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Birthdays in History on January 25

Person of interestMessalina

17 Messalina, Roman Empress (wife of Claudius, infamous for her promiscuity) (born either 17 or 20 AD), born in Rome (d. 48)

Roman Noblewoman and Wife of the Emperor Claudius Messalina
Roman Noblewoman and Wife of the Emperor Claudius
Messalina
  • 749 Leo IV the Khazar, Byzantine emperor (775-80), born in Constantinople (d. 780)
  • 1477 Anna de Bretagne, wife of Maximilian of Austria & Louis XII, born in Nantes, France (d. 1514)
  • 1509 Giovanni Morone, Italian cardinal, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1580)
  • 1540 Edmund Campion, English Catholic Jesuit priest & martyr, born in London, England (d. 1581)
  • 1615 Govert Flinck, Dutch painter (Isaac blesses Jacob), born in Kleve, Germany (d. 1660)
  • 1626 John van de Cappelle, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1679)
  • 1627 Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish natural philosopher & chemist, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland (d. 1691)
  • 1634 Gaspar Fagel, Dutch statesman & writer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1688)
  • 1640 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, English polymath & aristocrat, born in Handsworth, England (d. 1707)
  • 1688 Juraj Jánošík, Slovak highwayman, born in Terchová, Slovakia (d. 1713)
  • 1708 Pompeo Batoni, Italian painter, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1787)
  • 1736 Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician & astronomer (number theory, celestial mechanics), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1813)
  • 1739 Charles François Dumouriez, French general, born in Cambrai, France (d. 1823)

Person of interestRobert Burns

1759 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • 1766 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German statesman & political writer, born in Kleinniedesheim, Germany (d. 1852)

  • 1770 Francis Burdett, British politician, born in Derbyshire, United Kingdom (d. 1844)
  • 1777 Elias Canneman, Dutch politician, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1861)
  • 1794 François-Vincent Raspail, French chemist, born in Carpentras, France (d. 1878)
  • 1796 William McGillivray, Scottish naturalist & ornithologist, born in Old Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1852)
  • 1806 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1870)
  • 1814 Francis Harrison Pierpont, American lawyer & politician (Union), born in Morgantown, West Virginia (d. 1899)
  • 1826 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander van Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1909)
  • 1839 Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)
  • 1841 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, British admiral, born in Ramboda, Sri Lanka (d. 1920)
  • 1851 Arne Garborg, Norwegian writer & playwright (Bondestudentar), born in Jæren, Norway (d. 1924)
  • 1858 Mikimoto Kōkichi, Japanese entrepreneur & pearl farm pioneer, born in Toba, Japan (d. 1954)
  • 1860 Charles Curtis, American attorney & politician (VP, 1929-33), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 1936)
  • 1864 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian & writer, born in Požega, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • 1866 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, born in Salford, Greater Manchester (d. 1966)
  • 1874 W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist & poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1881 Emil Ludwig, German biographer (Diana, Son of Man), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1948)

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

1882 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • 1885 Kitahara Hakushū, Japanese poet & children's writers, born in Nankan, Japan (d. 1942)
  • 1887 Diego Valeri, Italian author & poet (Le Gaie Tristezze), born in Piove di Sacco, Italy (d. 1976)
  • 1891 William Christian Bullitt Jr., 1st US ambassador to USSR, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • 1896 John Moores, British businessman, born in Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1898 Joachim Wach, German religious scholar (Understanding), born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1900 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), born in Nemyriv, Russian Empire (d. 1975)

  • 1900 Yojiro Ishizaka, Japanese writer, born in Hirosaki, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Gerard Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect, born in Manila, Phillipines (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Frans Goedhart, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar), born in Coventry, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • 1910 Harold Watkinson, British politician & businessman, born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Lucius E. Burch Jr., American attorney, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Luis Marden, American photojournalist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist & author, born in Galway, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist & Nobel laureate, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jânio Quadros, Brazilian politician, born in Campo Grande, Brazil (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Russell Reading Braddon, Australian author, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jules de Palm, Antilles writer, born in Curaçao (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Eva Zeller, German poet & novelist, born in Eberswalde, Brandenburg
  • 1923 Shirley Mason, American psychiatric patient (Commonly known as "Sybil"), born in Dodge Center, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1923 Arvid Carlsson, Swedish neuropharmacologist whose work with dopamine to treat Parkinson's disease earned him a Nobel Prize (2000), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Seung Sahn, Korean zen teacher (Korean line), born in North Korea (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Eduard Shevardnadze, Georgian politician & diplomat, born in Mamati, Georgia (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer & politician, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1930 Tanya Savicheva, Russian diarist (d. 1944)
  • 1931 Paavo Haavikko, Finnish poet & writer, born in Helsiniki, Finland (d. 2008)

Person of interestCorazon Aquino

1933 Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines (1986-92), born in Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines (d. 2009)

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • 1935 António Ramalho Eanes, 17th President of Portugal, born in Castelo Branco Municipality, Portugal
  • 1935 Conrad Burns, American politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983- ), born in Gutternberg, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Kathleen Tynan Halton, Canadian-British journalist & author, born in Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic, born in Paoua, Central African Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1938 Betico Croes, Arubian politician (Status Aparte), born in Aruba (d. 1986)
  • 1938 Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga author, born in Tome, Japan (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese creator of anime, born in Kurume, Japan
  • 1939 Gabriel Romanus, Swedish politician, born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1946 Ronnie Brandon, American rocker (McCoys), born in Union City, Indiana
  • 1946 Silvio Blatter, Swiss writer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland
  • 1948 Gueorgui Chichkine, Russian painter, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1948 Ros Kelly, Australian politician, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1949 John Cooper Clarke, English performance poet, born in Lancashire, England
  • 1950 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Timothy White, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Peter Tatchell, Australian-born British politician, journalist and human rights campaigner (Peter Tatchell Foundation), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953 Mark Weil, Uzbekistani theatre director, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (d. 2007)
  • 1954 Kim Gandy, American feminist, born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1957 Eskil Erlandsson, Swedish politician, born in Kronoberg County, Sweden
  • 1957 Andrew P. Harris, American politician & physician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Luis Garavito [The Beast, Tribilín], Colombian serial killer described as "the world's worst serial killer" (138-300+ victims), born in Génova, Quindío, Colombia
  • 1958 Harti Weirather, Austrian alpine skier, born in Reutte, Austria
  • 1961 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician, born in Singapore
  • 1966 Chet Culver, American politician (Governor of Iowa), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973 Elvis Presley Jr., alleged son of Elvis Presley
  • 1973 Geoff Johns, American comic book writer, born in Detroit, Michigan