Birthdays in History on February 5

  • 976 Sanjō, Emperor of Japan (d. 1017)
  • 1505 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1519 René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
  • 1534 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1589 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
  • 1589 Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
  • 1608 Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
  • 1626 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • 1703 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)

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1723 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1725 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts (d. 1783)
  • 1744 John Jeffries, colonial physician and meteorologist
  • 1753 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Frisian regent/patriot
  • 1770 Alexandre Brongniart, mineralogist/geologist (Tertiary), born in Paris, France
  • 1775 Margaretha J de Neufville, author (Small Pligten)
  • 1784 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1818)
  • 1788 Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)

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1788 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and founder of the modern police force (Bobbies), born in Ramsbottom, England (d. 1850)

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1795 Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
  • 1799 John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)
  • 1804 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • 1808 Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • 1833 John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
  • 1837 Dwight Lyman Moody, American evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • 1840 Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • 1840 John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • 1848 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
  • 1848 Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer (Against the Grain)
  • 1848 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • 1856 Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
  • 1866 Arthur Keith, Persley Aberdeenshire, Scottish Anthropologist (human evolution)
  • 1867 Casper Andries Lingbeek, Dutch politician and preacher
  • 1871 Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
  • 1878 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1881 Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
  • 1891 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • 1892 George Saiko, Austrian writer, born in Seestadtl, Bohemia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
  • 1897 Dirk U Stikker, director (Heineken)/Dutch foreign minister/NATO
  • 1900 Adlai E Stevenson, (Gov-D-Ill), presidential candidate (D) (1952, 1956)
  • 1903 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1907 Jan Klaasesz, Dutch governor Suriname (1949-56)
  • 1907 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Pierre E J Pflimlin, premier France
  • 1908 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1910 Charles Leblond, Canadian Cell Biologist (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)
  • 1914 William S Burroughs, novelist (Naked Lunch), born in St. Louis, Missouri

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1915 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1919 George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)

  • 1923 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Robert Lynn, anarchist
  • 1926 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • 1928 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar
  • 1929 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • 1933 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • 1933 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)
  • 1935 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1937 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • 1937 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (d. 2006)
  • 1940 H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Stephen J Cannell, producer (Rockford Files)
  • 1941 Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1942 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)

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1943 Nolan Bushnell, American electrical engineer (founded Atari, created Pong), born in Clearfield, Utah

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Nolan Bushnell
  • 1947 Mary Louise Cleave, PhD/astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
  • 1948 Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948 Elco [LC] Brinkman, Dutch minister WVC (CDA)
  • 1948 Nigel Tufnel, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • 1949 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup)
  • 1956 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • 1959 Jennifer Granholm American Politician
  • 1960 William John Readings, literary theorist
  • 1966 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
  • 1972 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
  • 1973 Laura Espinoza-Watson, Torrance CA, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1977 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • 1980 Jo Swinson, British politician
  • 1980 Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer
  • 1980 Prince Peter, American-born Yugoslav royalty
  • 2016 Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, heir to throne of Bhutan, born in Thimphu