On This Day

Famous People Born in February 1921

  • Feb 1 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American feminist and writer (The Feminine Mystique), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2006)

  • Feb 5 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • Feb 5 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 7 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk

Person of interestLana Turner

Feb 8 Lana Turner, American actress (Survivors, Falcon Crest, The Postman Always Rings Twice), born in Wallace, Idaho (d. 1995)

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Feb 8 Nexhmije Hoxha, Albanian wife of dictator Enver Hoxha 'Lady Macbeth of Albania', born in Manastir, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 2020)
  • Feb 9 B M Ducat-Amos, Air Commandant/director (RAF Nursing Service)
  • Feb 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher
  • Feb 10 Adrian Cruft, British composer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • Feb 11 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • Feb 11 Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • Feb 13 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • Feb 13 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist
  • Feb 13 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • Feb 14 Albert Sloman, Vice-Chancellor (Essex U)
  • Feb 14 Hugh Downs, American TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Feb 14 Jeanne Demessieux, French organist and composer (Te Deum), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1968)
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 14 Skeezix, of "Gasoline Alley" discovered on Wallets' doorstep
  • Feb 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Feb 16 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 1981)

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Feb 16 Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • Feb 16 Esther Bubley, Phillips, Wisconsin, American photographer

Person of interestHua Guofeng

Feb 16 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi (d. 2008)

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Feb 19 Andries Treurnicht [Dr No], founder (South African Conservative Party)
  • Feb 19 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • Feb 20 Mervin Shiner, American country singer, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 20 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 1999)

Person of interestJoseph A. Walker

Feb 20 Joseph A. Walker, American experimental physicist, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker
  • Feb 22 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)

Person of interestJean-Bédel Bokassa

Feb 22 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1976) & later Emperor (1976-1979) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea (d. 1996)

  • Feb 22 Wayne Booth, American literary critic, born in American Fork, Utah (d. 2005)
  • Feb 22 David Greene, British television director, born in Manchester, England (d. 2003)
  • Feb 24 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 24 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), born in Jackson, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • Feb 24 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Ludvik Aschkenazy, Czech writer (Brutus), (d. 1986)
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 26 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 27 Andras Szollosy, composer
  • Feb 27 Michael Fox, American actor (Perry Mason, Quincy, Dallas, Bold & the Beautiful), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1996)
  • Feb 28 Vladimir Sommer, Czech composer, born in Dolní Jiřetín, Czech Republic (d. 1997)
  • Feb 28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • Feb 28 Donald H. White, American composer (Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Winds; Tuba Sonata) and educator, born in Narberth, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Feb 28 Saul Zaentz, American record company executive (Fantasy), and film producer (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Amadeus; The Unbearable Lightness Of Being; The English Patient), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2014)

About February 1921

How Old? 100 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Feb 1 - Feb 7), Rooster (Feb 8 - Feb 28)
Star Signs: Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18), Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)