29 January


1688

 Emanuel Swedenborg
Emanuel Swedenborg (29 January 1688 – 29 March 1772) was a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, mystic and founder of Swedenborgianism. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell (1758). Born Emanuel Swedberg in Stockholm, Sweden. (d. 1772)

1737

 Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. Born Thomas Pain in Thetford, Norfolk, Great Britain. (d. 1809)

1754

 Moses Cleaveland
Moses Cleaveland (January 29, 1754 – November 16, 1806) was a lawyer, politician, soldier and surveyor, from Connecticut who founded the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while surveying the Western Reserve in 1796. Born in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut Colony. (d. 1806)

1843

 William McKinley
William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish-American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals. McKinley was the last president to have served in the American Civil War. Born in Niles, Ohio. (d. 1901)

1860

 Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. Chekhov is known for the plays The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Born Anton Pavlovich Chekhov in Taganrog, Russian Empire. (d. 1904)

1862

 Frederick Delius
Frederick Delius, CH (29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. After 1918 Delius began to suffer the effects of syphilis, contracted during his earlier years in Paris. He became paralysed and blind, but completed some late compositions between 1928 and 1932 with the aid of an amanuensis, Eric Fenby. Born Frederick Theodore Albert Delius in Bradford in Yorkshire. (d. 1934)

1880

 W. C Fields
W. C. Fields (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946) was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields’ comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist. Among his recognizable trademarks were his raspy drawl and grandiloquent vocabulary. He achieved a career ambition by playing the character Mr. Micawber, in MGM’s David Copperfield in 1935. Born William Claude Dukenfield in Darby, Pennsylvania. (d. 1946)

1913

 Victor Mature
Victor Mature (January 29, 1913 – August 4, 1999) was an American stage, film, and television actor who starred most notably in several Biblical movies during the 1950s, and was known for his dark good looks and mega-watt smile. His best known film roles include One Million B.C. (1940), My Darling Clementine (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Robe (1953). Born Victor John Mature in Louisville, Kentucky. (d. 1999)

1918

 John Forsythe
John Forsythe (January 29, 1918 – April 1, 2010) was an American stage, film/television actor, producer, narrator, drama teacher and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades. He enjoyed a successful television career, starring in television series as the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend in the crime drama Charlie’s Angels (1976-81), and as patriarch Blake Carrington in Dynasty (1981-89). Born Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey. (d. 2010)

1923

 Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay for Marty (1955), The Hospital (1971) and Network (1976). Born Sidney Aaron Chayefsky in The Bronx, New York City, New York. (d. 1981)

1930

 John Junkin
John Junkin (29 January 1930 – 7 March 2006) was an English radio, television and film actor and scriptwriter. Filmgoers will remember him best for playing “Shake”, the assistant to Norman Rossington, in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night. Junkin has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the voice of “Mr Shifter”, one of the chimps in the PG Tips tea advertisement, the longest-running series of commercials on television. Born John Francis Junkin in Ealing, Middlesex, England. (d. 2006)

1931

 Leslie Bricusse
Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is an English composer, lyricist, and playwright, most prominently working in musicals and also film theme songs. Although best known for his partnership with Anthony Newley, Bricusse has worked with many other composers. His songs include “What Kind of Fool Am I?”, “Feeling Good”, “If I Ruled the World”, and the No. 1 hit “The Candy Man” (from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory).

1933

 Sacha Distel
Sacha Distel (29 January 1933 – 22 July 2004) was a French singer and guitarist who had hits with a cover version of the Academy Award-winning “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “The Good Life”. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur in 1997. Born Alexandre Distel in Paris, France. (d. 2004)

1934

 Noel Harrison
Noel John Christopher Harrison (29 January 1934 – 19 October 2013) was an English singer, actor, and Olympic skier. He was the son of British actor Sir Rex Harrison. (d. 2013)

1939

 Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Greer’s ideas have created controversy ever since her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), made her a household name. An international bestseller and a watershed text in the feminist movement, the book offered a systematic deconstruction of ideas such as womanhood and femininity. Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

1940

 Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross (born January 29, 1940) is an American film and stage actress. She starred in three of the most popular films of the 1960s and 1970s: as Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress; as Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress; and The Stepford Wives (1975). She won a Golden Globe for Voyage of the Damned (1976). Born Katharine Juliet Ross in Hollywood, California.

1942

 Claudine Longet
Claudine Longet (born 29 January 1941) is a French singer, actress, dancer and recording artist who was popular during the 1960s and 1970s. Many of her acting roles during the 1960s were in episodes of television adventure series. She was convicted of negligent homicide in connection with the death of her boyfriend, former Olympic skier Spider Sabich. Born Claudine Georgette Longet in Paris, France.

1943

 Tony Blackburn
Tony Blackburn (born 29 January 1943) is an English disc jockey. He first achieved fame broadcasting on the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s, before joining the BBC. He was the first disc jockey to broadcast on BBC Radio 1 at its launch at the end of September 1967, and has had several stints working for the corporation. Born Antony Kenneth Blackburn in Guildford, Surrey, England.

1944

 Andrew Loog Oldham
Andrew Loog Oldham (born 29 January 1944) is an English record producer, talent manager, impresario and author. He was manager and producer of the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967, and was noted for his flamboyant style. Born in London, England.

1945

 Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck (born January 29, 1945) is an American actor and film producer known for starring as private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988) and Peter Mitchell in Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady. Selleck has appeared in more than 50 film and television roles and he appeared as Dr. Richard Burke on Friends. Born Thomas William Selleck in Detroit, Michigan.

1948

 Marc Singer
Marc Singer (born January 29, 1948) is a Canadian-born American actor best known for his roles in the Beastmaster film series, as Mike Donovan in the original 1980s TV series V, and his role in Dallas as Matt Cantrell. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1949

 Tommy Ramone
Thomas Erdelyi (January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for four years. Born in Budapest, Hungary. (d. 2014)

1950

 Jody Scheckter
Jody David Scheckter (born 29 January 1950) is a South African former auto racing driver. He was the 1979 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. Born in East London, South Africa.
 Ann Jillian
Ann Jillian (born January 29, 1950) is an American actress. Jillian appeared as Dainty June in the Rosalind Russell-Natalie Wood 1962 movie version of Gypsy. She is best known for her role as Cassie Cranston on the 1980s sitcom It’s a Living. Born Ann Jura Nauseda in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1952

 Tim Healy
Timothy Malcolm Healy (born 29 January 1952) is an English actor. He is probably best known for playing Dennis Patterson in the television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

1953

 Paul Fusco
Paul Fusco (born January 29, 1953 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American puppeteer, voice-over artist, and character actor. He is best known as the puppeteer and voice of the title character on the sitcom ALF, for which he also served as creator, writer, producer, and director. Born in New Haven, Connecticut.

1954

 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she is the richest African-American and North America’s first multi-billionaire black person and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

1958

 Linda Smith
Linda Smith (29 January 1958 – 27 February 2006) was an English comedian and comedy writer. She appeared regularly on Radio 4 panel games, and was voted “Wittiest Living Person” by listeners in 2002. She was a regular panellist on The News Quiz and Just a Minute and appeared frequently on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Countdown and QI. She wrote and starred in her own Radio 4 sitcom, Linda Smith’s A Brief History of Timewasting. Born Linda Helen Smith in Erith, Kent, England. (d. 2006)

1960

 Sean Kerly
Sean Kerly MBE (born 29 January 1960) is an English former field hockey player. He was a member of the gold winning Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Four years earlier, at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he secured the bronze medal with his team. Born Sean Robin Kerly in Whitstable, Kent, England.
 Greg Louganis
Greg Louganis (born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. He has been called both “the greatest American diver” and “probably the greatest diver in history”. Born Gregory Efthimios Louganis in El Cajon, California.

1962

 Nicholas Turturro
Nicholas Turturro, Jr. (born January 29, 1962) is an American film, television and prolific on-stage character actor, known for his role as Detective James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1963

 Monica Horan
Monica Horan (born January 29, 1963) is an American actress best known for her role as Amy MacDougall-Barone on the television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Born Monica Louise Horan in Darby, Pennsylvania.

1964

 Anna Ryder Richardson
Anna Ryder Richardson (born 29 January 1964) is a British interior designer and television presenter. She is known for being a designer on the BBC shows Changing Rooms, ‘House Invaders’ and ‘Staying Put’. She runs Manor House Wildlife Park in Pembrokeshire. Born Anna Caroline Ryder Richardson in Swansea, Wales.

1968

 Edward Burns
Edward Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, film producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films including Saving Private Ryan (1998). Born Edward Fitzgerald Burns in Woodside, Queens, New York.

1970

 Heather Graham
Heather Graham (born January 29, 1970) is an American actress. She gained critical praise in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. In 1999, she co-starred in Bowfinger and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. She had a role on the television series Scrubs in 2004. She also had a recurring role on Californication (2014). Born Heather Joan Graham in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan Jr. (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician serving as the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2015. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States, running alongside former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Born Paul Davis Ryan in Janesville, Wisconsin.

1971

 Clare Balding
Clare Balding OBE (born 29 January 1971) is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and formerly presented the religious/spiritual programme Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2. Born Clare Victoria Balding in Kingsclere, Hampshire, England.

1975

 Sara Gilbert
Sara Gilbert (born January 29, 1975) is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She has had a recurring role as Leslie Winkle on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Born Sara Rebecca Abeles in Santa Monica, California.

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