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Day History: January-21

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Famous Birthdays


1338 - [[Charles V of France]] -(d. 1380)

1610 - [[Elizabeth Fones]] -English-American settler (d. 1673)

1721 - [[James Murray (Quebec governor)|James Murray]] -Scottish-English general and politician; Governor of Minorca (d. 1794)

1735 - [[Johann Gottfried Eckard]] -German pianist and composer (d. 1809)

1738 - [[Ethan Allen]] -American general (d. 1789)

1804 - [[Eliza R. Snow]] -American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)

1813 - [[John C. Frémont]] -American general, explorer, and politician, 5th List of Governors of Arizona|Territorial Governor of Arizona (d. 1890)

1815 - [[John Bingham]] -American lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1900)

1820 - [[Joseph Wolf]] -German ornithologist and illustrator (d. 1899)

1824 - [[Stonewall Jackson]] -American general (d. 1863)

1827 - [[Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin]] -Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1900)

1829 - [[Oscar II of Sweden]] -(d. 1907)

1846 - [[Pieter Hendrik Schoute]] -Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 1923)

1848 - [[Henri Duparc (composer)|Henri Duparc]] -French soldier and composer (d. 1933)

1860 - [[Karl Staaff]] -Swedish lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)

1864 - [[Paul Troje]] -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)

1867 - [[Ludwig Thoma]] -German paramedic and author (d. 1921)

1867 - [[Maxime Weygand]] -Belgian-French general (d. 1965)

1878 - [[Vahan Tekeyan]] -Armenian poet and activist (d. 1948)

1879 - [[Joseph Roffo]] -French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1933)

1881 - [[Ernst Fast]] -Swedish runner (d. 1959)

1882 - [[Pavel Florensky]] -Russian mathematician and theologian (d. 1937)

1882 - [[Francis Gailey]] -Australian-American swimmer (d. 1972)

1883 - [[Olav Aukrust]] -Norwegian poet and educator (d. 1929)

1883 - [[Eulogio Rodriguez]] -Filipino politician, 7th President of the Senate of the Philippines (d. 1964)

1884 - [[Roger Nash Baldwin]] -American author and activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (d. 1981)

1885 - [[Ernst Gustav Kühnert]] -Estonian-German architect and historian (d. 1961)

1885 - [[André Lagache]] -French racing driver (d. 1938)

1885 - [[Umberto Nobile]] -Italian engineer and explorer (d. 1978)

1887 - [[Maude Farris-Luse]] -American super-centenarian (d. 2002)

1887 - [[Georges Vézina]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1926)

1895 - [[Cristóbal Balenciaga]] -Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga (d. 1972)

1897 - [[René Iché]] -French sculptor (d. 1954)

1898 - [[Avery Claflin]] -American banker and composer (d. 1979)

1899 - [[Alexander Tcherepnin]] -Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 1977)

1901 - [[Ricardo Zamora]] -Spanish footballer and manager (d. 1978)

1904 - [[Puck van Heel]] -Dutch footballer (d. 1984)

1905 - [[Christian Dior]] -French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (d. 1957)

1905 - [[Karl Wallenda]] -German-American acrobat and tightrope walker, founded The Flying Wallendas (d. 1978)

1906 - [[Igor Moiseyev]] -Russian dancer and choreographer (d. 2007)

1909 - [[Todor Skalovski]] -Macedonian composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1910 - [[Albert Rosellini]] -American lawyer and politician, 15th Governor of Washington (d. 2011)

1910 - [[Eua Sunthornsanan]] -Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)

1911 - [[Bill Graber]] -American pole vaulter (d. 1996)

1912 - [[Konrad Emil Bloch]] -German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1913 - [[William Ungar]] -Polish-American author and philanthropist, founded the National Envelope Corporation (d. 2013)

1915 - [[Orazio Mariani]] -Italian sprinter (d. 1981)

1915 - [[Bill Sefton]] -American pole vaulter (d. 1982)

1918 - [[Chichay]] -Filipino actress (d. 1993)

1918 - [[Richard Winters]] -American soldier (d. 2011)

1921 - [[Lincoln Alexander]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 23rd Minister of Labour (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Labour (d. 2012)

1922 - [[Telly Savalas]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1994)

1922 - [[Paul Scofield]] -English actor (d. 2008)

1923 - [[Lola Flores]] -Spanish singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1995)

1924 - [[Benny Hill]] -English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1925 - [[Eva Ibbotson]] -Austrian-English author (d. 2010)

1925 - [[Arnold Skaaland]] -American wrestler and manager (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Steve Reeves]] -American bodybuilder and actor (d. 2000)

1927 - [[Clive Churchill]] -Australian rugby player and coach (d. 1985)

1928 - [[John Olsen (artist)]] -Australian painter

1928 - [[Gene Sharp]] -American political scientist and academic; founded the Albert Einstein Institution

1930 - [[Mainza Chona]] -Zambian lawyer and politician; 1st Prime Minister of Zambia (d. 2001)

1934 - [[Audrey Dalton]] -Irish actress

1935 - [[Masamichi Noro]] -Japanese-French martial artist (d. 2013)

1936 - [[Koji Hashimoto (director)|Koji Hashimoto]] -Japanese director (d. 2005)

1937 - [[Nushiravan Keihanizadeh]] -Iranian-American journalist and historian

1938 - [[Ken Maginnis]] -Northern Irish soldier, educator, and Unionist politician

1938 - [[Wolfman Jack]] -American radio host and actor (d. 1995)

1940 - [[Jack Nicklaus]] -American golfer and sportscaster

1941 - [[Plácido Domingo]] -Spanish tenor and conductor

1941 - [[Stathis Giallelis]] -Greek actor

1941 - [[Richie Havens]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Mike Medavoy]] -Chinese-American film producer, co-founded Orion Pictures

1941 - [[Ivan Putski]] -Polish-American wrestler and bodybuilder

1941 - [[Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud]] -Saudi Arabian prince (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Elaine Showalter]] -American author and critic

1942 - [[Mac Davis]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1942 - [[Martin Sharp]] -Australian painter, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Edwin Starr]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1943 - [[Rosemary Butler (politician)|Rosemary Butler]] -English-Welsh politician

1943 - [[Dimitris Poulikakos]] -Greek singer-songwriter and actor

1945 - [[Martin Shaw]] -English actor and producer

1947 - [[Jill Eikenberry]] -American actress

1947 - [[Michel Jonasz]] -French singer-songwriter and actor

1950 - [[Gary Locke]] -American politician and diplomat; 36th United States Secretary of Commerce

1950 - [[José Marín (athlete)|José Marín]] -Spanish race walker

1950 - [[Billy Ocean]] -Trinidadian-English singer-songwriter

1950 - [[Agnes van Ardenne]] -Dutch politician, Minister for Development Cooperation (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation

1951 - [[Eric Holder]] -American lawyer, judge, and politician, 82nd United States Attorney General

1952 - [[Marco Camenisch]] -Swiss activist and murderer

1953 - [[Paul Allen]] -American businessman and philanthropist; co-founded Microsoft

1954 - [[Idrissa Ouedraogo]] -Burkinabé director, producer, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Phil Thompson]] -English footballer and coach

1955 - [[Jeff Koons]] -American painter and sculptor

1955 - [[Nikolina Shtereva]] -Bulgarian runner

1956 - [[Robby Benson]] -American actor, singer, and director

1956 - [[Geena Davis]] -American actress and producer

1957 - [[Greg Ryan]] -German-American soccer player and coach

1958 - [[Michael Wincott]] -Canadian actor

1959 - [[Alex McLeish]] -Scottish footballer and manager

1960 - [[Mamoru Nagano]] -Japanese animator and director

1962 - [[Tyler Cowen]] -American economist and academic

1962 - [[Marie Trintignant]] -French actress (d. 2003)

1963 - [[Hakeem Olajuwon]] -Nigerian-American basketball player

1963 - [[Detlef Schrempf]] -German basketball player and coach

1965 - [[Jam Master Jay]] -American DJ, rapper, and producer (d. 2002)

1966 - [[Robert Del Naja]] -English singer-songwriter and DJ (Massive Attack, The Wild Bunch (sound system)|The Wild Bunch)

1967 - [[Artashes Minasian]] -Armenian chess player

1968 - [[Sundar C.]] -Indian actor and director

1968 - [[Charlotte Ross]] -American actress

1969 - [[Eduard Hämäläinen]] -Finnish-Belarusian decathlete

1969 - [[Karina Lombard]] -Tahitian-American actress and singer

1969 - [[Tsubaki Nekoi]] -Japanese illustrator

1970 - [[Ken Leung]] -American actor

1970 - [[Oren Peli]] -Israeli-American director, producer and screenwriter

1971 - [[Tweet (singer)|Tweet]] -American singer-songwriter

1971 - [[Adia Chan]] -Indonesian-Hong Kong actress and singer

1971 - [[Sergey Klevchenya]] -Russian speed skater

1971 - [[Alan McManus]] -Scottish snooker player, golfer, and sportscaster

1971 - [[Doug Weight]] -American ice hockey player

1972 - [[Rickard Falkvinge]] -Swedish businessman and politician

1972 - [[Yasunori Mitsuda]] -Japanese composer and producer

1972 - [[Cat Power]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1973 - [[Rob Hayles]] -English cyclist

1974 - [[Malena Alterio]] -Argentinian-Spanish actress

1974 - [[Arthémon Hatungimana]] -Burundian runner

1974 - [[Alex Sperafico]] -Brazilian race car driver

1975 - [[Ito (Spanish footballer)|Ito]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1975 - [[Nicky Butt]] -English footballer and coach

1975 - [[Thomas Castaignède]] -French rugby player and journalist

1975 - [[Yuji Ide]] -Japanese race car driver

1975 - [[Willem Korsten]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1976 - [[Aivaras Abromavičius]] -Lithuanian-Ukrainian banker and politician; 15th Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (Ukraine)|Minister of Economic of Ukraine

1976 - [[Emma Bunton]] -English singer-songwriter and actress (Spice Girls)

1976 - [[Patrick de Lange]] -Dutch baseball player

1977 - [[Kirsten Klose]] -German hammer thrower

1977 - [[Ulrike Maisch]] -German runner

1977 - [[Phil Neville]] -English footballer and manager

1977 - [[Jerry Trainor]] -American actor, director, and producer

1978 - [[Faris Al-Sultan]] -German triathlete

1978 - [[Andrei Zyuzin]] -Russian ice hockey player

1979 - [[Byung-hyun Kim]] -South Korean baseball player

1979 - [[Spider Loc]] -American rapper and actor

1979 - [[Brian O'Driscoll]] -Irish rugby player

1980 - [[Dave Kitson]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Nana Mizuki]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and voice actress

1980 - [[N. Santhanam]] -Indian actor and producer

1981 - [[Gillian Chung]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress (Twins (group)|Twins)

1981 - [[Masayuki Deai]] -Japanese actor

1981 - [[Ivan Ergić]] -Serbian footballer

1981 - [[Dany Heatley]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1981 - [[Izabella Miko]] -Polish actress, dancer, and producer

1981 - [[Michel Teló]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter

1982 - [[Nicolas Mahut]] -French tennis player

1982 - [[Simon Rolfes]] -German footballer

1982 - [[Go Shiozaki]] -Japanese wrestler

1982 - [[Dean Whitehead]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Alex Acker]] -American basketball player

1983 - [[Maryse Ouellet]] -Canadian-American wrestler and model

1983 - [[Moritz Volz]] -German footballer

1984 - [[Alex Koslov]] -Moldovan-American wrestler

1985 - [[Salvatore Giunta]] -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient

1985 - [[Álex Pérez]] -Spanish footballer

1985 - [[Sasha Pivovarova]] -Russian model

1986 - [[Jonathan Quick]] -American ice hockey player

1986 - [[Sushant Singh Rajput]] -Indian actor

1987 - [[Ioannis Athanasoulas]] -Greek basketball player

1987 - [[Augustine Kiprono Choge]] -Kenyan runner

1987 - [[Henrico Drost]] -Dutch footballer

1987 - [[Darren Helm]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1987 - [[Mulopo Kudimbana]] -Congolese footballer

1987 - [[Maša Zec Peškirič]] -Slovenian tennis player

1988 - [[Ashton Eaton]] -American decathlete

1988 - [[Vanessa Hessler]] -Italian-American model and actress

1988 - [[William C. Woxlin]] -Swedish actor, playwright, and composer

1989 - [[Doğuş Balbay]] -Turkish basketball player

1989 - [[Henrikh Mkhitaryan]] -Armenian footballer

1990 - [[Corey Lof]] -Canadian actor

1990 - [[Jacob Smith (actor)|Jacob Smith]] -American actor

1993 - [[Chiara Pierobon]] -Italian cyclist (d. 2015)

1994 - [[Booboo Stewart]] -American actor, singer, and dancer

1994 - [[Kang Seung-yoon]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor

1994 - [[Marny Kennedy]] -Australia actress, singer, and model

1995 - [[Andrew Watson (racing driver)|Andrew Watson]] -Northern Irish racing driver

1997 - [[Jeremy Shada]] -American actor and singer

2001 - [[Jackson Brundage]] -American actor

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