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Day History: January-24

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Famous Birthdays


76 - [[Hadrian]] -Roman emperor (d. 138)

1287 - [[Richard de Bury]] -English bishop and politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1345)

1444 - [[Galeazzo Maria Sforza]] -Italian husband of Bona of Savoy (d. 1476)

1540 - [[Edmund Campion]] -English priest and martyr (d. 1581)

1638 - [[Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset]] -English poet and politician, Lord Chamberlain|Lord Chamberlain of Great Britain (d. 1706)

1670 - [[William Congreve]] -English playwright and poet (d. 1729)

1674 - [[Thomas Tanner (bishop)|Thomas Tanner]] -English bishop (d. 1735)

1679 - [[Christian Wolff (philosopher)|Christian Wolff]] -German philosopher and academic (d. 1754)

1705 - [[Farinelli]] -Italian actor and singer (d. 1782)

1709 - [[Dom Bédos de Celles]] -French monk and organist (d. 1779)

1712 - [[Frederick the Great]] -Prussian king (d. 1786)

1732 - [[Pierre Beaumarchais]] -French playwright and financier (d. 1799)

1742 - [[Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn]] -(d. 1808)

1746 - [[Gustav III of Sweden]] -(d. 1792)

1752 - [[Muzio Clementi]] -Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1832)

1754 - [[Andrew Ellicott]] -American soldier and surveyor (d. 1820)

1763 - [[Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron]] -French-Russian general (d. 1831)

1776 - [[E. T. A. Hoffmann]] -German jurist, author, and composer (d. 1822)

1779 - [[Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)|Elizabeth Alexeievna]] -German wife of Alexander I of Russia (d. 1826)

1841 - [[Robert Williams (archer)|Robert Williams]] -American archer (d. 1914)

1843 - [[Josip Štadler]] -Croatian archbishop (d. 1918)

1848 - [[Vasily Surikov]] -Russian painter (d. 1916)

1862 - [[Edith Wharton]] -American author and poet (d. 1937)

1864 - [[Marguerite Durand]] -French actress, journalist, and activist (d. 1936)

1866 - [[Jaan Poska]] -Estonian lawyer and politician, 1st Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1920)

1872 - [[Konstantin Bogaevsky]] -Russian painter (d. 1943)

1872 - [[Morris Travers]] -English chemist and academic (d. 1961)

1883 - [[Philip Schuster]] -American gymnast (d. 1926)

1886 - [[Henry King (director)|Henry King]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1888 - [[Vicki Baum]] -Austrian author and screenwriter (d. 1960)

1888 - [[Ernst Heinkel]] -German businessman, founded the Heinkel|Heinkel Aircraft Manufacturing Company (d. 1958)

1889 - [[Charles Hawes]] -American historian and author (d. 1923)

1891 - [[Walter Model]] -German field marshal (d. 1945)

1895 - [[Eugen Roth]] -German poet and songwriter (d. 1976)

1898 - [[Cliff Heathcote]] -American baseball player (d. 1939)

1900 - [[Theodosius Dobzhansky]] -Ukrainian-American geneticist and biologist (d. 1975)

1901 - [[Harry Calder]] -South African cricketer (d. 1995)

1901 - [[Edward Turner]] -English engineer (d. 1973)

1902 - [[Ephraim Avigdor Speiser]] -Ukrainian-American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1965)

1905 - [[J. Howard Marshall]] -American lawyer and businessman (d. 1995)

1907 - [[Maurice Couve de Murville]] -French soldier and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1999)

1907 - [[Tuts Washington]] -American pianist (d. 1984)

1909 - [[Martin Lings]] -English author and scholar (d. 2005)

1909 - [[Ann Todd]] -English actress and producer (d. 1993)

1910 - [[Doris Haddock]] -American activist and politician (d. 2010)

1912 - [[Frederick Ashworth]] -American admiral (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Norman Dello Joio]] -American organist and composer (d. 2008)

1915 - [[Vítězslava Kaprálová]] -Czech composer and conductor (d. 1940)

1915 - [[Robert Motherwell]] -American painter and academic (d. 1991)

1916 - [[Jack Brickhouse]] -American sportscaster (d. 1998)

1916 - [[Rafael Caldera]] -Venezuelan lawyer and politician; 65th President of Venezuela (d. 2009)

1916 - [[Arnoldo Foà]] -Italian actor and director (d. 2014)

1916 - [[Gene Mako]] -Hungarian-American tennis player and actor (d. 2013)

1917 - [[Ernest Borgnine]] -American actor and singer (d. 2012)

1918 - [[Gottfried von Einem]] -Austrian composer (d. 1996)

1919 - [[Oral Roberts]] -American evangelist; founded Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (d. 2009)

1919 - [[Leon Kirchner]] -American composer (d. 2009)

1920 - [[Jerry Maren]] -American actor and stuntman

1922 - [[Daniel Boulanger]] -French actor and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1922 - [[Charles W. Socarides]] -American psychiatrist, physician, and author (d. 2005)

1923 - [[Vlado Kristl]] -Croatian painter and director (d. 2004)

1924 - [[Joe Albany]] -American pianist (d. 1988)

1924 - [[C. B. Muthamma]] -Indian diplomat (d. 2009)

1925 - [[Gus Mortson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2015)

1925 - [[Maria Tallchief]] -American ballerina (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Georges Lautner]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Marvin Kaplan]] -American actor

1928 - [[Desmond Morris]] -English zoologist, ethologist, and painter

1928 - [[Michel Serrault]] -French actor and singer (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Terence Bayler]] -New Zealand actor

1930 - [[Mahmoud Farshchian]] -Iranian-Persian painter and academic

1930 - [[Bernard Matthews]] -English businessman, founded Bernard Matthews Farms (d. 2010)

1930 - [[John Romita, Sr.]] -American illustrator

1931 - [[Leonard Baker]] -American historian and author (d. 1984)

1931 - [[Lars Hörmander]] -Swedish mathematician and academic (d. 2012)

1931 - [[Ib Nørholm]] -Danish composer and organist

1933 - [[Claude Préfontaine]] -Canadian actor (d. 2013)

1934 - [[Stanisław Grochowiak]] -Polish poet and playwright (d. 1976)

1936 - [[William Bogert]] -American actor

1939 - [[Ray Stevens]] -American singer-songwriter

1940 - [[Vito Acconci]] -American artist

1940 - [[Joachim Gauck]] -German politician; 11th President of Germany

1941 - [[Neil Diamond]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941 - [[Aaron Neville]] -American singer

1941 - [[Dan Shechtman]] -Israeli chemist and academic; Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1942 - [[Gary Hart (wrestler)|Gary Hart]] -American wrestler and manager (d. 2008)

1943 - [[Julie Bennett]] -American actress

1943 - [[Subhash Ghai]] -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1943 - [[Peter Struck]] -German lawyer and politician; 13th List of German defence ministers|German Federal Minister of Defence (d. 2012)

1943 - [[Sharon Tate]] -American model and actress (d. 1969)

1943 - [[Tony Trimmer]] -English race car driver

1944 - [[David Gerrold]] -American author and screenwriter

1944 - [[Klaus Nomi]] -German singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1983)

1945 - [[John Garamendi]] -American football player and politician, 1st United States Deputy Secretary of the Interior

1946 - [[Haji (actress)|Haji]] -Canadian-American actress (d. 2013)

1946 - [[Michael Ontkean]] -Canadian actor

1947 - [[Michio Kaku]] -American physicist and academic

1947 - [[Masashi Ozaki]] -Japanese baseball player and golfer

1947 - [[Warren Zevon]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1948 - [[Michael Des Barres]] -English singer-songwriter and actor

1949 - [[John Belushi]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1950 - [[Daniel Auteuil]] -French actor, director, ad screenwriter

1950 - [[Gennifer Flowers]] -American model and actress

1951 - [[Yakov Smirnoff]] -Ukrainian-American comedian and actor

1953 - [[Yuri Bashmet]] -Russian violinist, viola player, and conductor

1953 - [[Matthew Wilder]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1954 - [[Jo Gartner]] -Austrian race car driver (d. 1986)

1955 - [[Jim Montgomery (swimmer)|Jim Montgomery]] -American swimmer and coach

1956 - [[Hanne Krogh]] -Norwegian singer and actress

1956 - [[Lounès Matoub]] -Algerian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1956 - [[Jack Neo]] -Singaporean actor and director

1957 - [[Mark Eaton (basketball)|Mark Eaton]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1957 - [[Ade Edmondson]] -English singer-songwriter and actor

1958 - [[Jools Holland]] -English singer-songwriter and pianist

1959 - [[Akira Maeda]] -Japanese wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor

1959 - [[Nils Mathisen]] -Norwegian keyboardist

1960 - [[Mária Bajzek Lukács]] -Hungarian author and educator

1961 - [[Guido Buchwald]] -German footballer and manager

1961 - [[Nastassja Kinski]] -German-American actress and producer

1961 - [[Vince Russo]] -American wrestling manager and journalist

1961 - [[William Van Dijck]] -Belgian runner

1962 - [[Argiris Kambouris]] -Greek basketball player

1963 - [[Arnold Vanderlyde]] -Dutch boxer

1965 - [[Mike Awesome]] -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1965 - [[Pagonis Vakalopoulos]] -Greek footballer and manager

1967 - [[Mark Kozelek]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1967 - [[Phil LaMarr]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[John Myung]] -American bass player

1968 - [[Michael Kiske]] -German singer-songwriter

1968 - [[Mary Lou Retton]] -American gymnast and actress

1969 - [[Hilmir Snær Guðnason]] -Icelandic actor

1970 - [[Maria Balshaw]] -British museum director

1970 - [[Matthew Lillard]] -American actor, director, and producer

1972 - [[Beth Hart]] -American singer-songwriter

1972 - [[Naoshi Mizuta]] -Japanese bass player and composer

1972 - [[Daan Schuurmans]] -Dutch actor

1972 - [[Ulla Werbrouck]] -Belgian martial artist and politician

1974 - [[Ed Helms]] -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1975 - [[Rónald Gómez]] -Costa Rican footballer and manager

1976 - [[Shae-Lynn Bourne]] -Canadian ice dancer, coach, and choreographer

1976 - [[Cindy Pieters]] -Belgian cyclist

1977 - [[Kensuke Kita]] -Japanese singer and guitarist (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)

1977 - [[Johann Urb]] -Estonian-American actor and producer

1978 - [[Kristen Schaal]] -American actress and author

1979 - [[Tatyana Ali]] -American actress and singer

1979 - [[Leandro Desábato]] -Argentinian footballer

1979 - [[Nik Wallenda]] -American acrobat and tightrope walker

1980 - [[Yamandu Costa]] -Brazilian guitarist and composer

1980 - [[Rebecca Romero]] -English cyclist and rower

1981 - [[Michael Wolf (ice hockey)|Michael Wolf]] -German ice hockey player

1982 - [[Fiona Xie]] -Singaporean actress

1983 - [[Davide Biondini]] -Italian footballer

1983 - [[Diane Birch]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1983 - [[Shaun Maloney]] -Scottish footballer

1983 - [[Scott Speed]] -American race car driver

1984 - [[Scott Kazmir]] -American baseball player

1984 - [[Witold Kiełtyka]] -Polish drummer (Decapitated (band)|Decapitated and Dies Irae (band)|Dies Irae) (d. 2007)

1984 - [[Paulo Sérgio Moreira Gonçalves]] -Portuguese footballer

1985 - [[Yuki Ito (actor)|Yuki Ito]] -Japanese actor and musician

1986 - [[Vieirinha]] -Portuguese footballer

1986 - [[Cristiano Araújo]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1986 - [[Mischa Barton]] -English-American actress

1986 - [[Vladislav Ivanov (footballer)|Vladislav Ivanov]] -Russian footballer

1986 - [[Michael Kightly]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Ricky Ullman]] -Israeli-American actor and singer

1987 - [[Luis Suárez]] -Uruguayan footballer

1988 - [[Jade Ewen]] -English singer-songwriter and actress (Sugababes)

1989 - [[Samba Diakité]] -Malian footballer

1989 - [[Ki Sung-yueng]] -South Korean footballer

1990 - [[Mao Abe]] -Japanese singer-songwriter

1992 - [[Becky Downie]] -English gymnast

1994 - [[Sean Kavanagh]] -Irish footballer

1994 - [[Yoo Young-jae]] -South Korean singer and dancer (B.A.P (South Korean band)|B.A.P)

1995 - [[Callan McAuliffe]] -Australian actor

1997 - [[Dylan Riley Snyder]] -American actor, singer, and dancer

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