Famous Birthdays on 2nd January

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 220

  • 1642 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey)
  • 1647 Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, Va (1676)
  • 1699 Osman III, sultan (Turkey)
  • 1713 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (d. 1803)
  • 1719 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder (d. 1797)

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1727 James Wolfe, Westerham, Kent, England, British Army officer, defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1728 Louis Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian count/diplomat in Belgium
  • 1732 Franz Xaver Brixi, composer
  • 1752 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • 1777 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • 1803 Gugliemo Libri, [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • 1807 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, composer
  • 1809 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer
  • 1822 Rudolph J E Clausius, Germany, physicist (thermodynamics)
  • 1827 Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
  • 1830 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer
  • 1831 Justin Winston, historian/librarian (Harvard)
  • 1833 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (d. 1893)
  • 1835 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1836 Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
  • 1836 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Jewish writer (d. 1917)
  • 1837 Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev, Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, composer (Tamara)
  • 1842 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist
  • 1846 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer,son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)
  • 1857 Frederick Opper, cartoonist (Maud, Alphonse & Gaston)
  • 1857 Martha Carey Thomas, educator/president (Bryn Mawr College)
  • 1860 William C Mills, museum curator (excavated Ohio Indian mounds)
  • 1861 Helen Herron Taft, 1st lady (1909-12)
  • 1863 Lucia Zarate, became lightest known adult human (2.1 kg at 17)
  • 1866 Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • 1870 Ernst Barlach, writer
  • 1873 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics)
  • 1873 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • 1877 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • 1879 Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • 1880 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer
  • 1884 Jacques Chardonne, [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame)
  • 1885 Johannes Ringers, Dutch water engineer (dikes)
  • 1886 Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Galican/US poet (In New-York)
  • 1886 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (d. 1938)
  • 1886 Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • 1889 Walter Baldwin, Ohio, actor (Gay Amigo)
  • 1892 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 1892 Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Robert Nathan, poet, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895 Count Folke Bernadotte, Sweden, statesman (Red Cross, UN)
  • 1896 Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • 1896 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • 1896 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Alexander Tcherepnin, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • 1899 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgium, premier/sec-gen of NATO (1957-61)
  • 1901 Rex O'Malley, actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight), born in London, England
  • 1901 Robert Marshall, founder (Wilderness Society)
  • 1901 Torsten Ralf, Swedish tenor (Daphne)
  • 1902 Dan Keating, Irish republican (d. 2007)
  • 1902 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • 1904 James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
  • 1904 Sally Rand, Hickory County MO, stripper (fan dance)
  • 1905 Michael Kemp Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time)
  • 1905 Lev Schnirelmann, Gomel, Russian Empire, mathematician (d. 1938)
  • 1907 Edward Albert Radice, economist
  • 1907 Salvador Ley, composer
  • 1908 Ben Grauer, newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Janis Kepitis, composer
  • 1909 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1910 Ulrich Becher, writer
  • 1910 Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu Poet (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Andre Ameller, composer
  • 1912 Barbara Pentland, Winnipeg Canada, composer
  • 1912 Renato Guttuso, Italian painter (Flight from Etna, Crucifixion)
  • 1913 Ernest Sidey, British air marshal
  • 1913 Gardner Read, Evanston, Illinois, composer
  • 1913 Juanita E Jackson Mitchell, US head (NAACP)
  • 1913 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, France, meteorologist
  • 1913 Anna Lee, Ightham, Kent, English actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley)
  • 1915 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • 1917 Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • 1920 Duke of Devonshire, English large landowner/art collector

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1920 Isaac Asimov, Russia, scientist/writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy)

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • 1920 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist
  • 1920 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker
  • 1921 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Jason Evers, actor (Wrangler, Channing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Nico Schuyt, composer
  • 1925 Andry Maryanovich Nikodemovich, composer
  • 1925 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1925 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1927 David Herbert, publisher
  • 1927 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • 1927 Richard Belmont Ray, (Rep-D-Ga) [or Feb 2]
  • 1928 Dan Rostenkowski, (Rep-D-Il, -94)
  • 1928 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • 1928 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • 1928 Tiberiu Olah, composer
  • 1928 Vaughn Beals, Cambridge Massachusetts, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle)
  • 1928 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1928 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 1929 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • 1930 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1932 Dabney Coleman, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1933 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist

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1936 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1937 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • 1938 Ian Brady, British serial killer
  • 1938 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1939 Jim Bakker, televangelist (PTL Club)/rapist (Jessica Hahn)
  • 1940 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1942 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Peter Eotvos, composer
  • 1944 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Oly-gold-1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • 1947 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1947 Lanny Bassham, US, rifle-3 position (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1947 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • 1948 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1949 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • 1949 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • 1951 Nadia Cassini, [Gianna Lou Muller], Woodstock NY, model (Oui)
  • 1951 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, Grit Va, country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream)
  • 1952 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1954 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • 1955 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • 1956 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • 1957 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
  • 1959 Kirti Azad, cricketer (Indian off-spin all-rounder in 7 Tests 1981-83)
  • 1960 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • 1960 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author

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1961 Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)

  • 1961 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • 1963 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963 Edgar Martinez, baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Christopher John Gray, priest
  • 1964 Pernell Whitaker, boxer (Olympic-gold)
  • 1964 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • 1965 Greg Swindell, pitcher (Houston Astros, Cleve Indians), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1965 Russ Courtnall, Duncan, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1967 Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1967 Harlon Barnett, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Jón Gnarr, Icelandic comedian
  • 1967 Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks
  • 1968 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • 1968 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
  • 1968 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor

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1969 Christy Turlington, model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Franciso, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • 1969 Rick Tabaracci, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Robert Svehla, Martin Cze, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • 1969 Stephen Davies, Aust field hockey forward/vice capt (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • 1969 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • 1969 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

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1969 Tommy Morrison, American boxer, (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 1970 Aleksandr Shimin, hockey goaltender (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1970 Anthony Stuart, cricketer (Australian ODI pace bowler, hat trick 1997)
  • 1970 Glenn Cadrez, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Royce Clayton, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American opera singer
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian singer
  • 1971 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • 1971 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1971 Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Taye Diggs, American actor
  • 1971 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • 1972 Jeff Jackson, US baseball outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Lake Dawson, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Mattias Norstrom, Mora SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, LA Kings)
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American composer
  • 1973 Abu Wilson, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Chris Woodruff, tennis star (1993 NCAA Division I), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Fredric Ford, WLAF CB (Scotland Claymores)/NFL cornerback (Eagles)
  • 1973 Sarah Schwald, Bellingham Wash, 1.5k runner
  • 1973 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973 Will Kirby, American actor
  • 1974 Juha Lind, NHL forward (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998, Dallas)
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
  • 1975 Dax Shepard, American actor
  • 1975 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1976 Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Greek triple jumper
  • 1976 Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
  • 1976 Cletidus Hunt, American football player
  • 1976 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress