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Day History: February-17

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Famous Birthdays


624- Wu Zetian -Chinese empress (d. 705)

1490- Charles III, Duke of Bourbon -(d. 1527)

1519- Francis, Duke of Guise -(d. 1563)

1524- Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine -(d. 1574)

1581- Fausto Poli -Italian cardinal (d. 1653)

1646- Pierre Le Pesant, sieur de Boisguilbert -French economist (d. 1714)

1653- Arcangelo Corelli -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1713)

1718- Matthew Tilghman -American politician (d. 1790)

1723- Tobias Mayer -German astronomer (d. 1762)

1740- Horace-Bénédict de Saussure -Swiss physicist (d. 1799)

1752- Friedrich Maximilian Klinger -German author and playwright (d. 1831)

1754- Nicolas Baudin -French cartographer and explorer (d. 1803)

1781- René Laennec -French physician, invented the stethoscope (d. 1826)

1796- Philipp Franz von Siebold -German physician (d. 1866)

1816- Haller Nutt -American planter (d. 1864)

1817- Édouard Thilges -Luxembourgian politician, 7th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1904)

1820- Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau -Canadian cardinal (d. 1898)

1820- Henri Vieuxtemps -Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1881)

1821- Lola Montez -Irish actress and dancer (d. 1861)

1836- Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer -Spanish poet (d. 1870)

1844- Aaron Montgomery Ward -American businessman, founded Montgomery Ward (d. 1913)

1848- Albert Gustaf Dahlman -Swedish executioner (d. 1920)

1848- Louisa Lawson -Australian poet and publisher (d. 1920)

1854- Friedrich Alfred Krupp -German businessman, founded Krupp (d. 1902)

1860- Tom Seeberg -Norwegian target shooter (d. 1938)

1861- Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont -(d. 1922)

1862- Mori Ōgai -Japanese author and poet (d. 1922)

1862- Eugen Schmidt -Danish tug of war competitor (d. 1931)

1863- Fyodor Sologub -Russian author and poet (d. 1927)

1864- Jozef Murgaš -Slovak priest, botanist, and painter (d. 1929)

1864- Banjo Paterson -Australian poet (d. 1941)

1874- Thomas J. Watson -American businessman (d. 1956)

1877- Isabelle Eberhardt -Swiss explorer and author (d. 1904)

1877- André Maginot -French sergeant and politician (d. 1932)

1877- Isidora Sekulić -Serbian author (d. 1958)

1880- Ernest Linton -Scottish-Canadian soccer player (d. 1957)

1883- George Edwin Cooke -American soccer player (d. 1969)

1885- Steve Evans (baseball)|Steve Evans -American baseball player (d. 1943)

1887- Leevi Madetoja -Finnish composer (d. 1947)

1887- Joseph Bech -Luxembourgish politician, 15th Prime Minister of Luxembourg (d. 1975)

1888- Otto Stern -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1969)

1890- Ronald Fisher -English statistician, biologist, and geneticist (d. 1962)

1891- Abraham Fraenkel -German-Israeli mathematician (d. 1965)

1892- Marjorie Fielding -English actress (d. 1956)

1893- Wally Pipp -American baseball player (d. 1965)

1899- Jibanananda Das -Indian poet, writer, novelist and essayist in Bengali language|Bengali (d. 1954)

1900- Ruth Clifford -American actress (d. 1998)

1903- Sadegh Hedayat -Iranian author (d. 1951)

1904- Hans Morgenthau -German philosopher (d. 1980)

1905- Osvald Käpp -Estonian wrestler (d. 1995)

1906- Mary Brian -American actress (d. 2002)

1907- Yevgeniy Abalakov -Russian mountaineer and sculptor (d. 1948)

1908- Red Barber -American sportscaster (d. 1992)

1908- Ants Eskola -Estonian actor and singer (d. 1989)

1908- Bo Yibo -Chinese politician, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 2007)

1910- Arthur Hunnicutt -American actor (d. 1979)

1911- Sydney Chedgzoy -English professional association footballer (d. 1983)

1911- Oskar Seidlin -German-American author, poet, and scholar (d. 1984)

1911- Orrin Tucker -American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 2011)

1912- Andre Norton -American author (d. 2005)

1912- Virginia Sorensen -American author (d. 1991)

1913- Jean Le Moyne -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1996)

1913- Russel B. Nye -American author (d. 1993)

1914- Arthur Kennedy (actor)|Arthur Kennedy -American actor (d. 1990)

1914- Wayne Morris (American actor)|Wayne Morris -American actor (d. 1959)

1916- Alexander Obolensky -Russian rugby player (d. 1940)

1916- Raf Vallone -Italian footballer and actor (d. 2002)

1917- Abdel Rahman Badawi -Egyptian philosopher and poet (d. 2002)

1917- Guillermo González Camarena -Mexican engineer (d. 1965)

1918- William Bronk -American poet (d. 1999)

1918- Volodymyr Shcherbytsky -Ukrainian politician (d. 1990)

1919- J. M. S. Careless -Canadian historian (d. 2009)

1919- Kathleen Freeman -American actress (d. 2001)

1920- Ivo Caprino -Norwegian director and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1920- Curt Swan -American illustrator (d. 1996)

1921- Duane Gish -American biochemist (d. 2013)

1922- Enrico Banducci -American businessman (d. 2007)

1922- Tommy Edwards -American singer-songwriter (d. 1969)

1922- Valentino Mazzia -American physician (d. 1999)

1923- John M. Allegro -English archaeologist and scholar (d. 1988)

1923- Alden W. Clausen -American banker (d. 2013)

1923- Buddy DeFranco -American clarinet player

1924- Margaret Truman -American author (d. 2008)

1925- Ron Goodwin -English composer and conductor (d. 2003)

1925- Hal Holbrook -American actor and director

1928- Marta Romero -Puerto Rican actress and singer (d. 2013)

1929- Paul Meger -Canadian ice hockey player

1929- Chaim Potok -American author (d. 2002)

1929- Nicholas Ridley, Baron Ridley of Liddesdale -English politician (d. 1993)

1929- Patricia Routledge -English actress and singer

1930- Roger Craig (baseball)|Roger Craig -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1930- Benjamin Fain -Ukrainian-Israeli physicist (d. 2013)

1930- Doug Hoyle, Baron Hoyle -English politician

1930- Ruth Rendell -English author

1930- Frank Wappat -English singer and radio host (d. 2014)

1933- Bobby Lewis -American singer

1931- Jiřina Jirásková -Czech actress (d. 2013)

1933- Larry Jennings -American magician and author (d. 1997)

1933- Craig L. Thomas -American politician (d. 2007)

1934- Alan Bates -English actor (d. 2003)

1934- Barry Humphries -Australian comedian, actor, and author

1935- Christina Pickles -English-American actress

1936- Jim Brown -American football player and actor

1938- Martha Henry -American-Canadian actress

1938- Yvonne Romain -English actress

1938- Buck Trent -American banjo player

1939- John Leyton -English actor and singer

1939- Mary Ann Mobley -American actress, Miss America|Miss America 1959

1939- Clément Richard -Canadian businessman and politician

1940- Gene Pitney -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1941- Julia McKenzie -English actress, singer, and director

1942- Huey P. Newton -American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party (d. 1989)

1943- Costas Azariadis -Greek economist

1943- Claire Malis -American actress (d. 2012)

1943- Joe Medjuck -Canadian actor and producer

1944- Bruce Fogle -Canadian veterinarian and author

1944- Nick Hewer -English television host

1944- Karl Jenkins -Welsh saxophonist, keyboard player, and composer (Soft Machine)

1945- Zina Bethune -American actress, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2012)

1945- Brenda Fricker -Irish actress

1945- Linda Kitson -English illustrator

1946- Dodie Stevens -American singer

1946- Shahrnush Parsipur -Iranian author

1948- José José -Mexican singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1948- Rick Majerus -American basketball player and coach (d. 2012)

1948- Don Scardino -American actor and director

1949- Fred Frith -English guitarist and songwriter (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre (experimental band)|Massacre and Skeleton Crew (band)|Skeleton Crew)

1950- Rickey Medlocke -American guitarist (Blackfoot (band)|Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1950- Graham Stringer -English politician

1951- Rashid Minhas -Pakistani pilot (d. 1971)

1952- Karin Janz -German gymnast

1952- Vladimír Padrůněk -Czech bass player (Energit (band)|Energit and Etc...) (d. 1991)

1953- Norman Pace -English actor

1954- Miki Berkovich -Israeli basketball player

1954- Rene Russo -American actress

1955- Mo Yan -Chinese author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1956- Richard Karn -American actor

1957- Loreena McKennitt -Canadian singer-songwriter, accordion player, and pianist

1958- Steve Fox (footballer)|Steve Fox -English footballer (d. 2012)

1958- Alan Wiggins -American baseball player (d. 1991)

1959- Aryeh Deri -Moroccan-Israeli rabbi and politician

1959- Rowdy Gaines -American swimmer

1959- Neil Lomax -American football player

1960- Shunji Kosugi -Japanese wrestler

1961- Chris Champion -American wrestler

1961- Angela Eagle -English politician

1961- Maria Eagle -English politician

1961- Panna Rittikrai -Thai actor, director, and stuntman (d. 2014)

1962- David McComb -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Triffids and The Blackeyed Susans) (d. 1999)

1962- Lou Diamond Phillips -American actor and director

1962- Sarah Wollaston -English politician

1963- Larry the Cable Guy -American comedian and actor

1963- Alison Hargreaves -English mountaineer (d. 1995)

1963- Jen-Hsun Huang -Taiwanese-American businessman, co-founded Nvidia

1963- Michael Jordan -American basketball player and actor

1963- Rene Syler -American journalist

1964- Buster Olney -American journalist

1965- Michael Bay -American director and producer

1965- Samuel Bayer -American director and cinematographer

1966- Quorthon -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Bathory (band)|Bathory) (d. 2004)

1966- Michael Lepond -American bass player (Symphony X and Seven Witches)

1966- Robert Reid (co-driver)|Robert Reid -Scottish race car driver

1966- Luc Robitaille -Canadian ice hockey player

1967- Chanté Moore -American singer-songwriter

1968- Wu'erkaixi -Chinese journalist and activist

1968- Bryan Cox -American football player

1969- David Douillet -French martial artist and politician

1969- Tuesday Knight -American actress and singer

1969- Willi Kronhardt -German footballer

1970- Tommy Moe -American skier

1970- Dominic Purcell -English-Australian actor

1971- Martyn Bennett -Canadian-Scottish composer (d. 2005)

1971- Cynthia Cleese -English actress

1971- Jeremy Edwards -English actor

1971- SaRenna Lee -American porn actress

1971- Denise Richards -American model and actress

1972- Yuki (singer)|Yuki -Japanese singer-songwriter (Mean Machine (band)|Mean Machine, Judy and Mary, and NiNa)

1972- Billie Joe Armstrong -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and producer (Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, and Foxboro Hot Tubs)

1972- Philippe Candeloro -French figure skater

1972- Taylor Hawkins -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders)

1972- Ralphie May -American comedian and actor

1972- Valeria Mazza -Argentinian model

1972- Lars Göran Petrov -Swedish singer and drummer (Entombed (band)|Entombed and Morbid (band)|Morbid)

1973- Drew Barry -American basketball player

1973- Raphaël Ibañez -French rugby player

1974- Kaoru (musician)|Kaoru -Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Dir en grey)

1974- Jerry O'Connell -American actor

1974- Bryan White -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Harisu -South Korean singer and actress

1975- Kaspars Astašenko -Latvian ice hockey player (d. 2012)

1975- Todd Harvey -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Vaclav Prospal -Czech ice hockey player

1976- Kelly Carlson -American actress

1976- Lefteris Fafalis -Greek skier

1976- William Roussel -French singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mütiilation)

1976- Scott Williamson -American baseball player

1977- Wong Choong Hann -Malaysian badminton player

1977- Bob Katsionis -Greek musician

1978- Jacob Wetterling -American kidnapping victim

1979- Josh Willingham -American baseball player

1980- Aya Endō -Japanese voice actress

1980- Al Harrington -American basketball player

1980- Jason Ritter -American actor

1980- Klemi Saban -Israeli footballer

1981- Joseph Gordon-Levitt -American actor, director, and producer

1981- Paris Hilton -American model, actress, and singer

1981- Pontus Segerström -Swedish footballer (d. 2014)

1981- Andrew Stephenson -English politician

1982- Brian Bruney -American baseball player

1982- Daniel Merriweather -Australian singer-songwriter and producer

1982- Deyvid Oprja -Estonian skier

1982- Adriano Leite Ribeiro -Brazilian footballer

1983- Gérald Cid -French footballer

1983- Marios Kaperonis -Greek boxer

1983- Nguyen Tien Minh -Vietnamese badminton player

1983- Kevin Rudolf -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1984- Sadha -Indian actress

1984- AB de Villiers -South African cricketer

1984- Jimmy Jacobs -American wrestler

1984- Stefan Jarosch -German footballer

1984- Kenta Kamakari -Japanese actor and singer

1984- Drew Miller -American ice hockey player

1984- Marcin Gortat -Polish basketball player

1985- Sivakarthikeyan -Indian actor and singer

1985- Anne Curtis -Australian-Filipino actress and singer

1985- Anders Jacobsen (ski jumper)|Anders Jacobsen -Norwegian ski jumper

1986- Rod Michael -American singer (B3 (band)|B3)

1986- Joey O'Brien -Irish footballer

1986- Ricardo Rodriguez (wrestler)|Ricardo Rodriguez -American wrestler and ring announcer

1987- Thomas Ayasse -French footballer

1987- Danny Farquhar -American baseball player

1987- Aseem Trivedi -Indian cartoonist and activist

1987- Tiquan Underwood -American football player

1988- Natascha Kampusch -Austrian kidnapping victim

1989- Rebecca Adlington -English swimmer

1989- Ina Demireva -Bulgarian ice dancer

1989- Stacey McClean -English singer and actress (S Club 8)

1989- Chord Overstreet -American actor and singer

1990- Marianne St-Gelais -Canadian speed skater

1991- Sam Oldham -English gymnast

1991- Ed Sheeran -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1991- Bonnie Wright -English actress

1992- Meaghan Jette Martin -American actress and singer

1993- Nicola Leali -Italian footballer

1993- Marc Márquez -Spanish motorcycle racer

1993- AJ Perez -Filipino actor (d. 2011)

1993- Philip Wiegratz -German actor

1994- Angie Miller (American singer)|Angie Miller -American singer-songwriter

1996- Sasha Pieterse -American actress