This Week's Birthdays - Week of January 28

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January 28, 1900 – Alice Neel was an American artist known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers.

Alice Neel, Self Portrait (StreetView)
Alice Neel, Self Portrait

January 29, 1880 – William Claude Dukenfield, better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields was known for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs, children and women.

W. C. Fields (StreetView)
W. C. Fields

January 30, 1961 – Jérôme Mesnager is a French artist.

Graffiti by Jérôme Mesnager (StreetView)
Graffiti by Jérôme Mesnager

January 31, 1686 – Hans Poulsen Egede was a Norwegian-Danish Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland, which led him to be styled the Apostle of Greenland. He established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing Dano-Norwegian interest in the island after contact had been broken for hundreds of years. He founded Greenland’s capital Godthåb, now known as Nuuk.

Hans Egede cenotaph (StreetView)
Hans Egede cenotaph

February 1, 1894 – John Ford was an American film director. He was famous for both his westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. His four Academy Awards for Best Director (1935, 1940, 1941, 1952) is a record, and one of those films, How Green Was My Valley, also won Best Picture.

John Ford statue (StreetView)
John Ford statue

February 2, 1966 – Robert Emile DeLeo is an American bass player, songwriter, and harmony vocalist for the rock band Stone Temple Pilots.

Stone Temple Pilots (StreetView)
Stone Temple Pilots

February 3, 1874 – Gertrude Stein was an American writer, poet, and art collector who spent most of her life in France.

Gertrude Stein (StreetView)
Gertrude Stein