Henry Weekes

Henry Weekes, an English sculptor, was born Jan. 14, 1807. Weekes was primarily a portrait sculptor, one of the most successful of his era (the early Victorian period), fashioning busts and statues for the likes of Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington, and...

Mary Toft

Mary Toft, an English country maidservant, died Jan. 13, 1763, at the age of about 62.  She lived in the market-town of Godalming in Surrey, southwest of London.  Ms Toft was quite well known at the time of her death, unusually so for a woman of her station in life. ...

Sergei Korolev

Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, a Soviet rocket engineer, was born on Jan. 12, 1907.  He became interested in flying and designing airplanes at an early age, and was an active pilot when he met a rocket enthusiast, Friedrikh Tsander, who in 1931 formed a group for...

William Brande

William Thomas Brande, an English chemist and geologist, was born Jan. 11, 1788. He started out as an apothecary and essentially taught himself chemistry, but he must have been a good teacher (and student), as he succeeded Humphrey Davy as professor of chemistry at...