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Famous Birthdays on January 29

Frederick Henry

1584 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), born in Delft, Dutch Republic (d. 1647)

  • 1632 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • 1688 Emmanuel Swedenborg, Swedish religious leader (Angelic Wisdom)
  • 1689 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet
  • 1700 Daniel Bernoulli, mathematician (10 time French award), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1703 Carlmann Kolb, German composer and priest, born in Kösslarn, Lower Bavaria (d. 1765)
  • 1711 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1788)
  • 1715 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • 1717 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
  • 1718 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)

Thomas Paine

1737 Thomas Paine, English-American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason), born in Thetford, England (d. 1809)

  • 1749 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
  • 1754 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • 1756 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General
  • 1761 Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American politician, Secretary of the Treasury (1801-14), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1849)
  • 1763 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1782 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), born in Caen, Normandy, France (d. 1871)
  • 1782 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, born in Grodzisk, Wielkopolski
  • 1783 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus) [NS=Feb 9]
  • 1798 Henry Neele, poet, born in London, England
  • 1801 Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer (Felix Meritis)
  • 1803 James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general
  • 1810 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician
  • 1821 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, American General (Union Army), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Franklin Gardner, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1824 Karl von Perfall, composer
  • 1836 Benjamin Franklin Potts, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Fox Township, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1836 James Meech Warner, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middlebury, Vermont (d. 1897)

William McKinley

1843 William McKinley, 25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio (d. 1901)

  • 1846 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • 1850 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
  • 1852 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
  • 1852 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), born in Haimanalele, Ploiesti, Romania (d. 1912)
  • 1854 Willem PC Knuttel, Dutch bibliographer/librarian

Anton Chekhov

1860 Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright (Cherry Orchard), born in Taganrog, Russia (d. 1904)

  • 1862 Frederick Delius, British composer (A Mass of Life; Brigg Fair; In a Summer Garden), born in Bradford, England (d. 1934)
  • 1864 Adolf Philipp, composer
  • 1866 Romain Rolland, French writer (Jean-Christophe) (Nobel 1915)
  • 1867 Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spanish writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse)
  • 1869 Andrey Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • 1871 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer
  • 1873 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer/climber (Mt St Elias)

John D. Rockefeller Jr

1874 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1874 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer
  • 1876 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), born in Dresden, Staffordshire (d. 1972)
  • 1877 Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), born near Wauseon, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1880 W C Fields [William Claude Dukenfield], actor (Bank Dick), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1884 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, born in Holstre, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1887 Albert Conti, Austrian actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Francisco Santiago, composer
  • 1889 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer
  • 1890 Marguerite Canal, composer
  • 1891 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Ernst Lubitsch, German actor, producer and film director (To Be or Not to Be, Love Parade), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1947)
  • 1892 Clifford Gray, American bobsled (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1893 Edric Cundell, composer
  • 1893 Martian Negrea, composer
  • 1895 Muna Lee, American poet (d. 1965)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • 1898 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist/writer (History of Sascha)
  • 1900 Marco Tajcevic, composer
  • 1900 Willem F K Hussem, Dutch painter/poet (Coastline, Lookout on Sea)
  • 1901 Allen B DuMont, inventor (perfected commercial practical cathode ray tube)
  • 1903 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • 1905 Barnett Newmann, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (White Cliffs of Dover, Lydia), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1961)
  • 1909 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Paul Hodder-Williams, publisher
  • 1910 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1911 George Burns, British major-general
  • 1911 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Jacob "Jaap" Balk, journalist (AH, Onder de Keizerskroon)
  • 1913 Victor Mature, American actor (I Wake Up Screaming, Samson and Delilah), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer, born in Piraeus (d. 2012)
  • 1915 Frederic Ramsey Jr, folklorist/author
  • 1915 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1915 John Serry, Sr., American musician and arranger (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Barbara Skelton, writer
  • 1916 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1917 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2005)
  • 1918 John Forsythe, actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1919 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • 1919 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1920 Alec Coppen, psychiatrist
  • 1920 José Luis de Villalonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Anthony George, American aactor (Untouchables, Checkmate), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concetration camp supervisor (d. 1946)
  • 1923 (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayevsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Jack Burke Jr, American golfer (US Masters, PGA C'ship 1956), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1924 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, born in Manchester, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Canonic Variations), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Peter Voulkos, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Pier Tania (Meinte Piet), radio/TV host (ANP, De Bezetting)
  • 1926 Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
  • 1926 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • 1927 Edward Abbey, American author (Desert Solitaire)
  • 1928 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Peter Byrne, British director and actor (Postcards from America, Carry on Cabby), born in West Ham, Essex
  • 1929 Elio Petri, Italian director (Property is no theft)
  • 1929 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), born in Frostburg, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (World Series of Poker Main Event 1973; 4 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • 1930 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), born in Ealing, Middlesex (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Derek Bailey, British avant-garde jazz guitar virtuoso, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Leslie Bricuse, British theater and film composer and lyricist ("Stop the World - I Want to Get Off; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Pinner, Middlesex
  • 1931 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • 1932 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1932 George Allen, English footballer
  • 1933 Sacha Distel, French singer ("Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" cover), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1933 A. C. Alston, bibliographer
  • 1933 Margaret Laird, Commissioner (Third Church Estates)
  • 1933 Wolfgang Gönnenwein, German choral director and educator, and artistic director (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 1972-2004) born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Noel Harrison, British singer ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), and actor (Girl from U.N.C.L.E. - "Mark Slate"), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Paul Gutama Soegijo, composer
  • 1936 Malcolm Binns, concert pianist
  • 1936 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1936 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1938 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1939 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist/author (Female Eunich), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939 O P Kolomitsev, cosmonaut
  • 1940 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1940 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1942 Arnaldo Tamayo-Méndez, Cuban cosmonaut, first Latin-American in space (Soyuz 38, 1980), born in Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1942 Claudine Longet, French-American singer, actress, and former Mrs Andy Williams (1961-75), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 F R Hartley, Vice-Chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • 1942 Robin Morgan, American poet, author, political theorist, academic, and former child actor (Dagmar-Mama), born in Lake Worth, Florida
  • 1943 Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, Abbot of Downside
  • 1943 Tim Souster, British composer, born in Bletchley, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Tony Blackburn, English radio DJ (Radio Caroline, BBC - 1st to broadcast), born in Guildford, England
  • 1944 Barbara Moore, Wardell Mo, actress (Lisa Rogers-Man From UNCLE)
  • 1944 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944 Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda (1986-) and rebel leader, born in Ntungamo, Uganda
  • 1944 Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1945 James Nicholson, British MEP

Tom Selleck

1945 Tom Selleck, actor (Lance-Rockford Files, Magnum PI), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1945 Jim Nicholson, Irish politician

Donna Caponi

1945 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1946 Bettye LaVette [Betty Jo Haskins], American soul singer (I've Got My Own Hell to Raise), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1947 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), born in Epping, England (d. 1985)
  • 1947 Israel Wetrin, managing director (Elonex)
  • 1947 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • 1947 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1947 Marián Varga, Slovak musician
  • 1948 Felice Taylor, R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On)
  • 1948 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Pat Kenny, Irish TV presenter & radio host
  • 1949 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Ann Jillian, American actress (Mr Mom, Jennifer Slept Here), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1950 Max Carl [Gronenthal], American rock singer and musician ( Grand Funk Railroad, 2000-present; 38 Special, 1987-92), born in Platte Center, Nebraska
  • 1951 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • 1951 Stevie "Keys" Roseman, American session and touring rock keyboardist (Journey), born in Oakland, California
  • 1951 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Tim Healy, English actor (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), born in Benwell, England
  • 1952 Kenn Kweder, American rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Diablo"; "Suzy Said So"; "Mommy And Daddy"), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1953 Dalila di Lazzaro, Udine Italy, covergirl/model (Vogue)
  • 1953 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist
  • 1953 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin, Taiwan
  • 1953 Lynne McGranger, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1953 Louie F. Pérez, Jr., American lyricist, percussionist, guitarist, and jarana player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)

Oprah Winfrey

1954 Oprah Winfrey, American TV talk show host and actress (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Colour Purple), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

  • 1954 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1955 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1957 Irlene Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1957 Jac Bico, Dutch guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1957 Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
  • 1958 Judy Norton-Taylor, American actress (Mary Ellen - The Waltons), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)
  • 1960 Cho-Liang Lin, American classical violinist (Queen Sophia prize, 1977), and teacher (Juilliard, 1991-present) born in Hsinchu, Taiwan [1]

Greg Louganis

1960 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California

  • 1960 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Days of Our Lives - "Jack Devaraux"), born in Davenport Iowa
  • 1960 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • 1960 Steve Sax, American MLB 2nd baseman, NL rookie of the year, 1981, 5x all-star (LA Dodgers, 1981-88; NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1960 Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • 1960 James "JG" Thirlwell, Australian musician, composer and record producer, born in Melbourne
  • 1961 Eddie Jackson, American heavy metal rock bassist (Queensrÿche - "Silent Lucidity"), born in Robstown, Texas
  • 1961 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1962 Nicholas Turturro, actor (James Martinez-NYPD Blue), born in Queens, New York
  • 1962 Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer (Primeval and Other Times), 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Sulechów, Poland
  • 1963 Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 John Gallagher, New Zealand rugby union fullback (18 Tests; World Cup 1987; Wellington), born in London, England
  • 1964 John Habyan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1964 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • 1964 Anna Ryder Richardson, British interior designer and television presenter
  • 1965 Dominik Hašek, Czech Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Olympic gold 1998, 2-time NHL MVP), born in Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • 1965 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)