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Day History: February-13

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Famous Birthdays


711 - [[Emperor Jimmu]] -of Japan (d. 585 BC)

1457 - [[Mary of Burgundy]] -(d. 1482)

1480 - [[Girolamo Aleandro]] -Italian cardinal (d. 1542)

1539 - [[Elisabeth of Hesse, Electress Palatine]] -(d. 1582)

1599 - [[Pope Alexander VII]] -(d. 1667)

1672 - [[Étienne François Geoffroy]] -French physician and chemist (d. 1731)

1683 - [[Giovanni Battista Piazzetta]] -Italian painter (d. 1754)

1719 - [[George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney]] -English admiral (d. 1792)

1721 - [[John Reid (British Army officer)|John Reid]] -Scottish general (d. 1807)

1728 - [[John Hunter (surgeon)|John Hunter]] -Scottish surgeon and anatomist (d. 1793)

1766 - [[Thomas Robert Malthus]] -English economist and scholar (d. 1834)

1768 - [[Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier]] -French general and politician, 15th Prime Minister of France (d. 1835)

1769 - [[Ivan Krylov]] -Russian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1844)

1805 - [[Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet]] -German mathematician and academic (d. 1859)

1811 - [[François Achille Bazaine]] -French general (d. 1888)

1831 - [[John Aaron Rawlins]] -American general and politician, 29th United States Secretary of War (d. 1869)

1834 - [[Heinrich Caro]] -Polish-German chemist and academic (d. 1910)

1835 - [[Mirza Ghulam Ahmad]] -Indian religious leader (d. 1908)

1846 - [[Konrad Koch]] -German football pioneer (d. 1911)

1849 - [[Lord Randolph Churchill]] -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1895)

1849 - [[Wilhelm Voigt]] -German criminal (d. 1922)

1855 - [[Paul Deschanel]] -Belgian-French politician, 11th President of France (d. 1922)

1860 - [[Nienke van Hichtum]] -Dutch author (d. 1939)

1861 - [[Charles Courtney Curran]] -American painter (d. 1942)

1866 - [[Lev Shestov]] -Ukrainian-French philosopher and theologian (d. 1938)

1867 - [[Harold Mahony]] -Irish tennis player (d. 1905)

1870 - [[Leopold Godowsky]] -Polish-American pianist and composer (d. 1938)

1873 - [[Feodor Chaliapin]] -Russian opera singer (d. 1938)

1876 - [[Fritz Buelow]] -German-American baseball player and umpire (d. 1933)

1879 - [[Sarojini Naidu]] -Indian poet and activist (d. 1949)

1880 - [[Dimitrie Gusti]] -Romanian sociologist, ethnologist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1955)

1881 - [[Eleanor Farjeon]] -English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1965)

1883 - [[Hal Chase]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1947)

1883 - [[Yevgeny Vakhtangov]] -Russian-Armenian actor and director (d. 1922)

1884 - [[Alfred Carlton Gilbert]] -American pole vaulter and businessman, founded the A. C. Gilbert Company (d. 1961)

1885 - [[Bess Truman]] -American wife of Harry S. Truman, 35th First Lady of the United States (d. 1982)

1887 - [[Géza Csáth]] -Hungarian playwright and critic (d. 1919)

1888 - [[Georgios Papandreou]] -Greek lawyer, economist, and politician, 162nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1968)

1889 - [[Leontine Sagan]] -Austrian actress and director (d. 1974)

1891 - [[Kate Roberts (author)|Kate Roberts]] -Welsh author (d. 1985)

1891 - [[Grant Wood]] -American painter and academic (d. 1942)

1892 - [[Robert H. Jackson]] -American lawyer, judge, and politician, 57th United States Attorney General (d. 1954)

1897 - [[William S. Bowdern]] -American priest and author (d. 1983)

1901 - [[Paul Lazarsfeld]] -Austrian-American sociologist and academic (d. 1976)

1902 - [[Harold Lasswell]] -American political scientist and theorist (d. 1978)

1903 - [[Georgy Beriev]] -Georgian-Russian aircraft designer, founded the Beriev|Beriev Aircraft Company (d. 1979)

1903 - [[Georges Simenon]] -Belgian-Swiss author (d. 1989)

1906 - [[Agostinho da Silva]] -Portuguese philosopher and author (d. 1994)

1907 - [[Katy de la Cruz]] -Filipino-American singer and actress (d. 2004)

1910 - [[William Shockley]] -English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1911 - [[Faiz Ahmad Faiz]] -Indian-Pakistani poet and journalist (d. 1984)

1911 - [[Jean Muir (actress)|Jean Muir]] -American actress and singer (d. 1996)

1911 - [[Frank Delfino]] -American actor (d. 1997)

1912 - [[Harald Riipalu]] -Estonian military commander (d. 1961)

1912 - [[Margaretta Scott]] -English actress (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Khalid of Saudi Arabia]] -(d. 1982)

1915 - [[Lyle Bettger]] -American actor (d. 2003)

1915 - [[Aung San]] -Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)

1916 - [[John Reed (actor)|John Reed]] -English actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

1917 - [[Martin Litton (environmentalist)|Martin Litton]] -American rafter and environmentalist (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Patty Berg]] -American golfer and lieutenant (d. 2006)

1919 - [[Tennessee Ernie Ford]] -American singer and actor (d. 1991)

1919 - [[Eddie Robinson (American football coach)|Eddie Robinson]] -American football player and coach (d. 2007)

1920 - [[Eileen Farrell]] -American soprano and educator (d. 2002)

1920 - [[Zao Wou-Ki]] -Chinese-French painter (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Jeanne Demessieux]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1968)

1921 - [[Aung Khin]] -Burmese painter (d. 1996)

1921 - [[Dagmar Normet]] -Estonian author and translator (d. 2008)

1922 - [[Francis Pym, Baron Pym]] -Welsh soldier and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 2008)

1922 - [[Gordon Tullock]] -American economist and academic (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Michael Anthony Bilandic|Michael Bilandic]] -American soldier, judge, and politician, 49th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2002)

1923 - [[Chuck Yeager]] -American general and pilot

1924 - [[Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber]] -French journalist and politician (d. 2006)

1925 - [[Stuart Wagstaff]] -English-Australian actor (d. 2015)

1928 - [[Jack Lewis, Baron Lewis of Newnham]] -English chemist and academic (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Gerald Regan]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 19th Premier of Nova Scotia

1929 - [[Omar Torrijos]] -Panamanian commander and politician, List of heads of state of Panama|Military Leader of Panama (d. 1981)

1930 - [[Ernst Fuchs (artist)|Ernst Fuchs]] -Austrian painter and sculptor

1930 - [[Israel Kirzner]] -English-American economist, author, and academic

1932 - [[Susan Oliver]] -American actress and director (d. 1990)

1932 - [[Barbara Shelley]] -English actress

1932 - [[Simms Taback]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2011)

1933 - [[Paul Biya]] -Cameroon politician, 2nd List of heads of state of Cameroon|President of Cameroon

1933 - [[Caroline Blakiston]] -English actress

1933 - [[Kenneth Dement]] -American football player and lawyer (d. 2013)

1933 - [[Patrick Godfrey]] -English actor

1933 - [[Kim Novak]] -American actress and singer

1933 - [[Peter L. Pond]] -American clergyman and philanthropist (d. 2000)

1933 - [[Emanuel Ungaro]] -French fashion designer

1934 - [[George Segal]] -American actor and singer

1937 - [[Ali El-Maak]] -Sudanese author and academic (d. 1992)

1937 - [[Angelo Mosca]] -Canadian football player and wrestler

1937 - [[Enn Soosaar]] -Estonian translator, literary critic and columnist (d. 2010)

1938 - [[Larry Cunningham]] -Irish singer (d. 2012)

1938 - [[Oliver Reed]] -English actor (d. 1999)

1939 - [[Raôul Duguay]] -Canadian poet and activist

1939 - [[Lumberjack Pierre]] -Canadian wrestler

1939 - [[R. C. Sproul]] -American pastor, theologian, and author

1940 - [[Bram Peper]] -Dutch sociologist and politician, List of mayors of Rotterdam|Mayor of Rotterdam

1940 - [[Arne Sølvberg]] -Norwegian computer scientist and academic

1941 - [[Andrea Conte]] -American nurse

1941 - [[Sigmar Polke]] -German painter and photographer (d. 2010)

1941 - [[Bo Svenson]] -Swedish-American actor, director, and producer

1942 - [[Carol Lynley]] -American actress and singer

1942 - [[Peter Tork]] -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (The Monkees)

1942 - [[Donald E. Williams]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1943 - [[Elaine Pagels]] -American theologian and academic

1943 - [[Donald Sumpter]] -English actor

1944 - [[Rebop Kwaku Baah]] -Nigerian drummer (Traffic (band)|Traffic, Can (band)|Can, and Zahara (band)|Zahara) (d. 1983)

1944 - [[Stockard Channing]] -American actress and singer

1944 - [[Jerry Springer]] -English-American television host, actor, and politician, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati

1944 - [[Oduvil Unnikrishnan]] -Indian actor and composer (d. 2006)

1944 - [[Michael Ensign]] -American actor

1945 - [[Marian Dawkins]] -English biologist and academic

1945 - [[King Floyd]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1945 - [[Keith Nichols]] -English pianist, trombonist, and accordion player

1945 - [[Simon Schama]] -English historian and author

1945 - [[William Sleator]] -American author and composer (d. 2011)

1946 - [[Richard Blumenthal]] -American politician, 23rd Connecticut Attorney General|Attorney General of Connecticut

1946 - [[Janet Finch]] -English sociologist and academic

1946 - [[Colin Matthews]] -English composer and educator

1947 - [[Stephen Hadley]] -American soldier and diplomat, 21st United States National Security Advisor

1947 - [[Mike Krzyzewski]] -American basketball player and coach

1947 - [[Kevin Bloody Wilson]] -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 - [[Judy Dyble]] -English singer-songwriter and pianist (Fairport Convention and Giles, Giles and Fripp)

1949 - [[Peter Kern]] -Austrian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1950 - [[Ewa Aulin]] -Swedish actress

1950 - [[Vera Baird]] -English lawyer and politician

1950 - [[Bob Daisley]] -Australian bass player and songwriter (Rainbow (rock band)|Rainbow, Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep, and Living Loud)

1950 - [[Peter Gabriel]] -English singer-songwriter and producer (Genesis (band)|Genesis)

1951 - [[Hagan Bayley]] -English biochemist and academic

1951 - [[Ellen Bry]] -American actress

1951 - [[David Naughton]] -American actor and singer

1952 - [[Ed Gagliardi]] -American bass player (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner) (d. 2014)

1952 - [[Paul Jeffreys]] -English bass player (Be-Bop Deluxe and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) (d. 1988)

1952 - [[Freddy Maertens]] -Belgian cyclist

1953 - [[Rico J. Puno]] -Filipino singer and television host

1953 - [[Akio Sato (wrestler)|Akio Sato]] -Japanese wrestler

1954 - [[Donnie Moore]] -American baseball player (d. 1989)

1955 - [[Joe Birkett]] -American lawyer, judge, and politician

1956 - [[Princess Alia bint Al Hussein]] -of Jordan

1956 - [[Liam Brady]] -Irish footballer and manager

1956 - [[Peter Hook]] -English singer and bass player (Joy Division, New Order, Freebass, Revenge (UK band)|Revenge, and Monaco (band)|Monaco)

1957 - [[Denise Austin]] -American fitness trainer and author

1957 - [[Tony Butler (musician)|Tony Butler]] -English bass player (Big Country and On the Air (band)|On the Air)

1958 - [[Pernilla August]] -Swedish actress, director, and screenwriter

1958 - [[Marc Emery]] -Canadian publisher and activist

1958 - [[Jean-François Lisée]] -Canadian journalist and politician

1958 - [[Derek Riggs]] -English painter and illustrator

1958 - [[Tip Tipping]] -English actor and stuntman (d. 1993)

1959 - [[Gaston Gingras]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1960 - [[Adam Clayton]] -U2's bass player

1960 - [[Pierluigi Collina]] -Italian footballer and referee

1960 - [[John Healey (politician)|John Healey]] -English journalist and politician

1960 - [[Gary Patterson]] -American football player and coach

1960 - [[Matt Salinger]] -American actor and producer

1960 - [[Artur Yusupov]] -Russian-German chess player and author

1961 - [[Marc Crawford]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961 - [[cEvin Key]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboard player, and producer (Skinny Puppy, Download (band)|Download, PlatEAU (band)|PlatEAU, The Tear Garden, and Hilt (band)|Hilt)

1961 - [[Henry Rollins]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Rollins Band)

1961 - [[Richard Tyson]] -American actor and producer

1962 - [[Aníbal Acevedo Vilá]] -Puerto Rican lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Puerto Rico

1962 - [[Hugh Dennis]] -English comedian and actor

1962 - [[Baby Doll (wrestler)|Baby Doll]] -American wrestler and manager

1962 - [[May Sweet]] -Burmese singer and actress

1964 - [[Stephen Bowen (astronaut)|Stephen Bowen]] -American engineer, captain, and astronaut

1964 - [[Yamantaka Eye]] -Japanese singer (Boredoms)

1964 - [[Ylva Johansson]] -Swedish educator and politician, Ministry of Employment (Sweden)|Swedish Minister of Employment

1965 - [[Peter O'Neill]] -Papua New Guinean accountant and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

1965 - [[Ole Mathisen]] -Norwegian saxophonist

1966 - [[Neal McDonough]] -American actor and producer

1966 - [[Jeff Waters]] -Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Annihilator (band)|Annihilator)

1967 - [[Stanimir Stoilov]] -Bulgarian footballer and coach

1968 - [[Kelly Hu]] -American model and actress

1968 - [[Daisuke Ikeda]] -Japanese wrestler

1968 - [[Niamh Kavanagh]] -Irish singer

1969 - [[Ahlam]] -Emirati singer

1969 - [[J. B. Blanc]] -French-English actor and director

1969 - [[Andrew Bryniarski]] -American bodybuilder and actor

1969 - [[Joyce DiDonato]] -American soprano and actress

1969 - [[Mihai Leu]] -Romanian boxer and race car driver

1970 - [[Karoline Krüger]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter and pianist

1970 - [[Ian McKeever (mountaineer)|Ian McKeever]] -Irish mountaineer (d. 2013)

1970 - [[Diane Youdale]] -English television host

1971 - [[Sonia (singer)|Sonia]] -English singer

1971 - [[Matt Berninger]] -American singer-songwriter (The National (band)|The National)

1971 - [[Galen Gering]] -American actor

1971 - [[Mats Sundin]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1971 - [[Todd Williams]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Charlie Garner]] -American football player

1974 - [[Fonzworth Bentley]] -American rapper and actor

1974 - [[Gus Hansen]] -Danish poker player

1974 - [[Robbie Williams]] -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975 - [[Ben Collins (racing driver)|Ben Collins]] -English race car driver

1975 - [[Tony Dalton]] -American-Mexican actor, producer, and screenwriter

1976 - [[Feist (singer)|Feist]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (By Divine Right and Broken Social Scene)

1976 - [[Jörg Bergmeister]] -German race car driver

1976 - [[Dave Padden]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Annihilator (band)|Annihilator and Terror Syndrome)

1976 - [[Martín Sastre]] -Uruguayan director and screenwriter

1977 - [[Randy Moss]] -American football player and coach

1978 - [[Niklas Bäckström]] -Finnish ice hockey player

1978 - [[Hamish Glencross]] -Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride)

1978 - [[Philippe Jaroussky]] -French tenor

1979 - [[Anders Behring Breivik]] -Norwegian murderer

1979 - [[Lucy Brown]] -English actress

1979 - [[Rafael Márquez]] -Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Rachel Reeves]] -English economist and politician

1979 - [[Mena Suvari]] -American actress and fashion designer

1980 - [[Chicano (wrestler)|Chicano]] -Puerto Rican wrestler

1980 - [[Sebastian Kehl]] -German footballer

1980 - [[Mark Watson]] -English comedian and author

1981 - [[Luisão]] -Brazilian footballer

1981 - [[Matías Agüero]] -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1981 - [[Sam Burley]] -American runner

1981 - [[Liam Miller]] -Irish footballer

1981 - [[Luke Ridnour]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Brady Bryant]] -American soccer player

1982 - [[Even Helte Hermansen]] -Norwegian guitarist (Bushman's Revenge)

1982 - [[Lanisha Cole]] -American model and actress

1982 - [[Michael Turner (American football)|Michael Turner]] -American football player

1983 - [[Mike Nickeas]] -American baseball player

1983 - [[Anna Watkins]] -English rower

1984 - [[Eveli Saue]] -Estonian orienteer and biathlete

1984 - [[Hinkelien Schreuder]] -Dutch swimmer

1984 - [[Brina Palencia]] -American actress and singer

1984 - [[Ellis Remy]] -Montserratian footballer

1985 - [[Mayra Andrade]] -Cape Verdean-French singer

1985 - [[Matthieu Franke]] -French-German rugby player

1985 - [[Kwak Ji-min]] -South Korean actress

1985 - [[Hedwiges Maduro]] -Dutch footballer

1985 - [[Alexandros Tziolis]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Luke Moore]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Jamie Murray]] -Scottish tennis player

1987 - [[Eljero Elia]] -Dutch footballer

1988 - [[Fuat Kalkan]] -Turkish footballer

1988 - [[Aston Merrygold]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (JLS)

1988 - [[Ryan Goins]] -American baseball player

1989 - [[Carly McKillip]] -Canadian singer and actress (One More Girl)

1989 - [[Rhys Palmer]] -Australian footballer

1989 - [[Rodrigo Possebon]] -Brazilian footballer

1990 - [[Olivia Allison]] -English swimmer

1990 - [[Gyaincain Norbu]] -Chinese 11th Panchen Lama

1990 - [[Marco Romizi]] -Italian footballer

1990 - [[Mamadou Sakho]] -French footballer

1990 - [[Kevin Strootman]] -Dutch footballer

1991 - [[Declan Gallagher]] -Scottish footballer

1991 - [[Eliaquim Mangala]] -French footballer

1992 - [[Raby George]] -Swedish footballer

1993 - [[Kasumi Arimura]] -Japanese actress

1993 - [[Sophie Evans (performer)|Sophie Evans]] -Welsh singer and actress

1994 - [[Memphis Depay]] -Dutch footballer

1994 - [[Patryk Dobek]] -Polish sprinter

1995 - [[Ayame Koike]] -Japanese actress

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