On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 22

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 305

  • 1040 Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)
  • 1403 Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461)
  • 1440 Ladislaus V Posthumus, King of Hungary/Bohemia
  • 1500 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
  • 1514 Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)
  • 1542 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1573 Gemignano Capilupi, composer
  • 1612 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
  • 1634 Petrus "Pieter" van Schooten, fortress architect
  • 1684 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • 1705 Peter Arctedius [Artedi], Swedish biologist
  • 1714 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)

George Washington

1732 George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, born in Westmoreland, Virginia (d. 1799)

  • 1745 Joao de Sousa Carvalho, composer
  • 1749 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
  • 1756 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (d. 1821)
  • 1761 Erik Eriksson Tulindberg, composer
  • 1761 Jacob Kimball, composer
  • 1764 Alexander Campbell, composer
  • 1770 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer
  • 1772 Joseph Lipavsky, composer
  • 1772 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer
  • 1773 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter
  • 1778 Rembrandt Peale, American portrait and historical painter (Margaret Irvine Miller ,1805; Court of Death, 1820), and museum keeper (Baltimore), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1779 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, born in Ginst, Rügen Island (d. 1813)
  • 1785 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Ham, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834)
  • 1788 Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (Great Pessimist)
  • 1796 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1796 Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
  • 1797 William I, Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)
  • 1798 Charles Mynn Thruston, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • 1806 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)
  • 1810 Holger Simon Paulli, composer
  • 1814 Oskar Kolberg, Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer (Lud), born in Przysucha, Poland (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist, organist, composer, and conductor, born in Copenhagen (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • 1819 Bernardo Calvo Puig, composer
  • 1819 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat/abolitionist
  • 1822 Adolf Kuszmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)
  • 1824 Pierre Janssen, French astronomer, discovered helium, born in Paris, France (d. 1907)
  • 1825 Jean Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe, born in Saint-Maurice de Pionsat, France (d. 1898)
  • 1827 James Barnet Fry, American historian and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Carrollton, Illinois (d. 1894)
  • 1828 Robert Alexander Cameron, American soldier and newspaper publisher (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1833 Josef Foerster, Czech composer and music teacher, born in Osenice, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1907)
  • 1834 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
  • 1836 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • 1839 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (The New York Sun - "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Octavius Catto, American educator (Institute for Colored Youth, 1859-71), civil rights activist, and baseball player (Philadelphia Pythians, 1865-71), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1871)
  • 1840 F August Bebel, German social-democrat
  • 1842 Carl Rosa, founder (Rosa opera company), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1842 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor (Ukkel)
  • 1843 Affonso de Escragnolle Taunay, France/Brazil writer (Inocencia)
  • 1844 Kazamierz Julian Kratzer, Polish composer, born in Krakow (d. 1890)
  • 1849 Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Isaac L Rice, German (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • 1852 Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
  • 1857 Heinrich Hertz, physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves

Robert Baden-Powell

1857 Robert Baden-Powell, British officer and founder of the modern scouting movement, born in Paddington, London (d. 1941)

  • 1862 Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
  • 1864 Jules Renard, French writer (Poil de Carotte)
  • 1865 Otto Modersohn, German painter
  • 1868 Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem)
  • 1873 Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch East Indies lawyer/poet/philosopher
  • 1874 Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1876 Zitkála-Šá, [aka Gertrude Bonnin] Native American (Yankton Dakota) writer, violinist, librettist (The Sun Dance Opera), educator, and political activist, born in Yankton Indian Reservation, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1878 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1879 Norman Lindsay, Australian artist and novelist (The Magic Pudding), born in Creswick Victoria (d. 1969) [1]
  • 1880 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1881 James Reese Europe, American ragtime and early jazz arranger, composer, and bandleader in New York, and with the military in France during WWI, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1919) [1]
  • 1882 Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
  • 1883 Alfred Wikenhauser, German RC exegetist (John-Apokalyps)
  • 1883 Jaroslav Kocian, composer
  • 1883 Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), born in Avondale, Cincinnati (d. 1940)
  • 1884 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • 1886 Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
  • 1887 Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
  • 1888 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
  • 1889 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • 1889 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • 1891 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1892 David Dubinsky, labor leader (Freedom Award, 1969 Medal of Freedom)
  • 1892 Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1894 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • 1895 Victor RaulHaya de la Torre, founder (Peruvian Aprista Party)
  • 1896 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • 1896 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, born in Dillon, Colorado (d. 1981)
  • 1896 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), born in Deming, New Mexico (d. 1964)
  • 1896 Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • 1897 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • 1897 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), born in Belize, British Honduras (now Belize City, Belize) (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • 1899 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1943)
  • 1899 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1899 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Giorgos Seferis [Georgios Seferiades], Greek poet (Nobel 1963), born in Urla, Ottoman Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk), born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Luis Buñuel, Calanda Spain, Spanish surrealist film director (Belle de Jour)
  • 1901 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • 1901 Mildred Davis, American actress (Grandma's Boy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Stefan Lorant, Hungarian-American writer, photojournalist, filmmaker, born in Budapest (d. 1997)
  • 1902 Hanns Neupert, German piano builder/author (Das Klavichord)
  • 1903 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • 1903 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
  • 1905 Luis Sandi, Mexican musician and composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Edmund von Borck, composer
  • 1907 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), born in North Elmham, Norfolk, England (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (1945-48, 1958-64)
  • 1908 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • 1910 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker
  • 1911 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1913 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1915 Dan Seymour [Daniel Seymour Katz], American actor (To Have and Have Not, We the People, Sing It Again), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • 1917 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1917 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • 1917 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)
  • 1918 Robert Wadlow, American who was tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1"), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1918 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1996)

Alfred J. Gross

1918 Alfred J. Gross, American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)

  • 1919 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), born in Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bettina Vernon-Warren, dancer
  • 1920 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (La Strada, Swindle, White Sheik) and wife of director Federico Fellini, born in San Giorgio di Piano, Italy (d. 1994)

Jean-Bédel Bokassa

1921 Jean-Bédel Bokassa, President (1966-1976) & later Emperor (1976-1979) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea (d. 1996)

  • 1921 Wayne Booth, American literary critic, born in American Fork, Utah (d. 2005)
  • 1921 David Greene, British television director, born in Manchester, England (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Marshall Teague, American auto racer (Daytona Road Course Strictly Stock Car winner 1951, 52; AAA National Stock Car champion 1952, 54), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1959)
  • 1922 Andre Asriel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1922 Felix Werder, German-born Australian composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver, born in Pergamino, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • 1922 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, born in Hoenkoop, the Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Edward Gorey, American author & artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect (d. 1995)
  • 1926 (Alan) "Bud" Yorkin, American film and television producer and director (Divorce American Style; All in the Family; Sanford And Son), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • 1927 David Ahlstrom, American composer, born in Lancaster, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Donald May, American actor (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 Guy Mitchell [Albert George Cernik], American singer and actor (Red Garters, 3 Redheads from Seattle), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Bruce Forsyth, English comedian & TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • 1928 Paul Dooley, American actor, writer and comedian(16 Candles, Strange Brew, Wedding), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • 1929 Marni Nixon, American singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr), born in Altadena, California (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Ryne Duren, American near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Cazenovia, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1929 James Hong, American-Chinese actor (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1929 Rebecca Schull [Wattenberg], American actress (Wings, United 93), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Allison Hayes, American model & actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 1930 Jules van Neerven, Dutch economist & editor (Limbourg Daily), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1930 James McGarrell, American painter, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1932 Ted Kennedy, American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent, born in Hovingham, United Kingdom
  • 1933 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Bobby Smith, English soccer centre forward (15 caps; Tottenham Hotspur 271 games, 176 goals), born in Lingdale, England
  • 1933 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Thomas Paul, American bass (NYC Opera 1963-70), born in Chicago, Illinois

Sparky Anderson

1934 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

  • 1934 Paavo Pohjola, Finnish concert violinist and conductor, born in Seinäjoki, Finland
  • 1936 Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr.], African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1936 J. Michael Bishop, American immunologist & microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1989), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Dubravko Detoni, Croatian composer, born in Križevci, Croatia
  • 1937 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 1937 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • 1937 Tommy Aaron, American golfer (US Masters 1973), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • 1938 Bobby Hendricks, American R&B singer (Itchy Twitchy Feeling), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1938 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938 Pierre Vallières, French Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Steve Barber, American MLB pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1940 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1940 Julian Chagrin, English mime & actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • 1940 Billy Name [William Linich Jr.], American photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • 1942 Christine Keeler, British model & showgirl (Profumo affair), born in Uxbridge, England (d. 2017)
  • 1943 David Skaggs, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Dick Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943 Tom Van Arsdale, American NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1943 Horst Köhler, German politician, born in Skierbieszów, Poland
  • 1944 E. J. Peaker, American actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1944 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1944 Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1944 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1945 Leslie Charleson, American actress (Monica-General Hospital), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1947 John Bryant, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983- ), born in Lake Jackson, Texas