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Day History: February-28

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Famous Birthdays


1155- Henry the Young King -English son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)

1261- Margaret of Scotland, Queen of Norway -(d. 1283)

1533- Michel de Montaigne -French philosopher (d. 1592)

1552- Jost Bürgi -Swiss mathematician and clockmaker (d. 1632)

1573- Elias Holl -German architect (d. 1646)

1612- John Pearson (bishop)|John Pearson -English bishop, theologian, and scholar (d. 1686)

1616- Kaspar Förster -German singer and composer (d. 1673)

1619- Giuseppe Felice Tosi -Italian organist and composer (d. 1693)

1670- Benjamin Wadsworth -American clergyman and academic (d. 1737)

1675- Guillaume Delisle -French cartographer (d. 1726)

1683- René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur -French entomologist (d. 1757)

1704- Louis Godin -French astronomer (d. 1760)

1712- Louis-Joseph de Montcalm -French general (d. 1759)

1714- Gioacchino Conti -Italian soprano (d. 1761)

1724- George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend -English field marshal (d. 1807)

1792- Karl Ernst von Baer -German biologist, meteorologist, and geographer (d. 1876)

1812- Berthold Auerbach -German poet and author (d. 1882)

1820- John Tenniel -English illustrator (d. 1914)

1823- Ernest Renan -French philosopher (d. 1892)

1824- Charles Blondin -French acrobat (d. 1897)

1827- Édouard-Charles Fabre -Canadian archbishop (d. 1896)

1833- Alfred von Schlieffen -German field marshal (d. 1913)

1838- Maurice Lévy -French mathematician and engineer (d. 1910)

1840- Henri Duveyrier -French explorer (d. 1892)

1848- Arthur Giry -French historian (d. 1899)

1851- Samuel W. McCall -American politician, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)

1858- Tore Svennberg -Swedish actor and director (d. 1941)

1860- Basil Spalding de Garmendia -American tennis player (d. 1932)

1865- Wilfred Grenfell -English missionary (d. 1940)

1866- Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov -Russian poet and playwright (d. 1949)

1873- William McMaster Murdoch -Scottish sailor (d. 1912)

1876- John Alden Carpenter -American composer (d. 1951)

1878- Pierre Fatou -French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1929)

1878- Artur Kapp -Estonian composer (d. 1952)

1881- Fernand Sanz -French cyclist (d. 1925)

1882- Geraldine Farrar -American soprano and actress (d. 1967)

1882- Pádraic Ó Conaire -Irish journalist and author (d. 1928)

1882- José Vasconcelos -Mexican philosopher and politician (d. 1959)

1883- Seán Mac Diarmada -Irish political activist and revolutionary (d. 1916)

1884- Ants Piip -Estonian lawyer, diplomat and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1942)

1893- Ivan Vasilyov -Bulgarian architect, designed the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library (d. 1979)

1894- Ben Hecht -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1964)

1895- Marcel Pagnol -French author, playwright and director (d. 1974)

1896- Philip Showalter Hench -American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1900- Wolf Hirth -German pilot and engineer, co-founded Schempp-Hirth (d. 1959)

1901- Linus Pauling -American chemist and activist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)

1903- Vincente Minnelli -American director and screenwriter (d. 1986)

1906- Bugsy Siegel -American gangster (d. 1947)

1907- Milton Caniff -American cartoonist (d. 1988)

1908- Billie Bird -American actress (d. 2002)

1908- Alexander Golitzen -Russian-American production designer (d. 2005)

1909- Stephen Spender -English poet (d. 1995)

1911- Otakar Vávra -Czech director and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1912- Clara Petacci -Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)

1915- Ketti Frings -American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1915- Peter Medawar -Brazilian-English biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1915- Zero Mostel -American actor (d. 1977)

1916- Svend Asmussen -Danish violinist

1916- Cesar Climaco -Filipino lawyer and politician, 10th Mayor of Zamboanga City (d. 1984)

1917- Ernesto Alonso -Mexican actor, director, and producer (d. 2007)

1917- Odette Laure -French actress and singer (d. 2004)

1918- Alfred Burke -English actor (d. 2011)

1919- Alfred Marshall (businessman)|Alfred Marshall -American businessman, founded Marshalls (d. 2013)

1919- Brian Urquhart -English soldier and diplomat

1920- Jadwiga Piłsudska -Polish pilot and architect

1921- Saul Zaentz -American film producer (d. 2014)

1921- Pierre Clostermann -French pilot, engineer, and author (d. 2006)

1922- Joyce Howard -English actress (d. 2010)

1922- Yuri Lotman -Russian-Estonian historian and scholar (d. 1993)

1923- Charles Durning -American actor (d. 2012)

1924- Uno Prii -Estonian-Canadian architect (d. 2000)

1924- Robert A. Roe -American politician (d. 2014)

1925- Harry H. Corbett -Burmese-English actor (d. 1982)

1926- Svetlana Alliluyeva -Russian daughter of Joseph Stalin (d. 2011)

1928- Stanley Baker -Welsh actor and producer (d. 1976)

1929- Hayden Fry -American football player and coach

1929- Frank Gehry -Canadian-American architect, designed 8 Spruce Street and Walt Disney Concert Hall

1929- John Montague (poet)|John Montague -American-Irish poet and academic

1929- Joseph Rouleau -Canadian opera singer

1930- Leon Cooper -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Peter Alliss -German-English golfer and sportscaster

1931- Iajuddin Ahmed -Bangladeshi politician, 13th President of Bangladesh (d. 2012)

1931- Gavin MacLeod -American actor

1931- Dean Smith -American basketball player and coach

1932- Don Francks -Canadian actor and singer

1933- Robert Grondelaers -Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)

1933- Miro Steržaj -Slovenian bowler

1933- Rein Taagepera -Estonian political scientist and politician

1934- Willie Bobo -American drummer (d. 1983)

1938- Foge Fazio -American football player and coach (d. 2009)

1938- Mike Wofford -American pianist and composer

1939- John Fahey (musician)|John Fahey -American guitarist (d. 2001)

1939- The Missing Link (wrestler)|The Missing Link -Canadian wrestler (d. 2007)

1939- Chögyam Trungpa -Tibetan philosopher and scholar (d. 1987)

1939- Daniel C. Tsui -Chinese-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1939- Tommy Tune -American actor, singer, dancer, and director

1940- Mario Andretti -Italian-American race car driver

1940- Barry Fantoni -English astrologer, author, and illustrator

1940- Joe South -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1941- Tristan Garel-Jones, Baron Garel Jones -English politician, Minister of State for Europe

1941- Suzanne Mubarak -Egyptian wife of Hosni Mubarak, 5th First Lady of Egypt

1941- T. Thangavadivel -Sri Lankan civil servant and politician

1942- Frank Bonner -American actor

1942- Brian Jones -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)

1942- Dino Zoff -Italian footballer and manager

1943- Barbara Acklin -American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1943- Charles Bernstein (composer)|Charles Bernstein -American composer and educator

1943- Hans Dijkstal -Egyptian-Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2010)

1943- Donnie Iris -American singer and guitarist (The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry (band)|Wild Cherry)

1944- Win Aung -Burmese military officer and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Burma)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Burma (b. 2009)

1944- Kelly Bishop -American actress and dancer

1944- Sepp Maier -German footballer

1944- Storm Thorgerson -English graphic designer (d. 2013)

1945- Mimsy Farmer -American actress

1945- Bubba Smith -American football player and actor (d. 2011)

1946- Philip Bailhache -English lawyer and politician

1946- Robin Cook -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 2005)

1946- Don Francisco (Christian musician)|Don Francisco -American singer-songwriter

1947- Stephanie Beacham -English actress

1948- Bineshwar Brahma -Indian poet and author (d. 2000)

1948- Steven Chu -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1948- Mike Figgis -English director, screenwriter, and composer

1948- Seppo Harjanne -Finnish race car driver

1948- Geoff Nicholls -English keyboard player (Black Sabbath and Quartz (metal band)|Quartz)

1948- Bernadette Peters -American actress, singer, and author

1948- Mercedes Ruehl -American actress

1948- Alfred Sant -Maltese politician, 11th Prime Minister of Malta

1949- Ilene Graff -American actress and singer

1950- Futatsuryū Jun'ichi -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 2014)

1950- Frankie Kao -Taiwanese singer (d. 2014)

1951- Bill Cratty -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)

1951- Karsan Ghavri -Indian cricketer

1951- Peter Stothard -English journalist

1951- Roseanna Vitro -American singer and educator

1951- Jim Wohlford -American baseball player

1952- William Finn -American composer and songwriter

1952- Frank Warren (promoter)|Frank Warren -English boxing manager and promoter

1953- Ingo Hoffmann -Brazilian race car driver

1953- Paul Krugman -American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1953- Ricky Steamboat -American wrestler

1954- Brian Billick -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1954- Manuel Torres Félix -Mexican drug trafficker (d. 2012)

1955- Gilbert Gottfried -American comedian and actor

1955- Bob Kerslake -English civil servant

1956- Adrian Dantley -American basketball player

1956- Francis Hughes -Irish Republican Army|IRA Volunteer and hunger striker (d. 1981)

1956- Terry Leahy -English businessman

1956- Guy Maddin -Canadian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1956- Jimmy Nicholl -Canadian-Irish footballer and manager

1956- Mike Tenay -American sportscaster

1957- Paul Delph -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Zahara (band)|Zahara) (d. 1996)

1957- Ainsley Harriott -English chef and author

1957- John Turturro -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1957- Cindy Wilson -American singer-songwriter and actress (The B-52's)

1958- Jack Abramoff -American businessman

1958- Natalya Estemirova -Russian journalist and activist (d. 2009)

1958- Ginette Harrison -English mountaineer (d. 1999)

1958- Jeanne Mas -French singer-songwriter and actress

1958- David R. Ross -Scottish historian and author (d. 2010)

1959- Megan McDonald -American author

1960- Tōru Ōkawa -Japanese voice actor

1960- Dorothy Stratten -Canadian-American model and actress (d. 1980)

1961- Eric Bachelart -Belgian race car driver

1961- Rae Dawn Chong -Canadian actress

1961- Mark Latham -Australian politician

1961- Barry McGuigan -Irish boxer

1961- René Simard -Canadian singer and television host

1963- Claudio Chiappucci -Italian cyclist

1964- Djamolidine Abdoujaparov -Uzbekistan cyclist

1964- Fernando del Valle -American tenor

1964- Lotta Lotass -Swedish author

1965- Park Gok-ji -South Korean film editor

1965- Colum McCann -Irish author

1965- Norman Smiley -English-American wrestler

1966- Vincent Askew -American basketball player

1966- Paulo Futre -Portuguese footballer

1967- Colin Cooper -English footballer and manager

1967- Martin Tielli -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rheostatics and Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle)

1968- Stéphan Lebeau -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- Butch Leitzinger -American race car driver

1969- Robert Sean Leonard -American actor

1969- Patrick Monahan -American singer-songwriter (Train (band)|Train)

1969- Tor Øivind Ødegård -Norwegian runner

1969- U. Srinivas -Indian mandolin player and composer (d. 2014)

1970- Daniel Handler -American author and screenwriter

1970- Noureddine Morceli -Algerian runner

1971- Maxine Bahns -American actress

1971- Tristan Louis -French-American author and blogger

1971- Junya Nakano -Japanese composer

1971- Peter Stebbings -Canadian actor

1972- Rory Cochrane -American actor

1972- Ville Haapasalo -Finnish actor

1973- Eric Lindros -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- Nicolas Minassian -French race car driver

1973- Masato Tanaka -Japanese wrestler

1974- Lee Carsley -Irish footballer

1974- Moana Mackey -New Zealand biologist and politician

1974- Tangi Miller -American actress and dancer

1974- Alexander Zickler -German footballer

1975- Mike Rucker -American football player

1975- Greg Simkins -American painter

1976- Kaido Külaots -Estonian chess player

1976- Ali Larter -American actress

1976- Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge -Canadian actor and producer

1976- Adam Pine -Australian swimmer

1977- Jason Aldean -American singer and guitarist

1977- Lance Hoyt -American wrestler

1978- Jeanne Cherhal -French singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978- Yasir Hameed -Pakistani cricketer

1978- Rei Kikukawa -Japanese actress

1978- Benjamin Raich -Austrian skier

1978- Jamaal Tinsley -American basketball player

1978- Mariano Zabaleta -Argentinian tennis player

1979- Srikanth (actor)|Srikanth -Indian actor

1979- Michael Bisping -Cypriot-English mixed martial artist

1979- Sébastien Bourdais -French race car driver

1979- Ivo Karlović -Croatian tennis player

1979- Primož Peterka -Slovenian ski jumper

1980- Bada (singer)|Bada -South Korean singer (S.E.S. (band)|S.E.S.)

1980- Pascal Bosschaart -Dutch footballer

1980- Lucian Bute -Romanian-Canadian boxer

1980- Glasner da Silva Albuquerque -Brazilian footballer

1980- Piotr Giza -Polish footballer

1980- Christian Poulsen -Danish footballer

1980- Tayshaun Prince -American basketball player

1981- Brian Bannister -American baseball player

1981- Florent Serra -French tennis player

1982- Natalia Vodianova -Russian-French model

1983- Terry Bywater -English basketball player

1984- Noureen DeWulf -American actress

1984- Ben Fagan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1984- Karolína Kurková -Czech model and actress

1984- Christian Müller (footballer born 1984)|Christian Müller -German footballer

1985- Tim Bresnan -English cricketer

1985- Fefe Dobson -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1985- Jelena Janković -Serbian tennis player

1985- Diego Ribas da Cunha -Brazilian footballer

1986- Mark Sztyndera -German rugby player

1986- Min Hyo-rin -South Korean singer and actress

1986- Tendai Mzungu -Australian footballer

1987- Antonio Candreva -Italian footballer

1988- Aroldis Chapman -Cuban baseball player

1988- Steeve Gerard Fankà -Cameroonian footballer

1988- Jorge Gastélum -Mexican footballer

1988- Markéta Irglová -Czech singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1988- Yevgeni Kabayev -Russian footballer

1988- Maikol Negro -Italian footballer

1989- Charles Jenkins (basketball)|Charles Jenkins -American basketball player

1989- Zhang Liyin -Chinese singer

1990- Naomi Broady -English tennis player

1991- Sarah Bolger -Irish actress

1993- Emmelie de Forest -Danish singer-songwriter

1994- Jake Bugg -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1995- Quinn Shephard -American actress