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Day History: February-14

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Famous Birthdays


1468- Johannes Werner -German priest and mathematician (d. 1522)

1483- Babur -Moghul emperor (d. 1530)

1545- Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara -(d. 1561)

1602- Francesco Cavalli -Italian composer (d. 1676)

1679- Georg Friedrich Kauffmann -German organist and composer (d. 1735)

1680- John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester -English politician (d. 1737)

1692- Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée -French playwright (d. 1754)

1701- Enrique Flórez -Spanish historian (d. 1773)

1763- Jean Victor Marie Moreau -French general (d. 1813)

1766- Thomas Robert Malthus -English economist and scholar (d. 1834)

1793- Karl Christian Ulmann -Latvian-German theologian (d. 1871)

1799- Walenty Wańkowicz -Polish painter (d. 1842)

1800- Emory Washburn -American historian, lawyer, and politician, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1877)

1808- Michael Costa (conductor)|Michael Costa -Italian conductor and composer (d. 1884)

1812- Alfred Thomas Agate -American painter (d. 1846)

1818- Frederick Douglass -American author and activist (d. 1895)

1819- Christopher Latham Sholes -American journalist and politician, invented the typewriter (d. 1890)

1824- Winfield Scott Hancock -American general (d. 1886)

1828- Edmond François Valentin About -French journalist and author (d. 1885)

1835- Piet Paaltjens -Dutch minister and poet (d. 1894)

1838- Margaret E. Knight -American inventor (d. 1914)

1846- Julian Scott -American soldier and drummer, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1901)

1847- Maria Pia of Savoy -(d. 1911)

1847- Anna Howard Shaw -American physician, minister, and activist (d. 1919)

1848- Benjamin Baillaud -French astronomer (d. 1934)

1856- Frank Harris -Irish author and journalist (d. 1931)

1859- George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. -American engineer, inventor of the Ferris wheel (d. 1896)

1860- Eugen Schiffer -German politician, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (d. 1954)

1869- Charles Thomson Rees Wilson -Scottish physicist and meteorologist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

1871- Gerda Lundequist -Swedish actress (d. 1959)

1874- Louis Handley -Italian-American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1956)

1882- John Barrymore -American actor (d. 1942)

1884- Nils Olaf Chrisander -Swedish actor and director (d. 1947)

1884- Joe Jagersberger -Austrian race car driver (d. 1952)

1884- Kostas Varnalis -Greek poet (d. 1974)

1885- Syed Zafarul Hasan -Indian-Pakistani philosopher (d. 1949)

1890- Nina Hamnett -Welsh painter (d. 1956)

1892- Radola Gajda -Czech commander and politician (d. 1948)

1894- Jack Benny -American actor and comedian (d. 1974)

1895- Wilhelm Burgdorf -German general (d. 1945)

1895- Max Horkheimer -German philosopher and sociologist (d. 1973)

1898- Bill Tilman -English mountaineer and explorer (d. 1977)

1898- Fritz Zwicky -Swiss-American physicist and astronomer (d. 1974)

1903- Stuart Erwin -American actor (d. 1967)

1903- Bernhard Leene -Dutch cyclist (d. 1988)

1904- Hertta Kuusinen -Finnish politician (d. 1974)

1904- Charles Oatley -English physicist and engineer (d. 1996)

1905- Thelma Ritter -American actress (d. 1969)

1907- Johnny Longden -English jockey (d. 2003)

1912- Tibor Sekelj -Hungarian explorer and author (d. 1988)

1913- Mel Allen -American journalist (d. 1996)

1913- Woody Hayes -American football player and coach (d. 1987)

1913- Jimmy Hoffa -American union leader (d. 1975)

1913- James Pike -American bishop (d. 1969)

1914- Norman Von Nida -Australian golfer (d. 2007)

1916- Marcel Bigeard -French general (d. 2010)

1916- Sally Gray -English actress (d. 2006)

1916- Masaki Kobayashi -Japanese director and producer (d. 1996)

1916- Edward Platt -American actor (d. 1974)

1917- Herbert A. Hauptman -American mathematician, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1920- Judith Holzmeister -Austrian actress (d. 2008)

1921- Hugh Downs -American journalist, game show host, and producer

1921- Hazel McCallion -Canadian ice hockey player and politician, 3rd List of mayors of Mississauga|Mayor of Mississauga

1921- Robert Vaidlo -Estonian journalist and author (d. 2004)

1922- Murray the K -American radio host (d. 1982)

1923- Juan Acuña -Spanish footballer (d. 2001)

1927- Lois Maxwell -Canadian actress (d. 2007)

1927- Jerry Wolman -American businessman (d. 2013)

1927- Seizō Katō -Japanese voice actor (b. 2014)

1928- William Allain -American soldier and politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (d. 2013)

1928- Vicente T. Blaz -American general and politician (d. 2014)

1928- Benjamin Purcell -American colonel and politician (d. 2013)

1929- Vic Morrow -American actor and director (d. 1982)

1931- Bernie Geoffrion -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2006)

1931- Brian Kelly (actor)|Brian Kelly -American actor (d. 2005)

1932- Alexander Kluge -German actor and director

1932- Jocelyn Stevens -English publisher (d. 2014)

1933- Madhubala -Indian actress (d. 1969)

1933- Tom Borland -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1934- Michel Corboz -Swiss conductor

1934- Neil Davis (cameraman)|Neil Davis -Australian photographer and journalist (d. 1985)

1934- Florence Henderson -American actress and singer

1935- Christel Adelaar -Indonesian-Dutch actress (d. 2013)

1935- David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn -Scottish academic and diplomat, 27th Governor of Hong Kong

1936- Fanne Foxe -Argentine-American stripper

1936- György Kézdy -Hungarian actor (d. 2013)

1936- Andrew Prine -American actor

1937- John MacGregor, Baron MacGregor of Pulham Market -English politician, Secretary of State for Transport

1937- Magic Sam -American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)

1938- Lee Chamberlin -American actress (d. 2014)

1939- Eugene Fama -American economist

1939- Michael Rudman -American director and producer

1940- James Maynard -American businessman, co-founded Golden Corral

1941- Donna Shalala -American academic, 18th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

1941- Big Jim Sullivan -English guitarist (d. 2012)

1941- Paul Tsongas -American politician (d. 1997)

1942- Michael Bloomberg -American businessman and politician, 108th Mayor of New York City

1942- Andrew Robinson (actor)|Andrew Robinson -American actor

1942- Ricardo Rodríguez (Formula One)|Ricardo Rodríguez -Mexican race car driver (d. 1962)

1942- Piotr Szczepanik -Polish singer and actor

1943- Eric Andersen -American singer-songwriter

1943- Maceo Parker -American saxophonist (Parliament-Funkadelic, The J.B.'s, and The Horny Horns)

1943- Aaron Russo -American director and producer (d. 2007)

1944- Carl Bernstein -American journalist

1944- Alan Parker -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1944- Ronnie Peterson -Swedish race car driver (d. 1978)

1945- Ladislao Mazurkiewicz -Uruguayan footballer (d. 2013)

1945- Martin Sorrell -English businessman

1946- Bernard Dowiyogo -Nauru politician, President of Nauru (d. 2003)

1946- Gregory Hines -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)

1946- Tina Aumont -American actress (d. 2006)

1947- Tim Buckley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)

1947- Judd Gregg -American politician, 76th Governor of New Hampshire

1948- Teller (entertainer)|Teller -American magician and actor

1948- Kitten Natividad -Mexican-American actress and dancer

1948- Pat O'Brien (radio and television personality)|Pat O'Brien -American sportscaster

1949- Christopher Lillicrap -English television host, actor, and screenwriter

1950- Frank Collison -American actor

1950- Roger Fisher (guitarist)|Roger Fisher -American guitarist (Heart (band)|Heart and Alias (band)|Alias)

1951- Terry Gross -American radio host and producer

1951- Kevin Keegan -English footballer

1951- JoJo Starbuck -American ice skater

1952- Nancy Keenan -American activist

1952- Sushma Swaraj -Indian politician

1953- Odds Bodkin -American author

1954- Jam Mohammad Yousaf -Pakistani politician, Chief Minister of Balochistan (d. 2013)

1955- Ronald Desruelles -Belgian long jumper

1955- James Eckhouse -American actor

1955- Carol Kalish -American publisher (d. 1991)

1956- Dave Dravecky -American baseball player

1956- Katharina Fritsch -German sculptor

1956- Tõnu Laigu -Estonian architect

1957- Alan Hunter (VJ)|Alan Hunter -American television host and actor

1957- Pat Glass -English politician

1957- Soile Isokoski -Finnish soprano

1957- Alan Smith (bishop)|Alan Smith -English bishop

1958- Francisco Javier López Peña -Spanish military officer (d. 2013)

1958- Enrique Mansilla -Argentine race car driver

1958- Grant Thomas (footballer)|Grant Thomas -Australian footballer

1959- Renée Fleming -American soprano

1960- Philip Jones (Royal Navy officer)|Philip Jones -English admiral

1960- Jim Kelly -American football player

1960- Anita Klein -Australian-English painter

1960- Meg Tilly -American actress

1961- Anthony J. Bryant -American historian and author (d. 2013)

1961- Phillip Hamilton -American author

1961- Alison Saunders -Scottish lawyer

1962- Kevyn Aucoin -American make up artist and photographer (d. 2002)

1962- Michael Higgs -English actor

1962- Sakina Jaffrey -American-Indian actress

1962- Philippe Sella -French rugby player

1962- Porsche Lynn -American porn actress

1963- Enrico Colantoni -Canadian actor

1963- John Marzano -American baseball player (d. 2008)

1964- Gianni Bugno -Italian cyclist

1964- Zach Galligan -American actor

1966- Petr Svoboda -Czech ice hockey player

1967- Stelios Haji-Ioannou -Greek-English businessman, founded easyJet

1967- Manuela Maleeva -Bulgarian tennis player

1967- Mark Rutte -Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

1968- Latifa (singer)|Latifa -Tunisian singer and actress

1968- Jules Asner -American model

1968- Chris Lewis (cricketer)|Chris Lewis -Guyanese-English cricketer

1968- Scott McClellan -American civil servant and author, 25th White House Press Secretary

1969- Adriana Behar -Brazilian volleyball player

1969- Harry Colon -American football player

1969- Meg Hillier -English politician

1970- Giuseppe Guerini -Italian cyclist

1970- Sean Hill -American ice hockey player

1970- Simon Pegg -English actor, director, and producer

1970- Heinrich Schmieder -German actor (d. 2010)

1971- Kris Aquino -Filipino actress

1971- Tommy Dreamer -American wrestler and actor

1971- Nelson Frazier, Jr. -American wrestler and actor (d. 2014)

1971- Gheorghe Mureșan -Romanian basketball player

1971- Noriko Sakai -Japanese singer and actress

1972- Hiroshi (owarai)|Hiroshi -Japanese comedian

1972- Drew Bledsoe -American football player

1972- Najwa Nimri -Spanish actress and singer

1972- Jaan Tallinn -Estonian computer programmer

1972- Rob Thomas (musician)|Rob Thomas -American singer-songwriter (Matchbox Twenty and Tabitha's Secret)

1973- Tyus Edney -American basketball player

1973- Steve McNair -American football player (d. 2009)

1973- Yuka Sato -Japanese figure skater

1974- Filippa Giordano -Italian singer

1974- Philippe Léonard -Belgian footballer

1975- Xie Hui (footballer)|Xie Hui -Chinese footballer

1975- Yul Kwon -American lawyer and television host

1975- Scott Owen -Australian bassist (The Living End)

1975- Malik Zidi -French actor

1976- Liv Kristine -Norwegian singer-songwriter (Leaves' Eyes and Theatre of Tragedy)

1976- Erica Leerhsen -American actress

1977- Darren Bennett (dancer)|Darren Bennett -English dancer

1977- Donna Cruz -Filipino actress and singer

1977- Cadel Evans -Australian cyclist

1977- Darren Purse -English footballer

1977- Elmer Symons -South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

1977- Jim Jefferies (comedian)|Jim Jefferies -Australian comedian and actor

1978- Dwele -American singer-songwriter and producer

1978- Dean Gaffney -English actor

1978- Danai Gurira -Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright

1978- Richard Hamilton (basketball)|Richard Hamilton -American basketball player

1978- Darius Songaila -Lithuanian basketball player

1979- Paolo Ginestra -Italian footballer

1979- Pablo Pallante -Uruguayan footballer

1980- Fátima Leyva -Mexican footballer

1980- Josh Senter -American screenwriter and producer

1980- Michelle Ye -Hong Kong actress

1981- Matteo Brighi -Italian footballer

1981- Randy de Puniet -French motorcycle racer

1981- Ayako Hamada -Mexican-Japanese wrestler

1981- Erin Torpey -American actress and singer

1982- Marián Gáborík -Slovak ice hockey player

1982- John Halls -English footballer

1982- Andrei Jämsä -Estonian rower

1982- Lenka Tvarošková -Slovak tennis player

1983- Rhydian Roberts|Rhydian -Welsh singer and actor

1983- Callix Crabbe -Virgin Islander baseball player

1983- Rocky Elsom -Australian rugby player

1983- Vincent Labrie -Canadian speed skater

1983- Bacary Sagna -French footballer

1984- Hamed Namouchi -Tunisian footballer

1984- John Prats -Filipino actor and dancer

1985- Karima Adebibe -English actress and model

1985- Havana Brown (musician)|Havana Brown -Australian singer, DJ and dancer

1985- Tyler Clippard -American baseball player

1985- Heart Evangelista -Filipino singer and actress

1985- Natsume Sano -Japanese model

1985- Philippe Senderos -Swiss footballer

1985- Miki Yeung -Hong Kong singer and actress (Cookies (group)|Cookies)

1986- Michael Ammermüller -German race car driver

1986- Roxanne Guinoo -Filipino actress

1986- Markus Karl -German footballer

1986- Oliver Lee (actor)|Oliver Lee -English actor

1986- Gao Lin -Chinese footballer

1986- Kang Min-Soo -South Korean footballer

1986- Tiffany Thornton -American actress and singer

1986- Aschwin Wildeboer -Spanish swimmer

1987- Edinson Cavani -Uruguayan footballer

1987- Joe Pichler -American actor

1987- Tom Pyatt -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Yulia Savicheva -Russian singer

1987- Fabian Schönheim -German footballer

1987- David Wheater -English footballer

1988- Katie Boland -Canadian actress

1988- Siim Liivik -Estonian ice hockey player

1988- Ángel Di María -Argentine footballer

1988- Quentin Mosimann -Swiss singer and DJ

1988- Asia Nitollano -American singer and dancer (The Pussycat Dolls)

1989- Néstor Calderón -Mexican footballer

1989- Christopher Handke -German footballer

1989- Adam Matuszczyk -Polish footballer

1989- Emma Miskew -Canadian curler

1989- Denisa Smolenová -Slovak swimmer

1989- Sten-Timmu Sokk -Estonian basketball player

1989- Brandon Sutter -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Kristian Thomas -English gymnast

1990- Sefa Yılmaz -German footballer

1991- Chris Rowney -English footballer

1991- Rilwan Waheed -Maldivian footballer

1992- Christian Eriksen -Danish footballer

1992- Freddie Highmore -English actor

1993- Shane Harper -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1994- Paul Butcher (actor)|Paul Butcher -American actor