Birthdays in History on February 10

  • 1499 Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1524 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
  • 1606 Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • 1609 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1637 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, Dutch daughter of Frederick Henry
  • 1670 Norbert van Flowers, [Cephalus], Flemish painter
  • 1670 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1685 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)
  • 1686 Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany
  • 1775 Charles Lamb, critic/poet/essayist, born in London, England
  • 1783 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (d. 1873)
  • 1795 Ary Scheffer, Dutch painter/etcher/sculptor
  • 1807 Abner Clark Harding, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1897)
  • 1821 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, (d. 1864))
  • 1824 Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol England, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships)
  • 1827 Peter J Savelberg, Dutch Limburgs monastery founder
  • 1846 Mildred Childe Lee, daughter of confederate General Robert E. Lee
  • 1846 Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1846 Ira Remsen, American chemist (d. 1927)
  • 1859 Alexandre Millerand, French President (d. 1943)
  • 1866 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian
  • 1868 William Allen White, Emporia KS, editor (Pulitzer 1942)
  • 1870 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter
  • 1872 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • 1880 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1884 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1976)
  • 1887 [Fran J] Vital Celen, Flemish literary/author [or Feb 9]
  • 1888 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • 1889 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)

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1890 Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1960)

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • 1890 Fanny Kaplan, failed assassin of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)

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1894 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician, Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • 1897 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • 1898 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • 1898 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • 1902 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)

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1902 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China (d. 1987)

  • 1903 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Max Schubert, a pioneering Australian winemaker
  • 1906 Henry Phelps Brown, historian/economist
  • 1906 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • 1907 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1909 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Dominique Pire, Belgium, educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1912 Lord Orr-Ewing [Charles Ian], great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt
  • 1913 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, historian
  • 1913 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1914 Larry Adler, Balt, hamonicist (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • 1916 Edward R Roybal, (Rep-D-CA, 1963- )
  • 1918 Gordon Pirie, English Group Captain and politician, born in Oxford (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • 1920 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1920 J Heslop-Harrison, botanist
  • 1922 Harold Hughes, Ida County Iowa, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator
  • 1922 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
  • 1927 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
  • 1929 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • 1929 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • 1931 Thomas Bernhard, writer
  • 1932 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • 1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1935 Conrad Klapheck, German painter (typewriters)
  • 1936 Olwyn Bowey, British artist, born in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham
  • 1936 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator
  • 1937 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • 1939 Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • 1940 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • 1942 Michael Bishop, CEO (British Midland Airways)
  • 1944 Frank Keating, American politician
  • 1945 John Hayes, secretary-general (British Law Society)
  • 1945 Klas Tuinstra, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1947 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • 1947 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • 1948 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • 1950 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • 1951 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • 1951 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • 1951 Bob [Robert] Iger, American entertainment executive (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City

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1951 Bob Iger, American businessman (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in New York City, New York

CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger
CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Bob Iger
  • 1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore
  • 1953 John Shirley, US, sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona)
  • 1959 Lisa McPherson, Former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • 1961 George Stephanopoulos, presidential adviser (Clinton)
  • 1962 Jean-Marie Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • 1964 Mir Aimal Kansi, Quetta Pakistan, murderer (FBI Most Wanted)
  • 1964 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat
  • 1967 Armand Serrano, Filipino animator
  • 1969 Joe Mangrum, American artist
  • 1970 Åsne Seierstad, Norwegian journalist
  • 1970 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • 1974 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer
  • 1975 Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case
  • 1978 Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer