Molière (15 January 1622 – 17 February 1673), was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière’s best known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman. Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in Paris, Kingdom of France. (d. 1673)
Marie-Fortunée Lafarge (15 January 1816 – 7 November 1852) was a Frenchwoman who was convicted of murdering her husband by arsenic poisoning in 1840. Her case became notable, because it was one of the first trials to be followed by the public through daily newspaper reports, and because she was the first person convicted largely on direct forensic toxicological evidence. Born Marie-Fortunée Capelle in Paris. (d. 1852)
Marie Duplessis (15 January 1824 – 3 February 1847) was a French courtesan and mistress to a number of prominent and wealthy men. She was the inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas the younger, one of Duplessis’ lovers. Born Alphonsine Rose Plessis in Nonant-le-Pin, Normandy, France. (d. 1847)
Ernest Thesiger, CBE (15 January 1879 – 14 January 1961) was an English stage and film actor. He is especially well-remembered for his performance as Doctor Septimus Pretorius in James Whale’s film Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in Chelsea, London, England. (d. 1961)
Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951) was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. His first big hit was “Keep the Home Fires Burning” (1914). In the 1920s, he turned to acting, first in British films and then on stage. Born David Ivor Davies in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. (d. 1951)
Torin Thatcher (15 January 1905 – 4 March 1981) was an English actor who was noted for his flashy portrayals of screen villains. Born Torin Herbert Erskine Thatcher in Bombay, British India. (d. 1981)
Edward Teller (January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist who was born in Hungary, and is known colloquially as “the father of the hydrogen bomb”. He made numerous contributions to nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy, and surface physics. Born Ede Teller in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. (d. 2003)
Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, band leader, actor, and composer. Known for his highly energetic, flamboyant style and for his showmanship, Krupa was important for his musical contribution to jazz music. Born Eugene Bertram Krupa in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1973)
Norman Baillie-Stewart (15 January 1909 – 7 June 1966) was a British army officer known as The Officer in the Tower when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and was the last British subject to be held there as a proper prisoner rather than as one awaiting transfer. An active sympathiser of Nazi Germany, he took part in German-produced propaganda broadcasts and is known as one of the men associated with the nickname Lord Haw-Haw. Born Norman Baillie Stewart Wright in London. (d. 1966)
Lloyd Bridges (January 15, 1913 – March 10, 1998) was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges. Bridges gained wide recognition as Mike Nelson, the main character in the television series Sea Hunt. Born Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr in San Leandro, California. (d. 1998)
Hugh Trevor-Roper, Baron Dacre of Glanton, FBA (15 January 1914 – 26 January 2003), was a British historian of early modern Britain and Nazi Germany. He was Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Born Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper in Glanton, Northumberland, England. (d. 2003)
Gamal Abdel Nasser
Gamal Abdel Nasser (15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970) was the second President of Egypt, serving from 1956 until his death. Nasser led the 1952 overthrow of the monarchy and introduced far-reaching land reforms the following year. Born Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein in Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt. (d. 1970)
Frank Thornton (15 January 1921 – 16 March 2013) was an English actor. He was known for playing Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and as Truly in Last of the Summer Wine. Born Frank Thornton Ball in Dulwich, London, England. (d. 2013)
Ivor Cutler (15 January 1923 – 3 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his regular performances on BBC radio, and in particular his numerous sessions recorded for John Peel’s influential radio programme, and later for Andy Kershaw’s programme. He appeared in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film in 1967 and on Neil Innes’ television programmes. Born in Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 2006)
Maria Schell (15 January 1926 – 26 April 2005) was an Austrian-Swiss actress. She ranged among the stars of German cinema in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1954 she was awarded the Cannes Best Actress Award for her performance in Helmut Käutner’s war drama The Last Bridge and in 1956 won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Gervaise. Born Maria Margarethe Anna Schell in Vienna, Austria. (d. 2005)
Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistanceKing received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Born Michael King Jr in Atlanta, Georgia. (d. 1968)
Derek Meddings (15 January 1931 – 10 September 1995) was a British film and television special effects designer, initially noted for his work on the “Supermarionation” TV puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson, and later for the 1970s and 1980s James Bond and Superman film series. Born in St Pancras, London. (d. 1995)
Frank Bough (born 15 January 1933) is a retired English television presenter. He is best known as the former host of BBC sports and current affairs shows including Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time, which he launched alongside Selina Scott and Nick Ross. Born Frank Joseph Bough in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Margaret O’Brien (born January 15, 1937) is an American film, radio, television, and stage actress. Beginning a prolific career as a child actress in feature films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at the age of four, O’Brien became one of the most popular child stars in cinema history and was honored with a Juvenile Academy Award as the outstanding child actress of 1944. Born Angela Maxine O’Brien in San Diego, California.
Captain Beefheart (January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1964-1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Born Don Glen Vliet in Glendale, California. (d. 2010)
Princess Michael of Kent
Princess Michael of Kent (born 15 January 1945) is a member of the British Royal Family of German and Hungarian descent. She is married to Prince Michael of Kent, a grandson of King George V. Princess Michael was an interior designer before becoming an author; she has written several books on European royalty (mostly her cousins). Born Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
Pete Waterman, OBE (born 15 January 1947) is an English record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter, president of Coventry Bears rugby league club and a keen railway enthusiast. As a member of the Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting team he wrote and produced many hit singles. Born Peter Alan Waterman OBE in Stoke Heath, Coventry, England.
Ronnie Van Zant
Ronnie Van Zant (January 15, 1948 – October 20, 1977) was an American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Born Ronald Wayne Van Zant in Jacksonville, Florida. (d. 1977)
Gareth Hale (born 15 January 1953) is an English comedian and actor, who is best known as one half of the comedy duo Hale and Pace, with his friend and comic partner Norman Pace. Born in South London.
James Nesbitt, OBE (born 15 January 1965) is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Nesbitt got his breakthrough television role playing Adam Williams in the romantic comedy-drama Cold Feet (1998-2003), which won him a British Comedy Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a National Television Award. Born William James Nesbitt in Ballymena, County Antrim.
Claudia Winkleman (born 15 January 1972) is an English television presenter, model, film critic, radio personality, and journalist, known for her work with the BBC. Since 2010, she has co-presented Strictly Come Dancing’s main results show on Sunday nights with Tess Daly on BBC One and since 2014 has been a main co-host alongside Daly on the Saturday night live shows, due to the departure of Sir Bruce Forsyth. She has twice been nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance. Born Claudia Anne Winkleman in London, England.
Edith Bowman (born 15 January 1974) is a Scottish radio DJ. She is mostly known for formerly hosting the Weekday Afternoon Show and the Weekend Morning on BBC Radio 1, as well as for presenting a variety of music-related television shows and music festivals. Born Edith Eleanor Bowman in Anstruther, Fife, Scotland.
Mary Pierce (born 15 January 1975) is a French retired tennis professional who played on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour. Born in Canada, she is a citizen of Canada, and the United States. Pierce played for France in team competitions and in the Olympics. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Eddie Cahill (born January 15, 1978) is an American actor best known for portraying “Miracle on Ice” goalie Jim Craig in the movie Miracle, and for playing the roles of Tag Jones in Friends and Detective Don Flack in CSI: NY. Born Edmund Patrick Cahill in New York City, New York.