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Day History: January-15

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Famous Birthdays


1432 - [[Afonso V of Portugal]] -(d. 1481)

1481 - [[Ashikaga Yoshizumi]] -Japanese shogun (d. 1511)

1538 - [[Maeda Toshiie]] -Japanese general (d. 1599)

1622 - [[Molière]] -French actor and playwright (d. 1673)

1671 - [[Abraham de la Pryme]] -English archaeologist and historian (d. 1704)

1674 - [[Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon]] -French poet and playwright (d. 1762)

1716 - [[Philip Livingston]] -American merchant and politician (d. 1778)

1747 - [[John Aikin]] -English surgeon and author (d. 1822)

1754 - [[Richard Martin (Irish politician)|Richard Martin]] -Irish activist and politician, co-founded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (d. 1834)

1791 - [[Franz Grillparzer]] -Austrian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1872)

1795 - [[Alexander Griboyedov]] -Russian playwright, composer, and poet (d. 1829)

1803 - [[Marjorie Fleming]] -Scottish poet and author (d. 1811)

1809 - [[Pierre-Joseph Proudhon]] -French economist and politician (d. 1865)

1812 - [[Peter Christen Asbjørnsen]] -Norwegian author and scholar (d. 1885)

1815 - [[William Bickerton]] -English-American religious leader, 3rd List of presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite)|President of the Church of Jesus Christ (d. 1905)

1816 - [[Marie Lafarge]] -French murderer (d. 1852)

1824 - [[Marie Duplessis]] -French courtier (d. 1847)

1834 - [[Samuel Arza Davenport]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1911)

1841 - [[Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby]] -English captain and politician, 6th Governor General of Canada (d. 1908)

1842 - [[Josef Breuer]] -Austrian physician and psychiatrist (d. 1925)

1842 - [[Mary MacKillop]] -Australian nun and saint, co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (d. 1909)

1850 - [[Leonard Darwin]] -English soldier, eugenicist, and politician (d. 1943)

1850 - [[Mihai Eminescu]] -Romanian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1889)

1850 - [[Sofia Kovalevskaya]] -Russian-Swedish mathematician and physicist (d. 1891)

1855 - [[Jacques Damala]] -Greek-French soldier and actor (d. 1889)

1859 - [[Archibald Peake]] -English-Australian politician, 25th Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)

1863 - [[Wilhelm Marx]] -German lawyer and politician, 17th Chancellor of Germany (German Reich)|Chancellor of Germany (d. 1946)

1866 - [[Nathan Söderblom]] -Swedish archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1931)

1869 - [[Ruby Laffoon]] -American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of Kentucky (d. 1941)

1869 - [[Stanisław Wyspiański]] -Polish poet, playwright, and painter (d. 1907)

1870 - [[Pierre S. du Pont]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1954)

1872 - [[Arsen Kotsoyev]] -Russian author and translator (d. 1944)

1875 - [[Thomas Burke (athlete)|Thomas Burke]] -American sprinter, coach, and journalist (d. 1929)

1877 - [[Lewis Terman]] -American psychologist, eugenicist, and academic (d. 1956)

1878 - [[Johanna Müller-Hermann]] -Austrian composer (d. 1941)

1879 - [[Mazo de la Roche]] -Canadian author and playwright (d. 1961)

1882 - [[Princess Margaret of Connaught]] -(d. 1920)

1883 - [[John Henry Starling]] -Australian public servant (d. 1966)

1885 - [[Lorenz Böhler]] -Austrian physician and author (d. 1973)

1885 - [[Miles Burke]] -American boxer (d. 1928)

1885 - [[Grover Lowdermilk]] -American baseball player (d. 1968)

1885 - [[Huang Yuanyong]] -Chinese journalist and author (d. 1915)

1890 - [[Tommy Fleming (soccer)|Tommy Fleming]] -Scottish-American soccer player and manager (d. 1965)

1890 - [[Michiaki Kamada]] -Japanese Vice-Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy and convicted war criminal (d. 1947)

1891 - [[Ray Chapman]] -American baseball player (d. 1920)

1891 - [[Osip Mandelstam]] -Russian poet and translator (d. 1938)

1892 - [[Rex Ingram (director)|Rex Ingram]] -Irish actor, director, and producer (d. 1950)

1893 - [[Ivor Novello]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1951)

1893 - [[Urho Peltonen]] -Finnish javelin thrower (d. 1951)

1894 - [[Ecaterina Teodoroiu]] -Romanian soldier (d. 1917)

1895 - [[Artturi Ilmari Virtanen]] -Finnish chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1896 - [[Marjorie Bennett]] -Australian-American actress and singer (d. 1982)

1897 - [[Xu Zhimo]] -Chinese poet and translator (d. 1931)

1898 - [[Erik Byléhn]] -Swedish runner (d. 1986)

1899 - [[Goodman Ace]] -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1900 - [[William Heinesen]] -Faroese poet and author (d. 1991)

1902 - [[Saud of Saudi Arabia]] -(d. 1969)

1903 - [[Paul A. Dever]] -American lieutenant and politician, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)

1905 - [[Kamatari Fujiwara]] -Japanese actor (d. 1985)

1905 - [[Torin Thatcher]] -Indian-American actor (d. 1981)

1907 - [[Janusz Kusociński]] -Polish runner (d. 1940)

1908 - [[Edward Teller]] -Hungarian-American physicist and academic (d. 2003)

1909 - [[Jean Bugatti]] -German-French engineer (d. 1939)

1909 - [[Gene Krupa]] -American drummer, composer, and actor (d. 1973)

1912 - [[Michel Debré]] -French lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1996)

1913 - [[Eugène Brands]] -Dutch painter (d. 2002)

1913 - [[Lloyd Bridges]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1998)

1913 - [[Miriam Hyde]] -Australian pianist and composer (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Alexander Marinesko]] -Ukrainian-Russian lieutenant (d. 1963)

1914 - [[Stefan Bałuk]] -Polish general (d. 2014)

1914 - [[Hugh Trevor-Roper]] -English historian and academic (d. 2003)

1917 - [[Anton Raadik]] -Estonian-American boxer (d. 1999)

1918 - [[João Figueiredo]] -Brazilian general and politician, 30th President of Brazil (d. 1999)

1918 - [[Édouard Gagnon]] -Canadian cardinal (d. 2007)

1918 - [[Gamal Abdel Nasser]] -Egyptian colonel and politician, 2nd President of Egypt (d. 1970)

1919 - [[Maurice Herzog]] -French mountaineer and politician, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (France)|French Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Pamela Cundell]] -English actress (d. 2015)

1920 - [[Steve Gromek]] -American baseball player (d. 2002)

1920 - [[John Joseph O'Connor]] -American cardinal (d. 2000)

1921 - [[Babasaheb Bhosale]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 8th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2007)

1921 - [[Frank Thornton]] -English actor and singer (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Eric Willis]] -Australian sergeant and politician, 34th Premier of New South Wales (d. 1999)

1923 - [[Ivor Cutler]] -Scottish pianist, songwriter, and poet (d. 2006)

1923 - [[Rukmani Devi]] -Sri Lankan singer and actress (d. 1978)

1923 - [[Lee Teng-hui]] -Taiwanese-Chinese economist and politician, 4th President of the Republic of China

1923 - [[Arthur Quinlan]] -Irish journalist and raconteur (d. 2012)

1924 - [[George Lowe (mountaineer)|George Lowe]] -New Zealand-English mountaineer and explorer (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Ruth Slenczynska]] -American pianist and composer

1926 - [[Maria Schell]] -Austrian-Swiss actress and producer (d. 2005)

1927 - [[Phyllis Coates]] -American actress

1928 - [[M. V. Devan]] -Indian painter, sculptor, and critic (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Earl Hooker]] -American guitarist (d. 1970)

1929 - [[Queen Ida]] -American accordion player and producer

1929 - [[Martin Luther King, Jr.]] -American minister and activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)

1930 - [[Michel Chapuis]] -French organist

1930 - [[Eddie Graham]] -American wrestler (d. 1985)

1931 - [[Lee Bontecou]] -American painter and sculptor

1932 - [[Lou Jones (athlete)|Lou Jones]] -American sprinter (d. 2006)

1932 - [[Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau]] -art director and cartoonist (d. 2015)

1932 - [[Dean Smith (athlete)|Dean Smith]] -American sprinter and stuntman

1933 - [[Patricia Blair]] -American actress (d. 2013)

1933 - [[Frank Bough]] -English journalist and radio host

1933 - [[Ernest J. Gaines]] -American author and academic

1933 - [[Peter Maitlis]] -English chemist and academic

1934 - [[V. S. Ramadevi]] -Indian politician, 13th Governor of Karnataka (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Malcolm Frager]] -American pianist (d. 1991)

1935 - [[Robert Silverberg]] -American author

1936 - [[Obo Addy]] -Ghanaian drummer and dancer (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Margaret O'Brien]] -American actress and singer

1938 - [[Ashraf Aman]] -Pakistani engineer and mountaineer

1938 - [[Estrella Blanca]] -Mexican wrestler

1938 - [[Chuni Goswami]] -Indian footballer and cricketer

1939 - [[Per Ahlmark]] -Swedish journalist and politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

1939 - [[Neil Cossons]] -English curator and academic

1941 - [[Captain Beefheart]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1942 - [[Frank Joseph Polozola]] -American academic and judge (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Barbara Tarbuck]] -American actress

1943 - [[Margaret Beckett]] -English metallurgist and politician; Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

1943 - [[Stuart E. Eizenstat]] -American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the European Union

1943 - [[Mike Marshall (pitcher)|Mike Marshall]] -American baseball player

1944 - [[Jenny Nimmo]] -English author

1945 - [[Vince Foster]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1993)

1945 - [[William R. Higgins]] -American colonel (d. 1990)

1945 - [[David Pleat]] -English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1946 - [[Charles Brown (actor)|Charles Brown]] -American actor (d. 2004)

1947 - [[Mary Hogg]] -English lawyer and judge

1947 - [[Andrea Martin]] -American-Canadian actress, singer, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Pete Waterman]] -English songwriter and producer

1948 - [[Ronnie Van Zant]] -American singer-songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)

1949 - [[Luis Alvarado]] -Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)

1949 - [[Alasdair Liddell]] -English businessman (d. 2012)

1949 - [[Panos Mihalopoulos]] -Greek actor

1949 - [[Ian Stewart (athlete)|Ian Stewart]] -Scottish runner

1950 - [[Marius Trésor]] -French footballer

1951 - [[Charo]] -Spanish singer, guitarist, and actress

1952 - [[Chris D.]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Flesh Eaters (band)|The Flesh Eaters)

1952 - [[Andrzej Fischer]] -Polish footballer

1953 - [[Ta-Tanisha]] -American actress

1953 - [[Kent Hovind]] -American evangelist and theorist

1953 - [[Randy White (American football)|Randy White]] -American football player

1954 - [[Jose Dalisay, Jr.]] -Filipino poet, author, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Nigel Benson]] -English author and illustrator

1955 - [[Mayumi Tanaka]] -Japanese voice actress

1956 - [[Mayawati]] -Indian educator and politician, 23rd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

1956 - [[Miki Fujimura]] -Japanese singer (Candies (group)|Candies)

1956 - [[Vitaly Kaloyev]] -Russian architect

1956 - [[Marc Trestman]] -American football player and coach

1957 - [[Marty Lyons]] -American football player and sportscaster

1957 - [[Andrew Tyrie]] -English journalist and politician

1957 - [[Mario Van Peebles]] -American actor and director

1958 - [[Boris Tadić]] -Serbian psychologist and politician, 16th President of Serbia

1959 - [[Sister Carol]] -Jamaican-American singer-songwriter

1959 - [[Pavle Kozjek]] -Slovenian mountaineer and photographer (d. 2008)

1959 - [[Pete Trewavas]] -English bass player (Kino (UK rock band)|Kino, Marillion, Transatlantic (band)|Transatlantic, and Edison's Children)

1960 - [[Kelly Asbury]] -American actor and director

1960 - [[Aaron Jay Kernis]] -American composer and academic

1961 - [[Serhiy N. Morozov]] -Ukrainian footballer and coach

1961 - [[Yves Pelletier]] -Canadian actor and director

1963 - [[Bruce Schneier]] -American cryptographer and author

1964 - [[Osmo Tapio Räihälä]] -Finnish composer

1965 - [[Maurizio Fondriest]] -Italian cyclist

1965 - [[Bernard Hopkins]] -American boxer and coach

1965 - [[James Nesbitt]] -Irish actor

1966 - [[Lisa Lisa]] -American singer and actress (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam)

1968 - [[Barry Buchanan]] -American wrestler

1968 - [[Chad Lowe]] -American actor, director, and producer

1969 - [[Meret Becker]] -German actress and singer

1969 - [[Delino DeShields]] -American baseball player and manager

1969 - [[Huck Seed]] -American poker player

1970 - [[Shane McMahon]] -American wrestler and businessman

1971 - [[Regina King]] -American actress, director, and producer

1972 - [[Shelia Burrell]] -American heptathlete

1972 - [[Christos Kostis]] -Greek footballer

1972 - [[Ernie Reyes, Jr.]] -American actor, stuntman, and martial artist

1972 - [[Claudia Winkleman]] -English journalist and critic

1973 - [[Essam El-Hadary]] -Egyptian footballer

1974 - [[Edith Bowman]] -Scottish radio and television host

1975 - [[Mary Pierce]] -French-American tennis player

1975 - [[9th Wonder]] -American rapper and producer (Little Brother (group)|Little Brother)

1976 - [[Doug Gottlieb]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1976 - [[Iryna Lishchynska]] -Ukrainian runner

1976 - [[Scott Murray (rugby union)|Scott Murray]] -Scottish rugby player

1976 - [[Florentin Petre]] -Romanian footballer

1978 - [[Eddie Cahill]] -American actor

1978 - [[Franco Pellizotti]] -Italian cyclist

1978 - [[Ryan Sidebottom]] -English cricketer

1979 - [[Drew Brees]] -American football player

1979 - [[Ken Chu]] -Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor (F4 (band)|F4)

1979 - [[Young Dro]] -American rapper and producer

1979 - [[Michalis Morfis]] -Cypriot footballer

1979 - [[Martin Petrov]] -Bulgarian footballer

1980 - [[Matt Holliday]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Pitbull (rapper)|Pitbull]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1981 - [[Dylan Armstrong]] -Canadian shot putter and hammer thrower

1981 - [[Howie Day]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1981 - [[El Hadji Diouf]] -Senegalese footballer

1981 - [[Vanessa Henke]] -German tennis player

1981 - [[Sean Lamont]] -Scottish rugby player

1982 - [[Benjamin Agosto]] -American skater

1982 - [[Armando Galarraga]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1982 - [[Emina Jahović]] -Serbian-Turkish singer-songwriter and actress

1982 - [[Brett Lebda]] -American ice hockey player

1982 - [[Neil Nitin Mukesh]] -Indian actor and singer

1982 - [[Ari Pulkkinen]] -Finnish pianist and composer

1982 - [[Francis Zé]] -Cameroonian footballer

1983 - [[Matic Kralj]] -Slovenian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Jermaine Pennant]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Hugo Viana]] -Portuguese footballer

1984 - [[Megan Jendrick]] -American swimmer

1984 - [[Victor Rasuk]] -American actor

1985 - [[René Adler]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Enrico Patrizio]] -Italian rugby player

1985 - [[Kenneth Emil Petersen]] -Danish footballer

1986 - [[Clara Lee]] -Swiss-Korean model and actress

1986 - [[Mariya Abakumova]] -Russian javelin thrower

1986 - [[Fred Davis (tight end)|Fred Davis]] -American football player

1986 - [[Jessy Schram]] -American actress

1987 - [[Greg Inglis]] -Australian rugby player

1987 - [[Tsegaye Kebede]] -Ethiopian runner

1987 - [[Kelly Kelly]] -American wrestler and model

1987 - [[Nicole Matthews]] -Canadian wrestler

1987 - [[Michael Seater]] -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1988 - [[Skrillex]] -American singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer

1988 - [[Daniel Caligiuri]] -German footballer

1988 - [[Jun. K]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (2PM)

1988 - [[Aija Putniņa]] -Latvian basketball player

1989 - [[Alexei Cherepanov]] -Russian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1989 - [[Keiffer Hubbell]] -American ice dancer

1989 - [[Tasha Reign]] -American porn actress, director, and producer

1989 - [[Ronny Vencatachellum]] -Mauritian swimmer

1990 - [[Paul Blake (athlete)|Paul Blake]] -English sprinter

1990 - [[Fernando Forestieri]] -Italian footballer

1990 - [[Konstantinos Sloukas]] -Greek basketball player

1990 - [[Sophie Sumner]] -English model and actress

1990 - [[Robert Trznadel]] -Polish footballer

1991 - [[Marc Bartra]] -Spanish footballer

1991 - [[Nicolai Jørgensen]] -Danish footballer

1991 - [[Darya Klishina]] -Russian long jumper

1991 - [[Jahangir Wasim]] -Pakistani businessman; founded Origin NGO

1992 - [[Joshua King (footballer)|Joshua King]] -Norwegian footballer

1994 - [[Jordy Croux]] -Belgian footballer

1994 - [[Eric Dier]] -English footballer

1996 - [[Dove Cameron]] -American actress and singer

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