- Allen B. DuMont -American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (d. 1965)

1901- E. P. Taylor -Canadian businessman and horse breeder (d. 1989)

1905- Barnett Newman -American painter (d. 1970)

1906- Joe Primeau -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1989)

1910- Colin Middleton -Irish painter (d. 1983)

1911- Peter von Siemens -German businessman (d. 1986)

1913- Victor Mature -American actor (d. 1999)

1913- Daniel Taradash -American director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1913- Peter von Zahn -German journalist and author (d. 2001)

1915- Bill Peet -American illustrator (d.2002)

1915- John Serry, Sr. -American accordion player and composer (d. 2003)

1917- David Rubitsky -American sergeant (d. 2013)

1918- John Forsythe -American actor (d. 2010)

1920- José Luis de Vilallonga -Spanish actor and author (d. 2007)

1921- Anthony George -American actor (d. 2005)

1922- Gerda Steinhoff -Polish concentration camp supervisor (d. 1946)

1923- Paddy Chayefsky -American author and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1923- Ivo Robić -Croatian singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1924- Marcelle Ferron -Canadian painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)

1924- Luigi Nono -Italian composer (d. 1990)

1924- Peter Voulkos -American sculptor (d. 2002)

1925- Harold C. Agerholm -American marine, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1944)

1925- Tofiq Bahramov -Azerbaijani footballer (d. 1993)

1925- Raúl Corrales -Cuban photographer (d. 2006)

1925- Robert W. McCollum -American virologist and epidemiologist (d. 2010)

1926- Franco Cerri -Italian guitarist

1926- Abdus Salam -Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1927- Edward Abbey -American environmentalist and author (d. 1989)

1927- Gerald D. Klee -American psychiatrist and educator (d. 2013)

1928- Peter Byrne (actor)|Peter Byrne -English actor and director

1928- Lee Shau-kee -Hong Kong businessman, founded Henderson Land Development

1929- George Ross Anderson, Jr. -American judge

1929- Józef Gara -Polish poet (d. 2013)

1929- Elio Petri -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1929- Ed Shaughnessy -American drummer (d. 2013)

1929- Joseph Kruskal -American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 2010)

1929- Puggy Pearson -American poker player (d. 2006)

1930- Derek Bailey (guitarist)|Derek Bailey -English guitarist (d. 2005)

1930- Christopher Collier (historian)|Christopher Collier -American historian and author

1930- John Junkin -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1931- Jim Baumer -American baseball player (d. 1996)

1931- Leslie Bricusse -English playwright and composer

1931- Ferenc Mádl -Hungarian politician, 2nd President of Hungary (d. 2011)

1932- Tommy Taylor -English footballer (d. 1958)

1933- Sacha Distel -French singer and guitarist (d. 2004)

1933- Hugo Herrestrup -Danish actor

1933- Paul Sally -American mathematician

1934- Noel Harrison -English singer, actor, and skier (d. 2013)

1934- Branko Miljković -Serbian poet (d. 1961)

1935- Fred Jüssi -Estonian biologist and photographer

1935- Roger Payne -American biologist

1936- Malcolm Binns -English pianist

1936- Patrick Caulfield -English painter (d. 2005)

1936- James Jamerson -American bass player (The Funk Brothers) (d. 1983)

1937- Hassan Habibi -Iranian politician, 1st Vice President of Iran (d. 2013)

1937- Bobby Scott (musician)|Bobby Scott -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1990)

1938- Shuji Tsurumi -Japanese gymnast

1939- Germaine Greer -Australian journalist and author

1940- Katharine Ross -American actress

1940- Kunimitsu Takahashi -Japanese motorcycle racer and race car driver

1941- Robin Morgan -American actress, journalist, author, and activist

1942- Robert C. Bonner -American judge

1942- Claudine Longet -French-American singer, actress, and dancer

1943- Tony Blackburn -English radio host

1943- Désiré Letort -French cyclist (d. 2012)

1944- Andrew Loog Oldham -English record producer and manager

1944- Patrick Lipton Robinson -Jamaican judge

1944- Pauline van der Wildt -Dutch swimmer

1945- Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta -Malian politician, Prime Minister of Mali

1945- Jim Nicholson (politician)|Jim Nicholson -Irish politician

1945- Tom Selleck -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Bettye LaVette -American singer-songwriter

1946- Tony Pierce (baseball)|Tony Pierce -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1947- Linda B. Buck -American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1947- David Byron -English singer-songwriter (Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep and Spice (band)|Spice) (d. 1985)

1947- Marián Varga -Slovak organist and composer

1948- Raymond Keene -English chess player and author

1948- Pat Kenny -Irish television and radio host

1948- Cristina Saralegui -Cuban-American talk show host

1948- Marc Singer -Canadian-American actor

1949- Evgeny Lovchev -Russian footballer

1949- Tommy Ramone -Hungarian-American drummer and producer (Ramones and Uncle Monk) (d. 2014)

1949- Tommi Salmelainen -Finnish ice hockey player

1950- Max Carl -American singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player (Grand Funk Railroad and 38 Special (band)|38 Special)

1950- Ann Jillian -American actress

1950- Jody Scheckter -South African race car driver

1950- Miklós Vámos -Hungarian talk show host and author

1951- Andy Roberts (cricketer)|Andy Roberts -Caribbean cricketer

1951- Fereydoon Foroughi -Iranian singer and actor (d. 2001)

1952- Klaus-Peter Hanisch -German footballer (d. 2009)

1952- Rupert Hanley -South African cricketer

1952- Tim Healy (actor)|Tim Healy -English actor and singer

1953- Peter Baumann -German keyboard player and songwriter (Tangerine Dream)

1953- Paulin Bordeleau -Canadian ice hockey player

1953- Caesar Cervin -American soccer player

1953- David Miller (Wyoming politician)|David Miller -American politician

1953- Dennis Delaney -American actor and playwright

1953- Paul Fusco -American puppeteer and voice actor

1953- Steve March-Tormé -American singer-songwriter

1953- Grażyna Szmacińska -Polish chess players

1953- Lynne McGranger -Australian actress

1953- Ronnie Moore -English footballer and manager

1953- Kalevi Marjamaa -Finnish boxer

1953- Juan Paredes -Mexican boxer

1953- Louie Pérez -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Los Lobos and Latin Playboys)

1953- Fred Riebeling -Australian politician

1953- Dwight Takamine -American politician

1953- Teresa Teng -Taiwanese singer (d. 1995)

1953- Yorie Terauchi -Japanese actress

1953- Charlie Wilson (singer)|Charlie Wilson -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Gap Band)

1953- Hwang Woo-suk -South Korean veterinarian and academic

1953- Richard Younger-Ross -English politician

1954- Christian Bjelland IV -Norwegian businessman and art collector

1954- Greg Brooks (chef)|Greg Brooks -Canadian chef and author

1954- Alejandro Casañas -Cuban hurdler

1954- Eleanor Clitheroe-Bell -Canadian businesswoman

1954- Bill Evers -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1954- Yukinobu Hoshino -Japanese illustrator

1954- Terry Kinney -American actor

1954- Richard Manitoba -American singer (The Dictators, MC5, and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom)

1954- Ron Mark -New Zealand soldier and politician

1954- Bob Murdoch (ice hockey, born 1954)|Bob Murdoch -Canadian ice hockey player

1954- Barry Powell (footballer)|Barry Powell -English footballer and manager

1954- Rodolfo Reis -Portuguese footballer

1954- Doug Risebrough -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1954- Patrick Seguin -French art dealer

1954- Oprah Winfrey -American talk show host, actress, and producer, founded the Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S. TV channel)|OWN Network and Harpo Productions

1955- Eddie Jordan (basketball)|Eddie Jordan -American basketball player and coach

1955- Femi Pedro -Nigerian politician

1955- Jonathan Smith (tennis)|Jonathan Smith -English tennis player

1956- Jan Jakub Kolski -Polish director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1956- Irlene Mandrell -American actress and singer

1957- Sue Douglas -English journalist

1957- Julie Mellor -English politician

1957- Grażyna Miller -Italian journalist and poet

1957- Ron Franscell -American journalist and author

1958- Glen Cochrane -Canadian ice hockey player

1958- Stephen Lerner -American union leader

1958- Linda Smith (comedian)|Linda Smith -English comedian and actress (d. 2006)

1959- Mike Foligno -Canadian ice hockey player

1959- Nadezhda Markina -Russian actress

1959- Michael Sloane -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1959- Nick Xenophon -Australian politician

1960- Matthew Ashford -American actor

1960- Gia Carangi -American model (d. 1986)

1960- Sean Kerly -English field hockey player

1960- Greg Louganis -American diver and author

1960- Steve Sax -American baseball player

1960- J. G. Thirlwell -Australian-English singer-songwriter and producer (Wiseblood (band)|Wiseblood, The Immaculate Consumptive, Coil (band)|Coil, and Foetus (band)|Foetus)

1961- Mike Aldrete -American baseball player

1961- Petra Thümer -German swimmer

1962- Taija Rae -American pornographic actress

1962- Nicholas Turturro -American actor

1963- Bob Holly -American wrestler

1963- Monica Horan -American actress

1963- Octave Octavian Teodorescu -Romanian guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1964- Holger Behrendt -German gymnast

1964- Roddy Frame -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Aztec Camera)

1964- Andre Reed -American football player

1964- Anna Ryder Richardson -Welsh interior designer and television host

1965- Dominik Hašek -Czech ice hockey player

1965- Peter Lundgren -Swedish tennis player and coach

1966- Romário -Brazilian footballer

1967- Stacey King -American basketball player

1967- Cyril Suk -Czech tennis player

1968- Edward Burns -American actor, director, and producer

1968- Susi Erdmann -German bobsledder

1968- Sora Jung -South Korean actress

1968- Aeneas Williams -American football player

1969- Hyde (musician)|Hyde -Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (L'Arc-en-Ciel and Vamps (band)|Vamps)

1969- Paul Warwick (racing driver)|Paul Warwick -English race car driver (d. 1991)

1970- Heather Graham -American actress

1970- Jörg Hoffmann (swimmer)|Jörg Hoffmann -German swimmer

1970- Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore -Indian target shooter and politician

1970- Paul Ryan -American politician

1970- Mohammed Yusuf (Boko Haram)|Mohammed Yusuf -Nigerian militant leader, founded Boko Haram (d. 2009)

1971- Clare Balding -English jockey and journalist

1972- Matt Brandstein -American author

1972- Brian Wood (comics)|Brian Wood -American author and illustrator

1973- Miranda Krestovnikoff -English archaeologist and television host

1973- Jason Schmidt -American baseball player

1973- Raivo Seppo -Estonian author

1974- Michael Andersen -Danish basketball player

1975- Sara Gilbert -American actress

1976- Chris Castle -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Charles Divins -American model and actor

1976- Karsten Kroon -Dutch cyclist

1977- Justin Hartley -American actor

1977- Chaly Jones -Dutch footballer

1978- Rob Bironas -American football player (d. 2014)

1978- Martin Schmitt -German ski jumper

1978- Brian Windhorst -American journalist

1979- Marvin Agustin -Filipino actor

1979- Sui Feifei -Chinese basketball player

1979- Andrew Keegan -American actor and producer

1979- April Scott -American actress and model

1979- Andreas Thorstensson -Swedish businessman

1980- Yael Bar Zohar -Israeli actress and model

1980- Ingimundur Ingimundarson -Icelandic handball player

1980- Ivan Klasnić -Croatian footballer

1980- Jason James Richter -American actor

1981- Rui En -Singaporean singer and actress

1981- Jonny Lang -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1981- Darío Lopilato -Argentinian actor

1981- Vladimir Gojković -Montenegrin water polo player

1981- Roberts Mežeckis -Latvian footballer

1981- Álex Ubago -Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Wallis Bird -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Adam Lambert -American singer-songwriter and actor

1982- Heidi Mueller -American actress

1982- Riff Raff (rapper) -American rapper

1983- Biagio Pagano -Italian footballer

1983- Nedžad Sinanović -Bosnian basketball player

1984- Diana Arno -Estonian beauty queen

1984- Natalie du Toit -South African swimmer

1984- Nuno Morais -Portuguese footballer

1984- Safee Sali -Malaysian footballer

1984- David Sencar -Austrian footballer

1985- Marc Gasol -Spanish basketball player

1985- Mikey Hachey -American bass player (Suburban Legends)

1985- Isabel Lucas -Australian actress

1985- Martynas Mažeika -Lithuanian basketball player

1985- Athina Onassis Roussel -French horse rider

1986- Drew Tyler Bell -American actor and dancer

1986- Mark Howard (footballer born January 1986)|Mark Howard -English footballer

1986- Jair Jurrjens -Dutch baseball player

1986- Simon Vukčević -Montenegrin footballer

1987- José Abreu (baseball)|José Abreu -Cuban baseball player

1987- Alex Avila -American baseball player

1987- Matthew Wilson -English race car driver

1988- Tatyana Chernova -Russian heptathlete

1988- Stephanie Gilmore -Australian surfer

1988- Shaleum Logan -English footballer

1988- Margarita Žernosekova -Estonian footballer

1989- Kevin Shattenkirk -American ice hockey player

1990- Charlie Cipriano -American lacrosse player

1990- Nick Moody -American football player

1990- Brandon Taylor -American football player

1990- Danielle Parsons -Canadian curler

1991- Rafaël Dias -Portuguese footballer

1992- George Pocheptsov -American painter

1992- Aleksandr Trokhov -Russian footballer

1993- Michelle Larcher de Brito -Portuguese tennis player

1993- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -Japanese singer and model

1994- Lucas Hufnagel -German footballer

1994- Ayane Sakura -Japanese voice actress

1996- Nora Foss al-Jabri -Iraqi-Norwegian singer

1996- Megan Jossa -English actress

1996- Juho Lammikko -Finnish ice hockey player

1997- Death of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh|Ali Jawad al-Sheikh -Bahraini protester (d. 2011)