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Birthdays in History on January 18

  • 885 Daigo, 60th Emperor of Japan (897-930), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 930)
  • 1519 Isabella Jagiełło, Queen consort and regent of Hungary, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1559)
  • 1641 Francois Michel le Tellier, French statesman (Marquis de Louvois), born in Paris (d. 1691)
  • 1657 Hendrik Casimir II, Dutch Prince of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland and Groningen (1664-96), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1696)
  • 1672 Antoine Houdar de la Motte, French writer (d. 1731)
  • 1685 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical prof, baptized
  • 1688 Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, born in Dorset, United Kingdom (d. 1765)
  • 1689 Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • 1726 Hendrik D F L, prince of Prussia/diplomat
  • 1764 Samuel Whitbread, English politician, born in Cardington, Bedfordshire (d. 1815)

Person of interestDaniel Webster

1782 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer, born in Salisbury, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • 1795 Anna Paulowna Romanova, monarch of Russia/daughter of Tsar Paul I
  • 1809 Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • 1813 Joseph Glidden, American inventor of 1st commercial usable barbed wire, born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1906)
  • 1815 James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1815 Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), (d. 1873)

  • 1815 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Johannes van Vloten, Dutch literary/theologist
  • 1820 Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • 1825 Edward Frankland, Lancaster, U.K, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence
  • 1829 Louis van Haecke, Flemish chaplain/author (Blood to Bridge)
  • 1831 Edward Ferrero, American ballroom operator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Granada, Spain (d. 1899)
  • 1835 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet
  • 1840 Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer
  • 1842 Albert Alonzo Ames, Mayor of Minneapolis (d. 1911)
  • 1848 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer (d. 1925)
  • 1849 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03), born in Glebe, colony of New South Wales (d. 1920)
  • 1850 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)
  • 1854 Thomas A Watson, needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)
  • 1857 Otto von Below, German commandant (WWI)

Person of interestDaniel Williams

1858 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • 1861 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist
  • 1867 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan Journalist, Diplomat, Poet (d. 1916)
  • 1869 Willem De Vreese, Flemish linguist/biblographer
  • 1870 Berend Modderman, printer (Drukkers yearbook)
  • 1872 Paul Leautaud, [Maurice Boissard], French writer (Petit ami)

  • 1877 Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1878 Hendrik Baels, Belgian politician
  • 1879 Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • 1880 Paul Ehrenfest, Austria/Neth physicist (adiabates hypothesis)
  • 1881 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]

Person of interestA. A. Milne

1882 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, born in Hampstead Middlesex (d. 1956)

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 1882 Jacob Clay, Dutch philosopher and phyicist (Mesones)
  • 1884 Arthur Ransome, English author (Swallows & Amazons)
  • 1886 Antoine Pevsner, French sculptor
  • 1886 Peter Alma, Dutch painter and graphic artist
  • 1892 Paul Rostock, German surgeon, born in Kręcko, Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1894 Wilhelm H. C. Tenhaeff, Dutch parapsychologist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1896 Hans H. Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1980)
  • 1896 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Arie Querido, Dutch social psychiatrist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1901 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician, born in Sevsk, Russia (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Henri-Georges Adam, French engraver & sculptor (Grand Nude), born in Paris, France (d. 1967)
  • 1905 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso and crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Italy (d. 2002)
  • 1906 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours), born in Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1908 Albert P. Morano, American politician (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, mother of the current King of Sweden, born in Schloss Friedenstein Gotha, Gotha, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1912 William Sansom, English writer (Loving Eye), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1976)
  • 1914 Arno Schmidt, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1979)
  • 1916 James Crow, American geneticist & educator (Genetic Theories and Influences: Comments on the Value of Diversity), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Oscar Lewenstein, British impresario, born in Hackney, London (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman, born in Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Adriano Mandarino Hypolito, Brazilian priest, born in Aracaju, State of Sergipe, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Gustave Gingras, French Canadian physician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), born in Tokyo (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Bob Bell, American clown, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (Difference and Repetition), born in Paris, France (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player, born in Mylapore, Chennai, India (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Robert Anton Wilson, American sci-fi author (Trick Top Hat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

Person of interestRay Dolby

1933 Ray Dolby, American sound expert & inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2013)

Inventor Ray Dolby
Inventor
Ray Dolby
  • 1933 Vladimir Yevgrafovich Bugrov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow
  • 1935 Raymond Briggs, English author (Fungus the Bogeyman), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1935 Jon Stallworthy, English poet, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Gad Yaacobi, Israeli minister, born in Kfar Vitkin, Israel (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Bernard Glassman, American Zen Buddhist roshi (Zen Center of NY), born in Brighton Beach, New York
  • 1943 Kay Granger, American politician, born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1944 Relus ter Beek, Dutch Minister of defense (PvdA), born in Coevorden, Netherlands (d. 2008)

Person of interestPaul Keating

1944 Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1991-96), born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • 1944 Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian politician, President of Austria (2017-), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1946 Joseph Deiss, Swiss economist & politician, born in Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1949 Philippe Starck, French designer, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor (The Marshall Project)
  • 1951 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1982)
  • 1951 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1952 Michael Behe, American biochemist & advocate of intelligent design, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Jeffrey N Williams, United States Army officer & NASA astronaut, born in Village of Superior, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Maxime Bernier, French-Canadian politician, born in Saint-Georges, Canada
  • 1963 Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1968 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author & journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • 1974 Princess Claire of Belgium, British-Belgian land surveyor, born in Bath, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Leo Varadkar, Irish politician (Prime Minister, 2017-), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1982 Joanna Newsom, American harpist, born in Nevada City, California
  • 1984 Seung-Hui Cho, South Korean-born spree killer (Virginia Tech), born in Onyang-dong, South Korea (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Michael Kearney, American child prodigy, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1985 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian-Canadian freestyle skier, born in Vancouver, British Columbia