Birthdays in History on February 21

  • 1417 Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)
  • 1484 Joachim I Nestor, elector (Brandenburg, Constitution)
  • 1675 Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
  • 1684 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • 1705 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1710 Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet (Human Life)
  • 1723 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • 1728 Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian Tsar (1762) and husband of Catherine the Great
  • 1730 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter
  • 1744 Eise J Eisinga, Frisia, built planetarium Franeker
  • 1779 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • 1783 Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
  • 1785 Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German officer/author (Die Sterner)
  • 1794 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, born in Xalapa, Veracruz (d. 1876)
  • 1800 John Henry Winder, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • 1801 John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)
  • 1802 George Douglas Ramsay, Brevet Major general (Union Army), born in Dumfries, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1805 David Tod, US diplomat/(Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63)
  • 1815 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • 1817 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 1829 Johnson Hagood, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1852 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • 1855 Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
  • 1856 Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam)
  • 1857 Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
  • 1860 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • 1860 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • 1865 John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • 1875 Jeanne Louise Calment, French world's oldest woman (d. 1997 at 122)
  • 1876 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
  • 1878 The Mother, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)
  • 1880 Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1887 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1888 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • 1888 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • 1902 Arthur D Nock, English/US historian (St Paul)
  • 1902 John Smallenbroek, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs [or 1909]
  • 1903 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • 1903 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • 1907 Wystan Hugh Auden, American poet (Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948)
  • 1909 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1909 Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • 1910 Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WWII)
  • 1910 Carmine Galante, Italian-born gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Glenn M Anderson, (Rep-D-CA, 1969- )

  • 1914 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • 1914 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • 1917 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)

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1924 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and President of Zimbabwe (1988- ), born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 1926 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1927 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn), born in Beauvais, France
  • 1929 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Elizabeth Adams, madame
  • 1932 Harald V, King of Norway (1991- )
  • 1935 Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
  • 1936 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • 1940 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama
  • 1941 Charlie Shelburne, English earl/large landowner
  • 1943 Roberto Faenza, director (Cop Killers, Corrupt)
  • 1944 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1946 Tricia Nixon Cox, Richard Milhaus' daughter (or 0202)
  • 1946 Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged mafia boss
  • 1947 Olympia J Snowe, (Rep-R-ME, 1979- )
  • 1947 Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat
  • 1958 Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)
  • 1962 Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • 1962 David Foster Wallace, American writer
  • 1963 Michael Gostigian, Newtown Sq PA, pentathelete (Oly-16th-88, 92, 96)
  • 1964 Mark E Kelly, Lt USN/astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1964 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)

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1964 Scott Kelly, American astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut
Scott Kelly
  • 1969 Tony Meola, American footballer
  • 1983 Daniel Ek, Swedish CEO and co-founder of Spotify, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1985 Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • 1986 Amedeo, Belgian son of princess Astrid/arch duke Lorenz