Birthdays in History on January 29

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1584 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), born in Delft, Dutch Republic (d. 1647)

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 1632 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • 1688 Emmanuel Swedenborg, Sweden, religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)
  • 1689 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet
  • 1700 Daniel Bernoulli, Basel Switz, mathematician (10 time French award)
  • 1717 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
  • 1718 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)

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1737 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1749 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
  • 1754 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • 1756 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General
  • 1761 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Switz, US minister of Finance (1801-14)
  • 1763 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1783 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus) [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1798 Henry Neele, poet, born in London, England
  • 1803 James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general
  • 1810 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician
  • 1821 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1836 Benjamin Franklin Potts, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1887)
  • 1836 James Meech Warner, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1897)

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1843 William McKinley, 25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1901)

25th US President William McKinley
25th US President
William McKinley
  • 1846 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • 1850 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
  • 1854 Willem PC Knuttel, Dutch bibliographer/librarian

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1860 Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright (Cherry Orchard), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1904)

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1866 Romain Rolland, France, writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • 1867 Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spain, writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
  • 1873 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italy, explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)

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1874 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1877 Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, Ohio, daredevil
  • 1895 Muna Lee, American poet (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist/writer (History of Sascha)
  • 1900 Willem F K Hussem, Dutch painter/poet (Coastline, Lookout on Sea)
  • 1901 Allen B DuMont, inventor (perfected commercial practical cathode ray tube)
  • 1903 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • 1905 Barnett Newmann, New York, US painter, (postpainterly abstraction)
  • 1908 Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
  • 1909 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Paul Hodder-Williams, publisher
  • 1910 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911 George Burns, British major-general
  • 1911 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Jacob "Jaap" Balk, journalist (AH, Onder de Keizerskroon)
  • 1913 Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author
  • 1915 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1916 Barbara Skelton, writer
  • 1919 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • 1920 Alec Coppen, psychiatrist
  • 1920 José Luis de Villalonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concetration camp supervisor (d. 1946)
  • 1923 Paddy Chayevsky, [Sydney], US, dramatist (Marty, Hospital) (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1924 John Gregson, British Labour politician and Lord
  • 1924 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Peter Voulkos, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • 1927 Edward Abbey, US author (Desert Solitaire)
  • 1928 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • 1929 Elio Petri, Italy, director (Property is no theft)
  • 1930 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (d. 2005)
  • 1933 A C Alston, bibliographer
  • 1933 Margaret Laird, Commissioner (Third Church Estates)
  • 1936 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939 O P Kolomitsev, cosmonaut
  • 1942 Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez, Cuba, cosmonaut (Soyuz 38)
  • 1942 F R Hartley, Vice-Chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • 1942 Richard Needham, British MP
  • 1943 Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, Abbot of Downside
  • 1944 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944 Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda
  • 1944 Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1945 James Nicholson, British MEP
  • 1945 Jim Nicholson, Irish politician
  • 1947 Israel Wetrin, managing director (Elonex)
  • 1947 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1953 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • 1957 Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
  • 1970 Paul Ryan, US politician (R-Wisconsin) and Speaker of the House (2015-), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1991 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster