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Famous Birthdays on January 31

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  • 36 BC Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)
  • 877 Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (d. 943)
  • 1512 King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
  • 1517 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer

Tokugawa Ieyasu

1543 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, born in Okazaki, Japan (d. 1616)

  • 1550 Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader, (d. 1588)
  • 1573 Ambrosius Metzger, composer
  • 1597 John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
  • 1601 Pieter de Bloot, Dutch landscape painter
  • 1607 James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
  • 1612 Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
  • 1614 Nicolas Saboly, French composer and poet, born in Monteux (d. 1675)
  • 1620 Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
  • 1623 Francois de Laval, Catholic saint, 1st Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, born in Montigny-sur-Avre (d. 1708)
  • 1633 Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
  • 1673 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
  • 1686 Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
  • 1734 Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
  • 1734 Robert Morris, English-born merchant and American founding father (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Liverpool, Enhland (d. 1784)
  • 1750 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
  • 1752 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • 1759 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)
  • 1778 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
  • 1784 Carl Wilhelm Henning, German composer and conductor, born in Öls (d. 1867)

Franz Schubert

1797 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1828)

  • 1798 Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
  • 1802 Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
  • 1804 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
  • 1810 Daniel Ruggles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1812 John Randolph Tucker, American naval officer (Confederate Navy), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
  • 1817 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • 1818 William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • 1820 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)

James G. Blaine

1830 James G. Blaine, US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", born in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)

  • 1835 William Charles Lunalilo, Monarch of Hawaii (d. 1874)
  • 1836 Henryk Szulc, composer
  • 1857 George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
  • 1858 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), born in Limoges, France (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Henri Berr, French philosopher (Revue de synthèse), born in Lunéville, France (d. 1954)
  • 1865 Tikhon of Moscow [Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin], 11th Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, born in Toropets District, Pskov, Russian Empire (d. 1925)

Henri Desgrange

1865 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist, founder of the Tour-de-France, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)

  • 1865 Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Emil Strauss, German writer (Naked Man)
  • 1866 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • 1868 Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1869 Henri Carton de Wiart, Belgian Count/literary/premier (1920-21)
  • 1872 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • 1877 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1878 Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
  • 1881 Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
  • 1881 Joseph A Cushman, American palaentologist
  • 1882 Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
  • 1884 Nicholas Joy, French actor (Gentleman's Agreement, Desk Set, Boss Lady), born in Paris, France (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Theodor Heuss, 1st President of Germany (Bundespräsident) (d. 1963)
  • 1886 Alfonso López Pumarejo, 16th President of Colombia (Liberal: 1934-38 and 1942-46) and statesman (President of UN security council 1948), born in Honda, Colombia (d. 1959)
  • 1889 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • 1890 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
  • 1891 Max Drischner, composer
  • 1892 Eddie Cantor, American comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893 Freya Stark, English explorer/ travel writer
  • 1894 Percy Helton, American actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You", "I'll See You in My Dreams"), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1896 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Fred Rich, Polish-American jazz pianist and dance band leader ("I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby"; The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1900 Betty Parsons, American artist and art dealer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Jan Dieters, Dutch politician and resistance fighter who was the head of the Communist Party of the Netherlands, born in Slochteren (d. 1943)
  • 1901 Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
  • 1902 Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
  • 1902 Jean C M Picart le Doux, French carpet designer
  • 1902 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
  • 1902 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted.), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • 1904 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
  • 1905 Anna Blaman [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
  • 1905 John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
  • 1906 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1906 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • 1906 Roosevelt Sykes, American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, and singer (The Honeydripper), born in Elmar, Arkansas (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Simonne Mathieu, French tennis player (French C'ships 1938-39; 11 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 1980)
  • 1908 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine folk musician, born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • 1909 Miron Grindea, literary editor
  • 1910 Herbert Ashworth, CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
  • 1911 A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
  • 1911 Christina Foyle, book seller
  • 1911 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1981)

Don Hutson

1913 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

  • 1913 Héctor Iglesias Villoud, Argentine composer, born in San Nicolá, Argentina (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1914 Carey Loftin, American actor (Duel, The French Connection), born in Blountstown, Florida (d. 1997)

Jersey Joe

1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), born in Merchantville, New Jersey (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
  • 1915 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and trumpeter (Glenn Miller; Benny Goodman; Jackie Gleason), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
  • 1915 Garry Moore [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)

Thomas Merton

1915 Thomas Merton, French-American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), born in Prades, Pyrénées-Orientales, France

  • 1915 William Crosbie, artist
  • 1915 Alan Lomax, American ethno-musicologist, and folklorist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Ciro D Crown, premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
  • 1916 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Violet Cane, statistician
  • 1917 Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
  • 1917 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)

Jackie Robinson

1919 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

  • 1919 Robert Lowry, Baron Lowry. Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
  • 1920 Robert Hersant, press baron
  • 1920 Stewart L. Udall, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69), born in St Johns, Arizona
  • 1920 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Carol Channing, American actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Hello Dolly), singer and comedian, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2019)
  • 1921 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso; Toast of New Orleans), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1921 E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Michael Wilford, diplomat
  • 1922 William Sylvester, American actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Gemini Man), born in Oakland, California (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Joanne Dru [LaCock], American actress (Red River, All the King's Men), born in Logan, West Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Eddie Ryder, American actor (General Hospital, Up Yours), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Norman Mailer

1923 Norman Mailer, American novelist (Naked & the Dead, The Executioner's Song), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

  • 1924 Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
  • 1924 Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
  • 1925 Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
  • 1925 Charles Aidman, American TV narrator (New Twilight Zone), born in Frankfort, Indiana
  • 1925 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament 1989-1992, born in Castledawson, County Londonderry (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Micheline Lannoy, Belgian figure skating pairs (Olympic gold 1948), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1926 Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)

Lorraine Warren

1927 Lorraine Warren (née Moran), American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), born in Monroe, Connecticut (d. 2019)

  • 1928 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)
  • 1928 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • 1928 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • 1928 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • 1928 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1929 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Lynn Carlin [Mary Lynn Reynolds], American actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15, Faces), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1930 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1930 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Art Michalik, American football linebacker / guard (All-Pro 1953; Pro Bowl 1953; San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • 1931 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Ernie Banks

1931 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

  • 1931 Jean Burroughs, educationalist
  • 1931 Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat
  • 1932 Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
  • 1932 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), born in Forest Grove, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1932 [Anna] Ottilie Patterson, Irish blues and jazz singer (Chris Barber Jazz Band), born in Comber, Northern Ireland (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
  • 1933 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), born in Corleone, Sicily (d.2016)
  • 1934 Brian Bolus, English cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 41.33; Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1934 James Franciscus, American actor (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Mr Novak, Longstreet), born in Clayton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1934 Ron Weatherburn, British jazz pianist, born in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England (d. 1995)
  • 1935 Bojidar Dimov, Bulgarian pianist and composer ( Die Hochzeit von Susa), born in Lom, Bulgaria (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994, born in Ōse, Japan
  • 1936 Marvin Junior, American R&B baritone singer (The Dells - "Oh What a Nite"), born in Harold, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Philip Glass, American minimalist composer (Einstein On The Beach; Koyaanisqatsi), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937 Steve Karmen, American jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
  • 1937 Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (mayor of Quebec City), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938 Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, former Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013), born in Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1938 James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
  • 1938 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), born in Melbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Claude Gauthier, Canadian folk singer-songwriter, and actor, born in Lac-Saguay, Quebec
  • 1940 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1941 Jessica Walter, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
  • 1941 Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
  • 1941 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, born in Ventersdorp, Transvaal Province, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Len Chappell, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1964 NY Knicks; All-American 1962 Wake Forest Uni), born in Portage, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Jerry Scheff, American session and touring bassist (Elvis Presley, 1969 to 1977), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1942 Derek Jarman, actor and director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
  • 1942 Gerald Chanberlain, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman's Thundering Herd), born in Refugio, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
  • 1944 Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
  • 1944 Charlie Musselwhite, American blues harmonica player (Stand Back!; Get Up!), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1944 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • 1945 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, British judge, 1st woman to head UK Supreme Court, born in Leeds, England
  • 1946 Glynn Turman, American actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Jonathan Banks, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Subroto Guha, Indian cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69), born in India
  • 1946 Terry Kath, American rock guitarist & songwriter (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1976)
  • 1947 Jim Nollman, American theatre composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Nolan Ryan

1947 Nolan Ryan, American baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

  • 1947 Earl Okin, British jazz guitarist, songwriter and comic (Musical Genius and Sex Symbol), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England
  • 1948 Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician, born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1949 Carol Hawkins, English actress (Dialing for Dingbats), born in Chipping Barnet, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer & sports journalist, born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • 1949 Ken Wilber, American philosopher & writer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1951 KC [Harry Wayne Casey], American disco and funk singer-songwriter and producer (KC & the Sunshine Band - ""That's the Way (I Like It)"; "Get Down Tonight"), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • 1951 Phil Manzanera, English rock guitarist and record producer (Roxy Music - "Love Is The Drug"; "Avalon"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Presiley Baxendale, British QC, born in London, England
  • 1951 Dave Benton, Aruban-born musician, born in Oranjestad, Aruba
  • 1951 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican footballer and soccer coach (Honduras; Copa Centroamericana 2011), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Rosanne Musgrave, English headmistress (Blackheath HS)
  • 1952 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter, born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (d. 1969)
  • 1953 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1954 Adrian Vandenberg, Dutch rock guitarist (Whitesnake), born in the Hague, Netherlands