Famous Birthdays on February 29

  • 1468 Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49)
  • 1692 Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • 1692 John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
  • 1696 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, born in Pernes (d. 1770)
  • 1724 Eva Marie Veigel, ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick (d. 1822)
  • 1728 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

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1736 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • 1784 Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)
  • 1792 Gioacchino Rossini, Pesaro Italy, composer (Barber of Seville)
  • 1792 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, naturalist (discovered human ovum)
  • 1796 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian astronomer/meteorology
  • 1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • 1812 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
  • 1820 Adolf Schimon, composer
  • 1828 Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela

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1840 John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

  • 1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Herman Hollerith, inventor (1st electric tabulating machine)
  • 1884 Alfred Sendrey, composer
  • 1892 Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate
  • 1896 Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • 1896 Ranchhodji Morarji Desai, premier of India (1977-79)
  • 1896 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • 1896 William W Wellman, director (Star is Born), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1896 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
  • 1904 Alan Richardson, composer
  • 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
  • 1904 John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
  • 1904 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen
  • 1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • 1908 Balthus, painter (Valerie)
  • 1920 Arthur Franz, Perth Amboy NJ, actor (Invaders From Mars, Young Lions)
  • 1920 James Mitchell, actor (Palmer-All My Children), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1920 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • 1920 Michèle Morgan, French actress
  • 1920 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1924 David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
  • 1924 Otto Hutter, physiologist
  • 1924 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Joss Ackland, actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928 McHenry Boatwright, signer
  • 1928 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • 1928 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • 1932 Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
  • 1932 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
  • 1932 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1936 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1936 Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

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1936 Henri "The Pocket-Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1936 Jack R Lousma, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1940 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • 1940 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • 1944 David Briggs, record producer
  • 1944 Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
  • 1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • 1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • 1944 Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • 1948 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1948 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist
  • 1952 Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1952 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
  • 1952 Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
  • 1952 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • 1956 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra-I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
  • 1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • 1956 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • 1956 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • 1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • 1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • 1960 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • 1960 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1964 Henrik Sundstrom, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1964 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • 1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • 1968 Bryce Paup, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • 1968 Pete Fenson, American curler
  • 1968 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Eugene Volokh, American law professor
  • 1968 Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
  • 1972 Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)
  • 1972 Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1972 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
  • 1976 Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)

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1976 Ja Rule, American rapper and actor

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • 1976 Emma Barton, English actress
  • 1976 Terrence Long, American baseball player
  • 1980 Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • 1980 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • 1980 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1980 Chris Conley, American musician
  • 1984 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
  • 1984 Cullen Jones, American swimmer
  • 1984 Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player
  • 1988 Scott Golbourne, English footballer