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Famous Birthdays on January 15

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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 "the African", king of Portugal (1438-1481)
  • 1481 Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (d. 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 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) 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)

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 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, 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/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), 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 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
  • 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 comedic 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)
  • 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 (President, 1988–2000), born in Sanzhi, Taiwan
  • 1923 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • 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
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, American comedian (Young at Heart Comedians), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1929 Queen Ida, 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.
  • 1930 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 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 4x400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Ernest J. Gaines, African-American author, born in Oscar, Louisiana
  • 1935 Malcolm Frager, American 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, American actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1938 Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer & cricketer, born in Kishoreganj District, Bangladesh
  • 1939 Christopher Steel, British composer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1952 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (ELO), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1952 Boris Blank, Swiss artist & musician (Yello, Tranceonic), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 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
  • 1954 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece

  • 1954 Jose Dalisay Jr., Filipino writer, born in Romblon, Phillipines
  • 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
  • 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 (England righty 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 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (SF Warriors), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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, NFL offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Tonga
  • 1970 Elroy Kromheer, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 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

Person of interestRegina King

1971 Regina King, American actress (Southland, If Beale Street Could Talk), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Actress Regina King
Actress
Regina King
  • 1972 Ernie Reyes Jr., American actor & martial artist (Ernie-Sidekicks), born in San Jose, California
  • 1972 Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Yang Yong-eun, South Korean golfer (PGA C'ship 2009), born in Seogwipo-si Jeju-do, South Korea
  • 1973 Daniel Nijhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1973 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • 1974 Mike Minter, American football safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974 Ray King, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois