On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 13

  • 711 BC Emperor Jimmu Tennō, According to legend the 1st Emperor of Japan (660 BC - 585 BC) and founder of the imperial dynasty, (d. 585 BC)
  • 1440 Hartmann Schedel, German physician, humanist and historian, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1514)
  • 1457 Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, born in Brussels, Burgundian Netherlands (d. 1482)
  • 1480 Girolamo Aleandro, Italian Catholic cardinal, Treviso, Venice, Italy (d. 1542)
  • 1599 Alexander VII [Fabio Chigi], Italian Pope (1655-67), born in Siena, Florence, Italy (d. 1667)
  • 1610 Jean de la Badie, French theologian, founder of Labadists, born in Bourg, Bordeaux, France (d. 1674)
  • 1622 Adam Pijnacker, Dutch landscape painter and etcher, baptized
  • 1658 Jan B. Wellekens, Dutch poet and painter
  • 1660 Johann Sigismund Kusser, Hungarian German composer, born in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1727)
  • 1672 Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (1718 affinity table), born in Paris (d. 1731)
  • 1682 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), born in Venice (d. 1754)
  • 1713 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1751)
  • 1721 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • 1728 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon and founder of pathological anatomy in England, born in Long Calderwood, Scotland (d. 1793)

Person of interestJoseph Banks

1743 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist who accompanied James Cook on board the Endeavour, born in London (d. 1820)

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1755 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1816)

  • 1766 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), born in Guildford, England (d. 1834)
  • 1768 Édouard Adolphe Casimir Joseph Mortier, French marshal (d. 1835)
  • 1769 Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (d. 1844)
  • 1787 James P Carrell, composer
  • 1805 David Dudley Field II, American lawyer, law codifier, born in Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1894)
  • 1805 Peter G L Dirichlet, German number theorist/analysist
  • 1807 Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder (Liefdezusters)
  • 1813 Charles Pierre Schimpf, governor of Suriname (1855-59)
  • 1820 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer
  • 1822 Lev A Mej, Russian nobleman/poet
  • 1829 Gerard Keller, writer (Netherlands Spectator)
  • 1831 John Aaron Rawlins, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1869)
  • 1833 William Whedbee Kirkland, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsboro, North Carolina (d. 1915)
  • 1835 Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (d. 1908)
  • 1837 Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer
  • 1840 Georg Jacobi, composer
  • 1842 Ted Pooley, English cricket wicket-keeper (1st class records: 8 stumpings in a match 1878; 12 dismissals in a match 1868), born in Chepstow, England (d. 1907)
  • 1849 Lord Randolph Churchill, England, politician, Winston's father
  • 1852 Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)
  • 1855 Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)

  • 1859 Frank van de Goes, Dutch writer/marxist theorist
  • 1859 William Strang, Scottish painter/engraver
  • 1861 Uchimura Kanzo, religious writer (How I Became a Christian), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1862 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1867 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1905)
  • 1870 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études), born in Žasliai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Hendrik Spiekman, Dutch journalist and politician (social-democratic)
  • 1876 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • 1877 Jāzeps Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Kaunas, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, born in Hyperbad, India (d. 1949)
  • 1881 Eleanor Farjeon, English writer (Martin Pippin)
  • 1883 Bainbridge Crist, American composer (Egyptian Impressions), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1883 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player and manager

Person of interestBess Truman

1885 Bess Truman, US First Lady (1945-52), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1982)

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • 1888 Georgios Papandreou, Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece (1944–45, 1963, 1964–65), born in Kalentzi, Achaea, Greece (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Heintje Davids [Hendrika], Dutch revue star
  • 1891 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), born near Anamosa, Iowa (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
  • 1892 Robert Houghwout Jackson, 84th Supreme Court justice (1941-54)
  • 1893 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • 1895 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Neville Pearson, English publisher
  • 1902 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1902 Karl Menger, Austria-American mathematician (theory of dimension)
  • 1903 Georges Simenon, Belgian born mystery writer (Maigret detective novels, Snow Was Black), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Agostinho da Silva, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, born in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Pauline Frederick, journalist/correspondent (UN, NBC TV)
  • 1908 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

1910 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, born in London, England (d. 1989)

Physicist William Shockley
William Shockley
  • 1911 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, born in Suffern, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Jose de Capriles, American fencer (Olympic-1936, 48, 52)
  • 1912 Margaretta Scott, British actress (Crescendo, Where's Charley, Counterblast), born in Westminster, London (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Arthur Carleton Hetherington, public servant
  • 1913 Guiseppe Dossetti, politician/priest
  • 1914 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)

Person of interestAung San

1915 Aung San, Burmese general and nationalist politician, born in Natmauk, Myanmar (d. 1947)

General and Politician Aung San
General and Politician
Aung San
  • 1916 James Griffith, actor (Sheriff of Cochise), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1917 Polly Rose, actress (Myrtle-Love That Jill)
  • 1918 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d.2006)
  • 1919 Eddie Robinson, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), born in Jackson, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Joan Edwards, American vocalist (Joan Edwards Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1920 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), born in Shellman, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Eileen Farrell, opera soprano (Interrupted Melody), born in Willimantic, Connecticut
  • 1921 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist
  • 1921 Zao-Wou-Ki, Chinese/French painter and graphic artist
  • 1922 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • 1922 Gordon Tullock, American economist
  • 1922 Tristram Coffin, San Marino, California, folklorist (The Book of Christmas Folklore, The Old Ball Game), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the 1st man to break the sound barrier, born in Myra, West Virginia (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1923 Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)

  • 1924 Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, French economist/politician
  • 1925 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Jan Arends, Dutch poet/author
  • 1926 Barney Childs, composer
  • 1927 Harry Wich, Dutch set designer
  • 1929 Omar Torrijos Herrera, president Panama
  • 1930 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), born in Middletown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Ernst Fuchs, Austrian artist
  • 1932 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1932 Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), born in Gijón, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Caroline Blakiston, actress (At Bertram's Hotel)
  • 1933 Emanuel Ungaro, French fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1969)
  • 1933 Kim Novak [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Paul Biya, Cameroon politician, President of Cameroon (1982- ), born in Mvomeka'a, Cameroon
  • 1934 George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane)
  • 1935 Tommy Jacobs, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1935 Dr. Don Panoz, American entrepreneur and motorsports impresario (ALMS)
  • 1936 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • 1936 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937 Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
  • 1937 Ali El-Maak, Sudanese writer, born in Omdurman, Sudan (d. 1992)
  • 1938 Oliver Reed, English actor (Big Sleep), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1939 Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Beate Klarsfeld, Franco-German journalist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1941 Bo Svenson, Swedish actor (North Dallas 40, Walking Tall), born in Goteborg, Sweden
  • 1941 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1941 Sigmar Polke, German painter, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Carol Lynley, American actress (Night Stalker, Fantasy Island, Immortal), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Donald E. Williams, US naval officer & NASA astronaut (STS 51D, STS 34), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)

  • 1943 Friedrich Christian Delius, German writer, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1943 Leo Frankowski, American sci-fi author (High Tech Knight, Flying Warlord), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)

Person of interestJerry Springer

1944 Jerry Springer, English-born US talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • 1944 Sal Bando, American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944 Stockard Channing, American actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Ghanaian percussionist, born in Konongo, Ghana (d. 1983)
  • 1944 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor, born in Wadakkancherry, India (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Keith Nichols, English jazz musician, born in Essex, England
  • 1945 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Roy Dyke, English rock drummer (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945 David Tremlett, English artist, born in Dartford, United Kingdom
  • 1945 Ken Sitzberger, American diver and broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1946 Louis Kondos, Greek actor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1947 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Tony Butler, British musician & rock bassist (Big Country-It's a Big Country, Wonderland), born in Shepherd's Bush, London
  • 1947 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947 Augusto Matine, Portuguese soccer midfielder (9 caps; Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal) and manager (Mozambique national team), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Allan Legere, Canadian serial killer (Monster of the Miramichi), born in Chatham, Canada
  • 1950 Leonard Pascoe, Australian cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82), born in Bridgetown, Australia

Person of interestPeter Gabriel

1950 Peter Gabriel, English rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes), born in Surrey, England

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1950 Ewa Aulin, Swedish actress (Candy, Fiorina La Vacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1951 David Naughton, American actor (My Sister Sam, Separate Vacations), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1951 Greg Fulginiti, US recording & mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • 1952 Ed Gagliardi, US rock bassist (Foreigner-Cold As Ice), born in NYC, (d. 2014)
  • 1952 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist, born in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
  • 1953 Sharon Wyatt, American actress (Tiffany-General Hospital), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 1953 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor), born in Tanzania
  • 1953 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • 1955 Scott Smith, Canadian rock bassist (Loverboy), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2000)

  • 1955 Joe Birkett, American lawyer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run), born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Richard Eden, Canadian actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • 1956 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1957 Doris King, American vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1957 Thelston Payne, West Indian cricketer (WI 1986), born in Foul Bay, Barbados
  • 1957 Denise Austin, US fitness instructor & author, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1958 Marc Fox, British percussionist (Haircut 100-Nobody's Fool)
  • 1958 Pernilla August, Swedish actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1958 Marc Emery, Canadian cannabis activist, born in London, Canada
  • 1958 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • 1959 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • 1959 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1960 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1960 Matt Salinger, American actor (Captain America, Deadly Deception), born in Windsor, Vermont
  • 1960 Michael Craig, English musician and DJ (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1960 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1960 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • 1960 Artur Yusupov, Russian chess player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1961 Henry Rollins [Henry Lawrence Garfield], American musician and actor (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Les Warner, British musician and producer (The Cult-Fire Woman), born in Fulham, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Jackie Silva, Brazilian volleyballer (Pan Am-Bronze), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962 Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, Puerto Rican politician and lawyer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1962 Hugh Dennis, English comedian and actor (Not Going out), born in Kettering, England
  • 1963 Roberta Vasquez, American actor and model (November, 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Mark Patton, US interior designer and actor (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Come back to the Five and Dime), born in Kansa City, Missouri
  • 1964 Ylva Johansson, Swedish politician, born in Huddinge Municipality, Sweden
  • 1965 Kenny Harrison, US triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • 1965 Stephen Manley, American actor (Donny-Married the 1st Year), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Freedom Williams, US hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Tally Chanel, Israeli actress (Warrior Queen), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1967 Eddie Pye, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • 1967 Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC), born in Assen, Netherlands
  • 1967 Stanimir Stoilov, Bulgarian footballer and coach, born in Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • 1968 Matt Mieske, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1969 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • 1970 Kevin Stocker, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1970 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • 1971 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Mats Sundin, Swedish NHL center (Olympics gold 2006; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • 1971 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • 1971 Todd Williams, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1972 Juha Ylonen, NHL forward (Olympic bronze 1998, Phoenix), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1973 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Smithfield, North Carolina