Famous Birthdays on 31st January

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 280

  • 36 BC Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)
  • 877 Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (d. 943)
  • 1512 King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
  • 1517 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
  • 1543 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)
  • 1550 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader (d. 1588)
  • 1573 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, composer
  • 1597 John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • 1601 Pieter de Bloot, Dutch landscape painter
  • 1607 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • 1612 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
  • 1614 Nicolas Saboly, composer
  • 1620 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
  • 1623 Francois-Xavier de Laval
  • 1633 Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
  • 1673 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
  • 1686 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1734 Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
  • 1734 Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1750 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
  • 1752 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • 1759 Francois Devienne, composer
  • 1778 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
  • 1784 Carl Wilhelm Henning, composer

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1797 Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1798 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
  • 1802 Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
  • 1804 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
  • 1810 Daniel Ruggles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1812 John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
  • 1817 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • 1818 William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • 1820 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1830 James G Blaine, the "Plumed Knight"
  • 1835 William Charles Lunalilo, Monarch of Hawaii (d. 1874)
  • 1836 Henryk Szulc, composer
  • 1857 George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
  • 1863 F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
  • 1865 Henri Desgrange, Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)
  • 1865 Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
  • 1866 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • 1868 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1869 Henri Carton de Wiart, Belgian Count/literary/premier (1920-21)
  • 1872 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • 1877 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher
  • 1878 Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
  • 1881 Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
  • 1881 Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
  • 1881 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina/choreographer, born in St Petersburg, (d. 1931)
  • 1882 Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
  • 1884 Nicholas Joy, actor (Boss Lady), born in Paris, France
  • 1884 Theodor Heuss, 1st President of Germany (Bundespräsident) (d. 1963)
  • 1886 Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
  • 1889 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • 1890 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
  • 1891 Max Drischner, composer
  • 1892 Eddie Cantor, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893 Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer
  • 1894 Percy Helton, NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
  • 1894 Isham Jones, American musician (d. 1956)
  • 1896 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer
  • 1901 Blaz Arnic, composer
  • 1901 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
  • 1902 Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
  • 1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet designer
  • 1902 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
  • 1903 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • 1903 Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
  • 1904 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
  • 1905 Anna Blaman, [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
  • 1905 John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
  • 1906 Benjamin Frankel, composer
  • 1906 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • 1908 René Simone Mathieu, France, doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
  • 1909 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • 1909 Miron Grindea, literary editor
  • 1910 Herbert Ashworth, CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
  • 1911 A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
  • 1911 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • 1911 Eddie Byrne, British actor (d. 1981)

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1913 Don Hutson, Pine Bluff Arkansas, first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1913 Hector Iglesias Villoud, composer
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1914 Carey Lofton, Blountsville Fla, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)

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1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, Merchantville New Jersey, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1914 Louis Osman, architect/artist/goldsmith
  • 1914 Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
  • 1915 Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orchestra leader (Air Time '57)
  • 1915 Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1915 John Profumo, president (Toynbee Hall)

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1915 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915 William Crosbie, artist
  • 1915 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Ciro D Crown, premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
  • 1916 Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)
  • 1916 Violet Cane, statistician
  • 1917 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • 1917 Jose Maceda, composer

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1919 Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1919 Robert Lowry, Baron Lowry. Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
  • 1920 Robert Hersant, press baron
  • 1920 Stewart L Udall, St Johns Ariz, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
  • 1920 Bert Williams, Bradley, Staffordshire, footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1921 John Agar, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1921 Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
  • 1921 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Michael Wilford, diplomat
  • 1922 William Sylvester, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man), born in Oakland, California
  • 1923 Eddie Ryder, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)

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1923 Norman Mailer, Long Branch NJ, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead), (d. 2007)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 1924 Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
  • 1924 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
  • 1925 Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
  • 1925 Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
  • 1925 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament 1989-1992, born in Castledawson, County Londonderry (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)
  • 1926 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)

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1927 Lorraine Warren, Monroe Connecticut, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting)

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren
  • 1928 Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)
  • 1928 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • 1928 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • 1928 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • 1929 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1929 Jean Simmons, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), born in London, England
  • 1930 Lynn Carlin, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1930 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1931 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • 1931 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

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1931 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1931 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • 1931 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat
  • 1932 Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1932 Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
  • 1933 Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
  • 1933 Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1933 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss
  • 1934 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • 1934 James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
  • 1934 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1935 Bojidar Dimov, composer
  • 1935 Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter)
  • 1936 Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
  • 1937 Philip Glass, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Suzanne Pleshette, actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • 1937 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
  • 1938 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • 1939 Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1940 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1941 Jessica Walter, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1941 Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
  • 1942 Derek Jarman, actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
  • 1942 Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
  • 1942 Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
  • 1944 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944 Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
  • 1944 Eugene Terre Blanche, S Afr leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
  • 1944 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • 1945 Noah Creshevsky, composer
  • 1946 Glynn Turman, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
  • 1946 Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
  • 1947 Jim Nollman, composer

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1947 Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1948 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • 1949 Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
  • 1949 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • 1949 Ken Wilber, American philosopher
  • 1951 Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
  • 1951 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • 1951 Dave Benton, Aruban-born singer
  • 1952 Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • 1952 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1953 Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
  • 1954 Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
  • 1954 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)

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1955 Virginia Ruzici, Campia Turzii Romania, tennis star (1978 French Open champion)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • 1956 Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • 1956 Lloyd Cole, rocker
  • 1956 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1957 Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
  • 1958 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • 1958 Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1959 Anthony LaPaglia, actor (Murder One)
  • 1959 Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
  • 1959 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver
  • 1960 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California