Birthdays in History on January 16

  • 1245 Edmund Crouchback, English prince and son of Henry III of England, born in London (d. 1296)
  • 1409 René of Anjou, King of Naples (1435-42) and last heir of the House of Anjou, born in Château d'Angers, Angers, Anjou, France (d. 1480)
  • 1477 Johannes Schöner, German polymath, astronomer and cartographer (Schöner globes), born in Karlstadt am Main, Lower Franconia, Bavaria (d. 1547)
  • 1501 Anthony Denny, English knight of the shire and confidant of King Henry VIII of England, born in England (d. 1559)
  • 1587 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter known for his still lifes of fish and game pieces, born in Antwerp (d. 1661)
  • 1616 François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort, French soldier (d. 1669)
  • 1626 Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish landscape painter (Wooded Landscape), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1699)
  • 1634 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (d. 1716)
  • 1675 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (Mémoires), born in Paris (d. 1755)
  • 1697 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright (d. 1743) date not proven
  • 1749 Vittorio Alfieri, Italian count, dramatist and poet (Maria Stuarda) who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy, born in Asti, Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1757 Samuel McIntire, American woodcarver and architect (architect of Old Salem), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1811) [1]
  • 1807 Charles Henry Davis, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1877)
  • 1815 Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck, American expert in military studies and Major General (Union Army), born in Oneida County, New York (d. 1872)
  • 1834 Albert Lindley Lee, American lawyer, Kansas State Supreme Court Judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1836 King Francis II of the Two Sicilies (d. 1894)
  • 1837 James Phillip Simms, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • 1838 Franz Brentano, German philosopher & psychologist, born in Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1844 Ismail Qemali, Albanian nationalist (d. 1919)

André MichelinAndré Michelin (1853-1931)

French industrialist, tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, born in Paris

  • 1853 Gen Sir Ian Hamilton, British military commander (d. 1947)
  • 1853 Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov, Russian philosopher, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1900)
  • 1870 Wilhelm Normann, German chemist (hydrogenated liquid fat creating trans fat), born in Petershagen Germany (d. 1939)
  • 1873 Boyd Alexander, English explorer and ornithologist (Niger to the Nile), born in Cranbrook, England (d. 1910)
  • 1874 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • 1875 Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, Polish politician (President of Poland in-exile 1939-47), born in Kutaisi, Georgia, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1885 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • 1888 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)
  • 1895 Nat Schachner, American author (d. 1955)
  • 1897 Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet, born in Villahermosa, Tabasco (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Edith Frank, mother of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1901 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)

Fulgencio BatistaFulgencio Batista (1901-1973)

Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), born in Banes, Cuba

  • 1906 Clement Greenberg, American art critic (Art & Culture), born in New York City (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Phillip Vellacott, English classical scholar (Penguin Books classical translations) (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • 1910 David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar (Professor of French) and wartime resister (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Franz Tumler, Austrian writer (Cloak, Aufruf), born in Gries near Bozen, South Tyrol (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Roger Aubert, Belgian church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Frederick Stewart, Scottish geologist, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Willem Aantjes, Dutch political leader (CDA)
  • 1926 John "Jack" Layden, local politician
  • 1928 John William Fozard, aircraft designer
  • 1928 William Kennedy, American writer
  • 1929 Allard Lowenstein, radical (Students for Democratic Action)
  • 1930 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Norman Podhoretz, American neoconservative pundit (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931 Johannes Rau, German politician, born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A, 27, T-3), born in Udomlya, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1934 William Vollie Alexander Jr., American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1969-93), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1942 James "Jimmy" Grashow, American sculptor and woodcut artist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Tony P. Hall, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1979-2002), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1944 Chris de Marigny, painter/designer
  • 1946 Michael L. Coats, Capt USN/astr (STS 41-D, 29, 39), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1947 Georgette Mosbacher, American CEO (La Prairie cosmetics), born in Highland, Indiana
  • 1947 Harvey Proctor, British politician, born in Pontefract, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Magdalen Nabb, British author, born in Lancashire, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1948 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer, born in Patea, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 1948 Ruth Reichl, American magazine editor, born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1950 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • 1952 Fuad II of Egypt, last King of Egypt and Sudan (1952-53), born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1952 Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr., Major USAF/astr (STS 39, 64), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1952 Roberta Baskin, American correspondent (48 Hours), born in New York, United States
  • 1953 Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi, born in Marfa, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1954 Morten Meldal, Danish chemist (2022 Nobel Prize for click chemistry), born in Denmark
  • 1955 Jerry M. Linenger, American astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1956 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1956 Saadeddine Othmani, Moroccan politician and Prime Minister of Morocco (2017-present), born in Inezgane, Morocco
  • 1958 Anatoli Boukreev, Kazakhstani-Russian mountaineer, born in Korkino, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1958 Lena Ek, Swedish politician, born in Mönsterås, Sweden
  • 1959 Juanita Bynum, American televangelist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Joel Fitzgibbon, Australian Labor Party politician, born in Bellingen, Australia
  • 1970 Garth Ennis, Irish comic book author, born in Holywood, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Greg Strause, American visual effects creator, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1985 Jonathan Richter, Danish professional football midfielder, born in Denmark
  • 1987 Cassey Ho, American social media fitness entrepreneur, born in Los Angeles, California