On This Day

Famous Birthdays on January 9

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 225

  • 1554 Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
  • 1571 Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (d. 1621)
  • 1574 Christoph Buel, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1631)
  • 1620 Johann Weichmann, composer
  • 1624 Empress Meishō (d. 1696)
  • 1658 Nicolas Coustou, French sculptor (Descente de Croix)
  • 1695 John E Loovens, lawyer
  • 1699 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer
  • 1728 Thomas Warton, critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), born in Basingstoke (d. 1790)
  • 1745 Caleb Strong, 6th and 10th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1819)
  • 1748 Stefan Paluselli, composer
  • 1773 Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)
  • 1790 Per Daniel Amadeus Atterbom, Swedish poet (Lycksalighetens)
  • 1803 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • 1811 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • 1815 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)

  • 1816 John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior under Lincoln during US Civil War (1863-1865), born in Brookfield, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1819 James Francis, Premier of Victoria (d. 1884)
  • 1820 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer
  • 1822 John Porter Hatch, volunteers Bvt Major General (Union), (d. 1901)
  • 1829 Adolf von Schlagintweit, German explorer (Tarimbekken)
  • 1829 Thomas William Robertson, England, playwright (Caste)
  • 1832 Esquire Maurits A de Savornin Lohman, Dutch governor of Suriname
  • 1832 Félix-Gabriel Marchand, journalist, author and politician, Premier of Quebec (d. 1900)
  • 1839 John Knowles Paine, composer, born in Portland, Maine
  • 1843 Christiaan A Ulder, Curacao, composer (waltzes/tumbas)
  • 1848 Princess Frederica of Hanover (d. 1926)
  • 1849 John Hartley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1879-80), born in Tong, Shropshire (d. 1935)
  • 1851 Giuseppi Gallignani, composer
  • 1854 Jennie Jerome, American society beauty and mother of Winston Churchill (d. 1921)
  • 1856 Anton Askerc, Slavic priest/poet (Primoz Trubar)
  • 1856 Lizette Woodworth Reese, American poet (Branch of May, Tears)
  • 1856 Stevan Mokranjac, composer
  • 1857 Henry B Fuller, American writer (Under the Skylights)
  • 1859 Carrie Chapman Catt, Ripon, Wisconsin, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters)
  • 1859 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar/church historian (The Monasteries)

  • 1864 Vladimir Steklov, Russian mathematician (d. 1926)
  • 1866 Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 1867 Jacques Urlus, Dutch tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth)
  • 1868 S. P. L. Sørensen, Danish chemist (d. 1939)
  • 1870 Joseph B Strauss, civil engineer/builder (Golden Gate Bridge)
  • 1871 Charles Kortright, British(?) cricket player
  • 1873 Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Jewish poet, born in Radi, Volhynia, (d. 1934)
  • 1875 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor and art patron (founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1942)
  • 1876 Hans Bethge, German poet, born in Dessau (d. 1946)
  • 1878 John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)
  • 1881 Giovanni Papini, Italian writer (Il Diavolo)
  • 1881 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic (Revaluations)
  • 1881 Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)
  • 1890 Karel Capek, Czech writer, playwright and critic (R.U.R.); coined the word "robot", born in Malé Svatoňovice, Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1890 Kurt Tucholsky, German journalist/writer (Panther Tiger & Co)
  • 1891 August Gailit, Estonia, writer (Ekke Moor)
  • 1892 Eva Bowring, American politician (d. 1985)
  • 1894 Henryk Stazewski, Polish abstract painter and graphic artist
  • 1896 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1897 Luis Gianneo, composer
  • 1897 Karl Löwith, German philosopher (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), born in Rochdale, England (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Vilma Bánky, Austrian silent screen actress (The Eagle, Rebel), born in Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1898 Wally Baker, American supercentenarian
  • 1900 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American conductor & composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1900 Richard Halliburton, American adventurer (presumed dead 1939), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 1939)
  • 1901 Chic Young, American cartoonist (Blondie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator, born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1969)

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

1908 Simone de Beauvoir, French author & feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex), born in Paris, France (d. 1986)

  • 1909 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing music bandleader, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, born in Kessingland, Suffolk (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Stafford WIlliam Somerfield, British newspaper editor, born in Barnstaple, Somerfield (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Ralph Tubbs, British architect, born in Hadley Wood, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Dr. Hepcat [Albert Lavada Durst], American blues pianist, born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Peter John Norton, British navy officer, born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 2004)

Person of interestRichard Nixon

1913 Richard Nixon, 37th US President (Republican 1969-74) and actor, born in Yorba Linda, California (d. 1994)

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1914 Derek Allhusen, English equestrian (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer & bandleader (Epistrop), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1915 Fernando Lamas, Argentine American actor and director (Lost World, You look marvelous), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Alain Bernardin, French impressario (Crazy Horse Saloon), born in Dijon, France (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Vic Mizzy, American orchestra leader (Don Rickles Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker, born in Streatham, London (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), born in Brixton, London (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar & medical researcher, born in New Delhi, India (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Seymour Barab, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Har Gobind Khorana, Indian-American biochemist (Nobel 1968), born in Raipur, Punjab, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea, born in Faranah, Guinea (d. 1984)
  • 1924 Sergei Parajanov, Armenian film director, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1990)
  • 1925 Abdelhamid ben Hadouga, Algerian writer, born in Mansoura, Algeria (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (For a Few Dollars More, Escape from NY), born in Somerville, New Jersey (d. 1989)

  • 1926 Jean-Pierre Côté, Canadian politician, Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter, born in Polignano A Mare, Apulia (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Fernand J St Germain, American politician (Rep-D-RI, 1961- ), born in Blackstone, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Judith Krantz, Jewish-American novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Heiner Muller, German dramatist, born in Eppendorf, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), born in Omagh, County Tyrone (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Dorothea Puente, American serial killer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Algis Budrys, Lithuanian-American sci-fi author (Man of Earth), born in Kaliningrad, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), born on Roosevelt Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Sonia Garmers, Curaçao writer (Dear Queen), born in Curaçao
  • 1933 Wilbur Smith, Zambian novelist (War Cry, River God), born in Kabwe, Zambia
  • 1934 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Julian B Coco, Dutch guitarist (Princess Christina), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 2013)

Person of interestBob Denver

1935 Bob Denver, American actor (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gilligan's Island), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2005)

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • 1935 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Buddy Scott, American blues guitarist, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Earl G. Graves, Sr., American businessman & publisher, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Brian Harradine, Australian politician, born in Quorn, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Peter Fletcher, British orchestral conductor & music teacher
  • 1936 Anne Rivers Siddons, American writer, born in Fairburn, Georgia
  • 1936 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • 1940 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1940 Al Downing, American singer, born in Oklahoma, United States (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1941 Joan Baez, American folk singer & human rights advocate, born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1941 Gilles Vaillancourt, Canadian politician, born in Laval-des-Rapides, Quebec

  • 1942 K. Callan, American actress (Joe's World, Martha-Lois & Clark), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942 Lee Kun-hee, Korean business magnate & chairman of Samsung Group, born in Uiryeong County, South Korea
  • 1943 Dick Yount, rocker (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 1943 Kenneth Kelley, American singer (Manhattans, One Life to Live)
  • 1943 Rob Hoeke, Dutch pianist & singer (Drinking on My Bed), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Robert Drewe, Australian author, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1943 Elmer MacFadyen, Canadian politician, born in Charlottetown, Canada (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2019)

Person of interestJimmy Page

1944 Jimmy Page, English rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1944 Scott Engel, American-born British singer-songwriter (Walker Brothers-Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore), born Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1944 Harun Farocki, German filmmaker & author (Nicht loeschbares Feur), born in Nový Jičín, Czech Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Ian Hornak, American artist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1945 Frank Biondi, American businessman (HBO), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 John Doman, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Leo Gullotta, Italian actor (Sinbad of the 7 Seas), born in Catania, Italy
  • 1947 Ronnie Landfield, American abstract painter, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1948 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1948 Paul King, English rocker (Blue Oyster Cult), born in Dagenham, Essex
  • 1950 David Johansen [Buster Poindexter], American singer-songwriter & actor (Hot! Hot! Hot!), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1950 Rio Reiser, German rock musician & singer (Ton Steine Scherben), born Berlin, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Alec Jeffreys, British geneticist (developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting), born in Oxford, England
  • 1951 Crystal Gayle, American country singer (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • 1952 Eva Leonie "Eveline" Herfkens, Dutch civil servant, diplomat, and politician (PvdA), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1952 Hugh Bayley, British politician, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author, born in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 1954 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • 1955 Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1955 J. K. Simmons, American actor (Whiplash), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1956 David Smith, English cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986), born in Balham, London

  • 1956 Kimberly Beck Hilton, American actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • 1956 Imelda Staunton, British actress (Finding Your Feet, Maleficent), born in Archway, London
  • 1956 Mike Walczewski, American public address announcer
  • 1957 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • 1958 Mehmet Ali Ağca, Turkish attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II, born in Hekimhan, Turkey
  • 1958 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • 1959 Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Evergreen, North Carolina
  • 1959 Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • 1959 Rigoberta Menchú, K'iche' political activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1992), born in Chimel, Guatemala
  • 1959 Cristi Minculescu, Romanian musician, born in Pitești, Romania
  • 1960 Lisa Walters, Canadian golfer (Hawaiian Open 1992-93), born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • 1961 Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
  • 1963 Michael Everson, Irish-American expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1965 Darren Bennett, Australian AFL player and NFL punter (San Diego Chargers), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1965 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965 Joely Richardson, English actress (Body Contact, Wetherby), born in London, England
  • 1965 Eric Erlandson, American musician (Hole), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1966 Candi Milo, American voice actress, born in Palm Springs, California

Person of interestDave Matthews

1967 Dave Matthews, South African singer & musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • 1967 Dave Mcllwain, Canadian NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Seaforth, Canada
  • 1967 Jamie Huscroft, Canadian NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Creston, British Columbia
  • 1967 Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1967 Steven Harwell, American singer & musician (Smash Mouth), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Jimmy Adams, Jamaican cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992), born in Port Maria, Jamaica
  • 1968 Katie Anderson, Canadian 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1968 Mardi Lunn, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1999 3rd), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • 1968 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress, born in North Little Rock, Arkansas

  • 1968 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.), born in Oneida County, New York
  • 1969 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • 1970 Graciela Schutt, American WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1970 Lara Fabian, Canadian-Belgian singer, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • 1970 Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire), born in Trieste, Italy
  • 1971 Bill Schroeder, American NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971 Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey left wing (941 NHL games; Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks), born in London, Ontario
  • 1971 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American hip hop artist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian novelist & cultural critic, born in Brockville, Canada
  • 1971 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director, born in Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • 1972 Eddie Mason, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Siler City, North Carolina
  • 1972 Jay Powell, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1972 Sarah Beeny, English property developer & television presenter, born in Reading, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Angie Martinez, American radio & television personality, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider & businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973 Aaron Holbert, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Torrance, California
  • 1973 Ronald Hamming, Dutch football player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard), born in Zeegse, Netherlands