11 January


1755

 Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation’s financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was the main author of the economic policies of the George Washington administration. Born in Charlestown, Nevis, British West Indies. (d. 1804)

1815

 John A Macdonald
Sir John Alexander Macdonald GCB KCMG PC PC QC (January 11, 1815 – June 6, 1891) was the first Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873, 1878-1891). Born in Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 1891)

1857

 Fred Archer
Fred Archer (11 January 1857 – 8 November 1886), also known by the nickname The Tin Man, was an English flat race jockey of the Victorian era, described as “the best all-round jockey that the turf has ever seen”. He was Champion Jockey for 13 consecutive years until 1886, riding 2,748 winners from 8,084 starts, in so doing setting records for the number of Champion Jockey titles (13), number of wins in a season (246) and number of race wins (2748). Born Frederick James Archer in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. (d. 1886)

1886

 Chester Conklin
Chester Conklin (January 11, 1886 – October 11, 1971) was an American comedic actor who appeared in over 280 films, about half of them in the silent film era. In 1914, Conklin co-starred with Mabel Normand in a series of films. In that same year he appeared in Making a Living, in which Charlie Chaplin made his film debut. He would go on to make more than a dozen films with Chaplin while at Keystone and the two became lifelong friends. Born Chester Cooper Conklin in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (d. 1971)

1923

 Eli Woods
Eli Woods (11 January 1923 – 1 May 2014) was an English comedian and comic actor, possibly best known for his work with stage comedian Jimmy James (in reality his uncle), and particularly for his part in the famous ‘elephant-in-the-box’ routine. Born John Casey in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. (d. 2014)

1928

 Mitchell Ryan
Mitchell Ryan (born January 11, 1934) is an American film, television, and stage actor, who in his six decades of television is known for playing Burke Devlin in the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, and later for his co-starring role as Thomas Gibson’s free-spirited father Edward Montgomery on Dharma & Greg. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1930

 Rod Taylor
Rodney Sturt “Rod” Taylor (11 January 1930 – 7 January 2015) was an Australian actor of film and television. He appeared in over 50 films, including leading roles in The Time Machine, Seven Seas to Calais, The Birds, Sunday in New York, Young Cassidy, Dark of the Sun, The Liquidator, and The Train Robbers. Born in Lidcombe, Sydney, Australia. (d. 2015)

1935

 Melvyn Hayes
Melvyn Hayes (born 11 January 1935) is an English actor known for playing the effeminate Gunner (later Bombardier) “Gloria” Beaumont in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and the Cliff Richard hit musical films The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. Born Melvyn Hyams in Wandsworth, London.

1938

 Arthur Scargill
Arthur Scargill (born 11 January 1938) is a British trade unionist. He was President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1982 to 2002. He led an unofficial strike in 1969, and played a key organising role during the strikes of 1972 and 1974, the latter of which helped in the downfall of Edward Heath’s Conservative government. He led the union through the 1984-85 miners’ strike, a major event in the history of the British labour movement. It turned into a confrontation with the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher in which the miners’ union was heavily suppressed. Born in Worsbrough Dale, West Yorkshire, England.
 Gavin Millar
Gavin Millar (born 11 January 1938) is a Scottish film director, critic and television presenter. Millar was a film critic for The Listener from 1970 to 1984. On television, he wrote, produced and presented Arena Cinema for the BBC from 1976 to 1980, and wrote and presented numerous other cinema and visual arts documentaries. In 1980, he directed Dennis Potter’s Cream in My Coffee for London Weekend Television, which received a BAFTA nomination. His first feature film as director was 1985’s Dreamchild. His 1994 television film Pat and Margaret, featuring Victoria Wood, received a further BAFTA nomination, and Housewife, 49 (2006), a later collaboration with Wood, won the 2007 award. Born in Clydebank, Scotland).

1947

 Anna Calder-Marshall
Anna Calder-Marshall (born 11 January 1947) is an English actress. She is known for films Anna Karenina, King Lear, Zulu Dawn, Wuthering Heights and Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You and many TV appearances. Born in Kensington, London, England.

1952

 Ben Crenshaw
Ben Crenshaw (born January 11, 1952) is a retired American professional golfer who has won 19 events on the PGA Tour, including two major championships: the Masters Tournament in 1984 and 1995. Born Ben Daniel Crenshaw in Austin, Texas.

1953

 John Sessions
John Sessions (born 11 January 1953) is a British actor and comedian. He is known for comedy improvisation in television shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?; as a panellist on QI; and as a character actor in numerous films, both in the UK and in Hollywood. Born John Gibb Marshall in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.

1956

 Phyllis Logan
Phyllis Logan (born 11 January 1956) is a Scottish actress, known for playing Lady Jane Felsham in Lovejoy (1986-93) and Mrs Hughes (later Carson) in Downton Abbey (2010-15). She won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the 1983 film Another Time, Another Place. Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

1957

 Bryan Robson
Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and a former player. He began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest serving captain in the club’s history. Born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England.

1961

 Jasper Fforde
Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British novelist. Fforde’s first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. Fforde is mainly known for his Thursday Next novels, although he has written two books in the loosely connected Nursery Crime series and has begun two more independent series, The Last Dragonslayer and Shades of Grey. Born in London, England.

1962

 Melanie Hill
Melanie Jane Hill (born 11 January 1962) is an English actress, best known for playing Aveline in Bread (1986-1991), Rita Dolan in Kay Mellor drama Playing the Field (1998-2002), Maggie Budgen in BBC school-based drama Waterloo Road (2012-2015), Julie Travers in popular BBC drama The Syndicate (2015) and Cathy Matthews in ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2015-present). Born Melanie Jane Hill in Sunderland, County Durham, England.

1963

 Jason Connery
Jason Connery (born 11 January 1963) is a British actor and director. He is the son of Sean Connery. On screen, he is known for appearing in the third series of the ITV drama programme Robin of Sherwood in 1986, taking over the main role after Michael Praed left. Born Jason Joseph Connery in Marylebone, London, England.

1971

 Mary J Blige
Mary J Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, model, record producer, and actress. Starting her career as a backing singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album in 1992. She has released 13 studio albums, eight of which have been certified multi-platinum. Born Mary Jane Blige in New York City, New York.

1972

 Amanda Peet
Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American actress and author who has appeared in film, stage, and television. Comedy film The Whole Nine Yards brought her wide recognition. She has appeared in a variety of films, including Saving Silverman, Something’s Gotta Give, and Syriana. Born in New York City, New York.

1978

 Emile Heskey
Emile Heskey (born 11 January 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League over an 18-year career, and represented England in international football. Born Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey in Leicester, England.

1981

 Jamelia
Jamelia (born 11 January 1981) is a British recording artist, television presenter and actress. She has released three studio albums, each of which has reached the Top 40 in the UK, which collectively have spawned eight UK top ten singles. In addition, Jamelia has won four MOBO Awards, a Q Award and has received nine BRIT Award nominations. Born Jamelia Niela Davis in Handsworth, Birmingham, England.

1983

 Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil (born 11 January 1983) is a German racing driver who most recently drove for Sauber in Formula One for the 2014 season. Born in Starnberg, West Germany.

1986

 Rachel Riley
Rachel Riley (born 11 January 1986) is an English television presenter and mathematician who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. A mathematics graduate, her television debut came when she joined Countdown at age 22. Born Rachel Annabelle Riley in Rochford, Essex, England.

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