24 January


Hadrian (24 January 76 – 10 July 138) was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. In 122 Hadrian initiated the construction of a wall, “to separate Romans from barbarians”. By the end of 122, Hadrian had concluded his visit to Britannia. He never saw the finished wall that bears his name. Born Publius Aelius Hadrianus in Italica, Hispania. (d. 138)


 William Congreve
William Congreve (24 January 1670 – 19 January 1729) was an English playwright and poet of the Restoration period. He is known for his clever, satirical dialogue and influence on the comedy of manners style of that period. He was also a minor political figure in the British Whig Party. Born in Bardsey, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1729)


 Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921, the first woman to receive this honor. Born Edith Newbold Jones in New York. (d. 1937)


 Ernst Heinkel
Dr. Ernst Heinkel (24 January 1888 – 30 January 1958) was a German aircraft designer, manufacturer, Wehrwirtschaftsführer in the Third Reich, and member of the Nazi party. His company Heinkel Flugzeugwerke produced the Heinkel He 178, the world’s first turbojet aircraft and jet plane, and the Heinkel He 176, the first rocket aircraft. He was awarded the German National Prize for Art and Science in 1938. Born in Grunbach, German Empire. (d. 1958)


 Ann Todd
Anne Todd (24 January 1909 – 6 May 1993) was an English actress and producer. She appeared in Ann and Harold (1938) the first British TV serial. She had a huge success when she played a suicidal concert pianist in The Seventh Veil (1945), opposite James Mason. Born Dorothy Anne Todd in Hartford, Cheshire, England. (d. 1993)


 Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor whose career spanned over six decades. Borgnine’s film career included supporting roles in From Here to Eternity (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Wild Bunch (1969). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for Marty (1955). Born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, Connecticut. (d. 2012)


 Desmond Morris
Desmond Morris (born 24 January 1928) is an English zoologist, ethologist and surrealist painter, as well as a popular author in human sociobiology. He is known for his 1967 book The Naked Ape, and for his television programmes such as Zoo Time. Born Desmond John Morris in Purton, Wiltshire, England.


 Bernard Matthews
Bernard Matthews CVO CBE QSM (24 January 1930 – 25 November 2010) was the founder of Bernard Matthews Farms, a company that is best known for producing turkey meat products. Born Bernard Trevor Matthews in Brooke, Norfolk, England. (d. 2010)


 Bamber Gascoigne
Bamber Gascoigne FRSL (born 24 January 1935) is a British television presenter and author, best known for being the original quizmaster on University Challenge. Born Arthur Bamber Gascoigne in London, England.


 Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens (born January 24, 1939) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian, known for his Grammy-winning recordings “Everything Is Beautiful” and “Misty”, as well as comedic hits such as “The Streak”. He has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Christian Music Hall of Fame; and received gold albums for his music sales. Born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarkdale, Georgia.


 Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center, he was honoured by The Recording Academy with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. In January 2018, it was announced that Diamond would receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Born Neil Leslie Diamond in Brooklyn, New York.


 Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in films and was regularly featured in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. Her most remembered performance was as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic film, Valley of the Dolls, earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination. On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family. Born Sharon Marie Tate in Dallas, Texas. (d. 1969)


 John Belushi
John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982) was an American comedian, actor and singer. He was one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). He made three movies with Dan Ackroyd, 1941, Neighbors, and most notably The Blues Brothers. Born John Adam Belushi in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1982)


 Adrian Edmondson
Ade Edmondson (born 24 January 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, musician, television presenter and director. He came to prominence in the early 1980s and was part of the alternative comedy boom. He is probably best known for his comedic roles in the television series The Young Ones (1982-84) and Bottom (1991-95), which he wrote together with his long-time collaborative partner Rik Mayall. Edmondson also appeared in The Comic Strip Presents… series of films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Born Adrian Charles Edmondson in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.


 Jools Holland
Jools Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze. Since 1992, he has hosted Later… with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2. Born Julian Miles Holland in Blackheath, London, England.


 Vic Reeves
Jim Moir (born 24 January 1959), better known by the stage name Vic Reeves, is an English comedian, artist, actor and television presenter, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). Born James Roderick Moir in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
 Felicity Dean
Felicity Dean (born 24 January 1959) is a British actress who is critically acclaimed in both film and stage. She was cast as Lady Jane Grey in the 1977 feature film The Prince and the Pauper. Dean played the role of Dawn Meadows in Joseph Losey’s 1985 feature film Steaming. She has also appeared in many popular television programmes. Born Felicity Jane Dean in London, England.


 Nastassja Kinski
Nastassja Kinski (born 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than 60 films in Europe and the United States. She came to global prominence with her Golden Globe Award-winning performance as the title character in the Roman Polanski-directed film Tess (1979). Other notable films in which she acted include the erotic horror Cat People (1982), the Wim Wenders drama Paris, Texas. Born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski in Berlin, Germany.


 Matthew Lillard
Matthew Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor, voice actor, director, and producer. He is best known for portraying Shaggy Rogers in both Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). In animation, he has been the voice of Shaggy since veteran actor Casey Kasem retired from the role. Born Matthew Lyn Lillard in Lansing, Michigan.


 Ed Helms
Ed Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show as well as playing Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of The Office. Born Edward Parker Helms in Atlanta, Georgia.


 Hayley Tamaddon
Hayley Tamaddon (born 24 January 1977), is a British actress of Iranian descent, who is most notable for portraying Del Dingle in ITV’s Emmerdale and Andrea Beckett in ITV’s Coronation Street. Tamaddon won the fifth series of Dancing on Ice on 28 March 2010. Born Hayley Soraya Tamaddon in Bispham, Blackpool,
Lancashire, England.


 Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton (born 24 January 1986) is a British-American film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model. She appeared in major box office pictures such as the romantic comedy, Notting Hill (1999) and M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological thriller, The Sixth Sense (1999). She is known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C. (2003-07), for which she received two Teen Choice Awards. Born Mischa Anne Barton.

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