Birthdays in History on February 7

  • 1102 Empress Matilda, Princess of England and wife of Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1169)
  • 1478 Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d. 1535)
  • 1556 Maria van Nassau, Dutch countess of Buren
  • 1589 Jacob de Witt, Dutch mayor (Dordrecht)/mathematician

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1688 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], Princess of Orange and ancestor of all currently reigning monarchs in Europe, born in Kassel (d. 1765)

Princess of Orange Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
Princess of Orange
Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
  • 1693 Anna Ivanova Romanova, Empress of Russia (1730-40) [NS]
  • 1700 Philippe Buache, French geographer/cartographer (Contourlijnen)
  • 1740 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • 1753 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • 1801 John Rylands, England, merchant/philanthropist

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1804 John Deere, American blacksmith and pioneering manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company, born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • 1809 Frederik Paludan-Muller, Danish Romantic poet (Danserinden)

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1812 Charles Dickens, English novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1814 Gardner Quincy Colton, Georgia, Vermont, USA, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry
  • 1817 Leroy Pope Walker, US lawyer/Confederate minister of War (1861)
  • 1824 William Higgins, discoverer (nature of spiral nebulae)
  • 1833 Ricardo Palma, Peru, writer/poet (Tradiciones Peruanas)
  • 1834 Dmitri I Mendelejev, Russian chemist (Periodic Table)
  • 1837 James Augustus Henry Murray, Scotland, created Oxford Dictionary
  • 1839 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • 1842 Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
  • 1862 Bernard Maybeck, US architect (Palace of Fine Arts, SF)
  • 1866 Raf[ael] Verhulst, [Koen Ravestein], Flemish writer (Jesus of Nazarus)
  • 1867 Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (Little House on Prairie), born in Pepin, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • 1869 Jindrich S Baar, Czech pastor/writer (Jan Cimbura)
  • 1870 Alfred Adler, Austria, psychiatrist (Inferiority Complex)
  • 1872 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • 1877 Godfrey H Hardy, England, number theorist
  • 1877 Julius Curtius, German minister of Foreign affairs (1929-..)
  • 1883 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist
  • 1885 Sinclair Lewis, novelist/social critic (Main Street, Nobel 1930)
  • 1889 Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Harold Hoffman, South Amboy NJ, (Gov-NJ)
  • 1896 Jacob Paludan, Danish pharmacist/writer (Jorgen Stein)
  • 1899 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • 1901 Bob den Doolaard, [Cornelis Spoelstra], Dutch writer (Grape Pickers)
  • 1905 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (L'Humanité, La Conspiration)
  • 1905 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • 1906 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Arthur George Bottomley, politician
  • 1907 Yevgeniy Abalakov, Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist {d. 1981}
  • 1914 David Ignatow, US poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • 1914 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)
  • 1914 Ralph Whitlock, writer
  • 1918 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk
  • 1923 George H H Lascelles, English earl of Harewood/leader (Covent Garden)
  • 1923 Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Cathy Long, (Rep-D-LA, 1985-86)
  • 1925 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright , born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, born in Linz (d. 1986)
  • 1926 Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1932 Alfred M Worden, Jackson Michigan, Colonel USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15)
  • 1932 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • 1934 Piet Bukman, Dutch minister for Development Aid (CDA)
  • 1934 Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
  • 1935 Herb Kohl, (Sen-D Wisconsin)
  • 1938 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • 1941 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • 1942 Ton [ACHM] de Kok, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1944 Berend baron van Voorst tot Voorst, Dutch foreign state sect (CDA)
  • 1944 Berry [AH] Esselink, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1944 Michael A Andrews, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1945 Ian Jack, Scottish journalist
  • 1947 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • 1954 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • 1955 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • 1958 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • 1963 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1967 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player
  • 1974 Emma McLaughlin, American novelist
  • 1977 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • 1978 David Aebischer, National Hockey League goaltender
  • 1986 Michael Orozco, American footballer