Birthdays in History on January 2

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

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1727 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, born in Westerham, England (d. 1759)

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1728 Louis Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian count/diplomat in Belgium
  • 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
  • 1822 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics)
  • 1827 Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
  • 1830 Henry Kingsley, English Australian writer, born in Northamptonshire (d. 1876)
  • 1831 Justin Winston, historian/librarian (Harvard)
  • 1833 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (d. 1893)
  • 1835 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1836 Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
  • 1836 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Jewish writer (d. 1917)
  • 1842 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist
  • 1857 Frederick Opper, cartoonist (Maud, Alphonse & Gaston)
  • 1857 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1935)
  • 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, German writer and artist, born in Wedel (d. 1938)
  • 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 Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 1893 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Robert Nathan, American poet, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1895 Count Folke Bernadotte, Swedish statesman (Red Cross, UN)
  • 1896 Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • 1896 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1899 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sec-gen of NATO (1957-61)
  • 1901 Robert "Bob" Marshall, American forester, wilderness activist and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1902 Dan Keating, Irish republican (d. 2007)
  • 1902 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • 1905 Lev Schnirelmann, Gomel, Russian Empire, mathematician (d. 1938)
  • 1907 Edward Albert Radice, economist
  • 1909 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1910 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Srirangam Srinivasarao, Telugu Poet (d. 1983)

  • 1912 Renato Guttuso, Italian painter (Flight from Etna, Crucifixion)
  • 1913 Ernest Sidey, British air marshal
  • 1913 Juanita E Jackson Mitchell, US head (NAACP)
  • 1913 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist
  • 1915 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • 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, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia (d. 1992)

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • 1920 Penelope Jessel, politcal activist
  • 1920 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker
  • 1925 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1927 David Herbert, publisher
  • 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 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1928 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 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
  • 1937 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1944 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1947 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Oly-gold-1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • 1947 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • 1948 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1951 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • 1954 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • 1956 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • 1960 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • 1964 Christopher John Gray, priest
  • 1969 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • 1980 Mac Danzig, American Mixed martial arts combatant
  • 1982 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker
  • 1984 Colleen Taylor, American journalist