2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins throughout the country, marked by street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes.
1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official papal visits outside Italy to The Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico.
1964 – Blue Ribbon Sports is founded by University of Oregon track and field athletes, which would later become Nike.
1961 – In Washington, D.C., President John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
1949 – The first Emmy Awards are presented; the venue is the Hollywood Athletic Club.
1947 – Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", the first ever electronic game.
1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.
1944 – Florence Li Tim-Oi is ordained in China, becoming the first woman Anglican priest.
1942 – World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
1879 – The Bulgarian National Bank is founded.
1792 – The London Corresponding Society is founded.
1765 – Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded.
1575 – Luanda, the capital of Angola, is founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais.
1985 – Brent Celek, American football player. He would play his entire 11 season career with the Eagles.
1985 – Patrick Willis, American football player. Willis (born January 25, 1985) is a former American football linebacker who played his entire eight-year career with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
1981 – Alicia Keys, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress. Alicia Augello-Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter.
1978 – Derrick Turnbow, American baseball player. Thomas Derrick Turnbow (born January 25, 1978) is an American former professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels and Milwaukee Brewers.
1976 – Stephanie Bellars, American wrestler and manager. Stephanie Bellars (born January 25, 1976), known by her ring name Gorgeous George, is an American professional wrestling valet and former exotic dancer.
1973 – Geoff Johns, American author, screenwriter, and producer. Some of his most notable work has used the DC Comics characters Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and Superman.
1971 – Ana Ortiz, American actress. Ortiz began her acting career in theatre, in early 2000s starred in the short-lived NBC sitcoms Kristin (2001) and A.U.S.A. (2003), and had recurring roles on Over There and Boston Legal.
1970 – Milt Stegall, American football player and sportscaster. Milton Eugene Stegall (born January 25, 1970) is a former professional gridiron football player who played 17 years of professional football, three years in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and 14 years in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
1970 – Stephen Chbosky, American author, screenwriter, and director. Stephen Chbosky (/ʃəˈbɒski/; born January 25, 1970) is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director best-known for writing The New York Times bestselling coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), as well as for writing and directing the film version of the same book, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller.
1966 – Chet Culver, American educator and politician, 41st Governor of Iowa. He was also elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association for 2008–2009.
1964 – Billy Andrade, American golfer. William Thomas Andrade (born January 25, 1964) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Champions Tour.
1963 – Molly Holzschlag, American computer scientist and author. Holzschlag (born January 25, 1963) is a U.S. author, lecturer and advocate of the Open Web.
1962 – Chris Chelios, American ice hockey player and manager. Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios (born January 25, 1962) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman.
1958 – Dinah Manoff, American actress. Dinah Beth Manoff (born January 25, 1956) is an American stage, film, and television actress and television director.
1957 – Jenifer Lewis, American actress. Lewis is known for playing roles of mothers in the films What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), Poetic Justice (1993), The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Brothers (2001), Think Like a Man and in the sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), Baggage Claim (2013), and The Wedding Ringer (2015), as well as in The Temptations TV miniseries (1998).
1951 – Steve Prefontaine, American runner (d. 1975), was an American long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. While running for the Oregon Track Club, Prefontaine set American records at every distance from 2,000 to 10,000 meters, as he prepared for the 1976 Olympics.
1950 – Gloria Naylor, American novelist (d. 2016), was an American novelist, known for novels including The Women of Brewster Place (1982), Linden Hills (1985) and Mama Day (1988).
1946 – Doc Bundy, American race car driver and technician. Doc Bundy (born January 25, 1946) from Scio, Ohio is an American former race car driver who competed in the International Motor Sports Association.
1945 – Leigh Taylor-Young, American actress. Toklas (1968), The Horsemen (1971), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), Soylent Green (1973), and Jagged Edge (1985).
1943 – Tobe Hooper, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2017), was an American director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror genre. The British Film Institute cited Hooper as one of the most influential horror filmmakers of all time.
1942 – Carl Eller, American football player and sportscaster. Carl Eller (born January 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who played from 1964 through 1979.
1941 – Buddy Baker, American race car driver and sportscaster (d. 2015), was an American NASCAR driver and sports commentator. He won the 1980 Daytona 500.
1938 – Etta James, American singer (d. 2012), was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind".
1936 – Diana Hyland, American actress (d. 1977), was an American stage, film and television actress.
1935 – Conrad Burns, American soldier, journalist, and politician (d. 2016), was a United States Senator from Montana and later a lobbyist. He was only the second Republican to represent Montana in the Senate since the passage in 1913 of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and was the longest-serving Republican senator in Montana history.
1929 – Benny Golson, American saxophonist and composer. Golson is known for co-founding and co-leading The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer in 1959.
1925 – Gordy Soltau, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2014), was an American football player who played wide receiver for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers. He joined the Navy and served during the Second World War.
1924 – Lou Groza, American football player and coach (d. 2000), was an American football placekicker and offensive tackle who played his entire career for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL). Groza was professional football's career kicking and points leader when he retired after the 1967 season.
1924 – Speedy West, American guitarist and producer (d. 2003), was an American pedal steel guitarist and record producer. He frequently played with Jimmy Bryant, both in their own duo and as part of the regular Capitol Records backing band for Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others.
1923 – Shirley Ardell Mason, American psychiatric patient (d. 1998), was an American psychiatric patient and art teacher who was reputed to have dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder. Her life was purportedly described, with adaptations to protect her anonymity, in 1973 in the book Sybil, subtitled The True Story of a Woman Possessed by 16 Separate Personalities.
1921 – Samuel T. Cohen, American physicist and academic (d. 2010), was an American physicist who is generally credited as the father of the neutron bomb.
1919 – Edwin Newman, American journalist and author (d. 2010), was an American newscaster, journalist, and author. After beginning his career with the wire services and serving in the U.S.
1916 – Pop Ivy, American football player and coach (d. 2003). WIFU: 50–14 (.781)NFL: 15–31–2 (.333)AFL: 17–11 (.607)
1913 – Luis Marden, American photographer and journalist (d. 2003), was an American photographer, explorer, writer, filmmaker, diver, navigator, and linguist who worked for National Geographic Magazine. He worked as a photographer and reporter before serving as chief of the National Geographic foreign editorial staff.
1901 – Mildred Dunnock, American actress (d. 1991), was an American stage and screen actress. She received two Academy Award nominations for her supporting performances in Death of a Salesman (1951) and Baby Doll (1956).
1899 – Sleepy John Estes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1977), was an American blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.
1895 – Florence Mills, American singer, dancer, and actress (d. 1927), was an African-American cabaret singer, dancer, and comedian known for her effervescent stage presence, delicate voice, and winsome, wide-eyed beauty.
1878 – Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American engineer (d. 1975), was a Swedish-American electrical engineer, who was a pioneer in radio and television development. He invented the Alexanderson alternator, an early radio transmitter used between 1906 and the 1930s for longwave long distance radio transmission.
1860 – Charles Curtis, American lawyer and politician, 31st Vice President of the United States (d. 1936), was a Kaw-American attorney and Republican politician from Kansas, who was elected in 1928 on a ticket with Herbert Hoover, and served as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933.
1822 – Charles Reed Bishop, American businessman, philanthropist, and politician, founded the Bishop Museum (d. 1915), was an American businessman, politician, and philanthropist in Hawaii. Born in Glens Falls, New York, he sailed to Hawaii in 1846 at the age of 24, and made his home there, marrying into the royal family of the kingdom.
1813 – J. Marion Sims, American gynecologist and physician (d. 1883), was an American physician and a pioneer in the field of surgery, known as the "father of modern gynaecology". His most significant work was the development of a surgical technique for the repair of vesicovaginal fistula, a severe complication of obstructed childbirth.
1783 – William Colgate, English-American businessman and philanthropist, founded Colgate-Palmolive (d. 1857), was an English-American soap industrialist who founded in 1806 what became the Colgate-Palmolive company.
2017 – Harry Mathews, American novelist and poet (b. 1930)
2017 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress, dancer, and producer (b. 1936)
2017 – Robert Garcia, American politician (b. 1933)
2015 – Bill Monbouquette, American baseball player and coach (b. 1936)
2015 – John Leggett, American author and academic (b. 1917)
2015 – Richard McBrien, American priest, theologian, and academic (b. 1936)
2014 – Arthur Doyle, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and flute player (b. 1944)
2014 – Dave Strack, American basketball player and coach (b. 1923)
2012 – Robert Sheran, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1916)
2009 – Eleanor F. Helin, American astronomer (b. 1932)
2009 – Kim Manners, American director and producer (b. 1951)
2005 – Philip Johnson, American architect, designed the PPG Place and Crystal Cathedral (b. 1906)
2005 – William Augustus Bootle, American lawyer and judge (b. 1902)
2003 – Samuel Weems, American lawyer and author (b. 1936)
2003 – Sheldon Reynolds, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
2001 – Alice Ambrose, American philosopher and logician (b. 1906)
1999 – Sarah Louise Delany, American author and educator (b. 1889)
1997 – Dan Barry, American author and illustrator (b. 1923)
1996 – Jonathan Larson, American playwright and composer (b. 1960)
1994 – Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician, computer scientist, and academic (b. 1909)
1990 – Ava Gardner, American actress (b. 1922)
1988 – Colleen Moore, American actress (b. 1899)
1987 – Frank J. Lynch, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1922)
1981 – Adele Astaire, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1896)
1960 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (b. 1921)
1958 – Robert R. Young, American businessman and financier (b. 1897)
1957 – Ichizō Kobayashi, Japanese businessman, founded Hankyu Hanshin Holdings (b. 1873)
1947 – Al Capone, American gangster and mob boss (b. 1899)
1910 – W. G. Read Mullan, American Jesuit and academic (1860)
1881 – Konstantin Thon, Russian architect, designed the Grand Kremlin Palace and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (b. 1794)
1872 – Richard S. Ewell, American general (b. 1817)