This Day in History

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Day History: February-22

Events HistoryFamous BirthdaysHistory of Deaths

Famous Birthdays

1300 BC- Ramesses II -Egyptian pharaoh (d. 1213 BC)

1040- Rashi -French rabbi (d. 1105)

1403- Charles VII of France -(d. 1461)

1440- Ladislaus the Posthumous -son of Albert II of Germany (d. 1457)

1500- Rodolfo Pio da Carpi -Italian cardinal (d. 1564)

1514- Tahmasp I -Iranian shah (d. 1576)

1612- George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol -English politician (d. 1677)

1645- Johann Ambrosius Bach -German violinist and composer (d. 1695)

1645- Johann Christoph Bach (1645–93)|Johann Christoph Bach -German pianist and composer (d. 1693)

1705- Peter Artedi -Swedish ichthyologist and zoologist (d. 1735)

1714- Louis-Georges de Bréquigny -French scholar (d. 1795)

1732- George Washington -American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (d. 1799)

1756- Georg Friedrich von Martens -German jurist and diplomat (d. 1821)

1761- Erik Tulindberg -Finnish violinist and composer (d. 1814)

1778- Rembrandt Peale -American painter (d. 1860)

1788- Arthur Schopenhauer -German philosopher (d. 1860)

1796- Alexis Bachelot -French priest and missionary (d. 1837)

1796- Adolphe Quetelet -Belgian mathematician, astronomer, and sociologist (d. 1874)

1806- Józef Kremer -Polish philosopher (d. 1875)

1810- Frédéric Chopin -Polish pianist and composer (d. 1849)

1817- Carl Wilhelm Borchardt -German mathematician (d. 1880)

1819- James Russell Lowell -American poet (d. 1891)

1824- Pierre Janssen -French astronomer (d. 1907)

1825- Jean-Baptiste Salpointe -French-American archbishop (d. 1898)

1836- Mahesh Chandra Nyayratna Bhattacharyya -Indian scholar, academic, and reformer (d. 1906)

1839- Francis Pharcellus Church -American publisher (d. 1906)

1840- August Bebel -German politician (d. 1913)

1849- Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin -Russian mathematician (d. 1915)

1857- Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell -English general and co-founded The Scout Association (d. 1941)

1857- Heinrich Hertz -German physicist (d. 1894)

1863- Charles McLean Andrews -American historian (d. 1943)

1864- Jules Renard -French author (d. 1910)

1874- Bill Klem -American baseball player and umpire (d. 1951)

1876- Zitkala-Sa -American author and activist (d. 1938)

1878- George Bryant (archer)|George Bryant -American archer (d. 1938)

1878- Walther Ritz -Swiss physicist (d. 1909)

1879- Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted -Danish chemist (d. 1947)

1880- John Daly (athlete)|John Daly -Irish runner (d. 1969)

1881- Joseph B. Ely -American politician, 52nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1956)

1881- Albin Prepeluh -Slovenian journalist and politician (d. 1937)

1882- Eric Gill -English sculptor (d. 1940)

1883- Marguerite Clark -American actress (d. 1940)

1886- Hugo Ball -German author and poet (d. 1927)

1887- Savielly Tartakower -Polish chess player (d. 1956)

1888- Owen Brewster -American politician, 54th Governor of Maine (d. 1961)

1888- Edgar Johan Kuusik -Estonian architect and interior designer (d. 1974)

1888- Raymond Lawler -American soccer player (d. 1946)

1889- Olave Baden-Powell -English scout leader, founded the Girl Guides (d. 1977)

1889- R. G. Collingwood -English historian and philosopher (d. 1943)

1890- Beatriz Michelena -American actress and singer (d. 1942)

1891- Vlas Chubar -Russian politician (d. 1939)

1892- Edna St. Vincent Millay -American poet and playwright (d. 1950)

1895- Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre -Peruvian politician (d. 1979)

1897- Karol Świerczewski -Polish general (d. 1947)

1898- Thillaiaadi Valliammai -South African activist (d. 1914)

1899- Dwight Frye -American actor (d. 1943)

1899- George O'Hara (actor)|George O'Hara -American actor (d. 1966)

1899- Dechko Uzunov -Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)

1900- Luis Buñuel -Spanish director and producer (d. 1983)

1900- Seán Ó Faoláin -Irish author (d. 1991)

1900- James Sisnett -Barbadian super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1902- Fritz Strassmann -German physicist (d. 1980)

1903- Morley Callaghan -Canadian author and playwright (d. 1990)

1903- Ain-Ervin Mere -Estonian colonel (d. 1969)

1903- Robert Weede -American opera singer (d. 1972)

1906- Humayun Kabir -Indian educator and politician (d. 1969)

1906- Helge Kjærulff-Schmidt -Danish actor (d. 1982)

1907- Sheldon Leonard -American actor (d. 1997)

1907- Robert Young (actor)|Robert Young -American actor (d. 1998)

1908- Rómulo Betancourt -Venezuelan politician, 56th President of Venezuela (d. 1981)

1908- John Mills -English actor (d. 2005)

1911- Bill Baker (baseball)|Bill Baker -American baseball player (d. 2006)

1913- Buddy Tate -American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 2001)

1913- Ranko Marinković -Croatian author (d. 2001)

1914- Renato Dulbecco -Italian virologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1914- Henry Reed (poet)|Henry Reed -English poet (d. 1986)

1917- Jane Bowles -American playwright (d. 1973)

1917- Reed Crandall -American illustrator (d. 1982)

1918- Sid Abel -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2000)

1918- Charlie Finley -American businessman (d. 1996)

1918- Don Pardo -American radio and television announcer (d. 2014)

1918- Robert Wadlow -American giant (d. 1940)

1921- Jean-Bédel Bokassa -Central African politician, 2nd President of the Central African Republic (d. 1996)

1921- Wayne C. Booth -American theorist, critic, and academic (d. 2005)

1921- David Greene (director)|David Greene -English-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1921- Giulietta Masina -Italian actress (d. 1994)

1922- Jesús Iglesias -Argentinian race car driver (d. 2005)

1922- Apostolos Santas -Greek soldier (d. 2011)

1922- Marshall Teague -American race car driver (d. 1959)

1922- Joe Wilder -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2014)

1923- Norman Smith (record producer)|Norman Smith -English drummer and producer (d. 2008)

1923- Bleddyn Williams -Welsh rugby player (d. 2009)

1925- Edward Gorey -American illustrator and poet (d. 2000)

1925- Gerald Stern -American poet and academic

1926- Nelson Bunker Hunt -American businessman (d. 2014)

1926- Kenneth Williams -English actor (d. 1988)

1926- Bud Yorkin -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1927- Florencio Campomanes -Filipino political scientist and chess player (d. 2010)

1927- Donald May -American actor

1927- Guy Mitchell -American singer (d. 1999)

1928- Clarence 13X -American religious leader, founded the Nation of Gods and Earths (d. 1969)

1928- Texas Johnny Brown -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1928- Paul Dooley -American actor

1928- Bruce Forsyth -English television host

1928- Axel Strøbye -Danish actor (d. 2005)

1929- James Hong -American actor and director

1929- Rebecca Schull -American actress

1930- James McGarrell -American painter

1930- Bill Mitchell (ice hockey)|Bill Mitchell -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2014)

1930- Marni Nixon -American soprano and actress

1932- Ted Kennedy -American politician (d. 2009)

1933- Sheila Hancock -English actress and author

1933- Christopher Ondaatje -Sri Lankan-English businessman and philanthropist

1933- Bobby Smith (footballer born 1933)|Bobby Smith -English footballer (d. 2010)

1934- Sparky Anderson -American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1935- Sven Inge -Swedish painter (d. 2008)

1935- Valdis Muižnieks -Latvian basketball player

1936- J. Michael Bishop -American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1936- Ádám Bodor -Hungarian author

1936- Ernie K-Doe -American singer (d. 2001)

1936- Izaly Zemtsovsky -American-Russian musicologist

1937- Joanna Russ -American author and activist (d. 2011)

1938- Steve Barber -American baseball player (d. 2007)

1938- Barry Dennen -American actor and singer

1938- Ishmael Reed -American author, poet, and playwright

1938- Pierre Vallières -Canadian journalist (d. 1995)

1939- Brian Follett -English biologist and academic

1940- Judy Cornwell -English actress

1940- Johnson Mlambo -South African politician

1940- Billy Name -American photographer

1940- Chet Walker -American basketball player

1941- Giorgos Arvanitis -Greek cinematographer and producer

1941- Hipólito Mejía -Dominican politician, 52nd President of the Dominican Republic

1942- Christine Keeler -English model and dancer

1943- Terry Eagleton -English philosopher and critic

1943- Horst Köhler -German politician, 9th President of Germany

1943- Otoya Yamaguchi -Japanese assassin of Inejiro Asanuma (d. 1960)

1944- Jonathan Demme -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1944- Robert Kardashian -American lawyer and businessman (d. 2003)

1944- Christopher Meyer -English diplomat

1944- Tom Okker -Dutch tennis player

1945- Oliver (singer)|Oliver -American singer (d. 2000)

1945- Leslie Charleson -American actress

1945- Mall Vaasma -Estonian mycologist (d. 2009)

1946- Kresten Bjerre -Danish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1947- Carol Burns -Australian actress

1947- Harvey Mason -American drummer (Fourplay and The Headhunters)

1947- Richard North Patterson -American author

1947- Hajime Sorayama -Japanese illustrator

1948- John Ashton (actor)|John Ashton -American actor

1948- Dennis Awtrey -American basketball player

1948- Brian Kerr, Baron Kerr of Tonaghmore -Irish lawyer, judge, and politician, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

1948- Linda de Suza -Portuguese-French singer and actress

1949- Niki Lauda -Austrian race car driver

1949- Olga Morozova -Russian tennis player

1950- Julius Erving -American basketball player

1950- Lenny Kuhr -Dutch singer-songwriter

1950- Miou-Miou -French actress

1950- Genesis P-Orridge -English singer-songwriter (Psychic TV, Thee Majesty, Pigface, and Splinter Test)

1950- Julie Walters -English actress

1951- Ellen Greene -American singer and actress

1951- Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath -Sri Lankan academic

1952- Albert Bryant, Jr. -American general

1952- Cyrinda Foxe -American model and actress (d. 2002)

1952- Bill Frist -American physician and politician

1952- Bernard Silverman -English minister, statistician, and academic

1953- Graham Lewis -English bass player (Wire (band)|Wire and Dome (band)|Dome)

1953- Nigel Planer -English actor

1955- David Axelrod -American journalist and political adviser

1955- Gordon Banks (musician)|Gordon Banks -American guitarist and producer

1955- Tim Young (ice hockey)|Tim Young -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Hugh Hewitt -American lawyer, author, and radio host

1957- Willie Smits -Dutch biologist and activist

1958- Dave Spitz -American bass player and songwriter (Black Sabbath, White Lion, Great White, and Impellitteri)

1959- Jiří Čunek -Czech politician

1959- Kyle MacLachlan -American actor

1960- Paul Abbott -English screenwriter and producer

1960- Charles Cullen -American serial killer

1960- Thomas Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde -Scottish politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1960- Jean-François Lepage -French photographer

1961- Akira Takasaki -Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Lazy (band)|Lazy and Loudness (band)|Loudness)

1961- Lowell Liebermann -American pianist, composer, and conductor

1962- Steve Irwin -Australian zoologist and television host (d. 2006)

1962- Lenda Murray -American bodybuilder

1962- Les Wallace -Scottish darts player

1963- Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Transport

1963- Donald Braswell II -American tenor and actor

1963- Devon Malcolm -English cricketer

1963- Anna Christina Nobre -Brazilian neuroscientist and broadcaster

1963- Vijay Singh -Fijian golfer

1964- Ed Boon -American game programmer

1964- Gigi Fernández -Puerto Rican tennis player

1965- Chris Dudley -American basketball player

1965- Kieren Fallon -Irish jockey

1965- Dean Karr -American director and photographer

1965- Pat LaFontaine -American ice hockey player

1966- Rachel Dratch -American actress

1966- Brian Greig -Australian politician

1966- Mark David Hall -American political scientist

1966- Thorsten Kaye -German actor

1966- Aiden Shaw -English porn actor

1967- Psicosis II -Mexican wrestler

1967- Anthony Hardwood -Hungarian-American porn actor

1967- Alf Poier -Austrian comedian and actor

1967- Serghei Stroenco -Moldovan footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1968- Shawn Graham -Canadian politician, 31st Premier of New Brunswick

1968- Bradley Nowell -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sublime (band)|Sublime) (d. 1996)

1968- Elna Reinach -South African tennis player

1968- Jeri Ryan -American actress

1968- Jayson Williams -American basketball player

1969- Joaquín Cortés -Spanish dancer

1969- Thomas Jane -American actor, director, and producer

1969- Clinton Kelly (TV personality)|Clinton Kelly -American television host

1969- Hans Klok -Dutch magician

1969- Brian Laudrup -Danish footballer

1970- Dominic Roussel -Canadian ice hockey player

1970- Ravi Vakil -Canadian-American mathematician

1971- Super Caló -Mexican wrestler

1971- Lea Salonga -Filipino actress and singer

1972- Michael Chang -American tennis player

1972- Laurence Leboucher -French cyclist

1972- Claudia Pechstein -German speed skater

1973- Philippe Gaumont -French cyclist (d. 2013)

1973- Claus Lundekvam -Norwegian footballer

1973- Juninho Paulista -Brazilian footballer

1973- Scott Phillips (musician)|Scott Phillips -American drummer (Creed (band)|Creed, Alter Bridge, and Projected)

1973- Einar Kristian Tveitå -Norwegian discus thrower

1974- James Blunt -English singer-songwriter

1974- Chris Moyles -English radio and television host

1975- Alun Armstrong (footballer)|Alun Armstrong -English footballer

1975- Drew Barrymore -American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Faan Rautenbach -South African rugby player

1977- Timo Rose -German director and producer

1977- Hakan Yakin -Swiss footballer

1978- Jenny Frost -English singer and dancer (Precious (band)|Precious and Atomic Kitten)

1979- Brett Emerton -Australian footballer

1979- Lee Na-young -South Korean actress

1979- Jo Pitt -Scottish horse rider (d. 2013)

1980- Shamari Fears -American singer-songwriter and actress (Blaque)

1980- Kang Sung-hoon (singer)|Kang Sung-hoon -South Korean singer (Sechs Kies)

1981- Jeanette Biedermann -German singer-songwriter and actress

1981- Fredson Câmara Pereira -Brazilian footballer

1981- Adrienne Pickering -Australian actress

1982- Jenna Haze -American porn actress and director

1982- Dichen Lachman -Nepalese-Australian actress and producer

1982- Shawntae Spencer -American football player

1982- Robert Weiner, Jr. -American water polo player

1983- Jennifer Ketcham -American porn actress, director, and blogger

1983- Iliza Shlesinger -American comedienne

1983- Shaun Tait -Australian cricketer

1984- Tommy Bowe -Irish rugby player

1984- Branislav Ivanović -Serbian footballer

1984- Georgios Printezis -Greek basketball player

1985- Hameur Bouazza -Algerian footballer

1985- Kein Einaste -Estonian skier

1985- Sean Garballey -American politician

1985- Georgios Printezis -Greek basketball player

1985- Larissa Riquelme -Paraguayan model and actress

1985- Zach Roerig -American actor

1986- Choi Daniel -South Korean actor

1986- Miko Hughes -American actor

1986- Rajon Rondo -American basketball player

1987- Lesley Cantwell -New Zealand race walker (d. 2013)

1987- Han Hyo-joo -South Korean actress and model

1987- Sergio Romero -Argentinian footballer

1988- Jonathan Borlée -Belgian sprinter

1988- Kevin Borlée -Belgian sprinter

1988- Efraín Juárez -Mexican footballer

1988- Ximena Navarrete -Mexican model and actress, Miss Universe 2010

1988- Sebastian Tyrała -Polish footballer

1988- Ana Veselinović -Montenegrin tennis player

1989- Alia Sabur -American academic

1989- Anna Sundstrand -Swedish singer, dancer, and actress (Play (group)|Play)

1989- Franco Vázquez -Argentinian footballer

1990- Luca Profeta -Italian footballer

1990- Scott Winkler (ice hockey)|Scott Winkler -Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1992- Alexander Merkel -German footballer