Jan. 28: Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), legendary American artist known for his motto: “Paint fast, die young and leave some good-looking canvases.”

A leader of the abstract expressionist movement known for his unique style, some paint he dripped and slapped onto a canvas in 1948 (“Number 19”) auctioned in 2013 for a reported $58 million.

Other Jan. 28 birthdays:

Alan Alda, 79: (aka Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo) actor, best known for playing a brash, dashing doctor on the 1970s smash “M*A*S*H.”

Jeanne Shaheen, 68: U.S. senator and former governor from New Hampshire. Known as the “Lean, Mean Legislating Machine,” Shaheen is fond of fighting red tape with blue-ribbon panels.

Elijah Wood, 34: noted Hollywood hobbit, best known for playing a New Zealand chicken chef on a mission in “The Lord of the Wings.”

This Day in Revisionist History:

On this day in 1909, the U.S. lost its jurisdiction over Cuba in a high-stakes game of “rock, paper, scissors” with the Russians and the Chinese.

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