Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today's Birthdays, January 15

* 1342 - Philip II, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1404)
* 1432 - King Afonso V of Portugal (d. 1481)
* 1481 - Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (b. 1511)
* 1538 - Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
* 1622 - Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
* 1671 - Abraham de la Pryme, English antiquarian (d. 1704)
* 1674 - Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (d. 1762)
* 1716 - Philip Livingston, American founding father (d. 1778)
* 1747 - John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
* 1754 - Richard Martin, Irish founder of the SPCA (d. 1834)
* 1791 - Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer (d. 1872)
* 1795 - Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (d. 1829)
* 1809 - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (d. 1865)
* 1812 - Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Norwegian writer (d. 1885)
* 1816 - Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)
* 1824 - Marie Duplessis, French courtesan, inspiration for La Dame aux Camelias (d. 1847)
* 1841 - Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, Governor General of Canada (d. 1908)
* 1842 - Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (d. 1925)
* 1850 - Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (d. 1889)
* 1850 - Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1891)
* 1855 - Jacques Damala, Greek military officer and actor (d. 1889)
* 1863 - Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1946)
* 1866 - Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
* 1869 - Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist (d. 1907)
* 1872 - Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
* 1875 - Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)
* 1879 - Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)
* 1882 - Princess Margaret of Connaught, Crown Princess of Sweden (d. 1920)
* 1885 - Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)
* 1885 - Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
* 1885 - Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
* 1891 - Ray Chapman, American baseball player (d. 1920)
* 1891 - Osip Mandelstam, Russian poet (d. 1938)
* 1892 - Rex Ingram, Irish director (d. 1950)
* 1893 - Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor (d. 1951)
* 1895 - Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
* 1897 - Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
* 1899 - Goodman Ace, American actor (d. 1982)
* 1902 - King Saud of Saudi Arabia (d. 1969)
* 1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (d. 1975)
* 1908 - Edward Teller, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 2003)
* 1909 - Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
* 1909 - Gene Krupa, American drummer (d. 1973)
* 1912 - Michel Debré, French politician (d. 1996)
* 1912 - Harry Hay, Founder of American Gay Rights Movement (d. 2002)
* 1913 - Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
* 1913 - Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (d. 2005)
* 1914 - Hugh Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, English historian (d. 2003)
* 1918 - Gamal Abdal Nasser, President of Egypt (d. 1970)
* 1918 - Édouard Gagnon, Canadian Roman Catholic cardinal (d. 2007)
* 1920 - John Cardinal O'Connor, American Catholic cardinal (d. 2000)
* 1920 - Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
* 1923 - Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese politician
* 1923 - Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
* 1926 - Maria Schell, Swiss actress (d. 2005)
* 1926 - Florence Buchsbaum, theater director (d. 1996)
* 1927 - Phyllis Coates, American actress
* 1929 - Martin Luther King Jr, American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
* 1930 - Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
* 1933 - Ernest J. Gaines, American author
* 1937 - Margaret O'Brien, American actress
* 1938 - Chuni Goswami, Indian Foothball Player
* 1941 - Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, American musician and visual artist
* 1943 - Mike Marshall, American baseball player
* 1945 - Vince Foster, American lawyer (d. 1993)
* 1947 - Andrea Martin, Canadian actress
* 1948 - Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
* 1949 - Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)
* 1949 - Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor
* 1950 - Marius Trésor, French footballer
* 1951 - Charo, Spanish-born singer
* 1953 - Kent Hovind, American evangelist and Young Earth creationist
* 1953 - Ta-Tanisha, American actress
* 1954 - Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
* 1955 - Nigel Benson, English author
* 1956 - Mayawati, Indian politician
* 1957 - Marty Lyons, American football player
* 1957 - Mario Van Peebles, American actor
* 1957 - Patrick Dixon, British entrepreneur
* 1958 - Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
* 1959 - Pete Trewavas, English bass guitarist (Marillion)
* 1960 - Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
* 1960 - Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
* 1961 - Yves P. Pelletier, Quebec comedian (Rock et Belles Oreilles), actor and film director
* 1962 - Creflo Dollar, American televangelist
* 1963 - Conrad Lant (aka Cronos), English musician
* 1964 - Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
* 1965 - Norma Houston, North Carolina political mastermind
* 1965 - Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
* 1965 - Adam Jones, American musician (Tool)
* 1965 - James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
* 1965 - Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist
* 1968 - Chad Lowe, American actor
* 1968 - Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
* 1969 - Delino DeShields, American baseball player
* 1970 - Shane McMahon, American professional wrestler
* 1971 - Teanna Kai, American porn star
* 1971 - Max Beesley, English musician and actor
* 1971 - Regina King, American actress
* 1972 - Kobe Tai, American porn star
* 1972 - Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter
* 1973 - Essam El-Hadary,Egyptian Football goal keeper
* 1974 - Ray King, American baseball player
* 1975 - Mary Pierce, French tennis player
* 1975 - Edith Bowman, Scottish television and radio presenter
* 1976 - Corey Chavous, American football player
* 1978 - Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist
* 1978 - Eddie Cahill, American actor
* 1979 - Drew Brees, American football player
* 1980 - Matt Holliday, American baseball player
* 1981 - El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
* 1981 - Howie Day, American pop singer
* 1981 - Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer
* 1982 - Benjamin Agosto, American skater
* 1982 - Megan Quann, American swimmer
* 1982 - Philip and Alexander, American-born princes of the Yugoslav Royal Family
* 1983 - Jermaine Pennant, English footballer
* 1983 - Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer
* 1984 - Victor Rasuk, American actor
* 1984 - Megan Jendrick, American professional swimmer
* 1985 - Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer
* 1986 - Fred Davis, American football player
* 1987 - Kelly Kelly, American WWE Diva
* 1987 - David Knight, English footballer
* 1987 - Michael Seater, Canadian actor

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