Birthdays in History on February 22

  • 1040 Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)
  • 1403 Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461)
  • 1440 Ladislaus V Posthumus, King of Hungary/Bohemia
  • 1500 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
  • 1514 Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)
  • 1612 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
  • 1634 Petrus "Pieter" van Schooten, fortress architect
  • 1684 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • 1705 Peter Arctedius, [Artedi], Swedish biologist
  • 1714 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)

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1732 George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, born in Westmoreland, Virginia (d. 1799)

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  • 1756 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (d. 1821)
  • 1773 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter
  • 1778 Rembrandt Peale, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)
  • 1785 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Ham, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834)
  • 1788 Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist)
  • 1796 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgium, mathematician/astronomer/statistician
  • 1796 Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
  • 1797 William I, Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)
  • 1798 Charles Mynn Thruston, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1873)
  • 1806 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)
  • 1817 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • 1819 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat/abolitionist
  • 1822 Adolf Kuszmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)
  • 1824 Pierre Janssen, French astronomer (d. 1907)
  • 1825 Jean Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1898)
  • 1827 James Barnet Fry, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1894)
  • 1828 Robert Alexander Cameron, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • 1838 Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
  • 1839 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
  • 1840 F August Bebel, German social-democrat
  • 1842 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor (Ukkel)
  • 1843 Affonso de Escragnolle Taunay, France/Brazil writer (Inocencia)
  • 1849 Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Isaac L Rice, Germany, (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • 1852 Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
  • 1857 Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
  • 1857 Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides)
  • 1862 Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
  • 1864 Jules Renard, France, writer (Poil de Carotte)
  • 1865 Otto Modersohn, German painter
  • 1868 Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem)
  • 1873 Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch East Indies lawyer/poet/philosopher
  • 1877 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1878 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1880 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
  • 1883 Alfred Wikenhauser, German RC exegetist (John-Apokalyps)
  • 1886 Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
  • 1887 Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
  • 1888 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
  • 1889 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • 1889 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1892 David Dubinsky, labor leader (Freedom Award, 1969 Medal of Freedom)
  • 1892 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1895 Victor RaulHaya de la Torre, founder (Peruvian Aprista Party)
  • 1896 Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • 1897 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • 1898 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • 1899 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Giorgios Seferis, Greece, poet (Nobel 1963)
  • 1900 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk)
  • 1901 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • 1902 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • 1903 Morley Callaghan, Canada, author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • 1903 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
  • 1908 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
  • 1909 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • 1910 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker
  • 1910 Nicholas Monsarrat, novelist, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1914 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1917 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1917 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in New York City (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Robert Wadlow, Alton Ill, tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1")
  • 1921 Jean-Bedel Bokassa, dictator
  • 1921 Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
  • 1921 David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Edward Gorey, author/artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect
  • 1930 JPS van Neerven, Dutch economist/editor (Limbourg Daily)
  • 1930 James McGarrell, American painter
  • 1932 Edward M "Ted" Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 )
  • 1933 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, England, Duchess of Kent
  • 1933 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Ineke [R M] Haas-Berger, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1936 J. Michael Bishop, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1937 Joanna Russ, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx)
  • 1937 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer/multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Ishmael Reed, US, author (Last Days of Louisiana Red)
  • 1938 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • 1940 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician
  • 1943 David E Skaggs, (Rep-D-Colorado)
  • 1943 Horst Köhler, President of Germany
  • 1944 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1947 John Bryant, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1951 Harley O Staggers Jr, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • 1952 James Philip Bagian, MDPE/astronaut (STS 29, STS 40), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Bill Frist, American politician
  • 1959 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician
  • 1962 Lenda Murray, body builder (4X Ms Olympia), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Les Wallace, Scottish darts player
  • 1963 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • 1965 Dean Karr, American director and photographer
  • 1966 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • 1966 Brian Greig, Australian politician
  • 1968 Shawn Graham, Canadian politician
  • 1969 Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist
  • 1974 Chris Moyles, English DJ
  • 1982 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player
  • 1984 Venetian Princess Internet (You tube) Star (Real Name: Jodie-Amy Rivera)
  • 1985 Sean Garballey, American politician
  • 1989 Alia Sabur, American college educator