Birthdays in History on January 2

  • 1642 Mehmed IV, Turkish Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1648-87), born in Topkapı Palace, Constantinople (d. 1693)
  • 1647 Nathaniel Bacon, British-born American colonist (leader of 1676 Bacon's Rebellion, Virginia), born in Suffolk, England (d. 1676)
  • 1699 Osman III, sultan of Turkey (1754-57), born in Edirne Palace, Edirne (d. 1757)
  • 1719 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder (d. 1797)

James WolfeJames Wolfe (1727-1759)

British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, born in Westerham, England

  • 1728 Louis di Belgioioso, Austrian count, diplomat and field marshal under the Habsburgs, born in Belgioioso (d. 1801)
  • 1752 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village), born in New York city (d. 1832)
  • 1777 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • 1803 Gugliemo Libri [della Somaia], Italian mathematician and book collector (stole 30,000 books), born in Florence (d. 1869)
  • 1822 Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (one of the founders of the study of thermodynamics), born in Köslin Prussia (d. 1888)
  • 1827 Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
  • 1830 Henry Kingsley, English Australian writer, born in Northamptonshire (d. 1876)
  • 1831 Justin Winsor, American librarian (Boston Public Library, 1866-78; Harvard, 1878-97), founder of American Library Association, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1897)
  • 1833 Frederick A. Johnson, American politician (d. 1893)
  • 1835 Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1836 Mendele Moykher Sforim, Jewish writer (d. 1917)
  • 1836 Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
  • 1842 Amy Gaston Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, born in Paris (d. 1919)

Alice Mary RobertsonAlice Mary Robertson (1854-1931)

American educator, social worker and 2nd woman in US Congress, born in Tullahassee Mission, Indian Territory

  • 1857 Frederick Burr Opper, American pioneering cartoonist (Happy Hooligan, Alphonse & Gaston), born in Madison, Ohio (d. 1937)
  • 1857 Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, linguist and second President of Bryn Mawr College, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1935)
  • 1860 William Corless Mills, American museum curator (excavated Ohio Indian mounds), born in Pyrmont, Ohio. (d. 1928)
  • 1861 Helen Herron Taft, American First lady (1909-13) as wife of President William Howard Taft, planted Washington's cherry trees, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Lucia Zarate, Mexican entertainer (lightest known adult human - 2.1 kg at 17), born in Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1890)
  • 1866 Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • 1870 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, born in Wedel (d. 1938)
  • 1873 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics), born in Vaassen, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1873 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • 1877 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (d. 1906)
  • 1879 Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary figure (Grimaces) (d. 1946)
  • 1879 Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands) (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Louis Charles Breguet, French aviation pioneer (founded the Compagnie des messageries aérienne which became Air France), born in Paris (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Jacques Chardonne [Boutelleau], French writer (l'Epithalame), born in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire,, France (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Apsley Cherry-Garrard, English Antarctic explorer (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Moyshe Leyb Halpern, Galican-American Yiddish poet (In New-York), born in Zlotshev, Galicia (d. 1932)
  • 1893 Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
  • 1894 Robert Nathan, American poet and novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1895 Greve Folke Bernadotte, Swedish statesman (Red Cross, UN), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • 1896 Dziga Vertov [Denis Kaufman], Russian director and film theorist (Man with a Movie Camera , Sjagai, Soviet!), born in Białystok, Russian Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1896 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • 1899 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian politician (Prime Minister of Belgium, Secretary-General of NATO 1957-61), born in Schaerbeek, Belgium, (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Robert "Bob" Marshall, American forester, wilderness activist and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in NYC, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1902 Dan Keating, Irish republican (d. 2007)
  • 1903 Anton van Duinkerken [Willem Jan Marie Anton Asselbergs], Dutch poet and academic, born in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Kane Tanaka, Japanese centenarian (world's 2nd oldest recorded person), born in Wajiro Village, Japan (d. 2022)
  • 1904 Walter Heitler, German physicist, quantum field theorist, philosopher, and writer (Man and Science), born in Karlsruhe, German Empire (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Lev Schnirelmann, Gomel, Russian Empire, mathematician (d. 1938)
  • 1907 Edward Albert Radice, British economist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909 René Étiemble, French scholar, novelist and translator (work on Rimbaud), born in Mayenne, France (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Telugu Poet, born in Visakhapatnam, India (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Ernest Sidey, British air marshal (General of RAF Medical Services, Honorary Surgeon to the Queen), born in Alyth, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Juanita Jackson Mitchell, American lawyer (1st African American to practice law in Maryland, NAACP), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 1992)
  • 1915 John Hope Franklin, American historian (From Slavery to Freedom, 1995 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1918 Willi Graf, German anti-Nazi activist (d. 1943)
  • 1920 Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, English aristocrat (Chatsworth), politician, married Deborah Mitford, born in London, England (d. 2004)

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov (1920-1992)

Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia

  • 1920 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker
  • 1925 William J Crowe Jr, Kentucky, chairman joint chief of staff
  • 1927 David Herbert, publisher
  • 1928 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1928 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 1928 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • 1928 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • 1928 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1931 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1932 Harchand Singh Longowai [Sant Ji], Indian Sikh leader and President of the Akali Dal during the Punjab insurgency of the 1980s, British India (d. 1985) [1]
  • 1933 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist
  • 1937 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1938 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), born in Glasgow (d. 2017)

Jim BakkerJim Bakker (84 years old)

1939 American televangelist (Assemblies of God, The PTL Club) and convicted fraud, born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 1940 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1942 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1944 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1945 Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian Croat general & war criminal, born in Čapljina, Independent State of Croatia (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Jack Hanna, American zookeeper and TV personality (Good Morning America; David Letterman), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1948 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1951 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • 1954 Henry Bonilla, American politician (US House of Representatives (R) from Texas, 1993-2007), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1956 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • 1960 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • 1964 Christopher John Gray, English Anglican priest who was murdered in front of his own vicarage, born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1996) [1] [2]
  • 1969 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • 1979 Jagmeet Singh, Canadian politician and leader of the New Democratic Party (2017-), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1984 Colleen Taylor, American journalist
  • 1987 Shelley Hennig, American actress (Stephanie Johnson-Days of Our Lives; When We First Met)and model who won Miss Teen USA 2004, born in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 1991 Ben Hardy, English actor (X-Men: Apocalypse; Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Bournemouth, England