Birthdays in History on January 9

  • 1554 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
  • 1571 Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (d. 1621)
  • 1624 Empress Meishō (d. 1696)
  • 1658 Nicolas Coustou, French sculptor (Descente de Croix)
  • 1695 John E Loovens, lawyer
  • 1699 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer
  • 1728 Thomas Warton, critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), born in Basingstoke (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)
  • 1773 Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)
  • 1790 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish poet (Lycksalighetens)
  • 1803 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • 1811 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • 1816 John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior under Lincoln during US Civil War (d. 1889)
  • 1819 James Francis, Premier of Victoria (d. 1884)
  • 1822 John Porter Hatch, volunteers Bvt Major General (Union), (d. 1901)
  • 1829 Adolf von Schlagintweit, German explorer (Tarimbekken)
  • 1829 Thomas William Robertson, England, playwright (Caste)
  • 1832 Esquire Maurits A de Savornin Lohman, Dutch governor of Suriname
  • 1832 Félix-Gabriel Marchand, journalist, author and politician, Premier of Quebec (d. 1900)
  • 1848 Princess Frederica of Hanover (d. 1926)
  • 1854 Jennie Jerome, American society beauty and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)
  • 1856 Anton Askerc, Slavic priest/poet (Primoz Trubar)
  • 1856 Lizette Woodworth Reese, US poet (Branch of May, Tears)
  • 1857 Henry B Fuller, American writer (Under the Skylights)
  • 1859 Carrie Chapman Catt, Ripon, Wisconsin, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters)
  • 1859 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar/church historian (The Monasteries)
  • 1864 Vladimir Steklov, Russian mathematician (d. 1926)
  • 1866 Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 1868 S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • 1870 Joseph B Strauss, civil engineer/builder (Golden Gate Bridge)
  • 1873 Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet, born in Radi, Volhynia, (d. 1934)
  • 1875 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (d. 1942)
  • 1876 Hans Bethge, German poet, born in Dessau (d. 1946)
  • 1878 John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)
  • 1881 Giovanni Papini, Italy, writer (Il Diavolo)
  • 1881 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic (Revaluations)
  • 1881 Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)
  • 1890 Karel Capek, Czech, writer (R U R); coined the word "robot"
  • 1890 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • 1891 August Gailit, Estonia, writer (Ekke Moor)
  • 1892 Eva Bowring, American politician (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Henryk Stazewski, Polish abstract painter/graphic artist
  • 1897 Karl Löwith, German philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • 1900 Richard Halliburton, American adventurer (presumed dead 1939)
  • 1901 Chic Young, cartoonist (Blondie)
  • 1903 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)

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1908 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex), born in Paris, France (d. 1986)

  • 1911 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor
  • 1912 Ralph Tubbs, architect
  • 1913 Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano
  • 1913 Peter John Norton, naval diplomat/artist
  • 1916 Alain Bernardin, impressario (Crazy Horse Saloon)
  • 1916 Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar
  • 1922 Har G Khorana, India/Canada bio-chemist (Nobel 1968)
  • 1922 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (d. 1984)
  • 1925 Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist
  • 1926 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Fernand J St Germain, (Rep-D-RI, 1961- )
  • 1928 Judith Krantz, American author (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Heiner Muller, dramatist
  • 1929 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone, (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Dorothea Puente, American serial killer
  • 1931 Algi[rda]s [Jonas] Budrys, Prussia, sci-fi author (Man of Earth)
  • 1931 Geoffrey Wragg, British(?) reorganizer
  • 1933 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), born on Roosevelt Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Sonia Garmers, [Justina], Curacao, author (Dear Queen)
  • 1933 Wilbur Smith, Zambian-British novelist
  • 1935 Earl G. Graves, Sr., African-American Publisher
  • 1935 Brian Harradine, Australian independent Senator
  • 1936 Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer
  • 1937 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • 1941 Gilles Vaillancourt, Quebec politician
  • 1942 Lee Kun-hee, Korean industrialist, chairman of Samsung
  • 1943 Robert Drewe, Australian author
  • 1943 Elmer MacFadyen, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Ronnie Landfield, American artist
  • 1952 Eveline L Herfkens, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1952 Hugh Bayley, British politician
  • 1953 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
  • 1955 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic
  • 1956 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • 1958 Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II
  • 1958 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • 1959 Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1963 Michael Everson, expert in writing systems and Unicode
  • 1971 Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
  • 1971 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author
  • 1971 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director
  • 1975 Kimberley Ann Scott Mathers, former wife of Eminem
  • 1977 Beth Troutman, American production assistant

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1982 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge [Kate Middleton], English wife of Crown Prince William, born in Reading, Berksire

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge