On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 10

  • 1480 Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, born in City of Brussels, Belgium (d. 1530)
  • 1502 Hendrik Niclaes, German mystic & founder of Christian sect "Familia Caritatis", born in Münster, Germany (d. 1570)
  • 1538 Louis of Nassau, Dutch general, born in Dillenburg, Germany (d. 1574)
  • 1573 Simon Marius, German astronomer, born in Gunzenhausen, Germany (d. 1624)
  • 1607 Isaac Jogues, French Jesuit missionary & martyr, born in Orléans, France (d. 1646)
  • 1628 Jan Theunisz Blanckerhoff [Jan Maet], Dutch painter, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1669)
  • 1638 Nicolas Steno, Danish scientist & bishop, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1686)
  • 1644 Louis Boufflers, French soldier & marshal of France, born in Crillon, Oise, France (d. 1711)
  • 1654 Joshua Barnes, English scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1712)
  • 1683 Gasparo Visconti, Italian composer & violinist, born in Cremona, Italy (d. ~1713)
  • 1701 Johann Caspar Simon, German organist & composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1776)
  • 1702 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter, born in Lachen, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1715 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian, born in Leuna, Germany (d. 1775)

Ethan Allen

1738 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

  • 1747 Abraham Louis-Breguet, French clock maker, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1823)
  • 1750 Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine, British Lord Chancellor, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (d. 1823)
  • 1760 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German composer & conductor, born in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany (d. 1802)
  • 1766 Louis Massonneau, German composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 1768 James Varicick, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1827)
  • 1769 Michel Ney, French marshal (Waterloo), born in Saarlouis, Germany (d. 1815)
  • 1780 Heinrich Lichtenstein, German physician & explorer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1857)
  • 1797 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer & composer, born in Havixbeck, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 1800 Lars Levi Laestadius, Swedish botanist & founder of Laestadianism, born in Jäckvik, Arjeplog, Sweden (d. 1861)
  • 1810 Jeremiah S. Black, American statesman & lawyer, born in Stony Creek, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Georg Hermann Nicolai, German architect & educator, born in Torgau, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1814 Aubrey de Vere, Irish poet & critic (Victorian Observer), born in Toreen, Republic of Ireland (d. 1902)
  • 1815 Alexander Brydie Dyer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1874)
  • 1815 Thomas Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Albany, New York (d. 1862)
  • 1825 Alexander Travis Hawthorn, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Conecuh County, Alabama (d. 1899)
  • 1828 Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate, born in Ostbevern, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1834 John Dalberg, Baron Acton, English historian & historian (“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1902)
  • 1836 Charles Ingalls, father of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born in Cuba, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1840 Louis Nazaire Bégin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal, born in Lévis, Canada (d. 1925)
  • 1841 George Melville, American polar explorer & naval engineer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1912)

Frank James

1843 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), born in Clay County, Missouri (d. 1915)

  • 1850 John Wellborn Root, American architect, born in Lumpkin, Georgia (d. 1891)
  • 1854 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1855 Peter J. Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • 1858 Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer, born in Radeburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1862 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1927)

George Washington Carver

1864 George Washington Carver, African-American agricultural scientist (studied the peanut), born in Diamond Grove, Missouri [or Jul 12] (d. 1943)

  • 1864 Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia, son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1865 Mary Ingalls, sister of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born in Pepin County, Wisconsin (d. 1928)
  • 1871 Enrica Freiin von Handel-Manzetti, Austrian poet & writer (Jesse & Maria), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)
  • 1873 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player, born in Tawnaleen, Ireland (d. 1935)
  • 1873 George Orton, Canadian athlete, born in Strathroy-Caradoc, Canada (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Jan Eisenloeffel, Dutch goldsmith, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American inventor (electrostatic precipitator), born in Oakland, California (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Eduard Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Short Cause), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1880 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister & mayor of Antwerp, born in Roosdaal, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Grock [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown and circus director, born in Loveresse, Canton of Bern (d. 1959)

Manuel Azaña

1880 Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), born in Alcalá de Henares, Spain (d. 1940)

  • 1882 Charles Trowbridge, Mexican-American actor (Fatal Hour), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Aleksei Tolstoi, Russian poet/writer (Pjotr Peroyj), born in Pugachyov, Russia (d. 1945)
  • 1883 Florence Reed, American silent film actress (Dancing Girl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1883 Francis X. Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1966)
  • 1884 James Philip Dunn, American composer, born in New York (d. 1936)
  • 1886 Jose Antonio de Donostia, Basque musicologist & composer, born in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1956)
  • 1886 Roman von Ungern-Sternberg 'the mad Baron', Baltic-German baron and anti-communist Russian general, born in Graz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1921)
  • 1887 Robinson Jeffers, American poet & playwright (Tamar & Other Poems, Medea), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1888 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1890 Douglas MacLean, American silent film comedian/producer (Going Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1890 Ernest Milton, American actor (Cat Girl, Fiddler's Three), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Grigory Landsberg, Soviet physicist, born in Vologda, Russia (d. 1957)
  • 1890 Arthur O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Jos Speybrouck, Belgian drawer, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1892 Dumas Malone, American historian (Jefferson & His Time), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1893 Albert Jacka, Australian soldier, first Australian World War I Victoria Cross winner (d. 1932)
  • 1894 Reginald Denham, English writer & director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1897 Albert Moeschinger, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Pauline Starke, American actress (Dante's Inferno, Dance Magic), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Barbara Hepworth, British abstract sculptor & actress (Rescued by Rover), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Jean Morel, French-born American conductor, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, born in Kuressaare, Estonia (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Violet Wilkey, American actress, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Jesus Garcia Leoz, Spanish composer, born in Olite, Spain (d. 1953)
  • 1904 Ray Bolger, American dancer, actor, and singer (Wizard of Oz - "Scarecrow"; Partridge Family - "Grandpa Renfrew"), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)

Paul Henreid

1908 Paul Henreid, Austrian-American actor (Casablanca, Now, Voyager), born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)

  • 1909 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1910 Jean Martinon, French conductor & composer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1976)
  • 1910 Alioune Diop, Senegalese writer & editor (Présence africaine), born in Senegal (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1912 Maria Mandel, Camp leader at Auschwitz, born in Münzkirchen, Austria (d. 1948)
  • 1913 Gustav Husak, Slovak politician & president of Czechoslavakia (1975-89), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Mehmet Shehu, Albanian politician, born in Çorrush, Albania (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Claude Gallimard, French publisher (d. 1991)
  • 1914 Polly Rowles, American actress (Sweet Liberty, Jamie), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan, born in Fenghua District, China (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Dean Dixon, American conductor, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1916 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist & Nobel laureate, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Don Metz, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Wilcox, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Arthur Chung, President of Guyana, born in Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Georges Marchal, French actor (Evil Eden, Gina, Milky Way, La mort en ce jardin), born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Max Patkin, American baseball player & clown, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Rodger Ward, American aviator & race car driver, born in Beloit, Kansas (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2021)
  • 1923 Ingeborg Drewitz, German writer & academic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Max Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Musallam Bseiso, Palestinian journalist, thinker, and politician, born in Beit She'an, Israel (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Johnnie Ray, American pop singer (Cry), born in Dallas, Oregon (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Otto Stich, Swiss politician, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Basu Chatterjee, Indian film director (Rajanigandha, Chhoti Si Baat), born in Ajmer, Merwara, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Donald Brooks, American fashion designer (Emmy 1983), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Wallace Berry, Canadian-American composer (d. 1991)
  • 1928 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues singer, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Roy E. Disney, American film executive & CEO of Disney, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, born in Clevelnad, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Alex Boraine, South Africa politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1931 Ron Galella, American celebrity photographer (sued by Jackie O), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Peter Barnes, English writer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Elaine Devry [Thelma Mahnken], American actress (The Atomic Kid, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf), born in Compton, California
  • 1932 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), born in Okay, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Akira Miyoshi, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Len Coldwell, English cricket player (England medium-fast bowler in 7 Tests 1962-64), born in Newton Abbot, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Leonid Kravchuk, Ukrainian politician, born in Wołyń Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1935 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), born in Habelschwerdt, Silesia (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Sherrill Milnes, American operatic baritone, born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • 1935 Ronnie Hawkins, American-Canadian rock musician, born in Huntsville, Arkansas
  • 1935 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), born in Macon, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Burnum Burnum, Australian Aboriginal activist, actor, author and dreamer, born in Dignams Creek, Australia (d. 1997)

Stephen E. Ambrose

1936 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), born in Lovington, Illinois (d. 2002)

  • 1936 Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist & radio astronomer (1978 Nobel laureate), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936 Al Goldstein, American publisher & pornographer, born in Williamsburg, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Thomas Penfield Jackson, American judge, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)

Frank Mahovlich

1938 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, politician (6-time Stanley Cup winner, born in Timmins, Ontario

Willie McCovey

1938 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)

  • 1938 Donald Knuth, American mathematician & computer scientist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1939 Bill Toomey, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Sal Mineo, American actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1939 Jared Carter, American poet, born in Elwood, Indiana
  • 1939 David Horowitz, American author & political commentator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 William Levy, American writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Scott McKenzie, American singer (San Francisco), born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • 1940 Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • 1940 Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician, born in Québec, Canada
  • 1942 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Petrushenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Walter Hill, American film director (48 Hours, Extreme Prejudice), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1943 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1944 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleader, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1944 William Sanderson, American actor (Newhart, Blade Runner, True Blood), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1944 Rory Byrne, South African engineer & car designer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1944 Bernard Derome, Canadian broadcaster (Le Téléjournal), born in Montreal, Quebec

Rod Stewart

1945 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

  • 1945 Colonel DeBeers [Edward Wiskoski], American professional wrestler, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • 1945 Gunther von Hagens [Gunther Gerhard Liebchen], German anatomist who invented the plastination technique for preserving tissue specimens, born in Alt-Skalden, Nazi Germany
  • 1945 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • 1946 Alexis Nihon Jr, Canadian-born wrestler (Olympics 1968), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946 Aynsley Dunbar, English drummer (Journey, Jefferson Starship), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Bob Lang, English bassist (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders), born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1947 George Alec Effinger, American sci-fi author (Nick of Time), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, born in Lumberton, North Carolina (d. 2016)

Donald Fagen

1948 Donald Fagen, American rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Steely Dan - "Reelin' In The Years"), born in Passaic, New Jersey

  • 1948 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist, born in Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France
  • 1948 Fayette Pinkney, American pop and disco singer (The Three Degrees, 1963-76 - "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"; "When Will I See You Again?"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)

George Foreman

1949 George Foreman, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

  • 1949 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Walter S. Browne, Australian-born American chess Grandmaster (1974-78, 1980-84), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1949 James Lapine, American stage director, born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1951 Kathleen Bradley, American model (Price is Right), born in Girard, Ohio
  • 1952 Scott Thurston, American guitarist & keyboardist (Motels - "Only the Lonely"), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1953 Bobby Rahal, American racing car driver & team owner (over 15 wins), born in Medina, Ohio
  • 1953 Pat Benatar [Andrezejewski], American singer ("Hit Me with Your Best Shot";"Love Is A Battlefield"; "We Belong"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955 Luci Martin, American vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Michael Schenker, German heavy metal guitarist (MSG; UFO; Scorpions), born in Sarstedt, Germany
  • 1956 Don Letts, British film director & musician (Big Audio Dynamite), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Shawn Colvin, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Sunny Came Home"), born in Vermillion, South Dakota
  • 1956 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer (Royal Spanish Academy), born in Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
  • 1957 Greg Walden, U.S. Congressman from Oregon, born in The Dalles, Oregon
  • 1958 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1959 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959 Curt Kirkwood, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Meat Puppets), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1959 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1960 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1960 Samira Said, Moroccan pop singer, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1961 Evan Handler, American actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Janet Jones, American actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid), born in Bridgeton, Missouri
  • 1961 Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, Italian concert violinist, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1962 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962 Michael Fortier, Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1963 Mark Pryor, American politician, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1963 Deborah Bone, English mental health nurse who was the inspiration for the song Disco 2000 by Jarvis Cocker, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2014)
  • 1964 Karen Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1964 Krista Tesreau, American actress (Tina-OLTL, Silk Stalkings), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 Sarah Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • 1964 Brad Roberts, Canadian rock singer (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1965 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1965 Nathan Moore, English pop singer (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep A Secret?"), and actor, born in Stamford Hill, London
  • 1965 Butch Hartman, American animator, born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1966 Steve Kramer, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland