The Famous Birthdays: Celebrity birthdays and famous people biographies

January 8th famous birthdays

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un (37)

North Korean leader

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking (1942 - 2018)

English physicist and author

David Bowie

David Bowie (1947 - 2016)

English singer, songwriter and musician

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)

American singer, guitarist and actor


Troy Zarba (19)

American social media star

R. Kelly

R. Kelly (54)

American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

Maria Ozawa

Maria Ozawa (35)

Japanese-Canadian adult film actress and model

Brooke Greenberg

Brooke Greenberg (1993 - 2013)

American with Syndrome X disease

Sean Paul

Sean Paul (48)

Jamaican musician

Ryan Destiny

Ryan Destiny (26)

American actress and singer

Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman (1941 - 1989)

English comedian and actor

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987)

American psychologist

Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley (42)

Canadian actress, director, and screenwriter

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis (45)

American singer-songwriter

Chris Masters

Chris Masters (38)

American wrestler

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee (1911 - 1970)

American dancer, actress, and author

Allison Harvard

Allison Harvard (33)

American model and actress

Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus (21)

American actress and singer

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes (56)

American actress

David Silva

David Silva (35)

Spanish footballer

Josh Meyers

Josh Meyers (45)

American actor

Maximilian Kolbe

Maximilian Kolbe (1894 - 1941)

Polish martyr and saint

Harris Jayaraj

Harris Jayaraj (46)

Indian composer

Amber Benson

Amber Benson (44)

American actress

Just Blaze

Just Blaze (43)

American record producer

James Longstreet

James Longstreet (1821 - 1904)

American general and diplomat

José Ferrer

José Ferrer (1912 - 1992)

Puerto Rican actor

Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks (77)

American author

John McTiernan

John McTiernan (70)

American director and producer

Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger (75)

American guitarist and songwriter


Queen Buenrostro (24)

Mexican internet star

Freddie Stroma

Freddie Stroma (34)

British actor

Yvette Mimieux

Yvette Mimieux (79)

American actress


Khylin Rhambo (25)

American actor

Genevieve Padalecki

Genevieve Padalecki (40)

American actress

Bart Starr

Bart Starr (87)

American football player

Soupy Sales

Soupy Sales (1926 - 2009)

American comedian and actor

Larry Storch

Larry Storch (98)

American actor

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889)

English author and playwright

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902)

German-American painter

Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith (57)

Canadian singer-songwriter

Jamie T

Jamie T (35)

British singer

Ron Moody

Ron Moody (1924 - 2015)

Actor, composer, singer, writer

William Bonin

William Bonin (1947 - 1996)

American serial killer and sex offender

Junichiro Koizumi

Junichiro Koizumi (79)

Japanese politician

Michael Mancienne

Michael Mancienne (33)

English footballer

Anne Schedeen

Anne Schedeen (72)

American actress

On this day

January 8 in History

  • 1835

    January 8, 1835:

    The United States national debt is at zero for the first and only time in history.

  • 1867

    January 8, 1867:

    African-American men earn the right to vote in Washington, D.C.

  • 1941

    January 8, 1941:

    Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst orders his newspapers to not promote the film, “Citizen Kane” because the film’s main character was based on him and it did not portray him in a positive light.

  • 1946

    January 8, 1946:

    Elvis Presley, aged 11, receives his first guitar from his mother as a birthday present.

  • 1959

    January 8, 1959:

    Charles de Gaulle is sworn in as the President of France.

  • 1963

    January 8, 1963:

    The famous Mona Lisa painting is exhibited in the United States for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

  • 1976

    January 8, 1976:

    E.L. Doctorow’s novel, “Ragtime” receives the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  • 1998

    January 8, 1998:

    Ramzi Ahmed Yousef receives a life imprisonment sentence for being the brain behind the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.

  • 2011

    January 8, 2011:

    Gabby Giffords, a U.S. Representative, survives a shooting as part of an assassination attempt.

  • 2016

    January 8, 2016:

    Having escaped from prison six months prior, Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman (also known as El Chapo) is captured in Los Mochis.