Birthdays in History on January 21

  • 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)
  • 1743 John Fitch, inventor (had a working steamboat years before Fulton)
  • 1759 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot
  • 1771 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director
  • 1792 Tsjalling Hiddes Halbertsma, Fries story teller (Rhymes & Tales)
  • 1796 John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian notary/author
  • 1804 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (d. 1887)
  • 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)

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1824 Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general during the American Civil War, born in Clarksburg, Virginia (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
  • 1855 John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
  • 1860 Karl Staaff, Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1915)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1889 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • 1895 Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish couturier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Richard P Blackmur, Mass, critic/poet (Good European)

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1905 Christian Dior, French fashion designer (New Look), born in Granville, France (d. 1957)

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)
  • 1910 Lord Cayzer, British financier/swcheeps magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1911 Stanley William Reed, cineaste
  • 1912 Konrad Bloch, Germany, biochemist (studied cholesterol-Nobel 1964)
  • 1917 Rohan Butler, historian
  • 1918 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist
  • 1918 Richard D. Winters, American war hero
  • 1920 Donald Cuthbert Coleman, British economic historian (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Errol Walton Barrow, PM of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • 1921 Barney Clark, 1st to receive a permanent artificial heart
  • 1921 Howard Unruh, American mass murderer
  • 1922 Jean P Vroom, Dutch sculptor
  • 1923 Judith Merril, [Josephine Juliet Grossman], sci-fi writer
  • 1925 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway writer
  • 1930 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 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)
  • 1937 Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria
  • 1938 Wolfman Jack, [Bob Smith], American DJ (Midnight Special), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1940 Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1945 Andrew Stein, President of NYC council (D)
  • 1946 Vincent Placoly, Martinique, writer (L'eau-de-mort guildive)
  • 1950 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)

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1951 Eric Holder, American lawyer and judge (1st African American US Attorney General 2009-2015), born in The Bronx, New York

82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
  • 1952 Marco Camenisch, Swiss environmental activist
  • 1952 Louis Menand, American writer and critic

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1953 Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft, born in Seattle, Washington

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • 1955 Jeff Koons, American artist
  • 1962 Tyler Cowen, American economist
  • 1965 Jam Master Jay, American disc jockey (d. 2002)
  • 1966 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • 1968 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • 1969 Tsubaki Nekoi, Japanese manga artist
  • 1971 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 1972 Rick Falkvinge, Swedish politician
  • 2004 Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway