Birthdays in History on January 30

LiviaLivia (58/59 BC - 29 AD)

Wife and adviser of Roman Emperor Augustus and mother of Emperor Tiberius [or born in 59 BC], probably born in Rome

  • 133 Didius Julianus [Marcus Severus Didius Julianus], Roman Emperor, born in Milan, Italy (d. 193)
  • 1615 Thomas Rolfe, American colonial settler and only child of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, born in Varina Farms, Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1617 William Sancroft, 79th Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England (d. 1693)
  • 1624 Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher (About Virtue), born in Antwerp (d. 1669)
  • 1628 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, born in London (d. 1687)
  • 1661 Charles Rollin, French historian, born in Paris (d. 1741)
  • 1687 Balthasar Neumann, German Baroque architect (pilgrimage church at Vierzehnheiligen), born in Eger, Bohemia (d. 1753) (date baptized)
  • 1708 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist & cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1770)
  • 1720 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist & entomologist, born in Finspång, Sweden (d. 1778)
  • 1754 John Lansing Jr., American lawyer & statesman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1829)
  • 1771 George Bass, English explorer of Australia (Bass Strait), born in Sleaford, England (possibly d. 1803)
  • 1775 Walter Savage Landor, English poet & writer (Imaginary Conversations), born in Warwick, England (d. 1864)
  • 1781 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), born in Champagne (d. 1838)
  • 1797 Edwin Vose Sumner, American Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • 1814 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1816 Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, American politician, Major General (Union Army), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1822 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1899)
  • 1822 John Basil Turchin [Ivan Vasyliovych Turchin], Russian-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1901)
  • 1829 Alfred Cummings, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1832 Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain (d. 1897)
  • 1835 Oliver Edwards, American inventor & Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1904)
  • 1841 Alfred Townsend George, American Civil War journalist, born in Georgetown, Delaware (d. 1914)
  • 1841 Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), born in Paris (d. 1899)
  • 1844 Moritz von Bissing, German gov-gen of Belgium (1914-17), born in Ober Bellmannsdorf, Prussia (d. 1917)
  • 1844 Richard T. Greener, African-American pioneering scholar and diplomat who was Harvard College's 1st Black graduate, University of South Carolina 1st Black professor and America's 1st Black diplomat to a white country, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1922) [1]
  • 1846 Francis H. Bradley, British idealist philosopher (Appearance and Reality), born in Clapham, Surrey, England (d. 1924)
  • 1865 Samuel Pierre l'Honoré Naber, Dutch rear-admiral and librarian, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1873 Georges Ricard-Cordingley, French painter, born in Lyon, France (d. 1939)
  • 1878 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (Truth and Justice), born in Vetepere, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1940)

Franklin D. RooseveltFranklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

32nd US President (Democrat: 1933-1945), born in Hyde Park, New York

  • 1885 John Henry Towers, American naval aviator, born in Rome, Georgia (d. 1955)
  • 1889 Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian Minister of Foreign affairs (1938-39), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1957)

Boris IIIBoris III (1894-1943)

Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43), born in Sofia, Bulgaria

  • 1894 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet) (d. 1953)
  • 1899 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-British art historian (The Buildings of England), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1903 G. Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology), born in Cambridge, United Kingdom (d. 1991)

Emilio G. SegrèEmilio G. Segrè (1905-1989)

Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), born in Tivoli, Italy

  • 1909 Saul David Alinsky, American radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1910 Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician, born in Pollachi taluk (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Alexander George Ogston, British biochemist, and educator (professor at Australian National University, 1959-70; president of Trinity College - Oxford, 1970-78), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Barbara Tuchman, American historian & author (Pulitzer, Guns of August), born in New York (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical theologian and pastor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)
  • 1913 Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Indian painter described as the “Indian Frida Kahlo" and "one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century", born in Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1941)
  • 1913 Percy Thrower, English radio host, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Louis Osman, British artist, goldsmith, architect, and craftsman, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Joachim Peiper, German SS officer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1915 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Jarl Andre Bjerke [Bernhard Borge], Norwegian poet & writer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Nikolay Glazkov, Russian poet, born in Lyskovo, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Carwood Lipton, American WWII veteran, born in Huntingon, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, born in Leeds, South Yorkshire (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Lloyd Alexander, American writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Margaret Yorke [Margaret Beda Nicholson], English author (Patrick Grant novels, No Medals for the Major), born in Compton, Surrey, England (d. 2012)

Douglas EngelbartDouglas Engelbart (1925-2013)

American computer scientist (computer mouse, Engelbart's Law), born in Portland, Oregon

  • 1926 Vasily Arkhipov, Soviet-Russian naval officer who saved the world by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo from submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, born in Zvorkovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1998)

Olof PalmeOlof Palme (1927-1986)

Prime Minister of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86) assassinated, born in Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1929 Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian surgeon & international aid worker, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana, 1997-2003), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Samuel J. Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1931 Allan W. Eckert, American historian, naturalist, and author, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1931 John Crosbie, Canadian politician, born in St. John's, Canada (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Stewart McKinney, American politician (Rep-R-CT, 1971-87), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co), born in Yakushi, Japan
  • 1933 Louis Rukeyser, American financial journalist (Wall Street Week), born in New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935 John George Hughes, British academic & 9th bishop of Kensington (1987-1994), born in England (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Richard Brautigan, American novelist and poet (Trout Fishing in America), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1984)
  • 1936 F. Vernon Boozer, American politician, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1938 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), born in Samarkand (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Marcel van Dam, Dutch politician/CEO (VARA Radio/TV)
  • 1939 Frank Wolf, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1981-2015), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dick CheneyDick Cheney (82 years old)

1941 American politician (Vice President: 2001-2009), born in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • 1941 Gregory Benford, American author & scientist, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1943 Marta Minujín, Argentine artist (Parthenon of Banned Books), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1945 Michael Dorris, American novelist & scholar, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, British QC, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1947 Les Barker, English poet, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Akira Yoshino, Japanese chemist (lithium-ion battery), 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, born in Suita, Japan
  • 1948 Paul Magee, Provisional IRA member, born in Belfast, Ireland

Peter AgrePeter Agre (74 years old)

1949 American biologist & Nobel laureate, born in Northfield, Minnesota

  • 1953 Fred Hembeck, American cartoonist, born in Yaphank, New York
  • 1955 Judith Tarr, American sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica), born in Augusta, Maine
  • 1962 Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan (1999-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1962 Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist, born in Tustin, California

Felipe VIFelipe VI (55 years old)

1968 King of Spain (2014-), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1969 Carolyn Kepcher, American businesswoman & reality TV show star (The Apprentice), born in Westchester County, New York
  • 1974 Jemima Khan, English socialite, previously married to Imran Khan, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 2005 Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, Jordanian royal, born in Amman, Jordan