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Famous Birthdays on January 8

  • 1037 Su Shi [Zizhan], Chinese poet, artist and important figure in Song Dynasty politics, born in Meishan, Sichuan, Northern Song Dynasty (d. 1101)
  • 1556 Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai daimyō, born in Echigo Province (d. 1623)
  • 1583 Simon Episcopius, Dutch theologian, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1643)
  • 1587 Johannes Fabricius, Danish astronomer (discovered sunspots), born in East Frisia, Germany (d. 1616)
  • 1589 Ivan Gundulić, Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka), born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa (d. 1638)
  • 1601 Baltasar Gracián, Spanish writer, born in Belmonte de Calatayud (d. 1658)
  • 1628 François‑Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, French general, born in Paris, France (d. 1695)
  • 1632 Samuel von Pufendorf, German jurist, born in Zwönitz, Germany (d. 1694)
  • 1635 Luis Manuel Fernández de Portocarrero, Spanish cardinal archbishop, born in Palma del Río, Spain (d. 1709)
  • 1668 Jean Gilles, French composer, born in Tarascon (d. 1705)
  • 1735 John Carroll, American Roman Catholic archbishop, born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (d. 1815)
  • 1742 Philip Astley, English 'Father of the Modern Circus', born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England (d. 1814)
  • 1763 Edmond Charles Genêt, French diplomat, born in Versailles, France (d. 1834)
  • 1767 Abraham de Veer, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1822-28), born in Curaçao (d. 1838)
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • 1786 Nicholas Biddle, American financier, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1844)
  • 1787 Johann Ludwig Bohner, German composer, born in Töttelstädt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1788 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • 1788 Archduke Rudolph of Austria, Austrian clergyman & noble, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1831)
  • 1788 Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general & politician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1874)
  • 1791 Jacob Collamer, American politician (Sen-Vt), born in Troy, New York (d. 1865)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, American organist & composer (Zebulo), born in Medfield, Massachusetts (d.1872)

George Childress

1804 George Childress, American lawyer & statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

  • 1805 John Bigler, American politician, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1871)
  • 1805 Orson Hyde, American religious leader, born in Oxford, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • 1812 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Swiss pianist, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1871)
  • 1812 William Henry Holmes, English composer, born in Sudbury, England (d. 1885)
  • 1814 Johannes Kneppelhout, Dutch writer, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1815 George Webb Morell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Lawrence Pike Graham, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1905)
  • 1817 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • 1817 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1893)

James Longstreet

1821 James Longstreet, American Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1904)

  • 1822 Alfredo Carlo Piatti, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1901)

Alfred Russel Wallace

1823 Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist, explorer and co-discoverer of evolution through natural selection, born in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 1913)

  • 1824 Per August Olander, Swedish composer, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1886)
  • 1824 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (Woman in White), born in London (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico (d. 1861)
  • 1830 Gouverneur Kemble Warren, American civil engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Cold Spring, New York (d. 1882)
  • 1830 Hans von Bülow, German pianist & composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1836 Fanny Jackson Coppin, African-American educator & missionary, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1913)
  • 1836 Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch/British painter/husband of Laura Epps
  • 1843 Frederick Abberline, British police investigator (d. 1929)
  • 1843 John H. Moffitt, American politician (d. 1926)
  • 1846 Albert Cahen, composer
  • 1846 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1916)
  • 1852 James Milton Carroll, American pastor and author (d. 1931)
  • 1860 Nancy Jones, US African American missionary in Africa
  • 1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
  • 1864 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (d. 1892)
  • 1866 William G. Conley, American politician (d. 1940)
  • 1867 Emily Green Balch, American sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
  • 1868 Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity, born in Measham, England (d. 1939)
  • 1870 Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja, dictator of Spain (1923-30)
  • 1871 James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon, Irish unionist politician and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1921-1940), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1940)
  • 1873 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1928)
  • 1873 Iuliu Maniu, Romanian politician (d. 1953)
  • 1873 Elena of Montenegro, queen of Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Henrik Shipstead, American politician (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer
  • 1883 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)
  • 1883 Patrick J. Hurley, United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • 1885 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), born in Creswick, Colony of Victoria (d. 1945)
  • 1885 A. J. Muste, Dutch pacifist and activist (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Noble Drew Ali [Timothy Drew], prophet (Moorish Science Temple), born in North Carolina
  • 1888 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1888 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Sandor Rado, Hungarian/US psycho analyst
  • 1891 Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer
  • 1891 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1891 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Storm Jameson, English writer (d. 1986)
  • 1892 Werner Wehrli, composer
  • 1894 St Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (d. 1941)
  • 1896 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1896 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • 1896 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Dennis Wheatley, British author (d. 1977)
  • 1899 S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, 4th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1956-59), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Edmond Vandercammen, French-Belgian painter and poet (Grand Combat), born in Ohain, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Carl R[ansom] Rogers, American psychologist (Client-Centered Therapy)

Georgy Malenkov

1902 Georgy Malenkov, Soviet leader who was briefly leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death (1953-55), born in Orenburg, Russian Empire (d. 1988)

  • 1902 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Silent Song)
  • 1903 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], American actor (She Demons, Tormented, The Spider), born in Redfield, South Dakota (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904 Karl Brandt, Alsacian Nazi war criminal (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Carl Gustav Hempel, German writer & philosopher, born in Oranienburg, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1905 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, born in La Spezia, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Jan A H J S Bruins Slot, Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
  • 1906 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • 1908 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1908 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1960)
  • 1910 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1911 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • 1911 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)

José Ferrer

1912 José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor and director (Blood Tide, Dune), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1992)

  • 1912 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • 1913 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Stanley Prager, American comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1920 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard, born in Teterow, Germany
  • 1922 Abbey Simon, American pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's), born in Ardsley, South Yorkshire (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Larry Storch, American comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American computer scientist & professor, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees [Lysniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), born in Harbin, Manchuria, China (d. 2010)
  • 1924 Robert Starer, Austrian-born American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Kim Dae Jung, 8th President of South Korea (1998-2003) and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize 2000 laureate, born in Hauido, South Korea (d. 2009)
  • 1925 James Saunders, English playwright (Ark), born in Islington, London (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Helmuth Hubener, German activist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear [Shulman], American soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jani Christou, Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt (d. 1970)
  • 1926 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer, born in Raghurajpur, India (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Charles Tomlinson, British poet & translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, American journalist (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 May Wynn [Donna Lee Hickey], American actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet & editor, born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), born in Rutland, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Bill Graham [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1933 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Jean-Marie Straub, French director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach), born in Metz, France

Jacques Anquetil

1934 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)

  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, English character actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers), born in Wigan, United Kingdom (d. 1988)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Alexandra Ripley, American writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2004)

Elvis Presley

1935 Elvis Presley, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

  • 1935 Jesse Garon Presley, American stillborn twin brother of Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi (d. 1935)
  • 1935 Nolan Miller, American fashion & jewellery designer (Dynasty, Love Boat), born in Burkburnett, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African Minister of Education (1979-82), born in Lichtenburg, South Africa
  • 1936 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • 1936 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937 Robert Moran, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Welsh singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker), born in Tiger Bay, United Kingdom
  • 1938 Bob Eubanks, American DJ & television personality (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, American country music & gospel singer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1941 Little Anthony [Anthony Gourdine], American rhythm and blues singer (Little Anthony and the Imperials-Goin' Out of My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • 1941 Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1942 John Peterson, American drummer (the Beau Brummels), born in Rudyard, Michigan (d. 2007)

Stephen Hawking

1942 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)

  • 1942 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), born in Bor, Russia
  • 1942 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician (Prime Minister, 2001–06), born in Yokosuka, Japan
  • 1942 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Lee Jackson, English bass guitarist & singer-songwriter (Nice), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, American musician (Whispers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Terry Brooks, American fantasy fiction author (Sword of Shannara), born in Sterling, Illinois
  • 1944 Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, American country-rock keyboardist (Charlie Daniels Band), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone [O'Meara], American actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing), born in Hillsdale, New Jersey
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), born in Glarus, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Mexican drug lord (Guadalajara Cartel), born in Culiacán, Mexico

David Bowie

1947 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • 1947 Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, English guitarist & singer (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Don Bendell, American author & former Green Beret, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician, born in Rüti bei Büren, Switzerland
  • 1948 Gillies Mackinnon, Scottish film director & writer (Playboys), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1951 John McTiernan, American actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1951 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician, born in Laborie, Saint Lucia
  • 1952 Lauri Walters, American actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Mike Reno [Ryanoski], Canadian rock vocalist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer & choreographer, born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1957 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Ron Cephas Jones, American actor (This is Us), born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1958 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1959 Mike Harwood, Australian golfer (British Open 1991 runner-up), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (45 Tests @ 44.34; 7 x 100; 63 ODIs; son of Hanif Mohammad), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1961 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American musician, born in Belton, Texas
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Japanese golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • 1964 Marc Quinn, English artist (Alison Lapper Pregnant), born in London, England
  • 1965 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1965 Michelle Forbes [Guajardo], American actress (True Blood, Guiding Light, Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965 Rossen Milanov, Bulgarian orchestral conductor (Philadelphia, 2000-11; Princeton, 2009-present; Columbus, 2015-present), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Maria Pitillo, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1966 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1966 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, American athlete (Olympic high jump silver 1988, bronze 1992; World Indoor C'ship gold 1991), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Greenville, California

R. Kelly

1967 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer-songwriter (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1968 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia