Five People Born on January 15

jan15Today is January 15, 2010 and the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  There are 350 days left in the year 2010. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1071 days till the end of the current cycle.  On this date in 2001, Wikipedia went online for the first time.  Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:




number1Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
King was an American clergyman, activist and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States. His leadership was fundamental to that movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States.  King rose to prominence through the organization of the Southern Christian Leadership program, promoting non-violent tactics, such as the massive 1963 march on Washington, DC where he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to achieve civil rights.  It established him as one of America’s greatest orators.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1964, being the youngest person ever to win the prize.  Martin Luther King, Jr. preached against racial segregation, the Vietnam War, and the use of civil disobedience.  He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. His murderer, James Earle Ray, was captured and went to prison where he remained until his death in 1998.


number2Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998)
Actor. Born Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. in San Leandro, California. Bridges, who began his film career with B-grade movies for Columbia in the1940s, starred in more than 150 films in his fifty year Hollywood career. After memorable roles in Home of the Brave and High Noon, Bridges career was interrupted when he was blacklisted by the FBI during Hollywood’s infamous Red Purge. He rebounded with a starring role in the television series “Sea Hunt,” which ran from 1958-61 and continued to star in films through the 1980s, including East of Eden and Airplane.  He  made a series of appearances on Seinfeld before his death in 1998.


number3Gene Krupa (1909-1973)
U.S. bandleader and the first great drum soloist in jazz. Krupa had worked with Eddie Condon (1905–73) in Chicago before moving to New York City in 1929 and joining Benny Goodman’s big band in 1935. He quickly became the best-known drummer of his day, famous for the showmanship and technique displayed in extended drum solos such as that in “Sing, Sing, Sing.” He formed his own successful band in 1938, featuring trumpeter Roy Eldridge and singer Anita O’Day (b. 1919). Krupa’s energetic playing became the model for many drummers of the swing era.


number4Captain Beefheart (Born 1941)
Born Don Van Vliet is an American musician, songwriter, and artist best known for his stage name, Captain Beefheart.  He was active from the mid-1960s through the 1980s with his group, The Magic Band.  He plays harmonica, saxophone, bass clarinet, keyboards, and lead vocals.  His music is surreal, with atonal melodies, and shifting time signatures.  He retired from music in the mid-1980s to start a lucrative career as a painter and has made several public art appearances.  His art has appeared in several countries.

number5Mario Van Peebles (Born 1957)
American actor and director.  Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Van Peebles has appeared in several films and television series, such as All My Children, The Cosby Show, and  Damages.  He is set to direct Sons of Anarchy.  He has appeared in more than thirty films since 1984.