Birthdays in History on January 29

Frederick HenryFrederick Henry (1584-1647)

Prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel (1625-47), born in Delft, Dutch Republic

  • 1632 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (d. 1703)
  • 1688 Emmanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher, mathematician and mythic (Angelic Wisdom), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1772)
  • 1689 Hubert K. Poot, Dutch poet (d. 1733)
  • 1717 Jeffrey Amherst, English army general (commanded British forces in North America) and Royal Governor of Virginia (1759-1768), born in Sevenoaks, England (d. 1797)
  • 1718 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)

Thomas PaineThomas Paine (1737-1809)

English American writer and political essayist (Age of Reason, Common Sense), born in Thetford, England

  • 1749 King Christian VII of Denmark (d. 1808)
  • 1754 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • 1756 Henry Lee III "Light Horse Harry", American Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General, born on Leesylvania Plantation, Colony of Virginia (d. 1818)
  • 1761 Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American politician, Secretary of the Treasury (1801-14), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1849)
  • 1763 Johann Gottfried Seume, German writer (Spaziergang nach Syrakus), born in Poserna, Saxony-Anhalt, (d. 1810)
  • 1783 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian folk poet and translator (Homerus) [NS=Feb 9], born in Mishenskoe, Tula Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • 1798 Henry Neele, English poet, born in London, England (d. 1828)
  • 1803 James Outram “the Bayard of India”, English general and administrator in India, born in Bulterley Hall, Derbyshire (d. 1868)
  • 1810 Earnest Kummer, German mathematician (d. 1893)
  • 1821 Isaac Ferdinand Quinby, American General (Union Army), born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Franklin Gardner, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in New York City (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Benjamin Franklin Potts, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Fox Township, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1836 James Meech Warner, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Middlebury, Vermont (d. 1897)

William McKinleyWilliam McKinley (1843-1901)

25th US President (Republican: 1897-1901), born in Niles, Ohio

  • 1846 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Ebenezer Howard, English pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England (d. 1928)
  • 1850 Lawrence Hargrave, English-born aviation pioneer and inventor (box kite), born in London, England (d. d. 1915)

Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Russian author and playwright (Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya), born in Taganrog, Russia

  • 1866 Romain Rolland, French writer (Jean-Christophe, Nobel Prize for Literature 1915), born in Clamecy, France (d. 1944)
  • 1867 Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spanish writer (4 Horsemen of Apocalypse), born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1928)
  • 1873 Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, Italian navy officer, explorer and mountaineer (Ruwenzori Range, Uganda; Mount Saint Alias, Yukon), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1933)

John D. Rockefeller JrJohn D. Rockefeller Jr (1874-1960)

American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1877 Georges Catroux, French general (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Muna Lee, American poet and activist, born in Raymond, Mississippi (d. 1965)
  • 1898 Karl Bjarnhof, Danish blind journalist and writer (The Stars Grow Pale), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Willem Hussem, Dutch painter and poet (Coastline, Lookout on Sea), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Allen B. DuMont, American engineer and inventor (perfected commercial practical cathode ray tube), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1903 Cornelis Hendrik Edelman, Dutch geologist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1905 Barnett Newmann, American abstract expressionist painter (Black Fire I), born in New York City (d. 1970)
  • 1909 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Colin Middleton, Irish artist (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Paul Hodder-Williams, British publisher (Hodder & Stoughton), born in Calcutta, India (d. 2007)
  • 1911 Peter von Siemens, German industrialist (d. 1986)
  • 1913 Peter von Zahn, German journalist and writer (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet (wrote about social issues and nonsense verse for children), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Barbara Skelton, English writer, memoirist, and socialite (mistress to King Farouk), born in Taplow, England (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Norman Frederick Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Alec Coppen, British pioneering psychiatrist (serotonin theory of depression), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1920 José Luis de Villalonga, Spanish aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concetration camp supervisor (d. 1946)
  • 1924 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, born in Manchester, England (d. 2009)
  • 1924 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Peter Voulkos, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Abdus Salam, Pakistani theoretical physicist (1979 Noble Prize for Physics - electroweak unification theory), born in Jhand, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Edward Abbey, American author and environmentalist (Desert Solitaire), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1928 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • 1929 Elio Petri, Italian director (Property is no theft), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1929 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (World Series of Poker Main Event 1973; 4 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • 1933 R. C. Alston, British bibliographer, born in Trinidad (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Wolfgang Gönnenwein, German choral director and educator, and artistic director (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 1972-2004), born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Germaine Greer, Australian feminist and author (Female Eunuch), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1942 Arnaldo Tamayo-Méndez, Cuban cosmonaut, first Latin-American in space (Soyuz 38, 1980), born in Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1942 Frank Robinson Hartley, British vice-chancellor (Cranfield University)
  • 1942 Richard Needham, British MP (Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
  • 1943 Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, Irish-born Abbot of Downside Abbey, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1944 Hans Plomp, Dutch writer/poet (Venus in Holland)
  • 1944 Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1944 Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda (1986-) and rebel leader, born in Ntungamo, Uganda
  • 1947 Israel Wetrin, German-born businessman (Elonex)
  • 1947 Linda B. Buck, American scientist, (2004 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - olfactory receptor), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1953 Hwang Woo-Suk, South Korean biomedical scientist and stem cell researcher, born in Buyeo-gun, South Korea
  • 1957 Grazyna Miller, Italian poet, translator, and journalist
  • 1962 Olga Tokarczuk, Polish writer (Primeval and Other Times), 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature, born in Sulechów, Poland
  • 1970 Paul Ryan, American politician (R-Wisconsin) & Speaker of the House (2015-2018), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • 1979 Christina Koch, American NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-12), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1991 Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, Son of the Duke of Westminster, born in Westminster, London