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Day History: February-18

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Famous Birthdays

1372- Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani -Egyptian jurist and scholar (d. 1448)

1404- Leon Battista Alberti -Italian painter and philosopher (d. 1472)

1486- Chaitanya Mahaprabhu -Indian saint (d. 1534)

1516- Mary I of England -(d. 1558)

1530- Uesugi Kenshin -Japanese daimyo (d. 1578)

1543- Charles III, Duke of Lorraine -(d. 1608)

1559- Isaac Casaubon -Swiss philologist and scholar (d. 1614)

1602- Per Brahe the Younger -Swedish soldier and politician, Governor-General of Finland (d. 1680)

1609- Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon -English historian and politician (d. 1674)

1632- Giovanni Battista Vitali -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1692)

1635- Johan Göransson Gyllenstierna -Swedish politician (d. 1680)

1642- Marie Champmeslé -French actress (d. 1698)

1658- Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre -French philosopher and author (d. 1743)

1677- Jacques Cassini -French astronomer (d. 1756)

1732- Johann Christian Kittel -German organist and composer (d. 1809)

1745- Alessandro Volta -Italian physicist, invented the Battery (electricity)|battery (d. 1827)

1814- Samuel Fenton Cary -American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)

1817- Lewis Armistead -American general (d. 1863)

1818- Perucho Figueredo -Cuban poet and activist (d. 1870)

1836- Ramakrishna -Indian mystic and guru (d. 1886)

1838- Ernst Mach -Austrian physicist (d. 1916)

1841- Gergely Luthár -Slovenian-Hungarian author (d. 1925)

1846- Wilson Barrett -English playwright (d. 1904)

1848- Louis Comfort Tiffany -American stained glass artist (d. 1933)

1849- Alexander Kielland -Norwegian author (d. 1906)

1850- George Henschel -German-English opera singer, conductor, and composer (d. 1934)

1855- Jean Jules Jusserand -French author and diplomat (d. 1932)

1858- Wilhelm Schmidt (engineer)|Wilhelm Schmidt -German engineer (d. 1924)

1862- Charles M. Schwab -American businessman, co-founded Bethlehem Steel (d. 1939)

1870- William Laurel Harris -American painter and author (d. 1924)

1871- Harry Brearley -English metallurgist (d. 1948)

1878- Harriet Bosse -Swedish–Norwegian actress (d. 1961)

1883- Nikos Kazantzakis -Greek author (d. 1957)

1884- Andrew Watson Myles -Canadian politician (d. 1970)

1890- Edward Arnold (actor)|Edward Arnold -American actor (d. 1956)

1890- Adolphe Menjou -American actor (d. 1963)

1892- Wendell Willkie -American lawyer and politician (d. 1944)

1894- Rafi Ahmed Kidwai -Indian politician (d. 1954)

1897- Charles Kuentz -German-French soldier (d. 2005)

1898- Enzo Ferrari -Italian race car driver and businessman, founded Ferrari (d. 1988)

1898- Luis Muñoz Marín -Puerto Rican poet and politician, 1st Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (d. 1980)

1899- Arthur Bryant -English historian and journalist (d. 1985)

1901- Reginald Sheffield -English-American actor (d. 1957)

1902- Walter Herbert (conductor)|Walter Herbert -German-American conductor (d. 1975)

1903- Nikolai Podgorny -Ukrainian politician (d. 1983)

1905- Queenie Leonard -English-American actress and singer (d. 2002)

1906- Hans Asperger -Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)

1907- Oscar Brodney -American lawyer and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1909- C. Arulampalam -Sri Lankan politician

1909- Tuppy Owen-Smith -South African-English cricketer and rugby player (d. 1990)

1909- Wallace Stegner -American historian and author (d. 1993)

1914- Pee Wee King -American singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1915- Phyllis Calvert -English actress (d. 2002)

1916- Jean Drapeau -Canadian lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)

1917- José Curbelo -Cuban-American pianist and manager (d. 2012)

1917- Dona Massin -Canadian actress and choreographer (d. 2001)

1918- Jane Loevinger -American psychologist (d. 2008)

1919- Jack Palance -American actor (d. 2006)

1920- Bill Cullen -American game show host (d. 1990)

1921- Oscar Feltsman -Ukrainian-Russian composer (d. 2013)

1922- Eric Gairy -Grenadan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Grenada (d. 1997)

1922- Helen Gurley Brown -American author and publisher (d. 2012)

1922- Allan Melvin -American actor (d. 2008)

1922- Juhan Smuul -Estonian author, poet, and screenwriter (d. 1971)

1922- Joe Tipton -American baseball player (d. 1994)

1922- Connie Wisniewski -American baseball player (d. 1995)

1924- Humberto Fernández Morán -Venezuelan scientist and academic (d. 1999)

1924- Louis Laberge -Canadian union leader (d. 2002)

1924- Nicolo Rizzuto -Italian-Canadian mob boss (d. 2010)

1924- Sam Rolfe -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1993)

1925- Marcel Barbeau -Canadian painter and sculptor

1925- Jack Gilbert -American poet (d. 2012)

1925- George Kennedy -American actor

1926- A. R. Ammons -American poet (d. 2001)

1926- Wallace Berman -American painter and illustrator (d. 1976)

1926- Nalini Jaywant -Indian actress (d. 2010)

1926- Jan Zwartkruis -Dutch footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1927- Luis Arroyo -Puerto Rican baseball player

1927- Peter Fryer -English journalist and author (d. 2006)

1927- John Warner -American politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy

1928- Tom Johnson (ice hockey)|Tom Johnson -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)

1929- Len Deighton -English historian and author

1929- André Mathieu -Canadian pianist and composer (d. 1968)

1930- Gahan Wilson -American author and illustrator

1931- Johnny Hart -American cartoonist (d. 2007)

1931- Toni Morrison -American author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Swraj Paul, Baron Paul -Indian-English businessman, philanthropist, and politician

1931- Bob St. Clair -American football player

1932- Miloš Forman -Czech-American director and screenwriter

1933- Gerhard Frey (politician)|Gerhard Frey -German publisher and politician (d. 2013)

1933- Yoko Ono -Japanese-American singer-songwriter (Plastic Ono Band)

1933- Bobby Robson -English footballer and manager (d. 2009)

1933- Mary Ure -Scottish actress (d. 1975)

1934- Audre Lorde -American poet and activist (d. 1992)

1934- Heini Müller (footballer, born 1934)|Heini Müller -German footballer

1934- Paco Rabanne -Spanish-French fashion designer

1935- Janette Oke -Canadian author

1936- Jean M. Auel -American author

1936- Dick Duff -Canadian ice hockey player

1936- Ab McDonald -Canadian ice hockey player

1937- Ulvi Voog -Estonian swimmer

1938- Manny Mota -Dominican baseball player

1938- Sadanoyama Shinmatsu -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna

1938- István Szabó -Hungarian director and screenwriter

1939- Claude Ake -Nigerian political scientist (d. 1996)

1939- Marek Janowski -Polish-German conductor

1939- Dal Maxvill -American baseball player

1940- Fabrizio De André -Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1940- Prue Leith -South African-English chef and author

1941- Mati Nuude -Estonian weightlifter and singer (Apelsin) (d. 2001)

1941- Herman Santiago -Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (The Teenagers)

1941- Irma Thomas -American singer-songwriter

1942- John Hughes (footballer born 1942)|John Hughes -Welsh footballer

1943- Graeme Garden -Scottish comedian, actor, and author

1944- Pat Bowlen -American businessman

1945- Judy Rankin -American golfer

1946- Michael Buerk -English journalist

1946- Jean-Claude Dreyfus -French actor

1947- José Maria Cañizares -Spanish golfer

1947- Dennis DeYoung -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Styx (band)|Styx)

1947- Eliot Engel -American educator and politician

1947- Carlos Lopes -Portuguese runner

1948- Georg Brunnhuber -German politician

1948- Sinéad Cusack -Irish-English actress

1948- Keith Knudsen -American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Doobie Brothers and Southern Pacific (band)|Southern Pacific) (d. 2005)

1948- Gilbert Sicotte -Canadian actor

1948- Geoff Thomas (footballer born 1948)|Geoff Thomas -Welsh footballer (d. 2013)

1949- Gary Ridgway -American serial killer

1950- Michel Gauthier -Canadian politician

1950- John Hughes (filmmaker)|John Hughes -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1950- Cybill Shepherd -American actress and singer

1951- Isabel Preysler -Filipino-Spanish journalist

1952- Randy Crawford -American singer

1952- Maurice Lucas -American basketball player (d. 2010)

1952- Juice Newton -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Martin J. Taylor -English mathematician and academic

1952- Bernard Valcourt -Canadian lawyer and politician

1953- Robbie Bachman -Canadian drummer (Brave Belt and Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

1953- Mihkel Mutt -Estonian journalist and author

1953- Derek Pellicci -Australian drummer (Little River Band and Mississippi (band)|Mississippi)

1954- Charlie Fowler -American mountaineer, author, and photographer (d. 2006)

1954- John Travolta -American actor, singer, and producer

1955- Peter Luff -English politician

1955- Raymond Rougeau -Canadian wrestler and sportscaster

1955- Miles Tredinnick -English singer-songwriter and playwright (London (punk band)|London)

1956- Ted Gärdestad -Swedish singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

1956- Bidzina Ivanishvili -Georgian politician, 10th Prime Minister of Georgia

1956- Paul Reed Smith -American businessman, founded PRS Guitars

1957- Marita Koch -German sprinter

1957- George Pelecanos -American author

1957- Vanna White -American actress and game show host

1958- Giovanni Lavaggi -Italian race car driver

1958- Gar Samuelson -American drummer (Megadeth) (d. 1999)

1958- Lucie Visser -Dutch actress and model

1959- Jayne Atkinson -English actresses

1959- Bryan Brandenburg -French-American game designer and author

1959- Ken Freedman -American radio host

1959- Hallgrímur Helgason -Icelandic painter and author

1959- Christian Koeberl -Austrian geologist and academic

1959- James Metzger -American businessman and philanthropist

1960- Tony Anselmo -American animator and voice actor

1960- Carol McGiffin -English radio and television host

1960- Andy Moog -Canadian ice hockey player

1960- Greta Scacchi -Italian-Australian actress

1961- Hironobu Kageyama -Japanese singer (Lazy (band)|Lazy and JAM Project)

1961- Alison Owen -English film producer

1961- Douglas Rushkoff -American theorist and author

1961- Cosmo Wilson -American lighting designer

1962- Moe Lemay -Canadian ice hockey player

1962- Julie Strain -American actress and model

1963- Rob Andrew -English rugby player and cricketer

1963- Henry Winter -English journalist

1964- Matt Dillon -American actor and director

1964- Paul Hanley (musician)|Paul Hanley -English drummer and songwriter (The Fall (band)|The Fall and Tom Hingley and the Lovers)

1965- Dr. Dre -American rapper, producer, and actor (World Class Wreckin' Cru and N.W.A)

1965- Gregory Scott Johnson -American murderer (d. 2005)

1966- Phillip DeFreitas -Dominican-English cricketer

1966- Guy Ferland -American director and producer

1967- Marco Aurélio Cunha dos Santos -Brazilian footballer

1967- Roberto Baggio -Italian footballer

1967- Tracey Edmonds -American businesswoman

1967- Colin Jackson -Welsh sprinter and hurdler

1967- Yongyoot Thongkongtoon -Thai director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- John Valentin -American baseball player

1967- Harry Van Barneveld -Belgian martial artist

1968- Molly Ringwald -American actress, singer, and dancer

1969- Tomaž Humar -Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)

1969- Alexander Mogilny -Russian ice hockey player

1970- Susan Egan -American actress and singer

1970- James H. Fowler|James Fowler -American social scientist

1970- Raine Maida -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Our Lady Peace)

1970- Andy Williams (Doves)|Andy Williams -English singer-songwriter and drummer (Doves (band)|Doves and Sub Sub)

1970- Jez Williams -English guitarist and songwriter (Doves (band)|Doves and Sub Sub)

1971- Merritt Gant -American guitarist (Overkill (band)|Overkill)

1971- Constantin Popa -Romanian-Israeli basketball player

1972- Rupert Goold -English director

1973- Shawn Estes -American baseball player

1973- Claude Makélélé -French footballer

1974- Carrie Ann Baade -American painter

1974- Jamey Carroll -American baseball player

1974- Radek Černý -Czech footballer

1974- Ruby Dhalla -Canadian politician

1974- Julia Butterfly Hill -American environmentalist

1974- Yevgeny Kafelnikov -Russian tennis player

1974- Jillian Michaels (personal trainer)|Jillian Michaels -American fitness trainer

1975- Sarah Brown (actress)|Sarah Brown -American actress

1975- Keith Gillespie -Irish footballer

1975- Simon Kvamm -Danish singer, keyboard player, and actor (Nephew (band)|Nephew)

1975- Charly Manson -Mexican wrestler

1975- Gary Neville -English footballer

1976- Leilani Munter -American race car driver

1976- Chanda Rubin -American tennis player

1976- Bernadette Sembrano -Filipino journalist

1977- Kátia -Brazilian footballer

1977- Ike Barinholtz -American actor

1977- Sean Watkins -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nickel Creek, Fiction Family and Works Progress Administration (musical group)|Works Progress Administration)

1977- Chrissie Wellington -English triathlete

1978- Oliver Pocher -German comedian and actor

1978- Josip Šimunić -Croatian footballer

1980- Aivar Anniste -Estonian footballer

1980- Nik Antropov -Kazakhstani-Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Regina Spektor -Russian-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1981- Kim Jaewon -South Korean actor

1981- Andrei Kirilenko -Russian basketball player

1981- Alex Ríos -American baseball player

1981- Ivan Sproule -Irish footballer

1982- Courtney Act -Australian drag queen performer and singer

1982- Kaspars Cipruss -Latvian basketball player

1982- Juelz Santana -American rapper and actor (Skull Gang and The Diplomats)

1982- Christian Tiffert -German footballer

1983- Troy Bienemann -American football player

1983- Joel Huiqui -Mexican footballer

1983- Jermaine Jenas -English footballer

1983- Jason Maxiell -American basketball player

1984- Idriss Carlos Kameni -Cameroonian footballer

1984- Ricardo Salampessy -Indonesian footballer

1984- Kathrin Wörle -German tennis player

1985- Anton Ferdinand -English footballer

1985- Chelsea Hobbs -Canadian actress

1985- Todd Lasance -Australian actor

1985- Lee Boyd Malvo -Jamaican-American murderer

1986- Crystallia -Greek singer and musician

1986- Vika Jigulina -Moldavian-Romanian singer

1986- T.J. Mack -American wrestler

1986- Marc Torrejón -Spanish footballer

1987- Skin Diamond -American porn actress and model

1987- Vicente Guaita -Spanish footballer

1988- Changmin -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (TVXQ)

1988- The Blossom Twins|Hannah Blossom -English wrestler

1988- The Blossom Twins|Holly Blossom -English wrestler

1988- Shane Lyons -American actor and chef

1988- Maiara Walsh -American actress

1989- Bruno Leonardo Vicente -Brazilian footballer

1990- Didi Gregorius -Dutch baseball player

1990- Cody Hodgson -Canadian ice hockey player

1990- Park Shin-hye -South Korean actress and singer

1990- Kang So-ra -South Korean actress

1991- Malese Jow -American actress and singer

1991- Marek Kaljumäe -Estonian footballer

1991- Sebastian Neumann -German footballer

1991- Henry Surtees -English race car driver (d. 2009)

1992- Logan Miller -American actor

1993- Unbridled's Song -American race horse (d. 2013)

1994- Ulrik Munther -Swedish singer-songwriter

1995- Samantha Crawford -American tennis player