27 January


 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s operas comprise 22 musical dramas in a variety of genres including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte . During his final year, he composed some of his most admired works: the opera The Magic Flute; the final piano concerto (K. 595 in B♭); the Clarinet Concerto K. 622; the last in his great series of string quintets (K. 614 in E♭); the motet Ave verum corpus K. 618; and the unfinished Requiem K. 626. Born Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart in 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg. (d. 1791)


 Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem “Jabberwocky”, and the poem The Hunting of the Snark – all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. Born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. (d. 1898)


 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (27 January 1836 – 9 March 1895) was an Austrian writer and journalist, who gained renown for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term masochism is derived from his name. Born Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch in Lemberg, Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria. (d. 1895)


 Edward J Smith
Edward J Smith, RD (27 January 1850 – 15 April 1912) was a British Merchant Navy officer. He served as master of numerous White Star Line vessels. He is best known as the captain of the RMS Titanic who perished when the ship sank on its maiden voyage. Born Edward John Smith in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. (d. 1912)


 Kaiser Wilhelm II
Wilhelm II(27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was the eldest grandchild of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe. Born Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Preußen in Crown Prince’s Palace, Berlin, Prussia. (d. 1941)


 Jerome Kern
Jerome Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as “Ol’ Man River”, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, “A Fine Romance”, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, “All the Things You Are”, and “The Way You Look Tonight”. Born Jerome David Kern in New York City. (d. 1945)


 William Randolph Hearst Jr
William Randolph Hearst Jr. (January 27, 1908 – May 14, 1993) was an American businessman and newspaper publisher. He was the second son of the publisher William Randolph Hearst. He became editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers after the death of his father in 1951. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his interview with Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev. Born in Manhattan, NY. (d. 1993)


 Michael Ripper
Michael Ripper (27 January 1913 – 28 June 2000) was an English character actor. He played one of the two murderers in the Olivier film version of Richard III (1955). Ripper became a mainstay in Hammer Film Productions playing supporting character roles: coachmen, peasants, tavern keepers, pirates and sidekicks, appearing in more of the company’s films than any other performer. Born Michael George Ripper in Portsmouth, Hampshire. (d. 2000)


 Donna Reed
Donna Reed (January 27, 1921 – January 14, 1986) was an American film and television actress and producer. Her career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in more than 40 films. She is well known for her role as Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity. Born Donna Belle Mullenger in Denison, Iowa. (d. 1986)


 Rauf Denktash
Rauf Denktaş (27 January 1924 – 13 January 2012) was a Turkish Cypriot politician, barrister and jurist who served as the founding President of Northern Cyprus. Born in Paphos, British Cyprus. (d. 2012)
 Brian Rix
Brian Rix, Baron Rix, CBE, DL (27 January 1924 – 20 August 2016) was a British actor and activist. After a stage and television career spanning more than three decades, Rix became a campaigner for disability causes. Born Brian Norman Roger Rix in Cottingham, Yorkshire, England. (d. 2016)
Sabu Dastagir (27 January 1924 – 2 December 1963) was an Indian film actor who later gained American citizenship. He was normally credited only by his first name, Sabu, and is primarily known for his work in film during the 1930s-1940s in Britain and America. Born Sabu Dastagir in Karapur, Mysore,
Kingdom of Mysore,
British India. (d. 1963)


 Fritz Spiegl
Fritz Spiegl (27 January 1926 – 23 March 2003) was a musician, journalist, broadcaster, humorist and collector who lived and worked in Britain from 1939. As a composer, Spiegl scored a popular success with the original theme from the TV series Z-Cars. Born in Zurndorf, Burgenland, Austria. (d. 2003)


 Michael Craig
Michael Craig (born 27 January 1928) is a British actor and scriptwriter, known for his work in theatre, film and television. He appeared in a number of films, including Campbell’s Kingdom (1957), Doctor in Love (1960), The Iron Maiden (1962), Modesty Blaise (1966), and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969). His television credits include appearing in: The Professionals (1980), Shoestring (1980), Triangle (1981-83), Tales of the Unexpected (1982). Born Michael Francis Gregson in Poona, British India.


 Mordecai Richler
Mordecai Richler, CC (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian writer. His best known works are The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney’s Version (1997). His 1989 novel Solomon Gursky Was Here was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (d. 2001)


 Mohamed Al-Fayed
Mohamed Al-Fayed (born 27 January 1929) is an Egyptian business magnate. Fayed’s business interests include ownership of Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge. Fayed’s eldest son, Dodi, from his first marriage to Samira Khashoggi, died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. Born Mohamed Fayed in Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt.


 Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue (January 27, 1936 – September 2, 2001) was an American film and television actor and singer. He was a popular male sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s. The big break of Donahue’s career came when he was cast opposite Sandra Dee in A Summer Place. Born Merle Johnson Jr in New York City, New York. (d. 2001)


 Mairéad Corrigan
Mairead Corrigan (born 27 January 1944) is a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She co-founded, with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, the Women for Peace, which later became the Community for Peace People, an organization dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Maguire and Williams were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 Nick Mason
Nick Mason (born 27 January 1944) is an English drummer, best known as a founder member of progressive rock group Pink Floyd. Mason is the only Pink Floyd member to be featured on every one of their albums, and the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1965. It is estimated that as of 2010, the group have sold over 250 million records worldwide. Born Nicholas Berkeley Mason in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.


 Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet and American dancer, choreographer, and actor. On June 29, 1974, while on tour in Canada with the Mariinsky Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected, requesting political asylum. Mikhail Baryshnikov performed with the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer. Mikhail Baryshnikov worked with George Balanchine and as a regular guest artist with the Royal Ballet. In 1977, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film The Turning Point. He also starred in the movie White Nights with Gregory Hines. Born Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov in Riga, Latvia.


 Derek Acorah
Derek Acorah (born 27 January 1950) describes himself as a spiritual medium. He is best known for his television work on Most Haunted, broadcast on Living TV (2002-2010). He has received a lot of criticism casting doubts over his legitimacy as a medium. Born Derek Francis Johnson in Bootle, England.
 Alex Norton
Alex Norton (born 27 January 1950) is a Scottish television, film and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in the STV detective drama series Taggart, Eric Baird in BBC Two sitcom Two Doors Down, and Gerard Findlay in Waterloo Road. Born Alexander Hugh Norton in Househillwood, Scotland.


 Mimi Rogers
Mimi Rogers (born January 27, 1956) is an American film and television actress, producer and competitive poker player. Her notable film roles include Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), and Desperate Hours (1990). She garnered the greatest acclaim of her career for her role in the religious drama, The Rapture (1991). Born Miriam Spickler in Coral Gables, Florida.


 Frank Miller
Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director, and producer best known for his comic book stories and graphic novels such as Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City, and 300. His film Sin City earned a Palme d’Or nomination, and he has received every major comic book industry award. In 2015, Miller was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame. Born in Olney, Maryland.


 Bridget Fonda
Bridget Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is a retired American actress. She is known for her roles in The Godfather Part III (1990), Single White Female (1992), Point of No Return (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994), and Jackie Brown (1997). She is the daughter of Peter Fonda, niece of Jane Fonda and granddaughter of Henry Fonda. Born Bridget Jane Fonda in Los Angeles, California.


 Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming, OBE (born 27 January 1965), is a Scottish-American actor, singer/performer, author, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (for which he received an Olivier Award), the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret (for which he won a Tony Award), Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His best-known film roles include his performances in Emma, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, Son of the Mask, and X2. Born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland.


 Mark Owen
Mark Owen (born 27 January 1972), is an English singer and songwriter. He is a member of pop-group Take That. As a solo artist, Owen had sold over 500,000 records worldwide and 45 million with Take That. Born Mark Anthony Patrick Owen in Oldham, Lancashire, England.


 Marat Safin
Marat Safin (born 27 January 1980) is a Russian politician and retired professional tennis player. He achieved the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 1 singles ranking on November 20, 2000. Nobody taller than Safin has ever reached his world number-one ranking. Born Marat Mubinovich Safin in Moscow, USSR.


 Daisy Lowe
Daisy Lowe (born 27 January 1989) is an English fashion model who has modelled for editorial photo shoots and commercial advertising campaigns and has worked as a catwalk model. Born Daisy Rebecca Lowe.

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