Birthdays in History on January 28

  • 598 Li Shimin, Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China (626-49), born at Wugong (d. 649)

Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274)

Italian theologian, Philosopher and Doctor of the Church (Summa Theologica) [birthdate is approximate], born in Roccasecca, Kingdom of Sicily

  • 1312 Queen Joan II of Navarre (d. 1349)
  • 1457 Henry VII, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), born in Pembroke Castle, Wales (d. 1509)
  • 1540 Ludolph van Ceulen, German mathematician (d. 1610)
  • 1578 Cornelis Haga, Dutch lawyer and ambassador to Constantinople (1611-39) (d. 1654)
  • 1582 John Barclay, Scottish satirist writer and poet (Euphormio's Satyricon), born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France (d. 1621)
  • 1600 Clement IX [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (238th: 1667-69), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1669)
  • 1608 Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, mathematician and astronomer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1679)
  • 1611 Johannes Hevelius, Polish astronomer (created Atlas of the Moon, Catalogue of over 1500 stars), born in Danzig (d. 1687)
  • 1622 Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)
  • 1688 Jan Maurits Quinkhard, Dutch portrait painter, born in Rees, Netherlands (d. 1772)
  • 1701 Charles Marie de La Condamine, French mathematician and geographer (d. 1774)
  • 1702 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch lawyer (d. 1771)
  • 1706 John Baskerville, English printer and type designer (printer to the University of Cambridge),, baptized in Wolverley, Worcestershire, England (d. 1775)
  • 1712 Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (d. 1761)
  • 1714 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), born in Paris (d. 1785)
  • 1717 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1774). Reigned 1757-74.
  • 1719 Johann Elias Schlegel, German critic and poet (d. 1749)
  • 1768 Frederick VI, King of Denmark (1808-39) and Norway (1808-1814), born in Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1839)

George Hamilton-GordonGeorge Hamilton-Gordon (1784-1860)

4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1841-46), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Robert McClureRobert McClure (1807-1873)

Irish explorer who discovered the Northwest passage, born in Wexford, Ireland

  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1875)
  • 1818 George Sewall Boutwell, MC (Union), (d. 1905)

Alexander MackenzieAlexander Mackenzie (1822-1892)

2nd Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1873-78), born in Logierait, Scotland

  • 1825 George Edward Pickett, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • 1828 Michel Abeloos, Flemish sculptor, born in Leuven (d. 1881)
  • 1828 Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr., American attorney, and Confederate Army Major General, born in Knoxville Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1831 Henry Brevard Davidson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1833 Charles George Gordon, British general (put down Taiping rebellion in China) and administrator (Governor-General of Sudan), born in London, England (d. 1885)

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley (1841-1904)

Welsh journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa), born in Denbigh, Wales

  • 1842 Vasily Osipovich Klyuchevsky, Russian imperial historian, born in Penza Governorate, Russia (d. 1911)
  • 1853 Jose Martí y Perez, Cuban poet, essayist and politician (fought for independence from Spain), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1895)
  • 1855 William Seward Burroughs, American inventor of the 1st workable adding machine, born in rural New York (d. 1898)
  • 1863 Ernst William Christmas, Australian painter (d. 1918)
  • 1864 Herbert Akroyd Stuart, English engineer - inventor of the first compression ignition engine (d. 1927)
  • 1865 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first president of Finland (d. 1952)
  • 1865 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1928)
  • 1874 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Auguste Piccard, Swiss scientist, explorer and balloonist (1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Jean Felix Piccard, Swiss scientist, explorer and balloonist (1st flight into stratosphere, by balloon), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Lucien d'Azambuja, French astronomer (studied the solar chromosphere), born in Paris, France (d. 1970)
  • 1886 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (d. 1976)
  • 1886 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Robert Stroud, American murderer, convict, and ornithologist dubbed "Birdman of Alcatraz", born in Seattle Washington (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Camille Melloy [Paepe], Belgian poet (Parfum des Buis), born in Melle (d. 1941)
  • 1897 Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Wies Moens, Flemish writer and historian born in Sint-Gillis-bij-Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1899 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • 1900 A. A. M. Stols, Dutch publisher (History of Ecuador), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Alice Neel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1900 Hermann Kesten, German writer (Allert de Lange), born in Pidvolochysk, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Kathleen Lonsdale, Irish-born British pacifist and crystallographer (one of 1st two women elected to Royal Society), born in Newbridge, Ireland (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Luther Simjian, Armenian-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), born in Aintab, Ottoman Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Harry van Kruiningen, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in Kruiningen, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)

Jackson PollockJackson Pollock (1912-1956)

American expressionist painter (Lavender Mist), born in Cody, Wyoming

  • 1913 Oliver Chesterton, British businessman (Chestertons Estate Agency) (d. 2007)
  • 1918 Harry Corbett, English puppeteer (Sooty), TV presenter and magician, born in Bradford, England (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Wilson Ferreira Aldunate, Uruguayan politician, human rights activist who ran for President (d. 1988)
  • 1920 James Whyte, Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)
  • 1922 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist who worked with RNA (Nobel Prize 1968), born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Henry Harris, British professor of medicine
  • 1927 Anthony Garner, director (Conservative Central Office)
  • 1927 J D Hughes, Principal (Ruskin College-Oxford)
  • 1928 Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)
  • 1928 MG Falcon, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • 1928 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Claes Oldenburg, Swedish-American pop artist (Clothespin; Alphabet; Good Humor), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1930 David Morris, British MEP
  • 1931 Timothy Kitson, British politician
  • 1932 David Thompson, CEO (Gestetner Holdings)
  • 1932 Thomas J. Bliley Jr., American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1981-2001), born in Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • 1934 BR White, principal (Regent's Park College-Oxford)
  • 1935 David John Lodge, British writer and literary critic (Soul & Bodies), born in London, England
  • 1935 Manuel dos Santos Lima, Angolan revolutionary and poet (Pele do Diabo), born in Silva Porto, Portuguese Empire
  • 1936 Bill Jordan, British trade unionist
  • 1936 Enid Castle, principal (Cheltenham Ladies' College)
  • 1937 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1939 John M Fabian, Goosecreek Tx, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 7, STS 51G)

Carlos SlimCarlos Slim (83 years old)

1940 Mexican business magnate (América Móvil) once ranked as the richest person in the world, born in Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1944 James Cran, British MP
  • 1944 John Edmonds, British trade unionist
  • 1945 Nick Raynsford, British MP
  • 1947 Jeanne Shaheen, American politician (Senator-D-New Hampshire 2009-), born in St. Charles, Missouri
  • 1947 MJ Ainsworth, CEO (Institute of Chartered Secretaries)
  • 1947 Txetxu Rojo, Spanish soccer forward (18 caps; Athletic Bilbao 413 games) and manager (Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo, Osasuna, Real Zaragoza), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1947 Valerie Bragg, principal (City Technology College-Kingshurst)
  • 1948 Bennie Thompson, American politician (Rep (D) Mississippi 1993-, Chair Jan 6 Committee), born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • 1948 Charles Taylor, President of Liberia (1997-2003), warlord and convicted war criminal, born in Arthington, Liberia
  • 1948 Mamoru Mohri, Japanese scientist and astronaut (STS 47, born in Yoichi-machi Hokkaido
  • 1949 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), born in Grudzicach, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Thomas J. Downey, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1975-93), born in Queens, New York
  • 1950 David Carl Hilmers, American NASA astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42), born in Clinton, Iowa
  • 1950 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (1999 - present), born in Riffa, Bahrain
  • 1951 Brian Bilbray, American politician
  • 1951 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • 1951 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • 1954 Rick Warren, American pastor and author

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy (68 years old)

1955 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

  • 1959 Randi Rhodes, Nova M Radio personality
  • 1960 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • 1962 Patrice Motsepe, South African mining businessman, Africa's 1st black billionaire (African Rainbow Minerals), born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa
  • 1969 Linda Sanchez, American politician
  • 1971 Mickalene Thomas, American artist (Le Déjeuner Sur l'Herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1972 Amy Coney Barrett, American jurist and lawyer (US Supreme Court 2020-), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1975 David Zingler, American writer
  • 1980 Jesse James, American drug dealer and fugitive, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1985 Athina Onassis, daughter of Christina