26 January


1880

 Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the US Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas. (d. 1964)

1905

 Charles Lane
Charles Lane (January 26, 1905 – July 9, 2007) was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 77 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 101 as a narrator in 2006. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can’t Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). Born Charles Gerstle Levison in San Francisco, California. (d. 2007)
 Maria von Trapp
Maria von Trapp (26 January 1905 – 28 March 1987), also known as Baroness von Trapp, was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. She wrote The Story of the Trapp Family Singers which was published in 1949. The story served as the inspiration for the 1956 West German film The Trapp Family, which in turn inspired the Broadway musical The Sound of Music (1959) and the 1965 film of the same name. Born Maria Augusta Kutschera in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1987)

1908

 Stéphane Grappelli
Stéphane Grappelli 26 January 1908 – 1 December 1997) was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called “the grandfather of jazz violinists”. Born Stéfano Grappelli in Paris, France. (d. 1997)

1918

 Nicolae Ceausescu
Nicolae Ceaușescu (26 January 1918 – 25 December 1989) was a Romanian Communist politician. He was general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and hence the second and last Communist leader of Romania. He was also the country’s head of state from 1967, serving as President of the State Council, from 1974 concurrently as President of the Republic, until his overthrow in the Romanian Revolution in 1989. Born in Scornicești, Olt, Romania. (d. 1989)

1920

 Derek Bond
Derek Bond, MC (26 January 1920 – 15 October 2006) was a British actor. He made a lasting impression in the title role of the Ealing Studios production of Nicholas Nickleby (1947). He also appeared in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), Trouble in Store (1953), Press for Time (1966) and When Eight Bells Toll (1971). Born Derek William Douglas Bond in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (d. 2006)

1922

 Michael Bentine
Michael Bentine, CBE (26 January 1922 – 26 November 1996) was an English comedian, comic actor and founding member of the Goons. His first appearances on television were as presenter on a 13-part children’s series featuring remote controlled puppets, The Bumblies. From 1960 to 1964, he had a television series, It’s a Square World, which won a BAFTA award in 1962 and Grand Prix de la Presse at Montreux in 1963. He was a Peruvian Briton. In 1971, Bentine received the Order of Merit of Peru following his fund-raising work for the 1970 Great Peruvian earthquake. Born Michael James Bentin in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1996)

1925

 Paul Newman
Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. He won and was nominated for numerous awards, winning an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many others. Newman’s other roles include the title characters in The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966) and Cool Hand Luke (1967), as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982). Born Paul Leonard Newman in Shaker Heights, Ohio. (d. 2008)

1928

 Roger Vadim
Roger Vadim (26 January 1928 – 11 February 2000) was a French screenwriter, film director and producer, as well as an author, artist and occasional actor. His best-known works are visually lavish films with erotic qualities, such as And God Created Woman (1956), and Barbarella (1968). Born Roger Vadim Plemiannikov in Paris, France. (d. 2000)

1929

 Jules Feiffer
Jules Feiffer (born January 26, 1929) is an American syndicated cartoonist and author, who was considered the most widely read satirist in the country. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as America’s leading editorial cartoonist, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. He wrote the animated short Munro, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1961. Born Jules Ralph Feiffer in Bronx, New York City, New York.

1944

 Marti Caine
Marti Caine (26 January 1944 – 4 November 1995) was an English actress, dancer, presenter, singer, writer, and comedian who gained fame from the television talent show New Faces and became a major variety star. Born Lynne Denise Shepherd in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. (d. 1995)

1945

 Jacqueline du Pré
Jacqueline du Pré, OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the most distinctive cellists of all time. Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to stop performing at the age of 28. Born Jacqueline Mary du Pré in Oxford, England. (d. 1987)

1955

 Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is the main songwriter, and founder — with brother Alex Van Halen, singer David Lee Roth, and bassist Michael Anthony — of the American hard rock band Van Halen. He is considered one of the best and most influential guitarists in the history of rock music. Born Edward Lodewijk Van Halen in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

1958

 Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. DeGeneres lent her voice to the role of Dory, a friendly fish with short-term memory loss, in the 2003 animated Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo. Born Ellen Lee DeGeneres in Metairie, Louisiana.

1961

 Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC (born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed “The Great One”, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the league itself. Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

1963

 José Mourinho
José Mourinho, GOIH (born 26 January 1963) is a Portuguese football manager and former football player. As manager of Chelsea, he won the Premier League title with a record 95 points, the club’s first league title in 50 years, and the League Cup in his first season. In his second year, Chelsea retained the Premier League and in 2006-07 he took the club to an FA Cup and League Cup double. He is the manager of Premier League club Manchester United. Born José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix in Setúbal, Portugal.
 Andrew Ridgeley
Andrew Ridgeley (born 26 January 1963) is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his work in the 1980s as a member of the musical duo Wham!. Born Andrew John Ridgeley in Windlesham, Surrey, England.

1996

 Tyger Drew-Honey
Tyger Drew-Honey (born 26 January 1996) is an English actor, musician, and television presenter, best known for his role as Jake Brockman in the British sitcom Outnumbered. Born Lindzi James Tyger Drew-Honey in Epsom, Surrey, England.

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