On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 19

  • 399 Pulcheria, Byzantine empress and regent of the Eastern Roman Empire (450-453), born in Constantinople (d. 453)
  • 1200 Dōgen, Japanese Buddhist priest and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1253)
  • 1544 Francis II, King of France (1559-60) and husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, born in Château de Fontainebleau, France (d. 1560)
  • 1613 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, born in Beaune (d. 1652)
  • 1639 Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
  • 1676 John Weldon, English composer, born in Chichester, England (d. 1736)
  • 1679 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
  • 1686 Hakuin Ekakuborn, Japan, Zen Buddhist

James Watt

1736 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1819)

  • 1736 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95)
  • 1737 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Fr writer (Paul et Virgin)
  • 1739 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect (d. 1808)
  • 1749 Isaiah Thomas, American printer/editor/publisher/historian
  • 1752 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • 1757 Augusta Reuss-Ebersdorf, German Princess (d. 1831)
  • 1760 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer
  • 1790 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish romantic poet (Blommorna (The Flowers), Lycksalighetens Ö (The Island of Bliss)) and historian (Svenska Siare och Skalder), born in Åsbo, Sweden (d. 1855)
  • 1798 Auguste Comte, French philosopher & writer (A General View of Positivism), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1857)
  • 1802 [Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgium min of Foreign affairs (1831)
  • 1806 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer

Robert E. Lee

1807 Robert E. Lee, American General who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War, born in Stratford Virginia (d. 1870)

  • 1808 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher, born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1887)

Edgar Allan Poe

1809 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • 1813 Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)
  • 1816 Henry Gray, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1820 John Haskell King, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1827 Carlos Guido y Spano, Argentina, conductor (Rafagas,)
  • 1830 George Blake Cosby, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • 1832 Ferdinand Laub, composer
  • 1832 Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer
  • 1837 William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)
  • 1839 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer

Paul Cézanne

1839 Paul Cézanne, French artist and Post-Impressionist painter (The Basket of Apples), born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1906)

  • 1848 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)

Matthew Webb

1848 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, born in Dawley, England (d. 1883)

  • 1851 David Starr Jordan, American biologist and university president (Leland Stanford), born in New York
  • 1851 Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer
  • 1858 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries)
  • 1859 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1860 Patrick Cotter O'Brien, Irish showman, first known eight-foot-tall person (stood 8ft 1 inch), born in Kinsale, Ireland (d. 1806)
  • 1863 Werner Sombart, German fascist (Juden und das Wirtschaftsleben)
  • 1866 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), born in NYC, New York (d. 1949)
  • 1868 Gustav Meyrink, Austrian writer (The Golem), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1932)
  • 1869 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor (Rotterdam 1906-22)/Dir (League of Nations)
  • 1873 Hans Erich Blaich [Dr. Owlglass], German writer (Simplicissimus), born in Leutkirch im Allgäu (d. 1945)
  • 1878 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1879 Marie Koenen, author/wife of Felix Rutten (Wassend Cereal)
  • 1879 Boris Savinkov, Russian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1883 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor
  • 1884 Albert Louis Wolff, composer
  • 1887 Alexander Woollcott, American critic and short story writer (The Man Who Came to Dinner), born in Phalanx, New Jersey (d. 1943)
  • 1889 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Davos Switzerland, painter, sculptor and dancer
  • 1892 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), born in Borgarnes, Iceland (d. 1964)
  • 1897 Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer
  • 1897 René Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight (Rechtskundig Weekblad)
  • 1899 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • 1902 Heinrich Schmist-Barrien, German author (Moorkeerl)
  • 1903 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • 1904 James W. Watts, American neurosurgeon, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Anne Schumacher Hummert, Baltimore US, leading creator of daytime radio serials during the 1930s and 1940s
  • 1905 Oveta Culp Hobby, government official/newspaper publisher/CEO (Houston Post)
  • 1906 Ish Kabbible [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • 1906 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1906 Lillian Harvey [Pape], British actress (Invitation to the Waltz; Congress Dance), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Willi Schmidt, German director
  • 1912 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch soc dem chairman (1965-69)
  • 1912 Leonid V Kantorovich, economist (Nobel), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1913 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author
  • 1913 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), born in Talmage, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1913 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (d. 1955)
  • 1913 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Alvy West, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Rudolf Maros, Hungarian composer (Sirato/Lament; Euphonies), and pedagogue, born in Stachy, Bohemia (d. 1982)
  • 1918 John H Johnson, American publisher (Negro Digest, Ebony, Jet)
  • 1920 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian diplomat, 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1982-91) and Prime Minister of Peru (2000-01), born in Lima
  • 1920 Luciano Chailly, Italian opera composer (L'Idiota) and artistic director (La Scala), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Patricia Highsmith [Plangman], US/Swiss writer (Strangers on a Train)
  • 1921 "Billy Batts" Devino, American gangster (d. 1970)
  • 1922 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), born in Pumpkin Center, California (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Ken Hughes, director (Casino Royale), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1923 Jean Stapleton, American actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Markus Wolf, German spy (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Henry Herbert, 7th earl of Carnarvon, English peer and racing manager to the Queen, born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Jean Francois Revel, French journalist/author (Ni Marx ni Jesus)
  • 1924 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Nina [Mary] Bawden, English author (Afternoon of a Good Woman), (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Fritz Weaver, actor (Josef-Holocaust, Day of the Dolphin), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Libera Carlier, Flemish author (Action Station Go!)
  • 1928 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1928 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident), born in Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2020) dies at 96
  • 1929 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2012)
  • 1930 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • 1930 Nathalie "Tippi" Hedren, American actress, animal rights activist and former fashion model (The Birds, Marnie), born in New Ulm, Minnesota
  • 1931 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931 Ron Packard, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • 1932 Joe Schmidt, College/Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (10 x Pro Bowl; 8 x First-team All-Pro; NFL C'ship 1953, 57; Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions 1967-72), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • 1935 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, born in Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor, playwright and poet (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1936 Elliott Schwartz, composer, born in New York City
  • 1937 Phil Wilson, American jazz trombonist, arranger (Woody Herman; Buddy Rich), and teacher (Berklee College of Music; New England Conservatory), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1938 Denny Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1981- )
  • 1938 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), born in Stockholm (d. 2004)

Phil Everly

1939 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"),, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

  • 1940 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

Mary Mills

1940 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • 1940 Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • 1940 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Tony Anholt, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Pat Patterson, Canadian pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame; creator Royal Rumble), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Michael Crawford [Michael Patrick Smith], British Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • 1942 Shelley Fabares, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California

Janis Joplin

1943 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

  • 1943 Margriet Francisca, Dutch Princess
  • 1943 Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress
  • 1944 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1944 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), born in Saltvik, Åland Islands, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Laurie London, English singer
  • 1944 Peter Lynch, American investor
  • 1945 Charles Amirkhanian, American composer, born in Fresno, California
  • 1945 Vadim Abdrashitov, director (Fox Hunt, Parade of Planets)
  • 1946 Alexandr Vladimirovich Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut

Dolly Parton

1946 Dolly Parton, American country singer-songwriter ("Jolene"; ""I Will Always Love You", "9 to 5"), actress, and literacy advocate, born in Sevierville, Tennessee

  • 1946 Julian Barnes, English writer (Before She Met Me, The Sense of an Ending), born in Leicester, England
  • 1947 Roderic "Rod" Evans, English rocker (The Maze, Deep Purple), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1947 Alessandro Haber, actor (China is Near)
  • 1947 Ann Compton, news reporter (ABC TV)
  • 1947 Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1948 Harvey Hinsley, British musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), born in Batley, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • 1950 Sébastien Dhavernas, Quebec actor, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1950 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1951 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels - "Only the Lonely"; "Shame"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1952 Dewey Bunell, British-American musician (America - "Daisy Jane"), born in Borough of Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Linda Hayden, English actress (The Blood on Satan's Claw, The Boys from Brazil), born in Stanmore, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Desi Arnaz Jr., American actor (Here's Lucy - "Craig", Fakeout, Joyride) & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Richard Legendre, Canadian tennis player & politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1954 Katey Sagal, American actress & singer-songwriter (Married With Children - "Peg"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1954 Cindy Sherman, American photographer & director, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1954 Katharina Thalbach, German actress & film director, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1955 Simon Rattle, English orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor & comedian, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Carman Licciardello, American Christian music singer, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1957 Mickael Virtue, British rock keyboardist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1957 Ottis Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1957 Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rican politician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Thomas Kinkade, American painter, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)
  • 1960 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1961 Paul McCrane, American actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 William Ragsdale, American actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk), born in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • 1962 Chris Sabo, American baseball 3rd baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist, born in Valkenswaard, Netherlands
  • 1963 Caron Wheeler, English singer (Soul II Soul - "Keep on Movin'"), born in Acton, London
  • 1963 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1963 Martin Bashir, British reporter, born in Wandsworth, London
  • 1963 John Bercow, British politician (C), Speaker of the House of Commons (2009-), born in London, England
  • 1964 Janine Antoni, Bahamian artist, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1964 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer, born in Jocotenango, Guatemala
  • 1965 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965 J. B. Pritzker, American businessman (Pritzker Group), and politician (Governor of Illinois, 2019- present), born in Atherton, California
  • 1966 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • 1966 Sylvain Cote, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1966 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 1967 Christine Tucci, American actress (Amanda Cory-Another World), born in Katonah, New York
  • 1967 Javier Cámara, Spanish actor, born in Albelda de Iregua, Spain
  • 1968 Marty Conlon, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1968 Whitfield Crane [William Whitfield Crane IV], American rock musician (Ugly Kid Joe - "Mad Man"; "Too Bad"), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1969 Junior Seau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • 1969 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1969 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1969 Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 1969 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer, born in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
  • 1970 Ghetty Chasun, American actress (Red Lips), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Rick Krivda, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 T. J. Mathews, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Columbia, Illinois
  • 1970 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • 1970 Udo Suzuki, Japanese comedian, born in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
  • 1971 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 1971 Shawn Wayans, American actor (In Living Color), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 John Wozniak, American singer & songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • 1972 Tyrone Wheatley, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Inkster, Michigan
  • 1972 Joana Benedek, Romanian-born Mexican actress, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1972 Ron Killings, American professional wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1972 Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1972 Drea de Matteo, American actress (Swordfish, The Sopranos), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1973 Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • 1973 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia