On This Day

Famous People Born in February 1916

  • Feb 1 Gordon Hobday, Lord Lieutenant (Nottinghamshire)
  • Feb 1 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • Feb 2 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • Feb 3 Vivien Signy, nurse (d. 1997)
  • Feb 4 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner
  • Feb 4 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker
  • Feb 4 David Vassall Cox, British composer ("Lillibullero"), born in Broadstairs, Isle of Thanet, England in (d.1997)
  • Feb 4 Gavin Buchanan Ewart, English poet (Pleasures of the Flesh)
  • Feb 4 Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha, 41st master of the Oveyssi-Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order (d. 1980)
  • Feb 6 John Crank, British mathematician, born in Hindley, United Kingdom (d. 2006)
  • Feb 8 Betty Field, American actress (Of Mice and Men, Kings Row, Bus Stop), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1973)
  • Feb 9 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 10 Edward R. Roybal, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-93), born in Pecos, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)
  • Feb 11 Bernice Levin Neugarten, social scientist/gerontologist
  • Feb 12 Joseph L Alioto, American politician (Mayor-San Francisco), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)

  • Feb 12 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Austrian composer (Vom Tode), born in Győr, Danube Monarchy (now Hungary) (d. 1969)
  • Feb 13 James Griffith, actor (Sheriff of Cochise), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Edward Platt, American actor (Chief-Get Smart), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Masaki Kobayashi, Japanese director (Joi-uchi)
  • Feb 14 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, born in Zakopane, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • Feb 14 Marcel Bigeard, French general
  • Feb 15 Ian Ballantine, publisher (Ballantine Books)
  • Feb 15 Mary Jane Croft, American actress (The Lucy Show, Our Miss Brooks), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • Feb 15 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Erith, Kent, England (d. 1993)
  • Feb 16 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues Hammond B-3 organist (Honky Tonk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Feb 16 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), born in New York City (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Don Tallon, Australian cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper), born in Bundaberg, Australia (d. 1984)
  • Feb 17 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (El Cid, 2 Women, Greek Tycoon), born in Tropea, Italy (d. 2002)
  • Feb 17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • Feb 17 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), born in Merrendee, NSW (d. 1978)
  • Feb 18 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator
  • Feb 18 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )

Person of interestEddie Arcaro

Feb 19 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • Feb 20 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), born in Čepolė, Lithuania (d. 2001)
  • Feb 20 Paul Tripp, American TV host (Mr I Magination), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 23 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • Feb 23 William Walsh, academic
  • Feb 24 Gene Mitchell, museum director
  • Feb 25 Ian Wallace, British CEO
  • Feb 25 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (d. 1982)
  • Feb 25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • Feb 26 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • Feb 26 Mordecai Seter, Israeli composer, born in Novorossiysk, Russia (d. 1994)
  • Feb 26 Ross Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • Feb 28 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2017)

About February 1916

How Old? 105 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit (Feb 1 - Feb 2), Dragon (Feb 3 - Feb 29)
Star Signs: Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18), Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)