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, composer
  • 1807 Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)

  • 1815 Adolph Trube, composer
  • 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)

Person of interestAndré Michelin

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

Industrialist and Publisher André Michelin
Industrialist and Publisher
André Michelin
  • 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 Busser, composer
  • 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 (Superman), 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, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1890 Lloyd Bacon, American actor (Charlie Chaplin), born in San Jose, California (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Daisy Kennedy, Australian violinist (d. 1981)
  • 1894 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • 1894 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (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)

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

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

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 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 composer and conductor
  • 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, American choral musician (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 singer (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1923 Roy Lanham, Western guitar player (Sons of the Pioneers), born in Corbin Kentucky
  • 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, Spanish soprano (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)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

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

Author Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
  • 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, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestA. J. Foyt

1935 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 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 bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Conny Vandenbos, 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
  • 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, American singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1942 Billy Francis, American rocker (Dr Hook), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 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)

  • 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
  • 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 & 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
  • 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

Person of interestJohn Carpenter

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

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 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/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950 Jesse Dizon, American actor, born in Oceanside, California
  • 1950 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1950 Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer (Can), born in Japan
  • 1951 Richard Thompson, American rocker (B. T. Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 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 musician (Killing Joke), born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1961 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1962 Kevin Ross, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1962 Paul Webb, English rocker (TalkTalk), 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 (NY Giants, KC Chiefs, GB Packers), 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 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), born in New York
  • 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
  • 1972 Desiree Leipham, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 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, 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

Person of interestKate Moss

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

Supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss
  • 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
  • 1977 Jeff Foster, American basketball player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player, born in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
  • 1979 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1979 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Carlyle, Canada