7 January


1800

 Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 – March 8, 1874) was the 13th President of the United States (1850-53), the last to be a member of the Whig Party while in the White House. A former U.S. Representative from New York, Fillmore was elected the nation’s 12th Vice President in 1848. Born in Moravia, New York. (d. 1874)

1837

 Thomas Ismay
Thomas Ismay (7 January 1837 – 23 November 1899) was the founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line. His son was Joseph Bruce Ismay, who travelled on (and survived) the maiden voyage of his company’s ocean liner, the RMS Titanic, in 1912. Born Thomas Henry Ismay in Maryport, Cumbria, England. (d. 1899)

1844

 Bernadette Soubirous
Bernadette Soubirous (Occitan: Bernadeta Sobirós; 7 January 1844 – 16 April 1879) was the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes (Lorda in Occitan), France, and is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. Soubirous is best known for the Marian apparitions of a “young lady” now known as Our Lady of Lourdes. The Marian shrine at Lourdes attracts over five million pilgrims of all denominations each year. Born in Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France. (d. 1879)

1896

 Arnold Ridley
Arnold Ridley, OBE (7 January 1896 – 12 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor, first notable as the author of the play The Ghost Train and later in life for portraying the elderly Private Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad’s Army (1968-1977). Born William Arnold Ridley in Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England. (d. 1984)

1899

 Al Bowlly
Al Bowlly (7 January 1898 – 17 April 1941) was a Mozambican-born South African/British singer, songwriter, composer and band leader, who became a popular jazz crooner during the British dance band era of the 1930s and later worked in the United States. He recorded more than 1,000 records between 1927 and 1941. Born Albert Allick Bowlly in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique. (d. 1941)
 Francis Poulenc
Francis Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. Among his best-known works are the piano suite Trois mouvements perpétuels (1919), and the ballet Les biches (1923). Born Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc in Paris. (d. 1963)

1903

 Alan Napier
Alan Napier (7 January 1903 – 8 August 1988) was an English actor. After a decade in West End theatres, he had a long film career, first, in Britain and, then, in Hollywood. Napier is best known today for portraying Alfred Pennyworth the butler in the 1960s live-action Batman television series. Born Alan William Napier-Clavering in King’s Norton, Birmingham, England. (d. 1988)

1912

 Charles Addams
Charles Addams (January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as The Addams Family, have been the basis for spin-offs in several other forms of media. Born Charles Samuel Addams in Westfield, New Jersey. (d. 1988)

1924

 Geoffrey Bayldon
Geoffrey Bayldon (7 January 1924 – 10 May 2017) was an English actor. After playing roles in many stage productions, including the works of William Shakespeare, he became known for portraying the title role of the children’s series Catweazle (1970-71). Bayldon’s other long-running parts include the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge (1979-81) and Magic Grandad in the BBC television series Watch (1995). Born Albert Geoffrey Bayldon in Leeds, England. (d. 2017)

1925

 Gerald Durrell
Gerald Durrell, OBE (7 January 1925 – 30 January 1995) was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. He founded what are now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Park on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1959. He wrote a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast. He was the youngest brother of novelist Lawrence Durrell. Born Gerald Malcolm Durrell in Jamshedpur, British India. (d. 1995)

1928

 William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2017)

1936

 Ian La Frenais
Ian La Frenais, OBE (born 7 January 1936), is an English writer best known for his creative partnership with Dick Clement. They are most famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge and its sequel Going Straight, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Born in Monkseaton, Northumberland, Englan.
 Hunter Davies
Hunter Davies, OBE (born 7 January 1936) is a British author, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of books, including the only authorised biography of the Beatles. Born Edward Hunter Davies in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

1942

 Danny Williams
Danny Williams (7 January 1942 – 6 December 2005) was a South African pop singer. Williams earned the nickname, “Britain’s Johnny Mathis”, for his smooth and stylish way with a ballad. He is best known for singing his UK number 1 version of “Moon River” in 1961 and his US top ten hit, “White on White”. Born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. (d. 2005)

1948

 Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins (born January 7, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, which led to seven albums, performing as the group Loggins and Messina from 1972 to 1977. Born Kenneth Clark Loggins in Everett, Washington.

1950

 Erin Gray
Erin Gray (born January 7, 1950) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Colonel Wilma Deering in the science fiction television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and as Kate Summers-Stratton in the situation comedy Silver Spoons. Born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.

1951

 Helen Worth
Helen Worth (born 7 January 1951) is an English actress who is best known for playing Gail Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 1974. For her 40 years on the show, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Soap Awards. Born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

1956

 David Caruso
David Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his portrayals of Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the CBS series CSI: Miami and Detective John Kelly on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue. Born David Stephen Caruso in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

1958

 Linda Kozlowski
Linda Kozlowski (born January 7, 1958) is an American former actress. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Her big break came in 1986 when she was cast as the female lead opposite Paul Hogan in the Australian film Crocodile Dundee. Born in Fairfield, Connecticut.
 Donna Rice
Donna Rice (born January 7, 1958) is president and CEO of Enough Is Enough, an author, speaker and film producer. In her work with Enough is Enough, Hughes has appeared on a variety of outlets as an Internet safety advocate. She first became known as a key figure in a widely publicized 1987 political scandal that contributed to end the second campaign of former Senator Gary Hart for the Democratic Party nomination for President.

1964

 Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964), is an American actor, director and producer. Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films, such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002). Born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California.

1967

 Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg (born 7 January 1967) is a British politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2015 and as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015. An “Orange Book” liberal, Clegg served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and has been associated with both socially liberal and economically liberal policies. Born Nicholas William Peter Clegg in Chalfont St Giles, England.
 Mark Lamarr
Mark Lamarr (born 7 January 1967) is an English comedian, radio DJ, and television presenter. He was a team captain on Shooting Stars from 1995 to 1997, and hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks from 1996 to 2005. Born Mark Jones in Swindon, Wiltshire, England.

1969

 David Yost
David Yost (born January 7, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for portraying Billy Cranston in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and Power Rangers Zeo. Born David Harold Yost in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

1971

 Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner (born January 7, 1971) is an American actor and singer. Renner is best known for his roles in The Hurt Locker (2008) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and for playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Born Jeremy Lee Renner in Modesto, California.

1977

 Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond (born January 7, 1977) is an American actor, musician, director, and stand-up comedian widely known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in the television show Saved by the Bell. Born Dustin Neil Diamond in San Jose, California.

1980

 Zöe Salmon
Zöe Salmon (born 7 January 1980) is a Northern Irish television presenter who hosted the children’s television programme Blue Peter from 23 December 2004 to 25 June 2008. She also appeared on Dancing on Ice in early 2009. She was the winner of Miss Northern Ireland 1999. Born in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

1985

 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. A four-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. Born Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

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