Is January 1st your birthday? Was someone special to you born on January 1st? With whom will you choose to celebrate this excellent occasion?
If today is your birthday, then you are in excellent company.
January 1st was the birth date of several notable (or even notorious) individuals. Here they are:
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Artists
Francois Ambrosiny, French dancer and choreographer (L’Oiseau Enchante), was born on January 1, 1878.
French ballet choreographer Maurice Bejart (The Rite of Spring) was born on January 1, 1927.
Yury Nikolayevich Grigorovich, Russian dancer and choreographer (Ivan the Terrible, The Legend of Love, The Nutcracker, Spartacus, The Stone Flower and Swan Lake), was born on January 1, 1927.
American cartoonist Bernard (Hap) Kliban (Cats, Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head and Other Drawings, The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia. Tiny Footprints and Whack Your Porcupine) was born on January 1, 1935.
Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter (Immaculate Conception, Moses Striking the Rock, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Tending the Sick and St. Peter Released from Prison), was born on January 1, 1618.
Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer and editor (American Amateur Photographer, Camera Notes and Camera Work), was born on January 1, 1864. Alfred Stieglitz became famous for photographing classic works of fine art.
Viktor Ullmann, Austrian-Hungarian operatic composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), was born on January 1, 1898.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Athletes
Rocco (Rocky Graziano) Barbella, American prizefighter, was born on January 1, 1921.
Willemijntje (Willy) den Ouden, Dutch swimmer and Olympic gold medalist (1936), was born on January 1, 1918.
Hank Greenberg, American professional baseball player (Detroit Tigers), was born on January 1, 1911.
American professional baseball player Dewey LaMarr Hoyt (Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres) was born on January 1, 1955.
Jacques (Jacky) Ickx, Belgian automobile racer, was born on January 1, 1945.
Alain Mimoun O’Kacha, Algerian-French cross country runner and Olympic gold medalist (1956), was born on January 1, 1921.
Manfred Stengl, Austrian lugist and Olympic gold medalist (1960), was born on January 1, 1946.
American professional football player Ewell Doak Walker (Detroit Lions) was born on January 1, 1927.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Authors and Journalists
Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (The Bosses and The Flies), was born on January 1, 1873.
American author Catherine Drinker Bowen (Adventures of a Biographer, Beloved Friend: The Story of Tchaikowsky and Nadejda Von Meck, Bernard DeVoto, Biography: The Craft and the Calling, Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man, A History of Lehigh University, John Adams and the American Revolution, The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke, Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin, The Writing of Biography and Yankee from Olympus: Justice Holmes and His Family) was born on January 1, 1897.
Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy and Inquiry), was born on January 1, 1729.
Bulgarian author, Aleko Konstantinov (To Chicago and Back) was born on January 1, 1863.
Edward Morgan (E.M.) Forster, British novelist (Howards End, Maurice, The Longest Journey, A Passage to India, A Room with a View and Where Angels Fear to Tread), was born on January 1, 1879.
British author Charles Edward Montague (Fiery Particles) was born on January 1, 1867.
Jerome David (J. D.) Salinger, American novelist (Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories, Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour An Introduction), was born on January 1, 1919.
Ernest R. Tidyman, American novelist and screenwriter (The French Connection), was born on January 1, 1928.
Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant Reformer and author (The Defense of the Reformed Faith and On Providence), was born on January 1, 1481.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Business Leaders
William Fox, American film pioneer (Fox Film Corporation and 20th Century Fox), was born on January 1, 1879.
Elizabeth (Betsy Ross) Griscom, American seamstress and flagmaker, was born on January 1, 1752.
Paul Revere, American silversmith and messenger, was born on January 1, 1735.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Performers
Carol Alt, American model, actress (Beyond Justice, Bye Bye Baby, Private Parts and Snakehead Terror) and television personality (The Celebrity Apprentice), was born on January 1, 1960.
Carver Dana Andrews, American actor (A Walk in the Sun, Airport ’75, Battle of the Bulge, The Best Years of Our Lives, Laura, Prince Jack and State Fair), was born on January 1, 1909.
Dutch actor Heiko E. Arnoldi, (Three Drops of Water) was born on January 1, 1883.
Barbara Baxley, American actress (Countdown and Norma Rae), was born on January 1, 1927.
Charles Bickford, American actor (The Virginian), was born on January 1, 1889.
British model and actress Saffron Dominique Burrows (The Bank Job, Boston Legal, Circle of Friends, Cold Lazarus, Dangerous Parking, Deep Blue Sea, Enigma, The Guitar, In the Name of the Father, My Own Worst Enemy, Reign Over Me, Shrink, Timecode, Troy and Wing Commander) was born on January 1, 1972.
Morris Chestnut, American actor (The Best Man and Boyz ‘N the Hood), was born on January 1, 1969.
American blues guitarist and singer Gary (B.B.) Coleman (“If You Can Beat Me Rockin'” and “Nothin’ But the Blues”) was born on January 1, 1947.
Antonia (Toni) Collette, Australian actress (About a Boy, Arabian Knight, Changing Lanes, Clockwatchers, Emma, The Hours, The James Gang, Little Miss Sunshine, Muriel’s Wedding, Nothing Is Private, The Pallbearer, Shaft, The Sixth Sense, Tsunami: The Aftermath, The United States of Tara and Velvet Goldmine), was born on January 1, 1971.
Italian actress Valentina Cortese (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Assassination of Trotsky, The Barefoot Contessa, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Forest Love, Juliet of the Spirits, The Kidnap Syndicate, Les Miserables, Malaya, When Time Ran Out and Widow’s Nest) was born on January 1, 1925.
Marcia Anne Cross, American actress (Almost Grown, Bad Influence, Brass, Dancing in September, Desperate Housewives, The Edge of Night, Everwood, Knots Landing, The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, Melrose Place, One Life to Life and Peck), was born on January 1, 1961.
Cuban violinist and bandleader Xavier Cugat (“Begin the Beguine,” “Brazil,” “The Lady in Red” and “Perfidia”) was born on January 1, 1900. Xavier Cugat married Charo and Abbe Lane.
British R&B singer and rap artist Jamelia Niela Davis (“Beware of the Dog,” “Bout,” “Boy Next Door,” “Call Me,” “DJ,” “I Do,” “Money,” “No More,” “See It in a Boy’s Eyes,” “So High,” “Something About You,” “Stop,” “Superstar,” “Thank You” and “Universal Prayer”) was born on January 1, 1981.
Anna (Elisabeth Andersen) de Bruyn, Dutch actress (Titania and Yerma), was born on January 1, 1920.
Tom Dugan, Irish actor (Circus Clown, Drag and Skyway), was born on January 1, 1889.
Hungarian actor Snitz Edwards (College and Phantom of the Opera) was born on January 1, 1862.
Morgan Fisher, British rock keyboardist (British Lions), was born on January 1, 1950.
American country music singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) was born on January 1, 1966.
Walter Greaza, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), was born on January 1, 1897.
Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman (Anger Management, The Bone Collector, Boogie Nights, Carlito’s Way, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dreamer, The Limey, Magnolia, Out of Sight, Punch-Drunk Love, Traffic and Walker Texas Ranger) was born on January 1, 1957.
William Haines, American actor (Fast Life and Little Annie Rooney), was born on January 1, 1900.
American actor Rick Hurst (Anywhere But Here, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Karate Kid Part III and Steel Magnolias) was born on January 1, 1946.
Milton Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (The Modern Jazz Quartet), was born on January 1, 1923. Milton Jackson was known as “Milt of Bags.”
Seydou (Alpha Blondy) Kone, Ivorian reggae singer (“Jerusalem”), was born on January 1, 1953.
Carole Landis, American actress (One Million BC and Topper Returns), was born on January 1, 1919.
American actor Frank Langella (1492: Conquest of Paradise, All Good Things, Body of Evidence, Brainscan, Cutthroat Island, Dave, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Dracula, Eddie, Frost/Nixon, Good Night and Good Luck, Lolita, The Mark of Zorro, Masters of the Universe, The Ninth Gate, Sherlock Holmes, Sphinx, Superman Returns, Sweet November, Sweet William, The Twelve Chairs and The Wrath of God) was born on January 1, 1940.
Florence Lawrence, Canadian silent film actress (Confidence), was born on January 1, 1890.
British actress Edie Martin (Titfield Thunderbolt) was born on January 1, 1880.
Catherine McCormack, British actress (Armadillo, Braveheart, Love in the 21st Century, A Rumor of Angels, Shadow of the Vampire, Spy Game and The Tailor of Panama), was born on January 1, 1972.
Joseph (Country Joe) McDonald, American rock guitarist and singer (Country Joe & the Fish), was born on January 1, 1942.
American singer and songwriter Justin McRoberts (5 Minute Walk) was born on January 1, 1974.
Michael David Morrison, American actor (As the World Turns and Hobson’s Choice), was born on January 1, 1960.
Don (Father Guido Sarducci) Novello, American comedian, actor (The Godfather Part 3, New York Stories, One Night Stand, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Spirit of ’76 and Tucker: The Man and His Dream) and television personality (Saturday Night Live), was born on January 1, 1942.
British actor Joe Orton (Prick Up Your Ears) was born on January 1, 1933.
Frank Pettingell, British actor (Becket, Gaslight, Goose Steps Out and Kipps), was born on January 1, 1891.
American actress Dorothy D. (DeDee) Pfeiffer (The Allnighter, Cybill and For Your Love) was born on January 1, 1964. DeDee Pfeiffer is sister to actresses Lori Pfeiffer and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Steve Ripley, American country music guitarist and singer (The Tractors), was born on January 1, 1950.
Richard Roxburgh, Australian actor (Children of the Revolution, Fragiles, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Like Minds, Mission: Impossible II, Moulin Rouge, The One and Only, Stealth, Thank God He Met Lizzie and Van Helsing) and film director (Romulus My Father), was born on January 1, 1962.
Joseph (Grandmaster Flash) Saddler, Barbadian-American hip hop artist and DJ (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and The Sugarhill Gang), was born on January 1, 1958.
American actor Verne Troyer (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bubble Boy, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mighty Joe Young and Pinocchio’s Revenge) was born on January 1, 1969.
Rawley Valberde, American actor (Santa Barbara), was born on January 1, 1966.
American actress Ren Woods (Beauty and the Beast, The Blue Hour, Hill Street Blues, Lou Grant, NYPD Blue, Roc, Roots, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and What’s Happening) was born on January 1, 1958.
Earl Wrightson, American singer (“Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits”) and actor (Paul Whiteman’s Goodyear Revue), was born on January 1, 1916.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous Scientists
Emile Argand, Swiss geologist, was born on January 1, 1879. The moon’s Dorsa Argand Ridges were named for him.
Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist and author (The Golden Bough), was born on January 1, 1854.
Ernest Jones, British psychoanalyst and author (The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud), was born on January 1, 1879.
January 1st Birthdays: Famous World (and Other) Leaders
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Queen of the Netherlands, was born on January 1, 1938.
Italian statesman Lorenzo de Medici was born on January 1, 1449.
William J. Donovan, American World War II intelligence director (O.S.S.), was born on January 1, 1883.
Barry Goldwater, American politician, U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and U.S. Presidential candidate (1964), was born on January 1, 1909.
J. Edgar Hoover, American Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was born on January 1, 1895.
Nigerian Premier and President Gaafar Muhammad Nimeiry was born on January 1, 1930.
Nikola Pasic, Serbian Premier, was born on January 1, 1846.
Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st Philippine President, was born on January 1, 1892.
Polish King Sigismund I was born on January 1, 1467.
Anthony Wayne, American Revolutionary War General, was born on January 1, 1745.
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