Birthdays in History on January 25

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17 Messalina, Roman Empress (wife of Claudius, infamous for her promiscuity) (born either 17 or 20 AD), born in Rome (d. 48)

Roman Noblewoman and Wife of the Emperor Claudius Messalina
Roman Noblewoman and Wife of the Emperor Claudius
Messalina
  • 749 Leo IV, the Khazar, Byzantine emperor (775-80)
  • 1037 Su Tung-p'o, [J Sotoba], China, layman/poet/administrator [or Dec 19]
  • 1477 Anna de Bretagne, wife of Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII
  • 1509 Giovanni Morone, Italian theologist/diplomat/cardinal/"heretic"
  • 1540 Edmund Campion, saint/Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes), born in London, England
  • 1615 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob)
  • 1626 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam, landscape painter
  • 1627 Robert Boyle, Ireld, physicist/chemist/author (experiments with color)
  • 1634 Gaspar Fagel, lawyer/pension advisor of Holland (1672-88)
  • 1640 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English soldier and statesman (d. 1707)
  • 1688 Juraj Jánošík, famous Slovak outlaw (d. 1713)
  • 1708 Pompeo Girolamo Batoni, Italian painter
  • 1736 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician and astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1813)
  • 1739 Charles François Dumouriez, French general (d. 1823)

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1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • 1766 Hans CE Freiherr von Gagern, German advisor to Dutch king Willem I
  • 1770 Francis Burdett, British politician
  • 1777 Elias Canneman, Dutch liberal minister of Finance (1813-14)
  • 1794 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist (d. 1878)
  • 1796 William McGillivray, Old Aberdeen, naturalist
  • 1806 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter
  • 1814 Francis Harrison Pierpont, governor (Union), (d. 1899)
  • 1826 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander van Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and politician
  • 1839 Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)
  • 1841 John Arbuthnot Fisher, Ceylon, 1st Baron Fisher/admiral of the fleet
  • 1851 Arne Garborg, Norwegian playwright (Bondestudentar)
  • 1858 Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese pearl farm pioneer (d. 1954)
  • 1860 Charles Curtis, (R) 31st US VP (1929-33)
  • 1864 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (d. 1934)
  • 1866 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, born in Salford, Greater Manchester (d. 1966)
  • 1874 [William] Somerset Maugham, British novelist/poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France
  • 1878 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1881 Emil Ludwig, German biographer (Diana, Son of Man)

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1882 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • 1885 Kitahara Hakushū, Japanese poets and children's writers (d. 1942)
  • 1887 Diego Valeri, Italian author/poet (Le Gaie Tristezze)
  • 1891 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador to USSR
  • 1896 John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1898 Joachim Wach, German/US philosopher/sociologist (Understanding)
  • 1900 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), born in Nemyriv, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Yojiro Ishizaka, Japanese writer (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Gerard P M Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty)
  • 1902 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist/founder (Het Parool)
  • 1908 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar)
  • 1910 Harold Watkinson, politician/businessman
  • 1912 Lucius E Burch Jr, US lawyer/civil rights leader
  • 1913 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Michael Duane, educationalist

  • 1917 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist Nobel Laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)
  • 1921 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author
  • 1922 Jules P de Palm, Antilles writer
  • 1923 Eva Zeller, German writer, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923 Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as "Sybil") (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Seung Sahn, zen teacher (Korean line)
  • 1928 Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Georgia, foreign minister of USSR (-91)
  • 1928 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician
  • 1930 Tanya Savicheva, Russian diarist (d. 1944)
  • 1931 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio

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1933 Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines (1986-92), born in Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines (d. 2009)

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • 1935 António Ramalho Eanes, 17th President of Portugal
  • 1935 Conrad Burns, US politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Dan Schaefer, (Rep-R-CO, 1983- )
  • 1937 Kathleen Tynan Halton, writer
  • 1937 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic
  • 1938 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte)
  • 1938 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime
  • 1939 Gabriel Romanus, Swedish politician
  • 1946 Ronnie Brandon, rocker (McCoys)
  • 1946 Silvio Blatter, writer
  • 1948 Gueorgui Chichkine, Russian painter
  • 1948 Ros Kelly, Australian politician
  • 1949 John Cooper Clarke, English punk-poet
  • 1950 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Mark Weil, Uzbek theatre director (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • 1957 Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish politician
  • 1957 Andrew P. Harris, American politician
  • 1958 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier
  • 1961 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician
  • 1966 Chet Culver, American politician, governor of Iowa
  • 1967 Mark Bamford, American writer/director
  • 1973 Elvis Presley Jr, alleged son of Elvis Presley
  • 1973 Geoff Johns, American comic book writer