Famous People Born in January 1909

  • Jan 1 Barry Goldwater, American politician (Senator-R-Arizona, 1953-65, 69-87) and 1964 presidential candidate (R), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • Jan 1 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Jan 1 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)

Stepan BanderaStepan Bandera (1909-1959)

Jan 1 Ukrainian nationalist, leader of the terrorist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B), Nazi collaborator and anti-communist, born in Staryi Uhryniv, Galicia, Austria-Hungary

  • Jan 2 René Étiemble, French scholar, novelist and translator (work on Rimbaud), born in Mayenne, France (d. 2002)

Victor BorgeVictor Borge (1909-2000)

Jan 3 Danish-American comedian and pianist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Jan 4 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jan 5 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile (d. 1996)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (Regular Expressions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Jan 6 Joop Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Jan 7 Thalassa Cruso, English-American gardening expert (The Mike Douglas Show; The Tonight Show), born in London (d. 1997)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • Jan 8 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jan 9 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Jan 10 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • Jan 11 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, Swiss-Danish composer (Cosmogonie), born in Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • Jan 11 Marguerite Kelsey, English model for artists (Haunting), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Jan 12 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), born in Ostergotland, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • Jan 13 Danny Barker, American jazz musician (wrote Bourbon Street Black), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)

Marinus van der LubbeMarinus van der Lubbe (1909-1934)

Jan 13 Dutch communist (executed by the Nazis after setting fire to the German Reichstag), born in Leiden, Netherlands

  • Jan 14 Joseph Losey, Wisconsin, American theatre & film director (Damned, Accident), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1984)
  • Jan 15 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (The Plough and the Stars), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1991)
  • Jan 15 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman - "Sing, Sing, Sing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • Jan 15 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1939)
  • Jan 17 Karen Jønsson (née Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • Jan 19 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • Jan 21 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian choral director and composer (Baltepe), born in Tetovo, Ottoman Empire (d. 2004)
  • Jan 22 Ann Sothern [Harriette Arlene Lake], American actress (Lady in a Cage), born in Valley City, North Dakota (d. 2001)
  • Jan 22 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)

U ThantU Thant (1909-1974)

Jan 22 Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Burma, British India

  • Jan 24 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), born in Hartford, England (d. 1993)
  • Jan 24 Jean R Yawkey, American baseball executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1976-92), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Jan 24 Tiny Winters [Frederick Gittens], English jazz bassist and singer, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jan 28 Lionel Crabb "Buster", British Royal Navy diver (WW II-George Medal), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • Jan 29 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1961)
  • Jan 29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Jan 30 Saul David Alinsky, American radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • Jan 31 Miron Grindea, Romanian-born literary editor (ADAM International Review), born in Târgu Ocna, Moldavia (d. 1995)

About January 1909

How Old? 113 or 114 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Jan 1 - Jan 21), Rooster (Jan 22 - Jan 31)
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)