Birthdays in History on January 31

  • 36 BC Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)
  • 877 Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (d. 943)
  • 1512 King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
  • 1543 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)
  • 1550 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader (d. 1588)
  • 1597 John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • 1601 Pieter de Bloot, Dutch landscape painter
  • 1607 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • 1612 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
  • 1620 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
  • 1623 Francois de Laval, Catholic saint, 1st Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, born in Montigny-sur-Avre (d. 1708)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
  • 1673 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
  • 1686 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1734 Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1750 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
  • 1752 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • 1778 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
  • 1802 Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
  • 1804 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
  • 1810 Daniel Ruggles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1812 John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
  • 1817 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • 1818 William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • 1820 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1830 James G Blaine, the "Plumed Knight"
  • 1835 William Charles Lunalilo, Monarch of Hawaii (d. 1874)
  • 1857 George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
  • 1863 F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
  • 1865 Henri Desgrange, Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)
  • 1865 Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
  • 1868 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1869 Henri Carton de Wiart, Belgian Count/literary/premier (1920-21)
  • 1872 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • 1877 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher
  • 1878 Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
  • 1881 Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
  • 1881 Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
  • 1881 Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina/choreographer, born in St Petersburg, (d. 1931)
  • 1882 Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
  • 1884 Theodor Heuss, 1st President of Germany (Bundespräsident) (d. 1963)
  • 1886 Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
  • 1890 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
  • 1893 Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer
  • 1896 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, born in NYC, New York City (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
  • 1902 Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
  • 1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet designer
  • 1902 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
  • 1903 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • 1904 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
  • 1905 Anna Blaman, [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
  • 1905 John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
  • 1906 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • 1909 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • 1909 Miron Grindea, literary editor
  • 1910 Herbert Ashworth, CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
  • 1911 A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
  • 1911 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • 1914 Louis Osman, architect/artist/goldsmith
  • 1914 Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
  • 1915 Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1915 John Profumo, president (Toynbee Hall)

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1915 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • 1915 William Crosbie, artist
  • 1916 Ciro D Crown, premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
  • 1916 Violet Cane, statistician
  • 1917 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • 1919 Robert Lowry, Baron Lowry. Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
  • 1920 Robert Hersant, press baron
  • 1920 Stewart L Udall, St Johns Ariz, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
  • 1921 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Michael Wilford, diplomat

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1923 Norman Mailer, American novelist (Naked & the Dead, The Executioner's Song), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • 1924 Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
  • 1925 Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
  • 1925 Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
  • 1925 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament 1989-1992, born in Castledawson, County Londonderry (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)

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1927 Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Monroe, Connecticut

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren
  • 1928 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • 1928 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • 1928 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • 1929 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1931 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • 1931 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat
  • 1932 Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1933 Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
  • 1933 Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1933 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), born in Corleone, Sicily (d.2016)
  • 1935 Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter)
  • 1937 Steve Karmen, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
  • 1938 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • 1941 George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1944 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944 Eugene Terre Blanche, South African leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
  • 1948 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
  • 1949 Ken Wilber, American philosopher
  • 1951 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • 1952 Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • 1952 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1956 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1960 Grant Morrison, British comic book author
  • 1961 Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
  • 1965 Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian, Fairfield Conn, Miss Conn-America (1991)
  • 1966 Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.
  • 1975 Jackie O, Australian radio host
  • 1977 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • 1978 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
  • 1978 Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter
  • 1979 Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant
  • 1982 Jānis Sprukts, National Hockey League player