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Famous Birthdays on January 28

  • 598 Li Shimin, Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China (626-49), born at Wugong (d. 649)
  • 1312 Queen Joan II of Navarre (d. 1349)
  • 1457 Henry VII, Pembroke Castle, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509)
  • 1540 Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)
  • 1578 Cornelis Haga, Dutch lawyer/ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39)
  • 1582 John Barclay, Scottish satirist writer and poet (Euphormio's Satyricon), born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France (d. 1621)
  • 1600 Clement IX [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (238th: 1667-69), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1669)
  • 1608 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, mathematician and astronomer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1679)
  • 1611 Johannes Hevelius, Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)
  • 1622 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)
  • 1627 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, baptized in London (d. 1681)
  • 1645 Gottfried Vopelius, German hymn composer, born in Herwigsdorf, Saxony (d. 1715)
  • 1688 Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Dutch portrait painter
  • 1691 Johann Balthasar König, German Baroque composer, mainly of hymn music, born in Cannstatt, Duchy of Württemberg (d. 1758)
  • 1693 Anna "Ivanovna", tsarina of Russia (1730-40) (2/7 NS)
  • 1693 Gregor Joseph Werner, composer
  • 1701 Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)
  • 1702 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch lawyer
  • 1706 John Baskerville, English printer (typeface inventor)
  • 1712 Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (d. 1761)
  • 1714 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), born in Paris (d. 1785)
  • 1717 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1774). Reigned 1757-74.
  • 1719 Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (d. 1749)
  • 1722 Johann Ernst Bach, composer
  • 1756 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer
  • 1757 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer
  • 1768 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • 1780 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', born in Pausula, Italy (d. 1861)

George Hamilton-Gordon

1784 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1861)

  • 1791 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, born in Paris (d. 1833)

Robert McClure

1807 Robert McClure, Irish explorer who discovered the Northwest passage, born in Wexford, Ireland (d. 1873)

  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1875)
  • 1818 George Sewall Boutwell, MC (Union), (d. 1905)
  • 1825 George Edward Pickett, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • 1828 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor
  • 1828 Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr., American attorney, and Confederate Army Major General, born in Knoxville Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1831 Henry Brevard Davidson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1832 Franz Wullner, composer
  • 1833 Charles George Gordon, general (China, Khartoum), born in London, England

Henry Morton Stanley

1841 Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa), born in Denbigh, Wales (d. 1904)

  • 1841 Viktor Ernst Nessler, composer
  • 1853 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuba, poet/essayist/politician
  • 1855 William Seward Burroughs, American inventor of the 1st workable adding machine, born in rural New York (d. 1898)
  • 1863 Ernst William Christmas, Australian painter (d. 1918)
  • 1864 Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English engineer - inventor of the first compression ignition engine (d. 1927)
  • 1865 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)
  • 1865 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first president of Finland (d. 1952)
  • 1868 Frederic Lamond, Scottish composer, pupil of Liszt, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1948)
  • 1868 Julian Aguirre, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1924)

Colette

1873 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist and performer (Gigi), born in Paris, France

  • 1873 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • 1874 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), born in Carnoustie, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • 1874 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)
  • 1875 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer
  • 1878 Walter Kollo, German composer of operettas, Singspiele, and popular songs (Der Juxbaron), born in Neidenburg, Kingdom of Prussia. (d. 1940)
  • 1880 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • 1880 Mary Boland, American comedienne and actress (Ruggles of Red Gap), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Auguste Piccard, Swiss scientist/explorer (balloonist), twin brother of Jean Felix Piccard
  • 1884 Jean Felix Piccard, Swiss scientist/explorer (balloonist) twin brother of Auguste Piccard
  • 1884 Lucien H d'Azambuja, French astronomer (chromosome of sun)
  • 1886 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • 1886 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland), (d. 1982)
  • 1887 Lily (Theresa) Strickland, American composer of art songs, piano, and silent film music, and ethnomusicologist (The Music Courier), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Robert Stroud, American convict, "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Camille Melloy [Paepe], Belgian poet (Parfum des Buis)
  • 1891 Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer and pedagogue, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1972)
  • 1891 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Elliot Griffis, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Vittorio Rieti, composer
  • 1898 Wies Moens, Flemish writer/nazi
  • 1899 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • 1899 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • 1900 Alexandre AM Stols [Chl van Halsbeke], publisher (History of Ecuador)
  • 1900 Anni Holdmann, German 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1900 Hermann Kesten, German writer (Allert de Lange)
  • 1900 Michael Dewar Head, composer
  • 1900 Alice Neel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1903 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)
  • 1904 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera)
  • 1906 Harry van Kruiningen [Henri A Janssen], painter and graphic artist
  • 1906 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Constantin Regamey, composer
  • 1908 Paul Misraki [Misrachi], French jazz pianist, songwriter, and film score composer (Jean Renoir), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1910 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1910 John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Lone Ranger, 36 Hours), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1910 Verda Bryant, American author
  • 1911 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)

Jackson Pollock

1912 Jackson Pollock, American expressionist painter (Lavender Mist), born in Cody, Wyoming (d. 1956)

  • 1912 William "Bill" Henson, English diplomat (Prague 1939)
  • 1913 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Oliver Chesterton, chartered surveyor
  • 1914 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Peter Crossley-Holland, British composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator (UCLA, 1969-83), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Harry M Corbett, Bradford, puppeteer/entertainer (Sooty, Some People)
  • 1918 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), born in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, Seine (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician/human rights worker
  • 1920 James Whyte, Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • 1921 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), born in Holborn, London (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist who worked with RNA (Nobel Prize 1968), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Henry Harris, British professor of medicine
  • 1927 Anthony Garner, director (Conservative Central Office)
  • 1927 J D Hughes, Principal (Ruskin College-Oxford)
  • 1927 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), born in Blythe, California (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, born in Frackville, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1928 MG Falcon, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • 1928 Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)
  • 1928 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1929 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, born in Pensford, Somerset, England (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Claes Oldenburg, US pop artist (Alphabet/Good Humor), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1929 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • 1930 David Morris, British MEP
  • 1930 Luis de Pablo, Spanish composer, and musicologist, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1931 Timothy Kitson, British politician
  • 1932 David Thompson, CEO (Gestetner Holdings)
  • 1932 Thomas J Bliley Jr, (Rep-R-VA, 1981- )
  • 1932 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1932 David Hennessy, Lord Windlesham, British peer and TV executive, Leader of the House of Lords (1973-4) (d. 2010)
  • 1934 BR White, principal (Regent's Park College-Oxford)
  • 1934 Bill White, American baseball infielder (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964; 7 × Gold Glove Award; St. Louis Cardinals), broadcaster (NY Yankees) and executive (NL President 1989-94), born in Lakewood, Florida
  • 1934 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
  • 1935 David John Lodge, British writer and literary critic (Soul & Bodies), born in London, England
  • 1935 Leonid Grabovsky, Ukranian contemporary classical composer (Meditation and Pathetic Recitative), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1935 Manuel dos Santos Lima, Angolan revolutionary and poet (Pele do Diabo), born in Silva Porto, Portuguese Empire
  • 1935 Nicholas Pryor, American actor (The Hunger Games), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Alan Alda

1936 Alan Alda [Alphonso D'Abruzzo], American actor (Hawkeye Pierce-M*A*S*H), born in NYC, New York

  • 1936 Bill Jordan, British trade unionist
  • 1936 Enid Castle, principal (Cheltenham Ladies' College)
  • 1936 Robert Suderburg, American pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Spencer, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Ken Hill, English playwright and director, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), born in Caldwell, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1939 John M Fabian, Goosecreek Tx, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)

Carlos Slim

1940 Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1941 Joel Crothers, actor (Edge of Night), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • 1943 Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist (The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow"), born in Dartford, England
  • 1943 John Beck, American actor (Dallas, Flamingo Road, Santa Barbara), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Susan Howard, American actress (Donna-Dallas, Petrocelli), born in Marshall, Texas
  • 1943 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1943 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Summit Series vs Soviet Union 1972; Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kincardine, Ontario
  • 1944 Arnold Mühren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats - "One Way Wind"), born in Volendam, Holland
  • 1944 John Edmonds, British trade unionist
  • 1944 John Tavener, British composer (The Whale), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Marty Fried, American rock drummer (The Cyrkle - "Red Rubber Ball"), born in Wayside, New Jersey
  • 1944 Bobby Ball [Harper], British comic, actor, singer and television host (Cannon and Ball; The Last of Summer Wine), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England (d. 2020)
  • 1945 José Luis Perales, Spanish pop singer-songwriter ("Quisiera Decir tu Nombre" (I Would Like to Say Your Name)), born Castejón, Spain
  • 1945 Robert Wyatt, English progressive rock musician (Soft Machine), born in Bristol, England
  • 1946 Renne Jarrett, American actress (Nancy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Rick Allen, American rock bass player and keyboardist (The Box Tops - "Cry Like A Baby"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 2014)
  • 1947 MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)
  • 1947 Valerie Bragg, principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst)
  • 1948 Gareth Roscoe, legal adviser (BBC)
  • 1948 Mamoru Mohri, Yoichi-machi Hokkaido Japan, astronaut (STS 47)
  • 1948 Charles Taylor, President of Liberia
  • 1949 Thomas J Downey, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • 1949 Gene McFadden, American singer, songwriter, and record producer (Philadelphia International Records; McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), born in Olanta, South Carolina (d. 2006) [1]
  • 1949 Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1949 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), born in Grudzicach, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Eddie Bayers, American session drummer, based in Nashville, born in Patuxent, Maryland
  • 1950 Barbi Benton [Klein], American Playboy model and actress (Hee Haw, Sugar Time!), born in New York City
  • 1950 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • 1950 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (1999 - present), born in Riffa, Bahrain
  • 1950 Bob Hay, American songwriter and musician (Squalls; Jolly Beggars), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan t
  • 1951 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • 1951 William "Billy Bass" Nelson Jr, American funk-rock-soul bassist (Funkadelic), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1951 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • 1952 George Green, American songwriter ("Hurts So Good", "Rain On The Scarecrow"), born in Seymour, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Anicee Alvina, actress (Friends), born in Paris, France
  • 1954 Shawn Murray, American rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • 1954 Rick Warren, American pastor and author
  • 1955 Dan Higgins, American session saxophone and woodwind player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 [Pierre] "Peter" Schilling, German synthpop musician ("Major Tom (Coming Home)"), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1957 Harley Jane Kozak, actress (Arachnophobia, Necessary Roughness)

Nick Price

1957 Nick Price, Zimbabwean golfer (PGA C'ship 1992, 94; British Open 1994), born in Durban, South Africa

  • 1957 Frank Skinner, English comedian
  • 1959 Dave Sharp, British rock guitarist (The Alarm - "Rain In the Summertime"; "68 Guns"), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1959 Frank Darabont, American filmmaker
  • 1959 Burkhard Dallwitz, German-Australian film and television score composer (The Truman Show) born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany
  • 1959 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • 1959 Bill Ware III, American jazz vibraphonist (The Jazz Passengers), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1960 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • 1960 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • 1962 Keith Hamilton Cobb, Tarrytown NY, actor (Noah Keefer-All My Children)
  • 1962 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • 1962 (Leslie Ann) "Sam" Phillips, American singer-songwriter (Martinis & Bikinis; Gilmore Girls; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Glendale, California
  • 1962 Patrice Motsepe, South African mining businessman, Africa's 1st black billionaire (African Rainbow Minerals), born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
  • 1963 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax, 1983-95, 2005-08 - State of Euphoria), born in Rockland County, New York
  • 1963 Denise Biellmann, Swiss figure skater (Olympic 4th 1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1964 Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
  • 1965 Lynda Boyd, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia