This Day in History

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Day History: February-29

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Famous Birthdays

1468- Pope Paul III -(d. 1549)

1692- John Byrom -English poet (d. 1763)

1724- Eva Marie Veigel -Austrian-English dancer (d. 1822)

1736- Ann Lee -American religious leader, founded the Shakers (d. 1784)

1792- Gioachino Rossini -Italian composer (d. 1868)

1812- James Milne Wilson -Scottish-Australian politician, 8th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880)

1828- Emmeline B. Wells -American journalist, poet, and activist (d. 1921)

1836- Dickey Pearce -American baseball player and manager (d. 1908)

1840- John Philip Holland -Irish engineer, designed the ''HMS Holland 1'' (d. 1914)

1852- Frank Gavan Duffy -Australian judge, 4th Chief Justice of Australia (d. 1936)

1852- George Maximilianovich, 6th Duke of Leuchtenberg -Russian son of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819–1876)|Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1912)

1860- Herman Hollerith -American statistician (d. 1929)

1884- Richard S. Aldrich -American politician (d. 1941)

1892- Ed Appleton -American baseball player (d. 1932)

1892- Augusta Savage -American sculptor (d. 1962)

1896- Morarji Desai -Indian politician, 4th Prime Minister of India (d. 1995)

1896- Roy Parker -American baseball player (d. 1954)

1896- William A. Wellman -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1975)

1904- Rukmini Devi Arundale -Indian dancer and choreographer (d. 1986)

1904- Jimmy Dorsey -American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (The California Ramblers, The Dorsey Brothers, and The Charleston Chasers) (d. 1957)

1904- Pepper Martin -American baseball player and manager (d. 1965)

1908- Balthus -French-Polish painter (d. 2001)

1908- Dee Brown (writer)|Dee Brown -American historian and author (d. 2002)

1908- Alf Gover -English cricketer and coach (d. 2001)

1916- Dinah Shore -American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1920- Fyodor Abramov -Russian author and critic (d. 1983)

1920- Arthur Franz -American actor (d. 2006)

1920- James Mitchell (actor)|James Mitchell -American actor and dancer (d. 2010)

1920- Michèle Morgan -French-American actress and singer

1920- Howard Nemerov -American poet (d. 1991)

1920- Ivan Ivanovich Petrov -Russian opera singer (d. 2003)

1920- Rolland W. Redlin -American politician (d. 2011)

1924- David Beattie -New Zealand politician, 14th Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 2001)

1924- Carlos Humberto Romero -Salvadoran politician, President of El Salvador

1924- Al Rosen -American baseball player

1928- Joss Ackland -English actor and singer

1928- Vance Haynes -American archaeologist, geologist, and author

1928- Terry Lewis (police officer)|Terry Lewis -Australian police officer

1928- Seymour Papert -South African mathematician and computer scientist, co-created the Logo (programming language)|Logo programming language

1928- Tempest Storm -American actress, singer, and dancer

1932- Jaguar (cartoonist)|Jaguar -Brazilian cartoonist

1932- Gene H. Golub -American mathematician and academic (d. 2007)

1932- Masten Gregory -American race car river (d. 1985)

1932- Reri Grist -American soprano

1936- Jack R. Lousma -American astronaut, engineer, and politician

1936- Henri Richard -Canadian ice hockey player

1936- Alex Rocco -American actor

1940- William H. Turner, Jr. -American horse trainer

1944- Ene Ergma -Estonian physicist and politician

1944- Dennis Farina -American police officer and actor (d. 2013)

1944- Nicholas Frayling -English priest and academic

1944- Phyllis Frelich -American actress (d. 2014)

1944- Leiki Loone -Estonian mathematician

1944- Steve Mingori -American baseball player (d. 2008)

1944- Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri -Italian author and illustrator

1948- Jirō Akagawa -Japanese author

1948- Gérard Darmon -French-Moroccan actor and singer

1948- Ken Foree -American actor and producer

1948- Hermione Lee -English academic

1948- Patricia A. McKillip -American author

1952- Al Autry -American baseball player

1952- Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush -American journalist

1952- Tim Powers -American author

1952- Raisa Smetanina -Russian skier

1952- Bart Stupak -American police officer and politician

1956- Jonathan Coleman (presenter)|Jonathan Coleman -Australian radio host

1956- Jerry Fry -American baseball player

1956- Bob Speller -Canadian politician, 30th Minister of Agriculture (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Agriculture

1956- J. Randy Taraborrelli -American journalist and author

1956- Aileen Wuornos -American serial killer (d. 2002)

1960- Khaled (musician)|Khaled -Algerian singer-songwriter

1960- Lucian Grainge -English businessman

1960- Bill Long (baseball)|Bill Long -American baseball player

1960- Richard Ramirez -American serial killer (d. 2013)

1960- Tony Robbins -American motivational speaker and author

1964- Dave Brailsford -English cyclist and coach

1964- Lyndon Byers -Canadian ice hockey player and radio host

1964- Mervyn Warren -American tenor, composer, and producer (Take 6)

1968- Suanne Braun -South African-English actress

1968- Chucky Brown -American basketball player and coach

1968- Pete Fenson -American curler

1968- Howard Tayler -American author and illustrator

1968- Bryce Paup -American football player and coach

1968- Wendi Peters -English actress

1968- Eugene Volokh -Ukrainian-American lawyer and educator

1968- Frank Woodley -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Iván García (athlete)|Iván García -Cuban sprinter

1972- Mike Pollitt -English footballer

1972- Antonio Sabàto, Jr. -Italian-American model and actor

1972- Dave Williams (musician)|Dave Williams -American singer-songwriter (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

1972- Saul Williams -American singer-songwriter and actor

1972- Pedro Zamora -Cuban-American television personality, cast member on ''The Real World: San Francisco'' (d. 1994)

1976- Zoë Baker -English-New Zealand swimmer

1976- Katalin Kovács -Hungarian canoe racer

1976- Terrence Long -American baseball player

1976- Ja Rule -American rapper and actor

1980- Chris Conley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Saves the Day and Two Tongues)

1980- Patrick Côté (fighter)|Patrick Côté -Canadian mixed martial artist

1980- Simon Gagné -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Michail Mouroutsos -Greek martial artist

1980- Rubén Plaza -Spanish cyclist

1980- Clinton Toopi -New Zealand rugby player

1980- Taylor Twellman -American soccer player

1984- Darren Ambrose -English footballer

1984- Cullen Jones -American swimmer

1984- Nuria Martínez -Spanish basketball player

1984- Adam Sinclair -Indian field hockey player

1984- Dennis Walger -German rugby player

1984- Cam Ward -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Lena Gercke -German fashion model and television host

1988- Scott Golbourne -English footballer

1988- Benedikt Höwedes -German footballer

1988- Bobby Sanguinetti -American ice hockey player

1992- Sean Abbott -Australian cricketer

1992- Perry Kitchen -American soccer player

1992- Caitlin EJ Meyer -American actress

1992- Majesty Rose -American singer

1992- Saphir Taïder -French-Algerian footballer

1996- Claudia Williams -New Zealand tennis player