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Day History: January-28

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Famous Birthdays


1312 - [[Joan II of Navarre]] -(d. 1349)

1457 - [[Henry VII of England]] -(d. 1509)

1540 - [[Ludolph van Ceulen]] -German-Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 1610)

1578 - [[Cornelius Haga]] -Dutch diplomat (d. 1654)

1582 - [[John Barclay (poet)|John Barclay]] -French-Scottish poet and author (d. 1621)

1600 - [[Pope Clement IX]] -(d. 1669)

1608 - [[Giovanni Alfonso Borelli]] -Italian physiologist and physicist (d. 1679)

1611 - [[Johannes Hevelius]] -Polish astronomer and politician (d. 1687)

1622 - [[Adrien Auzout]] -French astronomer and instrument maker (d. 1691)

1693 - [[Gregor Werner]] -Austrian composer (d. 1766)

1701 - [[Charles Marie de La Condamine]] -French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)

1706 - [[John Baskerville]] -English printer and typographer (d. 1775)

1712 - [[Tokugawa Ieshige]] -Japanese shogun (d. 1761)

1717 - [[Mustafa III]] -Ottoman sultan (d. 1774)

1719 - [[Johann Elias Schlegel]] -German poet and critic (d. 1749)

1719 - [[Christian Felix Weiße]] -German writer and pedagogue (d. 1802)

1755 - [[Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring]] -Polish-German physician, anthropologist, and paleontologist (d. 1830)

1784 - [[George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen]] -Scottish politician; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1860)

1797 - [[Charles Gray Round]] -English barrister and politician (d. 1867)

1818 - [[George S. Boutwell]] -American lawyer and politician, 28th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1905)

1822 - [[Alexander Mackenzie]] -Scottish-Canadian soldier, journalist, and politician; 2nd Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1892)

1833 - [[Charles George Gordon]] -English general and politician (d. 1885)

1841 - [[Henry Morton Stanley]] -Welsh-American explorer and journalist (d. 1904)

1843 - [[Mihkel Veske]] -Estonian poet and linguist (d. 1890)

1853 - [[José Martí]] -Cuban journalist, poet, and theorist (d. 1895)

1853 - [[Vladimir Solovyov (philosopher)|Vladimir Solovyov]] -Russian philosopher, poet, and critic (d. 1900)

1857 - [[William Seward Burroughs I]] -American businessman, founded the Burroughs Corporation (d. 1898)

1858 - [[Tannatt William Edgeworth David]] -Welsh-Australian geologist and explorer (d. 1934)

1861 - [[Julián Felipe]] -Filipino composer and educator (d. 1944)

1863 - [[Ernest William Christmas]] -Australian-American painter (d. 1918)

1864 - [[Charles Williams Nash]] -American businessman, founded Nash Motors (d. 1948)

1864 - [[Herbert Akroyd Stuart]] -English engineer; invented the Hot bulb engine and Hornsby-Akroyd oil engine (d. 1927)

1865 - [[Lala Lajpat Rai]] -Indian author and politician (d. 1928)

1865 - [[Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg]] -Finnish lawyer, judge, and politician, 1st President of Finland (d. 1952)

1873 - [[Colette]] -French journalist and author (d. 1954)

1875 - [[Julián Carrillo]] -Mexican violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1965)

1878 - [[Walter Kollo]] -German composer (d. 1940)

1880 - [[Herbert Strudwick]] -English cricketer and coach (d. 1970)

1884 - [[Auguste Piccard]] -Swiss physicist and explorer (d. 1962)

1885 - [[Vahan Terian]] -Armenian poet and activist (d. 1920)

1886 - [[Marthe Bibesco]] -Romanian-French author and poet (d. 1973)

1886 - [[Hidetsugu Yagi]] -Japanese engineer and academic (d. 1976)

1887 - [[Arthur Rubinstein]] -Polish-American pianist (d. 1982)

1889 - [[Phil Waller]] -Welsh International rugby player (d. 1917)

1890 - [[Robert Stroud]] -American ornithologist (d. 1963)

1891 - [[Bill Doak]] -American baseball player (d. 1954)

1892 - [[Ernst Lubitsch]] -German-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1947)

1897 - [[Valentin Kataev]] -Russian author and playwright (d. 1986)

1899 - [[Elias Simojoki]] -Finnish priest and activist (d. 1940)

1900 - [[Alice Neel]] -American painter (d. 1984)

1903 - [[Aleksander Kamiński]] -Polish author and educator (d. 1978)

1904 - [[Canuplin]] -Filipino magician and actor (d. 1979)

1908 - [[Paul Misraki]] -Turkish-French composer and historian (d. 1998)

1909 - [[John Thomson (footballer)|John Thomson]] -Scottish footballer (d. 1931)

1910 - [[John Banner]] -Austrian actor (d. 1973)

1910 - [[Arnold Moss]] -American actor (d. 1989)

1911 - [[Johan van Hulst]] -Dutch academic and politician

1912 - [[Jackson Pollock]] -American painter (d. 1956)

1913 - [[Maurice Gosfield]] -American actor (d. 1964)

1915 - [[Nien Cheng]] -Chinese-American author (d. 2009)

1918 - [[Harry Corbett]] -English puppeteer, actor, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1918 - [[Trevor Skeet]] -New Zealand-English lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

1919 - [[Gabby Gabreski]] -American colonel and pilot (d. 2002)

1922 - [[Robert W. Holley]] -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1993)

1924 - [[Marcel Broodthaers]] -Belgian painter and poet (d. 1976)

1925 - [[Raja Ramanna]] -Indian physicist and politician (d. 2004)

1927 - [[Eşref Kolçak]] -Turkish actor

1927 - [[Per Oscarsson]] -Swedish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1927 - [[Ronnie Scott]] -English saxophonist (The Jazz Couriers) (d. 1996)

1927 - [[Hiroshi Teshigahara]] -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1929 - [[Acker Bilk]] -English singer and clarinet player (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Nikolai Parshin]] -Russian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Claes Oldenburg]] -Swedish-American sculptor and illustrator

1930 - [[Jasraj]] -Indian singer

1930 - [[Kurt Biedenkopf]] -German academic and politician; 54th President of the German Bundesrat

1930 - [[Roy Clarke]] -English soldier and screenwriter

1934 - [[Juan Manuel Bordeu]] -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1990)

1934 - [[Mitr Chaibancha]] -Thai actor and producer (d. 1970)

1935 - [[David Lodge (author)|David Lodge]] -English author and critic

1935 - [[Nicholas Pryor]] -American actor

1936 - [[Alan Alda]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1936 - [[Bill Jordan, Baron Jordan]] -English economist and politician

1936 - [[Ismail Kadare]] -Albanian author and poet

1937 - [[Karel Čáslavský]] -Czech historian and television host (d. 2013)

1938 - [[Leonid Zhabotinsky]] -Ukrainian weightlifter

1939 - [[John M. Fabian]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1940 - [[Carlos Slim]] -Mexican businessman; founded Grupo Carso

1941 - [[King Tubby]] -Jamaican DJ, producer, and engineer (d. 1989)

1942 - [[Sjoukje Dijkstra]] -Dutch figure skater

1943 - [[John Beck (actor)|John Beck]] -American actor

1943 - [[Paul Henderson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and minister

1944 - [[Bobby Ball]] -English comedian, actor, and singer

1944 - [[Tim Heald]] -English journalist and author

1944 - [[Susan Howard]] -American actress and screenwriter

1944 - [[Rosalía Mera]] -Spanish businesswoman; co-founded Inditex and Zara (retailer)|Zara (d. 2013)

1944 - [[John Tavener]] -English composer (d. 2013)

1945 - [[Maxwell Fuller]] -Australian chess player (d. 2013)

1945 - [[Karen Lynn Gorney]] -American actress and singer

1945 - [[Marthe Keller]] -Swiss actress and director

1945 - [[John Perkins (author)|John Perkins]] -American author and activist

1945 - [[Robert Wyatt]] -English singer-songwriter and drummer

1947 - [[Jeanne Shaheen]] -American educator and politician; 78th Governor of New Hampshire

1948 - [[Bob Moses (musician)|Bob Moses]] -American drummer

1948 - [[Charles Taylor (Liberian politician)|Charles Taylor]] -Liberian politician; 22nd President of Liberia

1949 - [[Gregg Popovich]] -American basketball player and coach

1950 - [[Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa]] -Bahraini king

1950 - [[Barbi Benton]] -American model, actress, and singer

1950 - [[David C. Hilmers]] -American colonel, physician, and astronaut

1950 - [[Naila Kabeer]] -Bangladeshi-English economist and academic

1951 - [[Brian Bilbray]] -American politician

1951 - [[Leonid Kadeniuk]] -Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut

1952 - [[Richard Glatzer]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1953 - [[Colin Campbell (ice hockey)|Colin Campbell]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1954 - [[Peter Lampe]] -German theologian and historian

1954 - [[Bruno Metsu]] -French footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1954 - [[Kaneto Shiozawa]] -Japanese voice actor (d. 2000)

1954 - [[Rick Warren]] -American pastor and author

1955 - [[Vinod Khosla]] -Indian-American businessman; co-founded Sun Microsystems

1955 - [[Nicolas Sarkozy]] -French lawyer and politician, 23rd President of France

1956 - [[Richard Danielpour]] -American composer

1957 - [[Kent Kessler]] -American bassist

1957 - [[Mark Napier (ice hockey)|Mark Napier]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1957 - [[Nick Price]] -South African-Zimbabwean golfer

1957 - [[Frank Skinner]] -English comedian, actor, and author

1959 - [[Frank Darabont]] -American director and producer

1959 - [[Megan McDonald]] -American author

1959 - [[Randi Rhodes]] -American radio host

1959 - [[Dave Sharp]] -English guitarist (The Alarm and The Hard Travelers)

1959 - [[Bill Ware]] -American vibraphone player

1960 - [[Loren Legarda]] -Filipino journalist and politician

1961 - [[Arnaldur Indriðason]] -Icelandic author

1961 - [[Normand Rochefort]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1962 - [[Keith Hamilton Cobb]] -American actor

1962 - [[Sam Phillips (musician)|Sam Phillips]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1963 - [[Dan Spitz]] -American guitarist

1964 - [[Jürgen Teller]] -German-English photographer

1965 - [[Lynda Boyd]] -Canadian actress, singer, and dancer

1966 - [[Seiji Mizushima]] -Japanese director and producer

1967 - [[Jan Lamb]] -Chinese singer and actor

1968 - [[Rakim]] -American rapper (Eric B. & Rakim)

1968 - [[Sarah McLachlan]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1968 - [[DJ Muggs]] -American DJ and producer (Cypress Hill and The 7A3)

1969 - [[Kathryn Morris]] -American actress

1969 - [[Mo Rocca]] -American comedian and television journalist

1969 - [[Linda Sánchez]] -American lawyer and politician

1971 - [[Anthony Hamilton (musician)|Anthony Hamilton]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1972 - [[Léon van Bon]] -Dutch cyclist

1974 - [[Tony Delk]] -American basketball player and coach

1974 - [[Ramsey Nasr]] -Dutch author and poet

1974 - [[Magglio Ordóñez]] -Venezuelan baseball player and politician

1975 - [[Shark Boy]] -American wrestler

1975 - [[Tanya Chua]] -Singaporean singer-songwriter and producer

1975 - [[Terri Conn]] -American actress

1975 - [[Hiroshi Kamiya]] -Japanese voice actor and singer

1975 - [[Pedro Pinto]] -Portuguese-American journalist

1975 - [[Junior Spivey]] -American baseball player and coach

1976 - [[Lee Ingleby]] -English actor

1976 - [[Emiko Kado]] -Japanese wrestler (d. 1999)

1976 - [[Mark Madsen]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Rick Ross]] -American rapper and producer

1976 - [[Miltiadis Sapanis]] -Greek footballer

1977 - [[Matt DeVries]] -American guitarist

1977 - [[Joey Fatone]] -American singer, dancer, and actor (NSYNC)

1977 - [[Takuma Sato]] -Japanese race car driver

1978 - [[Sheamus]] -Irish wrestler and actor

1978 - [[Gianluigi Buffon]] -Italian footballer

1978 - [[Jamie Carragher]] -English footballer and sportscaster

1978 - [[Papa Bouba Diop]] -Senegalese footballer

1979 - [[Ali Boulala]] -Swedish skateboarder

1980 - [[Nick Carter (musician)|Nick Carter]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (Backstreet Boys)

1980 - [[Yasuhito Endō]] -Japanese footballer

1980 - [[Michael Hastings (journalist)|Michael Hastings]] -American journalist and author (d. 2013)

1980 - [[Jesse James Hollywood]] -American murderer

1981 - [[Elijah Wood]] -American actor and producer

1984 - [[Ben Clucas]] -English racing driver

1984 - [[Stephen Gostkowski]] -American football player

1984 - [[Andre Iguodala]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Anne Panter]] -English field hockey player

1985 - [[Daniel Carcillo]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1985 - [[J. Cole]] -German-American rapper and producer

1985 - [[Lauris Dārziņš]] -Latvian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Arnold Mvuemba]] -French footballer

1985 - [[Libby Trickett]] -Australian swimmer

1986 - [[Jessica Ennis-Hill]] -English heptathlete and hurdler

1986 - [[Shruti Haasan]] -Indian actress and singer

1986 - [[Nathan Outteridge]] -Australian sailor

1986 - [[Antonis Petropoulos]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Asad Shafiq]] -Pakistani cricketer

1987 - [[Raven Alexis]] -American porn actress

1988 - [[Paul Henry (English footballer)|Paul Henry]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Seiya Sanada]] -Japanese wrestler

1989 - [[Siem de Jong]] -Dutch footballer

1989 - [[Ronny Philp]] -Romanian-German footballer

1990 - [[Kalifa Faifai Loa]] -New Zealand rugby player

1990 - [[Zhang Kailin]] -Chinese tennis player

1991 - [[Carl Klingberg]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1991 - [[Calum Worthy]] -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1991 - [[Jordan Kahu]] -Australian rugby league footballer

1992 - [[Sergio Araujo]] -Argentinian footballer

1992 - [[Andrei Savchenko]] -Russian footballer

1993 - [[Richmond Boakye]] -Ghanaian footballer

1993 - [[Will Poulter]] -English actor

1998 - [[Ariel Winter]] -American actress and singer

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