28 January


 Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas OP (1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio. Born Tommaso d’Aquino in Roccasecca, Kingdom of Sicily. (d. 1274)


 King Henry VII
Henry VII (28 January 1457 – 21 April 1509) was King of England from seizing the crown on 22 August 1485 until his death on 21 April 1509, and the first monarch of the House of Tudor. He ruled the Principality of Wales until 29 November 1489 and was Lord of Ireland. Born in Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales. (d. 1509)


 John Baskerville
John Baskerville (28 January 1706 – 8 January 1775) was an English businessman, in areas including japanning and papier-mâché, but he is best remembered as a printer and type designer. Born in Wolverley, England. (d. 1775)


 Charles George Gordon
Major-General Charles George Gordon CB (28 January 1833 – 26 January 1885), also known as Gordon of Khartoum, was a British Army officer and administrator. In early 1884 Gordon had been sent to Khartoum with instructions to secure the evacuation of loyal soldiers and civilians and to depart with them after a serious revolt broke out. In defiance of those instructions, after evacuating about 2,500 British civilians he retained a smaller group of soldiers and non-military men. Besieged by the Mahdi’s forces, Gordon organised a citywide defence lasting almost a year. The government, with reluctance, send a relief force. It arrived two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed. Born in London, England. (d. 1885)


 Henry Morton Stanley
Sir Henry Morton Stanley, GCB (28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh-American journalist and explorer who was famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile. Born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Wales. (d. 1904)


 William Burroughs
William Burroughs I (January 28, 1855 – September 15, 1898) was an American inventor. He invented a “calculating machine” (first patent filed in 1885) designed to ease the monotony of clerical work. He was a founder of the American Arithmometer Company (1886), which later became the Burroughs Adding Machine Company (1904), then the Burroughs Corporation (1953) and in 1986, merged with Sperry Corporation to form Unisys. He was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He was the grandfather of Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs. Born William Seward Burroughs in Rochester, New York. (d. 1898)


Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress, and a journalist. Born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, Yonne, France. (d. 1954)


 Arthur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He was described by The New York Times as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. Born in Łódź, Congress Poland. (d. 1982)


 Robert Stroud
Robert Stroud (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963), known as the “Birdman of Alcatraz”, was an American federal prisoner and author who has been cited as one of the United States’ most notorious criminals. During his time at Leavenworth Penitentiary, he reared and sold birds and became a respected ornithologist, but because of regulations, he was not permitted to keep birds at Alcatraz, where he was incarcerated from 1942 to 1959. Stroud was never released from the Federal prison system. Born Robert Franklin Stroud in Seattle, Washington. (d. 1963)


 Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch (January 29, 1892 – November 30, 1947) was a German American film director, producer, writer, and actor. Among his most famous works are Trouble in Paradise, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner and To Be or Not to Be. In 1946, he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture. Born in Berlin, German Empire. (d. 1947)


 Frank Launder
Frank Launder (28 January 1906 – 23 February 1997) was a British writer, film director and producer, who made more than 40 films, many of them in collaboration with Sidney Gilliat. They were best known for their comedies including The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) and most famously, the St Trinians series. Born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1997)


 Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956), known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. Born Paul Jackson Pollock in Cody, Wyoming. (d. 1956)


 Harry Corbett
Harry Corbett OBE (28 January 1918 – 17 August 1989) was an English puppeteer, magician and television and stage presenter, who is best known as the creator of the glove puppet character Sooty in 1948. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1989)


 Alfred Marks
Alfred Marks OBE (28 January 1921 – 1 July 1996) was a British actor and comedia His stage appearances included The Sunshine Boys and Fiddler on the Roof. He appeared in numerous television programmes including The Good Old Days, The Sweeney, Lovejoy, and Minder. Born Alfred Edward Touchinsky in Holborn, London, England. (d. 1996)


 Ronnie Scott
Ronnie Scott OBE (28 January 1927 – 23 December 1996) was an English jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner. Scott is perhaps best remembered for co-founding Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, which opened on 30 October 1959 in a basement at 39 Gerrard Street in London’s Soho district before later moving to a larger venue nearby at 47 Frith Street in 1965. Born Ronald Schatt in Aldgate, England. (d. 1996)


 Acker Bilk
Acker Bilk MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014) was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his appearance – goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat – and breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register clarinet style. Bilk’s 1962 instrumental tune “Stranger on the Shore” became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaked at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk in Pensford, Somerset, England. (d. 2014)
 Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. Born in Stockholm, Sweden.


 Roy Clarke
Roy Clarke OBE (born 28 January 1930) is an English comedy writer. Clarke is best known for creating Last of the Summer Wine, and Open All Hours, starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason. Born Royston Clarke in Austerfield, Yorkshire.


 David Lodge
David Lodge CBE (born 28 January 1935) is an English author and literary critic. A professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham until 1987, he is best known for novels satirising academic life, particularly the “Campus Trilogy” – Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses (1975), Small World: An Academic Romance (1984), and Nice Work (1988). Small World and Nice Work were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Born David John Lodge in Brockley, London, England.


 Alan Alda
Alan Alda ( born January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A seven-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is widely known for his roles as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-1983), and as Arnold Vinick in The West Wing (2004-2006). His appearance in The Aviator (2004) as U.S. Senator Owen Brewster saw Alda nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo in New York City, New York.


 John Normington
John Normington (28 January 1937 – 26 July 2007) was an English actor who appeared widely on British television from the 1960s until the year of his death. Normington was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in more than 20 RSC productions. He performed widely in the West End and at the National Theatre. Born John Stuart Normington in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England. (d. 2007)


 John Beck
John Beck (born January 28, 1943) is an American actor. He became known for his role of Mark Graison in CBS’s Dallas during the middle 1980s. Born in Chicago, Illinois.


 Susan Howard
Susan Howard (born January 28, 1944) is an American actress, writer, and political activist. She is perhaps best known for portraying the character Donna Culver Krebbs on the primetime soap opera Dallas (1979-87), and as a co-star of the series Petrocelli (1974-76). She is also a screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America. Born Jeri Lynn Mooney in Marshall, Texas.
 Bobby Ball
Robert Harper known as Bobby Ball (born 28 January 1944) is an English comedian, best known as one half of the double act Cannon and Ball, with Tommy Cannon. They hosted their own ITV show The Cannon and Ball Show for nine years between 1979 and 1988. Bobby has since gone on to star in various sitcoms and dramas. Born at Boundary Park Hospital, Oldham, Lancashire.


 Barbi Benton
Barbi Benton (born January 28, 1950) is an American model, actress and singer. She is known for appearing in the magazine Playboy, as a four-season regular on the comedy series Hee Haw and for recording several modestly successful albums in the 1970s. Born Barbara Lynn Klein in New York City, New York.


 Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarközy KOGF GCB (born 28 January 1955) is a French politician who served as President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 until 15 May 2012. Born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sárközy de Nagy-Bocsa in Paris, France.


 Frank Skinner
Frank Skinner (born 28 January 1957) is an English writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter, and actor. At the 2001 British Comedy Awards, he was awarded the Best Comedy Entertainment Personality. He presented Fantasy Football League, from 1994-2004, The Frank Skinner Show from 1995-2005, Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned from 2000-2005 and Room 101 from 2012-present. Skinner won the 1991 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. Born Christopher Graham Collins in West Bromwich, England.


 Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont (born January 28, 1959) is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In his early career he was primarily a screenwriter for horror films. As a director he is known for his film adaptations of Stephen King novellas and novels such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Darabont also developed and executive produced the first season and part of the second season of the horror series The Walking Dead. Born Darabont Ferenc Árpád in Montbéliard, France.


 Lee Ingleby
Lee Ingleby (born 28 January 1976) is a British film, television and stage actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and as Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He has also appeared as Sean O’Neill in Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, and in a recurring role in the second series of Early Doors as Mel’s boyfriend, Dean. Born Lee David Ingleby in Burnley, Lancashire, England.


 Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood (born January 28, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, DJ, and producer. He is best known for his high-profile leading role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001-03). Born Elijah Jordan Wood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


 Jessica Ennis-Hill
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE (born 28 January 1986) is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015), and the 2010 European champion. She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion. Born Jessica Ennis in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.


 Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter (born January 28, 1998) is an American actress and voice actress. She is known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First and the voice of Penny Peterson in the 2014 animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Born Ariel Winter Workman in Fairfax, Virginia.

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