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Day History: February-21

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Famous Birthdays


1484 - [[Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg]] -(d. 1535)

1556 - [[Sethus Calvisius]] -German astronomer, composer, and theorist (d. 1615)

1621 - [[Rebecca Nurse]] -English-American victim of the Salem witch trials (d. 1692)

1705 - [[Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke]] -English admiral (d. 1781)

1721 - [[John McKinly]] -Irish-American physician and politician, 1st List of Governors of Delaware|Governor of Delaware (d. 1796)

1723 - [[Louis-Pierre Anquetil]] -French historian and author (d. 1808)

1728 - [[Peter III of Russia]] -(d. 1762)

1783 - [[Catharina of Württemberg]] -(d. 1835)

1791 - [[Carl Czerny]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1857)

1794 - [[Antonio López de Santa Anna]] -Mexican general and politician, 8th President of Mexico (d. 1876)

1801 - [[John Henry Newman]] -English cardinal (d. 1890)

1817 - [[José Zorrilla]] -Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1893)

1821 - [[Charles Scribner I]] -American publisher, founded Charles Scribner's Sons (d. 1871)

1836 - [[Léo Delibes]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1891)

1844 - [[Charles-Marie Widor]] -French organist and composer (d. 1937)

1860 - [[Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod]] -Czech journalist and author (d. 1927)

1860 - [[Goscombe John]] -Welsh-English sculptor (d. 1952)

1865 - [[John Haden Badley]] -English author and educator, founded the Bedales School (d. 1967)

1867 - [[Otto Hermann Kahn]] -German banker and philanthropist (d. 1934)

1875 - [[Jeanne Calment]] -French super-centenarian (d. 1997)

1876 - [[Pyotr Konchalovsky]] -Russian painter (d. 1956)

1878 - [[Mirra Alfassa]] -French-Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)

1880 - [[Waldemar Bonsels]] -German author (d. 1952)

1885 - [[Sacha Guitry]] -Russian-French actor, director, and playwright (d. 1957)

1887 - [[Korechika Anami]] -Japanese general and politician, 54th Ministry of War of Japan|Japanese Minister of War (d. 1945)

1888 - [[Clemence Dane]] -English author and playwright (d. 1965)

1892 - [[Harry Stack Sullivan]] -American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (d. 1949)

1893 - [[Celia Lovsky]] -Austrian-American actress (d. 1979)

1893 - [[Andrés Segovia]] -Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)

1894 - [[Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar]] -Indian chemist and academic (d. 1955)

1895 - [[Henrik Dam]] -Danish biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976)

1896 - [[Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala']] -Indian poet and author (d. 1961)

1900 - [[Madeleine Renaud]] -French actress (d. 1994)

1903 - [[Scrapper Blackwell]] -American singer and guitarist (d. 1962)

1903 - [[Anaïs Nin]] -French-American author (d. 1977)

1903 - [[Raymond Queneau]] -French poet and author (d. 1976)

1907 - [[W. H. Auden]] -English-American poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)

1909 - [[Hans Erni]] -Swiss painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 2015)

1910 - [[Douglas Bader]] -English captain and pilot (d. 1982)

1910 - [[Carmine Galante]] -American gangster (d. 1979)

1912 - [[Arline Judge]] -American actress and singer (d. 1974)

1913 - [[Roger Laurent]] -Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)

1914 - [[Ilmari Juutilainen]] -Finnish soldier and pilot (d. 1999)

1914 - [[Zachary Scott]] -American actor (d. 1965)

1915 - [[Ann Sheridan]] -American actress and singer (d. 1967)

1917 - [[Lucille Bremer]] -American actress and dancer (d. 1996)

1919 - [[Kehat Shorr]] -Israeli target shooter and coach (d. 1972)

1921 - [[John Rawls]] -American philosopher and academic (d. 2002)

1921 - [[Peter Whalley]] -Canadian cartoonist and sculptor (d. 2007)

1924 - [[Thelma Estrin]] -American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Robert Mugabe]] -Zimbabwean politician, 2nd President of Zimbabwe

1925 - [[Sam Peckinpah]] -American director and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1925 - [[Jack Ramsay]] -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Erma Bombeck]] -American journalist and author (d. 1996)

1927 - [[Hubert de Givenchy]] -French fashion designer, founded Givenchy

1929 - [[Chespirito]] -Mexican actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1929 - [[James Beck]] -English actor (d. 1973)

1930 - [[Pedro R. Dean]] -Filipino archbishop

1933 - [[Nina Simone]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2003)

1934 - [[Rue McClanahan]] -American actress, singer, and producer (d. 2010)

1935 - [[Richard A. Lupoff]] -American author

1935 - [[Mark McManus]] -Scottish actor (d. 1994)

1936 - [[Barbara Jordan]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1996)

1937 - [[Ron Clarke]] -Australian runner and politician (d. 2015)

1937 - [[Jilly Cooper]] -English journalist and author

1937 - [[Gary Lockwood]] -American actor

1938 - [[Bobby Charles]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1940 - [[Peter Gethin]] -English race car driver (d. 2011)

1940 - [[Wong Jim]] -Hong Kong actor, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2004)

1940 - [[John Lewis (politician)|John Lewis]] -American politician

1942 - [[Tony Martin (professor)|Tony Martin]] -Trinidadian-American historian and educator (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Margarethe von Trotta]] -German actress and director

1943 - [[David Geffen]] -American film and record producer, co-founded DreamWorks and Geffen Records

1945 - [[Paul Newton (musician)|Paul Newton]] -English bass player (Uriah Heep (band)|Uriah Heep)

1946 - [[Tyne Daly]] -American actress

1946 - [[Anthony Daniels]] -English actor and producer

1946 - [[Alan Rickman]] -English actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1946 - [[Vito Rizzuto]] -Italian-Canadian mob boss (d. 2013)

1946 - [[Bob Ryan]] -American journalist and author

1947 - [[Johnny Echols]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Love (band)|Love)

1947 - [[Olympia Snowe]] -American politician

1947 - [[Victor Sokolov]] -Russian journalist (d. 2006)

1948 - [[Bill Slayback]] -American baseball player and singer (d. 2015)

1949 - [[Frank Brunner]] -American illustrator

1949 - [[Jerry Harrison]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)

1951 - [[Dos Caras]] -Mexican wrestler and actor

1951 - [[Vince Welnick]] -American keyboard player (Grateful Dead, The Tubes, and Missing Man Formation (band)|Missing Man Formation) (d. 2006)

1952 - [[Jean-Jacques Burnel]] -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Stranglers)

1952 - [[Jeff Shaara]] -American author

1953 - [[Christine Ebersole]] -American actress and singer

1953 - [[William Petersen]] -American actor and producer

1954 - [[Victor Martinez (author)|Victor Martinez]] -Mexican-American author and poet (d. 2011)

1954 - [[Mike Pickering]] -English DJ and saxophonist (Quando Quango and M People)

1955 - [[Kelsey Grammer]] -American actor, singer, director, and producer

1957 - [[Julia Benjamin]] -American actress

1958 - [[Jake Burns]] -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Stiff Little Fingers)

1958 - [[Mary Chapin Carpenter]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 - [[Jack Coleman (actor)|Jack Coleman]] -American actor and screenwriter

1958 - [[Alan Trammell]] -American baseball player and manager

1959 - [[José María Cano]] -Spanish singer-songwriter and painter (Mecano)

1960 - [[Plamen Oresharski]] -Bulgarian economist and politician, 52nd Prime Minister of Bulgaria

1960 - [[Laurent Petitguillaume]] -French radio and television host

1960 - [[Steve Wynn (songwriter)|Steve Wynn]] -American singer-songwriter (The Dream Syndicate and The Baseball Project)

1961 - [[Christopher Atkins]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Martha Hackett]] -American actress

1961 - [[Rhonda Sing]] -Canadian wrestler (d. 2001)

1962 - [[Vanessa Feltz]] -English journalist and actress

1962 - [[Chuck Palahniuk]] -American journalist and author

1962 - [[David Foster Wallace]] -American author and academic (d. 2008)

1963 - [[William Baldwin]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Mark Kelly]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1964 - [[Scott Kelly (astronaut)|Scott Kelly]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1964 - [[Jane Tomlinson]] -English runner and activist (d. 2007)

1967 - [[Leroy Burrell]] -American runner and coach

1969 - [[James Dean Bradfield]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Manic Street Preachers)

1969 - [[Aunjanue Ellis]] -American actress and producer

1969 - [[Corey Harris]] -American singer and guitarist

1969 - [[Tony Meola]] -American soccer player

1969 - [[Cathy Richardson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jefferson Starship and Big Brother and the Holding Company)

1970 - [[Michael Slater]] -Australian cricketer and sportscaster

1970 - [[Eric Wilson (bassist)|Eric Wilson]] -American bass player (Sublime (band)|Sublime, Sublime with Rome and Long Beach Dub Allstars)

1971 - [[Randy Blythe]] -American singer-songwriter (Lamb of God (band)|Lamb of God)

1972 - [[Seo Taiji]] -South Korean singer-songwriter (Sinawe)

1973 - [[Brodus Clay]] -American wrestler and actor

1973 - [[Heri Joensen]] -Faroese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Týr (band)|Týr)

1973 - [[Brian Rolston]] -American ice hockey player

1973 - [[Bowie Tsang]] -Taiwanese singer and actress

1974 - [[Iván Campo]] -Spanish footballer

1974 - [[Roberto Heras]] -Spanish cyclist

1975 - [[Wish Bone]] -American rapper (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)

1976 - [[Tomasz Kiełbowicz]] -Polish footballer

1976 - [[Michael McIntyre]] -English comedian and actor

1976 - [[Ryan Smyth]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Jonathan Safran Foer]] -American author and academic

1977 - [[Steve Francis]] -American basketball player

1977 - [[Owen King]] -American author

1977 - [[Kevin Rose]] -American businessman and television host, founded Digg

1978 - [[Park Eun-hye]] -South Korean actress

1978 - [[Kim Ha-neul]] -South Korean actress

1978 - [[Nicole Parker]] -American actress and singer

1979 - [[Pascal Chimbonda]] -Guadeloupean-French footballer

1979 - [[Carly Colón]] -Puerto Rican and Canadian wrestler

1979 - [[Shane Gibson (musician)|Shane Gibson]] -American guitarist (stOrk and Jonathan Davis and the SFA) (d. 2014)

1979 - [[Jennifer Love Hewitt]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1979 - [[Jordan Peele]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1980 - [[Brad Fast]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Tiziano Ferro]] -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1980 - [[Yannick Lupien]] -Canadian swimmer

1980 - [[Brendan Sexton III]] -American actor

1980 - [[Kayoko Shibata]] -Japanese actress, singer, and model

1980 - [[Jim Vandermeer]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck]] -Bhutanese king

1981 - [[Jun Kaname]] -Japanese actor

1982 - [[Andre Barrett]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Chantal Claret]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Morningwood)

1982 - [[Tebogo Jacko Magubane]] -South African DJ and producer

1983 - [[Braylon Edwards]] -American football player

1983 - [[Franklin Gutiérrez]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1983 - [[Mélanie Laurent]] -French actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1984 - [[Andrew Ellis]] -New Zealand rugby player

1984 - [[Karina Nose]] -Japanese model and actress

1984 - [[David Odonkor]] -German footballer

1984 - [[Marco Paoloni]] -Italian footballer

1984 - [[James Wisniewski]] -American ice hockey player

1985 - [[Crimson (wrestler)|Crimson]] -American wrestler and actor

1985 - [[Georgios Samaras]] -Greek footballer

1985 - [[Jamaal Westerman]] -American football player

1986 - [[Charlotte Church]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and actress

1987 - [[Eniola Aluko]] -Nigerian-English footballer

1987 - [[Ashley Greene]] -American model and actress

1987 - [[Ellen Page]] -Canadian actress

1987 - [[Joel Redman]] -English wrestler

1988 - [[Matthias de Zordo]] -German javelin thrower

1989 - [[Corbin Bleu]] -American actor, singer, and dancer

1989 - [[Kristin Herrera]] -American actress

1989 - [[Jem Karacan]] -English-Turkish footballer

1989 - [[Scout Taylor-Compton]] -American actress

1989 - [[Josh Walker]] -English footballer

1990 - [[David Addy]] -Ghanaian footballer

1990 - [[Thabiso Baholo]] -Lesotho swimmer

1990 - [[Mattias Tedenby]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1991 - [[Gregory Mertens]] -Belgian footballer (d. 2015)

1991 - [[Ji So-yun]] -South Korean footballer

1991 - [[Devon Travis]] -American baseball player

1993 - [[Steve Leo Beleck]] -Cameroonian footballer

1993 - [[Masaki Suda]] -Japanese actor

1994 - [[Tang Haochen]] -Chinese tennis player

1994 - [[Charalampos Mavrias]] -Greek footballer

1996 - [[Sophie Turner (actress)|Sophie Turner]] -English actress

2000 - [[Yuto Miyazawa]] -Japanese guitarist

2001 - [[Isabella Acres]] -American actress

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