28 January


1225

 Saint Thomas Aquinas
Philosopher and theologian (d. 1274)

1457

 King Henry VII
King of England (d. 1509)

1706

 John Baskerville
English printer (d. 1775)

1833

 Charles George ‘Chinese’ Gordon
British soldier and administrator (d. 1885)

1841

 Henry Morton Stanley
Welsh-born explorer and journalist (d. 1904)

1857

 William Seward Burroughs I
American inventor (d. 1898)

1873

  Colette
French writer (d. 1954)

1887

 Arthur Rubinstein
Polish pianist (d. 1982)

1890

 Robert Stroud
American convict, the Birdman of Alcatraz (d. 1963)

1892

 Ernst Lubitsch
German-born film director (d. 1947)

1912

 Jackson Pollock
American painter (d. 1956)

1918

 Harry Corbett
English puppeteer (Sooty) (d. 1989)

1927

 Ronnie Scott
British tenor saxophonist and club owner (d. 1996)

1929

 Acker Bilk
Bernard Stanley “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. (d. 2014)
 Claes Oldenburg
Swedish-born artist.

1930

 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 in Austerfield, Yorkshire.

1935

 David Lodge
English author.

1936

 Alan Alda
American actor, writer, and director.

1943

 John Beck
American actor.

1944

 Susan Howard
American actress.
 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.

1950

 Barbi Benton
American actress.

1955

 Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France.

1957

 Frank Skinner
British comedian.

1959

 Frank Darabont
American filmmaker.

1976

 Lee Ingleby
British actor.

1981

 Elijah Wood
American actor.

1986

 Jessica Ennis
British athlete.

1998

 Ariel Winter
American actress.

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