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Day History: February-26

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Famous Birthdays


1361- Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia -(d. 1419)

1564- Christopher Marlowe -English playwright (d. 1593)

1584- Albert VI, Duke of Bavaria -(d. 1666)

1587- Stefano Landi -Italian composer and educator (d. 1639)

1671- Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury -English philosopher and politician (d. 1713)

1672- Antoine Augustin Calmet -French monk and theologian (d. 1757)

1677- Nicola Fago -Italian composer and educator (d. 1745)

1714- James Hervey -English clergyman (d. 1758)

1720- Gian Francesco Albani -Italian cardinal (d. 1803)

1724- Gottfried Heinrich Bach -German son of Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1763)

1746- Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria -(d. 1806)

1777- Matija Nenadović -Serbian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Serbia (d. 1854)

1786- François Arago -French mathematician and politician, 25th Prime Minister of France (d. 1853)

1799- Émile Clapeyron -French physicist and engineer (d. 1864)

1802- Victor Hugo -French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1885)

1808- Honoré Daumier -French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)

1808- Nathan Kelley -American architect, designed the Ohio Statehouse (d. 1871)

1814- Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville -French geologist and meteorologist (d. 1876)

1829- Levi Strauss -German-American fashion designer, founded Levi Strauss & Co. (d. 1902)

1846- Buffalo Bill -American soldier and hunter (d. 1917)

1852- John Harvey Kellogg -American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes (d. 1943)

1857- Émile Coué -French psychologist (d. 1926)

1858- Vladimir Serbsky -Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)

1861- Nadezhda Krupskaya -Russian politician (d. 1939)

1861- Ferdinand I of Bulgaria -(d. 1948)

1866- Herbert Henry Dow -Canadian-American businessman, founded the Dow Chemical Company (d. 1930)

1875- Milan Neralić -Croatian fencer (d. 1918)

1877- Rudolph Dirks -Prussian-American illustrator (d. 1968)

1879- Frank Bridge -English violist and composer (d. 1941)

1880- Kenneth Edgeworth -Irish astronomer, economist, and engineer (d. 1972)

1882- Husband E. Kimmel -American admiral (d. 1968)

1885- Aleksandras Stulginskis -Lithuanian politician, 2nd President of Lithuania (d. 1969)

1887- Grover Cleveland Alexander -American baseball player (d. 1950)

1887- William Frawley -American actor (d. 1966)

1887- Stefan Grabiński -Polish author (d. 1936)

1893- Wallace Fard Muhammad -American religious leader, founded the Nation of Islam (d. 1934)

1893- I. A. Richards -English educator and critic (d. 1979)

1896- Andrei Zhdanov -Ukrainian-Russian politician (d. 1948)

1899- Max Petitpierre -Swiss jurist and politician (d. 1994)

1900- Halina Konopacka -Polish discus thrower and poet (d. 1989)

1900- Fritz Wiessner -German-American mountaineer (d. 1988)

1901- Dwight Wilson (veteran)|Dwight Wilson -Canadian soldier (d. 2007)

1902- Jean Bruller -French author and illustrator, co-founded Les Éditions de Minuit (d. 1991)

1903- Giulio Natta -Italian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)

1903- Orde Wingate -Indian-English general (d. 1944)

1906- Madeleine Carroll -English actress (d. 1987)

1907- Dub Taylor -American actor (d. 1994)

1908- Tex Avery -American animator, producer, and voice actor (d. 1980)

1908- Leela Majumdar -Indian author (d. 2007)

1908- Jean-Pierre Wimille -French race car driver (d. 1949)

1909- Fanny Cradock -English chef, author, and critic (d. 1994)

1909- Talal of Jordan -(d. 1972)

1910- Olav Roots -Estonian pianist and composer (d. 1974)

1911- Tarō Okamoto -Japanese painter and sculptor (d. 1996)

1912- Dane Clark -American actor (d. 1998)

1913- George Barker (poet)|George Barker -English author and poet (d. 1991)

1914- Robert Alda -American actor (d. 1986)

1916- Jackie Gleason -American actor and singer (d. 1987)

1917- Carla Lehmann -Canadian-English actress (d. 1990)

1918- Otis R. Bowen -American physician and politician, 44th Governor of Indiana (d. 2013)

1918- Theodore Sturgeon -American author (d. 1985)

1919- Mason Adams -American actor (d. 2005)

1919- Rie Mastenbroek -Dutch swimmer (d. 2003)

1920- Danny Gardella -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1920- Tony Randall -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2004)

1920- Lucjan Wolanowski -Polish journalist and author (d. 2006)

1921- Betty Hutton -American actress and singer (d. 2007)

1922- Margaret Leighton -English actress (d. 1976)

1922- Karl Aage Præst -Danish footballer (d. 2011)

1924- Mark Bucci -American playwright and composer (d. 2002)

1924- Noboru Takeshita -Japanese politician, 74th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 2000)

1925- Everton Weekes -Barbadian cricketer and referee

1925- Selma Archerd -American actress

1926- Miroslava (actress)|Miroslava -Czech-Mexican actress (d. 1955)

1926- Doris Belack -American actress (d. 2011)

1926- Verne Gagne -American wrestler and football player

1926- Henry Molaison -American memory disorder patient (d. 2008)

1926- Mickey Stubblefield -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1927- Tom Kennedy (television presenter)|Tom Kennedy -American game show host

1928- Fats Domino -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1928- Anatoly Filipchenko -Russian general, pilot, and astronaut

1928- Monique Leyrac -Canadian singer and actress

1928- Ariel Sharon -Israeli general and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Israel (d. 2014)

1929- Bjørn Skau -Norwegian politician, Minister of Justice and the Police (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Justice (d. 2013)

1930- Lazar Berman -Russian pianist (d. 2005)

1930- Carl Haas -American businessman

1931- Ally MacLeod -Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)

1931- Robert Novak -American journalist and author (d. 2009)

1932- Johnny Cash -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Tennessee Three and The Highwaymen (country supergroup)|The Highwaymen) (d. 2003)

1933- James Goldsmith -French businessman and politician (d. 1997)

1936- Adem Demaçi -Albanian politician

1936- José Policarpo -Portuguese cardinal (d. 2014)

1937- Paul Dickson (American football)|Paul Dickson -American football player and coach (d. 2011)

1937- Hagood Hardy -Canadian pianist and composer (d. 1997)

1937- Cliff Osmond -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1938- Evagoras Pallikarides -Cypriot activist (d. 1957)

1938- Tony Selby -English actor

1939- Josephine Tewson -English actress

1940- Oldřich Kulhánek -Czech painter (d. 2013)

1941- Paul Levy (journalist)|Paul Levy -American journalist and author

1941- Tony Ray-Jones -English photographer (d. 1972)

1942- Jozef Adamec -Slovak footballer and manager

1943- Bill Duke -American actor and director

1943- Dante Ferretti -Italian art director and costume designer

1943- Bob Hite -American singer-songwriter (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)

1944- Christopher Hope -South African author and poet

1944- Ronald Lauder -American businessman and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Austria

1944- Diana Walford -English physician

1945- Peter Brock -Australian race car driver (d. 2006)

1945- Giannis Ioannidis -Greek basketball player, coach, and politician

1945- Marta Kristen -Norwegian-American actress

1945- Mitch Ryder -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Detroit Wheels)

1946- Ahmed H. Zewail -Egyptian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1947- Sandie Shaw -English singer

1948- David Edgar (playwright)|David Edgar -English playwright

1948- Sharyn McCrumb -American author

1948- Lynda Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton -Scottish judge and politician

1949- Simon Crean -Australian politician

1949- Elizabeth George -American author

1949- Emma Kirkby -English soprano

1950- Ott Arder -Estonian poet and author (d. 2004)

1950- Jonathan Cain -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Journey (band)|Journey, The Babys, and Bad English)

1950- Helen Clark -New Zealand politician, 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand

1951- Steve Bell (cartoonist)|Steve Bell -English cartoonist

1952- Jaan Arder -Estonian singer (Apelsin and Hortus Musicus)

1953- Michael Bolton -American singer-songwriter and actor (Blackjack (band)|Blackjack)

1954- Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -Turkish politician, 25th Prime Minister of Turkey

1955- John Inge -English bishop

1955- Rupert Keegan -English race car driver

1955- Andreas Maislinger -Austrian historian, founded the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service

1956- Charlélie Couture -French singer

1956- Michel Houellebecq -French author, poet, screenwriter, and director

1956- Keisuke Kuwata -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (Southern All-Stars)

1956- Jonathan Schmock -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- David Muldrow Beasley -American politician, 113th Governor of South Carolina

1957- Joe Mullen -American ice hockey player

1958- Karen Berger -American author

1958- Greg Germann -American actor

1958- Susan J. Helms -American general, engineer, and astronaut

1958- Tim Kaine -American politician, 70th Governor of Virginia

1959- Rolando Blackman -American basketball player

1959- Ahmet Davutoğlu -Turkish politician, 50th List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Turkey)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Turkey

1959- Krista Lane -German pornographic actress

1960- Jaz Coleman -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Killing Joke)

1960- Robert Jaspert -German footballer and manager

1962- Ahn Cheol-soo -South Korean physician, academic, and politician

1962- Kelly Gruber -American baseball player

1962- Atiq Rahimi -Afghan-French journalist and director

1963- Mark Garnier -English politician

1963- Chase Masterson -American actress and singer

1964- Mark Dacascos -American actor and martial artist

1965- James Mitchell (manager)|James Mitchell -American wrestling manager

1966- Garry Conille -Haitian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Haiti

1966- Marc Fortier -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Najwa Karam -Lebanese singer-songwriter and producer

1967- James Allodi -Canadian actor and director

1967- Mark Carroll (rugby league)|Mark Carroll -Australian rugby player

1967- Currie Graham -Canadian-American actor

1968- Tim Commerford -American bass player and songwriter (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)

1968- J. T. Snow -American baseball player

1968- Ed Quinn -American actor

1969- Steve Agee -American actor

1969- Hitoshi Sakimoto -Japanese composer

1970- Mark Harper -English politician

1971- Erykah Badu -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Soulquarians)

1971- Max Martin -Swedish-American singer-songwriter and producer (It's Alive (band)|It's Alive)

1971- Hélène Ségara -French singer-songwriter

1972- Jonny Quinn -Irish drummer (Snow Patrol)

1973- Erinn Bartlett -American actress

1973- Marshall Faulk -American football player

1973- Ole Gunnar Solskjær -Norwegian footballer

1973- Jenny Thompson -American swimmer

1974- Sébastien Loeb -French race car driver

1975- Frank Busemann -German decathlete

1976- Nikolaos Siranidis -Greek diver

1976- Chad Urmston -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dispatch (band)|Dispatch and State Radio)

1977- Calli Cox -American porn actress

1977- Marty Reasoner -American ice hockey player

1977- Greg Rikaart -American actor

1977- Tim Thomas (basketball)|Tim Thomas -American basketball player

1977- Josh Towers -American baseball player

1977- Shane Williams -Welsh rugby player

1978- Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye -Senegalese footballer

1978- Marc Hynes -English race car driver

1979- Corinne Bailey Rae -English singer-songwriter

1979- Mariano Bainotti -Argentinian race car driver

1979- Pedro Mendes (footballer born 1979)|Pedro Mendes -Portuguese footballer

1979- Pascal Kalemba -Congolese footballer (d. 2012)

1979- Shalim Ortiz -Puerto Rican-American actor and singer

1980- Steve Blake -American basketball player

1980- Alex Fong (singer)|Alex Fong -Hong Kong actor and singer

1980- Gary Majewski -American baseball player

1981- Fatal1ty -American gamer

1981- Märt Avandi -Estonian actor

1981- Kertus Davis -American race car driver

1981- Sharon Van Etten -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1981- Kaori Yoneyama -Japanese wrestler

1982- Li Na -Chinese tennis player

1982- Matt Prior -South African-English cricketer

1982- Nate Ruess -American singer-songwriter (Fun (band)|Fun and The Format)

1983- Pepe (footballer born 1983)|Pepe -Brazilian-Portuguese footballer

1983- Jerome Harrison -American football player

1983- Kara Monaco -American model

1984- Emmanuel Adebayor -Togolese footballer

1984- Alex de Angelis -Sammarinese motorcycle racer

1984- Natalia Lafourcade -Mexican singer-songwriter

1984- Beren Saat -Turkish actress

1985- Gee Atherton -English cyclist

1985- Miki Fujimoto -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Dream Morning Musume, Gomattō, and GAM (group)|GAM)

1985- Ally Hilfiger -American model

1985- Fernando Llorente -Spanish footballer

1985- Carolin Nytra -German hurdler

1985- Diego Ribas da Cunha -Brazilian footballer

1986- Leandro dos Santos de Jesus -Brazilian footballer

1986- Crystal Kay -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1986- Hannah Kearney -American skier

1986- Leila Lopes (Miss Universe)|Leila Lopes -Angolan-American model, Miss Universe 2011

1986- Teresa Palmer -Australian actress

1986- Juliet Simms -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Automatic Loveletter)

1987- Julia Bond -American porn actress

1988- Matteo Ciofani -Italian footballer

1988- Reid Flair -American wrestler (d. 2013)

1988- Danny Mac -English actor

1988- Timo Sild -Estonian orienteer

1988- Charley Webb -English actress

1989- Gabriel Obertan -French footballer

1990- Kateřina Cachová -Czech heptathlete

1991- CL (singer)|CL -South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer (2NE1)

1991- Jasmina Kajtazovič -Bosnian tennis player

1992- Cecilia Estlander -Finnish tennis player

1992- Mikael Granlund -Finnish ice hockey player

1993- Jesé -Spanish footballer

2002- Kendra and Maliyah Herrin -American conjoined twins