Birthdays in History on January 7

  • 1355 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)
  • 1502 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Bologna, Papal States, Italian pope (1572-85), introduced Gregorian calendar in 1582
  • 1528 Jeanne d'Albret, queen of Navarra/mother of French King Henry IV
  • 1539 Sebastian de Covarrubias Horozco, Spanish lexicographer
  • 1611 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • 1647 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • 1652 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1653 Bernhard Albinus, Germany, court-physician (Frederick of Prussia)
  • 1685 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company
  • 1685 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1706 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)
  • 1718 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Johann Christian Fabricius, Tønder, Danish Entomologist (named nearly 10,000 species)
  • 1755 Stephen Groombridge, Goudhurst Kent, English Astronomer (Catalogue of Circumpolar Stars)
  • 1768 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • 1786 John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1796 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • 1799 Daniel Tyler, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1882)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1800 Millard Fillmore, 13th US President (Whig: 1850-53), born in Moravia, New York (d. 1874)

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1808 Jacob Ammen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • 1813 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1835)
  • 1816 Stephen Miller, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1881)
  • 1821 Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell, Brigadier General (Confed Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1822 Lucius C M Bakker, Frisian physician/author (Goethe)
  • 1822 Theodor Aufrecht, German indologist (Rigveda's Hymns)
  • 1824 James Morrison Hawes, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • 1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • 1830 (Samuel) Emerson Opdycke, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1830 Albert Bierstadt, Germany, painter (US landscapes)
  • 1832 James Munro, Premier of Victoria (d. 1908)
  • 1833 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist (vanadium and photochemistry), born in London, England
  • 1834 Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)
  • 1844 Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, [St Bernadette of Lourdes], saint/visionary
  • 1845 Louis III, last king of Bavaria (1913-18)
  • 1845 Paul Deusen, German philosopher (Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft)
  • 1858 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • 1868 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist
  • 1870 Lord Gordon Hewart, British judge (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer (1 great dog)
  • 1879 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), 1844(?), religious visionary
  • 1883 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WW II)
  • 1890 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1891 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer
  • 1895 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist
  • 1895 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • 1905 Francis Taylor, builder
  • 1907 Nicanor Zabaleta, San Sebastian, Spain, harpist
  • 1910 Alain JG de Rothschild, France, banker/baron
  • 1910 Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Charles Addams, cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
  • 1915 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)
  • 1916 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 1916 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party)
  • 1920 Albert Meltzer, anarchist
  • 1920 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer/Industrialist
  • 1922 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1923 Hugh Kenner, Canadian literary critic (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)
  • 1925 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • 1931 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • 1932 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1934 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 6, 19, 36/35), (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer
  • 1938 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • 1938 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1939 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • 1940 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • 1941 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist
  • 1941 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943 Nicholas Warner, test Pilot
  • 1943 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (d. 1955)
  • 1944 Ad [GB] Nijhuis, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1944 Tony Whitlam, Australian judge
  • 1945 Dick Marty, Swiss politician
  • 1945 Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1947 Shobha De, Indian writer
  • 1951 Talgat Amangeldyyevich Musabayev, Russian mjr/cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27)
  • 1951 Mike Ward, Democratic Congressman for Kentucky & radio talk show host
  • 1952 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio)
  • 1957 Katie Couric, [Katherine], TV news host (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957 Nicholson Baker, American novelist
  • 1958 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • 1960 Loretta Sanchez, American politician
  • 1960 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • 1961 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
  • 1961 John Thune, American politician
  • 1962 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician

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1963 Rand Paul, US politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • 1971 Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • 1988 Scott Pendlebury, Australian rules footballer
  • 1996 Abbey Speakman, England, born 19 days after her twin sister