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Day History: January-16

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Famous Birthdays


1093 - [[Isaac Komnenos (son of Alexios I)|Isaac Komnenos]] -Byzantine son of Alexios I Komnenos (d. 1152)

1245 - [[Edmund Crouchback]] -English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1296)

1362 - [[Robert de Vere, Duke of Ireland]] -English Duke (d. 1392)

1409 - [[René of Anjou]] -(d. 1480)

1477 - [[Johannes Schöner]] -German astronomer and cartographer (d. 1547)

1501 - [[Anthony Denny]] -English politician (d. 1559)

1516 - [[Bayinnaung]] -Burmese king (d. 1581)

1616 - [[François de Vendôme, Duke of Beaufort]] -(d. 1669)

1626 - [[Lucas Achtschellinck]] -Belgian painter (d. 1699)

1634 - [[Dorothe Engelbretsdatter]] -Norwegian author and poet (d. 1716)

1675 - [[Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon]] -French soldier and diplomat (d. 1755)

1691 - [[Peter Scheemakers]] -Belgian sculptor (d. 1781)

1728 - [[Niccolò Piccinni]] -Italian composer and educator (d. 1800)

1749 - [[Vittorio Alfieri]] -Italian poet and playwright (d. 1803)

1757 - [[Richard Goodwin Keats]] -English admiral and politician, 3rd List of lieutenant governors of Newfoundland and Labrador|Commodore-Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1834)

1807 - [[Charles Henry Davis]] -American admiral (d. 1877)

1815 - [[Henry Halleck]] -American lawyer, general, and scholar (d. 1872)

1821 - [[John C. Breckinridge]] -American general and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)

1834 - [[Robert R. Hitt]] -American politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1906)

1836 - [[Francis II of the Two Sicilies]] -(d. 1894)

1838 - [[Franz Brentano]] -German philosopher and psychologist (d. 1917)

1844 - [[Ismail Qemali]] -Albanian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Albania (d. 1919)

1853 - [[Johnston Forbes-Robertson]] -English actor and manager (d. 1937)

1853 - [[Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton]] -Greek-English general (d. 1947)

1853 - [[André Michelin]] -French businessman, co-founded the Michelin|Michelin Tyre Company (d. 1931)

1855 - [[Eleanor Marx]] -English activist and author (d. 1898)

1870 - [[Jüri Jaakson]] -Estonian businessman and politician, State Elder of Estonia (d. 1942)

1872 - [[Henri Büsser]] -French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1973)

1872 - [[Edward Gordon Craig]] -English actor, director, and producer (d. 1966)

1874 - [[Robert W. Service]] -English-Canadian poet and author (d. 1958)

1875 - [[Leonor Michaelis]] -German biochemist and physician (d. 1947)

1876 - [[Claude Buckenham]] -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1937)

1878 - [[Harry Carey (actor)|Harry Carey]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1947)

1880 - [[Samuel Jones (athlete)|Samuel Jones]] -American high jumper (d. 1954)

1882 - [[Robert Lane (soccer)|Robert Lane]] -Canadian soccer player (d. 1940)

1882 - [[Margaret Wilson (writer)|Margaret Wilson]] -American author (d. 1973)

1885 - [[Zhou Zuoren]] -Chinese author and translator (d. 1967)

1886 - [[John Hamilton (actor)|John Hamilton]] -American actor (d. 1958)

1888 - [[Osip Brik]] -Russian author and critic (d. 1945)

1893 - [[Daisy Kennedy]] -Australian violinist (d. 1981)

1894 - [[Irving Mills]] -American publisher (d. 1985)

1895 - [[Evripidis Bakirtzis]] -Greek soldier and politician (d. 1947)

1895 - [[T. M. Sabaratnam]] -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician (d. 1966)

1895 - [[Nat Schachner]] -American lawyer, chemist, and author (d. 1955)

1896 - [[Ruth Rose]] -American screenwriter (d. 1978)

1897 - [[Carlos Pellicer]] -Mexican poet and academic (d. 1977)

1898 - [[Margaret Booth]] -American producer and editor (d. 2002)

1898 - [[Bedia Muvahhit]] -Turkish actress (d. 1994)

1898 - [[Irving Rapper]] -English-American director and producer (d. 1999)

1900 - [[Edith Frank]] -German-Dutch mother of Anne Frank (d. 1945)

1901 - [[Fulgencio Batista]] -Cuban colonel and politician, 9th President of Cuba (d. 1973)

1901 - [[Frank Zamboni]] -American businessman, founded the Zamboni Company (d. 1988)

1902 - [[Eric Liddell]] -Scottish runner, rugby player, and missionary (d. 1945)

1903 - [[William Grover-Williams]] -English-French race car driver (d. 1945)

1905 - [[Ernesto Halffter]] -Spanish composer and conductor (d. 1989)

1906 - [[Johannes Brenner]] -Estonian footballer and pilot (d. 1975)

1906 - [[Diana Wynyard]] -English actress (d. 1964)

1907 - [[Alexander Knox]] -Canadian-English actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1907 - [[Paul Nitze]] -American banker and politician, 10th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2004)

1908 - [[Ethel Merman]] -American actress and singer (d. 1984)

1908 - [[Günther Prien]] -German captain (d. 1941)

1910 - [[Dizzy Dean]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1974)

1911 - [[Eduardo Frei Montalva]] -Chilean lawyer and politician, 28th President of Chile (d. 1982)

1911 - [[Roger Lapébie]] -French cyclist (d. 1996)

1914 - [[Roger Wagner]] -French-American conductor and educator (d. 1992)

1915 - [[Leslie H. Martinson]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1916 - [[Philip Lucock]] -English-Australian minister and politician (d. 1996)

1917 - [[Carl Karcher]] -American businessman, founded Carl's Jr. (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Nel Benschop]] -Dutch poet and educator (d. 2005)

1918 - [[Allan Ekelund]] -Swedish director, producer, and production manager (d. 2009)

1918 - [[Clem Jones]] -Australian surveyor and politician, 8th Lord Mayor of Brisbane (d. 2007)

1918 - [[Stirling Silliphant]] -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1996)

1919 - [[Jerome Horwitz]] -American chemist and academic (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Alberto Crespo]] -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1991)

1920 - [[Elliott Reid]] -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Francesco Scavullo]] -American photographer (d. 2004)

1922 - [[Ernesto Bonino]] -Italian singer (d. 2008)

1923 - [[Anton-Günther, Duke of Oldenburg]] -(d. 2014)

1923 - [[Gene Feist]] -American director and playwright, co-founded the Roundabout Theatre Company (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Anthony Hecht]] -American soldier, poet, and academic (d. 2004)

1923 - [[Keith Shackleton]] -English painter and television host (d. 2015)

1924 - [[Katy Jurado]] -Mexican actress (d. 2002)

1925 - [[Peter Hirsch]] -English metallurgist and academic

1925 - [[James Robinson Risner]] -American general (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Harold Switzer]] -American actor and singer (d. 1967)

1926 - [[O. P. Nayyar]] -Indian director and composer (d. 2007)

1928 - [[William Kennedy (author)|William Kennedy]] -American journalist, historian, and author

1928 - [[Pilar Lorengar]] -Spanish soprano (d. 1996)

1929 - [[Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah]] -Sri Lankan anthropologist and academic (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Clarence Ray Allen]] -American murderer (d. 2006)

1930 - [[Mary Ann McMorrow]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Norman Podhoretz]] -American journalist and author

1930 - [[Paula Tilbrook]] -English actress

1931 - [[Robert L. Park]] -American physicist and academic

1931 - [[Johannes Rau]] -German journalist and politician, 8th List of German presidents|Federal President of Germany (d. 2006)

1932 - [[Victor Ciocâltea]] -Romanian chess player (d. 1983)

1932 - [[Dian Fossey]] -American zoologist and anthropologist (d. 1985)

1933 - [[Susan Sontag]] -American author and playwright (d. 2004)

1934 - [[Marilyn Horne]] -American soprano and actress

1935 - [[A. J. Foyt]] -American race car driver

1935 - [[Udo Lattek]] -German footballer, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2015)

1936 - [[Michael White (producer)|Michael White]] -Scottish actor and producer

1937 - [[Lorraine Bayly]] -Australian actress

1937 - [[Luiz Bueno]] -Brazilian race car driver (d. 2011)

1937 - [[Francis George]] -American cardinal (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Michael Pataki]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)

1938 - [[Jô Soares]] -Brazilian comedian, actor, and talk show host

1938 - [[Marina Vaizey]] -American journalist and critic

1939 - [[Mac Curtis]] -American singer (d. 2013)

1939 - [[Ralph Gibson]] -American photographer

1940 - [[Lepa Lukić]] -Serbian singer

1941 - [[Christine Truman]] -English tennis player and sportscaster

1942 - [[René Angélil]] -Canadian singer and manager

1942 - [[Barbara Lynn]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 - [[Gavin Bryars]] -English bassist and composer

1943 - [[Brian Ferneyhough]] -English composer and academic

1944 - [[Dieter Moebius]] -Swiss-German keyboard player and producer (Cluster (band)|Cluster, Harmonia (band)|Harmonia, and Moebius & Plank) (d. 2015)

1944 - [[Jim Stafford]] -American singer-songwriter and actor

1944 - [[Jill Tarter]] -American astronomer

1944 - [[Judy Baar Topinka]] -American journalist and politician (d. 2014)

1945 - [[Wim Suurbier]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1946 - [[Kabir Bedi]] -Indian actor

1946 - [[Ronnie Milsap]] -American singer and pianist

1946 - [[Katia Ricciarelli]] -Italian soprano and actress

1947 - [[Elaine Murphy, Baroness Murphy]] -English academic and politician

1947 - [[Magdalen Nabb]] -English author and educator (d. 2007)

1947 - [[Sara Jane Olson]] -American criminal

1947 - [[Harvey Proctor]] -English politician

1947 - [[Laura Schlessinger]] -American physiologist, talk show host, and author

1948 - [[John Carpenter]] -American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer

1948 - [[Ants Laaneots]] -Estonian military general, former Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces

1948 - [[Dalvanius Prime]] -New Zealand singer-songwriter (d. 2002)

1948 - [[Ruth Reichl]] -American journalist and critic

1948 - [[Cliff Thorburn]] -Canadian snooker player

1949 - [[Anne F. Beiler]] -American businesswoman, founded Auntie Anne's

1949 - [[R. F. Foster (historian)|R. F. Foster]] -Irish historian and academic

1949 - [[Oliver Humperdink]] -American wrestling manager (d. 2011)

1949 - [[Caroline Munro]] -English actress and singer

1949 - [[Andrew Refshauge]] -Australian physician and politician, 13th Deputy Premier of New South Wales

1950 - [[Debbie Allen]] -American actress, dancer, and choreographer

1950 - [[Brian Castro]] -Hong Kong-Australian author and academic

1950 - [[Robert Schimmel]] -American comedian, actor, and producer (d. 2010)

1950 - [[Damo Suzuki]] -Japanese singer and guitarist (Can (band)|Can)

1951 - [[Glenn Ordway]] -American sportscaster

1952 - [[L. Blaine Hammond]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1952 - [[Piercarlo Ghinzani]] -Italian race car driver

1952 - [[Julie Anne Peters]] -American engineer and author

1953 - [[Robert Jay Mathews]] -American militant, founded The Order (group)|The Order (d. 1984)

1953 - [[John Stephen Hill]] -Canadian actor

1954 - [[Wolfgang Schmidt]] -German discus thrower

1954 - [[Vasili Zhupikov]] -Russian footballer and coach (d. 2015)

1955 - [[Jerry M. Linenger]] -American captain, physician, and astronaut

1956 - [[Jennifer Dale]] -Canadian actress and dancer

1956 - [[Wayne Daniel]] -Barbadian cricketer

1956 - [[Martin Jol]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1956 - [[Ivan Safronov]] -Russian journalist and engineer (d. 2007)

1957 - [[Jurijs Andrejevs]] -Latvian footballer and manager

1957 - [[Ricardo Darín]] -Argentinian actor, director, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Mark Pawsey]] -English businessman and politician

1958 - [[Andriy Bal]] -Ukrainian footballer and coach (d. 2014)

1958 - [[Anatoli Boukreev]] -Russian mountaineer and explorer (d. 1997)

1958 - [[Lena Ek]] -Swedish politician, 9th Minister for the Environment (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for the Environment

1958 - [[Marla Frazee]] -American author and illustrator

1958 - [[Tony Pulis]] -Welsh footballer and manager

1959 - [[Sade Adu]] -Nigerian-English singer-songwriter and producer

1959 - [[Juanita Bynum]] -American actress and singer

1959 - [[Lisa Milroy]] -Canadian painter and educator

1961 - [[Ronnie Lee Gardner]] -American criminal (d. 2010)

1961 - [[Paul Raven (musician)|Paul Raven]] -English bass player (Killing Joke, Prong (band)|Prong, Godflesh, Zilch (band)|Zilch, Society 1, and Ministry (band)|Ministry) (d. 2007)

1961 - [[Kenneth Sivertsen (musician)|Kenneth Sivertsen]] -Norwegian guitarist and composer (d. 2006)

1962 - [[Joel Fitzgibbon]] -Australian electrician and politician, 51st Minister for Defence (Australia)|Australian Minister of Defence

1962 - [[Denis O'Hare]] -American-Irish actor and singer

1962 - [[John T. Riedl]] -American computer scientist and academic (d. 2013)

1962 - [[Ileana Salvador]] -Italian race walker

1962 - [[Paul Webb]] -English bass player (Talk Talk and .O.rang)

1963 - [[James May]] -English journalist and television host

1964 - [[Deyan Nedelchev]] -Bulgarian singer-songwriter

1965 - [[Maxine Jones]] -American singer (En Vogue)

1965 - [[Jill Sobule]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966 - [[Anthony Washington]] -American discus thrower and hammer thrower

1967 - [[Dandy Sakano]] -Japanese comedian

1968 - [[Danni Ashe]] -American model, dancer, and businesswoman

1968 - [[David Chokachi]] -American actor

1968 - [[Rebecca Stead]] -American author

1969 - [[Neil Back]] -English rugby player and coach

1969 - [[Marinus Bester]] -German footballer

1969 - [[Stevie Jackson]] -Scottish guitarist and songwriter (Belle and Sebastian and The Vaselines)

1969 - [[Roy Jones, Jr.]] -American boxer, rapper, and actor

1969 - [[Per "Dead" Ohlin]] -Swedish singer-songwriter (Mayhem (band)|Mayhem and Morbid (band)|Morbid) (d. 1991)

1969 - [[Rich Ward]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo, and Adrenaline Mob)

1970 - [[Rick Bognar]] -Canadian wrestler and actor

1970 - [[Garth Ennis]] -Irish physiotherapist and author

1970 - [[Brendan O'Hare]] -Scottish drummer (Teenage Fanclub, Telstar Ponies, and Mogwai)

1970 - [[Ron Villone]] -American baseball player and coach

1971 - [[Sergi Bruguera]] -Spanish tennis player and coach

1971 - [[Jonathan Mangum]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Ruben Bagger]] -Danish footballer

1972 - [[Ang Christou]] -Australian footballer

1972 - [[Dameon Clarke]] -Canadian-American actor

1972 - [[Yuri Drozdov]] -Russian footballer and manager

1972 - [[Ezra Hendrickson]] -Vincentian footballer and manager

1972 - [[Salah Hissou]] -Moroccan runner

1972 - [[Joe Horn]] -American football player

1972 - [[Richard T. Jones]] -Japanese-American actor and producer

1972 - [[Greg Page (musician)|Greg Page]] -Australian singer and actor (The Wiggles)

1972 - [[Alen Peternac]] -Croatian footballer

1973 - [[Josie Davis]] -American actress and producer

1974 - [[Marlon Anderson]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1974 - [[Brent Hinds]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1974 - [[Kate Moss]] -English model and fashion designer

1975 - [[Greg Strause]] -American director and producer

1975 - [[Gillian Iliana Waters]] -American actress

1975 - [[Anthony Taberna]] -Filipino journalist

1976 - [[Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie]] -Bahamian sprinter

1976 - [[Viktor Maslov (racing driver)|Viktor Maslov]] -Russian race car driver

1976 - [[Martina Moravcová]] -Slovak swimmer

1976 - [[Roselle Nava]] -Filipino actress and singer turned politician

1977 - [[Jeff Foster]] -American basketball player

1977 - [[Ariel Ze'evi]] -Israeli martial artist

1978 - [[Alfredo Amézaga]] -Mexican baseball player

1979 - [[Aaliyah]] -American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 2001)

1979 - [[Toshiki Kashu]] -Japanese actor

1979 - [[Brenden Morrow]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1979 - [[Jason Ward]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Seydou Keita (footballer)|Seydou Keita]] -Malian footballer

1980 - [[Lin-Manuel Miranda]] -American actor, playwright, and composer

1980 - [[Albert Pujols]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1980 - [[Katalin Vad]] -Hungarian porn actress and model

1981 - [[Jamie Lundmark]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1981 - [[Nick Valensi]] -American guitarist (The Strokes)

1981 - [[Bobby Zamora]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Preston (singer)|Preston]] -English singer-songwriter (The Ordinary Boys)

1982 - [[Tuncay Şanlı]] -Turkish footballer

1982 - [[Birgitte Hjort Sørensen]] -Danish actress

1983 - [[Emanuel Pogatetz]] -Austrian footballer

1983 - [[Andriy Rusol]] -Ukrainian footballer

1984 - [[Stephan Lichtsteiner]] -Swiss footballer

1984 - [[Miroslav Radović]] -Serbian footballer

1984 - [[Jared Slingerland]] -Canadian guitarist

1984 - [[Kurt Travis]] -American singer-songwriter

1985 - [[Joe Flacco]] -American football player

1985 - [[Gintaras Januševičius]] -Russian-Lithuanian pianist

1985 - [[Sidharth Malhotra]] -Indian actor

1985 - [[Jonathan Richter]] -Danish footballer

1985 - [[Simon Richter]] -Danish footballer

1986 - [[Mason Gamble]] -American actor

1986 - [[Irina Kuzmina]] -Latvian tennis player

1986 - [[Paula Pareto]] -Argentinian martial artist

1986 - [[Johannes Rahn]] -German footballer

1986 - [[Mark Trumbo]] -American baseball player

1986 - [[Reto Ziegler]] -Swiss footballer

1987 - [[Charlotte Henshaw]] -English swimmer

1987 - [[Lauren McAvoy]] -English model

1988 - [[Nicklas Bendtner]] -Danish footballer

1988 - [[Jorge Torres Nilo]] -Mexican footballer

1988 - [[FKA twigs]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and producer

1988 - [[Li Xiaoxia]] -Chinese table tennis player

1988 - [[Alex Gonzaga]] -Filipino actress, host, and writer

1989 - [[Yvonne Zima]] -American actress

1991 - [[Matt Duchene]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1992 - [[Matt Doherty (footballer, born 1992)|Matt Doherty]] -Irish footballer

1992 - [[Maja Keuc]] -Slovenian singer

1993 - [[Hannes Anier]] -Estonian footballer

1993 - [[Amandine Hesse]] -French tennis player

1994 - [[Charlotte Best]] -Australian model and actress

1995 - [[Mikaela Turik]] -Australian-Canadian cricketer

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