Famous Immigrant Birthdays in January

Famous Immigrant Birthdays in January

CitizenPath recognizes January birthdays for famous, accomplished and notable immigrant Americans. Thank an immigrant for making the USA great. Immigration reform will help the best and brightest doctors, engineers, entertainers and entrepreneurs stay in the U.S.

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xavier cugat spanish american immigrant

Photo credit: Library of Congress

Xavier Cugat (January 1, 1900 – October 27, 1990) was a Spanish American singer, musician and bandleader who helped popularize Latin music in the United States. He was the leader of the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria before and after World War II.

jose gutierrez guatemalan american immigrant

Photo credit: Military Times

Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez (January 1, 1981 – March 21, 2003) was a Guatemalan American Marine rifleman dreaming to become a U.S. citizen and architect. He was killed in action in Iraq and was awarded U.S. citizenship posthumously. Read more…

lopez lomong sudanese american immigrant

Photo credit: Paul Merca

Lopez Lomong (born January 5, 1985) is a South Sudanese American track and field athlete who qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Lomong came to the United States at the age of 16 as one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”

jhoon rhee korean american immigrant

Photo credit: MA-Mags

Jhoon Goo Rhee (born January 7, 1932), commonly known as Jhoon Rhee, is a South Korean American master of taekwondo who is widely recognized as the “Father of American Taekwondo” for introducing this martial art to the United States.

Satya Nadella indian american immigrant

Photo credit: LEWEB

Satya Narayana Nadella (born January 6, 1967) is an Indian American computer scientist and business executive. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.

carolina herrera venezulan american immigrant

Photo credit: Christopher Peterson

Carolina Herrera (born January 8, 1939) is a Venezuelan American fashion designer known for exceptional style, and dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama.

dave mathews south african american immigrant

Photo credit: Moses

David John “Dave” Matthews (born January 9, 1967) is a South African American musician best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band.

Yellapragada Subbarao indian american immigrant

Photo credit: Vkavuluri

Yellapragada Subbarao (January 12, 1895 – August 9, 1948) was an Indian American biochemist who helped develop tetracycline and created methotrexate for the treatment of cancer. He is credited as leading some of America’s most important medical research during World War II.

nathan milstein russian american immigrant

Nathan Mironovich Milstein (January 13, 1904 – December 21, 1992) was a Russian American virtuoso violinist who was widely considered to be one of the finest violinists of the 20th century.

Llandel Malave (born January 14, 1977) is a Puerto Rican American raggaeton rapper and singer that is one half of the Platinum-selling duo known as Wisin & Yandel.

charo spanish american immigrant

Photo credit: Paul Drew

Charo (born January 15, 1951) is a Spanish American singer, dancer and comedienne known for her flamboyant presence and “cuchi cuchi” catch phrase.

albert pujols dominican american immigrant

Photo credit: Marianne O’Leary

Albert Pujols (born January 16, 1980) is a Dominican American MLB player for the L.A. Angels. He is the only player in MLB history to bat at least .300 with 30 or more home runs and 100 or more runs batted in in his first 10 seasons.

liz balmaseda cuban american immigrant

Photo credit: Denver Public Library

Liz Balmaseda (born January 17, 1959) is a Cuban American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Palm Beach Post. She won her first Pulitzer covering Cuban and Haitian refugees and her second for covering the story of Elián González.

jim carrey canadian american immigrant

Photo credit: Ian Smith

Jim Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian American Golden Globe Award-winning actor, comedian, and producer known for his energy and blockbuster movies.

paul rodriguez mexican american immigrant

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Paul Rodriguez (born January 19, 1955) is a Mexican American stand-up comedian and actor who also served in the U.S. military.

ozzie guillen venezuelan american immigrant

Photo credit: Keith Allison

Oswaldo José “Ozzie” Guillén Barrios (born January 20, 1964) is a Venezuelan American former professional baseball player and manager. He managed MLB’s Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins. In 2005, Guillen became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series.

fareed zakaria indian american immigrant

Photo credit: Sebastian Derungs

Fareed Zakaria (born January 20, 1964) is an Indian American journalist and author. He is the editor-at-large of Time and the host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

placido domingo spanish american immigrant

Photo credit: Russell Hirshon

José Plácido Domingo Embil (born January 21, 1941), known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish American tenor and conductor who gained notoriety for his versatile and strong voice. He is currently the director of the Los Angeles Opera.

hakeem olajuwon nigerian american immigrant

Photo credit: University of Houston

Hakeem Abdul “The Dream” Olajuwon (born January 21, 1963) is a retired Nigerian American professional basketball player who played center in the NBA.

george balanchine russian american immigrant

Photo credit: Florida Memory

George Balanchine (January 22, 1904 – April 30, 1983) was a Russian American dancer and choreographer credited as the “father of American ballet.” The prolific choreographer co-founded the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet.

mischa barton english american immigrant

Photo credit: Frisky Tuna

Mischa Barton (born January 24, 1986) is an English American film, television, stage actress, and occasional fashion model best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in The OC.

william colgate english american immigrant

William Colgate (January 25, 1783 – March 25, 1857) was an English American entrepreneur who founded in 1806 what became the Colgate toothpaste company. He was also a lifelong philanthropist.

eddie van halen dutch american immigrant

Photo credit: Alan Light

Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) is a Dutch American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen and is recognized as one of rock’s greatest guitar players.

wayne gretsky canadian american immigrant

Photo credit: Håkan Dahlström

Wayne Douglas Gretzky (born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian American retired professional ice hockey player and head coach. “The Great One” played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League and remains the leading point-scorer.

hyman rickover polish american immigrant

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Hyman George Rickover (January 27, 1900 – July 8, 1986) was a Polish American four-star admiral of the U.S. Navy who is known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.” He directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades.

Daniel Aaron (January 27, 1926 – February 20, 2003) was the German American co-founder, president and CEO of the Comcast cable empire. He also became a leading medical philanthropist for Parkinson’s, a disease that would eventually take his life.

Mikhail Baryshnikov russian american immigrant

Photo credit: Knight Foundation

Mikhail Baryshnikov (born January 27, 1948) is a Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, and considered by many to be one of the greatest ballet dancers in history.

alan cumming scottish american immigrant

Photo credit: Gordon Correll

Alan Cumming (born January 27, 1965) is a Scottish American actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. Most recently he is well known for his role in the award-winning TV drama The Good Wife.

vinod khosla indian american immigrant

Photo credit: TechCrunch

Vinod Khosla (born January 28, 1955) is an Indian American businessman and venture capitalist. Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems.



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