This Week’s Birthdays – Week of January 7

January 7, 1718 – Israel Putnam was an American army general and Freemason who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). His reckless courage and fighting spirit were known far beyond Connecticut’s borders through the circulation of folk legends celebrating his exploits.

Israel Putnam statue (StreetView)
Israel Putnam statue

January 8, 1935 – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”.

Elvis (StreetView)

January 9, 1913 – Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974.

Richard M. Nixon by Norman Rockwell (StreetView)
Richard M. Nixon by Norman Rockwell

January 10, 1951 – Alejandro Escovedo is a Mexican American singer-songwriter.

Alejandro Escovedo (StreetView)
Alejandro Escovedo

January 11, 1958 – Victoria Anne Theresa “Vicki” Peterson is an American rock musician (guitar, vocals).

The Bangles (StreetView)
The Bangles

January 12, 1876 – John Griffith “Jack” London was an American author, journalist, and social activist.

Jack London (StreetView)
Jack London

January 13, 1934 – Charles Elmer “Rip” Taylor, Jr. is an American actor and comedian.

Rip Taylor (StreetView)
Rip Taylor

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