This Day in History

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Day History: February-25

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Famous Birthdays

1591- Friedrich Spee -German poet (d. 1635)

1643- Ahmed II -Ottoman sultan (d. 1695)

1651- Johann Philipp Krieger -German organist and composer (d. 1725)

1663- Pierre Antoine Motteux -French-English playwright (d. 1718)

1682- Giovanni Battista Morgagni -Italian anatomist (d. 1771)

1692- Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz -German author and adventurer (d. 1775)

1707- Carlo Goldoni -Italian playwright (d. 1793)

1708- Felix Benda -Bohemian organist and composer (d. 1768)

1714- René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou -French politician, Lord Chancellor of France (d. 1792)

1714- Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet -English admiral (d. 1782)

1725- Karl Wilhelm Ramler -German poet (d. 1798)

1727- Armand-Louis Couperin -French organist and composer (d. 1789)

1728- John Wood, the Younger -English architect, designed the Royal Crescent (d. 1782)

1737- August Wilhelm Hupel -German-Estonian linguist and clergyman (d. 1819)

1752- John Graves Simcoe -English-Canadian general and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

1755- François René Mallarmé -French politician (d. 1835)

1778- José de San Martín -Argentinian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (d. 1850)

1812- Carl Christian Hall -Danish politician, 6th List of Prime Ministers of Denmark|Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1888)

1816- Giovanni Morelli -Italian historian and critic (d. 1891)

1833- John St. John (Governor of Kansas)|John St. John -American politician, 8th Governor of Kansas (d. 1916)

1841- Pierre-Auguste Renoir -French painter and sculptor (d. 1919)

1842- Karl May -German author (d. 1912)

1845- George Reid (Australian politician)|George Reid -Australian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1918)

1855- George Bonnor -Australian cricketer (d. 1912)

1855- Cesário Verde -Portuguese poet (d. 1886)

1856- Karl Gotthard Lamprecht -German historian (d. 1915)

1856- Mathias Zdarsky -Czech-Austrian skier (d. 1940)

1857- Robert Bond -Canadian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Newfoundland (d. 1927)

1860- William Ashley (economic historian)|William Ashley -English historian (d. 1927)

1861- Rudolf Steiner -Austrian philosopher and educator (d. 1925)

1865- Andranik -Armenian general (d. 1927)

1866- Benedetto Croce -Italian philosopher (d. 1952)

1869- Phoebus Levene -Russian-American biochemist (d. 1940)

1871- Lesya Ukrainka -Ukrainian poet (d.1913)

1873- Enrico Caruso -Italian tenor (d. 1921)

1877- Erich von Hornbostel -Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)

1881- William Z. Foster -American union leader (d. 1961)

1881- Alexei Rykov -Russian politician (d. 1938)

1883- Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone -(d. 1981)

1885- Princess Alice of Battenberg -(d. 1969)

1885- Sylvia Brett -English wife of Charles Vyner Brooke (d. 1971)

1886- Wally Hardinge -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1965)

1888- John Foster Dulles -American politician, 52nd United States Secretary of State (d. 1959)

1889- Homer S. Ferguson -American politician (d. 1982)

1890- Myra Hess -English pianist and educator (d. 1965)

1894- Meher Baba -Indian mystic (d. 1969)

1895- Lew Andreas -American basketball player and coach (d. 1984)

1897- Peter Llewelyn Davies -English publisher (d. 1960)

1900- Richard Indreko -Estonian archeologist and historian (d. 1961)

1901- Zeppo Marx -American actor and agent (d. 1979)

1903- King Clancy -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)

1905- Harald Lander -Danish dancer and choreographer (d. 1971)

1905- Perry Miller -American historian and author (d. 1963)

1906- Domingo Ortega -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1988)

1906- Boris Papandopulo -Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1907- Mary Chase (playwright)|Mary Chase -American playwright (d. 1981)

1908- Frank G. Slaughter -American author (d. 2001)

1910- Millicent Fenwick -American journalist and politician (d. 1992)

1913- Jim Backus -American actor (d. 1989)

1913- Gert Fröbe -German actor (d. 1988)

1914- John Arlott -English journalist and author (d. 1991)

1916- Reinhard Bendix -German sociologist (d. 1991)

1917- Anthony Burgess -English author (d. 1993)

1917- Brenda Joyce (actress)|Brenda Joyce -American actress (d. 2009)

1918- Eilert Eilertsen -Norwegian footballer, physician and politician (d. 2014)

1918- Barney Ewell -American runner (d. 1996)

1918- Rena Kyriakou -Greek pianist and composer (d. 1994)

1918- Bobby Riggs -American tennis player (d. 1995)

1919- Monte Irvin -American baseball player

1919- Karl H. Pribram -Austrian-American psychologist and academic

1920- Gérard Bessette -Canadian author (d. 2005)

1920- Philip Habib -American diplomat (d. 1992)

1920- Sun Myung Moon -South Korean religious leader, founded the Unification Church (d. 2012)

1921- Pierre Laporte -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1970)

1921- Andy Pafko -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1922- Molly Bobak -Canadian painter and educator (d. 2014)

1923- Takeo Kajiwara -Japanese Go (game)|Go player (d. 2009)

1923- Nicholas C. Petris -American politician (d. 2013)

1924- Hugh Huxley -English-American biologist and academic (d. 2013)

1925- Janaky Athi Nahappan -Malaysian captain and politician (d. 2014)

1926- Eva Bergh -Norwegian actress (d. 2013)

1926- Harvey McGregor -Scottish lawyer and academic

1927- Dick Jones (actor)|Dick Jones -American actor and singer (d. 2014)

1927- Ralph Stanley -American singer and banjo player (Stanley Brothers)

1928- Hushang Ebtehaj -Iranian poet

1928- Paul Elvstrøm -Danish sailor

1928- Larry Gelbart -American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1928- Richard G. Stern -American author and educator (d. 2013)

1929- Christopher George -American actor (d. 1983)

1929- Tommy Newsom -American saxophonist (d. 2007)

1930- Wendy Beckett -South African-Scottish nun and historian

1932- Tony Brooks -English race car driver

1932- Faron Young -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1996)

1934- Bernard Bresslaw -English actor (d. 1993)

1934- David E. Jeremiah -American admiral (d. 2013)

1934- Tony Lema -American golfer (d. 1966)

1935- Sally Jessy Raphael -American talk show host

1937- Tom Courtenay -English actor

1937- Barbara Piasecka Johnson -Polish-American art collector and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1937- Bob Schieffer -American journalist

1938- Diane Baker -American actress and producer

1938- Herb Elliott -Australian runner

1938- Farokh Engineer -Indian cricketer

1940- Danny Cater -American baseball player

1940- Billy Packer -American sportscaster and author

1940- Monica Proietti -Canadian bank robber (d. 1967)

1940- Ron Santo -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2010)

1941- David Puttnam -English film producer and academic

1942- Karen Grassle -American actress

1942- John Saul -American author

1943- Wilson da Silva Piazza -Brazilian footballer

1943- George Harrison -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Traveling Wilburys, and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 2001)

1943- Jack Concannon -American football player (d. 2005)

1944- Matt Guokas -American basketball player and coach

1944- François Cevert -French race car driver (d. 1973)

1945- Elkie Brooks -English singer-songwriter (Vinegar Joe (band)|Vinegar Joe)

1945- Herbert Léonard -French singer

1946- Andrew Ang -Singaporean judge and academic

1946- Jan Groth -Norwegian singer and keyboard player (Just 4 Fun (band)|Just 4 Fun and Aunt Mary) (d. 2014)

1946- Franz Xaver Kroetz -German actor, director, and playwright

1946- Jean Todt -French businessman

1946- Pete Wernick -American banjo player (Hot Rize)

1947- Giuseppe Betori -Italian cardinal

1947- Lee Evans (athlete)|Lee Evans -American runner

1947- Richard French (Canadian politician)|Richard French -Canadian politician

1947- Marc Sautet -French philosopher (d. 1998)

1947- Doug Yule -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Velvet Underground and American Flyer (band)|American Flyer)

1948- Aldo Busi -Italian author

1948- Danny Denzongpa -Indian actor

1949- Ric Flair -American wrestler

1949- Jack Handey -American author and screenwriter

1949- Amin Maalouf -Lebanese-French author

1950- Francisco Fernández Ochoa -Spanish skier (d. 2006)

1950- Neil Jordan -Irish director, screenwriter, and author

1950- Néstor Kirchner -Argentinian politician, 51st President of Argentina (d. 2010)

1950- Mick Miller (comedian)|Mick Miller -English comedian

1950- Emitt Rhodes -American singer-songwriter (The Merry-Go-Round)

1950- Jaak Tamm -Estonian businessman and politician (d. 1999)

1951- James Brown (sportscaster)|James Brown -American sportscaster

1951- César Cedeño -Dominican baseball player and coach

1951- Don Quarrie -Jamaican runner

1952- Jerry Chamberlain -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies)

1952- Joey Dunlop -Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)

1952- Inger Segelström -Swedish politician

1953- José María Aznar -Spanish politician, Prime Minister of Spain

1953- Kim Yeong-cheol (actor)|Kim Yeong-cheol -South Korean actor

1954- John Doe (musician)|John Doe -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (X (American band)|X, The Flesh Eaters (band)|The Flesh Eaters, and The Knitters)

1954- Gerardo Pelusso -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1955- Camille Thériault -Canadian politician, 29th Premier of New Brunswick

1957- Sérgio Marques -Portuguese politician

1957- Chuck Strahl -Canadian politician

1957- Martin Zobel -Estonian ecologist

1958- Panagiotis Beglitis -Greek politician

1958- Jeff Fisher -American football player and coach

1958- Kevin Gray (actor)|Kevin Gray -American actor (d. 2013)

1958- Kurt Rambis -American basketball player and coach

1959- Aleksei Balabanov -Russian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1959- Renee M. Borges -Indian ecologist

1959- Carl Marotte -Canadian actor

1959- Mike Peters (musician)|Mike Peters -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Alarm and Big Country)

1960- Stefan Blöcher -German field hockey player

1961- Davey Allison -American race car driver (d. 1993)

1961- Todd Blackledge -American football player

1962- Birgit Fischer -German canoe racer

1962- John Lanchester -German-English journalist and author

1962- Faron Moller -Canadian-English computer scientist and academic

1962- Andres Siim -Estonian architect

1962- Foster Sylvers -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Sylvers)

1963- Joseph E. Duncan III -American serial killer and sex offender

1963- Paul O'Neill (baseball)|Paul O'Neill -American baseball player

1963- Doug Stahl -American wrestler

1964- Lee Evans (comedian)|Lee Evans -English comedian and actor

1964- Don Majkowski -American football player

1964- Luigi Troiani -Italian rugby player

1965- Brian Baker (musician)|Brian Baker -American guitarist and songwriter (Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Junkyard (band)|Junkyard, and Dag Nasty)

1965- Maricel Soriano -Filipino actress

1965- Carrot Top -American comedian and actor

1965- Veronica Webb -American model and actress

1966- Alexis Denisof -American actor

1966- Andrew Feldman, Baron Feldman of Elstree -English lawyer and businessman

1966- Samson Kitur -Kenyan runner (d. 2003)

1966- Téa Leoni -American actress

1966- Nancy O'Dell -American journalist

1966- Sam Phillips (model)|Sam Phillips -American model and actress

1967- Ed Balls -English politician

1967- Jonathan Freedland -English journalist

1968- Evridiki -Cypriot singer

1968- Sandrine Kiberlain -French actress and singer

1969- Paul Trimboli -Australian footballer

1970- Julie Hesmondhalgh -English actress

1971- Sean Astin -American actor, director, and producer

1971- Dave Harris -American radio host and songwriter

1971- Sean O'Haire -American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and kick-boxer (d. 2014)

1971- Daniel Powter -Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

1972- Jason Byrne (comedian)|Jason Byrne -Irish comedian and radio host

1972- Jaak Mae -Estonian skier

1973- Julio Iglesias, Jr. -Spanish singer and actor

1973- Anson Mount -American actor

1973- Normann Stadler -German triathlete

1974- Divya Bharti -Indian actress

1974- Dominic Raab -English lawyer and politician

1974- Kevin Skinner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Mandingo (pornographic actor)|Mandingo -American porn actor

1975- Chelsea Handler -American comedian, actress, author, and talk show host

1975- Naga Munchetty -English journalist

1975- Dmitri Suur -Russian-Estonian ice hockey player

1976- Rashida Jones -American actress, singer, and screenwriter

1976- Samaki Walker -American basketball player

1977- Niña Corpuz -Filipino journalist

1977- Sarah Jezebel Deva -English singer-songwriter (Angtoria, Cradle of Filth, and Mystic Circle)

1977- Josh Wolff -American soccer player and manager

1978- Maian Kärmas -Estonian singer-songwriter and journalist

1979- Jennifer Ferrin -American actress

1979- David Hoflin -Swedish-Australian actor

1980- Antonio Burks -American basketball player

1980- Christy Knowings -American actress

1981- Park Ji-Sung -South Korean footballer

1981- Shahid Kapoor -Indian actor and dancer

1981- Jamie Lynn (pornographic actress)|Jamie Lynn -American porn actress

1981- Viet and Duc Nguyen|Duc Nguyen -Vietnamese conjoined twin

1981- Viet and Duc Nguyen|Viet Nguyen -Vietnamese conjoined twin (d. 2007)

1982- Chris Baird -Irish footballer

1982- Kimberly Caldwell -American singer and actress

1982- Han Ga-in -South Korean actress

1982- Maria Kanellis -American wrestler, actress, and singer

1982- Bert McCracken -American singer-songwriter (The Used)

1982- Flavia Pennetta -Italian tennis player

1982- Anton Volchenkov -Russian ice hockey player

1982- Tara Wilson (actress)|Tara Wilson -Canadian actress

1983- Eduardo da Silva -Brazilian-Croatian footballer

1983- Steven Lewington -English wrestler

1984- Lovefoxxx -Brazilian singer-songwriter (CSS (band)|CSS)

1984- Logan Leistikow -American director and producer

1984- Craig Mackail-Smith -Scottish footballer

1984- João Pereira (Portuguese footballer)|João Pereira -Portuguese footballer

1984- Dane Swan -Australian footballer

1985- Benji Marshall -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Joakim Noah -American basketball player

1986- Justin Berfield -American actor and producer

1986- James and Oliver Phelps|James Phelps -English actor

1986- James and Oliver Phelps|Oliver Phelps -English actor

1986- Danny Saucedo -Swedish singer-songwriter (E.M.D.)

1986- James Starks -American football player

1987- Justin Abdelkader -American ice hockey player

1987- Eva Avila -Canadian singer-songwriter

1987- Mevlüt Erdinç -Turkish footballer

1987- Andrew Poje -Canadian figure skater

1987- Adrián López Rodríguez -Spanish footballer

1988- Luca Di Matteo -Italian footballer

1988- Sören Ludolph -German runner

1988- Jimmy Monaghan -American-Irish singer-songwriter and pianist (Music for Dead Birds)

1989- Jimmer Fredette -American basketball player

1989- Kana Hanazawa -Japanese voice actress and singer

1989- E'Twaun Moore -American basketball player

1990- Alejandra Andreu -Spanish model, Miss International 2008

1990- Jefferson Alves Oliveira -Brazilian footballer

1990- Marianna Zachariadi -Greek pole vaulter (d. 2013)

1991- Gerran Howell -Welsh-English actor

1991- Dominika Kaňáková -Czech tennis player

1991- Tony Oller -American singer-songwriter and actor (MKTO)

1992- Max Aaron -American figure skater

1993- Mohammed Milon -Bangladeshi archer

1994- Eugenie Bouchard -Canadian tennis player

1997- Isabelle Fuhrman -American actress