Birthdays in History on February 13

  • 711 BC Jimmu, Japanese emperor (d. 585 DC)
  • 1440 Hartmann Schedel, German physician/humanist/historian
  • 1457 Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1482)
  • 1480 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1599 Alexander VII, [Fabio Chigi], Siena Italy, pope (1655-67)
  • 1610 Jean de la Badie, French divine, founder of Lagardists
  • 1622 Adam Pijnacker, landscape painter/etcher, baptized
  • 1658 Jan B Wellekens, Dutch poet/painter
  • 1672 Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (d. 1731)
  • 1682 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), born in Venice (d. 1754)
  • 1728 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon (d. 1793)

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1743 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist who accompanied James Cook on board the Endeavour, born in London (d. 1820)

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1754 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French politician (d. 1838)
  • 1756 Joannes van der Linden, lawyer/judge (Ware Pleiter)
  • 1757 John C Hespe, Dutch journalist/politician
  • 1764 Talleyrand, France/Napoleon's foreign minster
  • 1766 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), born in Guildford, England (d. 1834)
  • 1768 Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier, French marshal (d. 1835)
  • 1769 Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (d. 1844)
  • 1805 David Dudley Field II, American lawyer, law codifier, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1894)
  • 1805 Peter G L Dirichlet, Germany, number theorist/analysist
  • 1807 Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder (Liefdezusters)
  • 1813 Charles Pierre Schimpf, governor of Suriname (1855-59)
  • 1822 Lev A Mej, Russian nobleman/poet
  • 1829 Gerard Keller, writer (Netherlands Spectator)
  • 1831 John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1869)
  • 1833 William Whedbee Kirkland, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1915)
  • 1835 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 1908)
  • 1849 Lord Randolph Churchill, England, politician, Winston's father
  • 1852 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • 1855 Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • 1859 Frank van de Goes, Dutch writer/marxist theorist
  • 1859 William Strang, Scottish painter/engraver
  • 1861 Uchimura Kanzo, religious writer (How I Became a Christian), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1874 Hendrik Spiekman, Dutch politician (social-democratic)
  • 1879 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Eleanor Farjeon, English writer (Martin Pippin)

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1885 Bess Truman, US First Lady (1945-52), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1982)

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • 1888 Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier
  • 1888 Heintje Davids, [Hendrika], Dutch revue star
  • 1891 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), born near Anamosa, Iowa (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1892 Robert Houghwout Jackson, 84th Supreme Court justice (1941-54)
  • 1893 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • 1898 Neville Pearson, English publisher
  • 1902 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1902 Karl Menger, Austria/US mathematician (theory of dimension)
  • 1903 Georges Simenon, Belgium, mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • 1906 Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)

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1910 William Shockley, US physicist (Nobel 1956), racist, born in London, England

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • 1913 Arthur Carleton Hetherington, public servant
  • 1913 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest
  • 1914 Earl Cadogan, British large landowner (Military Cross)
  • 1915 Aung San, Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)
  • 1921 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • 1921 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter/graphic artist
  • 1922 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • 1922 Gordon Tullock, American economist
  • 1922 Tristram Coffin, San Marino, California, folklorist (The Book of Christmas Folklore, The Old Ball Game), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the 1st man to break the sound barrier, born in Myra, West Virginia
  • 1923 Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economist/politician
  • 1925 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1927 Harry Wich, Dutch set designer
  • 1929 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • 1930 Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist
  • 1933 Emanuel Ungaro, France, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933 Paul Biya, president of Cameroon (1982- )
  • 1937 Sigmund Jaehn, German DR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29)
  • 1937 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Valery Illych Rozhdestvensky, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • 1939 Beate Klarsfeld, German Nazi hunter
  • 1941 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee
  • 1941 Sigmar Polke, German painter
  • 1942 Donald E Williams, Lafayette Ind, Capt USN/astro (STS 51D, STS 34)
  • 1943 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome
  • 1943 Leo Frankowski, US, sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord)

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1944 Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • 1944 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (d. 1983)
  • 1945 David Tremlett, English Artist
  • 1948 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi)
  • 1951 Greg Fulginiti, American mastering engineer
  • 1952 David Puilum Choi, Hong Kong, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1955 Joe Birkett, American lawyer
  • 1956 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
  • 1957 Denise Austin, American fitness expert
  • 1958 Mark Fox, congas/percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • 1958 Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist
  • 1958 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • 1959 Gaston Gingras, National Hockey League defenceman
  • 1960 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee
  • 1960 Artur Yusupov, Russian-German chess player
  • 1962 Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, American politician
  • 1964 Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician
  • 1967 Melanie Denise Bridges, Derry NH, Miss NH-America (1991)
  • 1974 Gus Hansen, Danish professional poker player
  • 1974 Jeff Duran, American radio personality
  • 1976 Martin Sastre, Uruguayan artist
  • 1982 Lanisha Cole, American model
  • 1990 Olivia Allison, British synchronized swimmer
  • 1997 Michael Jackson Jr, son of Michael Jackson