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Famous Birthdays on January 24


76 Hadrian, Roman Emperor (117-138, builder of Hadrian's Wall), born in Italica (d. 138)

  • 1287 Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
  • 1444 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan (d. 1476)
  • 1638 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)
  • 1664 John Vanbrugh, dramatist/architect (baptized), born in London, England
  • 1670 William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
  • 1674 Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)
  • 1679 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher
  • 1705 Farinelli [Carlo Broschi], Andria Italy, castrato

Frederick the Great

1712 Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1740-86), born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1786)

  • 1712 Georg F Schmidt, German engraver/etcher
  • 1724 Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
  • 1732 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), born in Paris, France (d. 1799)

Benjamin Lincoln

1733 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1810)

  • 1742 Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (d. 1808)

Gustav III

1746 Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), born in Stockholm (d. 1792)

  • 1750 Wybo Fijnje, Dutch politician, patriot, and journalist
  • 1754 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • 1758 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, German composer, born in Epfenhausen, Bavaria (d. 1801)
  • 1763 Louis Alexandre Andrault de Langeron, Russian general (d. 1831)
  • 1767 Antony CW Staring, Dutch lawyer/poet (Jaromir)
  • 1774 Karl Moser, German composer and violinist, born in Berlin (1851)
  • 1776 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)
  • 1778 Charles F, duke of Berry/son of French King Charles X
  • 1779 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)
  • 1796 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1798 Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), born in Poland (d. 1880)
  • 1798 Karl von Staudt, German math professor (projective geometrician)
  • 1800 Edwin Chadwick, British social reformer (Poor law reform, sanitation movement), born in Manchester, England (d. 1890)
  • 1814 Abraham Czn van Stolk, Dutch art collector
  • 1820 John Milton Thayer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bellingham, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1828 Adam Jacoby Slemmer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1828 Ferdinand Cohn, German biologist, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Karol Studzinski, Polish violinist & composer, born in Krakow; (d. 1883)
  • 1829 William Mason, American pianist, pedagogue and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1832 John Pegram, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • 1848 Vasily Surikov, Russian painter (d. 1916)
  • 1859 Alexander Alexandrovich Ilyinsky, Russian composer (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia (d. 1920)

Edith Wharton

1862 Edith Wharton [-Jones], Pulitzer prize-winning novelist (Ethan Frome, House of Mirth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)

  • 1864 Marguerite Durand, French feminist leader (d. 1936)
  • 1872 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
  • 1872 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • 1874 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rican archivist of African American history and culture, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Stanislaw Lyudkevich, Ukranian composer, born in Jaroslaw, Habsburg Empire (now Poland) (d. 1979)
  • 1883 Estelle Winwood [Goodwin], British actress (The Misfits, The Producers, Miracle on 34th Street), born in Lee, Kent, England (d. 1984)
  • 1886 Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1888 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • 1888 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian American author (Men Never Know, Grand Hotel), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)
  • 1891 Walter Model, German field marshal
  • 1895 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Der Halbe Mensch)
  • 1895 Eugen Roth, German poet, born in Munich (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1902 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist
  • 1902 Walter Keirnan, New Havens Ct, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1902 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (d. 1965)
  • 1903 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • 1905 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1905 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II), American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Norman Cook, British museum curator (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Alfonse Vranckx, Belgian lawyer/politician
  • 1907 Maurice Couve de Murville, France premier (1968-69)
  • 1909 Ann Todd, English actress (The Paradine Case, Taste of Fear), born in Hartford, England (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Tiny Winters, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1911 C. L. Moore, American science fiction & fantasy writer (Judgment Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1912 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), born in New York City, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Robert Motherwell, American painter (Elegies to the Spanish Republic), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Vitezslava Kapralova, Czech composer, born in Brno, Czechia (d. 1940)
  • 1916 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1916 John Corner, British mathematician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Vic Stollmeyer, West Indian cricketer (bro of Jeff Scored 96 in only Test innings), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster, born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Marvin Creamer, American mariner, 1st recorded person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, born near Vineland, New Jersey (d. 2020)

Ernest Borgnine

1917 Ernest Borgnine, American actor (Ice Station Zebra, McHale's Navy, Marty), born in Hamden, Connecticut (d. 2012)

  • 1918 Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer (Dantons Tod), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1918 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Oral Roberts, American Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts College, born in Pontotoc County Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Nora Beloff, English journalist & author, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Don Saddler, American choreographer & dancer (Holiday Hotel), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 2014)
  • 1920 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz; Mayor McCheese), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1920 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), born In St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1921 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- 93), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Neil Franklin, English soccer defender (26 caps; Stoke City, Hull City, Crewe Alexandra) and manager (Colchester United), born in Shelton, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Charles Socarides, American psychiatrist, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Simeon ten Holt, Dutch minimalist composer (Canto Ostinato), born in Bergen, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1924 John Spencer, Earl of Spencer, English peer and father of Diana, Princess of Wales, born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924 David Craighead, American organist and educator, born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Marvin Kaplan, American character and voice actor (Top Cat- "Choo Choo"; Alice - "Henry"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Maria Tallchief

1925 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, born in Fairfax, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

  • 1925 William Hudson, American actor (I Led 3 Lives), born in Gilroy, California (d. 1974)
  • 1926 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Georges Lautner, French director & screenwriter, born in Nice, France (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Clyde Adler, American writer and voice actor (Soupy Sales Show - "White Fang"; "Black Tooth"), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Paula Hawkins, American politician (Sen-R-FL, 1981-86), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jerry Burns, American football coach (University of Iowa 1961-65; Minnesota Vikings 1986-91), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language), born in Purton, United Kingdom
  • 1928 Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Bernard Matthews, English turkey farmer (Bernard Matthews Farms), born in Brooke, England (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Ib Nørholm, Danish organist, composer (Aspects of Sand and Simplicity), choral conductor, and educator, born in Søborg, Gladsaxe (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1931 Maria Piątkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), born in Goleni, Moldova (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Zeke Carey, American doo-wop and R&B singer (The Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1934 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet, born in Leszno, Poland (d. 1976)
  • 1935 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer, born in St Helens, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Bamber Gascoigne, English television presenter (University Challenge), born in London, England
  • 1936 Daniel Goode, American composer, born in New York
  • 1936 Doug Kershaw, American fiddle player, born in Cameron Parrish, Louisiana
  • 1936 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Julius Arthur Hemphill, American saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938 Gyula Torok, Hungarian boxer (Oly Gold 1960), born in Kispest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Ray Stevens [Ragsdale], American country, pop, and novelty singer-songwriter ("Ahab the Arab"; "Everything Is Beautiful"; "The Streak"), born in Clarkdale, Georgia
  • 1941 Aaron Neville, American R&B, Soul, and pop singer and keyboardist (Neville Brothers; "Don't Know Much"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1941 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England

Neil Diamond

1941 Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter ("Sweet Caroline"; "I'm A Believer"; "Solitary Man"), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1942 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager & wrestler, born in Ottawa, Kansas (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Olav Nilsen, Norwegian soccer striker/midfielder (62 caps; Viking FK), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Julie Bennett, American actress (Hey There It's Yogi Bear), born in Beverly Hills, California

Sharon Tate

1943 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1943 Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, born in Nagpur, India
  • 1944 David Gerrold [Jerrold David Friedman], American science fiction screenwriter (Star Trek) & author (The Martian Child), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Klaus Nomi, German singer, born in Immenstadt, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1945 D. Todd Christofferson, American LDS apostle, born in American Fork, Utah
  • 1945 John Garamendi, American politician, born in Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida
  • 1946 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946 Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1947 David Randall, British priest, founder of Cara (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), born in Carrara, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter, and piano player ("Werewolves of London"; "Lawyers, Guns and Money"; "Excitable Boy"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (record 94 Japan Tour titles), born in Kaifu District, Tokushima
  • 1948 Elliott Abrams, American ass. secretary of state/supplied arms to the Contras, born in New York
  • 1948 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, England
  • 1948 Michio Kaku, American physicist, futurist, author (Physics of the Impossible; The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything), broadcaster, and peace activist, born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 Bart Gordon, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1985- ), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
  • 1949 John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and singer (SNL; Animal House; Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1950 Daniel Auteuil, French actor (Elegant Criminal, Manon of Spring), born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1950 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1950 Laura Kelly, American politician, Governor of Kansas (2019-), born in New York City
  • 1951 Yakov Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American comedian (It's a wonderful country), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1952 William F. Readdy, American astronaut (STS 42, 51, 79), born in Quonset Point, Rhode Island
  • 1953 Brian Matthews, American actor (Burning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Moon Jae-in

1953 Moon Jae-in, South Korean politician, President of South Korea (2017-), born in Geoje, South Korea

  • 1953 Nigel Glockler, British heavy metal drummer (Saxon), born in Hove, East Sussex, England
  • 1954 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1986)
  • 1955 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1956 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1956 Lounès Matoub, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist, born in of Taourirt Moussa, Algeria (d. 1998)
  • 1957 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian, born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • 1957 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), born in Westminster, California (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Frank Ullrich, German world biathlon champion, born in Trusetal, Germany
  • 1958 Neil Allen, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1958 Jools Holland, British rock keyboardist (Squeeze), and TV presenter (Later...), born in Blackheath, London
  • 1959 Vic Reeves [James Roderick Moir], English comedian, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Nastassja Kinski, German actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1961 Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Varna, Bulgaria
  • 1961 Vince Russo, American writer, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1961 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete, born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1963 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player, born in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer, born in Sittard, Netherlands
  • 1964 Rob Dibble, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1965 Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1966 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian, born in Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Chris Warren, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Shannon Butler, American 10k runner, born in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1967 Phil LaMarr, American voice actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Mark Burmester, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1968 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1968 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Michael Kiske, German musician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1969 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Port Kembla, New South Wales
  • 1969 Stephanie Romanov, American model & actress, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969 Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Icelandic actor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1970 Matthew Lillard, American actor (Scream), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1971 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1971 Joe Panos, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Saalman Raelyn, American actress (Attack of 60' Centerfold), born in Fostoria, Ohio
  • 1971 Tonya Crowe, American actress (Olivia-Knots Landing), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1971 Andrea Mackris, American television producer, born in Missouri, United States
  • 1972 Jay Walker, American football quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
  • 1972 Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka & politician, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1972 Beth Hart, American singer-songwriter (LA Song, Screamin' for My Supper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Kristy Sargeant, Canadian ice pairs (1994 Skate Canada), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1974 Tim Biakabutuka, American football running back (Carolina Panthers), born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1974 Ed Helms, American comic actor (The Daily Show; The Office; The Hangover), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974 Shii Ann Huang, American game show contestant, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1975 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer, born in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • 1976 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th), born in Chatham-Kent, Canada
  • 1976 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist, born in Veurne, Belgium
  • 1977 Lenka Cenkova, Czech tennis player (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER), born in Trinec, Czechia
  • 1979 Tatyana M. Ali, American actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in New York City, New York
  • 1980 Rocky Boiman, American football player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1980 Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1980 Yamandu Costa, Brazilian guitarist & composer (Os Fronteiriços), born in Passo Fundo
  • 1981 Travis Hanson, American baseball player, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Shaun Maloney, Scottish soccer midfielder (47 caps; Celtic), born in Miri, Malaysia