Birthdays in History on January 26

  • 1497 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • 1541 Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • 1667 Henricus Zwaardecroon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1714 Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Bird Cage)
  • 1715 Claude Helvetius, philosopher, born in Paris, France
  • 1716 George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
  • 1722 Alexander Carlyle, Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire, Scottish church leader (Moderator of the General Assembly 1770)
  • 1763 Charles XIV, French marshall, king of Sweden & Norway (1818-44)
  • 1771 Jacob Andries van Braam, colonial director (Suriname)
  • 1778 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis)
  • 1781 Ludwig Joachim "Achim" von Arnim, German poet (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1786 Benjamin Robert Haydon, Plymouth, painter (Waiting for The Times)
  • 1813 Juan Pablo Duarte, Dominican founding father (d. 1876
  • 1814 Rufus King, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)
  • 1816 Lloyd Tilghman, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1826 Julia Dent Grant, 1st lady (1862-76)
  • 1828 Johan T Buys, Dutch lawyer
  • 1831 Mary Mapes Dodge, American writer (Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates), born in NYC, New York
  • 1832 George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Pierre Brazza, explorer/colonial administrator (French Africa)
  • 1857 the 12th Dalai Lama (d. 1875)
  • 1871 Warner Fabian, [Samuel H Adams], US journalist/writer (Average Jones)
  • 1877 Kees van Dongen, Netherland, French painter
  • 1879 Ludovicus H [Lode] Baekelmans, Flemish (stage)author (Tille)

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1880 Douglas MacArthur, Little Rock Ark, US General (WW II), (d. 1964)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1884 Edward Sapir, Germany, linguist/antropologist (indians)
  • 1884 Roy Chapman Andrews, US, scientist/explorer
  • 1886 Joannes A Veraart, Dutch economist/MP (Jews of the Netherlands)
  • 1887 Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist
  • 1887 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • 1891 Ilya G Ehrenburg, Kiev Ukraine, writer (Fall of Paris, The Thaw)

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1891 Frank Costello, Lauropoli Italy, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld)

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • 1891 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
  • 1893 Bessie Coleman, 1st African American airplane pilot
  • 1893 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Wyllis Cooper, Pekin Ill, TV narrator (Volume One)
  • 1902 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer
  • 1902 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer/essayist (Carnaval of the Citizens)

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1904 Sean MacBride, statesman/Amnesty Intl co-founder (Nobel '74), born in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1904 Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1905 John Carmel Heenan, Essex, cardinal archbp of Westminster (1963-75)
  • 1905 Marquess of Bath, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1910 Elmar Klos, Czech director (Adrift)
  • 1910 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Polykarp Kusch, US, nuclear physicist: Nobel 1955
  • 1912 Cora Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
  • 1914 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (d. 2006)

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1918 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89) (d. 1989)

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1918 Philip José Farmer, Terre Haute Indiana, American science fiction novelist (Riverworld)
  • 1920 John Logan Gorlay, journalist
  • 1921 Akio Morita, Kasugaya Japan, CEO (Sony)
  • 1921 Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1925 David Jenkins, Bishop (Durham)
  • 1925 Desmond Cassidi, British admiral
  • 1925 Claude Ryan, Quebec newspaper editor (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Charles Tidbury, former chairman (Whitbread & Company)
  • 1926 Jose Maria Valverde, philosopher poet/translator
  • 1926 Farman Fatehpuri, Pakistani scholar
  • 1927 Jose Simon Azcona Hoyo, president of Honduras (1986-90)
  • 1928 Gene Snyder, (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67- )
  • 1928 Roger Vadim, France, director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • 1929 Jules Feiffer, American cartoonist (Passionella)/author (Little Murders), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Anne Macfarlane, Master (Court of Protection)
  • 1932 Christopher Price, Director (Leeds Metropolitan U)
  • 1932 George H Clements, first Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child.
  • 1934 Roger Landry, Quebec businessman and newspaper publisher
  • 1936 Sal Buscema, American comic book artist
  • 1937 Gerrit Gerritse, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1937 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • 1937 S J B Langdale, Headmaster (Shrewsbury School)
  • 1938 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • 1942 Nigel Walmsley, chairman (Carlton UK Television)
  • 1942 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)
  • 1943 Sherian Grace Cadoria, brigadier general
  • 1944 Angela Yvonne Davis, African American activist/professor
  • 1945 Barbara Kruger, American conceptual artist, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1946 Christopher Hampton, Azores, playwright (Oviri, Hotel du Lac)
  • 1946 Timothy Clifford, director (National Galleries of Scotland)
  • 1949 Jonathan Carroll, American author
  • 1950 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • 1952 Mario Runco Jr, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 44, 54, 77), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Andrée van Es, Dutch MP (PSP), born in The Hague
  • 1953 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • 1954 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • 1956 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • 1965 Thomas Östros, Swedish politician
  • 1973 Mayu Shinjo, Japanese mangaka
  • 1974 Shannon Hale, American author
  • 1997 Pasaye, Palatine Ill, twin born 92 days after his brother (Oct 26)
  • 2009 Suleman octuplets born to Nadya Suleman in Bellflower, California - longest ever octuplet survival