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Famous Birthdays on January 25

Messalina

17 Messalina, Roman Empress (wife of Claudius, infamous for her promiscuity) (born either 17 or 20 AD), born in Rome (d. 48)

  • 749 Leo IV the Khazar, Byzantine emperor (775-80), born in Constantinople (d. 780)
  • 1477 Anna Duchess of Brittany, heir to the Duchy of Brittany, only woman to be French Consort Queen twice to Charles VIII (1891-98), Louis XII (1499-1514), born in Nantes, France (d. 1514)
  • 1509 Giovanni Morone, Italian cardinal, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1580)
  • 1540 Edmund Campion, English Catholic Jesuit priest & martyr, born in London, England (d. 1581)
  • 1615 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), born in Kleve, Germany (d. 1660)
  • 1626 John van de Cappelle, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1679)
  • 1627 Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish natural philosopher & chemist, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland (d. 1691)
  • 1634 Gaspar Fagel, Dutch statesman & writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1688)
  • 1640 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English polymath & aristocrat, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1707)
  • 1688 Juraj Jánošík, Slovak highwayman, born in Terchová, Slovakia (d. 1713)
  • 1708 Pompeo Batoni, Italian painter, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1787)
  • 1736 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician & astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1813)
  • 1739 Charles François Dumouriez, French general, born in Cambrai, France (d. 1823)
  • 1750 Johann Gottfried Vierling, German organist & composer, born in Metzels, Germany (d. 1813)

Robert Burns

1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • 1766 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German statesman & political writer, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1770 Francis Burdett, British politician, born in Derbyshire, United Kingdom (d. 1844)
  • 1794 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist, born in Carpentras, France (d. 1878)
  • 1796 William McGillivray, Scottish naturalist & ornithologist, born in Old Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1852)
  • 1806 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1870)
  • 1814 Francis Harrison Pierpont, American lawyer & politician (Union), born in Morgantown, West Virginia (d. 1899)
  • 1826 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander van Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1909)
  • 1834 Pablo Hernández Salces, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1910)
  • 1839 Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)
  • 1841 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, British admiral, born in Ramboda, Sri Lanka (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Frederick E. Kitziger, German composer, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1851 Arne Garborg, Norwegian writer & playwright (Bondestudentar), born in Jæren, Norway (d. 1924)
  • 1851 Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer (Sea Bride, Princess of Herberg), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Giuseppe Radiciotti, Italian musicologist and composer, born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1858 Mikimoto Kōkichi, Japanese entrepreneur & pearl farm pioneer, born in Toba, Japan (d. 1954)
  • 1860 Charles Curtis, American attorney & politician (VP, 1929-33), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1936)
  • 1864 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian & writer, born in Požega, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • 1866 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, born in Salford, Greater Manchester (d. 1966)
  • 1874 W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist & poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1879 Dave Nourse, South African cricket all-rounder (45 Tests, 1 x 100, 41 wickets; Natal, Transvaal, Western Province), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Emil Ludwig, German biographer (Diana, Son of Man), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1948)

Virginia Woolf

1882 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • 1884 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], Hungarian composer & teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), born in Békésszentandrás, Hungary (d. 1968)
  • 1885 Else Mauhs [Alwine Julie Else Mauhs], German-Dutch actress (Eline Vere, L'aiglon), born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Kitahara Hakushū, Japanese poet & children's writers, born in Nankan, Japan (d. 1942)
  • 1886 Wilhelm Furtwängler, German conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1922-45, 1952-54), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1887 Diego Valeri, Italian author & poet (Le Gaie Tristezze), born in Piove di Sacco, Italy (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Vladimir Scherbachov, Russian composer & professor (Blokovskaya, Thunderstorm), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1952)
  • 1891 Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (The Devil Rides Out), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1891 William Christian Bullitt Jr., 1st US ambassador to USSR, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1896 John Moores, British businessman, born in Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1896 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1927)
  • 1898 Joachim Wach, German religious scholar (Understanding), born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1899 "Sleepy" John Estes, American blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Mildred Dunnock, American actress (Baby Doll, Nun's Story), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), born in Nemyriv, Russian Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Yojiro Ishizaka, Japanese writer, born in Hirosaki, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Martín de Álzaga, Argentine racing driver, born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Gerard Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar), born in Coventry, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • 1908 Hopper Levett, English cricketer (England in 1 Test in Calcutta), born in Goudhurst, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Harold Watkinson, British politician & businessman, born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Lucius E. Burch Jr., American attorney, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Luis Marden, American photojournalist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist & author, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Broughton, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist & Nobel laureate, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician, born in Campo Grande, Brazil (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Edwin Newman, American journalist & author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1921 Alfred Reed, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jules de Palm, Antilles writer, born in Curaçao (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Raymond Baxter, English television presenter & writer (Fast Lady), born in Ilford, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923 Rusty Draper, American country & pop singer, born in Kirksville, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as "Sybil"), born in Dodge Center, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Arvid Carlsson, Swedish neuropharmacologist whose work with dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease earned him a Nobel Prize (2000), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, TS 47, 2 wickets; Wellington CA), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek musician & songwriter, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1926 James Erb, American composer, arranger, and musicologist (Shenendoah), born in La Junta, Colorado (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter & composer (Getz/Gilberto), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Seung Sahn, Korean zen teacher (Korean line), born in North Korea (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Fernie Flaman, Canadian NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Dysart, Canada (d. 2012)

Eduard Shevardnadze

1928 Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia (1995-2003) and Soviet Foreign Minister (1985-90), born in Mamati, Georgia (d. 2014)

  • 1928 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1929 Benny Golson, American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and composer ("I Remember Clifford"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1929 Robert Faurisson, British-born French academic, born in Shepperton, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Tanya Savicheva, Russian diarist, born in Dvorišče (d. 1944)
  • 1931 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Harold Lloyd Jr., American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd, Sr. (Frankenstein's Daughter), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1971)
  • 1931 Paavo Haavikko, Finnish poet & writer, born in Helsiniki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), born in Hova, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1932 Constance Weldon, American symphonic tuba player (Boston Pops; Concertgebouw) and educator, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), born in Union Church, Mississippi (d. 1984)
  • 1933 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), born in Drama, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (Laura-Bracken's World), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1935 Don Maynard, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1969; First-team All-AFL 1968, 69; AFL All-Star 1965, 67–69; NY Titans/Jets), born in Crosbyton, Texas (d. 2022)
  • 1935 António Ramalho Eanes, 17th President of Portugal, born in Castelo Branco Municipality, Portugal
  • 1935 Conrad Burns, American politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983- ), born in Gutternberg, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Diana Hyland, American actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1937 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic, born in Paoua, Central African Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte), born in Aruba (d. 1986)
  • 1938 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer ("Roll With Me"; "At Last"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime, born in Kurume, Japan
  • 1939 Gabriel Romanus, Swedish politician, born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1939 Angela Thorne, British stage and screen actress (To The Manor Born; Three Up, Two Down), born in Karachi, British India (now Pakistan)
  • 1941 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Gregory Sierra, American stage and screen actor (Barney Miller - "Chano"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Carl Eller, American football player, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1942 Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, born in Denmark (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Tobe Hooper, American film director, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1946 Ronnie Brandon, American rocker (McCoys), born in Union City, Indiana
  • 1946 Silvio Blatter, Swiss writer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland
  • 1947 Tostão [Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade], Brazilian footballer, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1947 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Zamora, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Gueorgui Chichkine, Russian painter, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1948 Ros Kelly, Australian politician, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1949 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • 1950 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Michael Cotten, American rock synthesizer (Tubes) and art designer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1950 Christopher Ryan [Papazoglou], English actor & comedian (The Young Ones, Only Fools and Horses), born in London, England
  • 1951 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • 1951 Hans-Jürgen Dörner, German soccer defender (96 caps; Dynamo Dresden 400 games) and manager (Werder Bremen), born in Görlitz, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1952 Sara Mandiano [Françoise Castellani], French singer & songwriter, born in France
  • 1952 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1952 Peter Garland, American composer, and musicologist, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1953 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "I Got You"), born in United Kingdom
  • 1953 The Honky Tonk Man [Wayne Farris], American professional wrestler, born in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • 1953 Mark Weil, Uzbekistani theatre director, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer, born in Zárate, Argentina
  • 1954 Kim Gandy, American feminist, born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1954 Jan Sandström, Swedish classical music composer (Motorbike Concerto: Snowflakes), born in Vilhelmina, Sweden
  • 1955 Toru Iwatani, Japanese video game designer (Pac-Man), born in Meguro, Tokyo
  • 1956 Andy Cox, British guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals - "She Drives Me Crazy"), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Edmund Theodore Sylvers, American singer-songwriter & musician (Sylvers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, Illinois
  • 1957 Jenifer Lewis, American actress (Girl 6, Meteor Man, Sister Act), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1957 Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish politician, born in Kronoberg County, Sweden
  • 1957 Andrew P. Harris, American politician & physician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Luis Garavito [The Beast, Tribilín], Colombian serial killer described as "the world's worst serial killer" (138-300+ victims), born in Génova, Quindío, Colombia
  • 1958 Dinah Manoff, American actress (Elaine-Soap, Carol Weston-Empty Nest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Gary Brian Tibbs, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants; Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1958 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier, born in Reutte, Austria
  • 1961 Michele Tobin, American actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician, born in Singapore
  • 1962 Chris Chelios, American ice hockey player (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), born in Challuy, France (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Carl Fysh, British pop-rocker (Brother Beyond - "Can You Keep a Secret?")
  • 1963 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), born in Augusta, Sicily (d. 2019)
  • 1964 Bob Sweeney, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Calgary Flames), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Billy Andrade, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Bristol, RI
  • 1965 Esa Tikkanen, Finnish NHL left wing (Panthers, Canucks, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1966 Mark Schlereth, American NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966 Paul Ranheim, American NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1966 Pavel Torgajev, Russian ice hockey player (Calgary Flames), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • 1966 Chet Culver, American politician (Governor of Iowa), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Mario Brunetta, Canadian hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998, Quebec Nordiques), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1967 Marty Calder, Canadian 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 12-92,96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1967 Randy McKay, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1998, 2000; NJ Devils; 932 NHL games), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1967 Mark Bamford, American film director & screenwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor & musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1969 Jesse Harte, American heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Penny Moore, American WNBA player (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1969 Kina Cosper, American rock and R&B singer (Brownstown), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Chris Mills, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Milt Stegall, American football player (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1971 Herman Smith, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • 1971 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Bemidji, Minnesota
  • 1971 Kevin Williams, American football wide receiver (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Vincent Brisby, American NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1971 Luca Badoer, Italian racing driver, born in Montebelluna, Italy
  • 1971 China Kantner, American actress & daughter of Grace Slick, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971 Ana Ortiz, American actress (Ugly Betty - "Hilda"), and singer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1973 Elvis Presley Jr., alleged son of Elvis Presley
  • 1973 Marco Battaglia, American football tight end (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • 1973 Rodney Young, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • 1973 Scott Milanovich, American football coach & quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Geoff Johns, American comic book writer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Ace Steel [Christopher Guy], American professional wrestler, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American pop singer (4 Fun - Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Robert Budreau, Canadian film director, born in London, Canada
  • 1975 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1975 Dat Phan, Vietnamese-born American stand-up comedian, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam