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Day History: January-13

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Famous Birthdays


1334 - [[Henry II of Castile]] -(d. 1379)

1505 - [[Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg]] -(d. 1571)

1562 - [[Mark Alexander Boyd]] -Scottish poet and soldier (d. 1601)

1596 - [[Jan van Goyen]] -Dutch painter (d. 1656)

1610 - [[Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (1610–1665)|Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria]] -(d. 1665)

1616 - [[Antoinette Bourignon]] -French-Flemish mystic and author (d. 1680)

1651 - [[Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington]] -English soldier and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1694)

1683 - [[Christoph Graupner]] -German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1760)

1720 - [[Richard Hurd (bishop)|Richard Hurd]] -English bishop (d. 1808)

1749 - [[Maler Müller]] -German poet, painter, and playwright (d. 1825)

1787 - [[John Davis (Massachusetts governor)|John Davis]] -American lawyer and politician, 14th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)

1804 - [[Paul Gavarni]] -French illustrator (d. 1866)

1805 - [[Thomas Dyer]] -American politician, 18th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)

1808 - [[Salmon P. Chase]] -American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873)

1812 - [[Victor de Laprade]] -French poet and critic (d. 1883)

1832 - [[Horatio Alger, Jr.]] -American journalist and author (d. 1899)

1845 - [[Félix Tisserand]] -French astronomer and academic (d. 1896)

1857 - [[Anastasios Papoulas]] -Greek general (d. 1935)

1858 - [[Oskar Minkowski]] -Lithuanian-German biologist and academic (d. 1931)

1859 - [[Kostis Palamas]] -Greek poet and playwright (d. 1943)

1861 - [[Max Nonne]] -German neurologist and academic (d. 1959)

1864 - [[Wilhelm Wien]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1865 - [[Princess Marie of Orléans (1865–1909)|Princess Marie of Orléans]] -(d. 1908)

1866 - [[Vasily Kalinnikov]] -Russian bassoon player and composer (d. 1901)

1869 - [[Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta]] -(d. 1931)

1870 - [[Ross Granville Harrison]] -American biologist and anatomist (d. 1959)

1872 - [[Vlasios Tsirogiannis]] -Greek general (d. 1928)

1878 - [[Lionel Groulx]] -Canadian priest and historian (d. 1967)

1878 - [[Geert Lotsij]] -Dutch rower (d. 1959)

1881 - [[Essington Lewis]] -Australian engineer and businessman (d. 1961)

1883 - [[Prince Arthur of Connaught]] -(d. 1938)

1883 - [[Nathaniel Cartmell]] -American runner and coach (d. 1967)

1884 - [[Sophie Tucker]] -Ukrainian-American singer and actress (d. 1966)

1885 - [[Alfred Fuller]] -Canadian-American businessman, founded the Fuller Brush Company (d. 1973)

1886 - [[Art Ross]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1964)

1887 - [[Gabriel Gabrio]] -French actor (d. 1946)

1887 - [[George Gurdjieff]] -Russian-French mystic and philosopher (d. 1949)

1890 - [[Jüri Uluots]] -Estonian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1945)

1892 - [[Ermanno Aebi]] -Italian-Swiss footballer (d. 1976)

1893 - [[Roy Cazaly]] -Australian footballer and coach (d. 1963)

1893 - [[Clark Ashton Smith]] -American poet, sculptor, painter, and author (d. 1961)

1893 - [[Chaim Soutine]] -Belarusian-French painter (d. 1943)

1898 - [[Kaj Munk]] -Danish pastor and playwright (d. 1944)

1898 - [[Carlo Tagliabue]] -Italian opera singer (d. 1978)

1901 - [[A. B. Guthrie, Jr.]] -American historian and author (d. 1991)

1901 - [[Mieczysław Żywczyński]] -Polish priest and historian (d. 1978)

1904 - [[Richard Addinsell]] -English composer (d. 1977)

1904 - [[Nathan Milstein]] -Ukrainian-American violinist and composer (d. 1992)

1905 - [[Kay Francis]] -American actress, singer, and producer (d. 1968)

1905 - [[Jack London (athlete)|Jack London]] -English sprinter and pianist (d. 1966)

1906 - [[Zhou Youguang]] -Chinese linguist and academic

1909 - [[Helm Glöckler]] -German racing driver (d. 1993)

1909 - [[Marinus van der Lubbe]] -Dutch anarchist (d. 1934)

1910 - [[Yannis Tsarouchis]] -Greek painter and illustrator (d. 1989)

1911 - [[Joh Bjelke-Petersen]] -New Zealand-Australian farmer and politician, 31st Premier of Queensland (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Jeff Morrow]] -American actor (d. 1993)

1914 - [[Osa Massen]] -Danish actress (d. 2006)

1914 - [[Ted Willis, Baron Willis]] -English author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1918 - [[Stephen Dunne (actor)|Stephen Dunne]] -American actor and radio host (d. 1977)

1919 - [[Robert Stack]] -American actor and producer (d. 2003)

1921 - [[Necati Cumalı]] -Greek-Turkish author and poet (d. 2001)

1921 - [[Dachine Rainer]] -American-English author and poet (d. 2000)

1922 - [[Albert Lamorisse]] -French director and producer (d. 1970)

1923 - [[Daniil Shafran]] -Russian cellist (d. 1997)

1923 - [[Willem Slijkhuis]] -Dutch runner (d. 2003)

1924 - [[Paul Feyerabend]] -Austrian-Swiss philosopher and academic (d. 1994)

1924 - [[Roland Petit]] -French dancer and choreographer (d. 2011)

1925 - [[Georgi Kaloyanchev]] -Bulgarian actor (d. 2012)

1925 - [[Rosemary Murphy]] -American actress (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Ron Tauranac]] -Australian engineer and designer

1925 - [[Gwen Verdon]] -American actress and dancer (d. 2000)

1926 - [[Michael Bond]] -English soldier and author, created Paddington Bear

1926 - [[Carolyn Gold Heilbrun]] -American author and academic (d. 2003)

1926 - [[Melba Liston]] -American trombonist and composer (d. 1999)

1926 - [[Shakti Samanta]] -Indian director and producer (d. 2009)

1927 - [[Brock Adams]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Transportation (d. 2004)

1927 - [[Sydney Brenner]] -South African biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1929 - [[Joe Pass]] -American guitarist and composer (d. 1994)

1930 - [[Liz Anderson]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)

1930 - [[Frances Sternhagen]] -American actress

1931 - [[Ian Hendry]] -English actor (d. 1984)

1931 - [[Charles Nelson Reilly]] -American actor and director (d. 2007)

1931 - [[Chris Wiggins]] -English-Canadian actor

1932 - [[Barry Bishop (mountaineer)|Barry Bishop]] -American mountaineer, photographer, and scholar (d. 1994)

1932 - [[Bearcat Wright]] -American wrestler (d. 1982)

1933 - [[Tom Gola]] -American basketball player, coach, and politician (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Rip Taylor]] -American actor and singer

1935 - [[Mauro Forghieri]] -Italian engineer

1936 - [[Renato Bruson]] -Italian opera singer

1937 - [[Guy Dodson]] -New Zealand-English biochemist and academic (d. 2012)

1938 - [[Cabu]] -French cartoonist (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Daevid Allen]] -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soft Machine and Gong (band)|Gong) (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Richard Anthony (singer)|Richard Anthony]] -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1938 - [[William B. Davis]] -Canadian actor and director

1938 - [[Dave Edwards (Wyoming politician)|Dave Edwards]] -American captain and politician (d. 2013)

1938 - [[Tord Grip]] -Swedish footballer and manager

1938 - [[Anna Home]] -English screenwriter and producer

1938 - [[Shivkumar Sharma]] -Indian santoor player and composer

1939 - [[Edgardo Cozarinsky]] -Argentinian author, screenwriter, and director

1939 - [[Jacek Gmoch]] -Polish footballer and coach

1939 - [[Cesare Maniago]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1940 - [[Edmund White]] -American author and playwright

1941 - [[Pasqual Maragall i Mira]] -Catalan academic and politician, 127th List of Presidents of the Generalitat de Catalunya|President of the Generalitat de Catalunya

1942 - [[Carol Cleveland]] -English actress

1943 - [[William Duckworth (composer)|William Duckworth]] -American composer and author (d. 2012)

1943 - [[Richard Moll]] -American actor and singer

1945 - [[Gordon McVie]] -English oncologist and author

1946 - [[Ordal Demokan]] -Turkish physicist and academic (d. 2004)

1946 - [[Eero Koivistoinen]] -Finnish saxophonist, composer, and conductor

1947 - [[John Lees (musician)|John Lees]] -English guitarist (Barclay James Harvest)

1947 - [[Jacek Majchrowski]] -Polish historian, lawyer, and politician

1947 - [[Carles Rexach]] -Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach

1948 - [[Gaj Singh]] -Indian politician

1949 - [[Rakesh Sharma]] -Indian commander, pilot, and astronaut

1949 - [[Brandon Tartikoff]] -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1950 - [[Clive Betts]] -English economist and politician

1950 - [[Bob Forsch]] -American baseball player (d. 2011)

1950 - [[Gholam Hossein Mazloumi]] -Iranian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1950 - [[John McNaughton]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1951 - [[Bruce Hart (wrestler)|Bruce Hart]] -Canadian wrestler and trainer

1951 - [[Frank E. Peretti]] -American author, actor, and producer

1952 - [[Stephen Glover]] -English journalist, co-founded ''The Independent''

1954 - [[Richard Blackford]] -English composer

1954 - [[Trevor Rabin]] -South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1954 - [[Nikos Sarganis]] -Greek footballer

1955 - [[Ran Ito]] -Japanese actress (Candies (Japanese idol group)|Candies)

1955 - [[Paul Kelly (Australian musician)|Paul Kelly]] -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1955 - [[Jay McInerney]] -American author and critic

1955 - [[Anne Pringle]] -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Russia|British Ambassador to Russia

1956 - [[Janet Hubert]] -American actress

1957 - [[Claudia Emerson]] -American poet and academic (d. 2014)

1957 - [[Mary Glindon]] -English politician

1957 - [[Lorrie Moore]] -American author and academic

1957 - [[Mark O'Meara]] -American golfer

1958 - [[Francisco Buyo]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1958 - [[Ton du Chatinier]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1958 - [[Tasha Voux]] -American porn actress

1959 - [[Ernie Irvan]] -American race car driver

1959 - [[James LoMenzo]] -American bass player

1960 - [[Eric Betzig]] -American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1960 - [[Matthew Bourne]] -English choreographer and director

1960 - [[Takis Lemonis]] -Greek footballer and coach

1961 - [[Suggs (singer)|Suggs]] -English singer-songwriter and actor

1961 - [[Jeremy Bamber]] -English murderer

1961 - [[Wayne Coyne]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961 - [[Kelly Hrudey]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1961 - [[Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] -American actress and producer

1962 - [[Trace Adkins]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1962 - [[Paul Higgins]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1962 - [[Kevin Mitchell (baseball)|Kevin Mitchell]] -American baseball player

1963 - [[Kevin McClatchy]] -American businessman

1964 - [[Bill Bailey]] -English comedian, actor, singer, and guitarist

1964 - [[Penelope Ann Miller]] -American actress

1964 - [[Ronan Rafferty]] -Irish golfer

1964 - [[Gloria Siebert]] -German hurdler

1966 - [[Patrick Dempsey]] -American actor and race car driver

1966 - [[Shelagh Fogarty]] -English journalist and radio host

1966 - [[Leo Visser]] -Dutch speed skater

1967 - [[Annie Jones (actress)|Annie Jones]] -Australian actress

1967 - [[Paul McCarthy (actor)|Paul McCarthy]] -Australian actor and screenwriter

1967 - [[Reno Riggins]] -American wrestler

1968 - [[Chara (singer)|Chara]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1968 - [[Traci Bingham]] -American model and actress

1968 - [[Antonio Tartaglia]] -Italian bobsledder

1968 - [[Mike Whitlow]] -English footballer and coach

1969 - [[Stefania Belmondo]] -Italian skier

1969 - [[Stephen Hendry]] -Scottish snooker player and journalist

1969 - [[Christopher Karpowitz]] -American political scientist

1969 - [[John Kronus]] -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1970 - [[Keith Coogan]] -American actor

1970 - [[Frank Kooiman]] -Dutch footballer

1970 - [[Marco Pantani]] -Italian cyclist (d. 2004)

1970 - [[Shonda Rhimes]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1971 - [[John Mallory Asher]] -American actor and director

1971 - [[Phil Whyman]] -English paranormal investigator

1972 - [[Mark Bosnich]] -Australian footballer and sportscaster

1972 - [[Nicole Eggert]] -American actress

1972 - [[Park Jin-young]] -South Korean singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, founded JYP Entertainment

1972 - [[James O'Brien (radio presenter)|James O'Brien]] -English journalist and radio host

1972 - [[Atoosa Rubenstein]] -Iranian-American journalist

1972 - [[Vitaly Scherbo]] -Belarusian gymnast

1973 - [[Nikolai Khabibulin]] -Russian ice hockey player

1973 - [[Gloria Yip]] -Hong Kong actress and singer

1974 - [[Sergei Brylin]] -Russian ice hockey player and coach

1975 - [[Rune Eriksen]] -Norwegian guitarist and composer

1975 - [[Mailis Reps]] -Estonian academic and politician, 31st Minister of Education and Research (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Education and Research

1976 - [[Michael Peña]] -American actor

1976 - [[Bic Runga]] -New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976 - [[Tania Vicent]] -Canadian speed skater

1976 - [[Mario Yepes]] -Colombian footballer

1977 - [[William Ash (actor)|William Ash]] -English actor

1977 - [[Orlando Bloom]] -English actor and producer

1977 - [[Elliot Mason]] -English trombonist and keyboard player

1977 - [[James Posey]] -American basketball player and coach

1978 - [[Ashmit Patel]] -Indian actor

1978 - [[Nate Silver]] -American journalist and statistician, developed PECOTA

1979 - [[Katy Brand]] -English actress and screenwriter

1980 - [[Krzysztof Czerwiński]] -Polish organist and conductor

1980 - [[María de Villota]] -Spanish race car driver (d. 2013)

1980 - [[Nils-Eric Johansson]] -Swedish footballer

1980 - [[Akira Kaji]] -Japanese footballer

1980 - [[Argo Meresaar]] -Estonian volleyball player

1980 - [[Michael Rupp]] -American ice hockey player

1980 - [[Mirko Soltau]] -German footballer

1981 - [[Reggie Brown (wide receiver)|Reggie Brown]] -American football player

1981 - [[Shad Gaspard]] -American wrestler and actor

1981 - [[Darrell Rasner]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Yujiro Takahashi]] -Japanese wrestler

1982 - [[Kamran Akmal]] -Pakistan cricketer

1982 - [[Guillermo Coria]] -Argentinian tennis player

1982 - [[Constantinos Makrides]] -Cypriot footballer

1982 - [[Mason Ryan]] -Welsh wrestler

1982 - [[Ruth Wilson]] -English actress

1983 - [[Ender Arslan]] -Turkish basketball player

1983 - [[William Hung]] -Hong Kong-American singer and actor

1983 - [[Imran Khan (actor)|Imran Khan]] -American-Indian actor

1983 - [[Sebastian Kneißl]] -German footballer

1983 - [[Trina Michaels]] -American porn actress and director

1983 - [[Julian Morris]] -English actor

1983 - [[Mauricio Martín Romero]] -Argentinian footballer

1983 - [[Ronny Turiaf]] -French basketball player

1983 - [[Alan Webb (runner)|Alan Webb]] -American runner

1984 - [[Lourdes Arévalos]] -Paraguayan model, Miss Paraguay|Miss Paraguay 2006

1984 - [[Matteo Cavagna (footballer born 1984)|Matteo Cavagna]] -Italian footballer

1984 - [[Kamghe Gaba]] -German sprinter

1984 - [[Nathaniel Motte]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1985 - [[Qi Hui]] -Chinese swimmer

1985 - [[Luke Robinson (wrestler)|Luke Robinson]] -American wrestler

1986 - [[Laura Ludwig]] -German volleyball player

1986 - [[Josefine Preuß]] -German actress

1986 - [[Joannie Rochette]] -Canadian figure skater

1987 - [[Stefano Del Sante]] -Italian footballer

1987 - [[Florica Leonida]] -Romanian gymnast

1987 - [[Daniel Oss]] -Italian cyclist

1987 - [[Alexandre Pliușchin]] -Moldovan cyclist

1987 - [[Lee Seung-gi]] -South Korean singer and actor

1987 - [[Marc Staal]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1987 - [[Sven Wetzel]] -German rugby player

1988 - [[Josh Freeman]] -American football player

1988 - [[Daniel Scheinig]] -German footballer

1989 - [[Bryan Arguez]] -American footballer

1989 - [[James Berrett]] -English-Irish footballer

1989 - [[Triinu Kivilaan]] -Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)

1989 - [[Tim Matavž]] -Slovenian footballer

1989 - [[Beau Mirchoff]] -American-Canadian actor

1990 - [[Vincenzo Fiorillo]] -Italian footballer

1990 - [[Liam Hemsworth]] -Australian actor

1991 - [[Goo Ha-ra]] -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress

1991 - [[Rob Kiernan]] -English-Irish footballer

1992 - [[Adam Matthews]] -Welsh footballer

1992 - [[Dinah Pfizenmaier]] -German tennis player

1993 - [[Murder of Larry King|Larry King]] -American murder victim (d. 2008)

1993 - [[Xénia Krizsán]] -Hungarian heptathlete

1993 - [[Max Whitlock]] -English gymnast

1995 - [[Qaasim Middleton]] -American actor, singer, and guitarist

2004 - [[Anastasia and Tatiana Dogaru]] -Italian conjoined twins

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