Birthdays in History on February 8

  • 412 St Proclus, patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1191 Yaroslav II of Russia (d. 1246)
  • 1291 Afonso IV, King of Portugal (1325-57)
  • 1487 Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1550)
  • 1552 Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet and soldier (d. 1630)
  • 1577 Robert Burton, writer, Anglican clergyman (Anatomy of Melancholy)
  • 1612 Samuel Butler, England, poet/satirist (Hudibras) (baptized)
  • 1649 Gabriel Daniel, French Jesuit historian (d. 1728)
  • 1685 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • 1720 Emperor Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1750)
  • 1792 Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1873)
  • 1795 Friedlieb F Runge, German chemist (Chinoline)
  • 1795 Moritz G [Moses] Saphir, Hungarian journalist/serial writer
  • 1804 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1834)
  • 1807 Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman
  • 1807 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
  • 1811 Edwin Denison Morgan, Sect of War (Confederacy), (d. 1883)
  • 1813 Jacob G Agarah, Swedish algologist
  • 1817 Richard Stoddert Ewell, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • 1818 Austin Blair, Gov/MC (Union), (d. 1894)
  • 1819 John Ruskin, writer/critic/artist/Gothic Revivalist (Prerafaelite)

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1820 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1891)

  • 1822 Maxime Du Camp, French writer/traveler (Les Buveurs de Cendres)
  • 1824 Barnard Elliot Bee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)

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1828 Jules Verne, French writer "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 days), born in Nantes, France (d. 1905)

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne

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1834 Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and inventor who devised the periodic table of the elements, born in Tobolsk, Russia (d. 1907)

Chemist and Inventor Dmitri Mendeleev
Chemist and Inventor
Dmitri Mendeleev
  • 1847 Hugh Price Hughes, English social reformer (d. 1902)
  • 1851 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, writer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1904)
  • 1852 Nikolai Garin [Michailovski], Russ author (Tjoma Kartashov) [NS=2/20]
  • 1859 John H Been, town's archivist of Brielle (Baasje & Witkop)
  • 1876 Paula Modersohn-Becker, German "entartet" painter
  • 1878 Martin Buber, German/Israeli philosopher/theologist (Ich und Du)
  • 1880 Franz Marc, German painter (Blaue Reiter)
  • 1882 Thomas Selfridge, First person to die in an airplane crash (d. 1908).
  • 1883 Joseph A Schumpeter, Austria/US economist/minister of finance
  • 1890 Claro Mayo Recto, Filipino nationalist/opponent of US colonialism
  • 1892 Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt)
  • 1893 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (d. 1977)
  • 1894 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher

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1894 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1956)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1900 John Cameron, Scottish judge, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soviet animator and Russian animation director (d. 1987)
  • 1902 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (d. 1966)

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1903 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1906 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopy)
  • 1906 Henry Roth, American writer (Call it Sleep), born in Tysmenitz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Leslie Kenneth O'Brien, Lord O'Brien of Lothbury, missionary
  • 1911 Anne Aitken, [nee Hopkins], co-found (Diamond Sangha), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1911 Elizabeth Bishop, US poet (North & South)/Pulitzer Prize (1956)
  • 1911 Henri Knap, Dutch resistance fighter/journalist/writer
  • 1913 John Grandy, Brits RAF-marshal

  • 1918 John Intoxication, resistance fighter
  • 1918 Lord Maxd Rayne, English broker/multi-millionaire
  • 1922 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • 1923 Andrew MacElhone, bar owner
  • 1926 Neal Cassady, American writer (d. 1968)
  • 1927 John T Myers, (Rep-R-IN, 1967- )
  • 1928 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, lawyer
  • 1930 Arlan Stangeland, (Rep-R-MN, 1977-1991), (d. 2013)
  • 1930 James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Jan H Christiaanse, president Dutch political party (CDA)
  • 1934 Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathelete (1957, 58)
  • 1935 Vincent Weir 3rd baron Inverforth, Scottish shipping magnate
  • 1939 Gerrit Lakmaaker, sculptor/painter (Leidsepleingroep)
  • 1939 José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • 1940 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • 1942 Terry Melcher, Rip Chords, Doris Day's son
  • 1943 Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and VC of Karachi University
  • 1944 Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian documentary photographer
  • 1946 "Fito" Adolpho De La Parra, rocker (Canned Heat-Hot Money), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Paul Wheatbread, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)
  • 1948 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1950 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • 1951 Z'EV, American text/sound artist (born Stefan Weisser)
  • 1952 Nancy Lord, Libertarian VP candidate (1992)
  • 1953 Roger Clavet, Québécois politician

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1955 John Grisham, American writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief), born in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • 1959 Mauricio Macri, Argentine politician and President of Argentina (2015-present), born in Tandil, Buenos Aires
  • 1964 Trinny Woodall, British fashion guru
  • 1974 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French disc jockey (Daft Punk)
  • 1974 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, born in the Bahamas (d. 2016)
  • 1977 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • 1977 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer