"A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road."

Alexander Smith
(12/31/1829 – 01/05/1867)
Scottish writer (died near his birthday)
Konrad Adenauer "An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured."

Konrad Adenauer
(01/05/1876 – 04/19/1967)
Chancellor, German Republic
"The secret of a successful newspaper is to take one story each day and bang the hell out of it. Give the public what it wants to have and part of what it ought to have whether it wants it or not."

Herbert Bayard Swope
(01/05/1882 – 06/20/1958)
US journalist
George Washington Carver "Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."

George Washington Carver
(??/??/1864 – 01/05/1943)
US agricultural chemist
Jean-Pierre Aumont "Maria Montez has a dual personality: one for Hollywood and another as a mother and a wife... that woman is full of simplicity, culture and romance with an overflowing humanity."

Jean-Pierre Aumont
(01/05/1911 – 01/30/2001)
French actor (was married to Maria Montez; father with her of Tina Aumont)
Sarah Jane Mayfield "The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being."

Jane Wyman
(01/05/1917 – 09/10/2007)
US actor (was married to Ronald Reagan; mother with him of Maureen Reagan and Michael Reagan)
Friedrich Durrenmatt "What was once thought can never be unthought."

Friedrich Durrenmatt
(01/05/1921 – 12/14/1990)
Swiss writer
Walter Frederick Mondale "I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns."

Walter F. Mondale
(01/05/1928 – )
US VP (40) , withdrawing from 1976 presidential election
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto "Let's build a monument for the veto. Let's build a monument for impotence and incapacity."

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(01/05/1928 – 04/04/1979)
Pakistani statesman
Alvin Ailey "I'm attracted to long-legged girls with long arms and a little head."

Alvin Ailey
(01/05/1931 – 12/01/1989)
US dancer, choreographer
Robert Duvall "I'm better than Olivier."

Robert Duvall
(01/05/1931 – )
US actor
"I felt like poisoning a monk."

Umberto Eco
(01/05/1932 – 02/19/2016)
Italian writer , on why he wrote "The Name of the Rose"
"Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom."

Chuck Noll
(01/05/1932 – 06/13/2014)
US football coach
Calvin Coolidge "I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a President, and I think I'll go along with them."

Calvin Coolidge
(07/04/1872 – 01/05/1933)
US President (30), VP (29)
"Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in."

Florence King
(01/05/1936 – 01/06/2016)
US writer (died near her birthday)
Michael O'Donoghue "Nothing important has ever come out of San Francisco, Rice-a-Roni aside."

Michael O'Donoghue
(01/05/1940 – 11/08/1994)
US writer, actor (SNL)
Diane Hall "I think that people who are famous tend to be underdeveloped in their humanity skills."

Diane Keaton
(01/05/1946 – )
US actor (LTR with Woody Allen)
"One of those Canadian proverbs."

Jim Gantner
(01/05/1953 – )
US baseball player , on where he spent his vacation
Rogers Hornsby "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."

Rogers Hornsby
(04/27/1896 – 01/05/1963)
US baseball player
Brian Warner "Marilyn Monroe wasn't even her real name, Charles Manson isn't his real name, and now, I'm taking that to be my real name. But what's real? You can't find the truth, you just pick the lie you like the best."

Marilyn Manson
(01/05/1969 – )
US singer (was married to Dita Von Teese; was engaged to Rose McGowan, Evan Rachel Wood)
Max Born "I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy."

Max Born
(12/11/1882 – 01/05/1970)
German physicist
Charles Mingus "They’re singing your praises while stealing your phrases."

Charles Mingus
(04/22/1922 – 01/05/1979)
US bassist, composer
Jean Margaret Laurence "Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world."

Margaret Laurence
(07/18/1926 – 01/05/1987)
Canadian writer
Thomas P. O'Neill "You better take advantage of the good cigars. You don’t get much else in that job."

"Tip" O’Neill
(12/09/1912 – 01/05/1994)
US house speaker , to Vice President Walter Mondale
Lincoln Kirstein "Harvard was a kind of luxurious afternoon."

Lincoln Kirstein
(05/04/1907 – 01/05/1996)
US impresario
Salvatore Phillip Bono "It was scary when the Beatles came on the scene. It was like a fire, or an earthquake, or an accident."

Sonny Bono
(02/16/1935 – 01/05/1998)
US singer, congressman (was married to Cher)
Jean Collins Kerr "The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at 7:30 in the morning feeling just plain terrible."

Jean Kerr
(07/10/1922 – 01/05/2003)
US writer, humorist ("Please Don't Eat the Daisies")
"Not everyone can or wants to go straight."

Danny Sugerman
(10/11/1954 – 01/05/2005)
US writer
Jerry Coleman "Whenever you get an inflamed tendon, you've got a problem. Okay, here's the next pitch to Gene Tendon."

Jerry Coleman
(09/14/1924 – 01/05/2014)
US sportscaster
Pierre Boulez "For me, curiosity is life. If you are not curious, you are in your coffin."

Pierre Boulez
(03/26/1925 – 01/05/2016)
French composer, conductor, writer