On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 13

  • 1334 Henry II, King of Castile and León (1369-79), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1379)
  • 1381 Saint Colette of Corbie, French abbess and reformer (Poor Clares), born in Corbie, County of Amiens, Duchy of Burgundy (d. 1447)
  • 1406 Matteo Palmieri, Florentine humanist and historian (Della vita civile / On Civic Life), born in Florence (d. 1475)
  • 1505 Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (1535-71), born in Cölln (d. 1571)
  • 1562 Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (Sonnet of Venus and Cupid), born in Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1601)
  • 1596 Jan van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, born in Leiden (d. 1656)
  • 1610 Maria Anna of Austria, Electress of Bavaria (d. 1665)
  • 1616 Antoinette Bourignon, Flemish mystic/French religious fanatic
  • 1635 Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (d. 1705)
  • 1651 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • 1674 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer, born in Dijon, France (d. 1762)
  • 1683 Johann Christoph Graupner, German composer
  • 1690 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, born in Grünstädtel, Saxony (d. 1749)
  • 1720 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • 1727 Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer
  • 1734 Luca Sorkocevic, composer

  • 1749 Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
  • 1778 Anton Fischer, composer
  • 1787 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1788 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer
  • 1802 Eduard von Bauernfeld, comedic playwright, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1804 Paul Gavarni, French caricaturist (d. 1866)
  • 1804 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator
  • 1805 Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
  • 1807 Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1883)
  • 1808 Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)
  • 1812 Humphrey Marshall, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • 1812 Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman, Prime Minister of Italy (1876-78, 1778-79, 1881-87), born in Bressana Bottarone, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1887)
  • 1815 William Henry French, American Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1881)
  • 1824 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, composer
  • 1832 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1835 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian jurist/minister of the Interior
  • 1845 Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)
  • 1850 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • 1858 Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)

  • 1859 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • 1859 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • 1861 Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
  • 1864 Wilhelm K W Wien, German physicist (Nobel 1911)
  • 1865 Princess Marie of Orléans (d. 1908)
  • 1866 Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer
  • 1869 Emanuele F, duke of Aosta, Italian general (WWI)/fascist
  • 1870 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/conductor/musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Ross Granville Harrison, American biologist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1874 Jozef E van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechlin
  • 1878 Lionel Groulx, Canadian nationalist, born in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada (d. 1967)
  • 1881 Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • 1884 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", born in Tulchyn, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1885 Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)
  • 1886 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1887 George Gurdjieff, Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • 1890 Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1945)
  • 1892 Paul Smart, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1893 Clarke Ashton Smith, American sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)
  • 1893 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), born in Prague, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1893 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • 1895 Anton Betzner, German writer, born in Cologne (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer
  • 1898 Pedro DE Teixeira de Mattos, Dutch diplomat
  • 1898 Kai Munk, Danish playwright and Lutheran pastor, martyr (d. 1944)
  • 1898 Carlo Tagliabue, Italian baritone (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, born in Yokkaichi, Oita Prefecture (d. 1981)
  • 1901 A. B. Guthrie, American novelist, historian (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • 1905 Kay Francis [Katherine E Gibbs], American actress (False Madonna), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Percy Humphrey, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Maxime Jacob, composer
  • 1906 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), born in Changzhou (d. 2017)
  • 1907 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse who tried save Izieu children from Nazis), born in Warsaw (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Jeff Morrow [Leslie Irving Morrow], American actor (Robe, Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
  • 1909 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist
  • 1911 Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, Australian politician, Premier of Queensland (1968-87), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Edward Frederick Weston Goodman, property developer
  • 1916 Bella Lewitsky, choreographer
  • 1916 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Felix Guerro Diaz, composer
  • 1918 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • 1918 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Ted Willis, prolific English screenwriter (It's Great to be Young)
  • 1918 George "Bud" Hamilton, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • 1919 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1922 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • 1923 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Philip Rawson, artist/teacher
  • 1924 Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-born philosopher, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)

  • 1925 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), born in Culver City, California (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Carolyn Heilbrun [Amanda Cross], author (Lady Ottoline's Album)
  • 1926 Pamela M Cunnington, English architect/author (Change of Use)
  • 1926 Michael Bond, British writer
  • 1927 Brock Adams, American politician (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Sydney Brenner, South African biologist known for his contributions on the genetic code and molecular biology (Nobel Laureate 2002), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1928 David Sheiner, American actor (Paul-Mr Novak, Norman-Diana), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), born in Wendell, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Joe Pass [Joseph Passalaqua], American virtuoso jazz guitarist (The Trio) and composer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Frances Sternhagen, American actress (The Mist, Cheers, Outland, Starting Over), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1930 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), born in Roseau, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

Person of interestRip Taylor

1931 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • 1931 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), born in Ipswich, Suffolk (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Nurdin Jivraj, Tanzanian-British hotel magnate (Buckingham Intl.)
  • 1933 Ron Goulart, American sci-fi author (Deadwalk, Plunder)
  • 1933 Tom B Gola, NBA Hall-of-Famer, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Mauro Forghieri, Italian automotive & mechanical engineer (Scuderia Ferrari)
  • 1936 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1936 Edward R Madigan, (Rep-R-IL, 1973- )
  • 1936 Renato Bruson, Italian operatic baritone
  • 1938 Billy Gray, American actor (Bud-Father Knows Best), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer
  • 1938 William B. Davis, Canadian actor
  • 1938 Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • 1938 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • 1940 Edmund White, American author

  • 1941 Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1941 Pasqual Maragall, Spanish politician
  • 1943 Richard Moll, American actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1943 William Duckworth, composer
  • 1944 Christina von Saltza, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley 1960), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945 [Eileen] Joy[ce] Chant [Rutter], UK, sci-fi author (High Kings)
  • 1946 Eero Koivistoinen, Finnish musician
  • 1947 John Lees, British progressive rock guitarist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), born in Oldham
  • 1947 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1947 Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kraków
  • 1947 Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • 1948 Kenia Jayantilal, cricketer (5 at Kingston 71 his only inns for India)
  • 1948 Gaj Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur
  • 1949 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • 1949 Rakesh Sharma, Indian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11), first Indian in space, born in Patiala, India
  • 1950 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • 1950 John McNaughton, American film director
  • 1952 Sharon Gabet, actress (Edge of Night, Another World), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1953 Bob Baffert, American Racing Hall of Fame trainer (Triple Crown 2015, 18), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1954 Vicki McCarty, American author (Girlfriend's Guide to) Playboy playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • 1955 Jay McInerney, American novelist (Bright Lights, Big City), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1955 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • 1955 Trevor Rabin, South African rock guitarist and film score composer (Yes), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1955 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1956 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • 1956 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • 1957 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1957 Don Snow, rocker (Squeeze)
  • 1957 Mark O'Meara, American golfer (US Masters, British Open 1988), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina

  • 1957 Lorrie Moore, American writer
  • 1958 Ricardo Acuna, Chile, tennis star
  • 1959 James Lomenzo, American musician (Megadeth)
  • 1960 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois
  • 1960 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach

Person of interestJulia Louis-Dreyfus

1961 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American comedienne and actress (Elaine Benes-Seinfeld, SNL, Veep), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 1961 Kelly Hrudey, Edmonton, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • 1961 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1961 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings, England
  • 1962 Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1962 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1989; MLB All Star 1989, 90; SF Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Trace Adkins, American country singer (Ladies Love Country Boys, You're Gonna Miss This), born in Sarepta, Louisiana
  • 1963 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1963 Kevin McClatchy, American businessman
  • 1964 Penelope Ann Miller, American actress (Awakenings, Chaplin, Kindergarden Cop), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Bill Bailey, British comedian (Black Books, QI), born in bath, England
  • 1966 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)

Person of interestPatrick Dempsey

1966 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Lewiston, Maine

  • 1966 Tabitha Stevens, fictional character (Bewitched)
  • 1966 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2018)
  • 1967 Annie Jones, Australian actress
  • 1967 George Paterson, Scottish singer/songwriter DMP
  • 1968 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • 1968 Chara [Miwa Watabiki], Japanese singer and actress (Swallowtail Butterfly), born in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
  • 1969 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1969 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969 Katarzyna Nowak, tennis star (1994 Futures France), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1969 Kevin Foster, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)

  • 1969 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1970 Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Keith Coogan, American actor (Jeffrey in The Waltons, Gun Shy), born in Palm Springs, California
  • 1970 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)

Person of interestShonda Rhimes

1970 Shonda Rhimes, American television producer and series creator (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), born in Chicago Illinois

TV Producer Shonda Rhimes
TV Producer
Shonda Rhimes
  • 1971 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1971 John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 1972 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Nicole Eggert, actress (Charles in Charge, Baywatch), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Atoosa Rubenstein, Iranian-born American magazine editor
  • 1972 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1973 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1973 Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actor
  • 1974 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Sergei Brylin, NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1976 Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • 1976 Michael Peña, American actor