Famous Birthdays on 21st January

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 233

  • 1338 King Charles V, (Charles the Wise), of France (1364-80)
  • 1571 John I Pontanus, physicist/historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1659 Adriaen van der Werff, Dutch portrait painter/engraver/architect
  • 1721 James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec (d. 1794)
  • 1735 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer
  • 1743 John Fitch, inventor (had a working steamboat years before Fulton)
  • 1751 Josephus Andreas Fodor, composer
  • 1759 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot
  • 1762 Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, composer
  • 1771 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director
  • 1775 Manuel Garcia, composer
  • 1792 Tsjalling Hiddes Halbertsma, Fries story teller (Rhymes & Tales)
  • 1796 John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian notary/author
  • 1801 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer
  • 1804 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (d. 1887)
  • 1814 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer
  • 1815 Horace Wells, dentist (pioneered use of medical anethesia)
  • 1815 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (d. 1900)
  • 1821 John Cabell Breckinridge, (D) 14th US VP (1857-61)/mjr-gen (Confed)
  • 1823 Alexandre Edouard Goria, composer

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1824 Thomas Jackson ["Stonewall"], Clarksburg, Virginia, Lt Gen 2nd Corps (ANV, Confed), (d. 1863)

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1825 Imre Madách, Hungarian writer (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Ivan Mikheevich Pervushin, Russian mathematician (d. 1900)
  • 1829 Oscar II Frederik, King of Sweden (1872-1907)/Norway (-1905)/poet
  • 1833 Norman Willis, union leader (Britain's Trades Union Congress)
  • 1840 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university
  • 1848 Henri Duparc, French composer
  • 1855 John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
  • 1859 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer
  • 1860 Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
  • 1867 James Marcus, New York, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail)
  • 1867 Maxime Weygard, French general/gov-gen (Algeria)
  • 1867 Willem C Royaards, Dutch theater director (Summer Games)
  • 1867 Ludwig Thoma, German writer (d. 1921)
  • 1872 Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
  • 1875 John Lindworsky, German jesuit/psychologist (Der Wille)
  • 1875 Paul E Kahle, Germany, professor of oriental studies
  • 1878 Egon Friedell, Austria, journalist/actor/writer (Der Partylowe)
  • 1882 Pavel Florensky, Russian mathematician (d. 1937)
  • 1883 Olav Aukrust, Norway, poet
  • 1883 Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Katie Sandwina, Germany, legendary woman weight-lifter
  • 1884 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • 1885 Umberto Nobile, Italian general
  • 1886 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Finance/Economy
  • 1887 Alfred Henry Ackley, composer

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1887 Georges Vezina, Chicoutimi Quebec, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1889 Bert Collins, cricketer (Aussie batsman in the post WW I years)
  • 1889 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • 1891 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • 1891 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
  • 1891 Timothy Mather Spelman, composer
  • 1895 Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish couturier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 J Carrol Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Avery Claflin, composer
  • 1898 John George, Syria, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu)
  • 1899 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor (Quo Vardis), born in Florence (d. 1928)
  • 1901 Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Joseph Ford McGuinn, actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)

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1905 Christian Dior, Normandy France, fashion designer (New Look)

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • 1905 Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Fred Fehl, Austrian/US Broadway photographer
  • 1906 John Putz, British journalist (Guardian) (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Todor Skalovski, composer
  • 1910 Lord Cayzer, British financier/swcheeps magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1910 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1911 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • 1912 Konrad Bloch, Germany, biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)
  • 1915 Alan Hewitt, American actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1916 [JW] Al James Woodie exander, songwriter/vocalist
  • 1917 Rohan Butler, historian
  • 1918 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist
  • 1918 Richard D. Winters, American war hero
  • 1918 Chichay, Filipino actress (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Jinx Falkenburg, Barcelona Spain, actress (Masquerade Party)
  • 1920 Donald Cuthbert Coleman, British economic historian (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Errol Walton Barrow, PM of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • 1920 Torsten Nilsson, composer
  • 1921 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • 1921 John Doucette, Brockton Mass, actor (Lock Up, Big Town)
  • 1921 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, born in Dryanovo (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • 1922 Jean P Vroom, Dutch sculptor
  • 1922 Paul Scofield, Hurst England, actor (A Man for All Seasons, Train)
  • 1922 Telly Savalas, Garden City NJ, American actor (Kojak) (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Judith Merril, [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer
  • 1923 Lola Flores, singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), born in Cadiz, Spain
  • 1924 Benny Hill, Southampton England, comedian (Benny Hill Show)
  • 1925 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
  • 1926 Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer
  • 1926 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor
  • 1926 Steve Reeves, Glasgow Montana, actor (Hercules, Hercules Unchained)
  • 1926 Brian Brockless, English organist (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1932 Boris Shakhlin, Russia, gymnast (Olympic-gold-1956-60-64)
  • 1933 Itzhak Fuks, Israeli El Al captain, crashed in Amsterdam
  • 1933 William Wrigley III, chewing gum mogul (Wrigleys)
  • 1933 Joseph W. Eschbach, American doctor (d. 2007)
  • 1934 Audrey Dalton, Irish actress
  • 1935 Ann Wedgeworth, Abilene Tx, actress (Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie)
  • 1936 Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • 1938 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], American DJ (Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 John Savident, British actor
  • 1939 Mary Ellen McAnally, Illinois, poet (Dance of the Zygotes)

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1940 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1940 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1941 Placido Domingo, opera tenor (Pinkerton-Mme Butterfly), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1941 Richie Havens, Bkln, folk singer (Here Comes the Sun), (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Stathis Giallelis, Greek actor
  • 1941 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • 1942 Edwin Starr, [Charles Hatcher], US singer (War)
  • 1942 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1944 Neely Bruce, composer
  • 1945 Andrew Stein, President of NYC council (D)
  • 1945 Chris Britton, rocker (Troggs-Rock & Roll Goldmine)
  • 1946 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • 1947 Jill Eikenberry, (Ann Kelsey-LA Law, Manhattan Project), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1947 Jimmy Ibbotson, Penn, country singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • 1947 Pye Hastings, English singer and musician (Caravan)
  • 1947 Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • 1950 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • 1950 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • 1950 Richie Ranno, American rocker (Starz), born in The Bronz, New York

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1951 Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the United States, born in NYC, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 1951 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • 1952 Louis Menand, American writer and critic
  • 1953 Fausto Bara, Mexico, actor (Gaucho-Renegades)
  • 1953 Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft
  • 1955 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • 1955 Jeff Koons, American artist
  • 1956 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1956 Bob Brill, drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Geena [Virginia] Davis, Wareham Mass, actress (Beetlejuice, Fly)
  • 1957 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1957 Shaukat Dukanwala, cricketer (Baroda off-spinner, UAE World Cup 1996)
  • 1958 Miguel Alejandro, actor (Popi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1961 Sherry Ramsay, Stauton Va, actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
  • 1962 Marie Trintignant, French actress (d. 2003)
  • 1962 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • 1963 Cindy Schreyer, Forest Park GA, LPGA golfer (1993 Sun-Times Challenge)
  • 1963 Detlef Schrempf, Germany, NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • 1963 Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, Nigeria, NBA center (Rockets, Oly-gold-96)
  • 1963 Jessie Hester, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • 1965 Brian Bradley, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1965 Cordell Crockett, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • 1965 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1965 Tania Abitbol, LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open-4th), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965 Jam Master Jay, American disc jockey (d. 2002)
  • 1966 Chris Hammond, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1966 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • 1967 Ulf Stenlund, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1968 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Tom Urbani, Santa Cruz CA, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers)
  • 1968 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • 1969 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • 1969 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 Karina Lombard, American actress
  • 1969 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • 1970 Brennan Little, St Thomas Ont, golfer (1994 Western States mini-tour)
  • 1970 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • 1970 Ken Leung, American actor
  • 1970 Mark Trojanowski, American musician (Sister Hazel)
  • 1971 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1971 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • 1971 Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America's Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1971 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 1972 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1972 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1972 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1972 Rick Falkvinge, Swedish politician
  • 1972 Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Cat Power (Chan Marshall), American musician
  • 1973 Bubba Miller, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973 Jamal Cox, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Jerald Sowell, fullback (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian
  • 1974 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1975 Anette Oldenborg, Miss Universe-Denmark (1996)
  • 1975 Faghma Absalom, Miss Universe-Namibia (1996)
  • 1975 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1975 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • 1975 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • 1975 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • 1976 Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas (1997, top 6)

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1976 Emma Lee Bunton, "Baby Spice", Finchley vocalist (Spice Girls), born in London, England

Pop Star Emma Lee Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Lee Bunton
  • 1976 Lynn Thomas, playmate (May 1997), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1977 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer