André Michelin (16 January 1853 – 4 April 1931) was a French industrialist who, with his brother Édouard (1859-1940), founded the Michelin Tyre Company (Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin) in 1888 in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Born André Jules Michelin in Paris, France. (d. 1931)
Frank Zamboni (January 16, 1901 – July 27, 1988) was an American inventor and engineer, whose most famous invention is the modern ice resurfacer, with his surname being registered as a trademark for these resurfacers. Born Frank Joseph Zamboni Jr in Eureka, Utah. (d. 1988)
Fulgencio Batista (January 16, 1901 – August 6, 1973) was the elected President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944, and U.S.-backed dictator from 1952 to 1959, before being overthrown during the Cuban Revolution. Born Rubén Zaldívar in Banes, Cuba. (d. 1973)
Eric Liddell (16 January 1902 – 21 February 1945) was a Scottish Olympic Gold Medalist runner, rugby union international player, and Christian missionary. Liddell’s Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Born Eric Henry Liddell in Tianjin (Tientsin), Qing Empire (China). (d. 1945)
Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called “the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage”. Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are “I Got Rhythm” (from Girl Crazy); and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (from Gypsy). The Irving Berlin song “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, written for the musical Annie Get Your Gun, became Merman’s signature song. Born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York. (d. 1984)
Paula Tilbrook (born 16 January 1930) is a retired English actress who played Betty Eagleton in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1994 to 2015. Tilbrook’s film credits include Yanks and Alan Bennett’s A Private Function. Born in Salford, Lancashire, England.
Dian Fossey (January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story. It was adapted into a 1988 film of the same name. Fossey was brutally murdered in her cabin at a remote camp in Rwanda in December 1985. Born in San Francisco, California. (d. 1985)
Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer, film-maker, teacher, and political activist. Sontag was active in writing and speaking about, or travelling to, areas of conflict, including during the Vietnam War and the Siege of Sarajevo. She wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and communism and leftist ideology. Although her essays and speeches sometimes drew controversy, she has been described as “one of the most influential critics of her generation.”. Born Susan Rosenblatt in New York City, New York. (d. 2004)
A.J. Foyt Jr. (born January 16, 1935) is an American retired auto racing driver who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the American championship racing career wins record with 67. Born Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr in Houston, Texas.
Jim Stafford (born January 16, 1944) is an American comedian, musician, and singer-songwriter. While prominent in the 1970s for his records such as “Spiders & Snakes”, Stafford has headlined at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, since 1990. Born James Wayne Stafford in Winter Haven, Florida.
John Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. Most films of Carpenter’s career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter’s films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include the films Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Born John Howard Carpenter in Carthage, New York.
Cliff Thorburn CM (born January 16, 1948) is a Canadian retired professional snooker player. He won the World Snooker Championship in 1980, the first player outside the United Kingdom to win the title in the sport’s modern era. He was also ranked number one that year. In 1983, Thorburn became the first player to compile a maximum break at the World Championship. He is one of two snooker players inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Born Clifford Charles Devlin Thorburn in Victoria, British Columbia.
Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949) is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s such as The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, At the Earth’s Core, and The Spy Who Loved Me. Born in Windsor, Berkshire, England.
Debbie Allen (born January 16, 1950) is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer, and a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series’ principal choreographer. Born Deborrah Kaye Allen in Houston, Texas.
Sade, CBE (born 16 January 1959), is a British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Following a record deal with Epic Records, the band Sade released their debut album Diamond Life (1984). The album sold over six million copies, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the 1980s, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist. Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria.
James May OBE (born 16 January 1963) is an English television presenter and journalist. He is best known as a co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from 2003 until 2015. May has presented other programmes on themes including science and technology, toys, wine culture, and the plight of manliness in modern times. Born James Daniel May in Bristol, England.
Kate Moss (born 16 January 1974) is an English model and businesswoman.She was discovered in 1988 at age 14 by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City.In 2007, Time named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people. Born Katherine Ann Moss in Croydon, Greater London.
Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model. Her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her second album, One in a Million, sold 3 million copies in the United States and over eight million copies worldwide. Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2001)