Famous Birthdays on January 2

  • 1642 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey)
  • 1647 Nathaniel Bacon, leader of Bacon's Rebellion, Va (1676)
  • 1699 Osman III, sultan of Turkey (1754-57), born in Edirne Palace, Edirne (d. 1757)
  • 1713 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), born in Paris, France (d. 1803)
  • 1719 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder (d. 1797)

James WolfeJames Wolfe (1727-1759)

British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, born in Westerham, England

  • 1728 Louis Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian count/diplomat in Belgium
  • 1732 František "Franz" Xaver Brixi, Czech classical composer and kapellmeister, born in Prague (d. 1771)
  • 1752 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • 1777 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • 1803 Gugliemo Libri [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • 1807 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, born in Studzianka, West Galicia, (now Poland) (d. 1852)
  • 1809 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1822 Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (one of the founders of the study of thermodynamics), born in Köslin Prussia (d. 1888)
  • 1827 Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
  • 1830 Henry Kingsley, English Australian writer, born in Northamptonshire (d. 1876)
  • 1831 Justin Winston, historian/librarian (Harvard)
  • 1833 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (d. 1893)
  • 1835 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1836 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Jewish writer (d. 1917)
  • 1836 Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
  • 1837 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1842 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist
  • 1846 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer and son of Ferenc Erkel, born in Pest (d. 1900)

Alice Mary RobertsonAlice Mary Robertson (1854-1931)

American educator, social worker and 2nd woman in US Congress, born in Tullahassee Mission, Indian Territory

  • 1855 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • 1857 Frederick Opper, cartoonist (Maud, Alphonse & Gaston)
  • 1857 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1935)
  • 1860 William C Mills, museum curator (excavated Ohio Indian mounds)
  • 1861 Helen Herron Taft, American First lady (1909-13) as wife of President William Howard Taft, planted Washington's cherry trees, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Lucia Zarate, became lightest known adult human (2.1 kg at 17)
  • 1866 Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • 1868 Arthur Gore, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1901, 08-09), born at Lydhurst, England (d. 1928)
  • 1870 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, born in Wedel (d. 1938)
  • 1870 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1929)
  • 1873 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics)
  • 1873 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • 1877 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • 1879 Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • 1879 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), born in Sudbury, England (d. 1938)
  • 1880 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer
  • 1884 Jacques Chardonne [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame)
  • 1885 Johannes Ringers, Dutch water engineer (dikes)
  • 1885 José Méndez, Cuban Baseball HOF pitcher (NgL World Series 1924; 3 × NgL NL pennants; Kansas City Monarchs), born in Cárdenas, Cuba (d. 1928)
  • 1886 Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress (Lady Helen's Escapade), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)
  • 1886 Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Galican/American poet (In New-York)
  • 1889 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1892 Lura Anson, Nebraska, entertainer
  • 1893 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Robert Nathan, American poet and novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1895 Count Folke Bernadotte, Swedish statesman (Red Cross, UN)
  • 1896 Dziga Vertiv [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • 1896 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, born in Eitorf, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/Secretary-General of NATO (1957-61)
  • 1900 William Haines, American actor (Fast Life, Little Annie Rooney), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille; Zara; Midnight, Thief), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1901 Robert "Bob" Marshall, American forester, wilderness activist and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1901 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1902 Dan Keating, Irish republican (d. 2007)
  • 1903 Anton van Duinkerken [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • 1903 Kane Tanaka, Japanese centenarian (world's 2nd oldest recorded person), born in Wajiro Village, Japan (d. 2022)
  • 1904 James Melton, American pop (1920-30's) and operatic tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1942-50), born in Moultrie, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1904 Walter Heitler, German physicist, quantum field theorist, philosopher, and writer (Man and Science), born in Karlsruhe, German Empire (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Lev Schnirelmann, Gomel, Russian Empire, mathematician (d. 1938)
  • 1905 Michael Kemp Tippett, British conductor and composer (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Edward Albert Radice, British economist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Salvador Ley, Guatemalan pianist, composer, and educator (National Conservatory; Westchester Conservatory), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Ben Grauer, American newscaster (Big Story), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1908 Jānis Ķepītis, Latvian pianist, conductor, and composer, born in Beverīna, Latvia (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1910 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Telugu Poet, born in Visakhapatnam, India (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1912 André Amellér, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), born in Arnaville, France (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), born in Ightham, Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Ernest Sidey, British air marshal (General of RAF Medical Services, Honorary Surgeon to the Queen), born in Alyth, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Gardner Read, American composer (Quiet Music for Strings; Dance of the Locomotives), and pedagogue (Boston University, 1948-78), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Juanita Jackson Mitchell, American lawyer (1st African American to practice law in Maryland, NAACP), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1915 John Hope Franklin, historian
  • 1915 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, born in Millbury, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Vera Zorina [Eva Hartwig], German-Norwegian ballet dancer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • 1920 Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, English aristocrat (Chatsworth), politician, married Deborah Mitford, born in London, England (d. 2004)

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov (1920-1992)

Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia

  • 1920 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker
  • 1921 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), born in Holland, Manitoba (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, born in Alkmaar (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Andrzej Nikodemovich, Ukrainian-Polish organist, pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (d. 2008)
  • 1925 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1926 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), born in Smithers, West Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1927 David Herbert, publisher
  • 1928 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, born in Milan, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1928 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 1928 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • 1928 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • 1928 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Tiberiu Olah, Romanian-Hungarian composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in 1928, Batar, Romania (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1930 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Frank Marocco, American jazz, pop, classical, and session accordionist, arranger and composer, born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Robin Marlar, English cricket spin bowler (Cambridge University CC, Sussex CCC) and journalist (The Sunday Times; "The Story of Cricket"), born in Eastbourne, England (d. 2022)
  • 1931 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1932 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, British India (d. 1985) [1]
  • 1933 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist
  • 1936 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2015)

Roger MillerRoger Miller (1936-1992)

American country singer-songwriter ("King of the Road"; "Dang Me"), born in Fort Worth, Texas

  • 1937 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1938 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)
  • 1938 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)

Jim BakkerJim Bakker (83 years old)

1939 American televangelist (Assemblies of God, The PTL Club) and convicted fraud, born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 1940 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1942 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher ("Chinese Opera"), born in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania)
  • 1944 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1945 Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian Croat general & war criminal, born in Čapljina, Independent State of Croatia (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Tikhonov, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold biathlon relay 1968, 72, 76, 80), born in Uyskoye, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1947 Calvin Hill, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1969, 72–74; All-Pro 1969, 73; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • 1947 Lanny Bassham, American sports shooter (Olympic gold small-bore rifle, 3 positions 1976; silver 1972), born in Comanche, Texas
  • 1948 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1949 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1949 Michael "Chick" Churchill, British blues-rock keyboardist (Ten Years After - "I'm Going Home"), born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • 1951 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • 1951 Nadia Cassini [Gianna Lou Muller], American model (Oui), born in Woodstock, New York
  • 1952 (Graeme) "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks - "Ego Is Not A Dirty Word";"Jukebox in Siberia"), TV host (Shirl's Neighbourhood), and carpenter (Our House), born in Malvern, Victoria, Australia) (d. 2001)
  • 1952 Man-Tat Ng, Hong Kong actor (The Final Combat), born in Xiamen, China
  • 1952 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Cynthia Sikes, American actress (Flamingo Road; St Elsewhere), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American funk and R&B singer (Sly & The Family Stone; Parliament-Funkadelic; The Brides of Funkenstein - "Disco To Go"), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954 Glen Goins, American funk guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic - "Fantasy Is Reality"), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1954 Henry Bonilla, American politician (US House of Representatives (R) from Texas, 1993-2007), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1954 John Barlow Jarvis, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter ("Love Can Build A Bridge"), touring and session pianist (Vince Gill; James Taylor), and recording artist, born in Pasadena, California
  • 1954 Lyudmila Borozna, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold USSR 1972), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1955 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • 1956 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • 1957 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • 1957 Lynne Cox, American long-distance open-water swimmer known for easing Cold War tensions by swimming from the US to the Soviet Union in 1987, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian concert pianist (Tchaikovsky Prize, 1982; Leeds, 1987), born in Belebey, Bashkir ASSR (now Bashkortostan)
  • 1959 Kirti Azad, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests; 25 ODIs) and politician, born in Darbhanga, India
  • 1960 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • 1960 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • 1961 Craig James, American NFL running back and sports commentator (Pro Bowl 1985; New England Patriots; ABC, ESPN), born in Jacksonville, Texas

Gabrielle CarterisGabrielle Carteris (61 years old)

1961 American actress (Andrea in Beverly Hills 90210), born in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • 1961 Orrett Rhoden, Jamaican concert pianist, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1961 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • 1963 David Cone, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1999; AL Cy Young Award 1994; 5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1992 Toronto Blue Jays; 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963 Edgar Martínez, American Baseball HOF third baseman and DH (7 × MLB All-Star; 5 × Silver Slugger Award; AL batting champion 1992, 95; Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Wu Man, Chinese-American pipa (lute-like instrument) player, and composer (Silk Road Ensemble), born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • 1964 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest who was murdered in front of his own vicarage, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1996) [1] [2]
  • 1964 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-division world champion), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1964 Rumesh Ratnayake, Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler (23 Tests, 73 wickets; 70 ODIs), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1965 Greg Swindell, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2001; MLB All Star 1989; Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1967 Francois Pienaar, South African rugby union flanker and captain (29 caps; Rugby World Cup 1995; Transvaal, Saracens), born in Vereeniging, South Africa
  • 1967 Jón Gnarr, Icelandic comedian
  • 1967 Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1968 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch equestrian rider (Olympic gold dressage 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 1994, 2006), born in Erp, Netherlands
  • 1968 Cuba Gooding Jr, American actor (Boyz N the Hood: Gladiator; As Good As It Gets: Jerry Maquire), born in the Bronx, NYC
  • 1968 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • 1968 Scott Mitchell, American NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

Christy TurlingtonChristy Turlington (53 years old)

1969 American model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1969 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer (IBF, IBO and Ring magazine light heavyweight titles 2004-05), born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
  • 1969 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • 1969 Róbert Švehla, Slovak NHL defenceman (Florida Panthers 573 games; Slovakia 44 games), born in Martin, Slovakia

Tommy MorrisonTommy Morrison (1969-2013)

American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), born in Gravette, Arkansas

  • 1969 William Fox-Pitt MBE, English equestrian (Olympic silver team 2004, 12; bronze 2008; World Equestrian Games gold team 2010), born in London, England
  • 1970 Anthony Stuart, Australian cricket fast bowler and coach (3 ODIs; 8 wickets @ 13.62; hat trick 1997), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • 1970 Eric Whitacre, American Grammy Award-winning choral conductor and composer (Lux Aurumque; Deep Field), born in Reno, Nevada
  • 1970 Glenn Cadrez, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Denver Broncos), born in El Centro, California
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American operatic countertenor, born in New York City
  • 1970 Royce Clayton, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1997; SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals) and actor (The Rookie, Moneyball), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian pop singer ("I Admit"), born in Târgu Mureș, Transylvania, Romania.
  • 1971 Aamer Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 20 wickets; 9 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1971 Renée Elise Goldsberry, American actress and singer (Hamilton), born in San Jose, California
  • 1971 Taye Diggs, American actor (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American television, film and video game composer, born in Methuen, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Mattias Norström, Swedish ice hockey defenceman (LA Kings captain 2001-07; World C'ship gold Sweden 1998), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1973 Chris Woodruff, American tennis player and coach (Indian Wells 1999 semi-finals; coach University of Tennessee), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973 Will Kirby, American actor
  • 1974 Ludmila Formanová, Czech athlete (World C'ship gold 800m 1999), born in Čáslav, Czech Republic
  • 1974 Tomáš Řepka, Czech soccer defender (46 caps; Sparta Prague, Fiorentina, West Ham United), born in Slavičín, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian rockabilly guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (The Living End - "One Said to the Other"; "White Noise"; The Wrights - "Evie"), record producer and studio owner, born in Melbourne, Australia, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1975 Dax Shepard, American actor (Parenthood (TV series); CHiPS (movie)), born in Highland Township, Michigan
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank - "The Reason"), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • 1975 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (50 caps; captain 2002-03; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Christchurch, New Zealand