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Day History: February-16

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Famous Birthdays


1032 - [[Emperor Yingzong of Song]] -(d. 1067)

1304 - [[Jayaatu Khan, Emperor Wenzong of Yuan]] -(d. 1332)

1497 - [[Philipp Melanchthon]] -German theologian and reformer (d. 1560)

1519 - [[Gaspard II de Coligny]] -French admiral (d. 1572)

1543 - [[Kanō Eitoku]] -Japanese painter and educator (d. 1590)

1620 - [[Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg]] -(d. 1688)

1643 - [[John Sharp (bishop)|John Sharp]] -English archbishop (d. 1714)

1698 - [[Pierre Bouguer]] -French mathematician, geophysicist, and astronomer (d. 1758)

1727 - [[Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin]] -Austrian botanist, chemist, and mycologist (d. 1817)

1740 - [[Giambattista Bodoni]] -Italian publisher and engraver (d. 1813)

1761 - [[Jean-Charles Pichegru]] -French general (d. 1804)

1774 - [[Pierre Rode]] -French violinist and composer (d. 1830)

1786 - [[Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859)|Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia]] -(d. 1859)

1802 - [[Phineas Quimby]] -American mystic and philosopher (d. 1866)

1804 - [[Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold]] -German physiologist and zoologist (d. 1885)

1812 - [[Henry Wilson]] -American colonel and politician, 18th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)

1821 - [[Heinrich Barth]] -German explorer and scholar (d. 1865)

1822 - [[Francis Galton]] -English biologist and statistician (d. 1911)

1824 - [[Peter Kozler]] -Slovenian cartographer and geographer (d. 1879)

1825 - [[Crosby Stuart Noyes]] -American newspaper publisher (d. 1908)

1826 - [[Joseph Victor von Scheffel]] -German poet and author (d. 1886)

1831 - [[Nikolai Leskov]] -Russian author, playwright, and journalist (d. 1895)

1834 - [[Ernst Haeckel]] -German biologist and philosopher (d. 1919)

1838 - [[Henry Adams]] -American journalist, historian, and author (d. 1918)

1845 - [[George Kennan (explorer)|George Kennan]] -American journalist and explorer (d. 1924)

1847 - [[Philipp Scharwenka]] -Polish-German composer and educator (d. 1917)

1848 - [[Hugo de Vries]] -Dutch botanist, geneticist, and academic (d. 1935)

1848 - [[Octave Mirbeau]] -French journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1917)

1856 - [[Willem Kes]] -Dutch violinist and conductor (d. 1934)

1856 - [[Ossian Everett Mills]] -American academic, founded Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (d. 1920)

1866 - [[Billy Hamilton (baseball, born 1866)|Billy Hamilton]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1940)

1874 - [[Marie Gutheil-Schoder]] -German soprano and educator (d. 1935)

1868 - [[Edward Sheriff Curtis]] -American photographer (d. 1952)

1876 - [[G.M. Trevelyan]] -English historian and academic (d. 1962)

1878 - [[Pamela Colman Smith]] -English occultist and illustrator (d. 1951)

1878 - [[James Colosimo]] -Italian-American mob boss (d. 1920)

1883 - [[Elizabeth Craig (writer)|Elizabeth Craig]] -Scottish journalist and author (d. 1980)

1884 - [[Robert J. Flaherty]] -American director and producer (d. 1951)

1886 - [[Van Wyck Brooks]] -American historian and critic (d. 1963)

1887 - [[Kathleen Clifford]] -American actress (d. 1962)

1891 - [[Hans F. K. Günther]] -German eugenicist and academic (d. 1967)

1896 - [[Eugénie Blanchard]] -French super-centenarian (d. 2010)

1898 - [[Katharine Cornell]] -American actress and producer (d. 1974)

1901 - [[Vincent Coleman]] -American actor (d. 1971)

1901 - [[Wayne King]] -American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 1985)

1901 - [[Chester Morris]] -American actor (d. 1970)

1903 - [[Edgar Bergen]] -American ventriloquist and actor (d. 1978)

1903 - [[André Berthomieu]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 1960)

1903 - [[Georges-Henri Lévesque]] -Canadian priest and sociologist (d. 2000)

1904 - [[Karl-Heinz Bürger]] -German SS officer (d. 1988)

1904 - [[George F. Kennan]] -American historian and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union (d. 2005)

1906 - [[Vera Menchik]] -Russian-English chess player (d. 1944)

1909 - [[Hugh Beaumont]] -American actor and director (d. 1982)

1909 - [[Jeffrey Lynn]] -American actor and singer (d. 1995)

1909 - [[Richard McDonald]] -American businessman, co-founded McDonald's (d. 1998)

1915 - [[Jim O'Hora]] -American football player and coach (d. 2005)

1915 - [[Michael Relph]] -English director and producer (d. 2004)

1916 - [[Bill Doggett]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1996)

1919 - [[Georges Ulmer]] -Danish-French actor and composer (d. 1989)

1920 - [[Anna Mae Hays]] -American general

1921 - [[Jean Behra]] -French race car driver (d. 1959)

1921 - [[Esther Bubley]] -American photographer (d. 1998)

1921 - [[Vera-Ellen]] -American actress and dancer (d. 1981)

1921 - [[John Galbraith Graham]] -English priest and academic (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer]] -German soldier and pilot (d. 1950)

1925 - [[Carlos Paredes]] -Portuguese guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1926 - [[Margot Frank]] -German-Dutch holocaust victim (d. 1945)

1926 - [[John Schlesinger]] -English actor and director (d. 2003)

1927 - [[June Brown]] -English actress

1927 - [[David Brion Davis]] -American historian and academic

1929 - [[Gerhard Hanappi]] -Austrian footballer and architect (d. 1980)

1929 - [[Peter Porter (poet)|Peter Porter]] -Australian-English poet and educator (d. 2010)

1931 - [[Otis Blackwell]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)

1931 - [[George E. Sangmeister]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2007)

1931 - [[Ken Takakura]] -Japanese actor and singer (d. 2014)

1932 - [[Ahmad Tejan Kabbah]] -Sierra Leonean economist, lawyer, and politician, 3rd President of Sierra Leone (d. 2014)

1932 - [[Gretchen Wyler]] -American actress and dancer (d. 2007)

1934 - [[August Coppola]] -American author and academic (d. 2009)

1934 - [[Marlene Hagge]] -American golfer

1934 - [[Kalin Twins|Hal Kalin]] -American singer (Kalin Twins) (d. 2005)

1934 - [[Kalin Twins|Herbie Kalin]] -American singer (Kalin Twins) (d. 2006)

1935 - [[Sonny Bono]] -American actor, singer, and politician (d. 1998)

1935 - [[Stephen Gaskin]] -American activist, co-founded The Farm (Tennessee)|The Farm (d. 2014)

1937 - [[Paul Bailey]] -English author and critic

1937 - [[Yuri I. Manin]] -Russian-German mathematician and academic

1938 - [[John Corigliano]] -American composer and academic

1938 - [[Barry Primus]] -American actor, director, and producer

1939 - [[Adolfo Azcuna]] -Filipino lawyer and judge

1939 - [[Czesław Niemen]] -Polish singer-songwriter (Niebiesko-Czarni) (d. 2004)

1939 - [[David Simpson (British politician)|David Simpson]] -Irish politician

1940 - [[Hannelore Schmatz]] -German mountaineer (d. 1979)

1940 - [[Michael J. Shapiro]] -American philosopher, author, and academic

1941 - [[Anne Lonsdale]] -English sinologist and academic

1941 - [[Kim Jong-il]] -North Korean politician, 2nd List of leaders of North Korea|Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 2011)

1942 - [[Richard Williams (tennis coach)|Richard Williams]] -American tennis player and coach

1943 - [[Howard Riley (musician)|Howard Riley]] -English pianist and composer

1944 - [[Glyn Davies (British politician)|Glyn Davies]] -Welsh farmer and politician

1944 - [[Richard Ford]] -American author, screenwriter, and academic

1944 - [[António Mascarenhas Monteiro]] -Cape Verdean politician, 2nd List of heads of state of Cape Verde|President of Cape Verde

1945 - [[Jeremy Bulloch]] -English actor

1946 - [[Ian Lavender]] -English actor

1948 - [[Troy Evans (actor)|Troy Evans]] -American actor

1948 - [[Kaiketsu Masateru]] -Japanese sumo wrestler and coach (d. 2014)

1948 - [[Andy Van Hellemond]] -Canadian ice hockey player and referee

1949 - [[Bob Didier]] -American baseball player and coach

1949 - [[Lyn Paul]] -English singer and actress (The New Seekers)

1950 - [[Peter Hain]] -Kenyan-Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Wales

1950 - [[Roman Tam]] -Hong Kong singer (Roman and the Four Steps) (d. 2002)

1950 - [[Kazuki Tomokawa]] -Japanese singer

1951 - [[Barry Foote]] -American baseball player and coach

1952 - [[William Katt]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Terence Kealey]] -English biochemist and academic

1952 - [[James Ingram]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1953 - [[George Martin (American football)|George Martin]] -American football player

1953 - [[Lanny McDonald]] -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1953 - [[Roberta Williams]] -American video game designer, co-founded Sierra Entertainment

1954 - [[Iain Banks]] -Scottish author and playwright (d. 2013)

1954 - [[Margaux Hemingway]] -American model and actress (d. 1996)

1954 - [[Michael Holding]] -Jamaican cricketer and sportscaster

1955 - [[Hunt Block]] -American actor

1956 - [[Vincent Ward (director)|Vincent Ward]] -New Zealand director and screenwriter

1957 - [[LeVar Burton]] -American actor, director, and producer

1958 - [[Ice-T]] -American rapper and actor (Body Count)

1958 - [[Natalie Angier]] -American journalist and author

1958 - [[Michael W. Burns]] -American lawyer and politician

1958 - [[Lisa Loring]] -American actress

1958 - [[Oscar Schmidt]] -Brazilian basketball player

1958 - [[Herb Williams]] -American basketball player and coach

1959 - [[John McEnroe]] -German-American tennis player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Daniel Ribacoff]] -Brazilian-American polygraph examiner

1959 - [[Kelly Tripucka]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1960 - [[Cherie Chung]] -Hong Kong actress

1960 - [[Bill Pecota]] -American baseball player

1960 - [[Pete Willis]] -English guitarist (Def Leppard, Atomic Mass (band)|Atomic Mass, Gogmagog (band)|Gogmagog, and Roadhouse (band)|Roadhouse)

1961 - [[LaGaylia Frazier]] -American-Swedish singer

1961 - [[Liu Kang (football manager)|Liu Kang]] -Chinese footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Andy Taylor (guitarist)|Andy Taylor]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Duran Duran and The Power Station (band)|The Power Station)

1962 - [[John Balance]] -English singer-songwriter (Coil (band)|Coil) (d. 2004)

1964 - [[Bebeto]] -Brazilian footballer and manager

1964 - [[Christopher Eccleston]] -English actor

1965 - [[Dave Lombardo]] -Cuban-American drummer (Slayer, Grip Inc., Fantômas (band)|Fantômas, Voodoocult, and Testament (band)|Testament)

1967 - [[Keith Gretzky]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1968 - [[Warren Ellis]] -English author and screenwriter

1969 - [[Gangrel (wrestler)|Gangrel]] -American wrestler and actor

1970 - [[Serdar Ortaç]] -Turkish singer-songwriter

1970 - [[Angelo Peruzzi]] -Italian footballer

1971 - [[Amanda Holden]] -English actress and singer

1972 - [[Jerome Bettis]] -American football player and sportscaster

1972 - [[Sarah Clarke]] -American actress

1972 - [[Naomi Nishida]] -Japanese actress

1973 - [[Cathy Freeman]] -Australian sprinter

1973 - [[Maureen Johnson]] -American author

1973 - [[Rebecca Lord]] -French-American porn actress and director

1974 - [[Mahershala Ali]] -American actor

1974 - [[Luis Figueroa]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1974 - [[Fanis Katergiannakis]] -Greek footballer

1975 - [[Nanase Aikawa]] -Japanese singer

1975 - [[Vanina Ickx]] -Belgian race car driver

1975 - [[Don Jeffcoat]] -American actor

1976 - [[Kyo (musician)|Kyo]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer (Dir En Grey)

1976 - [[Eric Byrnes]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1976 - [[Joe Odagiri]] -Japanese actor and singer

1977 - [[Paul Brittain]] -American actor

1977 - [[Ian Clarke (computer scientist)|Ian Clarke]] -Irish-American computer scientist, founded Freenet

1977 - [[Ahman Green]] -American football player

1977 - [[Hinako Saeki]] -Japanese actress

1978 - [[Tia Hellebaut]] -Belgian high jumper

1978 - [[Wasim Jaffer]] -Indian cricketer

1978 - [[John Tartaglia]] -American actor, singer, and puppeteer

1979 - [[Eric Mun]] -American-South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1979 - [[Valentino Rossi]] -Italian motorcycle racer

1980 - [[Agim Kaba]] -American actor and producer

1980 - [[Ashley Lelie]] -American football player and coach

1980 - [[Longineu W. Parsons III]] -French-American drummer (Yellowcard)

1981 - [[Jay Howard]] -English race car driver

1981 - [[Jerry Owens]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Qyntel Woods]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Aleksandr Dmitrijev]] -Estonian footballer

1982 - [[Lupe Fiasco]] -American rapper and producer (Child Rebel Soldier and Japanese Cartoon (band)|Japanese Cartoon)

1982 - [[Rickie Lambert]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Paulo Jorge Sousa Vieira]] -Portuguese footballer

1983 - [[Agyness Deyn]] -English model, actress, and singer

1984 - [[Sofia Arvidsson]] -Swedish tennis player

1984 - [[Ous Mellouli]] -Tunisian swimmer

1985 - [[Simon Francis (footballer)|Simon Francis]] -English footballer

1985 - [[Ron Vlaar]] -Dutch footballer

1986 - [[Zoi Dimoschaki]] -Greek swimmer

1986 - [[Josje Huisman]] -Dutch singer, actress, dancer (K3 (band)|K3)

1987 - [[Luc Bourdon]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1987 - [[Theresa Goh]] -Singaporean swimmer

1987 - [[Mauricio Henao]] -Colombian-American actor

1987 - [[Yuu Kashii]] -Japanese actress and model

1987 - [[Ryosuke Miura]] -Japanese actor

1987 - [[Hasheem Thabeet]] -Tanzanian basketball player

1988 - [[Diego Capel]] -Spanish footballer

1988 - [[Zhang Jike]] -Chinese table tennis player

1988 - [[Denílson Pereira Neves]] -Brazilian footballer

1988 - [[Andrea Ranocchia]] -Italian footballer

1988 - [[Kim Soo-hyun]] -South Korean actor and singer

1989 - [[Elizabeth Olsen]] -American actress and singer

1990 - [[The Weeknd]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1991 - [[Sergio Canales]] -Spanish footballer

1992 - [[Nicolai Boilesen]] -Danish footballer

1992 - [[Zsófia Susányi]] -Hungarian tennis player

1994 - [[Annika Beck]] -German tennis player

1995 - [[Katy Dunne]] -English tennis player

1995 - [[Mayu Matsuoka]] -Japanese actress

1995 - [[Carina Witthöft]] -German tennis player

1996 - [[Nana Komatsu (actress)|Nana Komatsu]] -Japanese actress and model

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