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Day History: February-19

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Famous Birthdays


1473 - [[Nicolaus Copernicus]] -Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1526 - [[Carolus Clusius]] -Flemish botanist and academic (d. 1609)

1552 - [[Melchior Klesl]] -Austrian cardinal (d. 1630)

1630 - [[Chhatrapati Shivaji]] -founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)

1660 - [[Friedrich Hoffmann]] -German physician and chemist (d. 1742)

1717 - [[David Garrick]] -English actor, playwright, and producer (d. 1779)

1743 - [[Luigi Boccherini]] -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1805)

1798 - [[Allan MacNab]] -Canadian soldier, lawyer, and politician, Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada|Premier of Canada West (d. 1862)

1800 - [[Émilie Gamelin]] -Canadian nun, founded the Sisters of Providence (Montreal)|Sisters of Providence (d. 1851)

1802 - [[Wilhelm Matthias Naeff]] -Swiss politician (d. 1881)

1804 - [[Carl von Rokitansky]] -German physician, pathologist, and philosopher (d. 1878)

1804 - [[David Wark]] -Irish-Canadian merchant and politician (d. 1905)

1821 - [[August Schleicher]] -German linguist and academic (d. 1868)

1824 - [[Henri Germain]] -French banker and politician, founded Crédit Lyonnais (d. 1905)

1833 - [[Élie Ducommun]] -Swiss journalist and activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)

1843 - [[Adelina Patti]] -Spanish-Welsh soprano (d. 1919)

1855 - [[Nishinoumi Kajirō I]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1908)

1859 - [[Svante Arrhenius]] -Swedish physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1927)

1865 - [[Sven Hedin]] -Swedish geographer and explorer (d. 1952)

1869 - [[Hovhannes Tumanyan]] -Armenian-Russian poet and author (d. 1923)

1871 - [[Lugenia Burns Hope]] -American activist (d. 1947)

1872 - [[Johan Pitka]] -Estonian admiral (d. 1944)

1876 - [[Constantin Brâncuși]] -Romanian-French sculptor and photographer (d. 1957)

1877 - [[Gabriele Münter]] -German painter (d. 1962)

1878 - [[Harriet Bosse]] -Swedish–Norwegian actress (d. 1961)

1880 - [[Álvaro Obregón]] -Mexican general and politician, 39th President of Mexico (d. 1928)

1886 - [[José Abad Santos]] -Filipino lawyer and jurist, 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (d. 1942)

1888 - [[José Eustasio Rivera]] -Colombian lawyer and poet (d. 1928)

1888 - [[Aurora Quezon]] -Filipino wife of Manuel L. Quezon, 2nd First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)

1893 - [[Cedric Hardwicke]] -English-American actor and director (d. 1964)

1895 - [[Louis Calhern]] -American actor and singer (d. 1956)

1895 - [[Diego Mazquiarán]] -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1940)

1896 - [[André Breton]] -French poet and author (d. 1966)

1897 - [[Alma Rubens]] -American actress (d. 1931)

1899 - [[Lucio Fontana]] -Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)

1899 - [[Yury Olesha]] -Russian author and playwright (d. 1960)

1901 - [[Florence Green]] -English soldier (d. 2012)

1902 - [[Kay Boyle]] -American author and educator (d. 1992)

1903 - [[Louis Slobodkin]] -American author and illustrator (d. 1975)

1904 - [[Havank]] -Dutch journalist and author (d. 1964)

1906 - [[Eugene Eisenmann]] -Panamanian-American lawyer and ornithologist (d. 1981)

1910 - [[Dorothy Janis]] -American actress (d. 2010)

1911 - [[Merle Oberon]] -Indian-American actress (d. 1979)

1912 - [[Saul Chaplin]] -American composer and director (d. 1997)

1913 - [[Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza]] -(d. 2007)

1914 - [[Jacques Dufilho]] -French actor (d. 2005)

1915 - [[John Freeman (British politician)|John Freeman]] -English lawyer, politician, and diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to the United States|British Ambassador to the United States (d. 2014)

1916 - [[Eddie Arcaro]] -American jockey and sportscaster (d. 1997)

1917 - [[Carson McCullers]] -American author and playwright (d. 1967)

1920 - [[C. Z. Guest]] -American actress, fashion designer, and author (d. 2003)

1920 - [[Jaan Kross]] -Estonian author and poet (d. 2007)

1920 - [[George Rose (actor)|George Rose]] -English actor and singer (d. 1988)

1922 - [[Władysław Bartoszewski]] -Polish journalist and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland)|Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2015)

1924 - [[David Bronstein]] -Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)

1924 - [[Lee Marvin]] -American actor and singer (d. 1987)

1924 - [[Bruce Norris (ice hockey)|Bruce Norris]] -American businessman (d. 1986)

1926 - [[György Kurtág]] -Hungarian composer and academic

1926 - [[Ross Thomas (author)|Ross Thomas]] -American soldier author (d. 1995)

1927 - [[Philippe Boiry]] -French journalist (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Jacques Deray]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1930 - [[John Frankenheimer]] -American director and producer (d. 2002)

1930 - [[Kasinathuni Viswanath]] -Indian actor, director, and screenwriter

1932 - [[Joseph P. Kerwin]] -American captain, physician, and astronaut

1934 - [[Pierre Barouh]] -French singer-songwriter and actor

1934 - [[Carole Eastman]] -American actress and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1935 - [[Dave Niehaus]] -American sportscaster (d. 2010)

1936 - [[Sam Myers]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1937 - [[Terry Carr]] -American author and educator (d. 1987)

1937 - [[David Margulies]] -American actor

1937 - [[Alan Munro]] -Indian-English immunologist and academic

1937 - [[Boris Pugo]] -Latvian politician, Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia)|Minister of Interior of the Soviet Union (d. 1991)

1937 - [[Robert Walker (musician)|Robert Walker]] -American guitarist

1938 - [[Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama]] -(d. 1989)

1938 - [[Dutch Mason]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

1938 - [[René Muñoz]] -Cuban-Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1939 - [[Erin Pizzey]] -Chinese-English activist and author, founded Refuge (United Kingdom charity)|Refuge

1939 - [[Gwen Taylor]] -English actress

1940 - [[Saparmurat Niyazov]] -Turkmen engineer and politician, 1st President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)

1940 - [[Smokey Robinson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Miracles)

1940 - [[Bobby Rogers]] -American singer-songwriter (The Miracles) (d. 2013)

1941 - [[David Gross]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1941 - [[Jenny Tonge, Baroness Tonge]] -English politician

1942 - [[Cyrus Chothia]] -Biochemist

1942 - [[Paul Krause]] -American football player

1942 - [[Howard Stringer]] -Welsh-American businessman

1943 - [[Lou Christie]] -American singer-songwriter

1943 - [[Homer Hickam]] -American author and engineer

1943 - [[Tim Hunt]] -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel laureate

1944 - [[Les Hinton]] -English-American journalist and businessman

1945 - [[Yuri Antonov (musician)|Yuri Antonov]] -Uzbek-Russian singer-songwriter

1945 - [[Michael Nader]] -American actor

1946 - [[Paul Dean (guitarist)|Paul Dean]] -Canadian guitarist (Loverboy and Streetheart (band)|Streetheart)

1946 - [[Barry Everitt (scientist)|Barry Everitt]] -English neuroscientist and academic

1946 - [[Hiroshi Fujioka]] -Japanese actor

1946 - [[Peter Hudson]] -Australian footballer and coach

1946 - [[Karen Silkwood]] -American technician and activist (d. 1974)

1947 - [[Tim Shadbolt]] -New Zealand politician, 42nd Mayor of Invercargill

1947 - [[Jackie Curtis]] -American actress and writer (d. 1985)

1948 - [[Mark Andes]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Spirit (band)|Spirit, Firefall, Jo Jo Gunne, and Heart (band)|Heart)

1948 - [[Pim Fortuyn]] -Dutch sociologist, academic, and politician (d. 2002)

1948 - [[Tony Iommi]] -English guitarist and songwriter (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell (band)|Heaven & Hell, Velvett Fogg, and Mythology (UK band)|Mythology)

1948 - [[Big John Studd]] -American wrestler and actor (d. 1995)

1949 - [[Danielle Bunten Berry]] -American game designer and programmer (d. 1998)

1949 - [[Eddie Hardin]] -English singer-songwriter and pianist (The Spencer Davis Group and Axis Point) (d. 2015)

1949 - [[William Messner-Loebs]] -American author and illustrator

1950 - [[Juice Leskinen]] -Finnish singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1950 - [[Andy Powell]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wishbone Ash)

1951 - [[Stephen Nichols]] -American actor and director

1951 - [[Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri]] -Pakistani scholar and politician, founded Minhaj-ul-Quran

1952 - [[Rodolfo Neri Vela]] -Mexican engineer and astronaut

1952 - [[Amy Tan]] -American pathologist and author

1952 - [[Danilo Türk]] -Slovene academic and politician, 3rd President of Slovenia

1953 - [[Corrado Barazzutti]] -Italian tennis player

1953 - [[Cristina Fernández de Kirchner]] -Argentinian lawyer and politician, 52nd President of Argentina

1953 - [[Bill Kirchenbauer]] -American comedian and actor

1953 - [[Massimo Troisi]] -Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1954 - [[Messaouda Boubaker]] -Tunisian writer

1954 - [[Francis Buchholz]] -German bass player (Scorpions (band)|Scorpions and Michael Schenker Group)

1954 - [[Michael Gira]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Swans (band)|Swans, Angels of Light, The World of Skin, and Circus Mort)

1954 - [[Sócrates]] -Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 2011)

1955 - [[Jeff Daniels]] -American actor, singer, and playwright

1956 - [[Kathleen Beller]] -American actress

1956 - [[Peter Holsapple]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The dB's and The Continental Drifters)

1956 - [[Roderick MacKinnon]] -American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1956 - [[Dave Wakeling]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beat (British band)|The Beat and General Public)

1957 - [[Falco (musician)|Falco]] -Austrian singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1957 - [[Lorianne Crook]] -American radio and television host

1957 - [[Ray Winstone]] -English actor, singer, and producer

1958 - [[Tommy Cairo]] -American wrestler

1958 - [[Helen Fielding]] -English author and screenwriter

1959 - [[Roger Goodell]] -American businessman

1959 - [[Simmu Tiik]] -Estonian diplomat

1960 - [[Leslie Ash]] -English actress

1960 - [[John Paul, Jr. (racing driver)|John Paul, Jr.]] -American race car driver

1961 - [[Benoît Chamoux]] -French mountaineer (d. 1995)

1961 - [[Justin Fashanu]] -English footballer (d. 1998)

1961 - [[Andy Wallace (racing driver)|Andy Wallace]] -English race car driver

1962 - [[Hana Mandlíková]] -Czech-Australian tennis player and coach

1963 - [[Seal (musician)|Seal]] -English singer-songwriter

1963 - [[Laurell K. Hamilton]] -American author

1963 - [[Jessica Tuck]] -American actress

1964 - [[Doug Aldrich]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Whitesnake, Burning Rain, Hurricane (band)|Hurricane, Bad Moon Rising (band)|Bad Moon Rising, Lion (band)|Lion, and Dio (band)|Dio)

1964 - [[Jonathan Lethem]] -American author

1964 - [[Dmitri Lipskerov]] -Russian author and playwright

1964 - [[Richard A. Scott]] -American author and illustrator

1964 - [[Sonu Walia]] -Indian model and actress, Femina Miss India|Miss India 1985

1965 - [[Leroy (musician)|Leroy]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Smash Mouth)

1965 - [[Jon Fishman]] -American drummer (Phish, Pork Tornado, and Surrender to the Air)

1965 - [[Clark Hunt]] -American businessman

1965 - [[Andy Jameson]] -English swimmer and sportscaster

1966 - [[Justine Bateman]] -American actress and producer

1966 - [[Paul Haarhuis]] -Dutch tennis player

1966 - [[Enzo Scifo]] -Belgian footballer and manager

1966 - [[Eduardo Xol]] -American designer and author

1967 - [[Benicio del Toro]] -Puerto Rican-American actor, director, and producer

1969 - [[Burton C. Bell]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers, City of Fire (band)|City of Fire, and GZR)

1969 - [[Helena Guergis]] -Canadian politician

1970 - [[Joacim Cans]] -Swedish singer-songwriter (HammerFall and Warlord (band)|Warlord)

1971 - [[Miguel Batista]] -Dominican baseball player and poet

1971 - [[Jeff Kinney (writer)|Jeff Kinney]] -American author and illustrator

1971 - [[Lisa McCune]] -Australian actress and producer

1972 - [[Francine Fournier]] -American wrestler and manager

1972 - [[Sunset Thomas]] -American porn actress

1973 - [[Eric Lange]] -American actor

1973 - [[Nikos Oikonomou]] -Greek basketball player and coach

1974 - [[Danny Doring]] -American wrestler

1975 - [[Daniel Adair]] -Canadian drummer and producer (Nickelback and 3 Doors Down)

1975 - [[Katja Schuurman]] -Dutch actress and singer

1975 - [[Daewon Song]] -South Korean-American skateboarder, co-founded Almost Skateboards

1977 - [[Ola Salo]] -Swedish singer-songwriter and keyboard player (The Ark (band)|The Ark)

1977 - [[Andrew Ross Sorkin]] -American journalist and author

1977 - [[Gianluca Zambrotta]] -Italian footballer and manager

1978 - [[Ben Gummer]] -English scholar and politician

1978 - [[Michalis Konstantinou]] -Cypriot footballer

1978 - [[Immortal Technique]] -Peruvian-American rapper

1978 - [[Stephanie Waring]] -English actress

1979 - [[Bassnectar]] -American DJ and producer

1979 - [[Mariska (rapper)|Mariska]] -Finnish rapper

1979 - [[Andrew Buchan]] -English actor

1979 - [[Steve Cherundolo]] -American soccer player and manager

1979 - [[Mariana Ochoa]] -Mexican singer and actress (OV7)

1979 - [[René Renno]] -German footballer

1980 - [[Dwight Freeney]] -American football player

1980 - [[David Gandy]] -English model

1980 - [[Spyridon Gianniotis]] -Greek swimmer

1980 - [[Ma Lin (table tennis)|Ma Lin]] -Chinese table tennis player

1980 - [[Mike Miller (basketball player)|Mike Miller]] -American basketball player

1981 - [[Beth Ditto]] -American singer-songwriter (Gossip (band)|Gossip)

1981 - [[Kyle Martino]] -American soccer player

1981 - [[Gil Reyes]] -American boxer

1981 - [[Nicky Shorey]] -English footballer

1981 - [[Shawn Spears]] -Canadian wrestler

1981 - [[Vitas]] -Russian singer-songwriter

1982 - [[Camelia Potec]] -Romanian swimmer

1983 - [[Kotoōshū Katsunori]] -Bulgarian sumo wrestler

1983 - [[Mika Nakashima]] -Japanese singer and actress

1983 - [[Ryan Whitney]] -American ice hockey player

1984 - [[Chris Richardson]] -American singer-songwriter

1985 - [[Haylie Duff]] -American actress and singer

1985 - [[Arielle Kebbel]] -American actress

1985 - [[Sławomir Peszko]] -Polish footballer

1986 - [[Kyle Chipchura]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1986 - [[Björn Gustafsson]] -Swedish comedian and actor

1986 - [[Reon Kadena]] -Japanese model and actress

1986 - [[Henri Karjalainen]] -Finnish race car driver

1986 - [[Maria Mena]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter

1986 - [[Jayde Nicole]] -Canadian model

1986 - [[Michael Schwimer]] -American baseball player

1986 - [[Marta Vieira da Silva]] -Brazilian footballer

1987 - [[Vanesa Furlanetto]] -Argentinian tennis player

1988 - [[Miyu Irino]] -Japanese voice actor

1988 - [[Shawn Matthias]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1988 - [[Seth Morrison (musician)|Seth Morrison]] -American guitarist (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1988 - [[Selkirk (horse)|Selkirk]] -English race horse (d. 2013)

1989 - [[Kaisa Pajusalu]] -Estonian rower

1990 - [[Luke Pasqualino]] -English actor

1991 - [[Trevor Bayne]] -American race car driver

1992 - [[Sander Pärn]] -Estonian race car driver

1992 - [[Jelena Simić]] -Bosnian tennis player

1993 - [[Martín Alaníz]] -Uruguayan footballer

1993 - [[Mauro Icardi]] -Argentinian footballer

1993 - [[Victoria Justice]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1993 - [[Empress Schuck]] -Filipino actress

1994 - [[Tiina Trutsi]] -Estonian footballer

1998 - [[Katharina Gerlach]] -German tennis player

2001 - [[David Mazouz]] -American actor

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