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Famous Birthdays on January 22

  • 1263 Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)

Ivan the Great

1440 Ivan III, the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505) who conquered Lithuania, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1505)

  • 1553 Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior (d. 1625)

Francis Bacon

1561 Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)

  • 1571 Robert Bruce Cotton, English antiquary, politician
  • 1592 Pierre Gassendi, Champtercier Provence, scientist/philosopher

William Kidd

1645 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, born in Greenock (or Dundee), Scotland (d. 1701) date and place disputed

  • 1649 Pascal Collasse, composer
  • 1654 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)
  • 1655 Geleyn Evertsen, lt-admiral (Zealand)
  • 1690 Nicolas Lancret, French painter (d. 1743)
  • 1707 Carl Hockh, German composer and violinist (d. 1773)
  • 1709 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, born in Rainbach im Mühlkreis (d. 1782)
  • 1729 Giuseppe Luigi Tibaldi, composer
  • 1729 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German critic/dramatist
  • 1733 Philip Carteret, British Naval Officer
  • 1748 Lewis Edson, early American composer, born in Woodstock, New York (d. 1820)
  • 1756 Vincenzo Righini, composer
  • 1779 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • 1781 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer

Lord Byron

1788 Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron], English romantic poet (Don Juan), born in London (d. 1824)

  • 1796 Karl Claus, Russian chemist (d. 1864)
  • 1797 Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil (d. 1826)
  • 1799 Ludger Duvernay, Canadian printer and publisher (d. 1852)
  • 1802 Richard Upjohn, American gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY)
  • 1815 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer
  • 1820 Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • 1820 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter (Jahresringe)
  • 1820 Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
  • 1824 Josef Leopold Zvonař, Czech organist and composer, born in Kublov, Bohemia (d. 1865)
  • 1826 [Merriwether] Jeff Thompson, Partisan (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1840 Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1842 Charles Henri Marechal, composer
  • 1845 Jacob Verdam, Dutch philologist
  • 1845 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer
  • 1848 Samuel Muller Fzn, Dutch historian/archivist (Middle Ages)
  • 1849 August Strindberg, Swedish dramatist/novelist (Apologia)
  • 1854 Luke Short, American Old West gunslinger and saloon owner, born in Polk County, Arkansas (d. 1893)
  • 1855 Ernst Kullak, German pianist, and composer of parlor music, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1855 Albert Neisser, German physician who discovered the bacteria that cause gonorrhea and leprosy, born in Schweidnitz, Prussian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1858 Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist, economist (founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), born in Standish (d. 1943)
  • 1858 Frederick Lugard, British captain/baron (Congo)
  • 1861 Karel Stecker, Czech organist, pedagogue, and composer of organ and sacred music, born on Kosmanos, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1865 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist
  • 1870 Charles Arnold Tournemire, French organist and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1939)
  • 1871 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), born in Stettin (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, Prime Minister of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • 1874 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Bonifacius C de Jonge, governor (Dutch East Indies)

D. W. Griffith

1875 D.W. Griffith, American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), born in LaGrange, Kentucky (d. 1948)

  • 1875 Thomas W Ross, American actor (Without Limit, Kings Row, 17, Mortal Storm), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1959)
  • 1877 Hjalmar Schacht, president of German Reichsbank/minister of Economics
  • 1878 Constance Collier, British actress and writer (Rope, Stage Door, Whirlpool), born in Windsor, England (d. 1955)
  • 1879 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), born in Paris, France (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1886 John Joseph Becker, composer
  • 1887 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1890 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), born in Louisa, Kentucky (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist, born in Vratišinec, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Franz Alexander, Hungarian/US psycho analytical
  • 1891 Moïse Kisling, Polish-French painter (La Souris Boiteuse), born in Kraków, Grand Duchy of Cracow, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1892 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder
  • 1893 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1894 Charles Morgan, England, writer (Fountain)
  • 1894 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Josef Stanislav, Czech pianist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Rosa Ponselle [Ponzillo], American soprano opera diva ("Casta Diva"; La Forza del Destino - "Leonora"; Metropolitan Opera, 1918-37), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1986)
  • 1897 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), born in Pendleton, Texas (d. 1945)
  • 1898 Alexander Abramsky, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch writer (Arid Earth)
  • 1898 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), born in Hälsingborg, Sweden (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Hans van Werveke, Flemish historian (Diocese Terwaan)
  • 1898 Ross Barnett, American lawyer and politician (Gov-D-Mississippi 1960-64), born in Standing Pine, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Guido Kisch, Czech/German/American historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • 1900 Franz Salmhofer, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera, 1945-54), and composer (mostly of ballet and opera), born in Vienna (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Sonata Ritmica)
  • 1902 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • 1903 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer
  • 1903 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)

George Balanchine

1904 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire (d. 1983) [OS=Jan 9]

  • 1904 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)
  • 1906 Robert E. Howard, American pulp fiction author (Conan the Barbarian), born in Peaster, Texas (d. 1936)
  • 1906 Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
  • 1906 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Douglas Corrigan, American pilot, born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (Village by the River), born in Tiel, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Hammie Nixon [Nickerson], American blues harmonica player (Sleepy John Estes), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), born in Harlingen, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Ann Sothern [Harriette Arlene Lake], American actress (Lady in a Cage), born in Valley City, North Dakota (d. 2001)
  • 1909 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • 1909 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • 1909 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
  • 1909 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Bruno Kreisky, Austrian politician (Chancellor, 1970-83; Foreign Minister, 1959-66), born in Margareten, Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • 1911 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1911 Suzanne Danco, Belgian operatic soprano singer, born in Brussels (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), born in Bangor, Wales (d. 1956)
  • 1913 Verdina Shlonsky, Israeli pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1913 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Carl F. H. Henry, American theologian and publisher (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, born in Platanoussa, Greece (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • 1916 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), born in Angers, France (d. 2013)
  • 1916 Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati Author, Poet, Astrologist (Gujarat is a State of India) (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
  • 1918 Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • 1920 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)
  • 1920 Piet Van Lishout, Flemish writer (Eva & I)
  • 1920 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), born in West Helena, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1921 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, born in Paris (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Howard Moss, poet/editor (New Yorker)
  • 1923 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, born in Neusalz, Lower Silesia, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), born in Hanford, California (d. 2016)
  • 1924 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Leslie Silver, English paint manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1926 Lord Erskine of Rerrick, peer
  • 1926 Tom Blackburn, writer
  • 1926 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, born in Hopelawn, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution, born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1928 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Rita Gillespie, British pioneering TV director, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1929 (Elijah) Doug Quattlebaum, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter (Softee Man Blues), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • 1931 Sam Cooke [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; " A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1932 Piper Laurie [Rosetta Jacobs], American actress (Twin Peaks, Carrie, The Hustler), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1932 Berthold Grünfeld, Norwegian psychiatrist and former sexologist
  • 1933 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1984)

Bill Bixby

1934 Bill Bixby, American actor, director and producer (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1993)

  • 1934 Graham Kerr, English-born chef (Galloping Gourmet), born in London, England
  • 1935 Pierre S Du Pont IV, (gov-Del)
  • 1935 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Alan J. Heeger, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1936 Ong Teng Cheong, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Noel Kelly, Australian rugby league hooker (25 Tests; Queensland, NSW, Western Suburbs) and coach (Western Suburbs, North Sydney), born in Ipswich, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Joseph Wambaugh, American police writer ("The Onion Fields"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Edén Pastora, Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • 1938 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, born in Chicago (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • 1938 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), born in Vereeniging, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Jeff Smith, American chef (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Luigi Simoni, Italian soccer midfielder (Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia, Genoa) and manager (UEFA Cup 1998, Inter; Genoa, Torino, Napoli), born in Crevalcore, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Addie "Micki" Harris, American pop singer (Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Soldier Boy"), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 1982)
  • 1940 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Tilo Medek, German composer, born in Jena, Germany
  • 1940 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1942 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • 1943 H James "Jim" Saxton, (Rep-R-NJ, 1984- )
  • 1943 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Michael Cristofer, actor/writer (Little Drummer Girl)

Malcolm McLaren

1946 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)

  • 1946 Andrew Rubin, actor (Hometown, Joe Bash) [or Jun 22], born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Gilbert Levine, American orchestral conductor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Northern Calloway, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1949 James "J.P." Pennington, American country-pop singer and guitarist (Exile), born in Berea, Kentucky
  • 1949 Steve Perry, American rock vocalist (Journey, 1977-87; 95-97 - "Don't Stop Believin'"; "Open Arms"), born in Hanford, California
  • 1949 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • 1949 Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, American drummer (E Street Band, 1972-74), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 1951 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • 1951 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Teddy Gentry, American country music bassist (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1952 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Teresa Kaban, Polish classical pianist and co-director of the International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music, born in Gliwice, Poland
  • 1953 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines
  • 1953 Myung-Whun Chung, South Korean pianist and conductor (Chung Trio), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1953 Jim Jarmusch, American director (Only Lovers Left Alive), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1954 Chris Lemmon, American actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1954 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician, born in Kapfenberg, Austria
  • 1955 Thomas David Jones, United States astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1955 Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1955 John Wesley Shipp, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1956 Steve Riley, American rock drummer (L.A. Guns; W.A.S.P.), born in Revere, Massachusetts

Mike Bossy

1957 Mike Bossy, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1980-83; Conn Smythe Trophy 1982; 7 x NHL All Star; NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1957 Francis Wheen, English writer & journalist, born in England
  • 1957 Rene Requiestas, Filipino actor & comedian, born in Tondo, Philippines (d. 1993)
  • 1958 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player & manager, born in Dafni, Greece
  • 1958 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Linda Blair, American actress (Exorcist, Chained Heat, Savage St), born in St Louis, Missouri

Michael Hutchence

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist (INXS - "Devil Inside": "New Sensation"), and actor (Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1997)

  • 1961 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2019)
  • 1962 Robert Mailhouse, American actor (Brian-Days of our Life), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1962 Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1962 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, born in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
  • 1963 Jeff Treadway, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1963 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1964 Maria Ellingsen, Icelandic actress (Katrina-Santa Barbara), born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1964 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • 1964 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1965 Diane Lane, American actress (The Perfect Storm, Lady Beware, Lonesome Dove), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 "DJ Jazzy" Jeff [Townes], American rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania