Famous Birthdays on this Day, January 31:

36 BC - Antonia Minor, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)
877 - Taejo of Goryeo, ruler of Korea (d. 943)
1512 - King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
1517 - Gioseffo Zarlino, composer
1543 - Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)
1550 - Henry I, Duke of Guise, French Catholic leader (d. 1588)
1573 - Ambrosius Metzger, composer
1573 - Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, composer
1597 - John Francis Regis, French saint (d. 1640)
1601 - Pieter de Bloot, Dutch landscape painter
1607 - James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
1612 - Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
1614 - Nicolas Saboly, composer
1620 - Georg F von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
1623 - Francois-Xavier de Laval
1633 - Nathaniel Crew, English bishop (Durham)
1673 - Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest and saint (d. 1716)
1686 - Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
1734 - Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer
1734 - Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1750 - Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
1752 - Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
1759 - Francois Devienne, composer
1778 - Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
1784 - Carl Wilhelm Henning, composer
1797 - Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Aust, composer (Unfinished Symphony)
1798 - Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
1802 - Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
1804 - Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
1810 - Daniel Ruggles, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
1812 - John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883
1813 - Samuel Sarphati, Amsterdam, physician/pharmacist/social activist
1817 - Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
1818 - William Raine Peck, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
1820 - William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
1830 - James G Blaine, the "Plumed Knight"
1835 - William Charles Lunalilo, Monarch of Hawaii (d. 1874)
1836 - Henryk Szulc, composer
1857 - George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
1863 - F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
1865 - Henri Desgrange, Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)
1865 - Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
1866 - Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
1866 - Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
1868 - Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
1869 - Henry graaf Carton de Wiart, Belgian literary/premier (1920-21)
1872 - Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
1877 - Max Ettlinger, German philosopher
1878 - Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
1881 - Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
1881 - Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
1882 - Anna Pavlova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina/choreographer
1882 - Josephus RH van Schaik, Dutch lawyer/vice-premier
1884 - Nicholas Joy, Paris France, actor (Boss Lady)
1884 - Theodor Heuss, 1st President of Germany (Bundespräsident) (d. 1963)
1886 - Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
1889 - F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
1890 - Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
1891 - Max Drischner, composer
1892 - Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
1893 - Freya Stark, English explorist/author
1894 - Percy Helton, NY, actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men)
1894 - Isham Jones, American musician (d. 1956)
1896 - Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
1901 - Blaz Arnic, composer
1901 - Marie Luise Kaschnitz, writer
1902 - Alva Myrdal, Uppsala Sweden, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize-1982)
1902 - Jean C M Picart le Doux, France, carpet designer
1902 - Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
1903 - Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
1903 - Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
1904 - E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/ARP-alderman/co-founder (Trouw)
1905 - Anna Blaman, [Johanna P Vrugt], Dutch writer (Wife & Friend)
1905 - John O'Hara, Pottstown Penn, novelist (Appointment at Samarra)
1906 - Benjamin Frankel, composer
1906 - R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
1908 - René Simone Mathieu, France, doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
1909 - Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
1909 - Miron Grindea, literary editor
1910 - Herbert Ashworth, CEO (Nationwide Building Society)
1911 - A G Ogston, president (Trinity College-Oxford)
1911 - Christina Foyle, book seller
1911 - Eddie Byrne, British actor (d. 1981)
1913 - Don Hutson, NFL end (Packers)
1913 - Hector Iglesias Villoud, composer
1913 - Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
1914 - Carey Lofton, Blountsville Fla, actor (Skinner-Troubleshooters)
1914 - Jersey Joe Walcott, heavyweight boxing champ (1951-52)
1914 - Louis Osman, architect/artist/goldsmith
1914 - Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
1915 - Bobby Hackett, Providence RI, trumpeteer/orch leader (Air Time '57)
1915 - Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
1915 - John Profumo, president (Toynbee Hall)
1915 - Thomas Merton, France, Trappist monk/poet/essayist (7 Storey Mt)
1915 - William Crosbie, artist
1915 - Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
1916 - Ciro D Crown, premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
1916 - Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)
1916 - Violet Cane, statistician
1917 - Erich Geiringer, general practitioner campaigner
1917 - Jose Maceda, composer
1919 - Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
1919 - Lord Lowry
1920 - Patrick Heron, painter
1920 - Robert Hersant, press baron
1920 - Stewart L Udall, St Johns Ariz, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
1921 - Carol Channing, Wash, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly)
1921 - John Agar, Chicago, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
1921 - Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
1921 - E. Fay Jones, American architect (d. 2004)
1922 - Michael Wilford, diplomat
1922 - William Sylvester, Oakland Calif, actor (2001, Gorgo, Gemini Man)
1923 - Eddie Ryder, NYC, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital)
1923 - Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
1923 - Norman Mailer, NJ, NYC mayoral candidate/novelist (Naked & the Dead)
1924 - Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
1924 - Tengiz Abuladze, filmmaker
1925 - Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
1925 - Charles Aidman, Frankfort Ind, narrator (New Twilight Zone)
1925 - Fred Catherwood, MP
1926 - Prunella Briance, founder (National Childbirth Trust)
1926 - Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
1928 - Chuck Willis, rock vocalist (C C Rider)
1928 - Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
1928 - Richard Buckley, royal equerry
1928 - Robert Clatworthy, sculptor
1929 - Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist, Nobel laureate
1929 - Jean Simmons, London, England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
1930 - Lynn Carlin, LA Calif, actress (Joan Hunter-James at 15)
1930 - Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
1931 - Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
1931 - Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
1931 - Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (1st baseman)
1931 - Jean Burroughs, educationalist
1931 - Nicholas Gordon Lennox, diplomat
1932 - Pieter Brattinga, Dutch graphic artist
1932 - Rick Hall, country/R&B singer
1933 - Joseph D Early, (Rep-D-MA, 1975- )
1933 - Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
1933 - Bernardo Provenzano , Mafia Boss
1934 - Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
1934 - James Franciscus, Clayton Mo, actor (Mr Novak, Longstreet, Hunter)
1934 - Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
1935 - Bojidar Dimov, composer
1935 - Oe Kenzaburo, Japanese novelist (Catch, Personal Matter)
1936 - Marvin Junior, singer (Dells-Oh What a Night)
1937 - Philip Glass, Baltimore Md, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach)
1937 - Steve Karmen, Bronx NY, jingle writer (I Love NY, This Bud's for You)
1937 - Suzanne Pleshette, NYC, actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show)
1937 - Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
1937 - Andrée Boucher, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
1938 - Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
1938 - Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, queen of Netherlands (1980- )
1938 - James G Watt, Colo, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
1939 - Claude Gauthier, Canadian singer and songwriter
1940 - Jessica Walter, Bkln NY, actress (Play Misty For Me, Amy Prentiss)
1940 - Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
1941 - George S Mickelson, (Gov-SD)
1941 - Richard A Gephardt, (Rep-D-MO, 1977- )
1941 - Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
1942 - Derek Jarman, actor/director (Angelic Conversation, Edward II)
1942 - Gerald Chanberlain, rocker
1942 - Daniela Bianchi, Italian actress
1944 - Anton Korteweg, Dutch poet (For the Good Order)
1944 - Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
1944 - Eugene Terre Blanche, S Afr leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
1944 - John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
1945 - Noah Creshevsky, composer
1946 - Glynn Turman, NYC, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)
1946 - Jonathan Banks, Wash DC, actor (Armed & Dangerous, Cold Steel)
1946 - Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
1946 - Terry Kath, rocker (Chicago-If You Leave Me Now)
1947 - Jim Nollman, composer
1947 - Nolan Ryan, pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1948 - Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
1949 - Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
1949 - Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
1949 - Ken Wilber, American philosopher
1951 - Harry Casey, [KC], rock vocalist (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
1951 - Phil Manzanera, rock guitarist (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
1951 - Presiley Baxendale, British QC
1951 - Dave Benton, Aruban-born singer
1952 - Rosanne Musgrave, headmistress (Blackheath HS)
1952 - Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (d. 1969)
1953 - Aart Mol, Dutch bassist (Catapult)
1954 - Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
1954 - Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)
1955 - Virginia Ruzici, Romania, tennis star
1956 - Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
1956 - Lloyd Cole, rocker
1956 - Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
1957 - Brett "the Hitman" Hart, Alberta Canada, WWF champion
1957 - Shirley F Babashoff, Calif, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
1958 - Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
1958 - Tom Schuman, pianist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
1959 - Anthony LaPaglia, actor (Murder One)
1959 - Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
1959 - Kelly Moore, American stock car driver
1960 - Elaine Roque, Santa Monica Ca, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1960 - Grant Morrison, British comic book author
1961 - Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
1962 - Sophie Muller, Music video director
1963 - John Dye, Amory Mass, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)
1963 - Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Bayside NY, rocker (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
1964 - Oto Hascak, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
1964 - Remi Bouchard, Lasalle Que, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 India Open)
1964 - Sharon Cain, San Antonio TX, team handball center back (Olympics-1996)
1964 - Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer)
1965 - Adam Johnson, Portland Ore, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
1965 - Bianca Yasmin Salahshourian, Fairfield Conn, Miss Conn-America (1991)
1965 - Bobby Dollas, Montreal, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
1965 - Kim Clarke, Tulsa Okla, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
1965 - René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
1966 - Al Jaworsky, [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
1966 - Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Phila Eagles)
1966 - Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
1966 - Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.
1967 - Fat Mike, American musician
1967 - Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
1967 - Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
1968 - Doug Pederson, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1968 - Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
1968 - Steve Phoenix, US baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
1968 - Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete
1969 - Mathew Pallister, Sydney NSW Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
1970 - Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
1970 - Rachel Jean Marteen, Atlanta GA, playmate (Aug, 1995)
1970 - Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
1971 - Brandi Sherwood, Miss USA-Idaho (1997, 2nd)
1971 - Corey Holliday, NFL wide receiver (Pitts Steelers)
1971 - Minnie Driver, actress (Good Will Hunting)
1971 - Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer
1971 - Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
1971 - Patrick Kielty, Northern Irish comedian
1972 - Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
1972 - Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
1972 - Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
1972 - Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
1972 - Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
1973 - Latario Rachal, WLAF/NFL receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, SD Chargers)
1973 - Portia de Rossi, Australian actress
1974 - Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
1974 - Lorenzo Styles, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
1974 - Othella Harrington, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
1974 - Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
1974 - Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
1974 - Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
1975 - Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
1975 - Jackie O, Australian radio host
1975 - Preity Zinta, Indian actress
1976 - Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
1976 - Buddy Rice, American race car driver
1977 - Naomi Darrell, Miss Bermuda Universe (1997)
1977 - Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer (SMAP)
1977 - Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
1977 - Kate Shindle, American actress
1977 - Kerry Washington, American actress
1978 - Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer
1978 - Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
1978 - Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter
1979 - Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant
1980 - James Adomian, American actor
1980 - Ryan Kienle, American musician
1980 - Tiffany Limos, American actress
1981 - Sergio D. Acosta, Chicano Filmmaker
1981 - Julio Arca, Argentinian football player
1981 - Justin Timberlake, American singer
1982 - Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
1982 - Andreas Görlitz, German football player
1982 - Bruno Nogueira, Portuguese actor, comedian and TV host
1982 - Elena Paparizou, Greek singer
1982 - Janis Sprukts, National Hockey League player
1982 - Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player
1983 - Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer
1983 - James Sutton, British television actor
1984 - Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner
1984 - Vernon Davis, NFL player
1985 - Adam Federici, Australian footballer
1985 - Mario Williams, NFL player
1986 - Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper
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