Famous People Born in January 1918

  • Jan 1 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • Jan 2 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • Jan 6 Buddy Weed, American pianist (Penthouse Party), born in Ossining, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jan 7 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party), born in Imperia, Italy (d. 2001)
  • Jan 7 Colin Snedden, New Zealand cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • Jan 7 Irene Vorrink, Dutch politician (Minister of Health), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • Jan 10 Arthur Chung, President of Guyana, born in Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • Jan 11 Albert Weisser, American musicologist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1982)

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)

Jan 12 Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, born in Jabalpur, India

  • Jan 13 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • Jan 13 Lester Sill, American pioneer music publisher and record producer (Phillies Records) (d. 1994)
  • Jan 13 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • Jan 13 Ted Willis, prolific English screenwriter (It's Great to be Young), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • Jan 15 André Donner, Dutch jurist (constitutional law), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)

Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970)

Jan 15 Egyptian revolutionary and politician (Acting President, 1954-56; President, 1956-70), born in Bakos, Egypt

  • Jan 15 João Figueiredo, President of Brazil, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1999)
  • Jan 16 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • Jan 16 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter (In the Heat of the Night, Perry Mason), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1996)
  • Jan 17 Joseph W. Barr, American banker and politician (Secretary of the Treasury), born in Vincennes, Indiana (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, Brazilian priest, born in Aracaju, State of Sergipe, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • Jan 18 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Jan 19 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet), born in Arkansas City, Arkansas (d. 2005)
  • Jan 20 [Juan Garcia] Esquivel!, Mexican musician ("The King of Space Age Pop"), born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • Jan 21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1989)
  • Jan 21 Chichay [Amparo Robles Custodio], Filipino comedienne and actress (Bilangguang puso, Ngitngit ng pitong whistle bomb), born in Tondo, Manila (d. 1993)
  • Jan 21 Geoffrey Dawes, English physiologist (fetal and neonatal physiology.), born in Mackworth, England (d. 1996)
  • Jan 21 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy ensign, Medal of Honor recipient, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • Jan 21 Richard Winters, American army officer and war hero (commanded 'Easy Company' during Normandy Invasion portrayed in "Band of Brothers"), born in New Holland Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Jan 22 Elmer Lach, Canadian NHL ice hockey player, 1940-54, 3X Stanley Cup, Hall of Fame (Montreal Canadiens), born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)

Gertrude B. ElionGertrude B. Elion (1918-1999)

Jan 23 American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1988), born in NYC, New York

  • Jan 24 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • Jan 24 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • Jan 24 Oral Roberts, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College, born in Pontotoc County Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • Jan 25 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 2010)

Nicolae CeausescuNicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989)

Jan 26 Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89), born in Scornicești, Romania

  • Jan 26 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld), born in Terre Haute Indiana (d. 2009)
  • Jan 26 Vito Scotti [Scozarri], American actor (The Godfather, Flying Nun, Barefoot in the Park), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 27 Elmore James, American blues slide guitarist (Dust My Broom), born in Richland, Mississippi (d. 1963)
  • Jan 27 William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Harry Corbett, English puppeteer (Sooty), TV presenter and magician, born in Bradford, England (d. 1989)
  • Jan 28 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), born in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Seine (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician, human rights activist who ran for President (d. 1988)
  • Jan 29 Bill Rigney, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1948; NY Giants) and manager (NY/SF Giants; LA Angels; Minnesota Twins), born in Alameda, California (d. 2001)
  • Jan 29 John Forsythe, American actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • Jan 30 David Opatoshu [Opatovsky], American actor & writer (Star Trek, Bonino, Secret Empire, Masada), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jan 30 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)

About January 1918

How Old? 105 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Signs: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19), Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)