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Day History: February-19

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Famous Birthdays


1473- Nicolaus Copernicus -Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1526- Charles de L'Ecluse -Flemish botanist (d. 1609)

1552- Melchior Klesl -Austrian cardinal (d. 1630)

1630- Shivaji -Indian emperor (d. 1680)

1660- Friedrich Hoffmann -German physician and chemist (d. 1742)

1671- Charles-Hubert Gervais -French composer (d. 1744)

1717- David Garrick -English actor, playwright, and producer (d. 1779)

1722- Charles-François Tiphaigne de la Roche -French author (d. 1774)

1743- Luigi Boccherini -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1805)

1780- Richard McCarty (U.S. politician)|Richard McCarty -American politician (d. 1844)

1798- Allan MacNab -Canadian politician (d. 1862)

1800- Émilie Gamelin -Canadian nun, founded the Sisters of Providence (Montreal, Quebec)|Sisters of Providence (d. 1851)

1802- Wilhelm Matthias Naeff -Swiss politician (d. 1881)

1804- Baron Carl von Rokitansky -German physician (d. 1878)

1804- David Wark -Irish-Canadian politician (d. 1905)

1821- August Schleicher -German linguist (d. 1868)

1824- Henri Germain -French banker and politician, founded Crédit Lyonnais (d. 1905)

1833- Élie Ducommun -Swiss journalist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)

1843- Adelina Patti -Spanish opera singer (d. 1919)

1855- Nishinoumi Kajirō I -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1908)

1859- Svante Arrhenius -Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1927)

1865- Sven Hedin -Swedish geographer and explorer (d. 1952)

1866- Louis-Henri Foreau -French painter (d. 1938)

1869- Hovhannes Tumanyan -Armenian poet (d. 1923)

1871- Lugenia Burns Hope -American activist (d. 1947)

1872- Johan Pitka -Estonian admiral (d. 1944)

1876- Constantin Brâncuși -Romanian-French sculptor (d. 1957)

1877- Gabriele Münter -German painter (d. 1962)

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

1880- Álvaro Obregón -Mexican politician, 39th President of Mexico (d. 1928)

1886- Karl Ast -Estonian author and politician (d. 1971)

1886- José Abad Santos -Filipino lawyer and jurist, 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (d. 1942)

1888- José Eustasio Rivera -Colombian lawyer and poet (d. 1928)

1888- Aurora Quezon -Filipino wife of Manuel L. Quezon, 2nd First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)

1893- Cedric Hardwicke -English actor (d. 1964)

1895- Louis Calhern -American actor (d. 1956)

1895- Diego Mazquiarán -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1940)

1895- August Torma -Estonian military officer and diplomat (d. 1971)

1896- André Breton -French poet (d. 1966)

1897- Alma Rubens -American actress (d. 1931)

1899- Lucio Fontana -Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)

1899- Yury Olesha -Russian author (d. 1960)

1901- Florence Green -English soldier (d. 2012)

1902- Kay Boyle -American author and educator (d. 1992)

1903- Louis Slobodkin -American author and illustrator (d. 1975)

1904- Havank -Dutch journalist and author (d. 1964)

1904- Muiris Ó Súilleabháin -Irish author (d. 1950)

1906- Eugene Eisenmann -Panamanian-American ornithologist (d. 1981)

1910- Dorothy Janis -American actress (d. 2010)

1911- Merle Oberon -Indian-American actress (d. 1979)

1912- Saul Chaplin -American composer and director (d. 1997)

1912- Ursula Torday -British writer (d. 1997).

1913- Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza -(d. 2007)

1914- Jacques Dufilho -French actor (d. 2005)

1915- John Freeman (British politician)|John Freeman -English journalist, politician, and diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to the United States|British Ambassador to the United States

1916- Eddie Arcaro -American jockey (d. 1997)

1917- Carson McCullers -American author (d. 1967)

1918- Nigel Forbes, 22nd Lord Forbes -Scottish soldier and politician (d. 2013)

1920- C. Z. Guest -American actress, fashion designer, and author (d. 2003)

1920- Jaan Kross -Estonian author (d. 2007)

1920- George Rose (actor)|George Rose -English actor (d. 1988)

1924- David Bronstein -Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)

1924- Lee Marvin -American actor (d. 1987)

1924- Borghild Niskin -Norwegian skier (d. 2013)

1924- Bruce Norris -American businessman (d. 1986)

1924- František Vláčil -Czech director and painter (d. 1999)

1926- György Kurtág -Hungarian composer

1926- Ross Thomas (author)|Ross Thomas -American author (d. 1995)

1927- Philippe Boiry -French journalist (d. 2014)

1929- Jacques Deray -French director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1930- John Frankenheimer -American director and producer (d. 2002)

1930- Kasinathuni Viswanath -Indian actor, director, and screenwriter

1932- Joseph P. Kerwin -American physician and astronaut

1934- Pierre Barouh -French singer-songwriter

1934- Carole Eastman -American actress and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1935- Dave Niehaus -American sportscaster (d. 2010)

1936- Sam Myers -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1936- Marin Sorescu -Romanian author (d. 1997)

1937- Terry Carr -American author and educator (d. 1987)

1937- David Margulies -American actor

1937- Alan Munro -Indian-English immunologist and academic

1937- Boris Pugo -Latvian politician, Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia)|Minister of Interior of the Soviet Union (d. 1991)

1937- Robert Walker (musician)|Robert Walker -American guitarist

1938- Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama -(d. 1989)

1938- Dutch Mason -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

1938- René Muñoz -Cuban-Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1939- Erin Pizzey -Chinese-English activist and author, founded Refuge (United Kingdom charity)|Refuge

1939- Gwen Taylor -English actress

1940- Jaan Kiivit, Jr. -Estonian archbishop (d. 2005)

1940- Saparmurat Niyazov -Turkmen engineer and politician, 1st President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)

1940- Smokey Robinson -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Miracles)

1940- Bobby Rogers -American singer-songwriter (The Miracles) (d. 2013)

1941- David Gross -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1941- Jenny Tonge, Baroness Tonge -English politician

1942- Paul Krause (football player)|Paul Krause -American football player

1942- Howard Stringer -Welsh-American businessman

1943- Lou Christie -American singer-songwriter

1943- Jim Cosman -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1943- Homer Hickam -American author and engineer

1943- Tim Hunt -English biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel laureate

1943- Gert Wünsche -German footballer

1944- Les Hinton -English-American journalist and businessman

1945- Yuri Antonov (musician)|Yuri Antonov -Uzbek-Russian singer-songwriter

1945- Michael Nader -American actor

1945- Jürgen Rumor -German footballer

1945- Zlatko Sirotić -Croatian painter

1946- Paul Dean (guitarist)|Paul Dean -Canadian guitarist (Loverboy and Streetheart (band)|Streetheart)

1946- Barry Everitt (scientist)|Barry Everitt -English neuroscientist and academic

1946- Hiroshi Fujioka -Japanese actor

1946- Peter Hudson -Australian footballer

1946- Karen Silkwood -American technician and activist (d. 1974)

1947- Tim Shadbolt -New Zealand politician, 42nd Mayor of Invercargill

1948- Mark Andes -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Spirit (band)|Spirit, Firefall, Jo Jo Gunne, and Heart (band)|Heart)

1948- Pim Fortuyn -Dutch sociologist and politician (d. 2002)

1948- Tony Iommi -English guitarist and songwriter (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell (band)|Heaven & Hell, Velvett Fogg, and Mythology (UK band)|Mythology)

1948- Big John Studd -American wrestler and actor (d. 1995)

1949- Danielle Bunten Berry -American game designer and programmer (d. 1998)

1949- William Messner-Loebs -American author and illustrator

1950- Juice Leskinen -Finnish singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1950- Andy Powell -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wishbone Ash)

1951- Stephen Nichols -American actor

1951- Maciej Pawlikowski -Polish mountaineer

1951- Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri -Pakistani scholar and politician, founded Minhaj-ul-Quran

1952- Rodolfo Neri Vela -Mexican engineer and astronaut

1952- Stephen South -English race car driver

1952- Amy Tan -American author

1952- Danilo Türk -Slovene politician, 3rd President of Slovenia

1953- Corrado Barazzutti -Italian tennis player

1953- Cristina Fernández de Kirchner -Argentinian politician, 55th President of Argentina

1953- Bill Kirchenbauer -American comedian and actor

1953- Massimo Troisi -Italian actor (d. 1994)

1953- Attilio Bettega -Italian race car driver (d. 1985)

1954- Sócrates -Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)

1954- Francis Buchholz -German bass player (Scorpions (band)|Scorpions and Michael Schenker Group)

1954- Michael Gira -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Swans (band)|Swans, Angels of Light, The World of Skin, and Circus Mort)

1955- Jeff Daniels -American actor, singer, and playwright

1956- Kathleen Beller -American actress

1956- Peter Holsapple -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The dBs and The Continental Drifters)

1956- Roderick MacKinnon -American biologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1956- Dave Wakeling -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beat (British band)|The Beat and General Public)

1957- Falco (musician)|Falco -Austrian singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1957- Lorianne Crook -American radio and television host

1957- Ray Winstone -English actor

1958- Tommy Cairo -American wrestler

1958- Helen Fielding -English author and screenwriter

1959- Roger Goodell -American businessman

1959- Simmu Tiik -Estonian diplomat

1960- Leslie Ash -English actress

1960- John Paul, Jr. (racing driver)|John Paul, Jr. -American race car driver

1961- Benoît Chamoux -French mountaineer (d. 1995)

1961- Justin Fashanu -English footballer (d. 1998)

1961- Andy Wallace (racing driver)|Andy Wallace -English race car driver

1962- John Laroche -American horticulturalist

1962- Hana Mandlíková -Czech tennis player

1963- Seal (musician)|Seal -English singer-songwriter

1963- Laurell K. Hamilton -American author

1963- Jessica Tuck -American actress

1964- Doug Aldrich -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Whitesnake, Burning Rain, Hurricane (band)|Hurricane, Bad Moon Rising (band)|Bad Moon Rising, Lion (band)|Lion, and Dio (band)|Dio)

1964- Jonathan Lethem -American author

1964- Dmitri Lipskerov -Russian author and playwright

1964- Richard A. Scott -American author and illustrator

1964- Sonu Walia -Indian model and actress, Femina Miss India|Miss India 1985

1965- Leroy (musician)|Leroy -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Smash Mouth)

1965- Jon Fishman -American drummer (Phish, Pork Tornado, and Surrender to the Air)

1965- Andy Jameson -English swimmer and sportscaster

1966- Justine Bateman -American actress and producer

1966- Paul Haarhuis -Dutch tennis player

1966- Enzo Scifo -Belgian footballer

1966- Eduardo Xol -American designer and author

1967- Benicio del Toro -Puerto Rican actor

1969- Burton C. Bell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers, City of Fire (band)|City of Fire, and GZR)

1969- Helena Guergis -Canadian politician

1970- Joacim Cans -Swedish singer-songwriter (HammerFall and Warlord (band)|Warlord)

1971- Miguel Batista -Dominican baseball player

1971- Jeff Kinney (writer)|Jeff Kinney -American author and illustrator

1971- Lisa McCune -Australian actress

1971- Gil Shaham -Israeli-American violinist

1972- Francine Fournier -American wrestler

1972- Sunset Thomas -American porn actress

1973- Ramon Kaju -Estonian high jumper, decathlete, and basketball player

1973- Eric Lange -American actor

1973- Nikos Oikonomou -Greek basketball player

1974- Danny Doring -American wrestler

1975- Daniel Adair -Canadian drummer and producer (Nickelback and 3 Doors Down)

1975- Mikko Kavén -Finnish footballer

1975- Katja Schuurman -Dutch actress and singer

1975- Daewon Song -South Korean-American skateboarder, co-founded Almost Skateboards

1976- Jahidi White -American basketball player

1977- Ola Salo -Swedish singer-songwriter and keyboard player (The Ark (band)|The Ark)

1977- Andrew Ross Sorkin -American journalist and author

1977- Gianluca Zambrotta -Italian footballer

1978- Ben Gummer -English politician

1978- Michalis Konstantinou -Cypriot footballer

1978- Immortal Technique -Peruvian-American rapper

1978- Stephanie Waring -English actress

1979- Bassnectar -American DJ and producer

1979- Mariska (rapper)|Mariska -Finnish rapper

1979- Andrew Buchan -English actor

1979- Steve Cherundolo -American soccer player

1979- Sergio Júnior -Brazilian footballer

1979- Mariana Ochoa -Mexican singer and actress (OV7)

1979- René Renno -German footballer

1979- Romina Belluscio -Argentine TV presenter

1980- Dwight Freeney -American football player

1980- David Gandy -English model

1980- Spyridon Gianniotis -Greek swimmer

1980- Ma Lin (table tennis)|Ma Lin -Chinese table tennis player

1980- Mike Miller (basketball player)|Mike Miller -American basketball player

1981- Vitas -Russian singer-songwriter

1981- Beth Ditto -American singer-songwriter (The Gossip)

1981- Kyle Martino -American soccer player

1981- Gil Reyes -American boxer

1981- Nicky Shorey -English footballer

1981- Shawn Spears -Canadian wrestler

1982- Camelia Potec -Romanian swimmer

1983- Kotoōshū Katsunori -Bulgarian sumo wrestler

1983- Mika Nakashima -Japanese singer and actress

1983- Ryan Whitney -American ice hockey player

1984- Chris Richardson -American singer-songwriter

1985- Haylie Duff -American actress and singer

1985- Arielle Kebbel -American actress

1985- Sławomir Peszko -Polish footballer

1986- Kyle Chipchura -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Björn Gustafsson -Swedish comedian and actor

1986- Reon Kadena -Japanese model and actress

1986- Henri Karjalainen -Finnish race car driver

1986- Maria Mena -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1986- Jayde Nicole -Canadian model

1986- Michael Schwimer -American baseball player

1986- Marta Vieira da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1987- Vanesa Furlanetto -Argentinian tennis player

1988- Seth Morrison (musician)|Seth Morrison -American guitarist (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1988- Selkirk (horse)|Selkirk -English race horse (d. 2013)

1988- Miyu Irino -Japanese voice actor

1989- Kaisa Pajusalu -Estonian rower

1990- Luke Pasqualino -English actor

1991- Trevor Bayne -American race car driver

1992- Jelena Simić -Bosnian tennis player

1993- Martín Alaníz -Uruguayan footballer

1993- Mauro Icardi -Argentine footballer

1993- Victoria Justice -American actress, singer, and dancer

1993- Empress Schuck -Filipino actress

1994- Tiina Trutsi -Estonian footballer

2001- David Mazouz -American actor