John Hancock (January 23, 1737 – October 8, 1793) was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term John Hancock has become a synonym in the United States for one’s signature. Born in Braintree (now Quincy), Province of Massachusetts Bay. (d. 1793)
Stendhal (23 January 1783 – 23 March 1842) was a 19th-century French writer. Best known for the novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839). Born Marie-Henri Beyle in Grenoble, France. (d. 1842)
Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art. Born in Paris, France. (d. 1883)
Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and a few horror and fantasy films. However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances over 60 were in Westerns. Born George Randolph Scott in Orange County, Virginia. (d. 1987)
Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907 – June 7, 1968) was an American actor in film, stage and television. Known for portraying a vast range of character roles as a villain, he nonetheless had a long career in a wide variety of leading and secondary roles in films such as The Pride of the Yankees and None But the Lonely Heart. Born in White Plains, New York. (d. 1968)
Django Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a Belgian-born Romani French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Born Jean Reinhardt in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium. (d. 1953)
Airey Neave, DSO OBE MC TD (23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979) was a British army officer, barrister and politician. During World War II, Neave was the first British officer to successfully escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle, and later worked for MI9. After the war he served with the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials. He later became Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Abingdon. Neave was assassinated in 1979 in a car-bomb attack at the House of Commons. Born Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave in Knightsbridge, London, England. (d. 1979)
Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. While Kovacs and wife, Edie Adams, received Emmy nominations for best performances in a comedy series during 1957, his talent was not recognized formally until after his death. The 1962 Emmy for Outstanding Electronic Camera Work and the Directors’ Guild award came a short time after his fatal automobile accident. A quarter century later, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. Born Ernest Edward Kovacs in Trenton, New Jersey. (d. 1962)
Bob Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 – 14 February 1996) was an English footballer and manager who spent almost fifty years with Liverpool as a wing half, physiotherapist, coach and manager. Due to his achievements as Liverpool manager, Paisley is one of the most successful English football managers of all time. Born Robert Paisley in Hetton-le-Hole, County Durham, England. (d. 1996)
Jeanne Moreau (23 January 1928 – 31 July 2017) was a French actress, singer, screenwriter and director. She won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Seven Days… Seven Nights (1960), the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for Viva Maria! (1965), and the César Award for Best Actress for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (1992). She was also the recipient of several lifetime awards, including a BAFTA Fellowship in 1996. She achieved prominence as the star of Jules et Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut. Born in Paris, France. (d. 2017)
Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre. She is the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award (December 2002). She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, DC.
Joe Melia (23 January 1935 – 20 October 2012) was a British actor. He first came to notice in Peter Nichols’s A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. In 1982, Joe Melia won a “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” Olivier Award for the play, “Good”. Born Giovanni Philip William Melia in Islington, London. (d. 2012)
Gil Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor, most notable for his role as Captain William “Buck” Rogers in the 1979-1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Born Gilbert C Gerard in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rutger Hauer (born 23 January 1944) is a Dutch actor, writer, and environmentalist. He has acted in both Dutch and English-language TV series and films. His film credits include Blade Runner, Escape from Sobibor (for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor), Nighthawks, Sin City,Ladyhawke, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Batman Begins. Born Rutger Oelsen Hauer in Breukelen, Netherlands.
Anita Pointer (born January 23, 1948) is an American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, best known as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal group The Pointer Sisters. Born Anita Marie Pointer in Oakland, California.
Sully Sullenberger III (born January 23, 1951) is a retired American airline captain celebrated for the January 15, 2009 water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan after the plane was disabled by striking a flock of Canada geese immediately after takeoff; all 155 people aboard survived. Born Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III in Denison, Texas.
Mariska Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress best known for her role as NYPD Special Victims Unit Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, for which she has earned multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. She is the daughter of actress Jayne Mansfield. Born Mariska Magdolna Hargitay in Santa Monica, California.
Lisa Snowdon (born 23 January 1971) is an English television and radio presenter and fashion model. She was the host of the Living TV reality television show Britain’s Next Top Model from 2006 until 2009. She also co-presented Capital Breakfast on Capital London from 2008 until 18 December 2015. Born Lisa Snawdon in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
Tiffani Thiessen (born January 23, 1974) is an American actress. She is known for starring as Kelly Kapowski on NBC’s Saved by the Bell (1989-93) and as Valerie Malone on Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994-98). Born Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in Long Beach, California.