On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 22

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 289

  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge 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)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 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, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)
  • 1779 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish 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/composer/conductor
  • 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 (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 organist and composer, born in Osenice, Bohemia (d. 1907)
  • 1834 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer
  • 1836 Eduard Wachmann, composer
  • 1838 Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
  • 1839 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
  • 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

Person of interestRobert Baden-Powell

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

Founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell
Founder of Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell
  • 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)
  • 1877 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1878 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1880 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1909 Roderick Barclay, diplomat

  • 1910 Al Sears, jazz performer
  • 1910 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker
  • 1911 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 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 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • 1918 Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)
  • 1918 Robert Wadlow, Alton Ill, tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1")
  • 1918 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • 1918 Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)

Person of interestAlfred J. Gross

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

Inventor Alfred J. Gross
Inventor
Alfred J. Gross
  • 1919 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 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)

Person of interestJean-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)
  • 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)
  • 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 Bud Yorkin, American producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), 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
  • 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, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 ), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent, born in Hovingham, United Kingdom
  • 1933 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), born in Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Bobby Smith, English footballer, 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

Person of interestSparky Anderson

1934 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 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, Tennesse
  • 1938 Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Steve Barber, American MLB pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Chet Walker, American NBA all-star forward (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)
  • 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
  • 1948 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 John Ashton, American actor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1950 Ellen Greene, American vocalist & actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1950 Julie Walters, English actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears), born in Birmingham, England

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950 Miou-Miou [Sylvette Herry], French actress (Dog Day, My Other Husband), born in Paris, France
  • 1950 Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1951 Harley O. Staggers Jr., American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983- ), born in Washington, D.C