Birthdays in History on January 23

  • 1350 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (d. 1419)
  • 1574 Lucas I Franchoys, Belgian painter
  • 1688 Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden (d. 1741)
  • 1719 John Landen, English mathematician (d. 1790)
  • 1730 Joseph Hewes, US merchant (Declaration of Independence signer)

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1737 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1793)

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1745 William Jessop, English canal engineer (d. 1814)
  • 1761 Friedrich von Matthison, German poet (Adelaide)
  • 1762 Christian A Vulpius, Germany, writer (Rinaldo Rinaldini)
  • 1783 Stendhal, [Marie Henri Beyle], France, writer (Le Rouge et de Noir)
  • 1785 Carl A Agardh, Sweden, botanist/bishop of Karlstad
  • 1786 Auguste de Montferrand, French architect (d. 1858)
  • 1809 Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Freedom Fighter
  • 1816 Carl Herrmann, near Hanover Germany, stage magician
  • 1827 Takamori Saigo, Samurai, leader of Satsuma rebellion (d. 1877)
  • 1828 Calvin Edward Pratt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1896)
  • 1830 Gaston AA Marquis de Gallifet, French general/min of War (1899-1900)

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1832 Edouard Manet, French impressionist painter (Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass), born in Paris, France (d. 1883)

Impressionist painter Edouard Manet
Impressionist painter
Edouard Manet
  • 1833 John Randolph Chambliss Jr, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1840 Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)
  • 1855 John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • 1857 Andrija Mohorovicic, Croatian geologist (Moho discontinuity)
  • 1862 David Hilbert, Königsberg East Prussia, mathematician
  • 1869 Herbert David Croly, US author (Promise of American Life)
  • 1872 Paul Langevin, French physicist (d. 1946)
  • 1872 Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Oton Zupancic, Slovenian poet (Zimzelen pod Snegom)
  • 1888 Gilbert Ledward, British sculptor
  • 1888 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1889 Prosper Arents, Flemish bibliographer (Rubens-bibliography)

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1891 Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher and marxist theorist, born in Ales, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1937)

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci
  • 1893 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks)
  • 1896 Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • 1897 Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician
  • 1897 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (d. 2000)
  • 1898 Freda Utley, British scholar and author (d. 1978)
  • 1899 Joseph Nathan Kane, historian (Famous Firsts)
  • 1901 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician
  • 1903 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges)
  • 1907 Hediki Yukawa, Japan, physicist (Nobel 1949)
  • 1908 Hubert Nicholson, poet/novelist
  • 1908 Pak Saleman Siswowitono, Javan/Surinamese writer
  • 1914 Napoleon L Bonaparte, French pretender to the throne
  • 1915 Potter Stewart, Mich, 94th Supreme Court justice (1958-81)
  • 1916 Airey Neave, British Major, politician and indictment server at the Nuremberg Trials (d. 1979)
  • 1916 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist
  • 1918 Gertrude Belle Elion, American biochemist/drug researcher (Nobel 1988), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Hans Hass, Austrian zoologist and underwater scientist, (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Erbet Pawel, biographer (Kafka)
  • 1923 Walter M[ichael] Miller Jr, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, View from Stars)
  • 1924 Frank R Lautenberg, (Sen-D-NJ, 1982-2001, 2003-2013), (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Lars-Eric Lindblad, Swedish-American entrepreneur and explorer (d. 1994)
  • 1929 John Polanyi, Canadian chemist (Nobel 1986), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1929 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • 1930 Derek Walcott, St Lucia, poet/writer (Omeros, Nobel 1992)
  • 1930 William Reid Pogue, Okemah Oklahoma, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Skylab 4), (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Bud Shuster, (Rep-R-PA, 1973- )
  • 1934 Pierre Bourgault, Quebec politician and essayist (d. 2003)
  • 1938 Anatoly Marchenko, Siberia, Soviet dissident
  • 1942 Ivan Ivanovich Bachurin, cosmonaut
  • 1942 Willy Bogner Jr, Munich, director (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
  • 1943 William E "Bill" Gibb, Scottish fashion designer
  • 1944 Marty Russo, (Rep-D-IL, 1975- )
  • 1945 Mike Harris, Canadian politician, Premier of Ontario
  • 1946 Don Whittington, American businessman, car & airplane racer and convicted felon

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1946 Arnoldo Aleman, 81st President of Nicaragua (1997-2002), born in Managua

President of Nicaragua Arnoldo Aleman
President of Nicaragua
Arnoldo Aleman
  • 1947 Thomas R Carper, (Rep-D-DE, 1983- )
  • 1947 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia
  • 1947 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], Carlisle, Kentucky, Lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953 Antonio Villaraigosa, Hispanic-American 52nd Mayor of Los Angeles

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1953 Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996-97), born in Karpivka

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • 1955 Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • 1957 Caroline Louise Marguerite Grimaldi, daughter of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • 1957 Lou Schuler, American fitness journalist
  • 1961 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive
  • 1962 Elvira Lindo, Spanish writer and journalist
  • 1965 Tim Berrett, Tunbridge Wells Engl, Canadian 20k walker (Oly-14-92, 96)
  • 1974 Richard T. Slone, British artist
  • 1975 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter
  • 1981 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter