22 January: today's birthdays

  • George Balanchine - Stage name of Russian choreographer and dancer Georgij Melitonovič Balančivadze
  • Georgij Melitonovič Balančivadze (Georgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze) - Russian choreographer and dancer best known as George Balanchine
  • George Gordon Noel Byron - English poet best known as Lord Byron
  • John Donne - English poet, essayist and clergyman. He is one of the most important metaphysical poets
  • Sergej Michajlovič Ejzenštejn (Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein) - Russian film director, screenwriter and author. He directed Battleship Potëmkin
  • Guy Fieri - Guy Fieri is an American restaurant-owner, celebrity chef, television presenter and author. Fieri achieved fame after winning the second season of The Next Food Network Star in 2006 and has since hosted a number of TV programs on Food Network. Guy Fieri achieved an enormous amount of visibility and popularity in the United States, to the point where he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making him the third celebrity chef to be awarded a star, after Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.
    Guy Fieri's last name was originally "Ferry", but he had it changed to Fieri in 1995, when he got married. The reason behind this is that Guy Fieri's paternal grandfather had had his surname Anglicized from Fieri to Ferry when he came from Italy to the United States. In honor of his grandfather, Guy, changed his last name back to Fieri.
    While Fieri is an Italian last name, the pronunciation and especially the accent with which you pronounce Fieri has become American.
    It follows that the correct pronunciation of Guy Fieri's last name is Fyeh-ree.
    Fieri is pronounced with two syllables, where in the first syllable, the "Fie" is pronounced as -Fyeh. The second syllable is then pronounced as -ree, where the "i" is pronounced with an "ee" sound.
  • D.W. Griffith - David Wark Griffith, American film director, producer and screenwriter
  • David Wark Griffith - American film director, producer and screenwriter, best known as D.W. Griffith
  • Jim Jarmusch - American film director, screenwriter and composer. He directed Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers
  • Félix Kir - French Catholic priest and politician
  • Diane Lane - American actress. She starred in Unfaithful and Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Piper Laurie - American actress
  • Chiara Lubich - Italian catholic activist
  • Malcom McLaren - English musician and record producer
  • Joseph Muscat - Maltese politician, leader of the Labour Party and currently serving as Prime Minister of Malta 
  • Raica Oliveira - Brazilian model
  • Francis Picabia - French painter and writer
  • Grigorij Efimovič Rasputin (Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin) - Russian mystic and healer
  • Hjalmar Schacht - German economist
  • Joseph Wambaugh - American writer of crime novels and and former policeman. He wrote The Choirboys and The Onion Field
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