Birthdays in History on February 29

  • 1468 Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49)
  • 1692 Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • 1692 John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
  • 1728 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

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1736 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • 1784 Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)
  • 1792 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, naturalist (discovered human ovum)
  • 1796 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian astronomer/meteorology
  • 1812 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
  • 1828 Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela

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1840 John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

  • 1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Herman Hollerith, inventor (1st electric tabulating machine)
  • 1892 Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate
  • 1896 Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • 1896 Ranchhodji Morarji Desai, premier of India (1977-79)
  • 1896 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • 1896 William W Wellman, director (Star is Born), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1904 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen
  • 1908 Balthus, painter (Valerie)
  • 1920 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • 1920 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1924 David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
  • 1924 Otto Hutter, physiologist
  • 1928 McHenry Boatwright, signer
  • 1928 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • 1928 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • 1932 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
  • 1932 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Jack R Lousma, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1940 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • 1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • 1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • 1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • 1948 JirĊ Akagawa, Japanese novelist
  • 1952 Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1952 Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
  • 1952 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • 1956 Bob Speller, Canadian politician
  • 1956 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
  • 1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • 1960 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • 1960 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1964 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • 1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • 1968 Pete Fenson, American curler
  • 1968 Eugene Volokh, American law professor