In 2017 researchers at Northwestern University develop an AI system that performs at human levels on a standard visual intelligence test.
1986 – The first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter unauthorized copying of the software they had written.
1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.
1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
1960 – Japan and the United States sign the US–Japan Mutual Security Treaty
1953 – Almost 72% of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.
1940 – You Nazty Spy!, the very first Hollywood film of any kind to satirize Adolf Hitler and the Nazis premieres, starring The Three Stooges, with Moe Howard as the character "Moe Hailstone" satirizing Hitler.
1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations.
1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
1915 – World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing at least 20 people, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target.
1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs: The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict.
1861 – American Civil War: Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in declaring secession from the United States.
1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.
1788 – The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrive at Botany Bay.
1992 – Logan Lerman, American actor. Logan Wade Lerman (born January 19, 1992) is an American actor, known for playing the title role in the fantasy-adventure Percy Jackson films.
1992 – Shawn Johnson, American gymnast. Johnson is also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, winning the team titles in 2007 and 2011, as well as titles in the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam in 2007.
1988 – JaVale McGee, American basketball player. JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1985 – Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player. Benny Feilhaber (/ˈfeɪlhɑːbər/; born January 19, 1985) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Sporting Kansas City.
1983 – Hikaru Utada, American-Japanese singer-songwriter and producer. Eventually, a recording contract with Toshiba-EMI was signed and, under the stage name "Cubic U", Utada released her English-language debut album Precious in early 1998, but it was a commercial failure.
1982 – Jodie Sweetin, American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Stephanie Tanner in the ABC comedy series Full House and its Netflix spin-off series Fuller House.
1982 – Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player. Michael Komisarek (born January 19, 1982) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who spent his career with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).
1980 – Luke Macfarlane, Canadian-American actor and singer. He is known for playing Scotty Wandell on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011) and RAC Agent D'avin Jaqobis on the Space television science fiction series Killjoys (2015–2019).
1980 – Pasha Kovalev, Russian-American dancer and choreographer. Pavel "Pasha" Kovalev (Russian: Па́вел "Па́ша" Ковалёв; born 19 January 1980) is a Russian professional Latin and ballroom dancer.
1975 – Noah Georgeson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Noah Georgeson is a Grammy-winning musician, producer, engineer, mixer and solo recording artist.
1974 – Frank Caliendo, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. Frank Caliendo Jr. (born January 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor and impressionist, best known for his impersonations on the Fox Network television series MADtv, and as the in-house prognosticator for Fox NFL Sunday.
1972 – Jon Fisher, American businessman and author. Jon Fisher (born January 19, 1972 in Stanford, California) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, author, speaker, philanthropist and inventor.
1972 – Ron Killings, American wrestler and rapper. Ronnie Aaron Killings (born January 19, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, and actor better known under the ring name R-Truth.
1972 – Tyrone Wheatley, American football player and college football coach. In high school, he was a member of state-champion teams in both track and field and football, and he was named Michigan's track and field athlete of the year and football athlete of the year in the same academic year.
1971 – John Wozniak, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. John Keith Wozniak (born January 19, 1971) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band Marcy Playground.
1971 – Phil Nevin, American baseball player. Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971) is an American former professional baseball player in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1971 – Shawn Wayans, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Shawn Mathis Wayans (born January 19, 1971) is an American actor, DJ, producer, writer and comedian who starred in In Living Color, The Wayans Bros., and White Chicks.
1969 – Casey Sherman, American journalist and author. Casey Sherman is an American author, journalist and screenwriter most famous for his 2009 book The Finest Hours.
1969 – Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American novelist and short story writer. Edwidge Danticat (Haitian Creole pronunciation: ; born January 19, 1969) is a Haitian-American novelist and short story writer.
1969 – Junior Seau, American football player (d. 2012), was an American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his passionate play, he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
1968 – Whitfield Crane, American singer-songwriter, was formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1997, reforming in 2010.
1962 – Chris Sabo, American baseball player and coach. Christopher Andrew Sabo (born January 19, 1962) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1988–93, 1996), Baltimore Orioles (1994), Chicago White Sox (1995) and St.
1962 – Jeff Van Gundy, American basketball player and coach. He has previously been the head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association.
1961 – Wayne Hemingway, English fashion designer, co-founded Red or Dead. Hemingway is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, a Fellow of Blackburn College and a Senior Fellow of Regent's University London.
1961 – William Ragsdale, American actor. William Ragsdale (born January 19, 1961) is an American actor known best for playing teenaged vampire slayer Charley Brewster in the horror vampire film, Fright Night (1985), and as Herman Brooks in the television series Herman's Head (1991-94).
1959 – Danese Cooper, American computer scientist and programmer. Danese Cooper is an American programmer, computer scientist and advocate of open source software.
1959 – Jeff Pilson, American bass player, songwriter, and actor. Jeffrey Steven Pilson (born January 19, 1959) is an American musician who is currently the bass guitarist for the rock band Foreigner.
1958 – Thomas Kinkade, American painter (d. 2012), was an American painter of popular realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects. He is notable for his success, during his lifetime, with the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via the Thomas Kinkade Company.
1957 – Ottis Anderson, American football player and sportscaster. Ottis Jerome "O.J." Anderson (born January 19, 1957) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL).
1956 – Carman, American singer-songwriter, actor, and television host, was a warrior and sorceress from Athens who tried to invade Ireland in the days of the Tuatha Dé Danann, along with her three sons, Dub ("black"), Dother ("evil") and Dian ("violence"). She used her magical powers to destroy all the fruit of Ireland.
1956 – Susan Solomon, American atmospheric chemist. Susan Solomon (born 1956 in Chicago) is an atmospheric chemist, working for most of her career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
1954 – Cindy Sherman, American photographer and director. Honorary doctorate degree from the Royal College of Art, London.
1954 – Clifford Tabin, American geneticist and academic. Clifford James Tabin (born 1954) is chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
1954 – Katey Sagal, American actress and singer. In the third role, Sagal worked with John Ritter until his death, leading to Sagal's taking over as the series lead for the remainder of the show's run.
1952 – Beau Weaver, American male voice actor. Beau Weaver (born October 19, 1963) is an American voice actor in television and film, heard widely in trailers for feature films, network television promos, documentaries, national radio and television commercials and cartoons.
1952 – Bruce Jay Nelson, American computer scientist (d. 1999), was an American computer scientist best known as the inventor of the remote procedure call concept for computer network communications.
1952 – Dewey Bunnell, British-American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Lee Martin "Dewey" Bunnell (born 19 January 1952) is a British-American musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the folk rock band America.
1950 – Jon Matlack, American baseball player and coach. He was the fourth overall pick by the New York Mets in the 1967 Major League Baseball draft.
1948 – Nancy Lynch, American computer scientist and academic. Nancy Ann Lynch (born January 19, 1948) is a mathematician, a theorist, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and author. Paula Ann Hiers Deen (born January 19, 1947) is an American TV personality and cooking show host.
1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer-songwriter and actress. Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.
1944 – Dan Reeves, American football player and coach. Daniel Edward Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football running back and coach in the National Football League (NFL).
1944 – Shelley Fabares, American actress and singer. She was Elvis Presley's co-star in three films.
1944 – Thom Mayne, American architect and academic, designed the San Francisco Federal Building and Phare Tower. Thom Mayne (born January 19, 1944) is an American architect.
1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (d. 1970), was an American singer-songwriter who sang rock, soul and blues music. One of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era, she was known for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and "electric" stage presence.
1943 – Larry Clark, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Lawrence Donald Clark (born January 19, 1943) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for his controversial teen film Kids (1995) and his photography book Tulsa.
1939 – Phil Everly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Everly Brothers) (d. 2014). The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing.
1936 – Fred J. Lincoln, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013). Lincoln (January 19, 1936 – January 17, 2013) was an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, editor, and cinematographer of pornographic films.
1936 – Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, American singer, harmonica player, and drummer (d. 2011), was a Grammy Award-winning American electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and drummer. He was best known for several stints with the Muddy Waters band beginning in the early 1960s.
1933 – George Coyne, American priest, astronomer, and theologian. Coyne, S.J. (born January 19, 1933) is a Jesuit priest, astronomer, and former director of the Vatican Observatory and head of the observatory's research group which is based at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
1932 – Harry Lonsdale, American chemist, businessman, and politician (d. 2014). A Democrat, he ran for United States Senate in the U.S. state of Oregon three times, losing twice in the primaries and once as the Democratic candidate, losing in the 1990 general election to incumbent Mark Hatfield.
1932 – Richard Lester, American-English director, producer, and screenwriter. Richard Lester Liebman (born January 19, 1932), commonly referred to as Dick Lester, is a retired American film director based in the United Kingdom.
1931 – Robert MacNeil, Canadian-American journalist and author. Robert Breckenridge Ware "Robin" MacNeil, OC (born January 19, 1931) is a Canadian-American novelist, and retired television news anchor and journalist who partnered with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975.
1930 – Tippi Hedren, American model, actress, and animal rights-welfare activist. Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren (born January 19, 1930) is an American actress, animal rights activist, and former fashion model.
1926 – Fritz Weaver, American actor (d. 2016), was an American actor in television, stage, and motion pictures, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Josef Weiss in the 1978 epic television drama, Holocaust.
1926 – Hans Massaquoi, German-American journalist and author (d. 2013), was a German American journalist and author of African descent. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a white German mother and a black Liberian Vai father, the grandson of Momulu Massaquoi, the consul general of Liberia in Germany at the time.
1924 – Nicholas Colasanto, American actor and director (d. 1985), was an American actor and television director, known for his role as "Coach" Ernie Pantusso in the American sitcom Cheers. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the 1950s.
1923 – Jean Stapleton, American actress and singer (d. 2013), was an American character actress of stage, television and film.
1921 – Patricia Highsmith, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1995), was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She wrote 22 novels and numerous short stories throughout her career spanning nearly five decades, and her work has led to more than two dozen film adaptations.
1918 – John H. Johnson, American publisher, founded the Johnson Publishing Company (d. 2005), was an American businessman and publisher. Johnson was the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
1913 – Rudolf Wanderone, American professional pocket billiards player (d. 1996), was an American professional billiards player, also known as "Minnesota Fats". Although he never won a major pool tournament as "Fats", he was perhaps the most publicly recognized pool player in the United States — not only as a player, but also as an entertainer.
1908 – Ish Kabibble, American comedian and cornet player (d. 1994). Born Merwyn Bogue in North East, Pennsylvania, he moved to Erie, Pennsylvania with his family a few months after his birth.
1907 – Briggs Cunningham, American race car driver, sailor, and businessman (d. 2003), was an American entrepreneur and sportsman who raced automobiles and yachts. Born into a wealthy family, he became a racing car constructor, driver, and team owner as well as a sports car manufacturer and automobile collector.
1887 – Alexander Woollcott, American actor, playwright, and critic (d. 1943), was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine, a member of the Algonquin Round Table, an occasional actor and playwright, and a prominent radio personality.
1871 – Dame Gruev, Bulgarian educator and activist, co-founded the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (d. 1906), was а Bulgarian teacher, revolutionary and insurgent leader in Ottoman regions of Macedonia and Thrace. He was among the founders of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (initially known as the Bulgarian Macedonian-Adrianopolitan Revolutionary Committee).
1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, American short story witer, poet, and critic (d. 1849), was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
1808 – Lysander Spooner, American philosopher and author (d. 1887), was an American political philosopher, essayist, pamphlet writer, Unitarian, abolitionist, individualist anarchist, legal theorist, a member of the socialist First International and entrepreneur of the 19th century.
1807 – Robert E. Lee, American general and academic (d. 1870), was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until its surrender in 1865.
1752 – James Morris III, American captain (d. 1820), was a Continental Army officer from Connecticut during the American Revolutionary War and founder of the Morris Academy, a pioneer in coeducation.
1739 – Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect, designed Longford Hall and Barrells Hall (d. 1808), was an Italian architect and draughtsman who spent most of his career in England where he became a successful designer of country houses.
2017 – Miguel Ferrer, American actor (b. 1955)
2016 – Richard Levins, American ecologist and geneticist (b. 1930)
2015 – Ward Swingle, American-French singer-songwriter and conductor (b. 1927)
2014 – Al Lerner, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1919)
2014 – Azaria Alon, Ukrainian-Israeli environmentalist, co-founded the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (b. 1918)
2014 – Ben Starr, American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1921)
2014 – Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah, Sri Lankan-American anthropologist and academic (b. 1929)
2014 – Steven Fromholz, American singer-songwriter, producer, and poet (b. 1945)
2013 – Earl Weaver, American baseball player and manager (b. 1930)
2013 – Frank Pooler, American conductor and composer (b. 1926)
2013 – Milt Bolling, American baseball player and scout (b. 1930)
2013 – Stan Musial, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
2012 – Gene Methvin, American pilot and journalist (b. 1934)
2010 – Ida Mae Martinez, American wrestler (b. 1931)
2008 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
2006 – Anthony Franciosa, American actor (b. 1928)
2006 – Wilson Pickett, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
2004 – Harry E. Claiborne, American lawyer and judge (b. 1917)