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Famous Birthdays on February 19

Nicolaus Copernicus

1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer who theorized that planets revolve around the sun (Heliocentric theory), born in Toruń, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1543)

  • 1526 Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)
  • 1552 Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
  • 1588 Pieter de Carpentier, Flemish gov-gen of Dutch East-Indies
  • 1611 Andries de Graeff, mayor of Amsterdam (1657..71)
  • 1616 Jacques de Saint-Luc, Flemish composer and lutenist, born in Ath (d. ca. 1710)
  • 1630 Shivaji Bhonsle [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj], Indian warrior and founder of the Maratha Empire (disputed birth date; 1630-02-19 accepted by Indian government), born at Shivneri fort (d. 1680)
  • 1660 Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)
  • 1671 Charles-Hubert Gervais, French baroque composer, born at the Palais Royal, Paris, France (d. 1744)
  • 1717 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), born in Hereford, England (d. 1779)
  • 1722 Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
  • 1743 (Ridolfo) Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer, who worked in the Spanish court, born in Lucca, Kingdom Of Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1751 Cornelis de Gijselaar, Dutch politician and patriot
  • 1754 Vincenzo Monti, Italian poet/translator (Al Signor di Montgolfier)
  • 1754 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer, led cartographic survey of the coast of Australia, born in St-Pierre-de-Ré, France (d. 1803)
  • 1755 Pieter G van Overstraten, governor-general of Neth-Indies
  • 1762 Friedrich Franz Hurka, Czech tenor and composer (d. 1805)
  • 1780 Friedrich H von der Hagen, German germanist (Nibelungenlied)
  • 1780 Richard McCarty, American politician, born in Coeymans, New York (d. 1844)
  • 1792 Roderick Murchison, Muir of Ord Ross-shire, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
  • 1804 Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
  • 1804 David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • 1812 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), born in Macerata (d. 1885)
  • 1817 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90) until 2013, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch writer, born in London, England (d. 1877)
  • 1821 Francis Preston Blair Jr, (Rep-Missouri), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1875)
  • 1827 Charles Robert Woods, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1855)
  • 1828 Johannes von Miquel, German politician
  • 1841 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, born in Tortosa, Spain (d. 1922)
  • 1843 Adelina Patti, opera soprano (Lucio), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1855 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1859 Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1863 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1864 Aritius S Talma, Dutch minister of Agriculture (Work Law of 1911)
  • 1865 Adrian van Oordt, Dutch writer (neo-romantic)
  • 1865 Sven Hedin, Swedish scientist/explorer (Tibet)
  • 1876 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor (Princesse X), born in Hobita (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Else Berg, German born Dutch painter (Bergense School), born in Ratibor, German Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Louis Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera)
  • 1877 Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
  • 1880 Álvaro Obregón, Mexican general and President of Mexico (1920-24), born in Alamos, Mexico (d. 1928)
  • 1880 Arthur Shepherd, American composer, born in Paris, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • 1881 Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care
  • 1881 Paul Zech, German writer, born in Briesen, Western Prussia (d. 1946)
  • 1886 George Luther Foote, composer
  • 1888 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1889 Jose Eustasio Rivera, Colombian poet and novelist (Vortex)
  • 1891 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), born in Holford, England (d. 1961)
  • 1893 Cedric Hardwicke, British stage actor (Rope; Suspicion; Peter Pan; Richard III), born in Lye, Worcestershire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Pietro Pancrazi, Italian critic (Scrittori d'Oggi)
  • 1894 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • 1895 Louis Calhern, American actor (Julius Caesar, Blackboard Jungle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1956)
  • 1897 Alma Rubens, American actress (Humoresque), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1931)
  • 1898 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen [Lou de Palingboer], Dutch sect leader
  • 1899 Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • 1899 Louis "Kid Shots" Madison, American jazz cornetist (WPA Brass Band; Eureka Brass Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1948)
  • 1900 Giorgos Seferis, writer
  • 1901 Cor[nelis RJ] Kieboom, Dutch resistance fighter/chairman (Feyenoord)
  • 1902 Hugo Haas, Czechoslovakian actor and director (Bait, Pick Up, 2 Smart People), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia (d. 1968)
  • 1902 John Bubbles, rhythm tap dancer (No Maps on My Taps), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1902 Nydia Westman, American actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1903 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • 1903 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • 1904 Havank [HF vqan der Kallen], Dutch thriller writer (St Eustache)
  • 1906 Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer (Penillion), born in Barry (d. 1977)
  • 1906 Hendrik W C Spruit, Dutch conductor
  • 1906 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia) (d. 1976)
  • 1911 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), born in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Nikola Hercigonja, composer
  • 1912 Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
  • 1912 Peter Francis de Sautoy, publisher
  • 1912 Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, born in Battle Creek, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 1914 Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1915 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host
  • 1915 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), born in Chester, Wisconsin (d. 2015)

Eddie Arcaro

1916 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)

  • 1917 Richard "Dick" Emery, British comedian and actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Carson McCullers, American novelist (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter)
  • 1918 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1920 Frances K Bairstow, educator/labor relations consultant
  • 1920 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1988)
  • 1920 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Andries Treurnicht [Dr No], founder (South African Conservative Party)
  • 1921 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, composer
  • 1922 Beant Singh, politiician
  • 1922 Josef Matej, Czech composer, born in Brusperk (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator (Hunter College, 1954-80), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Lee Marvin

1924 Lee Marvin, American actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)

  • 1924 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold men's 4x400m relay 1952 WR 3:03.9), born in Linstead, Saint Catherine, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1926 György Kurtág, Hungarian pianist, composer (Stele; Játékok), and teacher (Franz Liszt Academy, 1967-93), born in Lugoj, Romania
  • 1927 Rene Firino-Martell, cognac manufacturer
  • 1928 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), born in Clyattville, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1930 John Frankenheimer, American director (Birdman of Alcatraz), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Gerald Sinstadt, English sports broadcaster and columnist (BBC Radio, ITV Grenada, BBC One; The Sentinel), born in Folkestone, England (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), born in Paris, France
  • 1932 Joseph P Kerwin, Capt Med Corps USN/astro (Skylab 2), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1934 David Hugh Jones, Poole Dorset England, director (Betrayal)
  • 1934 Julian Belfrage, theatre Agent
  • 1934 Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1936 Marin Sorescu, Romanian poet, playwright and artist (Iona, House under surveillance), born in Bulzești, Dolj County (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Bob Engemann, American singer (The Lettermen), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Ione Mylonas Shear, archeologist
  • 1937 Norman O'Neill, Australian cricket batsman (42 Tests @ 45.55, 6 x 100s; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • 1940 (William) "Smokey" Robinson, American soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"; "My Girl"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 Bobby Rogers, American soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You Really Got A Hold On Me"; "Tears Of A Clown"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Carlin Glynn, American actress (Continental Divide)
  • 1940 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Carlos Roqué Alsina, French-Argentinian pianist & composer, born in Buenos Aries
  • 1941 Stephen Dobyns, American author/poet (Cold Dog Soup)
  • 1941 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), born in Morong, Rizal, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Warren Powers, American football running back (Oakland Raiders) and coach (Washington State University 1977, University of Missouri 1978-84), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Ken Kramer [Kenneth Bentley Kramer], former American Republican member of the House of Representatives, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], American singer-songwriter ("Lightnin' Strikes"), born in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
  • 1943 Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1944 Jan Bart Klaster, mythologist (Slogan)
  • 1945 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1945 Michael Nader, actor (Dynasty, All My Children)
  • 1945 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, born in Westow, England (d. 2001)
  • 1946 Paul Dean, Canadian rock guitarist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946 Pierre van der Linden, Dutch drummer (Brainbox; Focus -"Hocus Pocus"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946 Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1946 Alexander Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (Russian Requiem; Symphony No. 7 - Quarantine), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1947 Peter Bird, ocean rower
  • 1947 Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1947 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), born in Khulna District, British India (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Byron K. Lichtenburg, American astronaut (STS 9, STS 45), born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Mark Andes, American rock bassist (Spirit, 1968-74, 84, 89; Firefall, 1976-79; Heart, 1982-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Tony Iommi, American rock guitarist (Black Sabbath - "Paranoid"; "Iron Man"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948 John Minton [Big John Studd], American pro wrestler (Royal Rumble 1989), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1949 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1949 Dan Bunten, American software developer (d. 1998)
  • 1949 William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
  • 1950 Andy Powell, British rock guitarist and songwriter (Wishbone Ash - Argus), born in London, England
  • 1951 Stephen Nichols, actor (Witchboard, Days of our Lives), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951 Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
  • 1951 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Rudolfo Neri-Vida, Mexican PHD/astronaut (STS 23)
  • 1952 Amy Tan, American novelist
  • 1953 Bill Kirchenbauer, actor/comedian (Coach-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1953 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina (2007-2015), born in La Plata, Buenos Aires
  • 1954 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • 1954 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Michael Gira, American rock singer-songwriter, and musician (Swans; Angels of Light.0, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed)
  • 1956 Kathleen Beller, American actress (Promises in the Dark, Dynasty, The Betsy), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1956 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • 1956 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1956 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • 1956 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • 1956 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1957 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • 1957 Falco [Johann "Hans" Hölzel], Austrian rock vocalist (Rock Me Amadeus), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1957 Ray Winstone, British actor (Scum), born in Homerton, London
  • 1958 Helen Fielding, English writer (Bridget Jones), born in Morley, England
  • 1960 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • 1960 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • 1960 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), born in Muncie, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Justin Fashanu, English soccer forward (first openly gay pro footballer; first black footballer to command £1 million transfer fee), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • 1962 Alvaro Espinoza, Venezuela, baseball shortstop (NY Yanks, NY Mets)

Hana Mandlikova

1962 Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1962 John Laroche, American orchid poacher
  • 1963 Jessica Tuck, American actress (Megan-1 Life to Live), born in NYC, New York

Seal

1963 Seal [Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel], English singer-songwriter ("Crazy"; "Kiss From A Rose"; "Love's Divne"), born in London

  • 1963 Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
  • 1964 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1964 Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
  • 1964 Sonu Walia, Indian actress
  • 1964 Jennifer Doudna, American biochemist (2020 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for CRISPR Gene Editing), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1965 Andrew Jameson, British(?) swimmer
  • 1965 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1966 Justine Bateman, America actress (Family Ties, Satisfaction), born in Rye, New York
  • 1966 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • 1966 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), and actor (Disorderlies), born in (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1966 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • 1967 Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)
  • 1967 Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • 1967 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in England
  • 1968 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1968 Rob Dimaio, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • 1970 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • 1971 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1971 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)