Birthdays in History on January 22

  • 1263 Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1440 Ivan the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505) who conquered Lithuania, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1505)

Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia Ivan the Great
Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia
Ivan the Great
  • 1553 Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior (d. 1625)

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1561 Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • 1571 Robert Bruce Cotton, English antiquary, politician
  • 1592 Pierre Gassendi, Champtercier Provence, scientist/philosopher
  • 1654 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)
  • 1655 Geleyn Evertsen, lt-admiral (Zealand)
  • 1690 Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)
  • 1729 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Germany, critic/dramatist
  • 1733 Philip Carteret, British Naval Officer
  • 1788 Lord [George Gordon Noel] Byron, English romantic poet (Don Juan), born in London (d. 1824)
  • 1796 Karl Claus, Russian chemist (d. 1864)
  • 1797 Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil (d. 1826)
  • 1799 Ludger Duvernay, Canadian printer and publisher (d. 1852)
  • 1802 Richard Upjohn, US, gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY)
  • 1820 Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • 1820 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter (Jahresringe)
  • 1820 Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
  • 1826 [Merriwether] Jeff Thompson, Partisan (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1840 Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1845 Jacob Verdam, Dutch philologist
  • 1845 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, France, geographer
  • 1848 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist (Middle Ages)
  • 1849 August Strindberg, Sweden, dramatist/novelist (Apologia)
  • 1855 Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy
  • 1858 Beatrice Potter Webb, England, economist
  • 1858 Frederick Lugard, British captain/baron (Congo)
  • 1865 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist
  • 1869 Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II (d. 1916)
  • 1874 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, PM of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • 1874 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Bonifacius C de Jonge, governor (Dutch East Indies)
  • 1877 Hjalmar Schacht, president of German Reichsbank/minister of Economics
  • 1878 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator
  • 1887 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Fred M Vinson, Ky, 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53)
  • 1891 Franz Alexander, Hungarian/US psycho analytical
  • 1891 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La Souris Boiteuse)
  • 1892 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • 1894 Charles Morgan, England, writer (Fountain)
  • 1898 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch writer (Arid Earth)
  • 1898 Hans van Werveke, Flemish historian (Diocese Terwaan)
  • 1898 Ross R Barnett, lawyer/(Gov-D-Miss)
  • 1898 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Guido Kisch, Czech/German/US historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • 1903 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)
  • 1906 Robert E[rvin] Howard, US, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror)
  • 1906 Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
  • 1907 Douglas Corrigan, American pilot (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • 1909 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • 1909 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
  • 1913 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Carl F. H. Henry, American theologian and publisher (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati Author, Poet, Astrologist (Gujarat is a State of India) (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • 1920 Piet Van Lishout, Flemish writer (Eva & I)
  • 1922 Howard Moss, poet/editor (New Yorker)
  • 1925 Leslie Silver, English paint manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1926 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer
  • 1926 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • 1928 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1928 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Rita Gillespie, TV director
  • 1932 Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist
  • 1934 Graham Kerr, English-born chef (Galloping Gourmet)
  • 1935 Pierre S Du Pont IV, (gov-Del)
  • 1936 Alan J. Heeger, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1936 Ong Teng Cheong, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • 1939 Jeff Smith, American chef (d. 2004)
  • 1943 H James "Jim" Saxton, (Rep-R-NJ, 1984- )
  • 1949 Rein P Hummel, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1953 Jim Jarmusch, American director
  • 1954 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • 1955 Thomas David Jones, Balt Md, PhD/Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)
  • 1955 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician
  • 1957 Francis Wheen, English writer and journalist
  • 1962 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
  • 1964 Ann Rowe, Auburn Maine, Miss Maine-America (1991)
  • 1970 Alex Ross, American comic book painter (Marvels, Kingdom Come)
  • 1980 Subhash Ram Prajapati, Nepalese Writer
  • 1983 Robert Steinhäuser, German perpetrator of the Erfurt massacre (d. 2002)
  • 1987 Astrid Jacobsen, Norwegian cross-country skier