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Famous Birthdays on January 15

Person of interestJoan of Arc

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, King of Portugal (1438-1481), born in Sintra National Palace, Portugal (d. 1481)
  • 1481 Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (d. 1511)
  • 1507 Johann Oporinus, Swiss book publisher (Koran), born in Basel (d. 1568)
  • 1538 Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (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, born in Hatfield (d. 1704)
  • 1716 Philip Livingston, American businessman & politician (signed US 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)
  • 1733 Joseph Lederer, German composer, born in Swabia (d. 1796)
  • 1742 Eugene Godecharle, Belgian violinist & composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1747 John Aikin, English doctor and writer, born in Kibworth Harcourt, United Kingdom (d. 1822)
  • 1754 Richard Martin, Irish politician & animal rights activist, born in Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland (d. 1834)
  • 1779 Jean Coralli, French ballet producer & choreographer, born in Paris, France
  • 1791 Franz Gillparzer, Austrian tragic dramatist (Golden Fleece), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1872)
  • 1795 Willem de Clerq, Dutch merchant & man of letters, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1844)

  • 1795 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1829)
  • 1798 Thomas Crofton Croker, Irish story teller (Fairy legends), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1854)
  • 1803 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer & poet, born in Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom (d. 1811)
  • 1809 Cornelia Connelly, American foundress (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1809 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician & philosopher ("father of anarchism"), born in Besançon, France (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1885)
  • 1813 James Marion Sims, American physician & surgical pioneer (vesicovaginal operation), born in Lancaster County, South Carolina (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1816 Marie LaFarge, French murderer, born in Paris, France (d. 1852)
  • 1817 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • 1821 Lafayette McLaws, United States Army officer and Confederate general, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1897)
  • 1824 Marie Duplessis [Alphonsine Rose Plessis], French courtesan, born in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy, France (d. 1847)
  • 1826 Mikhail Saltykov, Russian satirist (Family of Noblemen), born in Spas-Ugol, Russia (d. 1889)
  • 1841 Lord Frederick Stanley, British politician & presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1908)
  • 1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian nun & candidate for sainthood, born in Fitzroy, Australia (d. 1909)
  • 1842 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1925)
  • 1845 Ella Flagg Young, American educator & 1st woman pres. (National Educational Association), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1918)
  • 1845 Heinrich Vogl, German operatic heldentenor, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1900)
  • 1850 Mihail Eminesco [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis), born in Botoșani, Romania (d. 1889)
  • 1850 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1891)

  • 1855 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • 1858 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter, born in Arco, Italy (d. 1899)
  • 1859 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1920)
  • 1863 Adolph Goldschmidt, German historian, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1863 Wilhelm Marx, German lawyer & politician, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1864 Frances Benjamin Johnston, American photographer, born in Grafton West Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 1866 Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop & recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1931)
  • 1868 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
  • 1869 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1907)
  • 1870 Johan Peter Koch, Danish captain & explorer (Greenland), born in Vestenskov, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1870 Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1871 Bertram Shapleigh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1872 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer, born in Terek Oblast (d. 1944)
  • 1873 Max Adler, Austria jurist & social philosopher (Austromarxism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1937)
  • 1875 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1929)

Person of interestIbn Saud

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 Terman, American psychologist (developed Stanford-Binet IQ test), born in Johnson County, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • 1878 Johanna Muller-Hermann, Austrian composer (Lied der Erinnerung), born in Vienna (d. 1941)
  • 1879 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author, born in Newmarket, Canada (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Florian Znaniecki, Polish philosopher & sociologist, born in Świątniki, Poland (d. 1958)
  • 1882 Princess Margaret of Sweden, born in Surrey, England (d. 1920)
  • 1885 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician, born in Wolfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1885 Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer, born in Jiujiang, China (d. 1915)
  • 1885 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player, born in Sandborn, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • 1890 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Osip Mandelstam, Russian poet (Noise of Time), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1938)
  • 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, New Zealand-born composer working in Australia, born in Leeston, New Zealand (d. 1965)
  • 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 and politician, born in Zele, Belgium (d. 1938)
  • 1895 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Jacobo Ficher, Argentine composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • 1898 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), born in Ellinger, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 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), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 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, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1905 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese film actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Roosevelt Holts, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Tylertown, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, born in Konak, Turkey (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)

Person of interestEdward Teller

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, American organist & composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Elie Siegmeister, American composer (Plough & the Stars), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Gene Krupa, American jazz and big band drummer (Benny Goodman, "Sing, Sing, Sing"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1939)
  • 1911 Cy Feuer, Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin-Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Wim Kan, Dutch cabaret artist, born in South Holland, Netherlands (d. 1983)

  • 1912 Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), born in San Leandro, California (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Alexander Marinesko, captain of the S-13 submarine, which sank the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), born in Glanton, England (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Mikki Doyle, American journalist & editor, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • 1918 André Donner, Dutch jurist (constitutional law), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971), born in Bakos, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • 1918 João Figueiredo, President of Brazil, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • 1920 John O'Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1920 John Junor, Scottish journalist (Sunday Express), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Steve Gromek, American baseball player, born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Sir Eric Willis, Australian politician, born in Murwillumbah, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese statesman (Taiwan's 1st popularly elected President 1988–2000), born in Sanzhi, Taiwan (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1923 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Keith Bentley, English international racing cyclist, born in Leicester, England (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1926 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Francis Routh, British composer, born in Worcestershire, England
  • 1929 "Queen" Ida [Lewis], Louisiana Creole accordionist, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1929 Eva Badura-Skoda, German-Austrian composer, born in Munich, Germany

Person of interestMartin Luther King Jr.

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.
  • 1929 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, born in Dole, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), born in Quitman County, Mississippi (d. 1970)
  • 1931 Derek Meddings, British special effects technician, born in St. Pancras, London (d. 1995)

  • 1931 Murad Kazhlayev, Soviet and Dagestani composer, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1931 Thomas Hoving, American news correspondent (20/20), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Enrique Raxach, Dutch composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1932 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Ernest J. Gaines, African-American author, born in Oscar, Louisiana
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, American concert pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1935 Robert Silverberg, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Regan's Planet), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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, American actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1938 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), born in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Christopher Steel, British composer ("Changing Moods"; "The Morning Stars Sang Together"), born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), born in Southend-on-Sea, England (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1941 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American singer-songwriter (Bongo Fury, Shiny Beast), born in Glendale, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Edward "Sonny" Bivins, American singer (Manhattans-Kiss & Say Goodbye), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1943 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award), born in Adrian, Michigan
  • 1945 Vince Foster, American lawyer, born in Hope, Arkansas (d. 1993)
  • 1945 William R. Higgins, USMC colonel, born in Danville, Kentucky (d. 1990)
  • 1945 Princess Michael of Kent, British royal, born in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • 1947 Andrea Martin, American comedienne (SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1947 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • 1948 Dini Petty, Canadian talk show host (CITY-TV), born in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1977)
  • 1948 Tommy Nolan, Canadian actor (Jody-Buckskin), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1949 Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Lajas, Puerto Rico (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor, born in Kalamata, Greece
  • 1950 David Lynn Jones, American country singer (Bonnie Jean), born in Bexar, Arkansas
  • 1950 Marius Trésor, French footballer, born in Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe

Person of interestCharo

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 Peter Collins, British sound engineer and record producer (Rush; October Project; Jermaine Stewart), born in London
  • 1952 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1953 Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Brayn Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • 1953 Randy White, American NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Kent Hovind, American evangelist
  • 1953 Ta-Tanisha, American actress, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Chris D. [Desjardins], American punk rock singer, and poet (The Flesh Eaters), born in Riverside, California
  • 1954 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece
  • 1954 Jose Dalisay Jr., Filipino writer, born in Romblon, Philippines
  • 1955 Enrico Mentana, Italian newscaster (RAI), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Paul Parker, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1956 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1956 Mayawati, Indian politician, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1957 Mario Van Peebles, Mexican actor (Posse, South Bronx Heroes), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1957 Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1957 David Inge, American politician, Governor of Hawaii (2014-), born in Pearl City, Hawaii
  • 1958 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1959 Pete Trewavas, British bassist, (Marillion-Clutching at Straws), born in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
  • 1959 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber, born in Setnica, Slovenia (d. 2008)
  • 1960 Tim Curtis, English cricketer (batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Kelly Asbury, American director & actor, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1960 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer, born in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian & film director, born in Laval, Canada
  • 1962 Creflo Dollar, American televangelist, born in College Park, Georgia
  • 1962 Conrad Lant, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer (South Pole), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1964 Cees van der de Linden, Dutch soccer player, born in Heelsum, Netherlands
  • 1964 Paula Schnurr, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • 1964 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland

  • 1965 Derek B, British rapper (Bullet from a Gun), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2009)
  • 1965 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist, born in Cles, Italy
  • 1965 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer, born in Pennsylvania
  • 1965 James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor, born in Ballymena, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Lisa Lisa [Velez], American rock vocalist (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Richard Blakey, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993), born in Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Chad Lowe, American actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1968 Laurie Fellner, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1968 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish handball player & royal, born in Basque Country, Spain
  • 1969 Adam Burt, American NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Delino DeShields, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers), born in Seaford, Delaware
  • 1969 Demetra Hampton, American actress (Valentina), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1969 Marsha Miller, American WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • 1969 Siupeli Malamala, Tongan NFL offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Tonga
  • 1970 Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1971 LeShon Johnson, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Haskell, Oklahoma