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Day History: January-18

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Famous Birthdays


885 - [[Emperor Daigo]] -of Japan (d. 930)

1519 - [[Isabella Jagiellon]] -Polish wife of John Zápolya (d. 1559)

1543 - [[Alfonso Ferrabosco the elder]] -Italian-English composer (d. 1588)

1641 - [[François-Michel le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois]] -French politician, Secretary of State for War (France)|Secretary of State for War (d. 1691)

1659 - [[Damaris Cudworth Masham]] -English philosopher and theologian (d. 1708)

1672 - [[Antoine Houdar de la Motte]] -French author (d. 1731)

1688 - [[Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset]] -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1765)

1689 - [[Montesquieu]] -French lawyer and philosopher (d. 1755)

1743 - [[Louis Claude de Saint-Martin]] -French mystic and philosopher (d. 1803)

1751 - [[Ferdinand Kauer]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1831)

1779 - [[Peter Mark Roget]] -English physician, lexicographer, and theologian (d. 1869)

1782 - [[Daniel Webster]] -American lawyer and politician, 14th United States Secretary of State (d. 1852)

1795 - [[Anna Pavlovna of Russia]] -(d. 1865)

1813 - [[Joseph Glidden]] -American farmer (d. 1906)

1815 - [[Constantin von Tischendorf]] -German theologian and scholar (d. 1874)

1835 - [[César Cui]] -Russian composer (d. 1918)

1840 - [[Henry Austin Dobson]] -English poet and author (d. 1921)

1841 - [[Emmanuel Chabrier]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1894)

1842 - [[A. A. Ames]] -American physician and politician, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)

1848 - [[Ioan Slavici]] -Romanian journalist and author (d. 1925)

1849 - [[Edmund Barton]] -Australian judge and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1920)

1850 - [[Seth Low]] -American academic and politician, 92nd Mayor of New York City (d. 1916)

1853 - [[Marthinus Nikolaas Ras]] -South African farmer, soldier, and gun-maker (d. 1900)

1854 - [[Thomas A. Watson]] -American assistant to Alexander Graham Bell (d. 1934)

1856 - [[Daniel Hale Williams]] -American surgeon and cardiologist (d. 1931)

1867 - [[Rubén Darío]] -Nicaraguan poet, journalist, and diplomat (d. 1916)

1868 - [[Kantarō Suzuki]] -Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1948)

1877 - [[Sam Zemurray]] -Russian-American businessman, founded the Cuyamel Fruit Company (d. 1961)

1879 - [[Henri Giraud]] -French general (d. 1949)

1879 - [[Tane Ikai]] -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 1995)

1880 - [[Paul Ehrenfest]] -Austrian-Dutch physicist and academic (d. 1933)

1880 - [[Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster]] -Italian cardinal (d. 1954)

1881 - [[Gaston Gallimard]] -French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (d. 1975)

1882 - [[A. A. Milne]] -English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1956)

1883 - [[George Oliver (golfer)|George Oliver]] -American golfer (d. 1965)

1884 - [[John Eisele]] -American runner (d. 1933)

1886 - [[Clara Nordström]] -Swedish-German author and translator (d. 1962)

1888 - [[Thomas Sopwith]] -English ice hockey player, sailor, and pilot (d. 1989)

1891 - [[Nikolajs Švedrēvics]] -Latvian javelin thrower (d. 1937)

1892 - [[Oliver Hardy]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1957)

1892 - [[Bill Meanix]] -American hurdler and coach (d. 1957)

1892 - [[Paul Rostock]] -German surgeon and academic (d. 1956)

1894 - [[Toots Mondt]] -American wrestler and promoter (d. 1976)

1896 - [[C. M. Eddy, Jr.]] -American author (d. 1967)

1896 - [[Ville Ritola]] -Finnish-American runner (d. 1982)

1898 - [[Albert Kivikas]] -Estonian journalist and author (d. 1978)

1901 - [[Ivan Petrovsky]] -Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1973)

1903 - [[Berthold Goldschmidt]] -German composer (d. 1996)

1904 - [[Anthony Galla-Rini]] -American accordion player and composer (d. 2006)

1904 - [[Cary Grant]] -English-American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1905 - [[Joseph Bonanno]] -Italian-American mob boss (d. 2002)

1907 - [[János Ferencsik]] -Hungarian conductor (d. 1984)

1908 - [[Jacob Bronowski]] -Polish-English mathematician, historian, and television host (d. 1974)

1908 - [[Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha]] -(d. 1972)

1910 - [[Kenneth E. Boulding]] -English economist and academic (d. 1993)

1911 - [[José María Arguedas]] -Peruvian anthropologist, author, and poet (d. 1969)

1911 - [[Danny Kaye]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)

1913 - [[Giannis Papaioannou]] -Greek composer (d. 1972)

1914 - [[Arno Schmidt]] -German author and translator (d. 1979)

1914 - [[Vitomil Zupan]] -Yugoslav author, poet, and playwright (d. 1987)

1915 - [[Syl Apps]] -Canadian pole vaulter, ice hockey player, and politician (d. 1998)

1915 - [[Santiago Carrillo]] -Spanish soldier and politician (d. 2012)

1915 - [[Vassilis Tsitsanis]] -Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player (d. 1984)

1917 - [[Wang Yung-ching]] -Taiwanese-American businessman (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Gustave Gingras]] -Canadian-English physician and educator (d. 1996)

1918 - [[Nicholas Oresko]] -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)

1919 - [[Toni Turek]] -German footballer (d. 1984)

1921 - [[Yoichiro Nambu]] -Japanese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Bob Bell (actor)|Bob Bell]] -American clown and actor (d. 1997)

1923 - [[John Graham (British Army general)|John Graham]] -British Army general (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Gerrit Voorting]] -Dutch cyclist (d. 2015)

1925 - [[Gilles Deleuze]] -French metaphysician and philosopher (d. 1995)

1925 - [[John V. Evans]] -American soldier and politician, 27th Governor of Idaho (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Sol Yurick]] -American soldier and author (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Randolph Bromery]] -American geologist and academic (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Sundaram Balachander]] -Indian veena player, actor, and singer (d. 1990)

1931 - [[Chun Doo-hwan]] -South Korean general and politician, 5th President of South Korea

1932 - [[Robert Anton Wilson]] -American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright (d. 2007)

1933 - [[Emeka Anyaoku]] -Nigerian politician, 8th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nigeria)|Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1933 - [[David Bellamy]] -English botanist, author and academic

1933 - [[John Boorman]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1933 - [[Ray Dolby]] -American engineer and businessman, founded Dolby Laboratories (d. 2013)

1933 - [[William Goodhart, Baron Goodhart]] -English lawyer and politician

1934 - [[Raymond Briggs]] -English author and illustrator

1935 - [[Albert Millaire]] -Canadian actor and director

1935 - [[Jon Stallworthy]] -English poet, critic, and academic (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Gad Yaacobi]] -Israeli academic and diplomat, 10th Israel Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2007)

1936 - [[David Howell, Baron Howell of Guildford]] -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport

1937 - [[Dick Durock]] -American actor and stuntman (d. 2009)

1937 - [[John Hume]] -Irish educator and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1938 - [[Curt Flood]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1997)

1938 - [[Werner Olk]] -German footballer and manager

1940 - [[Pedro Rodríguez (racing driver)|Pedro Rodriguez]] -Mexican race car driver (d. 1971)

1941 - [[Denise Bombardier]] -Canadian journalist and author

1941 - [[Bobby Goldsboro]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1941 - [[David Ruffin]] -American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1991)

1943 - [[Paul Freeman (actor)|Paul Freeman]] -English actor

1943 - [[Kay Granger]] -American educator and politician

1943 - [[Dave Greenslade]] -English keyboard player (Greenslade, Colosseum (band)|Colosseum, and If (band)|IF)

1943 - [[Charlie Wilson (Ohio politician)|Charlie Wilson]] -American mortician and politician (d. 2013)

1944 - [[Paul Keating]] -Australian economist and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Australia

1944 - [[Carl Morton]] -American baseball player (d. 1983)

1945 - [[Rocco Forte]] -English businessman

1945 - [[José Luis Perales]] -Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1945 - [[Balagangadharanatha Swamiji]] -Indian religious leader (d. 2013)

1946 - [[Perro Aguayo]] -Mexican wrestler

1946 - [[Joseph Deiss]] -Swiss economist and politician, 156th President of the Swiss Confederation

1946 - [[Henrique Rosa]] -Bissau-Guinean politician, List of heads of state of Guinea-Bissau|President of Guinea-Bissau (d. 2013)

1947 - [[Sachio Kinugasa]] -Japanese baseball player and journalist

1947 - [[Takeshi Kitano]] -Japanese actor and director

1949 - [[Bill Keller]] -American journalist

1949 - [[Philippe Starck]] -French interior designer

1950 - [[Gianfranco Brancatelli]] -Italian race car driver

1950 - [[Gilles Villeneuve]] -Canadian race car driver (d. 1982)

1951 - [[Bram Behr]] -Surinamese journalist and activist (d. 1982)

1951 - [[Bob Latchford]] -English footballer

1951 - [[Alan Moody]] -English footballer

1952 - [[Michael Angelis]] -English actor

1952 - [[Michael Behe]] -American biochemist, author, and academic

1952 - [[R. Stevie Moore]] -American singer-songwriter

1953 - [[Patrick G. Halpin]] -American politician

1953 - [[Brett Hudson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Hudson Brothers)

1954 - [[Tom Bailey (musician)|Tom Bailey]] -English singer-songwriter (Thompson Twins, International Observer, and Bailey-Salgado Project)

1954 - [[Ted DiBiase]] -American wrestler and manager

1954 - [[Jagdish Mali]] -Indian photographer (d. 2013)

1954 - [[Kiki Smith]] -American artist

1955 - [[Kevin Costner]] -American actor, singer, director, and producer

1955 - [[Frankie Knuckles]] -American DJ and producer (d. 2014)

1955 - [[Fergus Martin]] -Irish painter

1956 - [[Paul Deighton, Baron Deighton]] -English banker and politician

1956 - [[Sharon Mitchell]] -American porn actress and director

1961 - [[Peter Beardsley]] -English footballer and manager

1961 - [[Bob Hansen]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1961 - [[Mark Messier]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster

1961 - [[Mark Rylance]] -English actor, director, and playwright

1961 - [[Jeff Yagher]] -American actor and sculptor

1962 - [[Alison Arngrim]] -American actress

1962 - [[David O'Connor (equestrian)|David O'Connor]] -American horse rider

1963 - [[Maxime Bernier]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada

1963 - [[Carl McCoy]] -English singer-songwriter

1963 - [[Martin O'Malley]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 61st Governor of Maryland

1963 - [[Vera Pauw]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1963 - [[Yury Zakharevich]] -Russian weightlifter

1964 - [[Brady Anderson]] -American baseball player

1964 - [[Richard Dunwoody]] -Irish jockey

1964 - [[Jane Horrocks]] -English actress and singer

1964 - [[Andrea Leand]] -American tennis player

1964 - [[Enrico Lo Verso]] -Italian actor

1965 - [[Dave Attell]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1966 - [[Alexander Khalifman]] -Russian chess player

1966 - [[André Ribeiro]] -Brazilian race car driver

1967 - [[Dean Bailey]] -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2014)

1967 - [[Andrei Inešin]] -Estonian target shooter

1967 - [[Kim Perrot]] -American basketball player (d. 1999)

1967 - [[Iván Zamorano]] -Chilean footballer

1968 - [[Dragana Mirković]] -Serbian singer

1969 - [[Dave Bautista]] -American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor

1969 - [[John Eder]] -American politician

1969 - [[Jesse L. Martin]] -American actor and singer

1969 - [[Jim O'Rourke (musician)|Jim O'Rourke]] -American guitarist and producer

1970 - [[DJ Quik]] -American rapper, producer, and actor (The Fixxers and QDT)

1970 - [[Peter Van Petegem]] -Belgian cyclist

1971 - [[Amy Barger]] -American astronomer

1971 - [[Jonathan Davis]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1971 - [[Christian Fittipaldi]] -Brazilian race car driver

1971 - [[Pep Guardiola]] -Spanish footballer and coach

1971 - [[Seamus O'Regan]] -Canadian journalist

1972 - [[Vinod Kambli]] -Indian cricketer, sportscaster, and actor

1972 - [[Mike Lieberthal]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Kjersti Plätzer]] -Norwegian race walker

1973 - [[Burnie Burns]] -American actor, director, and producer; co-founded Rooster Teeth Productions

1973 - [[Luther Dickinson]] -American singer and guitarist

1973 - [[Benjamin Jealous]] -American businessman

1973 - [[Anthony Koutoufides]] -Australian footballer

1973 - [[Guo Degang]] -Chinese actor

1973 - [[Crispian Mills]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and director (The Jeevas and Kula Shaker)

1973 - [[Rolando Schiavi]] -Argentinian footballer and coach

1973 - [[Ben Willbond]] -English comedian and actor

1974 - [[Christian Burns]] -English singer-songwriter (BBMak)

1974 - [[Devon Odessa]] -American actress

1974 - [[Maulik Pancholy]] -American actor and singer

1974 - [[Michael Tunn]] -Australian radio and television host

1976 - [[Laurence Courtois]] -Belgian tennis player

1976 - [[Damien Leith]] -Irish-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977 - [[Richard Archer]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi)

1977 - [[Curtis Cregan]] -American actor and singer

1977 - [[Alina Jidkova]] -Russian-American tennis player

1978 - [[Brian Falkenborg]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Thor Hushovd]] -Norwegian cyclist

1978 - [[Bogdan Lobonț]] -Romanian footballer

1979 - [[Hirofumi Arai]] -Japanese-Korean actor

1979 - [[Jay Chou]] -Taiwanese singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director

1979 - [[Ruslan Fedotenko]] -Ukrainian ice hockey player

1979 - [[Paulo Ferreira]] -Portuguese footballer

1979 - [[Brian Gionta]] -American ice hockey player

1979 - [[Anastasia Grebenkina]] -Russian ice dancer and coach

1979 - [[Kenyatta Jones]] -American football player

1979 - [[Petra Yared]] -Australian actress

1979 - [[Mark Anthony Fernandez]] -Filipino actor

1980 - [[Estelle (musician)|Estelle]] -English singer-songwriter and producer

1980 - [[Robert Green]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Kert Haavistu]] -Estonian footballer and manager

1980 - [[Julius Peppers]] -American football player

1980 - [[Jason Segel]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Kang Dong-won]] -South Korean actor

1981 - [[Otgonbayar Ershuu]] -Mongolian painter

1981 - [[Olivier Rochus]] -Belgian tennis player

1981 - [[Khari Stephenson]] -Jamaican footballer

1982 - [[Quinn Allman]] -American guitarist and producer (The Used)

1982 - [[Tõnis Erm]] -Estonian cyclist and orienteerer

1982 - [[Mary Jepkosgei Keitany]] -Kenyan runner

1982 - [[Joanna Newsom]] -American singer-songwriter and harp player (The Pleased)

1982 - [[Rolf Roosalu]] -Estonian singer and actor

1983 - [[Amir Blumenfeld]] -Israeli-American comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter

1983 - [[Samantha Mumba]] -Irish singer-songwriter and actress

1983 - [[Katie White]] -English singer-songwriter (The Ting Tings)

1984 - [[Kristy Lee Cook]] -American singer

1984 - [[Ioannis Drymonakos]] -Greek swimmer

1984 - [[Makoto Hasebe]] -Japanese footballer

1984 - [[Michael Kearney]] -American biochemist and academic

1984 - [[Benji Schwimmer]] -American dancer and choreographer

1984 - [[Viktoria Shklover]] -Estonian figure skater

1985 - [[Dale Begg-Smith]] -Australian skier

1985 - [[Minissha Lamba]] -Indian actress and model

1985 - [[Riccardo Montolivo]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Marya Roxx]] -Estonian-American singer-songwriter

1986 - [[Becca Tobin]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1987 - [[Johan Djourou]] -Swiss footballer

1987 - [[Christopher Liebig]] -German rugby player

1987 - [[Grigoris Makos]] -Greek footballer

1988 - [[Ronnie Day]] -American singer-songwriter

1988 - [[Angelique Kerber]] -German tennis player

1988 - [[Anastasios Kissas]] -Greek footballer

1988 - [[Boy van Poppel]] -Dutch cyclist

1989 - [[Rubén Miño]] -Spanish footballer

1990 - [[Nacho (footballer, born 1990)|Nacho]] -Spanish footballer

1990 - [[Hayle Ibrahimov]] -Ethiopian-Azerbaijani runner

1990 - [[Brett Lawrie]] -Canadian baseball player

1990 - [[Alex Pietrangelo]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1991 - [[Britt McKillip]] -Canadian singer and actress (One More Girl)

1991 - [[Diego Simões]] -Brazilian footballer

1992 - [[Kieran Tscherniawsky]] -English discus thrower

1992 - [[Francesco Bardi]] -Italian footballer

1993 - [[Morgan York]] -American actress

1994 - [[Kang Ji-young]] -South Korean singer (Kara (band)|Kara)

1994 - [[Ilona Kremen]] -Belarusian tennis player

1996 - [[Sarah Gilman]] -American actress

1999 - [[Karan Brar]] -American actor

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