Famous Birthdays on January 15

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1412 Joan of Arc, Roman Catholic Saint and national heroine of France (legendary date), born in Domrémy, duchy of Bar, France (d. 1431)

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1432 Afonso V "the African", king of Portugal (1438-1481)
  • 1481 Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (b. 1511)
  • 1507 Johann Oporinus [Herbster], Swiss book publisher (Koran)
  • 1538 Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
  • 1622 Molière [Jean-Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1673)
  • 1671 Abraham de la Pryme, English antiquarian (d. 1704)
  • 1674 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (d. 1762)
  • 1716 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence), born in Albany, New York (d.1778)
  • 1730 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, born in Cologne (d. 1812) baptismal date
  • 1733 Joseph Lederer, composer
  • 1742 Eugene Godecharle, composer
  • 1747 John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
  • 1754 Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)
  • 1779 Jean Coralli, ballet producer/choreographer, born in Paris, France
  • 1791 Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece)
  • 1795 Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant/man of letters
  • 1795 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (d. 1829)
  • 1798 Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends)
  • 1803 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer and poet (d. 1811)
  • 1809 Cornelia Connelly, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1809 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician (libertarian socialist)
  • 1812 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer
  • 1813 James Marion Sims, SC, surgeon/gynecologist (vesicovaginal operation)
  • 1815 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1816 Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)
  • 1817 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • 1821 Lafayette McLaws, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1824 Marie Duplessis [Alphonsine Rose Plessis], French courtesan, born in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy, France (d. 1847)
  • 1826 Mikhail Saltykov, Spas-Ugol Russia, satirist (Family of Noblemen)
  • 1841 Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup
  • 1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian candidate for sainthood (d. 1909)
  • 1842 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (d. 1925)
  • 1845 Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman pres (National Educational Association)
  • 1845 Heinrich Vogl, composer
  • 1850 Mihail Eminesco, [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis)
  • 1850 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)
  • 1855 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • 1858 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter
  • 1859 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
  • 1863 Adolph Goldschmidt, German historian
  • 1863 Wilhelm Marx, premier (Prussia)
  • 1864 Frances Benjamin Johnston, Grafton West Virginia, early female photographer
  • 1866 Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
  • 1869 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist (d. 1907)
  • 1870 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer (Greenland)
  • 1870 Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
  • 1871 Bertram Shapleigh, composer
  • 1872 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Max Adler, Austria sociologist/socialist theorist

  • 1875 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)

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1875 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd (d. 1953)

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • 1877 Lewis M Terman, Ind, psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test)
  • 1878 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer
  • 1879 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist (Polish Peasant in Europe)
  • 1882 Princess Margaret of Sweden (d. 1920)
  • 1885 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
  • 1885 Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)
  • 1885 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Joseph Henabery, director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1890 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Osip E Mandelstam, Russian poet (Noise of Time), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1891 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1892 Frank Hutchens, composer
  • 1892 Rex Ingram [Reginald Hitchcock], Irish director (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premiere of Yugoslavia (1939-4.)
  • 1894 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian attorney/minister of colonization
  • 1895 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Jacobo Ficher, composer
  • 1897 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • 1899 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Caesar Domela, Dutch painter (Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis son)
  • 1902 Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1953-64), born in Kuwait City (d. 1969)
  • 1902 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), born in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (d. 1963)
  • 1903 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1905 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
  • 1906 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)

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1908 Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2003)

Physicist Edward Teller
Physicist
Edward Teller
  • 1908 Roberta Bitgood, composer
  • 1909 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Enrique Sasal y Chapi, composer
  • 1909 Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman's drummer (Sing Sing Sing)
  • 1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
  • 1911 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaretier
  • 1912 Michel Debré, French politician (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, San Leandro California, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane)
  • 1913 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Alexander Marinesko, captain of the S-13 submarine, which sank the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Lord Dacre of Glanton, British historian
  • 1916 Mikki Doyle, journalist
  • 1918 Andreas M Donner, Dutch jurist (constitutional law)
  • 1918 Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971)
  • 1918 João Figueiredo, President of Brazil (d. 1999)
  • 1920 John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920 John Junor, British editor in chief (Sunday Express)
  • 1920 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Frank Thornton, English actor
  • 1922 Sir Eric Willis, Australian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Lee Teng-hui, president of ROC (Taiwan), head of KMT (1988- )
  • 1923 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • 1925 Ruth Slenczynska, pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1926 Maria Schell, actress (Space 1999), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1926 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Francis Routh, composer
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1929 "Queen Ida" Guillory, Ziadaco music
  • 1929 Eva Badura-Skoda, composer

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1929 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
  • 1931 Derek Meddings, special effects technician
  • 1931 Murad Kazhlayev, composer
  • 1931 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1932 Enrique Raxach, composer
  • 1932 Louis Woodard Jones, 4X400m relayer (Oly-gold-56), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1933 Ernest J. Gaines, American author
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1935 Robert Silverberg, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet)
  • 1936 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), born in Vigo, Spain (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Margaret O'Brien, actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1938 Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
  • 1939 Charles Christopher Steel, composer
  • 1941 Captain Beefheart, [Don Van Vliet], rocker (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast)
  • 1942 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, US singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye)
  • 1943 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • 1945 Vince Foster, American lawyer (d. 1993), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1945 William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)
  • 1945 Princess Michael of Kent, British royal
  • 1947 Andrea Martin, comediene (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947 Pete Waterman, rocker (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 1948 Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV)
  • 1948 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Howard Allen Twitty, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1949 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor
  • 1950 David Lynn Jones, Bexar Ark, country singer (Bonnie Jean)
  • 1950 Marius Trésor, French footballer

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1951 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • 1951 Martha Davis, California, vocalist/guitar (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame)
  • 1952 Melvyn Gale, rocker (ELO)
  • 1953 Boris Blank, rocker (Yello)
  • 1953 Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1953 Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • 1953 Ta-Tanisha, American actress
  • 1954 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
  • 1954 Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • 1955 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • 1956 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1956 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes)
  • 1957 Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur
  • 1958 Julian Sands, actor (One Night Stand)
  • 1958 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
  • 1959 Pete Trewavas, Middlesbrough, bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • 1959 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
  • 1960 Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
  • 1960 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • 1960 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
  • 1961 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Ar
  • 1961 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
  • 1962 Creflo Dollar, American televangelist
  • 1962 Conrad Lant, English musician
  • 1963 Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer (South Pole)
  • 1963 Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Richard Nasheim, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1963 Yaro Dachniwsky, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Cees van der de Linden, soccer player
  • 1964 Paula Schnurr, Kirkland Lake Ontario, 1.5k (Olympics-8-92, 96)
  • 1964 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
  • 1965 Derek B, rocker (Bullet from a Gun)
  • 1965 Michael Clemons, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1965 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist
  • 1965 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
  • 1966 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Lisa Lisa, [Velez], rock vocalist (& Cult Jam)
  • 1967 Richard Blakey, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993)
  • 1967 Ted N Tryba, Wilkes-Barre PA, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch Golf)
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1968 Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
  • 1968 Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1968 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • 1969 Adam Burt, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, actress (Valentina)
  • 1969 Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)