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Day History: February-13

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Famous Birthdays


711 BC- Emperor Jimmu -of Japan (d. 585 BC)

1457- Mary of Burgundy -(d. 1482)

1480- Girolamo Aleandro -Italian cardinal (d. 1542)

1599- Pope Alexander VII -(d. 1667)

1672- Étienne François Geoffroy -French chemist (d. 1731)

1683- Giovanni Battista Piazzetta -Italian painter (d. 1754)

1719- George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney -English admiral (d. 1792)

1721- John Reid (British Army officer)|John Reid -Scottish general (d. 1807)

1728- John Hunter (surgeon)|John Hunter -Scottish surgeon (d. 1793)

1766- Thomas Malthus -English economist (d. 1834)

1768- Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier -French general and politician, 15th Prime Minister of France (d. 1835)

1769- Ivan Krylov -Russian author (d. 1844)

1804- Jean-Charles Prince -Canadian bishop (d. 1860)

1805- Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet -German mathematician (d. 1859)

1811- François Achille Bazaine -French marshal (d. 1888)

1831- John Aaron Rawlins -American general and politician, 29th United States Secretary of War (d. 1869)

1834- Heinrich Caro -German chemist (d. 1910)

1835- Mirza Ghulam Ahmad -Indian religious leader, founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 1908)

1849- Lord Randolph Churchill -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1895)

1849- Wilhelm Voigt -German impostor (d. 1922)

1855- Paul Deschanel -French politician, 11th President of France (d. 1922)

1860- Nienke van Hichtum -Dutch author (d. 1939)

1866- Lev Shestov -Russian philosopher (d. 1938)

1867- Harold Mahony -Irish tennis player (d. 1905)

1868- Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1868–1879)|Prince Waldemar of Prussia -(d. 1879)

1870- Leopold Godowsky -Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1938)

1873- Feodor Chaliapin -Russian opera singer (d. 1938)

1876- Fritz Buelow -German-American baseball player (d. 1933)

1879- Sarojini Naidu -Indian poet and activist (d. 1949)

1880- Dimitrie Gusti -Romanian sociologist, ethnologist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1955)

1881- Eleanor Farjeon -English author (d. 1965)

1883- Hal Chase -American baseball player (d. 1947)

1883- Yevgeny Vakhtangov -Russian-Armenian actor and director (d. 1922)

1884- Alfred Carlton Gilbert -American pole vaulter and businessman, founded the A. C. Gilbert Company (d. 1961)

1885- Bess Truman -American wife of Harry S. Truman, 35th First Lady of the United States (d. 1982)

1887- Géza Csáth -Hungarian playwright and critic (d. 1919)

1888- Georgios Papandreou -Greek politician, 162nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1968)

1889- Leontine Sagan -Austrian actress and director (d. 1974)

1891- Kate Roberts (author)|Kate Roberts -Welsh author (d. 1985)

1891- Grant Wood -American painter (d. 1942)

1892- Robert H. Jackson -American jurist, 57th United States Attorney General (d. 1954)

1893- Zénon Bernard -Luxembourger politician (d. 1942)

1897- William S. Bowdern -American priest and author (d. 1983)

1900- Roy Harrod -English economist (d. 1978)

1901- Paul Lazarsfeld -American sociologist (d. 1976)

1902- Harold Lasswell -American political scientist (d. 1978)

1903- Georgy Beriev -Georgian-Russian aircraft designer, founded the Beriev|Beriev Aircraft Company (d. 1979)

1903- Georges Simenon -Belgian author (d. 1989)

1906- Patsy Callighen -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1964)

1906- Agostinho da Silva -Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)

1907- Katy de la Cruz -Filipino singer (d. 2004)

1910- William Shockley -English-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1911- Faiz Ahmad Faiz -Indian-Pakistani poet (d. 1984)

1911- Jean Muir (actress)|Jean Muir -American actress (d. 1996)

1911- Frank Delfino -American actor (d. 1997)

1912- Margaretta Scott -English actress (d. 2005)

1913- Khalid of Saudi Arabia -(d. 1982)

1914- Henri Caillavet -French politician (d. 2013)

1915- Lyle Bettger -American actor (d. 2003)

1915- Aung San -Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)

1916- John Reed (actor)|John Reed -English actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

1918- Patty Berg -American golfer (d. 2006)

1919- Tennessee Ernie Ford -American singer and actor (d. 1991)

1919- Eddie Robinson (American football coach)|Eddie Robinson -American football player and coach (d. 2007)

1920- Felice and Boudleaux Bryant|Boudleaux Bryant -American songwriter (d. 1987)

1920- Eileen Farrell -American soprano (d. 2002)

1920- Zao Wou-Ki -Chinese-French painter (d. 2013)

1921- Jeanne Demessieux -French pianist and composer (d. 1968)

1921- Aung Khin -Burmese painter (d. 1996)

1921- Dagmar Normet -Estonian author and translator (d. 2008)

1922- Francis Pym, Baron Pym -Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 2008)

1922- Gordon Tullock -American economist

1923- Michael Anthony Bilandic -American politician, 49th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2002)

1923- Yfrah Neaman -Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)

1923- Chuck Yeager -American general and pilot

1924- Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber -French journalist and politician (d. 2006)

1928- Jack Lewis, Baron Lewis of Newnham -English chemist and academic

1928- Gerald Regan -Canadian politician, 19th Premier of Nova Scotia

1929- Omar Torrijos -Panamanian commander (d. 1981)

1930- Derek Burke -English academic

1930- Ernst Fuchs (artist)|Ernst Fuchs -Austrian painter and sculptor

1930- Israel Kirzner -English-American economist

1930- Yves Michaud -Canadian journalist

1932- Robert Fulford (journalist)|Robert Fulford -Canadian journalist

1932- Susan Oliver -American actress and director (d. 1990)

1932- Barbara Shelley -English actress

1932- Simms Taback -American author and illustrator (d. 2011)

1933- Paul Biya -Cameroon politician, List of heads of state of Cameroon|President of Cameroon

1933- Caroline Blakiston -English actress

1933- Kenneth Dement -American football player and lawyer (d. 2013)

1933- Patrick Godfrey -English actor

1933- Kim Novak -American actress

1933- Peter L. Pond -American clergyman and philanthropist (d. 2000)

1933- Emanuel Ungaro -French fashion designer

1934- George Segal -American actor

1935- Don Panoz -American businessman

1937- Ali El-Maak -Sudanese author (d. 1992)

1937- Angelo Mosca -Canadian football player and wrestler

1937- Enn Soosaar -Estonian columnist and publicist (d. 2010)

1938- Larry Cunningham -Irish singer (d. 2012)

1938- Oliver Reed -English actor (d. 1999)

1939- Raôul Duguay -Canadian poet and activist

1939- Serge and Beate Klarsfeld|Beate Klarsfeld -German nazi hunter

1939- Zarinoff Lebeouf -Canadian wrestler

1939- R. C. Sproul -American pastor, theologian, and author

1940- Bram Peper -Dutch sociologist and politician, List of mayors of Rotterdam|Mayor of Rotterdam

1940- Arne Sølvberg -Norwegian computer scientist

1941- Andrea Conte -American nurse

1941- Sigmar Polke -German painter

1941- Bo Svenson -Swedish actor

1942- Carol Lynley -American actress

1942- Peter Tork -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (The Monkees)

1942- Donald E. Williams -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1943- Elaine Pagels -American theologian and academic

1943- Donald Sumpter -English actor

1944- Rebop Kwaku Baah -Nigerian drummer (Traffic (band)|Traffic, Can (band)|Can, and Zahara (band)|Zahara) (d. 1983)

1944- Stockard Channing -American actress

1944- Jerry Springer -English-American television host, actor, and politician, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati

1944- Oduvil Unnikrishnan -Indian actor (d. 2006)

1944- Michael Ensign -American actor

1945- King Floyd -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1945- Keith Nichols -English pianist, trombonist, and accordion player

1945- Simon Schama -English historian and author

1945- William Sleator -American author

1945- David Tremlett -English sculptor and photographer

1946- Richard Blumenthal -American politician

1946- Janet Finch -English sociologist and academic

1946- Louis Kondos -Greek actor

1946- Colin Matthews -English composer and educator

1947- Stephen Hadley -American diplomat, 21st United States National Security Advisor

1947- Dick Kaysø -Danish actor

1947- Mike Krzyzewski -American basketball player and coach

1947- Kevin Bloody Wilson -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948- David Banks (journalist)|David Banks -English journalist

1949- Judy Dyble -English singer-songwriter and pianist (Fairport Convention and Giles, Giles and Fripp)

1950- Michael Attenborough -English director and manager

1950- Ewa Aulin -Swedish actress

1950- Vera Baird -English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1950- Bob Daisley -Australian bass player and songwriter (Rainbow (rock band)|Rainbow, Chicken Shack, Widowmaker (band)|Widowmaker, Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep, and Living Loud)

1950- Peter Gabriel -English singer-songwriter and producer (Genesis (band)|Genesis)

1950- Donna Hanover -American journalist

1950- Chuck Neubauer -American journalist

1951- Ellen Bry -American actress

1951- Greg Fulginiti -American engineer

1951- David Naughton (actor)|David Naughton -American actor and singer

1952- Ed Gagliardi -American bass player (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner) (d. 2014)

1952- Paul Jeffreys -English bass player (Be-Bop Deluxe and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) (d. 1988)

1952- Freddy Maertens -Belgian cyclist

1953- Rico J. Puno -Filipino singer

1953- Akio Sato (wrestler)|Akio Sato -Japanese wrestler

1954- Donnie Moore -American baseball player (d. 1989)

1955- Joe Birkett -American lawyer and politician

1956- Princess Alia bint Al Hussein -of Jordan

1956- Liam Brady -Irish footballer

1956- Richard Eden (actor)|Richard Eden -Canadian actor

1956- Peter Hook -English singer and bass player (Joy Division, New Order, Freebass, Revenge (UK band)|Revenge, and Monaco (band)|Monaco)

1956- Yiannis Kouros -Greek-Australian runner

1957- Denise Austin -American fitness trainer and author

1957- Tony Butler (musician)|Tony Butler -English bass player (Big Country and On the Air (band)|On the Air)

1958- Pernilla August -Swedish actress

1958- Marc Emery -Canadian publisher and activist

1958- Jean-François Lisée -Canadian journalist and politician

1958- Derek Riggs -English painter and illustrator

1958- Tip Tipping -English actor and stuntman (d. 1993)

1959- Gaston Gingras -Canadian ice hockey player

1959- Gord Hampson -Canadian ice hockey player

1960- Pierluigi Collina -Italian footballer and referee

1960- John Healey -English politician

1960- Gary Patterson -American football player and coach

1960- Matt Salinger -American actor

1960- Artur Yusupov -Russian-German chess player

1961- Marc Crawford -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Kyi Hla Han -Burmese golfer

1961- cEvin Key -Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboard player, and producer (Skinny Puppy, Download (band)|Download, PlatEAU (band)|PlatEAU, The Tear Garden, and Hilt (band)|Hilt)

1961- Henry Rollins -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Rollins Band, and State of Alert)

1961- Richard Tyson -American actor

1962- Aníbal Acevedo Vilá -American politician, 8th Governor of Puerto Rico

1962- Hugh Dennis -English comedian and actor

1962- May Sweet -Burmese singer and actress

1962- Nickla Roberts -American wrestler

1963- Thomas Miller (footballer born 1963)|Thomas Miller -German footballer

1964- Stephen Bowen (astronaut)|Stephen Bowen -American engineer, captain, and astronaut

1964- Yamantaka Eye -Japanese singer (Boredoms)

1964- Ylva Johansson -Swedish educator and politician

1965- Peter O'Neill -Papua New Guinean accountant and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

1966- Jeff Waters -Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Annihilator (band)|Annihilator)

1966- Neal McDonough -American actor

1967- Stanimir Stoilov -Bulgarian footballer and coach

1968- Kelly Hu -American model and actress

1968- Niamh Kavanagh -Irish singer

1968- Daisuke Ikeda -Japanese wrestler

1968- Yasuhiro Yamada -Japanese footballer (d. 2013)

1969- Ahlam -Emirati singer

1969- J. B. Blanc -French-English actor

1969- Andrew Bryniarski -American bodybuilder and actor

1969- Mihai Leu -Romanian boxer

1970- Karoline Krüger -Norwegian singer-songwriter and pianist

1970- Ian McKeever (mountaineer)|Ian McKeever -Irish mountaineer (d. 2013)

1970- Diane Youdale -English television host

1971- Sonia (singer)|Sonia -English singer

1971- Matt Berninger -American singer-songwriter (The National (band)|The National)

1971- Galen Gering -American actor

1971- Mats Sundin -Swedish ice hockey player

1971- Todd Williams -American baseball player

1972- Charlie Garner -American football player

1974- Fonzworth Bentley -American rapper and actor

1974- Gus Hansen -Danish poker player

1974- Robbie Williams -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Take That)

1975- Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler -German politician

1975- Ben Collins (racing driver)|Ben Collins -English race car driver

1975- Tony Dalton -American-Mexican actor, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Feist (singer)|Feist -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (By Divine Right and Broken Social Scene)

1976- Jörg Bergmeister -German race car driver

1976- Chantal de Bruijn -Dutch field hockey player

1976- Dave Padden -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Annihilator (band)|Annihilator and Terror Syndrome)

1976- Martín Sastre -Uruguayan director and screenwriter

1977- Petra Gáspár -Hungarian tennis player

1977- Randy Moss -American football player

1978- Niklas Bäckström -Finnish ice hockey player

1978- Hamish Glencross -Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride)

1978- Philippe Jaroussky -French tenor

1979- Anders Behring Breivik -Norwegian murderer

1979- Lucy Brown -English actress

1979- Rafael Márquez -Mexican footballer

1979- Rachel Reeves -English economist and politician

1979- Mena Suvari -American actress

1980- Carlos Cotto -Puerto Rican wrestler

1980- Sebastian Kehl -German footballer

1980- Mark Watson -English comedian and author

1981- Luisão -Brazilian footballer

1981- Matías Agüero -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1981- Sam Burley -American runner

1981- Liam Miller -Irish footballer

1981- Luke Ridnour -American basketball player

1982- Brady Bryant -American soccer player

1982- Lanisha Cole -American model

1982- Michael Turner (American football)|Michael Turner -American football player

1983- Mike Nickeas -American baseball player

1983- Anna Watkins -English rower

1984- Eveli Saue -Estonian orienteer and biathlete

1984- Hinkelien Schreuder -Dutch swimmer

1985- Mayra Andrade -Cape Verdean singer

1985- Matthieu Franke -French-German rugby player

1985- Kwak Ji-min -South Korean actress

1985- Hedwiges Maduro -Dutch footballer

1985- Alexandros Tziolis -Greek footballer

1986- Zach Condon -American singer-songwriter (Beirut (band)|Beirut)

1986- Jayden Jaymes -American porn actress and model

1986- Luke Moore -English footballer

1986- Jamie Murray -Scottish tennis player

1987- Eljero Elia -Dutch footballer

1988- Fuat Kalkan -Turkish footballer

1988- Aston Merrygold -English singer and actor (JLS)

1989- Carly McKillip -Canadian singer and actress (One More Girl)

1989- Rhys Palmer -Australian footballer

1989- Rodrigo Possebon -Brazilian footballer

1990- Olivia Allison -English swimmer

1990- Gyaincain Norbu -Chinese 11th Panchen Lama

1990- Marco Romizi -Italian footballer

1990- Mamadou Sakho -French footballer

1990- Kevin Strootman -Dutch footballer

1991- Declan Gallagher -Scottish footballer

1991- Eliaquim Mangala -French footballer

1992- Raby George -Swedish footballer

1993- Kasumi Arimura -Japanese actress

1993- Sophie Evans (performer)|Sophie Evans -Welsh singer and actress

1994- Memphis Depay -Dutch footballer

1994- Patryk Dobek -Polish sprinter

1995- Ayame Koike -Japanese actress

1997- Prince Michael Jackson I -American actor