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Famous Birthdays on January 18

  • 885 Daigo, 60th Emperor of Japan (897-930), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 930)
  • 1519 Isabella Jagiełło, Queen consort and regent of Hungary, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1559)
  • 1543 Alfonso Ferrabosco, Italian composer who brought madrigal music to England, born in Bologna (d. 1588)
  • 1641 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), born in Paris (d. 1691)
  • 1657 Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Prince of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen (1664-96), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1696)
  • 1672 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • 1685 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical prof, baptized
  • 1688 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, born in Dorset, United Kingdom (d. 1765)
  • 1689 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • 1726 Hendrik D F L, prince of Prussia/diplomat
  • 1732 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer
  • 1751 Ferdinand Kauer, composer
  • 1764 Samuel Whitbread, English politician, born in Cardington, Bedfordshire (d. 1815)

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget

Person of interestDaniel Webster

1782 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • 1793 William Henry Havergal, composer

  • 1795 Anna Paulowna Romanova, monarch of Russia/daughter of Tsar Paul I
  • 1809 Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1813 Joseph Glidden, American inventor of 1st commercial usable barbed wire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1906)
  • 1815 James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1815 Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), (d. 1873)
  • 1815 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1817 Jacques Gregoir, composer
  • 1818 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch literary/theologist
  • 1820 Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1825 Edward Frankland, Lancaster, U.K, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence
  • 1829 Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Blood to Bridge)
  • 1831 Edward Ferrero, American ballroom operator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Granada, Spain (d. 1899)
  • 1835 Caesar A Cui, fort architect/composer, born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1835 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet
  • 1840 Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer
  • 1840 Ernst Rudorff, composer
  • 1841 Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier, French composer (España, Joyeuse marche, Le Roi Malgré Lui), born in Ambert, Puy-de-Dôme (d. 1894)
  • 1842 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1848 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1849 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03), born in Glebe, colony of New South Wales (d. 1920)

  • 1850 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)
  • 1854 Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)
  • 1856 John Hyatt Brewer, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1931)
  • 1857 Otto von Below, German commandant (WWI)

Person of interestDaniel Williams

1858 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart Surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart Surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1861 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist
  • 1861 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer
  • 1867 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan Journalist, Diplomat, Poet (d. 1916)
  • 1869 Willem De Vreese, Flemish linguist/biblographer
  • 1870 Berend Modderman, printer (Drukkers yearbook)
  • 1872 Paul Leautaud [Maurice Boissard], French writer (Petit ami)
  • 1877 Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1878 Hendrik Baels, Belgian politician
  • 1879 Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • 1880 Paul Ehrenfest, Austrian-Dutch theoretical physicist (phase transition, Ehrenfest theorem), born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1881 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]

Person of interestA. A. Milne

1882 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, born in Hampstead Middlesex (d. 1956)

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 1882 Jacob Clay, Dutch philosopher and phyicist (Mesones)
  • 1884 Arthur Ransome, English author (Swallows & Amazons)
  • 1886 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • 1886 Peter Alma, Dutch painter and graphic artist

Person of interestOliver Hardy

1892 Oliver Hardy, American comic actor (Laurel & Hardy), born in Harlem, Georgia (d. 1957)

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • 1892 Paul Rostock, German surgeon, born in Kręcko, Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1893 John Lawrence Seymour, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1894 Wilhelm H. C. Tenhaeff, Dutch parapsychologist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1896 Hans H. Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1980)
  • 1896 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Arie Querido, Dutch social psychiatrist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1901 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician, born in Sevsk, Russia (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1996)

Person of interestCary Grant

1904 Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 1986)

Actor Cary Grant
Actor
Cary Grant
  • 1904 Henri-Georges Adam, French engraver & sculptor (Grand Nude), born in Paris, France (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2006)
  • 1905 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), born in Kingston, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso and crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1906 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours), born in Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Janos Ferencsik, Hungarian conductor (Budapest Opera), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Albert P. Morano, American politician (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, mother of the current King of Sweden, born in Schloss Friedenstein Gotha, Gotha, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Arthur John Howard, British actor (Frieda, Last Holiday, Paradiso, Glass Cage), born in Camberwell, London (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Gabor Darvas, Hungarian composer, born in Satu Mare, Romania (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Danny Kaye [David Daniel Kaminski], American comedian and actor (Danny Kaye Show, White Christmas), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1912 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer & songwriter, born in Trikala, Greece (d. 1984)
  • 1916 James Crow, American geneticist & educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Oscar Lewenstein, British impresario, born in Hackney, London (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman, born in Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, Brazilian priest, born in Aracaju, State of Sergipe, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1920 Constance Moore, American singer & actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2005)

  • 1921 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Bob Bell, American clown, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Donald Baverstock, British TV producer, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Anthony Joly de Lotbiniere, British TV producer, born in Cheshire, England
  • 1925 Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (Difference and Repetition), born in Paris, France (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Edouard Dermithe, Italian actor (Orpheus, Thomas the Impostor), born in Gallignana, Istria, Italian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player, born in Mylapore, Chennai, India (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Robert Anton Wilson, American sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1933 David Bellamy, English botanist & TV presenter, born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1933 John Boorman, English filmmaker (Exorcist II, Deliverance, Zardoz), born in Shepperton, United Kingdom

Person of interestRay Dolby

1933 Ray Dolby, American sound expert & inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 1933 Vladimir Yevgrafovich Bugrov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow
  • 1933 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), born in Le Bardo, Tunisia (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Ray Milton Dolby, American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1935 Raymond Briggs, English author (Fungus the Bogeyman), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1935 Jon Stallworthy, English poet, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Gad Yaacobi, Israeli minister, born in Kfar Vitkin, Israel (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1937 John Hume, Northern Irish politician (jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Good Friday Agreement), born in Derry, Northern Ireland (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1938 Curt Flood, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), born in Houston, Teas (d. 1997)
  • 1939 Bernard Glassman, American Zen Buddhist roshi (Zen Center of NY), born in Brighton Beach, New York
  • 1940 Pedro Rodriguez, Spanish racing driver, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (d. 1971)
  • 1941 Bobby Goldsboro, American singer (Honey), born in Marianna, Florida
  • 1941 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • 1941 Iva Zanicchi, Italian actress (Ragazza Tutta d'Oro), born in Ligonchio, Italy
  • 1941 Denise Bombardier, Quebec journalist, television host and novelist, born in Montreal, Canada

  • 1943 Kay Granger, American politician, born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1944 Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1944 Relus ter Beek, Dutch Minister of defense (PvdA), born in Coevorden, Netherlands (d. 2008)

Person of interestPaul Keating

1944 Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1991-96), born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • 1944 Carl Morton, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • 1944 Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian politician, President of Austria (2017-), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1944 Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • 1946 Joseph Deiss, Swiss economist & politician, born in Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1947 Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, Fireworks), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Philippe Starck, French designer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • 1950 Claudia de Colombia, Colombian singer (Yo Creo En Ti), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1950 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1950 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Bob Latchford, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1982)
  • 1951 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1952 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952 Michael Behe, American biochemist & advocate of intelligent design, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Brett Hudson, American comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1954 Ted DiBiase, American professional wrestler, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1955 Hans van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1982)

Person of interestKevin Costner

1955 Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1955 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 George Mark Collie, American country singer (Another Old Soldier), born in Waynesboro Tennessee
  • 1956 Tom Bailey, English rock vocalist & keyboardist (Thompson Twins-Doctor Doctor), born in Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • 1958 Jeffrey N Williams, United States Army officer & NASA astronaut, born in Village of Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1958 Larry Smith, American NBA player, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • 1959 Bob Rosenberg, American musician (Will To Power), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 1960 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) & theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent

Person of interestMark Messier

1961 Mark Messier, Canadian NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Jeff Yagher, American actor, born in Lawrence, Kansas
  • 1962 Alison Arngrim, American actress (Nellie-Little House of the Prairie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), born in Barcelos, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Maxime Bernier, French-Canadian politician, born in Saint-Georges, Canada
  • 1963 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1964 Virgil Hill, American middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Clinton, Missouri
  • 1964 Jane Horrocks, British actress (Little Voice, Corpse Bride, Absolutely Fabulous), born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England
  • 1964 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964 Enrico Lo Verso, Italian actor, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1965 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Dave Attell, American writer & comedian, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1966 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1967 Kim Perrot, American WNBA guard (Houston Comets), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1967 MC Tab [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1968 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969 Jesse L. Martin, American actor & singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • 1969 Dave Bautista, American professional wrestler, born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1970 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • 1970 DJ Quik [David Marvin Blake], American rapper (Quik Is the Name), born in Compton, California
  • 1970 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist, born in Brakel, Belgium
  • 1971 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • 1971 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971 Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1971 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver (Formula 3000 1991), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1971 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian politician & television personality, born in St. John's, Canada
  • 1971 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author & journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • 1972 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Mike Lieberthal, American MLB catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Ryan Kuehl, American football long snapper (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Steven Conley, American football linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1973 Crispian Mills, English singer-songwriter & guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • 1973 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1973 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1973 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1973 Burnie Burns, American film producer & comedian (Machinima, Rooster Teeth), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1974 Devon Odessa, American actress (Sharon-My So Called Life, Girl of Limberlost), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1974 Shane Burton, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • 1974 Michael Tunn, Australian radio announcer & television presenter, born in Adelaide, Australia