Birthdays in History on January 27

  • 1443 Albert, Duke of Saxony (d. 1500)
  • 1546 Joachim III Frederick, elector (Brandenburg)
  • 1556 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)
  • 1585 Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (d. 1634)
  • 1603 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (d. 1685)
  • 1621 Thomas Willis, English physician (d. 1675)
  • 1662 Richard Bentley, Oulton, scholar/controversialist
  • 1679 Jean-Francois de Troy, French painter
  • 1701 Johann N von Hontheim, German church historian/suffragan (bishop)
  • 1723 Johann A Cramer, prime minister/poet
  • 1741 Hester Thrale, Welsh diarist (d. 1821)

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1775 Friedrich von Schelling, German philosopher (Views on Christianity), born in Leonberg, Württemberg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1854)

  • 1805 Samuel Palmer, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision), born in London, England
  • 1805 Sophie of Bavaria, archduchess of Austria (d. 1872)
  • 1805 Maria Anna of Bavaria, queen consort of Saxony (d. 1877)
  • 1808 David F Strauss, German theologist (Jesus' Life)
  • 1814 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (d. 1879)
  • 1821 John Chivington, American officer, (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Thomas Leiper Kane, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1824 Jozef Israels, Dutch painter
  • 1826 Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1828 Samuel Allen Rice, American Attorney General of Iowa and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cattaraugus, New York (d. 1864)
  • 1830 William Henry Fitzhugh Payne, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

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1832 Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], English author (Alice in Wonderland), born in Daresbury, England (d. 1898)

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1834 Robert Sanford Foster, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Vernon, Indiana (d. 1903)
  • 1836 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (masochism)
  • 1841 Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (d. 1910)
  • 1848 Togo Heihachiro, Japanese admiral (d. 1934)

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1850 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • 1850 Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)
  • 1851 Rafael Obligado, Argentina, writer (Santos Vega)

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1859 Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), born in Berlin (d. 1941)

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1872 Learned Hand, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals), born in Albany, New York
  • 1882 Giuseppe Prezzolini, Italian writer (La Voce, La Cultura Italiano)
  • 1885 Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)
  • 1887 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1889 Balthasar van der Pol, physicist (Comparison of Van der Pol)
  • 1891 Ilja Ehrenburg, writer
  • 1893 Soong Ching-ling, Chinese wife of Sun Yat-sen (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Hyman G Rickover, US Admiral (father of modern nuclear navy)
  • 1903 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • 1903 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Luther Diamond, radio personality
  • 1908 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Lawrence Durrell, Indian-British writer (Private Country, Alexandria Quartet), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher
  • 1912 E. R. Braithwaite, diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2016)
  • 1914 Anna Larina, revolutionary
  • 1918 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)
  • 1919 David Seville, [Ross Bagdasarian], (Alvin & Chipmunks), born in Fresno, California
  • 1919 H D Halsey, Bishop of Carlisle

  • 1921 Donna Reed, Denison Iowa, (From Here to Eternity, Wonderful Life)
  • 1922 Wilfrid Bourne, QC/Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
  • 1924 Kenneth Corfield, CEO (STC)
  • 1924 Rauf Denktasj, Turkish-Cypriot politician
  • 1924 William van Straubenzee, British MP
  • 1925 Geoffrey Tucker, British political consultant
  • 1925 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian journalist (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Hans Modrow, a German politician, premier of East Germany
  • 1929 Richard Du Cann, lawyer QC
  • 1929 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Esteban Edward Torres, (Rep-D-CA, 1983- )
  • 1930 Roger Sims, British MP
  • 1931 Mordecai Richler, Montreal author, (Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz)
  • 1931 Nigel Vinson, British Lord and inventor, born in Kent, England
  • 1931 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1932 Neville Trotter, British MP
  • 1933 Mohamed Al Fayed, CEO (Harrods)
  • 1933 Rita Hennessy, matron-in-chief (QARANC)
  • 1934 Donald Spiers, controller (Aircraft MoD)
  • 1934 Edithe Cresson, premier of France (1991-92)
  • 1934 Federico Mayor Zaragoza, UNESCO director (1987- ), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1934 Julian Ogilvie Thompson, CEO (De Beers)
  • 1935 Gillian Beer, professor/president (Clare Hall-Cambridge)
  • 1936 Ismail Kadare, Albanian author/poet (Dimri i Madh)

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1936 Samuel Ting, American physicist and Nobel Laureate, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Samuel Ting
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Samuel Ting
  • 1938 Timothy Elworthy, Captain of The Queen's Flight
  • 1939 N R Bomford, head master (Harrow School)
  • 1940 Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1943 A H Harper, CEO (Baltic Exchange)
  • 1944 Peter Akinola, Nigerian religious leader
  • 1945 Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)
  • 1945 Harold Cardinal, Cree political leader (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Vyron Polydoras, Greek politician
  • 1948 Chuck Larsen, rocker (Snuff)
  • 1949 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • 1950 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • 1954 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist
  • 1954 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • 1955 John G Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1955 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • 1958 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • 1958 James Grippando, American novelist
  • 1958 Kadri Mälk, Estonian artist and jewelry designer
  • 1959 Göran Hägglund, Swedish politician
  • 1959 Keith Olbermann, American news presenter
  • 1961 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • 1961 Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • 1970 Carlos Javier Bernardo, Dutch prince
  • 1970 Emmanuel Pahud, French-Swiss flautist