On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 16

  • 1245 Edmund Crouchback, English prince and son of Henry III of England, born in London (d. 1296)
  • 1409 René of Anjou, King of Naples (1435-42) and last heir of the House of Anjou, born in Château d'Angers, Angers, Anjou, France (d. 1480)
  • 1477 Johannes Schöner, German polymath, astronomer and cartographer (Schöner globes), born in Karlstadt am Main, Lower Franconia, Bavaria (d. 1547)
  • 1501 Anthony Denny, English knight of the shire and confidant of King Henry VIII of England, born in England (d. 1559)
  • 1587 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still lifes of fish and game pieces, born in Antwerp (d. 1661)
  • 1616 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • 1626 Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish landscape painter (Wooded Landscape), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1699)
  • 1634 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (d. 1716)
  • 1672 Francesco Mancini, Neapolitan composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1737)
  • 1675 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (Mémoires), born in Paris (d. 1755)
  • 1697 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright (d. 1743) date not proven
  • 1728 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola)
  • 1749 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1757 Samuel McIntire, woodcarver/architect (architect of Salem)
  • 1804 Karl August Krebs, German conductor and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1880)
  • 1807 Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)
  • 1815 Adolph Trube, German organist, teacher and composer, born in Waldenburg, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1815 Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck, American expert in military studies and Major General (Union Army), born in Oneida County, New York (d. 1872)
  • 1834 Albert Lindley Lee, American lawyer, Kansas State Supreme Court Judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1836 King Francis II of the Two Sicilies (d. 1894)
  • 1837 James Phillip Simms, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • 1838 Franz Brentano, German philosopher & psychologist, born in Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1844 Ismail Qemali, Albanian nationalist (d. 1919)

André Michelin

1853 Andre Michelin, French industrialist, tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, born in Paris (d. 1931)

  • 1853 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1853 Gen Sir Ian Hamilton, British military commander (d. 1947)
  • 1853 Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, Russian philosopher, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1900)
  • 1864 Frank Bacon, American playwright, actor and author (Lightnin'), born near Yuba City, California (d. 1922)
  • 1868 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rájec nad Svitavou, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1870 Wilhelm Normann, German chemist (hardening of oils)
  • 1872 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1872 Henri-Paul Büsser, French composer and conductor, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1973)
  • 1873 Boyd Alexander, English explorer
  • 1874 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1875 Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Red River), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Robert Garbe, German poet (Gorniek)
  • 1885 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40)
  • 1885 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • 1887 John Hamilton, American actor (The Adventures of Superman - "Perry White"), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • 1888 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula; I Love Lucy; The Mummy), born in Dvůr Králové (Königinhof), Bohemia, Austria-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, born in Burra-Burra (now Burra), Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • 1894 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1895 Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1896 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet, born in Villahermosa, Tabasco (d. 1977)
  • 1898 Margaret Booth, American film editor (d. 2002)
  • 1898 Irving Rapper, UK-US film director (d. 1999)
  • 1900 Edith Frank, mother of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1945)

Fulgencio Batista

1901 Fulgencio Batista, Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), born in Banes, Cuba (d. 1973)

  • 1901 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • 1902 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Brussels, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; is Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Clement Greenberg, art critic
  • 1906 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1907 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), born in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist
  • 1907 Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Ethel Merman, American stage and screen actress (Anything Goes, Call Me Madam), born in Queens, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • 1910 David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar
  • 1911 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1911 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Franz Tumler, Austrian author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf)
  • 1914 Roger Aubert, Belgian church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX)
  • 1914 Roger Wagner, French-American choral director, and educator, was born in Le Puy, France (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Frederick Stewart, Scottish geologist, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1917 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter
  • 1918 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Bob Boucher, Kent Ohio, orchestra leader (Music on Ice)
  • 1920 Edgeworth Blair "Elliott" Reid, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Ernesto Bonino, Italian pop singer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, American western swing and jazz guitarist (The Whippoorwills; Sons of the Pioneers, 1961-86), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Willem Aantjes, Dutch political leader (CDA)
  • 1923 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, born in New York (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (d. 2002)
  • 1926 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • 1928 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1928 John William Fozard, aircraft designer
  • 1928 William Kennedy, American writer
  • 1928 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, born in El Gancho, Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Allard Lowenstein, radical (Students for Democratic Action)
  • 1929 Tage Nielsen, Danish composer, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Norman Podhoretz, American neoconservative pundit (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Johannes Rau, German politician, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A, 27, T-3), born in Udomlya, Russia (d. 2003)

Susan Sontag

1933 Susan Sontag, American author & film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

  • 1934 William Vollie Alexander Jr., American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1969- ), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934 Marilyn Horne, American mezzo-soprano, born in Bradford, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Richard Wernick, American composer (1977 Pulitzer Prize: Visions of Terror and Wonder), born in Boston, Massachusetts

A. J. Foyt

1935 A.J. Foyt, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1977; 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1967; Daytona 500, 1972; 24 Hours of Daytona, 1983, 1985; 12 Hours of Sebring 1985), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1935 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), born in Boże, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Michael White, British theater & film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Glasgow (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Bob Bogle, American surf rock bassist and guitarist (Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos [Jacoba Hollestelle], Dutch singer ("My Rose, My Little Rose"), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1937 Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress, born in Narrandera, Australia
  • 1937 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Michael Pataki, American actor (Get Christie Love), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1938 Jô Soares, Brazilian author, musician and TV personality, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1938 Lou Angotti, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Ramon "Ray" Philips, Welsh rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"), born in Tiger Bay, South Wales
  • 1941 Christine Janes, British tennis player, born in Loughton, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Richard Bohringer, French actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 Barbara Lynn [Ozen], American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("You'll Lose A Good Thing"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1942 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Tony P. Hall, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1979- ), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1942 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, born in Montréal, Québec (d. 2016)
  • 1942 James "Jimmy" Grashow, American sculptor and woodcut artist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Brian Ferneyhough, British composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Gavin Bryars, English composer, born in Goole, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina
  • 1944 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer
  • 1944 Jim Stafford, American singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill), born in Eloise, Florida
  • 1944 Juan Rodríguez Vega, Chilean soccer defender (26 caps; Universidad de Chile, Atlético Español), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Kabir Bedi, Pakistani actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1945 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Michael L. Coats, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1946 Katia Ricclarelli, Italian soprano and actress (Falstaff, Otello, Turandot), born in Rovigo, Italy
  • 1947 Georgette Mosbacher, American CEO (La Prairie cosmetics), born in Highland, Indiana
  • 1947 Juliet Berto, French actress (Le Sex Shop), born in Grenoble France (d. 1990)
  • 1947 Magdalen Nabb, British author, born in Lancashire, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Harvey Proctor, British politician, born in Pontefract, United Kingdom
  • 1947 James "Sandy" Pinkard, American country music songwriter, born in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • 1948 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948 Cliff Thorburn, Canadian champion snooker player, born in Victoria, British Columbia

John Carpenter

1948 John Carpenter, American film director (Halloween, The Thing), born in Carthage, New York

  • 1948 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer, born in Patea, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 1948 Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor, born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1949 Caroline Munro, English actress & model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • 1950 Debbie Allen, American dancer, choreographer, actress (Fame -"Lydia"), producer, and director (A Different World), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1950 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1950 (Kemji) "Damo" Suzuki, Japanese rock singer (Can; Damo Suzuki's Network), born in Japan
  • 1951 Richard "Rick" Thompson, American funk-disco guitarist (B. T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)")
  • 1952 Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr., Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1952 Roberta Baskin, American correspondent (48 Hours), born in New York, United States
  • 1952 Fuad II of Egypt, last King of Egypt and Sudan (1952-53), born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1953 Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi, born in Marfa, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1955 Jerry M. Linenger, American astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1956 Wayne Daniel, West Indies cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • 1956 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1956 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1956 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1956 Saadeddine Othmani, Moroccan politician and Prime Minister of Morocco (2017-present), born in Inezgane, Morocco
  • 1957 Ricardo Darin, Argentine director and actor (The Secret in Their Eyes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1958 Anatoli Boukreev, Kazakhstani-Russian mountaineer, born in Korkino, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1958 Lena Ek, Swedish politician, born in Mönsterås, Sweden
  • 1959 Juanita Bynum, American televangelist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Sade [Helen Folasade Adu], Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer (Soldier of Love, Smooth Operator), born in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
  • 1960 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1961 Paul Raven, English rock bassist (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter ("I Kissed a Girl"), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962 Kevin Ross, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1962 Paul Webb, English rocker (Talk Talk - ''It's My Life"), born in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian Labor Party politician, born in Bellingen, Australia
  • 1962 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1963 James May, English television presenter, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Gail Graham, Canadian golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • 1964 Mark Collins, American NFL cornerback and safety (Super Bowl 1986, 90; First-team All-Pro 1989; New York Giants), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Anthony Washington, American discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Glasgow, Montana
  • 1966 Jack McDowell, American pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1967 Jeff Branson, American infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in St. Louis, Missouri,
  • 1968 David Chokachi, American actor (Baywatch), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Roy Jones Jr., American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1970 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970 Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1970 Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author, born in Holywood, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1971 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City
  • 1972 Joe Horn, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • 1972 Dameon Clarke, Canadian actor, born in Mississauga, Canada
  • 1972 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner, born in Morocco
  • 1972 Richard T. Jones, American actor, born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Greg Page, Australian musician and actor (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge, Two and a Half Men), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas

Kate Moss

1974 Kate Moss, English model, born in Croydon, England

  • 1975 Greg Strause, American visual effects creator, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1975 Gillian Iliana Waters, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver, born in Surgut, RSFSR, Soviet Union