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Day History: February-21

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Famous Birthdays


1484- Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg -(d. 1535)

1556- Sethus Calvisius -German astronomer, composer, and theorist (d. 1615)

1621- Rebecca Nurse -English-American victim of the Salem witch trials (d. 1692)

1675- Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl -Bavarian politician (d. 1750)

1703- Shah Waliullah -Islamic scholar and reformer (d. 1762)

1705- Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke -English admiral (d. 1781)

1721- John McKinly -American physician (d. 1796)

1723- Louis-Pierre Anquetil -French historian (d. 1808)

1728- Peter III of Russia -(d. 1762)

1783- Catharina of Württemberg -(d. 1835)

1791- Carl Czerny -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1857)

1794- Antonio López de Santa Anna -Mexican general and politician, 8th President of Mexico (d. 1876)

1801- John Henry Newman -English cardinal (d. 1890)

1817- José Zorrilla -Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1893)

1821- Charles Scribner I -American publisher, founded Charles Scribner's Sons (d. 1871)

1836- Léo Delibes -French composer (d. 1891)

1844- Charles-Marie Widor -French organist and composer (d. 1937)

1860- Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod -Czech journalist (d. 1927)

1860- Goscombe John -Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)

1865- John Haden Badley -English educator and author, founded the Bedales School (d. 1967)

1867- Otto Hermann Kahn -German banker and philanthropist (d. 1934)

1875- Jeanne Calment -French super-centenarian (d. 1997)

1876- Pyotr Konchalovsky -Russian painter (d. 1956)

1878- Mirra Alfassa -French-Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)

1880- Waldemar Bonsels -German author (d. 1952)

1880- Otto Christman -Canadian soccer player (d. 1963)

1882- William Jeremiah Tuttle -American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1930)

1885- Sacha Guitry -Russian playwright (d. 1957)

1887- Korechika Anami -Japanese general (d. 1945)

1888- Clemence Dane -English author and playwright (d. 1965)

1892- Harry Stack Sullivan -American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (d. 1949)

1893- Celia Lovsky -Austrian-American actress (d. 1979)

1893- Andrés Segovia -Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)

1894- Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar -Indian chemist (d. 1955)

1895- Henrik Dam -Danish biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)

1896- Suryakant Tripathi -Indian poet (d. 1961)

1900- Madeleine Renaud -French actress (d. 1994)

1903- Scrapper Blackwell -American singer and guitarist (d. 1962)

1903- Fairfax M. Cone -American businessman (d. 1977)

1903- Anaïs Nin -French-American author (d. 1977)

1903- Raymond Queneau -French poet and author (d. 1976)

1907- W. H. Auden -English-American poet (d. 1973)

1909- Hans Erni -Swiss painter and sculptor

1910- Douglas Bader -English captain and pilot (d. 1982)

1910- Carmine Galante -American gangster (d. 1979)

1910- Eddie Waring -English rugby player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1986)

1912- Arline Judge -American actress (d. 1974)

1912- Marjorie Lane -American actress and singer (d. 2012)

1912- Nikita Magaloff -Georgian-Russian pianist (d. 1992)

1913- Roger Laurent -Belgian race car driver (d. 1997)

1914- Ilmari Juutilainen -Finnish soldier and pilot (d. 1999)

1914- Zachary Scott -American actor (d. 1965)

1914- Park Su-geun -South Korean painter (d. 1965)

1915- Ann Sheridan -American actress (d. 1967)

1917- Lucille Bremer -American actress (d. 1996)

1919- Louis F. Oberdorfer -American judge (d. 2013)

1919- Kehat Shorr -Israeli target shooter and coach (d. 1972)

1921- John Rawls -American philosopher (d. 2002)

1921- Peter Whalley -Canadian cartoonist and sculptor (d. 2007)

1924- Emil Frei -American physician and oncologist (d. 2013)

1924- William Hathaway -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1924- Robert Mugabe -Zimbabwean politician, 2nd President of Zimbabwe

1925- Sam Peckinpah -American director and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1925- Jack Ramsay -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2014)

1927- Erma Bombeck -American journalist (d. 1996)

1927- Hubert de Givenchy -French fashion designer, founded Givenchy

1927- Pierre Mercure -Canadian bassoon player and composer (d. 1966)

1928- Hunger's Rogues|Jacques Sandulescu -Romanian author, boxer, bar-owner and actor (d. 2010)

1929- Chespirito -Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter

1929- James Beck -English actor (d. 1973)

1930- Pedro R. Dean -Filipino archbishop

1933- Nina Simone -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2003)

1934- John Bourn -English civil servant and academic

1934- Rue McClanahan -American actress (d. 2010)

1935- Richard A. Lupoff -American author

1935- Mark McManus -Scottish actor (d. 1994)

1935- Jean Pelletier -Canadian politician, 37th Mayor of Quebec City

1936- Janet Fookes, Baroness Fookes -English educator and politician

1936- Barbara Jordan -American politician (d. 1996)

1937- Jilly Cooper -English journalist and author

1937- Gary Lockwood -American actor

1938- Bobby Charles -American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1939- Richard Beymer -American actor

1939- Viacheslav Platonov -Russian volleyball player and coach (d. 2005)

1940- Peter Gethin -English race car driver (d. 2011)

1940- Wong Jim -Hong Kong actor, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2004)

1940- John Lewis (U.S. politician)|John Lewis -American politician

1940- Peter McEnery -English actor

1942- Magnus Linklater -Scottish journalist

1942- Tony Martin (professor)|Tony Martin -Trinidadian-American historian and educator (d. 2013)

1942- Margarethe von Trotta -German actress and director

1943- David Geffen -American film and record producer, co-founded DreamWorks and Geffen Records

1944- David Wood (actor)|David Wood -English actor and playwright

1945- D'Anna Fortunato -American soprano

1945- Walter Momper -German politician, Governing Mayor of Berlin

1945- Paul Newton (musician)|Paul Newton -English bass player (Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep)

1945- Denise Platt -English civil servant

1946- Tyne Daly -American actress

1946- Anthony Daniels -English actor

1946- Alan Rickman -English actor

1946- Vito Rizzuto -Italian-Canadian mob boss (d. 2013)

1946- Bob Ryan -American journalist

1946- Knut Hove -Norwegian veterinarian

1947- Johnny Echols -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Love (band)|Love)

1947- Olympia Snowe -American politician

1947- Victor Sokolov -Russian journalist (d. 2006)

1948- Jiřina Křížová -Czech field hockey

1949- Jerry Harrison -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)

1949- Ronnie Hellström -Swedish footballer

1951- Dos Caras -Mexican wrestler

1951- Wolfgang Frank -German footballer (d. 2013)

1951- Warren Vache -American trumpet player and cornet player

1951- Vince Welnick -American keyboard player (The Grateful Dead, The Tubes, and Missing Man Formation (band)|Missing Man Formation) (d. 2006)

1952- Jean-Jacques Burnel -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Stranglers)

1952- Jeffrey Shaara -American author

1953- Christine Ebersole -American actress and singer

1953- William Petersen -American actor

1954- Victor Martinez (author)|Victor Martinez -Mexican-American author and poet (d. 2011)

1954- Mike Pickering -English DJ and saxophonist (Quando Quango and M People)

1954- Ivo Van Damme -Belgian runner (d. 1976)

1955- Kelsey Grammer -American actor, singer, director, and producer

1957- Julia Benjamin -Former American child star and actress

1958- Jake Burns -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Stiff Little Fingers)

1958- Mary Chapin Carpenter -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958- Jack Coleman (actor)|Jack Coleman -American actor and screenwriter

1958- Alan Trammell -American baseball player and manager

1959- José María Cano -Spanish singer-songwriter and painter (Mecano)

1959- Emmett McAuliffe -American lawyer and radio host

1960- Laurent Petitguillaume -French radio and television host

1960- Steve Wynn (songwriter)|Steve Wynn -American singer-songwriter (Dream Syndicate and The Baseball Project)

1960- Plamen Oresharski -List of Prime Ministers of Bulgaria|52nd Prime Minister of Bulgaria

1961- Christopher Atkins -American actor

1961- Martha Hackett -American actress

1961- Rhonda Sing -American wrestler (d. 2001)

1962- Vanessa Feltz -English journalist

1962- Chuck Palahniuk -American journalist and author

1962- David Foster Wallace -American author (d. 2008)

1963- William Baldwin -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964- Huw Higginson -English actor

1964- Mark Kelly -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1964- Scott Kelly (astronaut)|Scott Kelly -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1964- Jane Tomlinson -English activist (d. 2007)

1966- Nikki Charm -American porn actress

1967- Leroy Burrell -American runner

1967- Silke-Beate Knoll -German sprinter

1969- James Dean Bradfield -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Manic Street Preachers)

1969- Aunjanue Ellis -American actress

1969- Corey Harris -American singer and guitarist

1969- Tony Meola -American soccer player

1969- Cathy Richardson -American singer and songwriter (Jefferson Starship and Big Brother and the Holding Company)

1969- Chen Wei (dissident)|Chen Wei -Chinese activist

1970- Michael Slater -Australian cricketer

1970- Eric Wilson (bassist)|Eric Wilson -American bass player (Sublime (band)|Sublime, Sublime with Rome and Long Beach Dub Allstars)

1971- Randy Blythe -American singer-songwriter (Lamb of God (band)|Lamb of God)

1972- Seo Taiji -South Korean singer-songwriter (Sinawe)

1973- Jacob M. Appel -American ethicist, physician, and academic

1973- Heri Joensen -Faroese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Týr (band)|Týr)

1973- Brian Rolston -American ice hockey player

1973- Marina Stets -Belarusian tennis player

1973- Bowie Tsang -Taiwanese singer and actress

1974- Iván Campo -Spanish footballer

1974- Roberto Heras -Spanish cyclist

1975- Wish Bone -American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

1975- Troy Slaten -American actor

1976- Michael McIntyre -English comedian and actor

1976- Ryan Smyth -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Jonathan Safran Foer -American author

1977- Steve Francis -American basketball player

1977- Chad Hutchinson -American baseball and football player

1977- Owen King -American author

1977- Kevin Rose -American businessman and television host, founded Digg

1978- Park Eun-hye -South Korean actress

1978- Kim Ha Neul -South Korean actress

1978- Nicole Parker -American actress and singer

1979- Pascal Chimbonda -French footballer

1979- Carly Colón -Puerto Rican wrestler

1979- Lonnie Ford -American football player

1979- Shane Gibson (musician)|Shane Gibson -American guitarist (stOrk and Jonathan Davis and the SFA) (d. 2014)

1979- Jennifer Love Hewitt -American actress, singer, and producer

1979- Jordan Peele -American comedian and actor

1980- Brodus Clay -American wrestler and actor

1980- Brad Fast -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Tiziano Ferro -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1980- Levan Korgalidze -Georgian footballer

1980- Yannick Lupien -Canadian swimmer

1980- Brendan Sexton III -American actor

1980- Parthiva Sureshwaren -Indian race car driver

1980- Jim Vandermeer -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck -Bhutanese king

1981- Jun Kaname -Japanese actor

1982- Bernhard Auinger -Austrian race car driver

1982- Andre Barrett -American basketball player

1982- Chantal Claret -American singer-songwriter (Morningwood)

1982- Shawn Kuykendall -American soccer player (d. 2014)

1982- Tebogo Jacko Magubane -South African DJ and producer

1983- Braylon Edwards -American football player

1983- Franklin Gutiérrez -Venezuelan baseball player

1983- Mélanie Laurent -French actress, singer, and director

1984- Andrew Ellis (rugby union)|Andrew Ellis -New Zealand rugby player

1984- Karina Nose -Japanese model and actress

1984- David Odonkor -German footballer

1984- Marco Paoloni -Italian footballer

1984- James Wisniewski -American ice hockey player

1984- Damien Molony -Irish actor

1985- Crimson (wrestler)|Crimson -American wrestler

1985- Jarrod Atkinson -Australian footballer

1985- Bob Burton, Jr. -American Speedcubing|speedcuber

1985- Simon Cusden -English cricketer

1985- Georgios Samaras -Greek footballer

1985- Jamaal Westerman -American football player

1986- Charlotte Church -Welsh singer-songwriter and actress

1987- Eniola Aluko -Nigerian-English footballer

1987- Ashley Greene -American model and actress

1987- Enrique David Mateo -Brazilian footballer

1987- Ellen Page -Canadian actress

1987- Joel Redman -English wrestler

1988- Matthias de Zordo -German javelin thrower

1988- Mario Falcone -English television personality

1989- Corbin Bleu -American actor, singer, and dancer

1989- Kristin Herrera -American actress

1989- Jem Karacan -English-Turkish footballer

1989- Scout Taylor-Compton -American actress

1989- Josh Walker -English footballer

1990- David Addy -Ghanaian footballer

1990- Thabiso Baholo -Lesotho swimmer

1990- Mattias Tedenby -Swedish ice hockey player

1993- Steve Leo Beleck -Cameroonian footballer

1994- Tang Haochen -Chinese tennis player

1994- Charalampos Mavrias -Greek footballer

1996- Sophie Turner (actress)|Sophie Turner -English actress

2001- Isabella Acres -American actress

2002- Prince Michael Jackson II -American son of Michael Jackson