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Famous January Birthdays

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Was your baby born on January 2? Then he shares a birthday Cuba Gooding, Jr. If your little girl arrived on January 10, then she’s in the good company of rocker Pat Benatar.

Here, we’ve selected one famous male and one famous female (from athletes and authors to Presidents and poets) for every day in January.

January 1

  • Kathleen Casey (1946): born just after midnight and considered the very first Baby Boomer

  • Xavier Cugat (1900): bandleader who popularized Latin music in America

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January 2

  • Kate Bosworth (1983): American actress and model, got big break with Blue Crush

  • Roger Miller (1936): American honky-tonk singer-songwriter best known for King of the Road

January 3

  • Danica McKellar (1975): played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, now authors math books for teens

  • Mel Gibson (1956): actor and director whose personal life overshadowed his career accomplishments

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January 4

  • Dyan Cannon (1937): American actress, briefly married to Cary Grant (also born in January)

  • Charles Stratton (1838): dwarf known as “Tom Thumb” in P.T. Barnum’s circus

January 5

  • Deepika Padukone (1986): popular Bollywood actress, star of Om Shanti Om

  • Konrad Adenauer (1876): Chancellor of West Germany, 1949-1963, elected at age 73

January 6

  • Nancy Lopez (1957): three-time LPGA champion golfer, married to All-Star basketball player Ray Knight

  • Carl Sandburg (1878): Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, wrote Chicago Poems and Rootabaga Stories

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January 7

  • Katie Couric (1957): perky CBS news correspondent

  • Millard Fillmore (1800): 13th President of the United States; the last President from the Whig party

January 8

  • Galina Ulanova (1910): Russian prima ballerina

  • James Longstreet (1821): Confederate general known as Robert E. Lee’s “Old War Horse”

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January 9

  • Joan Baez (1941): well-known folk singer and political activist

  • Richard Nixon (1913): 37th President of the United States, involved in the Watergate scandal

January 10

  • Pat Benatar (1953): female rock star best known for “Heartbreaker”

  • Grigori Rasputin (1869): advisor to Czar Nicholas II

January 11

  • Naomi Judd (1946): country singer and founding member of The Judds, mom of Wynonna and Ashley

  • Alexander Hamilton (1755): first Secretary of the Treasury, aide to George Washington

January 12

  • Kirstie Alley (1955): comedic actress best known for Cheers; weight loss spokesperson

  • Swami Vivekananda (1863): spiritual leader from India, introduced Hinduism to the world

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January 13

  • Julia Louis Dreyfus (1961): comedienne and actress, Elaine Benes on Seinfeld

  • Orlando Bloom (1977): actor famous for Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean

January 14

  • Faye Dunaway (1941): actress known for Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network

  • Benedict Arnold (1741): infamous traitor of the Revolutionary War

January 15

  • Margaret O’Brien (1937): popular child movie actress from the 1940s

  • Drew Brees (1979): New Orlean Saints quarterback, holds all-time single-season passing record

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January 16

  • Ethel Merman (1908): Broadway singer best known for There’s No Business Like Show Business

  • Andre Michelin (1853): Made his fortune from inflatable automobile tires

January 17

  • Michelle Obama (1964): First African-American First Lady; wife of 44th President Barack Obama

  • Vidal Sassoon (1928): British hairstylist who build a high-fashion empire

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January 18

  • Constance Moore (1920):

  • Cary Grant (1904):  dashing, debonair Hollywood leading man, starred in An Affair to Remember

January 19

  • Tippi Hedren (1931): blonde actress best known for Hitchcock’s The Birds

  • Edgar Allen Poe (1809): dark poet and author of many horror stories

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January 20

  • Patricia Neal (1926): Oscar-winning stage and screen actress

  • Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (1930): the second man to walk on the moon

January 21

  • Geena Davis (1956): American actress of The Fly, Thelma & Louise and Stuart Little

  • Telly Savalas (1924): bald actor best known for playing Kojak

January 22

  • Piper Laurie (1932): actress who played the mother in the horror flick Carrie

  • George Balanchine (1904): influential New York City choreographer and ballet master

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January 23

  • Mariska Hargitay (1964): American actress, star of Law & Order: SVU

  • John Hancock (1737): beautifully signed the Declaration of Independence

January 24

  • Mary Lou Retton (1968): 1984 Olympic gold-medalist gymnast

  • Neil Diamond (1941): singer of Solitary Man and Kentucky Woman

January 25

  • Virginia Woolf (1882): British novelist, essayist and feminist

  • Robert Burns (1759): Scottish poet, composed Auld Lang Syne

January 26

  • Ellen DeGeneres (1958): gay comedienne and television talk show host

  • Douglas MacArthur (1880): U.S. General in WWII and Korea, said “I shall return.”

January 27

  • Donna Reed (1921): American TV and film actress, star of her own show

  • Lewis Carroll (1832): author of Alice in Wonderland

January 28

  • Colette (1873): French novelist and performer, led scandalous personal life

  • Elijah Wood (1981): played Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings movies

Your child's name is a reflection of you

January 29

  • Oprah Winfrey (1954): self-made billionaire talk show host and entrepreneur

  • William McKinley (1843): 22nd President of the United States

January 30

  • Tammy Grimes (1934): Broadway actress portrayed The Unsinkable Molly Brown

  • Christian Bale (1974): Batman actor, got big break with Empire of the Sun

January 31

  • Suzanne Pleshette (1937): actress best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show

  • Jackie Robinson (1919): first African-American major league baseball player


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