Famous Birthdays on January 1

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 353

  • 766 Ali al-Rida, Shia Imam (d. 818)
  • 1431 Alexander VI [Rodrigo Borgia], Spanish/Italian pope (1492-1503)
  • 1449 Lorenzo de 'Medici (The Magnificent), Florentine statesman (d. 1492)
  • 1467 Sigismund I, the old, king of Poland
  • 1484 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (d. 1531)
  • 1504 Caspar Cruciger, German church reformer
  • 1511 Henry, Duke of Cornwall (d. 1511)
  • 1516 Margaret Leijonhufvud, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1551)
  • 1520 Franciscus Balduinus, [Francois Baudouin], lawyer
  • 1557 István Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1606)
  • 1600 Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (d. 1649)
  • 1614 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (d. 1672)
  • 1618 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spain, Baroque artist [baptized]
  • 1622 Isaac Sweers, Dutch Admiral/general/Civil rights activist
  • 1628 Christoph Bernhard, German composer
  • 1638 Antoinette du Ligier de la Guard Deshoulieres, French poet/playwright
  • 1638 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d. 1685)
  • 1648 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724)
  • 1652 Johann Krieger, composer
  • 1655 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d. 1728)
  • 1684 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d. 1748)
  • 1697 Johann Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1704 Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787)
  • 1709 Johann H H Butz, German/Dutch organ builder
  • 1711 Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (d. 1749)
  • 1714 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lutheran pastor, Lithuanian poet (The Seas)
  • 1723 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer
  • 1729 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [NS=Jan 12]
  • 1734 John F E Acton, cruel premier of Naples

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1735 Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1745 "Mad" Anthony Wayne, general
  • 1748 Giovanni Furno, composer
  • 1750 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (d. 1801)

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1752 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1764 John Kinker, Dutch linguist/philosopher/poet (Minderjarige Zangster)
  • 1767 Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (d. 1849)
  • 1774 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (d. 1860)
  • 1777 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • 1779 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • 1784 William Beale, composer
  • 1800 Sydney Nelson, composer
  • 1800 Vaclav Horak, composer
  • 1809 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet (Silver Fleet)
  • 1814 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (d. 1864)
  • 1815 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neocriticism)
  • 1819 Arthur Hugh Clough, poet, friend of Matthew Arnold
  • 1819 George Foster Shepley, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1878)
  • 1823 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (d. 1849)
  • 1827 William Lewis "Old Tige" Cabell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 William Joseph Westbrook, composer
  • 1833 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d. 1902)
  • 1834 Ludovic Halévy, French playwright (d. 1908)
  • 1838 William Hugh Young, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1843 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer
  • 1846 Nikola Pasic, Serbian nationalist/premier (1891..1926)
  • 1848 John Goff, Irish lawyer (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Eugène-Anatole Demarçay, French chemist (d. 1904)
  • 1853 Hans Koessler, composer
  • 1854 James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)

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1857 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1862 Snitz Edwards, Hungary, actor (College, Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1863 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back)
  • 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, France, baron (revived Olympic games)

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1864 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer/art dealer (Camera Work), born in Hoboken, New Jersey

Photographer Alfred Stieglitz
Photographer
Alfred Stieglitz
  • 1865 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer
  • 1867 Charles Edward Montague, English author/critic (Fiery Particles)
  • 1867 Lew Fields, comedian (of Weber & Fields)
  • 1868 Snitz Edwards, American actor (d. 1937)
  • 1873 Mariano Azuela, Mexico, novelist (The Flies, The Bosses)
  • 1874 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • 1874 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • 1874 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944)
  • 1875 Charles Rist, French economist
  • 1875 N F Druce, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1897-98)
  • 1876 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3rd monument)
  • 1876 Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d. 1933)
  • 1878 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer
  • 1878 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist and engineer (d. 1929)

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1879 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Howards End, Passage to India), born in Marylebone, Middlesex (d. 1970)

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • 1879 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • 1879 Ernest Jones, British psychoanalyst (Life & Work of Sigmund Freud)
  • 1879 William Fox, US film pioneer (Nickelodeon)
  • 1880 Edie Martin, actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England
  • 1880 Shalom Asch, Poland, yiddish writer (Motke Ganev)
  • 1881 Carry van Bridges, [de Haan], Dutch author (Heleen, Eva)
  • 1881 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)
  • 1882 W C Wendelaar, mayor of Alkmaar (1919-34)/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1883 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (La Torre, Tre Croci)
  • 1883 [Hei]ko E Arnoldi, Dutch actor (3 Drops of Water)/theater director
  • 1885 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • 1887 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral/head German military intelligence
  • 1888 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Alexander Smallens, St Petersburg, Russia, conductor
  • 1889 Charles Bickford, actor (John-The Virginian), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1889 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer
  • 1889 Tom Dugan, actor (Circus Clown, Drag, Skyway), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1890 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1890 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Frank Pettingell, actor (Gaslight, Goose Steps Out), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Spalato, Dalmatia, Poland, conductor/composer

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1892 Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1892 Miklos Radnai, composer
  • 1894 Shitsu Nakano, Japanese supercentenarian (d. 2007)
  • 1894 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian mathematician (d. 1974)

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1895 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72), born in Washington, D.C.

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1895 Nathaniel Shilkret, conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1896 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • 1896 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japans actor/director (Jujiro, Jigoku-mon)
  • 1896 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • 1897 Walter Greaza, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1898 George van Derton, Belgian racer (won 500 race)
  • 1898 Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
  • 1899 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer
  • 1899 Lev V Kuleshov, Russian director/theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • 1899 Raymond Loucheur, composer
  • 1900 Hubert van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF)
  • 1900 William Haines, Staunton VA, actor (Fast Life, Little Annie Rooney)
  • 1900 Xavier Cugat, Spanish American bandleader (married Abbe Lane, Charo), born in Girona, Catalonia (d. 1990)
  • 1900 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Christine WI Wittewaall van Stoetwegen, Dutch MP (CDD)
  • 1902 Buster Nupen, cricketer (1-eyed South African quick, great on matting)
  • 1904 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Ethan Allen, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1904 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1905 Charles Melvin Price, East St. Louis, Illinois, a longtime member of the US House of Representatives
  • 1905 Stanisław Mazur, Lemberg, Western Ukraine, Polish mathematician (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Kamatari Fujiwara, actor (d. 1985), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1906 Frank Stack, Canada, speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • 1906 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Erich Schmid, composer
  • 1908 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Oly-silver-1928)
  • 1909 Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Presidential candidate (R) 1964)
  • 1909 D D Hindlekar, cricketer (Indian batsman & wicket-keeper 1936-46)
  • 1909 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959)
  • 1910 Russ Bender, actor/writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster)
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Dec 27]

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1911 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in New York City (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

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1912 Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole

  • 1912 Victor Reuther, Wheeling WV, labor leader
  • 1912 Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Eliot Janeway, financial writer (Economics of Chaos)
  • 1914 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and SOE agent (d. 1944)
  • 1915 Francois Bondy, writer
  • 1915 Lewis Bingham Keeble, town planner
  • 1916 Earl Wrightson, Balt Md, singer (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue)
  • 1917 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer, (WR 100m, 1:04.06)
  • 1918 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Bernard Drukker, Dutch organist/pianist/orchestra leader (Devil's Wheel)
  • 1919 Carole Landis, Fairchild WI, actress (One Million BC, Topper Returns)

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1919 J[erome] D[avid] Salinger, novelist (Catcher in the Rye), born in NYC, New York

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • 1919 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City
  • 1920 Elisabeth Andersen, [Anna de Bruyn], Dutch actress (Yerma, Titania)
  • 1920 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is Missing), born in Liverpool (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1921 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Oly-gold-1956), (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986)
  • 1922 Ernest F Hollings, (Sen-D-SC, 1966- )
  • 1923 Chalmers Goodlin, US test pilot (XS-1)
  • 1923 Milton Jackson, US, vibraphonist (Milt of Bags)
  • 1923 Daniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet
  • 1925 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1925 Valentina Cortesa, Milan Italy, actress (Kidnap Syndicate)
  • 1925 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1925 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor
  • 1926 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1926 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Barbara Baxley, actress (Norma Rae, Countdown), born in Stockton, California
  • 1927 Juliusz Luciuk, composer
  • 1927 Yuri Grigorovich, Leningrad, choreographer
  • 1927 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Maurice Béjart, French choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Pat Heywood, Scottish actress

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1927 Vernon L. Smith, American economist (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences)

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Economist
Vernon L. Smith
  • 1928 Ernest R Tidyman, Ohio, novelist/screenwriter (The French Connection)
  • 1928 Khan Mohammad, cricketer (Paki fast-med bowler, 54 wkts in 13 Tests)
  • 1928 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), born in Bantva, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Holling Gustav Vapor, character on Northern Exposure
  • 1930 Gaafar Muhammad Nimeiry, premier/president (Sudan)
  • 1930 Ty Hardin, actor (Riptide, Bronco), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Werner Heiden, composer
  • 1930 Frederick Wiseman, documentary filmmaker, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1931 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, born in Groningen (d. 1983)
  • 1931 Siddig El Nigoumi, ceramicist
  • 1932 Arnfried G D P, Dutch manufacturer (breadcrumbs)/drugs dealer
  • 1932 Jackie Parker, American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer
  • 1933 James A Abrahamson, USAF/astronaut
  • 1933 Joe Orton, England, actor/dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears) (d. 1967)
  • 1933 Frederick Lowy, Canadian educator
  • 1933 Norman Yemm, Australian actor
  • 1935 Harold Martina, Netherland Antilles, pianist/conductor
  • 1935 Valentin Nikolaevich N Benderov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1935 B. Kliban, American cartoonist (d. 1990)
  • 1936 Eve Queler, conductor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Willye B White, US jumper (Olympics-silver-1956)