Birthdays in History on January 18

  • 885 Daigo, Emperor of Japan (d. 930)
  • 1519 Isabella Jagiełło, queen of Hungary (d. 1559)
  • 1641 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois)
  • 1657 Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Fieldmarshal (Nassau)
  • 1672 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • 1685 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical prof, baptized
  • 1688 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, born in Dorset, United Kingdom (d. 1765)
  • 1689 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • 1726 Hendrik D F L, prince of Prussia/diplomat
  • 1764 Samuel Whitbread, English politician, born in Cardington, Bedfordshire (d. 1815)
  • 1779 Peter Mark Roget, British nventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard) and lexographer (Roget's Thesaurus), born in London, England (d. 1869)

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1782 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • 1795 Anna Paulowna Romanova, monarch of Russia/daughter of Tsar Paul I
  • 1809 Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1813 Joseph Glidden, American inventor of 1st commercial usable barbed wire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1906)
  • 1815 James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1815 Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), (d. 1873)
  • 1815 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch literary/theologist
  • 1820 Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1825 Edward Frankland, Lancaster, U.K, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence
  • 1829 Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Blood to Bridge)
  • 1831 Edward Ferrero, American ballroom operator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Granada, Spain (d. 1899)
  • 1835 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet
  • 1840 Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer
  • 1842 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1848 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1849 Edmund Barton, 1st PM of Australia (1900-03)
  • 1850 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)
  • 1854 Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)
  • 1857 Otto von Below, German commandant (WWI)

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1858 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1861 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist
  • 1867 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan Journalist, Diplomat, Poet (d. 1916)
  • 1869 Willem De Vreese, Flemish linguist/biblographer
  • 1870 Berend Modderman, printer (Drukkers yearbook)
  • 1872 Paul Leautaud, [Maurice Boissard], French writer (Petit ami)
  • 1877 Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1878 Hendrik Baels, Belgian politician
  • 1879 Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • 1880 Paul Ehrenfest, Austria/Neth physicist (adiabates hypothesis)
  • 1881 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]

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1882 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, born in Hampstead Middlesex (d. 1956)

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 1882 Jacob Clay, Dutch philospher/phyicist (Mesones)
  • 1884 Arthur Ransome, English author (Swallows & Amazons)
  • 1886 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • 1886 Peter Alma, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • 1892 Paul Rostock, German surgeon (d. 1956)
  • 1894 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch parapsychologist
  • 1896 Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • 1896 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (d. 1967)

  • 1901 Arie Querido, Dutch social psychiatrist
  • 1901 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Henri-Georges Adam, French etcher/painter/sculptor (Grand Nude)
  • 1904 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (d. 2006)
  • 1905 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (d. 2002)
  • 1906 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours)
  • 1908 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59)
  • 1908 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1972)
  • 1912 Charles Moeller, Belgian theologist (Humanism et saintete)
  • 1912 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye)
  • 1914 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1916 James Crow, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, geneticist and influential educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario
  • 1917 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman
  • 1918 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, priest
  • 1918 Ton Brandsteder, CEO/founder (Sony Nederland)
  • 1918 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Robert Glaser, educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Bob Bell, American clown (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Gilles Deleuze, philosopher
  • 1927 Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Robert Anton Wilson, American sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat)
  • 1933 David Bellamy, English botanist/tv-program maker
  • 1933 John Boorman, producer/dir (Exorcist II, Deliverance, Zardoz)

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1933 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 1933 Vladimir Yevgrafovich Bugrov, cosmonaut
  • 1935 Raymond Briggs, English author (Fungus the Bogeyman)
  • 1935 Jon Stallworthy, English poet
  • 1935 Gad Yaacobi, Israeli minister (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Bernard Glassman, NY, Zen teacher/head (Zen Center of NY)
  • 1943 Kay Granger, American politician
  • 1944 Relus ter Beek, Dutch Minister of defense (PvdA)
  • 1944 Paul Keating, twenty-fourth Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1944 Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian politician, President of Austria (2017-), born in Vienna
  • 1946 Joseph Deiss, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1949 Philippe Starck, French designer
  • 1949 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • 1951 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1952 Michael Behe, American advocate of Intelligent Design
  • 1958 Jeffrey N Williams, Superior Wisc, Major Army/astronaut
  • 1963 Maxime Bernier, French Canadian politician
  • 1963 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player
  • 1966 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1968 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • 1971 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian broadcast journalist
  • 1971 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • 1974 Michael Tunn, Australian television and radio
  • 1974 Princess Claire of Belgium
  • 1976 Damien Leith, Australian Idol 2006
  • 1979 Leo Varadkar, Irish politician, Prime Minister (2017-), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1982 Joanna Newsom, American harpist
  • 1984 Seung-Hui Cho, shooter at Virginia Tech
  • 1984 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy
  • 1985 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian freestyle skier