Famous Birthdays for 5th January 2020

1779 – Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
1788 – Kaspar Ett, German organist and composer, born in Eresing, Germany (d. 1847)
1823 – William Rockstro, English musicologist and composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)
1829 – Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c.1854)
1935 – Nancy L. Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-CT, 1983- ), born in Chicago, Illinois
1938 – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Kenyan writer, born in Kamirithu
1945 – Roger Spottiswoode, Canadian-British film director, born in Ottawa, Canada
1947 – Ted Lange, American actor (Isaac-Love Boat, Mr T and Tina), born in Oakland, California
1969 – Paul McGillion, Scottish actor, born in Paisley, United Kingdom
1971 – Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress, born in Tokyo, Japan

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