21 January


1824

 Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson
Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and the best-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee. Jackson played a prominent role in nearly all military engagements in the Eastern Theater of the war until his death, and played an important part in winning many significant battles. Born Thomas Jonathan Jackson in Clarksburg, Virginia. (d. 1863)

1869

 Grigori Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin (21 January 1869 – 29 or 30 December 1916) was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. Born Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin in Pokrovskoye, Siberia, Russian Empire.

1895

 Cristóbal Balenciaga
Cristóbal Balenciaga (January 21, 1895 – March 23, 1972) was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house. Born Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre in Getaria, Gipuzkoa, Spain. (d. 1972)

1896

 J. Carrol Naish
J Carroll Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973) was an American character actor. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award for film roles, and he later found fame in the title role of CBS Radio’s Life with Luigi (1948-1953). Born Joseph Patrick Carroll Naish in New York City, New York. (d. 1973)

1905

 Christian Dior
Christian Dior (21 January 1905 – 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior. Born in Granville, Manche, France. (d. 1957)

1922

 Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas (January 21, 1922 – January 22, 1994) was an American singer and character actor whose career spanned four decades of television. He was noted for his deep, gravelly voice and his bald head. Born Aristotelis Savalas in Garden City, New York. (d. 1994)
 Paul Scofield
David Paul Scofield CH CBE (21 January 1922 – 19 March 2008) was an English actor of stage and screen who was known for his striking presence, distinctive voice, and for the clarity and effortless intensity of his delivery. He was one of only eight actors to win both the Tony and the Oscar for the same role on stage and film, for A Man for All Seasons. Born Paul Scofield in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. (d. 2008)

1924

 Benny Hill
Benny Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992) was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment. A prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades, his show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy. Among the most watched programmes in the UK, the audience peaked at over 21 million in 1971. Born Alfred Hawthorne Hill in Southampton, Hampshire. (d. 1992)

1926

 Steve Reeves
Steve Reeves (January 21, 1926 – May 1, 2000) was an American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist. He was famous in the mid-1950s as a movie star in Italian-made films, playing the protagonist as muscular characters such as Hercules and Goliath. Born Stephen Lester Reeves in Glasgow, Montana. (d. 2000)

1932

 Marjie Lawrence
Marjie Lawrence (21 January 1932 – 16 June 2010) was an English theatre, film and television actress. A noted highly adaptable and continually working actress, she spoke the first words uttered on ITV. Born Marjorie Lawrence in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. (d. 2010)

1938

 Wolfman Jack
Wolfman Jack (January 21, 1938 – July 1, 1995), was an American disc jockey. In the spirit of his character name, he would punctuate his banter with howls, while urging his listeners to “get naked” or “lay your hands on the radio and squeeze my knobs”. Born Robert Weston Smith in New York City. (d. 1995)
 John Savident
John Savident (born 21 January 1938) is a British actor, known for his many television and film roles, including his portrayal of Fred Elliott in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1994 until 2006, civil servant Sir Frederick Stewart in Yes, Minister and in A Clockwork Orange. Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
 Honeysuckle Divine
Honeysuckle Divine (born January 21, 1938) is a retired American stripper, erotic performance artist, and sexual columnist. According to Bruce David, editor of SCREW, for whom she was a sort of mascot, in the 1970s, she was at one point the best-known stripper in the United States. Al Goldstein said, her act “was unbelievably disgusting, so naturally, we made her our symbol”. Born Betty Jane Allsup in Rock Island, Illinois.

1940

 Jack Nicklaus
Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a retired American professional golfer. Along with Tiger Woods, he is widely regarded as one of the two greatest golfers of all time, winning a record 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes, over a span of 25 years. Nicklaus focused on the major championships—Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship—and played a selective schedule of regular PGA Tour events, yet still finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Woods (79). Born Jack William Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio.

1941

 Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo KBE (born 21 January 1941) is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator. He has recorded over a hundred complete operas and is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, and Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts, most notably Simon Boccanegra. He has performed 147 different roles. Born José Plácido Domingo Embil in Madrid, Spain.
 Richie Havens
Richie Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Born Richard Pierce Havens in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2013)

1942

 Edwin Starr
Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American singer and songwriter. Starr was famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”. Born Charles Edwin Hatcher in Nashville, Tennessee. (d. 2003)

1945

 Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw (born 21 January 1945) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

1947

 Jill Eikenberry
Jill Eikenberry (born January 21, 1947) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as lawyer Ann Kelsey on the NBC drama L.A. Law (1986-94), for which she is a five-time Emmy Award and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1989. She received an Obie Award in 1986 for the Off-Broadway plays Lemon Sky and Life Under Water, and was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid. Born Jill Susan Eikenberry in New Haven, Connecticut.

1950

 Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean (born21 January 1950) is a Trinidadian-born English recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three US number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Born Leslie Sebastian Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago.

1953

 Paul Allen
Paul Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. In June 2017, he was estimated to be the 46th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $20.7 billion. Born Paul Gardner Allen in Seattle, Washington.

1955

 Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. Born Jeffrey Koons in York, Pennsylvania.

1956

 Robby Benson
Robby Benson (born January 21, 1956) is an American actor, voice actor, director, singer and educator. He was the voice of The Beast in the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast and its numerous sequels and spin-offs, and directed several episodes of the popular sitcom Friends. Born Robin David Segal in Dallas, Texas.
 Geena Davis
Geena Davis (born January 21, 1956) is an American actress, film producer, writer, voice actress, former fashion model, and former archer. She is known for her roles in The Fly (1986), Beetlejuice (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991), A League of Their Own (1992), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Stuart Little (1999), and The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2005, Davis won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in Commander in Chief. Born Virginia Elizabeth Davis in Wareham, Massachusetts.

1976

 Emma Bunton
Emma Bunton (born 21 January 1976) is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and radio and television presenter. She is best known as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls formed in the 1990s, and in which Bunton was nicknamed Baby Spice. Born Emma Lee Bunton in Finchley, London, England.

1994

 Laura Robson
Laura Robson (born 21 January 1994) is a British tennis player. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship at the age of 14. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008. Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray. Born in Melbourne, Australia.

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