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Day History: February-16

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Famous Birthdays


1032- Emperor Yingzong of Song -(d. 1067)

1222- Nichiren -Japanese monk (d. 1282)

1304- Jayaatu Khan, Emperor Wenzong of Yuan -(d. 1332)

1497- Philipp Melanchthon -German theologian and reformer (d. 1560)

1519- Gaspard II de Coligny -French admiral (d. 1572)

1543- Kano Eitoku -Japanese painter (d. 1590)

1620- Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg -(d. 1688)

1643- John Sharp (bishop)|John Sharp -English archbishop (d. 1714)

1698- Pierre Bouguer -French mathematician, geophysicist, and astronomer (d. 1758)

1727- Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin -Austrian botanist, chemist, and mycologist (d. 1817)

1740- Giambattista Bodoni -Italian publisher and engraver (d. 1813)

1761- Jean-Charles Pichegru -French general (d. 1804)

1774- Pierre Rode -French violinist and composer (d. 1830)

1786- Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859)|Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia -(d. 1859)

1802- Phineas Quimby -American philosopher (d. 1866)

1804- Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold -German physiologist (d. 1885)

1812- Henry Wilson -American politician, 18th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)

1821- Heinrich Barth -German explorer and scholar (d. 1865)

1822- Francis Galton -English biologist and statistician (d. 1911)

1824- Peter Kozler -Slovenian cartographer and geographer (d. 1879)

1826- Joseph Victor von Scheffel -German poet (d. 1886)

1831- Nikolai Leskov -Russian author, playwright, and journalist (d. 1895)

1834- Ernst Haeckel -German biologist and philosopher (d. 1919)

1838- Henry Adams -American journalist, historian, and author (d. 1918)

1845- George Kennan (explorer)|George Kennan -American explorer (d. 1924)

1847- Philipp Scharwenka -Polish-German composer (d. 1917)

1848- Hugo de Vries -Dutch botanist (d. 1935)

1848- Octave Mirbeau -French journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1917)

1856- Willem Kes -Dutch conductor and violinist (d. 1934)

1856- Ossian Everett Mills -American academic, founded Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (d. 1920)

1866- Billy Hamilton (baseball, born 1866)|Billy Hamilton -American baseball player (d. 1940)

1874- Marie Gutheil-Schoder -German soprano (d. 1935)

1875- John Duha -American gymnast (d. 1940)

1876- G. M. Trevelyan -English historian (d. 1962)

1878- Pamela Colman Smith -English illustrator (d. 1951)

1878- James Colosimo -Italian-American mob boss (d. 1920)

1880- Frank Burke (baseball)|Frank Burke -American baseball player (d. 1946)

1883- Elizabeth Craig (writer)|Elizabeth Craig -Scottish journalist and author (d. 1980)

1884- Robert J. Flaherty -American director and producer (d. 1951)

1886- Van Wyck Brooks -American historian and critic (d. 1963)

1887- Kathleen Clifford -American actress (d. 1962)

1891- Hans F. K. Günther -German eugenicist (d. 1967)

1896- Eugénie Blanchard -French super-centenarian (d. 2010)

1898- Katharine Cornell -American actress and producer (d. 1974)

1901- Vincent Coleman -American actor (d. 1971)

1901- Wayne King -American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 1985)

1901- Chester Morris -American actor (d. 1970)

1903- Edgar Bergen -American ventriloquist and actor (d. 1978)

1903- André Berthomieu -French director and screenwriter (d. 1960)

1903- Georges-Henri Lévesque -Canadian priest and sociologist (d. 2000)

1904- Karl-Heinz Bürger -German SS officer (d. 1988)

1904- George F. Kennan -American historian and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union (d. 2005)

1906- Vera Menchik -Russian-English chess player (d. 1944)

1907- Angelos Terzakis -Greek author (d. 1979)

1909- Hugh Beaumont -American actor and director (d. 1982)

1909- Jeffrey Lynn -American actor (d. 1995)

1909- Dick and Mac McDonald|Richard McDonald -American businessman, co-founded McDonald's (d. 1998)

1910- Robert Fletcher Shaw -Canadian businessman, academic, and civil servant (d. 2001)

1915- Elisabeth Eybers -South African poet (d. 2007)

1915- Jim O'Hora -American football player and coach (d. 2005)

1915- Michael Relph -English director and producer (d. 2004)

1916- Bill Doggett -American pianist (d. 1996)

1918- Patty Andrews -American singer (The Andrews Sisters) (d. 2013)

1919- Torkom Manoogian -Iraqi-Armenian archbishop (d. 2012)

1919- Georges Ulmer -Danish-French actor and composer (d. 1989)

1920- Anna Mae Hays -American general

1921- Jean Behra -French race car driver (d. 1959)

1921- Vera-Ellen -American actress and dancer (d. 1981)

1921- John Galbraith Graham -English priest and academic (d. 2013)

1922- Lilli Promet -Estonian author (d. 2007)

1922- Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer -German soldier and pilot (d. 1950)

1925- Carlos Paredes -Portuguese guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1926- Margot Frank -German-Dutch holocaust victim (d. 1945)

1926- John Schlesinger -English actor and director (d. 2003)

1927- June Brown -English actress

1927- David Brion Davis -American historian and academic

1929- Gerhard Hanappi -Austrian footballer (d. 1980)

1929- Peter Porter (poet)|Peter Porter -Australian poet (d. 2010)

1931- Otis Blackwell -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)

1931- Toni Kinshofer -German mountaineer (d. 1964)

1931- George E. Sangmeister -American politician (d. 2007)

1931- Ken Takakura -Japanese actor

1932- Ahmad Tejan Kabbah -Sierra Leonean economist, lawyer, and politician, 3rd President of Sierra Leone (d. 2014)

1932- Gretchen Wyler -American actress and dancer (d. 2007)

1934- August Coppola -American academic and author (d. 2009)

1934- Marlene Hagge -American golfer

1934- Kalin Twins|Harold 'Hal' Kalin -American singer (Kalin Twins) (d. 2005)

1934- Kalin Twins|Herbert 'Herbie' Kalin -American singer (Kalin Twins) (d. 2006)

1935- Sonny Bono -American actor, singer, and politician (Sonny & Cher) (d. 1998)

1935- Stephen Gaskin -American activist, co-founded The Farm (Tennessee)|The Farm (d. 2014)

1936- Jill Kinmont Boothe -American skier (d. 2012)

1936- Eliahu Inbal -Israeli conductor

1937- Paul Bailey -English author and critic

1937- Peter Hobday (presenter)|Peter Hobday -English journalist

1937- Yuri I. Manin -Russian-German mathematician

1938- John Corigliano -American composer

1938- Barry Primus -American actor

1939- Adolfo Azcuna -Filipino jurist

1939- David Griffiths (portrait painter)|David Griffiths -Welsh painter

1939- Czesław Niemen -Polish singer-songwriter (Niebiesko-Czarni) (d. 2004)

1939- David Simpson (British politician)|David Simpson -Irish politician

1940- Hannelore Schmatz -German mountaineer (d. 1979)

1940- Michael J. Shapiro -American academic

1941- Anne Lonsdale -English sinologist and academic

1941- Kim Jong-il -North Korean politician, 2nd List of leaders of North Korea|Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 2011)

1942- Richard Williams (tennis coach)|Richard Williams -American tennis coach

1943- Anthony Dowell -English ballet dancer and choreographer

1943- Brig Owens -American football player

1943- Howard Riley (musician)|Howard Riley -English pianist and composer

1944- Glyn Davies (British politician)|Glyn Davies -Welsh politician

1944- Richard Ford -American author

1944- António Mascarenhas Monteiro -Cape Verdean politician, 2nd List of heads of state of Cape Verde|President of Cape Verde

1945- Jeremy Bulloch -English actor

1946- Ian Lavender -English actor

1948- Troy Evans (actor)|Troy Evans -American actor

1948- Kaiketsu Masateru -Japanese sumo wrestler and coach (d. 2014)

1948- Andy Van Hellemond -Canadian ice hockey player and referee

1949- Bob Didier -American baseball player

1949- Lyn Paul -English singer and actress (The New Seekers)

1950- Peter Hain -Kenyan-Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Wales

1950- Roman Tam -Hong Kong singer (Roman and the Four Steps) (d. 2002)

1950- Kazuki Tomokawa -Japanese singer

1951- William Katt -American actor

1952- Barry Foote -American baseball player

1952- Terence Kealey -English biochemist and academic

1952- James Ingram -American singer-songwriter and producer

1953- George Martin (footballer)|George Martin -English footballer

1953- Lanny McDonald -Canadian ice hockey player

1953- Roberta Williams -American video game designer, co-founded Sierra Entertainment

1954- Iain Banks -Scottish author (d. 2013)

1954- Viggo Hagstrøm -Norwegian scholar (d. 2013)

1954- Margaux Hemingway -American actress and model (d. 1996)

1954- John McAslan -Scottish architect

1954- Michael Holding -Jamaican cricketer

1955- Hunt Block -American actor

1956- Vincent Ward (director)|Vincent Ward -New Zealand director and screenwriter

1957- LeVar Burton -American actor, director, and producer

1958- Ice-T -American rapper and actor (Body Count)

1958- Natalie Angier -American journalist and author

1958- Michael W. Burns -American politician

1958- Lisa Loring -American actress

1958- Oscar Schmidt -Brazilian basketball player

1958- Herb Williams -American basketball player and coach

1959- Daniel Ribacoff -American polygraph examiner

1959- John McEnroe -American tennis

1959- Kelly Tripucka -American basketball player

1960- Cherie Chung -Hong Kong actress

1960- Bill Pecota -American baseball player

1960- Pete Willis -English guitarist (Def Leppard, Atomic Mass (band)|Atomic Mass, Gogmagog (band)|Gogmagog, and Roadhouse (band)|Roadhouse)

1961- LaGaylia Frazier -American-Swedish singer

1961- Liu Kang (football manager)|Liu Kang -Chinese footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1961- Eric Red -American screenwriter and director

1961- Andy Taylor (guitarist)|Andy Taylor -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Duran Duran and The Power Station (band)|The Power Station)

1962- John Balance -English singer-songwriter (Coil (band)|Coil) (d. 2004)

1962- Doug Chiang -American film designer and artist

1963- Dano Halsall -Swiss swimmer

1964- Bebeto -Brazilian footballer

1964- Christopher Eccleston -English actor

1965- Dave Lombardo -Cuban-American drummer (Slayer, Grip Inc., Fantômas (band)|Fantômas, Voodoocult, and Testament (band)|Testament)

1966- Martin Perscheid -German cartoonist

1967- Keith Gretzky -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Warren Ellis -English author

1969- Gangrel (wrestler)|Gangrel -American wrestler

1970- Serdar Ortaç -Turkish singer-songwriter

1970- Angelo Peruzzi -Italian footballer

1971- Amanda Holden -English actress

1972- Jerome Bettis -American football player

1972- Grit Breuer -German sprinter

1972- Sarah Clarke -American actress

1973- Christian Bassedas -Argentinian footballer

1973- Cathy Freeman -Australian sprinter

1973- Maureen Johnson -American author

1973- Nikos Kostakis -Greek footballer

1973- Rebecca Lord -French-American porn actress

1974- Mahershalalhashbaz Ali -American actor

1974- Luis Figueroa -Puerto Rican baseball player

1974- Fanis Katergiannakis -Greek footballer

1975- Nanase Aikawa -Japanese singer

1975- Vanina Ickx -Belgian race car driver

1975- Don Jeffcoat -American actor

1976- Kyo (musician)|Kyo -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (Dir en grey)

1976- Eric Byrnes -American baseball player

1976- Joe Odagiri -Japanese actor and singer

1977- Paul Brittain -American actor

1977- Ian Clarke (computer scientist)|Ian Clarke -Irish-American computer scientist, founded Freenet

1977- Ahman Green -American football player

1978- Alexandre Beaudoin -Canadian forensic scientist

1978- Tia Hellebaut -Belgian high jumper

1978- Wasim Jaffer -Indian cricketer

1978- John Tartaglia -American actor, singer, and puppeteer

1979- Eric Mun -American-South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1979- Valentino Rossi -Italian motorcycle racer

1980- Agim Kaba -American actor and producer

1980- Ashley Lelie -American football player

1980- Longineu W. Parsons III -French-American drummer (Yellowcard)

1981- Jay Howard -English race car driver

1981- Jerry Owens -American baseball player

1981- Qyntel Woods -American basketball player

1982- Aleksandr Dmitrijev -Estonian footballer

1982- Lupe Fiasco -American rapper and producer (Child Rebel Soldier and Japanese Cartoon (band)|Japanese Cartoon)

1982- Paulo Jorge Sousa Vieira -Portuguese footballer

1983- Agyness Deyn -English model, actress, and singer

1984- Sofia Arvidsson -Swedish tennis player

1984- Ous Mellouli -Tunisian swimmer

1985- Simon Francis (footballer)|Simon Francis -English footballer

1985- Ron Vlaar -Dutch footballer

1986- Zoi Dimoschaki -Greek swimmer

1986- Josje Huisman -Dutch singer, actress, dancer (K3 (band)|K3)

1987- Luc Bourdon -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1987- Theresa Goh -Singaporean swimmer

1987- Mauricio Hénao -Colombian-American actor

1987- Hasheem Thabeet -Tanzanian basketball player

1988- Diego Capel -Spanish footballer

1988- Zhang Jike -Chinese table tennis player

1988- Denílson Pereira Neves -Brazilian footballer

1988- Andrea Ranocchia -Italian footballer

1988- Kim Soo-hyun -South Korean actor and singer

1989- Elizabeth Olsen -American actress

1990- The Weeknd -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1991- Sergio Canales -Spanish footballer

1992- Nicolai Boilesen -Danish footballer

1992- Zsófia Susányi -Hungarian tennis player

1994- Annika Beck -German tennis player

1994- Matthew Knight -Canadian actor

1995- Katy Dunne -British tennis player

1995- Carina Witthöft -German tennis player