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Famous Birthdays on January 7

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  • 1355 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)

Person of interestGregory XIII

1502 Gregory XIII [Ugo Boncompagni], Italian pope (1572-85) who introduced the Gregorian (New Style) calendar in 1582, born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1585)

  • 1528 Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre and mother of French King Henry IV
  • 1539 Sebastian de Covarrubias Horozco, Spanish lexicographer
  • 1611 James Harrington, England, political author (Commonwealth of Oceans)
  • 1612 Paul de La Pierre, composer
  • 1634 Adam Krieger, German composer
  • 1647 Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • 1652 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1653 Bernhard Albinus, German court-physician (Frederick of Prussia)
  • 1685 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company
  • 1685 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • 1706 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (d. 1751)
  • 1710 Josef Antonin Sehling, composer
  • 1718 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Johann Christian Fabricius, Tønder, Danish Entomologist (named nearly 10,000 species)

  • 1755 Stephen Groombridge, Goudhurst Kent, English Astronomer (Catalogue of Circumpolar Stars)
  • 1768 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • 1786 John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1796 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • 1799 Daniel Tyler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, Connecticut (d. 1882)

Person of interestMillard Fillmore

1800 Millard Fillmore, 13th US President (Whig: 1850-53), born in Moravia, New York (d. 1874)

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1808 Jacob Ammen, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fincastle, Virginia (d. 1894)
  • 1813 Ann Rutledge, said to be Abraham Lincoln's true love, born in Henderson, Kentucky (d. 1835)
  • 1816 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1821 Lucius Jeremiah Gartrell, Brigadier General (Confed Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1822 Lucius C M Bakker, Frisian physician/author (Goethe)
  • 1822 Theodor Aufrecht, German indologist (Rigveda's Hymns)
  • 1824 James Morrison Hawes, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1827 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer; introduced Universal Standard Time (d. 1915)
  • 1830 [Samuel] Emerson Opdycke, American businessman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1884)
  • 1830 Albert Bierstadt, German painter (US landscapes)
  • 1832 James Munro, Premier of Victoria (d. 1908)
  • 1833 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist (vanadium and photochemistry), born in London, England
  • 1834 Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and inventor (d. 1874)
  • 1842 Johan Lindegren, composer

  • 1844 Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, [St Bernadette of Lourdes], saint/visionary
  • 1845 Louis III, last king of Bavaria (1913-18)
  • 1845 Paul Deusen, German philosopher (Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft)
  • 1853 Nikolai Arkas, composer
  • 1858 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • 1860 Emanuil Manolov, composer
  • 1868 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist
  • 1870 Lord Gordon Hewart, British judge (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Émile Borel, French mathematician and politician (d. 1956)
  • 1873 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian movie producer/director/executive (Paramount)
  • 1875 Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic gold 1904)
  • 1875 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • 1876 William Yeates Hurlstone, composer
  • 1877 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer (1 great dog)
  • 1879 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), 1844(?), religious visionary
  • 1883 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WWII)
  • 1890 Henny Porten, silent screen star (Deception), born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1890 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), born in Carson City, Nevada (d. 1957)
  • 1891 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer
  • 1892 Rudolf Moser, composer
  • 1894 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Marie-Dominique Chenu, French Roman Catholic theologist
  • 1895 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist (d. 1960)
  • 1895 Sir Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and co-founder of QANTAS (d. 1974)
  • 1896 Arnold Ridley, British actor and dramatist (The Ghost Train, Dad's Army), born in Bath, England (d. 1984)
  • 1898 Art Baker, American TV host (You Asked For It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer
  • 1898 Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • 1899 Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, composer/pianist (Les Biches), born in Paris, France
  • 1899 Kenneth Thomson, American character actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1900 John Brownlee, Australian tenor, born in Geelong, Victoria (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1903 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • 1903 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer
  • 1903 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer
  • 1905 Francis Taylor, builder
  • 1907 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Red Allen, American musician (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Alain JG de Rothschild, French banker/baron
  • 1910 Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pakistani poet (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Merv Waite, cricketer (S Australian all-rounder)
  • 1911 Butterfly McQueen [Thelma], American actress (Gone With the Wind, Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Charles Addams, cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
  • 1912 Günter Wand, German conductor, composer (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), born in Essex, England (d. 1984)
  • 1913 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1913 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), born in Demorest, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), born in NYC, NY (d. 1963)
  • 1915 Herman Musaph, Dutch psychiatrist/sexologist/founder (NVSH)
  • 1916 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 1916 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu (d. 1989)
  • 1916 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), born in Forkland, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer

  • 1918 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party)
  • 1918 Colin Snedden, cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46, did not bat)
  • 1918 Irene Vorrink, Dutch politician (Minister of health), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Albert Meltzer, anarchist
  • 1920 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • 1920 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer/Industrialist (float glass), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Moonstruck, Little Shop of Horrors), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1921 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), born in Seddon, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Jean-Pierre [Louis] Rampal, Marseilles France, flautist
  • 1922 Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Charles Russell Woolen, composer
  • 1923 Hugh Kenner, Canadian literary critic (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Roloff Beny, Alberta, painter/photographer (A Time of Gods)
  • 1924 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • 1925 Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)
  • 1926 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), born in Leichhardt, NSW (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Kim Jong-pil, South Korean Prime Minister (1971-75, 1998-2000) and founder of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (now the National Intelligence Service), born in Buyeo County, Japanese Korea (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Rajindranath, cricketer (4 stumpings in his only Test for India)

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

1928 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • 1929 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • 1929 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1929 Terry Moore [Helen Luella Koford], American actress (Little Sheba), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1931 Mack Mattingly, (Sen-R-GA, 1981-86)
  • 1932 Joe Berinson, Australian politician
  • 1933 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Angel Heart, Where Eagles Dare), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), born in Streetly, England (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Charles Lamont Jenkins, American 400m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Noam Sheriff, composer

  • 1935 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 6, 19, 36/35), (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (d. 2006)
  • 1936 Eldee Young, US bassist (Young Holt Unlimited-Hang on Sloopy)
  • 1936 Ben Cropp, Australian shark hunter and photographer
  • 1938 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938 Jasperina de Jong, Dutch cabaret performer (Jan Rao en z'n Maat)
  • 1938 Paul Revere, American pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders), born in Harvard Nebraska, (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Roland Topor, French illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1939 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • 1939 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • 1939 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
  • 1940 William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • 1941 Ann Susan Hills, freelance journalist
  • 1941 Frederick Drew Gregory, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-B, 33, 44), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 Robert Hicks, rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
  • 1941 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1941 John E. Walker, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1942 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1943 Jim Lefebvre, American baseball manager (Seattle Mariners), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1943 Leona Williams, American country music singer (Ladies Get the Blues), born in Vienna, Missouri
  • 1943 Sadako Sasaki, Japanese child victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, born in Hiroshima, Japan (d. 1955)
  • 1943 Richard Armstrong, British conductor, born in Leicester, England
  • 1944 Mike McGear, English singer (Paul McCartney's brother), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1944 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator, born in Skedsmo, Norway
  • 1944 Tony Whitlam, Australian lawyer & judge, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945 Tony Conigliaro, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Revere, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1945 Dick Marty, Swiss politician & prosecutor, born in Sorengo, Switzerland
  • 1945 Raila Odinga, Kenyan politician, Prime Minister of Kenya (2008-2013), born in Maseno, Kenya
  • 1945 Dave Cousins [David Joseph Hindson], English singer-songwriter (Strawbs), born in Hounslow, England

  • 1946 Jann S Wenner, American publisher (Rolling Stone), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 David Porcelijn, Dutch composer & conductor, born in Achtkarspelen, Netherlands
  • 1947 Shobha De, Indian columnist & novelist, born in Satara, India
  • 1948 Kaz Lux, Dutch singer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • 1948 Kenny Loggins, American singer (Loggins and Messina-This is it, Footloose), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1949 Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1949 Anne Schedeen, American actress, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1950 Erin Gray, American actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1950 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950 Johnny Lever [John Prakasa Rao Janumala], Indian Bollywood actor & comedian, born in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh
  • 1950 Juan Gabriel [Alberto Aguilera Valadez], Mexican singer, born in Michoacan state (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Talgat Musabayev, Kazakh test pilot & cosmonaut (TM-19, TM-27), born in Kargaly, Kazakhstan
  • 1951 Mike Ward, American politician, born in White Plains, New York
  • 1952 Sammo Hung, Hong Kong actor, director and martial artist (Winners and Sinners), born in Hong Kong
  • 1952 Giuliano Ferrara, Italian politician, journalist and founding editor (Il Foglio), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1953 Agha Zahid, Pakistani cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1953 Earl Lindo, Jamaican reggae musician (Bob Marley & the Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Alan Butcher, English cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Rosalyn Bryant, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1957 Katie Couric, American journalist & author (Today), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1957 Kristen Meadows, American actress (Santa Barbara), born in Ventura, California
  • 1957 Nicholson Baker, American novelist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer, born in Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1957 Reena Roy, Hindi Bollywood actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1958 Donna Rice Hughes, American author & speaker, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1958 Peter Mokaba, South African politician (South African Youth Congress), born in Pietersburg, South Africa
  • 1959 Kathy Valentine, American musician (Go-Go's-We Got the Beat), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1960 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1960 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1960 Loretta Sanchez, American politician, born in Lynwood, California
  • 1960 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • 1961 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1961 John Thune, American politician, born in Pierre, South Dakota
  • 1962 Hallie Todd, American actress (Check is in the Mail), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Jeff Montgomery, American baseball player (KC Royals), born in Wellston, Ohio
  • 1962 Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician, born in Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
  • 1963 Craig Shipley, Australian-American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • 1963 Clint Mansell, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, United Kingdom

Person of interestRand Paul

1963 Rand Paul, American politician (Senate-R-Kentucky 2011-), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

United States Senator Rand Paul
United States Senator
Rand Paul
  • 1964 Francisco Maciel, Mexican tennis star, born in Querétaro, Mexico

Person of interestNicolas Cage

1964 Nicolas Cage, American actor (Moonstruck, Racing with the Moon), born in Long Beach, California

  • 1965 Mark Rushmere, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1966 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, American publicist & wife of John Kennedy Jr, born in White Plains, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1966 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Fort Erie, Canada
  • 1966 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1966 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1967 Guy Hebert, American NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Team USA 98), born in Troy, New York