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Famous Birthdays on February 21

  • 1417 Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)
  • 1484 Joachim I Nestor, elector (Brandenburg, Constitution)
  • 1556 Sethus Calvisius, composer
  • 1674 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
  • 1675 Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
  • 1684 Justus van Effen, writer/founder (Holland Spectator)
  • 1690 Christoph Stoltzenberg, composer
  • 1705 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1710 Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet (Human Life)
  • 1723 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • 1728 Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian Tsar (1762) and husband of Catherine the Great
  • 1730 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer/painter
  • 1744 Eise J Eisinga, Frisia, built planetarium Franeker
  • 1776 Vincenzo Lavigna, composer
  • 1779 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • 1783 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1873)

  • 1783 Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
  • 1785 Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German officer/author (Die Sterner)

Person of interestSanta Anna

1794 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, born in Xalapa, Veracruz (d. 1876)

Mexican Politician and General Santa Anna
Mexican Politician and General
Santa Anna
  • 1795 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer
  • 1800 John Henry Winder, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • 1801 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer
  • 1801 John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)
  • 1802 George Douglas Ramsay, Brevet Major general (Union Army), born in Dumfries, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • 1805 David Tod, US diplomat/(Gov-R-Ohio, 1861-63)
  • 1814 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
  • 1815 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/sculptor
  • 1817 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • 1821 Charles Scribner, American music publisher (Scribner Catalog)
  • 1829 Johnson Hagood, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • 1831 Eduard Rappoldi, composer
  • 1836 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit, Lakmé), born in Saint-Germain-du-Val, France (d. 1891)
  • 1836 Emil Hartmann, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1898)
  • 1844 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), born in Lyon, France (d. 1937)
  • 1852 [James] Burner Matthews, US playwright/critic (NY Times)
  • 1855 Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)

  • 1856 Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam)
  • 1857 Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium (1907)
  • 1860 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • 1860 Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • 1861 Pierre de Bréville, French composer, author and professor (Une histoire du théâtre lyrique en France), born in Bar-le-Duc, Meuse (d. 1949)
  • 1865 John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • 1867 Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1875 Jeanne Louise Calment, French world's oldest woman (d. 1997 at 122)
  • 1876 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • 1877 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
  • 1878 Fritz Cortolezis, composer
  • 1878 Mirra Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), born in Paris, France (d. 1973)
  • 1880 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • 1880 Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1883 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1885 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1888 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • 1888 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1889 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist (Mother, Deserter)
  • 1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • 1897 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer (Gayaneh)
  • 1900 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), born in Paris, Ile-de-France (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), born in Westminster, London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1902 Arthur D Nock, English/American historian (St Paul)
  • 1902 Bob [Hijman] Scholte, Dutch vocalist [or 1909]
  • 1902 John Smallenbroek, Dutch minister of Internal Affairs [or 1909]
  • 1903 Eric Fogg, English composer, born in Manchester (d. 1939)
  • 1903 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • 1903 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1903 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/poet
  • 1907 Wystan Hugh Auden, American poet (Age of Anxiety-Pulitzer 1948)
  • 1908 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), born in Tweefontein, South Africa (d. 1934)
  • 1909 George G F van Renesse, Dutch pianist/music director
  • 1909 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • 1909 Helen O Dickens [Henderson], American physician/gynaecologist
  • 1910 Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WWII)
  • 1910 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), born in Macomb, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Carmine Galante, Italian-born gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1910 Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Arline Judge, American actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1974)
  • 1912 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1912 Patrick Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • 1913 Glenn M Anderson, (Rep-D-CA, 1969- )
  • 1913 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Arnold S Denker, NY, US chess champion (1944-46)
  • 1914 Hermanus P "Piet" Mulder, Dutch journalist (Parool/VARA)
  • 1915 Ann Sheridan, American actress (They Drive by Night, Dodge City, Another World), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1967)

  • 1915 Godfrey Brown, British athlete, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
  • 1917 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Zvi Zeitlin, violinist/prof (Eastman School), born in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

Person of interestRobert Mugabe

1924 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2019)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 1925 Al Fann, actor (Alvin-He's the Mayor), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1925 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Sam Peckinpah, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California
  • 1926 Hans Andreus [Johan W van der Zant], Dutch poet (Animal Language)
  • 1927 Erma Bombeck, American humorist (The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1996)

Person of interestHubert de Givenchy

1927 Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) & founder of Givenchy (1952), born in Beauvais, France (d. 2018)

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • 1927 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer (Kaléidoscope), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • 1929 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Islington, London (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Elizabeth Adams, madame

Person of interestNina Simone

1933 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1933 Bob Rafelson, American film director, screenwriter and producer (Five Easy Pieces, The Monkees), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls)
  • 1934 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Mark McManus, Scottish actor (Taggart, Nightstick, 2000 Weeks, 12th Night), born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
  • 1935 Jean Pelletier, French Canadian political operative
  • 1936 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1937 Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant)
  • 1937 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Harald V, King of Norway (1991-present), born in Akershus, Norway
  • 1938 Beryl F Anthony Jr, (Rep-D-CA, 1979- )
  • 1939 Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank)
  • 1939 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)

Person of interestJohn Lewis

1940 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2020)

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis

  • 1940 Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • 1940 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1942 Margarethe Von Trotta, actress/director (Marianne), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist
  • 1943 Roberto Faenza, director (Cop Killers, Corrupt)
  • 1944 Herman de Coninck, Flemish writer/poet (Impossible Work)
  • 1944 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India

Person of interestAlan Rickman

1946 Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)

  • 1946 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • 1946 Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of Richard Nixon, born in Whittlier, California
  • 1946 Tyne Daly, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946 Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars - C-3PO)
  • 1946 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • 1946 Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born alleged mafia boss
  • 1947 Olympia J Snowe, (Rep-R-ME, 1979- )
  • 1947 Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1949 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1949 Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1950 Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopian diplomat, President of Ethiopia (2018-), born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1951 John Parker, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1951 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1952 Jean-Jacques Brunel, rock bassist (Stranglers-Dreamtime)
  • 1953 Christine Ebersole, American actress (SNL, Valerie, Tootsie), born in Patk Forest, Illinois
  • 1953 William L Petersen, actor (Return to Lonesome Dove)
  • 1954 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)

Person of interestKelsey Grammer

1955 Kelsey Grammer, American actor, comedian, director and activist (Frasier Crane in Cheers, Fraiser), born in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

Actor and Comedian Kelsey Grammer
Actor and Comedian
Kelsey Grammer
  • 1956 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1958 Alan Trammell, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1958 Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty)
  • 1958 Jake Steinfeld, exercise expert (Body by Jake)
  • 1958 Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt)
  • 1959 José María Cano, Spanish musician
  • 1960 Steve Wynn, American singer-songwriter (The Dream Syndicate), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Christopher Atkins, actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon), born in Rye, New York
  • 1961 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1961 Martha Hackett, American actress
  • 1961 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961 Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1962 Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 1962 Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • 1962 David Foster Wallace, American writer (Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1963 William Baldwin, American actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners), born in Massapequa, New York
  • 1963 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2019)
  • 1963 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • 1963 Michael Gostigian, American pentathlete (Olympic 16th-88, 92, 96), born in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Mark Kelly, American astronaut & US Navy captain, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1964 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Huw Higginson, British actor, born in Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Person of interestScott Kelly

1964 Scott Kelly, American astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly
  • 1965 Keith Arthurton, West Indian cricketer (Charlestown, Nevis WI lefty batsman), born in Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1966 Bronwen Booth, English actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil), born in London, England
  • 1966 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • 1966 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1966 Wendy James, English vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • 1967 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1968 Pellom McDaniels, American professor & NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), born in San Jose, California
  • 1968 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia

  • 1969 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • 1969 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • 1969 Tony Meola, American footballer, born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 1969 Eric Wilson, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1969 Corey Harris, American blues & reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1970 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican-American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Durango, Mexico
  • 1970 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1970 Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1970 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • 1971 Jose Solano, American actor (Baywatch), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Randy Blythe, American musician, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1972 Seo Taiji, Korean musician, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1973 Brian Rolston, American NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1973 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • 1973 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1974 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas