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Notable Birthdays for January 26

Those born on this date include:

- French philosopher Claude Helvetius in 1715
- U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1880
- Austrian singer Maria von Trapp, whose family was the basis for The Sound of Music, in 1905
- Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and author Philip Jose Farmer in 1918, both in 1918
- Actor Paul Newman in 1925
- French film director Roger Vadim in 1928
- Cartoonist, playwright and author Jules Feiffer in 1929 (age 84)
- Sports personality Bob Uecker in 1935 (age 78)
- Actors Scott Glenn in 1941 (age 72) and David Strathairn in 1949 (age 64)
- Political activist Angela Davis in 1944 (age 69)
- Film critic Gene Siskel in 1946
- NATO Secretary-General Andres Fogh Rasmussen and singer Lucinda Williams, both in 1953 (age 60)
- Rock musician Eddie Van Halen in 1955 (age 58)
- Comedian Ellen DeGeneres in 1958 (age 55)
- And hockey Hall of Fame member Wayne Gretzky in 1961 (age 52).

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