12 January: today's birthdays

  • Kirstie Alley - American actress, born Kirstie Louise Alley.
  • Bruno Barbieri - Italian chef and television personality: he is one of the 4 presenters of Masterchef in Italy, with chefs Carlo Cracco, Joe Bastianich, and Antonino Cannavacciuolo
  • Jeff Bezos - Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur who is the founder of Amazon. In 2018 and 2019, Jeff Bezos was named the richest man in the world.
    Jeff Bexos was born with the name Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen, but after being adopted by his stepfather, his last name was changed to Bezos. His stepfather was a Cuban immigrant named Miguel Bezos, so his last name is of Cuban origin.
    The pronunciation of his last name, Bezos, is often object of discussion. Some pronounce Bezos as Bay-zose and others as Bee-zose. While the pronunciation of his last name has been somewhat Americanized from the original Cuban version, especially in terms of accent, the correct pronunciation of Jeff Bezos's last name is Bay-zose.
  • Edmund Burke - Irish politician, philosopher and writer. He is considered the philosophical father of conservatism
  • Jean Delannoy - French actor, film director and screenwriter. He directed the film La Symphonie Pastorale
  • François Duquesnoy - Flemish sculptor
  • Juan Foyth - Argentine professional footballer, born Juan Marcos Foyth 
  • Joe Frazier - Former American boxer
  • Waldemar Januszczak - British art critic and television documentary presenter of Polish descent
  • John Lasseter - American director and producer of animated films
  • Serge Latouche - French economist and philosopher. He is one of the leading advocates of the degrowth theory
  • Menyhért Lengyel - Hungarian playwright and screenwriter
  • Emmanuel Lévinas - Lithuanian-born French Philosopher
  • Rush Limbaugh - American radio talk show host and political commentator.
  • Jack London - Pseudonym of John Griffith Chaney, American writer and journalist. He wrote The Call of the Wild and White Fang
  • Alasdair MacIntyre - Scottish philosopher
  • Brice Matthieussent - French translator and publisher
  • Jay McShann - American singer and musician
  • Heather Mills - Former English model
  • Ferenc Molnár - Hungarian writer and playwright. He wrote the novel The Paul Street Boys, whose name were CseleCsónakosGerébNemecsek
  • Haruki Murakami - Japanese writer, essayist and translator. He wrote A Wild Sheep Chase and Norwegian Wood
  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo - Argentine-born Italian soccer player
  • Charles Perrault - French writer, author of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots
  • Issa Rae - American actress, writer, film director of Senegalese descent, born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
  • John Singer Sargent - American painter born in Italy
  • Camillo Sbarbaro - Italian poet, writer, and translator. Passionate about botany, his lichen collection is at the Natural History Museum in Genoa 
  • Edouard Séguin - French physician and pedagogue
  • Lazzaro Spallanzani - Italian biologist
  • Howard Stern - American radio host
  • David Wechsler - American psychologist
  • Axel Witsel - Belgian soccer player
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