Famous Birthdays on January 5

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 244

  • 1209 Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, born in Winchester Castle (d. 1272)
  • 1548 Francisco Suarez, Spanish theologian, born in Granada, Spain (d. 1617)
  • 1560 William Cobbold, composer
  • 1587 Xu Xiake, Chinese geographer, born in Jiangsu, China (d. 1641)
  • 1592 Shah Jahan, 5th Mughal Emperor of India (1628-58) who built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, born in Lahore, Mughal Empire (d. 1666)
  • 1596 Henry Lawes, English composer, born in Dinton, United Kingdom (d. 1662)
  • 1614 Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1662)
  • 1661 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1700)
  • 1666 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, born in Patna Sahib (d. 1708)
  • 1667 Antonio Lotti, Italian Baroque composer, born in Venice, Italy (b. 1740)
  • 1679 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1696 Giuseppe Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect & painter, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1757)
  • 1710 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer
  • 1717 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman, born in Becket, Massachusetts (d. 1793)
  • 1729 Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, Dutch cartoonist & painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1782)
  • 1759 Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist & army leader, born in Le Pin-en-Mauges, France (d. 1793)

  • 1762 Constanze Mozart, wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in Zell im Wiesental, Germany (d. 1842)
  • 1769 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist (Political Economics), born in Lyon, France (d. 1832)
  • 1773 Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter & drawer, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1839)
  • 1778 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest & composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1861)
  • 1779 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
  • 1779 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1788 Kaspar Ett, German organist & composer, born in Eresing, Germany (d. 1847)
  • 1806 André Henri Constant van Hasselt, Belgian poet (La Belgium), born in Maastricht, Meuse-Inférieure (d. 1874)
  • 1810 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1889)
  • 1811 Cyrus Hamlin, American educator/missionary (est Robert College, Turkey), born in Waterford, Maine (d. 1900)
  • 1813 Thomas Neville Waul, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Sumter County, South Carolina (d. 1903)
  • 1822 Joseph Brevard Kershaw, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1894)
  • 1823 William Rockstro, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)
  • 1828 August Valentine Kautz, German-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baden, Germany (d. 1895)
  • 1829 Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c.1854)
  • 1834 William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition, born in Totnes, United Kingdom (d. 1861)
  • 1835 Friedrich Richard Faltin, Finnish composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1835 Hendrik van Rijgersma, Dutch naturalist & physician, born in Lemmer, Netherlands (d. 1877)
  • 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet & writer [or Apr 5], born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1909)
  • 1838 Camille Jordan, French mathematician, born in Lyon, France (d. 1922)
  • 1840 John Doby Kennedy, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1896)
  • 1846 Rudolf Christoph Eucken, German Idealist philosopher (Nobel 1908), born in Aurich, Germany (d. 1926)
  • 1848 Khristo Botev, Bulgarian poet & nationalist revolutionary, born in Kalofer, Bulgaria (d. 1876)
  • 1848 Same Steele, Canadian soldier, born in Purbrook, Canada West (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter & etcher, born in Ghent, Belgium

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

1855 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1858 Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror), born in Hed socken (d. 1909)
  • 1859 DeWitt Bristol Brace, inventor (spectrophotometer), born in Wilson, New York (d. 1905)
  • 1864 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1865 Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer, born in Bogotá, Colombia (d. 1920)
  • 1871 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1940)

Person of interestJoseph Erlanger

1874 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger

Person of interestKonrad Adenauer

1876 Konrad Adenauer, chancellor of Germany (BRD, 1949), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1967)

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • 1879 Hans Eppinger, Austrian physician, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1946)
  • 1880 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Russian composer, born in Surazh, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Herbert Bayard Swope, U.S. journalist who coined the term "Cold War", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-born British poet, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1889 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo, Little Rascal), born in Nieuwer-Amstel, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (The Bank Dick), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1957)
  • 1892 Francesca Bertini, Italian actress (Odette, Assunta Spina), born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1985)
  • 1893 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik), born in Schlüchtern, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1893 Zoltán Böszörmény, Hungarian Nazi politician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. unknown)
  • 1893 Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru (Autobiography of a Yogi), born in Gorakhpur, India (d. 1952)
  • 1895 Jeannette Piccard, American high-altitude balloonist & Episcopal priest, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1895 Elizabeth Cotten, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1896 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, historian, and politician (ARP), born in Hurdegaryp, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1900 Paula Ludwig, Austrian-German poet, born in Vorarlberg, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Yves Tanguy, French surrealist painter, born in Paris, France (d. 1955)
  • 1901 Henri Honoré d'Estienne d'Orves, French officer/resistance fighter, born in Verrières-le-Buisson, France (d. 1941)
  • 1901 Mario Scelba, Italian politician (Prime Minister 1954-55), born in Caltagirone, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English author (Cold Comfort Farm), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist & organist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Leighton Lucas, English composer & conductor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1982)
  • 1903 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post, born in Campbell Town, Australia (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Erica Morini, Austrian concert violinist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy", born in Medford, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Kathleen Kenyon, 1st person to place date on remains of Jericho, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Anton Ingolic, Slavic author (After Splavih, After Prelomu), born in Spodnja Polskava, Slovenia (d. 1992)
  • 1907 Willi Soukop, sculptor and member of Royal Academy of Arts, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1908 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963)
  • 1909 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, bibliophile
  • 1909 Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician (Regular Expressions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), born in Crushington, New Zealand (d. 1949)
  • 1910 Hugh Brannum, American actor (Make Room for Daddy, The Fred Waring Show), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Frank Pace Jr., US Secretary of Army (1950-53), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1988)

Person of interestGeorge Reeves

1914 George Reeves, American actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), born in Woolstock, Iowa (d. 1959)

  • 1914 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1915 Mabel Leigh, British potter (Shorter and Son), born in Coatesville, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Uta Graf, singer/teacher
  • 1915 Arthur H. Robinson, Canadian-born cartographer, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Reginald Smith Brindle, British composer, born in Cuerden, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, born in Bayreuth, Germany (d. 1966)

Person of interestJane Wyman

1917 Jane Wyman, American actress (Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2007)

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman
  • 1917 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite, born in New York City, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian pianist, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, Pakistani cricketer (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg
  • 1921 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright and novelist (The Physicists, The Visit), born in Konolfingen, Switzerland (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Admiral Sir Anthony Synnot, Chief of the Australian Defence Force, born in Corowa, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Robert L. Bernstein, American publisher (Random House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Dr Gilbert Bogle, Australian scientist who died in the Bogle-Chandler case (1963)
  • 1925 Wolf Morris, English actor (Decoy), born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • 1926 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1926 Hosea Williams, American activist, born in Attapulgus, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • 1926 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet, born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Walter Fritz Mondale, American politician (Sen-D-Minn)/42nd VP (1977-81), born in Ceylon, Minnesota

  • 1928 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 4th President and 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan, born in Ratodero Taluka, Pakistan (d. 1979)
  • 1928 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, born in Tianjin (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Wilbert Harrison, American R&B singer (Kansas City), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Edward Galven Givens Jr., Major USAF/astronaut, born in Quanah, Texas (d. 1967)
  • 1930 Frederick Charles Tillis, American composer, born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1930 Richard Hayes, American actor & singer (Name That Tune), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • 1931 Alvin Ailey, African-American choreographer (American Dance Theater), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1989)

Person of interestRobert Duvall

1931 Robert Duvall, American award winning actor and filmmaker (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, MASH, Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • 1931 Walt Davis, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1952) and NBA player (Philadelphia Warriors), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1931 Joan Coxsedge, Australian politician, born in Ballarat, Australia

Person of interestChuck Noll

1932 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1932 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and author (Name of the Rose), born in Alessandria, Piedmont (d. 2016)
  • 1934 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • 1935 Nancy L. Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-CT, 1983- ), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 Florence King, American humorist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Edwin Elliason, American archer (Olympic-92), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin

Person of interestJuan Carlos I

1938 Juan Carlos I [Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias], King of Spain (1975-2014), born in Rome, Italy

King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I
  • 1938 Leo Avery, Abbot of Quarr Abbey, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1938 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star, born in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1938 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer, born in Kamirithu
  • 1939 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939 Peter Struycken, Dutch artist, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1940 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 1940 Athol Guy, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Colac, Australia
  • 1940 Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
  • 1941 Bob Cunis, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's), born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Grady Thomas, American rock vocalist (Parliaments, Funkadelic, Maggot Brain), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1941 Mansur Ali Khan, Indian cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt), born in Bhopal, India (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese filmmaker (Spirited Away), born in Tokyo

Person of interestChuck McKinley

1941 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 1942 Dany Sava [Danielle Savalle], French actress (Moon Pilot), born in Paris, France
  • 1942 Charlie Rose, American TV host (CBS This Morning), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • 1942 Cliff Potts, American television & film actor (Ted-Lou Grant), born in Glendale, California
  • 1942 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1942 Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader, born in Dartford, United Kingdom
  • 1942 Terenci Moix, Spanish writer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2003)

  • 1943 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Felix Arons, Dutch director & actor (Waaldrecht), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1945 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945 Roger Spottiswoode, Canadian-British film director, born in Ottawa, Canada

Person of interestDiane Keaton

1946 Diane Keaton, American actress (Annie Hall, Little Drummer Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • 1947 Michael DeWine, American politician (Rep-R-Oh, 1983- ), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1947 Ted Lange, American actor (Isaac-Love Boat, Mr T & Tina), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's), born in Alwar, India (d. 2010)
  • 1948 Thom Mooney, American rocker (Nazz), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 George Brown, American rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1950 Chris Stein, American rock guitarist and co-founder of Blondie (Heart of Glass, Call Me), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian historian, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1991)
  • 1950 John Manley, Canadian politician, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1950 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur, born in Pomona, California
  • 1951 Steve Arnold, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • 1953 Pamela Sue Martin, American actress (Nancy Drew, Fallon-Dynasty), born in Westport, Connecticut
  • 1953 Steve Archer, American singer (The Archers), born in Mojave, California
  • 1953 Mike Rann, Australian politician, born in Sidcup, United Kingdom
  • 1953 George Tenet, American CIA director, born in New York City, New York
  • 1954 Bryan Hitt, American rock drummer (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You), born in Center, Texas
  • 1956 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1957 Vincent Calloway, American trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1957 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia
  • 1960 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • 1960 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer, born in Lundby, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1961 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 1961 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Arizona
  • 1962 Suzy Amis, American actress (Blame it on Rio, Where the Heart is), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1962 Brendon Kuruppu, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1962 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962 Perry Fenwick, English actor, born in Canning Town, London
  • 1963 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1963 Rick Ambrose, Dutch singer (Jewel)
  • 1964 John Erickson, American golfer (1991 Windsor Charity), born in Woodland Hills, California
  • 1964 Ted Harris Poley, American rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1964 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965 Rick Tuten, American NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perry, Florida
  • 1965 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor, born in Watford, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in New York City, New York
  • 1966 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • 1967 J. H. Wyman, American film producer & director (Almost Human), born in Oakland, California
  • 1967 Chris Nabholz, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Ray Crockett, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967 Ricky Paull Goldin, American actor (Doug-Hail to the Chief, Another World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967 Joe Flanigan, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Carl Evans, American actor (Guiding Light), born in New York City, New York