Birthdays in History on February 14

  • 1462 Edzard I Cirksena, the Great, earl of East-Friesia (1494-1528)
  • 1468 Johann Werner, German mathematician (d. 1522)
  • 1483 Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, Andijan, Mughalistan, founder of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent
  • 1487 Henry II of Bavaria, bishop of Utrecht/Worms/Freising
  • 1515 Frederick III, the Pious, elect of the Palts
  • 1533 Christianus Adrichomius, Dutch priest/writer (Vita Jesu Christi)
  • 1546 Johann Pistorius, German theologist/historian
  • 1621 Sybilla Schwarz, German baroque poet, born in Greifswald (d. 1638)
  • 1680 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor (d. 1737)
  • 1692 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (d. 1754)
  • 1701 Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (d. 1773)
  • 1760 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1763 Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (d. 1813)
  • 1800 Emory Washburn, 22nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1877)
  • 1806 Lajos, Count Batthy ny, revolutionary premier of Hungary (1848-49)
  • 1812 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (d. 1846)
  • 1813 John McNeil, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1891)

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1818 Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist, lecturer and editor who was also an escaped slave (exact birth year unknown), born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1895)

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass
  • 1819 James Green Martin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1878)
  • 1819 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, born in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Winfield Scott Hancock, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1828 Edmond François Valentin About, French writer (d. 1885)
  • 1829 Alfred Iverson Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1911)
  • 1835 Francois Haverschmidt, Dutch writer (Snikken en grimlachjes)
  • 1838 Margaret Knight, inventor, "the female Thomas Edison"
  • 1845 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866)
  • 1846 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. (d. 1901)
  • 1847 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette
  • 1847 Maria Pia of Italy, queen of Portugal (d. 1911)
  • 1848 Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)
  • 1853 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist/mayor (Antwerp)
  • 1856 Frank Harris, England, journalist/writer (My Life & Loves)
  • 1858 Joseph Thomson, Scotland, geologist (Thomson's gazelle)
  • 1859 George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor (Ferris Wheel)
  • 1860 Eugen Schiffer, German politician (d. 1954)
  • 1860 Waldemar Lindgren, Kalmar, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification)
  • 1864 Israel Zangwill, England, Jewish author/Zionist (Children of Ghetto)
  • 1864 Robert E Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man)
  • 1868 Henricus A Poels, Dutch RC theologist/social foreman
  • 1869 Charles Wilson, English physicist (Wilson cloud chamber-Nobel)
  • 1878 Julius Nieuwland, Hansbeke Belgium, Belgian-American Chemist (inventor of neoprene)
  • 1881 Otto Selz, German psychologist
  • 1881 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet/scholar (Ynys yr Hud)
  • 1882 George Jean Nathan, American editor/author/critic (American Mercury)
  • 1884 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (d. 1972)
  • 1884 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet (d. 1974)
  • 1885 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim Indian/Pakistani philosopher (d. 1949)
  • 1886 Theodor Werner, German painter
  • 1890 Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist (d. 1956)
  • 1892 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander (d. 1948)
  • 1893 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen)

  • 1894 Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan Ill, "Oh! Rochester!"
  • 1895 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist (Studies in prejudice)
  • 1896 Arthur Milne [Edward Arthur Milne], Hull Yorkshire, English Astrophysicist (kinematic relativity)
  • 1898 Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter)
  • 1899 John Randall Jr, Michigan, historian/philosopher (Western Man)
  • 1902 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1904 Charles William Oatley, electrical engineer
  • 1904 Hanning Phillips, Lord Lieutenant (Dyfed)
  • 1904 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • 1909 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1911 Willem J Kolff, Dutch/US internist/inventor (Artificial Kidney)
  • 1912 Edmund George Love, American teacher/historian/author (A Small Bequest)=
  • 1912 Juan Pujol Garcia, [Garbo/Arabel], Spanish British/German double agent
  • 1912 Oliver Wendell Harrington, cartoonist
  • 1912 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (d. 1988)
  • 1913 Ab [Albert] Visser, Dutch poet/writer (Man Without a Head)
  • 1913 James Pike, bishop (Beyond Anxiety), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1913 Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975
  • 1914 Margarete Mewes, Nazi overseer at concentration camp
  • 1915 A W H Stewart-Moore, CEO (Gallaher)
  • 1916 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)
  • 1916 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • 1917 Herbert A Hauptman, American x-ray crystallographer (Nobel 1985), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Arnold Elton, consultant surgeon
  • 1921 Albert Sloman, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • 1921 Hugh Downs, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1921 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • 1923 Derrick Holden-Brown, CEO (Allied-Lyons)
  • 1924 Countess Mountbatten, of Burma
  • 1926 John Clark, CEO (Plessey Company)
  • 1928 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • 1928 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • 1929 Matthew G Martinez, (Rep-D-CA, 1982- )
  • 1930 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, principal (Lady Margaret Hall-Oxford)
  • 1932 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • 1932 Jocelyn Stevens, CEO (English Heritage)
  • 1932 Michael Ball, Bishop (Truro)
  • 1932 Peter Ball, Bishop (Gloucester)
  • 1932 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Evelyn Ebsworth, Vice-Chancellor (Durham U)
  • 1935 David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong)
  • 1935 Lord Wilson of Tillyorn
  • 1935 Peter Phillips, printer
  • 1936 Fanne Foxe, [Annabella Battistella], Argentina, (Wilbur Mills affair)
  • 1937 John MacGregor, British MP
  • 1940 Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • 1941 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass)
  • 1941 Donna Shalala, American educator
  • 1942 Margaret Wright, chief commissioner (Guide Association)
  • 1942 Michael Bloomberg, American philanthropist, politician, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1944 Carl Bernstein, American investigative reporter who covered Watergate for the Washington Post, born in Washington, D. C.

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
  • 1945 Hans Adam, prince of Liechtenstein
  • 1945 K M Jenkins, British director of personnel (Royal Mail)
  • 1945 William Hill Boner, (Rep-D-TN, 1979- )
  • 1946 David Green, English TV/video producer
  • 1946 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (d. 2003)
  • 1947 Judd Gregg, (Rep-R-NH, 1981- )
  • 1947 Pham Tuan, Vietnam, cosmonaut (Soyuz 37/36)
  • 1948 ... Teller, magician (Penn & Teller), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Richard E Neal, (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • 1952 Nancy Keenan, current NARAL president
  • 1955 R Jeremy H Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • 1955 Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (d. 1991)
  • 1958 Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
  • 1961 Phillip Hamilton, American author
  • 1962 Kevyn Aucoin, American cosmetologist (d. 2002)
  • 1967 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British entrepreneur
  • 1967 Mark Rutte, Dutch politician, Prime Minister (2010-), born in The Hague
  • 1973 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, Thomaston Ga, rower (Oly-1996)
  • 1975 Yul Kwon, American Survivor contestant
  • 1977 Darren Bennett, a Professional Latin Ballroom Dancer
  • 1985 Natsume Sano, Japanese gravure idol