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Day History: February-11

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Famous Birthdays


1380- Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini -Italian scholar (d. 1459)

1466- Elizabeth of York -(d. 1503)

1535- Pope Gregory XIV -(d. 1591)

1568- Honoré d'Urfé -French author (d. 1625)

1637- Friedrich Nicolaus Bruhns -German composer and director (d. 1718)

1649- William Carstares -Scottish minister (d. 1715)

1657- Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle -French author (d. 1757)

1708- Egidio Duni -Italian composer (d. 1775)

1755- Albert Christoph Dies -German composer and painter (d. 1822)

1764- Joseph Chénier -French poet (d. 1811)

1776- Ioannis Kapodistrias -Greek politician, 1st List of heads of state of Greece|Governor of Greece (d. 1831)

1799- Basil Moreau -French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)

1800- Henry Fox Talbot -English photographer, invented the calotype (d. 1877)

1802- Lydia Maria Child -American journalist, author, and activist (d. 1880)

1805- Jean Baptiste Charbonneau -American explorer (d. 1866)

1812- Alexander H. Stephens -American politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1883)

1813- Otto Ludwig (writer)|Otto Ludwig -German author, playwright, and critic (d. 1865)

1819- Samuel Parkman Tuckerman -American organist and composer (d. 1890)

1821- Auguste Mariette -French archaeologist (d. 1881)

1829- Samuel Lodge -English clergyman and author (d. 1897)

1830- Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff -Prussian pianist and composer (d. 1913)

1833- Melville Fuller -American jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)

1839- Josiah Willard Gibbs -American physicist (d. 1903)

1847- Thomas Edison -American businessman, invented the light bulb and phonograph (d. 1931)

1855- Ellen Day Hale -American painter (d. 1940)

1860- Rachilde -French author (d. 1953)

1869- Helene Kröller-Müller -German-Dutch art collector and philanthropist, founded the Kröller-Müller Museum (d. 1939)

1869- Else Lasker-Schüler -German poet and author (d. 1945)

1872- Hannah Mitchell -English activist (d. 1956)

1874- Elsa Beskow -Swedish author (d. 1953)

1874- Fritz Hart -English composer and conductor (d. 1949)

1878- Peder Lykkeberg -Danish swimmer (d. 1944)

1881- Carlo Carrà -Italian painter (d. 1966)

1887- John van Melle -Dutch-South African author (d. 1953)

1889- Acharya Ramlochan Saran -Indian publisher (d. 1971)

1890- David Drummond (politician)|David Drummond -Australian farmer and politician (d. 1965)

1891- J. W. Hearne -English cricketer (d. 1965)

1894- Alfonso Leng -Chilean composer (d. 1974)

1898- Leó Szilárd -Hungarian-American physicist (d. 1964)

1900- Hans-Georg Gadamer -German philosopher (d. 2002)

1900- Jōsei Toda -Japanese educator and activist (d. 1958)

1901- Roddy Connolly -Irish politician (d. 1980)

1902- Arne Jacobsen -Danish architect, designed Aarhus City Hall and Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen|Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (d. 1971)

1903- Hans Redlich -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1968)

1904- Keith Holyoake -New Zealand politician, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)

1908- Philip Dunne (writer)|Philip Dunne -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1908- Vivian Fuchs -English geologist (d. 1999)

1909- Max Baer (boxer)|Max Baer -American boxer and actor (d. 1959)

1909- Joseph L. Mankiewicz -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1912- Roy Fuller -English poet (d. 1991)

1912- Rudolf Firkusny -Czech-American pianist (d. 1994)

1914- Matt Dennis -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)

1915- Patrick Leigh Fermor -English author (d. 2011)

1915- Pat Welsh (actress)|Pat Welsh -American actress (d. 1995)

1917- T. Nagi Reddy -Indian politician (d. 1976)

1917- Sidney Sheldon -American author (d. 2007)

1919- Eva Gabor -Hungarian-American actress (d. 1995)

1920- Boyd Bartley -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1920- Farouk of Egypt -(d. 1965)

1920- Daniel F. Galouye -American author (d. 1976)

1920- Billy Halop -American actor (d. 1976)

1920- Daniel James, Jr. -American pilot and general (d. 1978)

1921- Lloyd Bentsen -American politician, 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)

1921- Ottavio Missoni -Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (d. 2013)

1921- Edward Seidensticker -American scholar and translator (d. 2007)

1923- Antony Flew -English philosopher (d. 2010)

1925- Virginia E. Johnson -American psychologist (d. 2013)

1925- Kim Stanley -American actress (d. 2001)

1926- Paul Bocuse -French chef

1926- Alexander Gibson (conductor)|Alexander Gibson -Scottish conductor (d. 1995)

1926- Leslie Nielsen -Canadian-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2010)

1927- Sinclair Stevens -Canadian businessman, lawyer, and politician

1928- Hattie N. Harrison -American educator and politician (d. 2013)

1930- Roy De Forest -American painter (d. 2007)

1931- Larry Merchant -American journalist

1932- Jerome Lowenthal -American pianist

1932- Dennis Skinner -English politician

1934- Mel Carnahan -American politician, 51st List of Governors of Missouri|Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)

1934- Tina Louise -American actress and singer

1934- Manuel Noriega -Panamanian general and politician, List of heads of state of Panama|Military Leader of Panama

1934- Mary Quant -English fashion designer

1934- John Surtees -English motorcycle racer and race car driver

1934- David Taylor (veterinarian)|David Taylor -English veterinarian and television host (d. 2013)

1935- Bent Lorentzen -Danish composer

1935- Gene Vincent -American singer and guitarist (d. 1971)

1936- Burt Reynolds -American actor and director

1937- Marilyn Butler -English academic and critic

1937- Bill Lawry -Australian cricketer

1937- Brian Lemon -English pianist and composer

1937- Cēzars Ozers -Latvian basketball player

1937- Eddie Shack -Canadian ice hockey player

1937- Phillip Walker -American singer and guitarist (d. 2010)

1938- Bevan Congdon -New Zealand cricketer

1938- Simone de Oliveira -Portuguese actress and singer

1938- Bobby Pickett -American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1939- Gerry Goffin -American songwriter (d. 2014)

1939- Bryan Gould -New Zealand-English politician

1939- Jane Yolen -American author

1940- Mick Staton -American soldier and politician (d. 2014)

1941- Sérgio Mendes -Brazilian pianist and composer

1943- Joselito (singer)|Joselito -Spanish singer and actor

1943- Serge Lama -French singer-songwriter

1943- Stan Szelest -American keyboard player (The Band) (d. 1991)

1943- Alan Rubin -American musician (d. 2011)

1945- Burhan Ghalioun -Syrian politician

1946- Pierre Curzi -Canadian actor, screenwriter, and politician

1946- Ian Porterfield -English footballer (d. 2007)

1947- Roy Carrier -American accordion player (d. 2010)

1947- Yukio Hatoyama -Japanese politician, 60th Prime Minister of Japan

1947- Kikko Matsuoka -Japanese actress

1947- Derek Shulman -Scottish singer-songwriter and producer (Gentle Giant and Simon Dupree and the Big Sound)

1948- Peter Conrad (academic)|Peter Conrad -Australian academic

1948- Al Johnson (musician)|Al Johnson -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Unifics) (d. 2013)

1948- Yoshihito, Prince Katsura -of Japan (d. 2014)

1948- Chris Rush -American comedian, actor, and author

1949- Guy Cloutier -Canadian record producer

1950- J. Peter Neary -Irish economist

1951- Hardo Aasmäe -Estonian geographer and politician

1953- Philip Anglim -American actor

1953- Jeb Bush -American politician, 43rd List of Governors of Florida|Governor of Florida

1953- Tom Veryzer -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1954- Wesley Strick -American screenwriter

1956- H.R. -American singer and guitarist (Bad Brains)

1956- Catherine Hickland -American actress and singer

1956- Didier Lockwood -French violinist

1957- Peter Klashorst -Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer

1957- Mitchell Symons -English journalist and author

1958- Michael Jackson (TV executive)|Michael Jackson -English television producer

1959- Bradley Cole -American actor

1959- Deborah Meaden -English businesswoman

1959- Roberto Moreno -Brazilian race car driver

1959- Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi -Iranian educator and politician

1960- Momus (musician)|Momus -Scottish-Japanese author, journalist, and songwriter

1960- Richard Mastracchio -American engineer and astronaut

1961- Mary Docter -American speed skater

1961- Carey Lowell -American actress

1962- Tammy Baldwin -American politician

1962- Sheryl Crow -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1962- Bestia Salvaje -Mexican wrestler (d. 2008)

1962- Eric Vanderaerden -Belgian cyclist

1963- José Mari Bakero -Spanish footballer and manager

1963- Diane Franklin -American actress

1963- Dan Osman -Japanese-American rock climber (d. 1998)

1963- Nini Stoltenberg -Norwegian activist (d. 2014)

1964- Sarah Palin -American politician, 9th List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska

1964- Ken Shamrock -American martial artist and wrestler

1964- Adrian Hasler -Liechtensteiner police officer and politician, 13th List of heads of government of Liechtenstein|Prime Minister of Liechtenstein

1965- Vicki Wilson -Australian netball player

1966- Dieudonné M'bala M'bala -French comedian, actor, and activist

1966- Margit Mutso -Estonian architect

1967- Uwe Daßler -German swimmer

1967- Hank Gathers -American basketball player (d. 1990)

1967- Ty Treadway -American actor and talk show host

1968- Mo Willems -American author

1969- Jennifer Aniston -American actress, director, and producer

1969- Andreas Hilfiker -Swiss footballer

1969- John Salako -Nigerian-English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1969- P. J. Sparxx -American porn actress

1970- Fredrik Thordendal -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Meshuggah)

1971- Damian Lewis -English actor and producer

1971- Evan Tanner -American mixed martial artist (d. 2008)

1971- Linda Wild -American tennis player

1972- Brian Daubach -American baseball player

1972- Craig Jones (musician)|Craig Jones -American keyboard player (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot)

1972- Steve McManaman -English footballer

1972- Bernd Meier -German footballer (d. 2012)

1972- Kelly Slater -American surfer

1972- Noboru Yamaguchi (author)|Noboru Yamaguchi -Japanese author (d. 2013)

1973- Jeon Do-yeon -South Korean actress

1973- Shawn Hernandez -American wrestler

1973- Ethan Iverson -American pianist and composer (The Bad Plus)

1973- Varg Vikernes -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (Burzum, Mayhem (band)|Mayhem, and Old Funeral)

1974- D'Angelo -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soulquarians)

1974- Nick Barmby -English footballer

1974- Alex Jones (radio host)|Alex Jones -American radio host and author

1974- Isaiah Mustafa -American football player and actor

1974- Dominique Perras -Canadian cyclist

1974- Jaroslav Špaček -Czech ice hockey player

1974- Zain Verjee -American journalist

1975- Andy Lally -American race car driver

1975- Marek Špilár -Slovak footballer

1975- Jacque Vaughn -American basketball player

1976- Tony Battie -American basketball player

1976- Brice Beckham -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Peter Hayes (musician)|Peter Hayes -American singer and guitarist (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

1976- Jorge Luiz dos Santos Dias -Brazilian footballer

1976- André Wickström -Finnish-Swedish comedian and actor

1977- Raivo Nõmmik -Estonian footballer

1977- Ioannis Okkas -Cypriot footballer

1977- Mike Shinoda -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)

1979- Brandy Norwood -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1980- Mark Bresciano -Australian footballer

1980- Titi Buengo -Angolan footballer

1980- Matthew Lawrence -American actor

1980- Cormac McAnallen -Irish footballer (d. 2004)

1981- Kelly Rowland -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Destiny's Child)

1981- Scot Thompson -American soccer player

1982- Natalie Dormer -English actress

1982- Neil Robertson (snooker player)|Neil Robertson -Australian snooker player

1982- Jürgen Schmid -German footballer

1983- Nicki Clyne -Canadian actress

1983- Tony Curtis (American football)|Tony Curtis -American football player

1983- Emmanuel Krontiris -German footballer

1983- Huang Shengyi -Chinese actress and singer

1983- Tihhon Šišov -Estonian footballer

1983- Rafael van der Vaart -Dutch footballer

1983- Andrew Welsh (Australian rules footballer)|Andrew Welsh -Australian footballer

1984- Maarten Heisen -Dutch sprinter

1984- Marco Marcato -Italian cyclist

1984- Aubrey O'Day -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Danity Kane)

1984- Maxime Talbot -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Harris Allan -Canadian actor

1985- William Beckett (singer)|William Beckett -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Academy Is...)

1985- Mike Richards -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Kees Luyckx -Dutch footballer

1987- Jürgen Kuresoo -Estonian footballer

1987- Brian Matusz -American baseball player

1987- Jan Smeekens -Dutch speed skater

1987- Lembi Vaher -Estonian pole vaulter

1987- Ellen van Dijk -Dutch cyclist

1988- Junjun (singer)|Junjun -Chinese-Japanese singer (Morning Musume and v-u-den)

1988- Vlad Moldoveanu -Romanian basketball player

1989- Alexander Büttner -Dutch footballer

1989- Lovi Poe -Filipino singer and actress

1990- Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal -of Jordan

1990- Javier Aquino -Mexican footballer

1990- Go Ara -South Korean actress

1991- Hwang Chansung -South Korean singer and actor (2PM)

1991- Georgia May Foote -English actress

1991- Sierra Deaton -American singer

1992- Taylor Lautner -American actor and martial artist

1993- Saana Saarteinen -Finnish tennis player

1994- Dominic Janes -American actor

1994- Katherine Miranda Chang -Peruvian tennis player

1995- Yang Zhaoxuan -Chinese tennis player

2003- Jazil -American race horse (d. 2014)

2005- Recapturetheglory -American race horse