Birthdays in History on February 28

  • 1155 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)
  • 1261 Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
  • 1409 Elisabeth II of Bohemia (d. 1442)
  • 1533 Michel de Montaigne, French essayist/philosopher
  • 1552 Jost/Jobst Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (d. 1632)
  • 1573 Elias Hill, German architect/city builder (Augsburg)
  • 1612 John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
  • 1663 Thomas Newcomen, English co-inventor (steam engine)
  • 1670 Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
  • 1675 Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)
  • 1683 René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (d. 1757)
  • 1690 Aleksei P Romanov, Russian son of Tsar Peter the Great
  • 1704 Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
  • 1712 Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
  • 1724 George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
  • 1750 Ignacy Potocki, Polish foreign minister
  • 1764 Robert Haldane, Scottish theologist/philanthropist
  • 1771 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter
  • 1786 D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist/politician
  • 1792 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian/German embryologist
  • 1797 Mary Lyon, American educator (Mt Holyoke) (Hall of Fame)
  • 1797 W Frederik K, prince of Netherlands/general/admiral (10 day campaign)
  • 1810 Reinier C Bakhuizen van de Brink, Dutch historian
  • 1817 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1820 John Tenniel, England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
  • 1822 Matthew Duncan Ector, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1823 Ernest Renan, French philosopher/historian/scholar of religion
  • 1824 Charles Blondin, French acrobat and tight rope walker, born in St. Omer (d. 1897)
  • 1824 John Creed Moore, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1910)
  • 1825 Quincy Adams Gillmore, American civil engineer, author, and Major General (Union Army), born in Lorain County, Ohio (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Alfred von Schlieffen, Count/Prussian general-fieldmarshal
  • 1838 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)
  • 1840 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)
  • 1841 Adrien Albert Marie de Mun, French politician (d. 1914)
  • 1850 Hermann Schell, German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)
  • 1851 Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1858 Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)
  • 1865 Arthur Symons, Welsh poet/critic/co-founder (Savoy)
  • 1865 Wilfred Grenfell, England, medical missionary
  • 1865 Wilfred Grenfell, British medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador, born in Neston, England
  • 1866 Vyacheslav I Ivanov, Russian philosopher/classical/poet [OS=2/16]
  • 1878 Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
  • 1882 Jose Vasconcelos, politician/essayist/philosopher, born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Jose Gutierrez Solana, Spanish painter and author (Madrid Escenas)
  • 1886 Max Vasmer, German slavic (La Tertulia de Pombo)
  • 1887 William Zorach, Lithuanian-American sculptor (Spirit of the Dance), born in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist
  • 1900 Laura Z Hobson, writer
  • 1900 Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)

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1901 Linus Pauling, American chemist and peace activist (Nobel 1954, 1962), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)

Chemist & Peace Activist Linus Pauling
Chemist & Peace Activist
Linus Pauling

  • 1901 Rudolf W Nilsen, Norwegian poet (Hverdagen)
  • 1903 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Glyn Jones, Wales, novelist, poet and literary historian

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1906 Bugsy Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1947)

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1907 Milton Caniff, Hillsboro Ohio, Dutch cartoonist (Terry & Pirates)
  • 1908 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • 1912 Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)
  • 1915 Peter Medawar, England, zoologist, immunologist (Nobel 1953)
  • 1917 John B Connally, (Gov/Sen-D/R-Tx), took a bullet with JFK
  • 1920 Jim Olin, (Rep-D-VA, 1983- )
  • 1920 Marjorie M Sweeting, English geomorphologist
  • 1921 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Robert A Roe, (Rep-D-NJ, 1969- )
  • 1926 Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin and author (My Life), born in Moscow (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer
  • 1927 John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • 1929 Frank O Gehry, architect (Galleria-Oklahoma City)
  • 1929 John Montague, Irish poet and 1st occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930 Leon Cooper, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
  • 1930 Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1931 Gustav Thoni, Italian skiier (World Cup-1971, 72, 73, 75)
  • 1931 Jack Thieuloy, French writer, born in Beaucaire (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bikrampur, British Raj, President (Bangladesh, 2002-2009), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Brian Moore, British commentator (Big Match)
  • 1933 Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • 1933 Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
  • 1938 Martin Olav Sabo, (Rep-D-MN, 1979- )
  • 1941 Alice May Brock, American author
  • 1943 Hans Dijkstal, Dutch minister of the Interior (VVD, 1994-98)
  • 1946 Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
  • 1947 Stephanie Beacham, England, (Devil's Widow, Schizo, Dallas, Colbys)
  • 1948 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1948 Mike Figgis, English director

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1953 Paul Krugman, American economist and New York Times columnist (Nobel Prize in Economics 2008), born in Albany, New York

Economist Paul Krugman
Economist
Paul Krugman
  • 1957 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
  • 1959 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)
  • 1970 Daniel Handler, American writer, better known as Lemony Snicket
  • 1971 Tristan Louis, American writer
  • 1979 Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
  • 2007 Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco