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, German composer, born in Tiefenort, Thuringia (d. 1765)
  • 1702 Jean-Pierre Guignon [né Giovanni Pietro Ghignone], Italian-French violinist and composer, born in Turin, Duchy of Savoy (now Italy) (d. 1774)
  • 1717 Pierre de La Garde, French composer, singer, and guitarist, born in Crécy-la-Chapelle, France (d. c. 1792)
  • 1735 Johann Christoph Kuhnau, composer
  • 1741 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, baptised in Regensburg, Bavaria (d. 1822)
  • 1750 Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, teacher, musicologist, and monk (born in Bologna, Papal States (d. 1825)
  • 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, German pianist and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 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, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 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, British organist and composer, born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1924)
  • 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, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 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)

Boris Pasternak

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

  • 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)

Jimmy Durante

1893 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1980)

  • 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)

Harold Macmillan

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

  • 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)

Walter 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, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1903 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • 1903 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1903 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 1986)
  • 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, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1905 William "Chick" Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1939)
  • 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
  • 1907 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer, and music educator, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 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, New Zealand cricket batsman (2 Tests; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1988)
  • 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, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), born n Carencro, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Edward R. Roybal, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-93), born in Pecos, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 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, British composer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 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, Italian operatic basso (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-74), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 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)

Leontyne Price

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

  • 1927 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1927 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 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, television and film composer ("The 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]

Robert Wagner

1930 Robert Wagner, American actor (It Takes a Thief, Switch, Hart to Hart), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1931 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, born in Königsberg (d. 2003)
  • 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, Spanish composer (Abstracciones), and educator (Barcelona Conservatory, 1987-present), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 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 pop vocalist ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"), 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, Scottish folk-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1940 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), born in Washington Heights, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1941 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • 1941 Michael Apted, English director and producer (7 Up, The World is Not Enough), born in Aylesbury, England (d. 2021) [1]
  • 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 Ralph "Ral" Donner, American rock and roll singer ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1944 Peter Allen, Australian pop singer-songwriter, painist and performer ("I Go to Rio"; Legs Diamond), born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1944 Frank Keating, American politician
  • 1944 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 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, American classical composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Nigel Olsson, British rock touring and session drummer and backing vocalist (Elton John's Band), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England
  • 1949 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1949 Maxime Le Forestier, French pop and folk singer-songwriter, born in Paris, France
  • 1949 Harold Sylvester, American actor
  • 1950 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)

Mark Spitz

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

  • 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

Lee Hsien Loong

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

  • 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, American major baseball pitcher, 1978-90, born in Wichita, Kansas

Greg Norman

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

  • 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
  • 1956 Kenny Leon, American director, producer and actor (A Raisin in the Sun -Tony Award for Best Direction), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 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
  • 1963 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), born in Stockwell, South London (d. 2011)
  • 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)