On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 10

  • 1499 Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1524 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
  • 1606 Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • 1609 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1637 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, Dutch daughter of Frederick Henry
  • 1670 Norbert van Flowers [Cephalus], Flemish painter
  • 1670 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1685 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)
  • 1686 Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany
  • 1696 Johann Melchior Molter, composer
  • 1702 Jean-Pierre Guignon, composer
  • 1717 Pierre de La Garde, composer
  • 1735 Johann Christoph Kuhnau, composer
  • 1741 Franz Adam Veichtner, composer
  • 1750 Stanislao Mattei, composer
  • 1775 Charles Lamb, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), born in London, England (d. 1834)

  • 1785 Claude-Louis Navier, French engineer and physicist who specialized in mechanics (Navier–Stokes equations), born in Dijon, France (d. 1836)
  • 1788 Johann Peter Pixis, composer
  • 1795 Ary Scheffer, Dutch painter/etcher/sculptor
  • 1807 Abner Clark Harding, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in East Hampton, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1897)
  • 1819 Richard Storrs Willis, composer
  • 1821 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, (d. 1864))
  • 1824 Samuel Plimsoll, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships), born in Bristol, England
  • 1827 Peter J Savelberg, Dutch Limburgs monastery founder
  • 1841 Walter Parratt, composer
  • 1846 Mildred Childe Lee, daughter of confederate General Robert E. Lee
  • 1846 Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1846 Ira Remsen, American chemist (d. 1927)
  • 1847 A N Hornby, cricketer (pioneering England Test batsman)
  • 1859 Alexandre Millerand, French President (d. 1943)
  • 1862 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • 1866 Bror Beckman, Swedish composer, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • 1866 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian
  • 1868 William Allen White, Emporia KS, editor (Pulitzer 1942)
  • 1869 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)

  • 1870 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter
  • 1872 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • 1879 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer
  • 1880 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1884 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • 1884 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1976)
  • 1886 Olin Howland, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1887 [Fran J] Vital Celen, Flemish literary/author [or Feb 9]
  • 1888 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • 1889 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)

Person of interestBoris Pasternak

1890 Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1960)

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • 1890 Cor Ruys, Dutch actor (Princess Stage, The Cross-Patch), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • 1890 Fanny Kaplan, failed assassin of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)
  • 1892 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1950)
  • 1893 Jimmy Durante, American long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash), born in NYC, New York
  • 1893 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1894 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

1894 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • 1897 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • 1898 Bertolt Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria (d. 1956)
  • 1898 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • 1898 Judith Anderson [Frances Margaret Anderson], Australian actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1898 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), born in Fowler, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Stella Adler, American actress (My Girl Tisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

1902 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China (d. 1987)

  • 1903 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, composer
  • 1903 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • 1903 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1904 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1963)
  • 1905 John Dierkes, American actor (Shane, Daughter of Dr Jekyll, Hanging Tree), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Max Schubert, a pioneering Australian winemaker
  • 1905 Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer
  • 1905 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • 1905 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, born in La Línea de la Concepción (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), born in El Reno, Indian Territory (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, born in Calne (d. 1994)
  • 1906 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1906 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • 1907 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1908 Jean Coulthard, composer
  • 1909 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Dominique Pire, Belgian educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1910 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), born in Princeton, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1910 Joyce Grenfell, British actress (Pickwick Papers, Americanization of Emily), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (NZ opening batsman v England 1933)
  • 1912 Lord Orr-Ewing [Charles Ian], great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt
  • 1913 Philippa Bevans, British actress (Notorious Landlady, World of Henry Orient), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1913 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1914 Larry Adler, Balt, hamonicist (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • 1916 Edward R. Roybal, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-93), born in Pecos, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Gordon Pirie, English Group Captain and politician, born in Oxford (d. 2003)

  • 1918 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • 1920 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1920 J Heslop-Harrison, botanist
  • 1921 Adrian Cruft, composer
  • 1922 Harold Hughes, American politician, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator, born in Ida County, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Neva Patterson, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Taxi, Nichols), born near Nevada, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1923 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Randy Van Horne, American vocalist (Nat King Cole Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • 1926 Randy Jackson, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1954, 55; Chicago Cubs), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)

Person of interestLeontyne Price

1927 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
  • 1929 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • 1929 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • 1930 Peter Phillips, American composer, born in San Francisco, California [or Jun 18]
  • 1930 Robert Wagner, American actor (It Takes a Thief, Switch, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German composer, born in Königsberg
  • 1931 Makoto Shinohara, Japanese composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1931 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • 1932 Rockin Dopsie Sr [Alton Jay Rubin], American Jazz-Fusion singer (Zydeco), born in Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington

  • 1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1935 Conrad Klapheck, German painter (typewriters)
  • 1935 Salvator Pueyo, composer
  • 1935 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), born in Athens (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Olwyn Bowey, British artist, born in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham
  • 1936 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator
  • 1937 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • 1937 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1939 Barbara Kolb, composer (Trobar Jus), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1939 Roberta Flack, American vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1939 Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • 1939 Peter Purves, English television presenter and actor (Doctor Who, Blue Peter), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1940 Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • 1940 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • 1940 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • 1940 Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall In Love), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • 1941 Michael Apted, director/researcher (Granada TV)
  • 1942 Michael Bishop, British CEO (British Midland Airways), born in Bowdon, Cheshire
  • 1942 Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), born in Midland, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Ral Donner [Ralph Stuart], Black Mountain NC, singer (Starfires)
  • 1944 Peter Allen, Australia, vocalist/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)
  • 1944 Frank Keating, American politician
  • 1944 Rufus Reid, American musician, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945 John Hayes, secretary-general (British Law Society)
  • 1946 Kenneth "Kenny" Edwards, American musician and singer-songwriter (The Stone Poneys, Bryndle), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • 1947 Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • 1947 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)

  • 1948 Conrad Cummings, composer
  • 1948 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Nigel Olsson, British rock guitarist and drummer (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire
  • 1949 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1949 Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • 1949 Harold Sylvester, American actor
  • 1950 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)

Person of interestMark Spitz

1950 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz
  • 1951 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • 1951 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • 1951 Bob [Robert] Iger, American entertainment executive (CEO of The Walt Disney Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestLee Hsien Loong

1952 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore (People's Action Party: 2004-present), born in Singapore

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong
  • 1953 Carl Stone, American electronic composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 John Shirley, American sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954 Larry McWilliams, baseball player

Person of interestGreg Norman

1955 Greg Norman, Australian golfer (British Open 1986, 93), born in Mount Isa, Queensland

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 1955 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1955 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • 1955 Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • 1957 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • 1958 Michael Weiss, American musician, born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Tonga Fifita [Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita], Tongan wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1959 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • 1960 Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist (I Watched it on the Radio, Leap of Faith), born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1960 Robert Addie, British actor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • 1961 David Ward, British cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Eva Pfaff, German tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Königstein im Taunus, Germany
  • 1961 George Stephanopoulos, American journalist, political commentator, and political advisor (Clinton), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Alexander Payne, American film director (Sideways), born in Omaha, Nebraska

  • 1962 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)
  • 1962 Bobby Czyz, American boxer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1963 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963 Harris Huizingh, Dutch football player (FC Groningen)
  • 1963 Joakim Nystrom, Swedish tennis star, born in Skellefteå, Sweden
  • 1963 Lenny Dykstra, American MLB centerfielder (NY Met, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1963 Philip Glenister, British Actor (Outkast, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • 1964 Francesca Neri, Italian actress (Ages of Lulu), born in Trento, Italy
  • 1964 Mir Aimal Kansi, Pakistani perpretrator of the 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters, born in Quetta, Pakistan (d. 2002)
  • 1964 Roger Reijners, Dutch football coach and player (MVV), born in Roemond, Netherlands
  • 1964 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1964 Glenn Beck, American radio and television host, born in Everett, Washington
  • 1964 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1965 Lenny Webster, American catcher (Montreal Expos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1965 Marjolein Macrander, Dutch actress (Drowned), born in Zutphen, Netherlands
  • 1965 Mario Jean, Quebec comedian and television actor, born in Chicoutmi, Canada
  • 1966 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York

Person of interestLaura Dern

1967 Laura Dern, American actress (Jurassic Park, Mask, Smooth Talk), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Laura Dern
Laura Dern
  • 1967 Dwayne "Road Grader" White, NFLer (NY Jets, St Louis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania