On This Day

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, woodcarver/architect (architect of Salem)
  • 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)

Person of interestAndré Michelin

1853 Andre Michelin, French industrialist, tire manufacturer (Michelin) and publisher of the Michelin Guide, born in Paris (d. 1931)

Industrialist and Publisher André Michelin
Industrialist and Publisher
André Michelin
  • 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 (hardening of oils)
  • 1873 Boyd Alexander, English explorer
  • 1874 Robert Service, England, Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee)
  • 1875 Leonor Michaelis, German enzyme kinetic theorist (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Robert Garbe, German poet (Gorniek)
  • 1885 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40)
  • 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)

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

1901 Fulgencio Batista, Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), born in Banes, Cuba (d. 1973)

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1901 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Clement Greenberg, art critic

  • 1907 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist
  • 1907 Paul Nitze, American government official (d. 2004)
  • 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
  • 1912 Franz Tumler, Austrian author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf)
  • 1914 Roger Aubert, Belgian church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX)
  • 1916 Frederick Stewart, Scottish geologist, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Nel Benschop, Dutch poet (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Clem Jones, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Willem Aantjes, Dutch political leader (CDA)
  • 1923 Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 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 Norman Podhoretz, American neoconservative pundit (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer, born in Blair, Oklahoma (d. 2006)
  • 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- ), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1942 Tony P. Hall, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1979- ), 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 Magdalen Nabb, British author, born in Lancashire, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Harvey Proctor, British politician, born in Pontefract, United Kingdom
  • 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 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
  • 1952 Fuad II of Egypt (1952-53), last King of Egypt, born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1953 Robert Jay Mathews, American neo-Nazi, born in Marfa, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 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