19 January: today's birthdays

  • Leszek Balcerowicz - Polish economist, known for the Balcerowicz Plan, adopted in Poland in 1989
  • John Bercow - English politician born John Simon Bercow. He is a Member of Parliament and the Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Johann Elert Bode - German astronomer. He calculated the orbit of Uranus and suggested the planet's name
  • Pete Buttigieg - American politician, born Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg. He is one of the leading candidates for in the Democratic Primary for President of the United States. He recently won the first Caucus that was held in Iowa.
  • Paul Cézanne - French painter. His work influenced Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse
  • ​Damien Chazelle -  American film director and screenwriter. He directed La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
  • Paula Deen - American chef and cooking show television host
  • Patricia Highsmith - American novelist and short story writer. She wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley 
  • Janis Joplin - American singer and songwriter, considered one of the most important of all time
  • Kotoko - Japanese singer
  • Richard Lester - American film director. He directed the first films dedicated to the Beatles, contributing to their success
  • Edgar Allan Poe - American author and poet. He is considered the father of the detective fiction genre
  • Fred Uhlman - German writer, painter and lawyer. He wrote the novel Reunion
  • Alketa Vejsiu - Albanian TV host, singer and radio personality
  • James Watt - Scottish mathematician and engineer
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