Birthdays in History on February 27

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272 Constantine the Great, Roman emperor (306-337) who adopted Christianity, born in Naissus (d. 337)

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 1539 Franciscus Raphelengius, Dutch book publisher
  • 1622 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter
  • 1691 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (d. 1754)
  • 1711 Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (d. 1769)
  • 1779 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • 1784 Elias Annes Borger, Dutch theologist/poet (To the Rhine)
  • 1792 Don Joaquin B F Espartero, Spanish adventurer/fieldmarshal
  • 1802 William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck, Lord George Bentinck
  • 1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (Hiawatha), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1823 Ferdinand Van Derveer, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1823 William Buel Franklin, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1827 Richard W Johnson, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1831 Hiram Bond Everest, American co-founder of The Vacuum Oil Company (d. 1913)
  • 1832 Alfred Pollard Edward, Civil War journalist, (d. 1872)
  • 1835 Charles Cartuyvels, Belgian pulprit orator
  • 1835 Richard Garnett, English author (Ananda the Miracle Worker)
  • 1841 [Eleanor] Agnes Lee, daughter of US general Robert E. Lee
  • 1850 Henry Edwards Huntington, US, railroad exec
  • 1861 Rudolph Steiner, Kraljevic Aust, founder (doctrine of anthroposophy)
  • 1867 Irving Fisher, US economist (compensating dollar)
  • 1869 Alice Hamilton, physician/writer (workmen's compensation laws)
  • 1878 Alvan T. Fuller, 50th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician
  • 1881 Sveinn Bjornsson, 1st president of Iceland (1944-52)/poet (Figur ild)
  • 1886 Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • 1887 James D Innes, English painter
  • 1888 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)
  • 1893 Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)
  • 1897 Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • 1897 G Paul H Schuitema, graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)
  • 1899 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • 1901 Marino Marini, Italian sculptor/painter

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1902 John Steinbeck, American author (Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962), born in Salinas, California (d. 1968)

  • 1904 James Thomas Farrell, US, author (Studs Lonigan trilogy)
  • 1904 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye)
  • 1906 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)
  • 1910 Peter De Vries, author (Reuben Reuben, Prick of Noon), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1910 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; d. 1990)
  • 1912 Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Frank Allaun, British MP (L)
  • 1913 Irwin Shaw, US, novelist (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1913 Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (d. 1989)
  • 1915 Arthur Gilson, Belgian attorney/minister of Defense (1958-..)
  • 1917 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • 1920 David Vere Bendall, former diplomat
  • 1922 Mervyn Jones, author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers)
  • 1922 Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)
  • 1924 M M Shearer, former Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
  • 1925 Hugh Leggatt, art dealer
  • 1925 Michael Kaye, director (City of London Festival)
  • 1925 Richard AFM Auwerda, Dutch journalist/writer
  • 1925 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Peter Emery, British MP
  • 1926 David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Lord Belhaven & Stenton
  • 1927 Michael Butler, Pro-Provost/chairman (Royal College of Art)
  • 1930 Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist
  • 1930 Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Andrew Sloan, Chief Constable (Strathcourt)
  • 1932 Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter
  • 1932 Lord Young of Graffham, CEO (Cables & Wireless)
  • 1933 6th marquess of Bute, Scottish large landowner/bibliophile
  • 1933 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933 Geoffrey Maitland Smith, CEO (Sears)
  • 1933 Malcolm Wallop, (Sen-R-WY, 1977- )

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1934 Ralph Nader, American consumer advocate (Unsafe at Any Speed), born in Winsted, Connecticut

Political Activist Ralph Nader
Political Activist
Ralph Nader
  • 1934 [Navarre] Scott Momaday, US author (House Made of Dawn, Pulitzer 1969)
  • 1934 Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (d. 1992)
  • 1936 Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer
  • 1937 Barbara Babcock, actress (Dr Quinn, Dallas, Hill St Blues), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1937 Donald MacKay, CEO (Scottish Enterprise)
  • 1939 Antoinette Sibley, ballerina (Turning Point)
  • 1939 Kenzo Takada, Japanese director (Dream After Dream)
  • 1940 Barbara Kelly, CEO (Scottish Consumer Council)
  • 1941 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj
  • 1941 Andrew "Sandy" Wilson, Royal Air Force officer (1962–1995)
  • 1942 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Due West SC, news reporter (McNeil-Lehrer)
  • 1942 Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1944 Roger Scruton, Buslingthorpe, British philosopher
  • 1950 Franco Moschino, fashion Designer
  • 1950 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
  • 1951 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91)
  • 1957 Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator
  • 1958 Nancy Spungen, American murder victim of Sid Vicious (d. 1978)
  • 1963 Pär Nuder, Swedish politician
  • 1967 Jonathan Ive, English Designer at Apple Inc. (designed the imac, ipod, iphone), born in Chingford, London
  • 1969 Victoria Fair, Jackson Michigan, Miss Michigan-America (1991)
  • 1970 Michael A. Burstein, American writer
  • 1970 Matthias Lechner, German art director
  • 1971 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
  • 1975 Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist (d. 2006)
  • 1980 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton and Hillary Clinton
  • 1991 Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain
  • 1994 Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player