12 January


1628

 Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) was a French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). Some of Perrault’s versions of old stories have influenced the German versions published by the Brothers Grimm more than 100 years later. Born in Paris, France. (d. 1703)

1856

 John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was an American artist, considered the “leading portrait painter of his generation” for his evocations of Edwardian era luxury. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. Born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany. (d. 1925)

1876

 Jack London
Jack London (born January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator in the genre that would later become known as science fiction. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang. Born John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco, California. (d. 1916)

1878

 Ferenc Molnar
Ferenc Molnár (12 January 1878 – 1 April 1952) was a Hungarian-born dramatist and novelist who adopted American citizenship. His most popular plays include Liliom (1909, tr. 1921), later adapted into a musical (Carousel). Born Ferenc Neumann in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1952)

1893

 Hermann Goring
Hermann Göring (12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German political and military leader as well as one of the most powerful figures in the Nazi Party (NSDAP) that ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945. A veteran World War I fighter pilot ace, he was a recipient of the Pour le Mérite. He was the last commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, the fighter wing once led by Manfred von Richthofen. In 1935, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe. Born Hermann Wilhelm Göring in Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire. (d. 1946)

1905

 Tex Ritter
Tex Ritter (January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974) was an American country music singer and actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Born Woodward Maurice Ritter in Murvaul, Texas. (d. 1974)

1916

 P. W Botha
P W Botha, DMS (12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006), commonly known as “P. W.” and Die Groot Krokodil (Afrikaans for “The Big Crocodile”), was the leader of South Africa from 1978 to 1989, serving as the last Prime Minister from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive State President from 1984 to 1989. Born Pieter Willem Botha in Paul Roux, Orange Free State Province, South Africa. (d. 2006)

1926

 Jackie Pallo
Jackie Pallo (born 12 January 1926 – 11 February 2006) was an English professional wrestler, a star of British televised wrestling in its 1960s and 1970s heyday, when the sport had a regular 40-minute slot before the Saturday afternoon football results on ITV. Born Jack Ernest Gutteridge in Islington. (d. 2006)

1932

 Des O’Connor
Des O’Connor, CBE (born 12 January 1932) is an English comedian, broadcaster and singer. A former chat show host, he was the presenter of the long-running Channel 4 gameshow Countdown for two years. He has also recorded 36 albums and has had four top-ten singles. Born Desmond Bernard O’Connor in Stepney, East London.

1933

 Michael Aspel
Michael Aspel, OBE (born 12 January 1933) is an English television presenter on programmes such as Crackerjack, Aspel & Company, This is Your Life, Strange but True? and Antiques Roadshow. By the early sixties, he had become one of four regular newsreaders on BBC national television. Born Michael Terence Aspel in Battersea, London, England.

1935

 Kreskin
The Amazing Kreskin, or Kreskin is a mentalist who became popular on North American television in the 1970s. He was inspired to become a mentalist by Lee Falk’s famous comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician. He has always presented himself as an “entertainer,” never as a psychic, who operates on the basis of suggestion, not the paranormal or supernatural. Born George Joseph Kresge in Montclair, New Jersey.

1937

 Shirley Eaton
Shirley Eaton (born 12 January 1937) is an English actress. She was a sex symbol in the 1960s. Eaton appeared regularly in British films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and achieved notability for her performance as Bond Girl Jill Masterson in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. Born in Edgware, Middlesex, England.

1941

 Long John Baldry
Long John Baldry (12 January 1941 – 21 July 2005) was an English blues singer and a voice actor. He sang with many British musicians, with Rod Stewart and Elton John appearing in bands led by Baldry in the 1960s. He enjoyed pop success in the UK where Let the Heartaches Begin reached No. 1 in 1967 and in Australia where You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ reached number two in 1980. Born John William Baldry in East Haddon, Northamptonshire, England. (d. 2005)

1944

 Joe Frazier
Joe Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe”, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, and as an amateur won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He became undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970, and followed up by defeating Muhammad Ali by unanimous decision in the highly anticipated Fight of the Century in 1971. Two years later, Frazier lost his title when he was defeated by George Foreman. Frazier’s last world title challenge came in 1975, but he was beaten by Ali in their brutal match, the Thrilla in Manila. Born Joseph William Frazier in Beaufort, South Carolina. (d. 2011)

1945

 Maggie Bell
Maggie Bell (born 12 January 1945) is a Scottish rock vocalist. She formed Stone The Crows with Leslie Harvey. Bell sang the end credits theme for the late 1970s ITV detective drama Hazell. Her song “No Mean City”, written by Mike Moran, was the theme music to the TV crime drama Taggart. Born Margaret Bell in Glasgow, Scotland.

1948

 Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews (born 12 January 1948) is an English actor best known for his role as Lord Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 ITV miniseries Brideshead Revisited (1981). He is also known for playing the title roles in Ivanhoe and The Scarlet Pimpernel (both 1982), and for portraying Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in The King’s Speech (2010). For his performance in Brideshead Revisited Andrews won a Golden Globe and BAFTA TV Award, as well as being nominated for an Emmy. Born Anthony Colin Gerald Andrews in Finchley, London, England.
 William Nicholson
William Nicholson, OBE, FRSL (born 12 January 1948) is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. He has twice been nominated for Tony Awards for best play, for Shadowlands and The Retreat from Moscow. He also turned Shadowlands, based on the relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham, into a BBC-TV play in 1985, and an acclaimed film in 1993. Born William Benedict Nicholson in Lewes, Sussex.

1949

 Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami (born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. The critical acclaim for his fiction and non-fiction has led to numerous awards, in Japan and internationally, including the World Fantasy Award (2006) and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (2006). His oeuvre received, for example, the Franz Kafka Prize (2006) and the Jerusalem Prize (2009). Born in Kyoto, Japan.

1951

 Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress, comedian and spokesmodel. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley is best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers, in which she starred from 1987 to 1993, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1991. Born Kirstie Louise Alley in Wichita, Kansas.
 Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio talk show host and conservative political commentator. Limbaugh has been noted for making controversial race-related statements, is critical of feminism, and supports capital punishment. Born Rush Hudson Limbaugh III in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

1954

 Howard Stern
Howard Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show The Howard Stern Show, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated. His two books, Private Parts (1993) and Miss America (1995), entered The New York Times Best Seller list at number one and sold over one million copies. In 2012, Stern was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Born Howard Allan Stern in Queens, New York.

1957

 John Lasseter
John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an American animator and filmmaker. He is the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. He has won two Academy Awards, for Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story). Born John Alan Lasseter in Hollywood, California.

1964

 Clare Holman
Clare Holman (born 12 January 1964) is an English actress. She portrayed forensic pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson in the television series Inspector Morse and Lewis from 1995 to 2015. Born Clare Margaret Holman in London, England.
 Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is an American technology and retail entrepreneur and investor who is best known as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, which is the world’s largest online shopping retailer. Born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1965

 Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie (born January 12, 1965) is an American musician, filmmaker and screenwriter. Zombie rose to fame as a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band. Born Robert Bartleh Cummings in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

1968

 Heather Mills
Heather Mills (born 12 January 1968) is an English media personality, businesswoman, and activist. Her relationship with Sir Paul McCartney brought further public attention in the year 2000. They married in June 2002 and Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003. The couple separated in 2006 and finalised their divorce in 2008. Born Heather Anne Mills in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

1974

 Melanie Chisholm
Melanie Chisholm (born 12 January 1974), better known as Melanie C or Mel C, is an English singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actress and television personality. She is one of the five members of the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Sporty Spice and with whom she sold over 85 million records worldwide. Chisholm began her solo career in late 1998. Her solo debut album Northern Star was released in 1999, reaching number 1 in Sweden and number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. Born Melanie Jayne Chisholm in Whiston, Lancashire, England.

1991

 Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott (born 12 January 1991) is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut single, “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)”, was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, “Boys and Girls”, also topped the UK Singles Chart in September 2009. Born Victoria Louise Lott in Bromley, London, England.

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