Famous Birthdays on February 23

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  • 1417 Pope Paul II [Pietro Barbo], Italian Pope (1464-71), born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1471)
  • 1583 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)
  • 1614 Jacob Colijn(s), Dutch coat of arms painter
  • 1615 Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, baptised

Person of interestSamuel Pepys

1633 Samuel Pepys, English navy administrator and Member of Parliament famous for his Diary of the English Restoration period, born in London (d. 1703)

Diarist Samuel Pepys
Diarist
Samuel Pepys
  • 1646 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (d. 1709)
  • 1648 Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (d. 1730)
  • 1649 John Blow, composer of 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized)

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1685 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1759)

  • 1700 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, Dutch theologist (Profound Christianity)
  • 1723 Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • 1729 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
  • 1730 Christian Joseph Lidarti, composer
  • 1744 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, born in Frankfurt (d. 1812)
  • 1756 Joannes van der Linden, Dutch lawyer and judge (Ware Pleiter), born in Zuid-Scharwoude, North Holland (d. 1835)
  • 1776 John Walter II, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47), born in London, England
  • 1787 Emma Willard, American women's rights activist and educator who founded the 1st school for women's higher education in the US, born in Berlin, Connecticut (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Istvan Ferenczi, Hungarian sculptor
  • 1811 George Washington Hewitt, composer
  • 1817 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • 1818 Jeremy F Gilmer, Maj Gen/Chief Engineer Confederate War Dept
  • 1824 Herman N van der Tuuk, Dutch philologist (Tobasch' Grammar)
  • 1824 Lewis Cass Hunt, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brown County Wisconsin (d. 1886)
  • 1831 Hendrik W Mesdag, Dutch painter (Panorama Mesdag)
  • 1834 Gustav Hermann Nachtigal, German physician/colonizer/consul in Tunis
  • 1838 Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1840 Carl Menger, Austrian economist
  • 1842 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer
  • 1850 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • 1863 Franz von Stuck, German painter (Der Krieg)
  • 1865 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

1868 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1869 Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary (Soc-Dem)
  • 1873 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer
  • 1873 Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (d. 1929)
  • 1873 Joseph Allen Sr. American actor, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Konstantin Päts, Estonian PM (1921-23, 1932-33), dictator (1933-40)
  • 1876 Agnes M Royden, writer
  • 1876 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), born in Beirut (d. 1952)
  • 1878 Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Agnes Arber, English biologist/philosopher (Mind & the Eye)
  • 1879 Norman Lindsay, Creswick Victoria, artist/novelist
  • 1880 Edgar Istel, German composer, born in Mainz (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Titus [Anno S] Brandsma, Dutch philosopher
  • 1882 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer
  • 1883 Karl Jaspers, Oldenburg Germany, existentialist philosopher
  • 1884 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), born in Surbiton, Surrey, England (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Herman Courtens, Belgian painter
  • 1886 Albert Edward Sammons, composer
  • 1886 Ventura Garcia Calderon, Peruvian diplomat/author

  • 1887 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer
  • 1887 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Frederik M baron of Asbeck, Dutch lawyer (League of Nations)

Person of interestVictor Fleming

1889 Victor Fleming, American film director (The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1949)

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • 1889 Musidora [Jeanne Roques], French actress and director (Les vampires, Judex), born in Paris, France (d. 1957)
  • 1891 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1892 Kathleen Harrison, British actress (Fast Lady, Big Money, West 11), born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1895 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist
  • 1899 Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Elinor Remick Warren, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Aartje W "Mien" van It Sant-van Bommel, author (Mieke-serial)
  • 1901 Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
  • 1903 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • 1904 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)
  • 1904 William L Shirer, historian (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich)
  • 1905 Leonidas Zoras, French composer
  • 1907 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman
  • 1908 William McMahon, PM of Australia (Liberal) (1971-72)
  • 1909 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • 1911 G. Mennen Williams, Michigan Supreme Court Justice/(Gov-D-Mich, 1949-60), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1911 Walter Ernest Allen, writer/critic
  • 1913 Charles Leonard, American pentathelete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1913 Edward Fiennes-Clinton, Australian-born 18th Earl of Lincoln, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1914 Margaret Farrer, CEO (Central Midwives Board)
  • 1914 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Heinrich Schirmbeck, German author (Das Spiegellabyrinth)
  • 1915 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), born in Fresno, California (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 "Enola Gay" over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
  • 1916 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1916 Martindale Sidwell, organist/conductor
  • 1916 William Walsh, academic
  • 1918 Dom Aelred Watkin, headmaster (Downside School)
  • 1918 Richard G. Butler, American fascist (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Derek Ezra [Baron Ezra], British politician and Liberal Democrat Life Peer
  • 1920 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Hall Overton, Bangor Michigan, composer (Enchanted Pear Tree)
  • 1920 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Paul Gérin-Lajoie, French Canadian politician
  • 1923 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
  • 1923 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923 Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
  • 1924 Lejaren Hiller, American composer (Illiac Suite), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Louis Stokes, politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99 ), born in Cleveland Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Regine Crespin, French vocalist (Sheherazade, Les Nuits D'ete)
  • 1927 Ivan Hrušovský, Slovak composer and educator (Rytmus), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1928 David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, British peer
  • 1928 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • 1929 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • 1929 Richard Moryl, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1930 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1930 Imre Gyongyossy, filmmaker
  • 1930 Jef Geeraerts, Flemish writer (Black Venus)
  • 1930 Johnny Seven [Fetto], American actor (Ironside, Amy Prentiss), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1931 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist and sculptor (Great American Nudes) (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Majel Barrett, actress (Christine Chapel-Star Trek), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Donna J. Stone, American poet (Wielder of Words), born in Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1933 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1934 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), born in Buenos Aires
  • 1937 David Ward, president (Law Society)
  • 1937 Lord Tugendhat, British politician (Conservative party)
  • 1937 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • 1938 Diane Varsi, San Mateo California, actress (Peyton Place)
  • 1938 Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1939 Edmund Boyd Fisher, publisher
  • 1939 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1940 Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
  • 1940 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Frank Gerstenberg, Edinburgh, principal (George Watson's College)
  • 1941 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • 1941 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • 1942 Beau Boulter, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • 1942 Colin Sanders, founder (Solid State Logic)
  • 1942 John Lewis, Head Master (Eton College)
  • 1943 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • 1943 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • 1943 Jada Rowland, American actress (Penny-Hamptons, Amy-Secret Storm), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 James Cousins, British MP
  • 1944 Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Mike Maxfield, British rocker (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1944 Bernard Cornwell, English historical novelist
  • 1944 John Sandford, American novelist
  • 1945 Frank Murray, police Officer
  • 1946 Norman "Rusty" Young, American rock musician, singer and songwriter (Poco- In the Heart of the Night, Crazy Love), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1947 Anton Mosimann, Swiss chef (Dorchester Hotel), born in Solothurn, Swiss Jura
  • 1947 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic)
  • 1947 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • 1947 Shakira Caine, Guyana, actress (Man Who be King)/Miss Guyana (1967)
  • 1947 John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
  • 1948 Bill Alexander, theatre director
  • 1948 Doug Moench, American comic book writer
  • 1949 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1949 Larry Demps, US R&B vocalist (Dramatics-Me & Mrs Jones)

Person of interestMarc Garneau

1949 Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut (STS 13, 77), born in Quebec City, Québec

Astronaut Marc Garneau
Astronaut
Marc Garneau
  • 1949 Maureen Hicks, British MP
  • 1949 Terry "Tex" Comer, bassist/guitarist
  • 1950 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England
  • 1951 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1951 Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
  • 1951 Patricia Richardson, American actress (Double Trouble, Home Improvement), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1952 Bradley "Brad" Whitford, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith-Janie's Got a Gun, Last Child), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Sallie L Baliunas, astrophysicist
  • 1953 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1954 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • 1955 Howard Jones, rock pianist/vocalist (Things Can Only Get Better)
  • 1958 David Sylvian, vocalist, guitarist (Japan), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1958 Lorraine Michaels, English playmate (April, 1981), born in Canterbury
  • 1958 Ria Brieffies, Dutch vocalist (Dolly Dots)
  • 1959 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • 1960 Cindy Figg-Currier, American golfer (1994 British Open-6th), born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • 1960 Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1960 Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960 Alan Griffin, Australian politician, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1962 Melinda Mays, American nude model (Playboy Playmate-Feb, 1983), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1962 Michael Wilton, American rock guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Debbie Kruck, Ms. Fitness USA (1994), born in Danbury, Connecticut
  • 1963 Reza Abdoh, Iranian-born American director and playwright, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1995)
  • 1963 Robert Collins, English keyboard player (The Charlatans), born in Rowley Regis, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1963 Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician, born in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  • 1964 Byron Evans, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1964 Dana Katherine Scully, American fictional character (The X-Files), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1964 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • 1965 Helena Sukova, tennis star (1985 US Open's Double), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965 Kristin Davis, American actress (Melrose Place), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1965 Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina (Royal Ballet), born in Paris, France

Person of interestMichael Dell

1965 Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer (Dell Technologies), born in Houston, Texas

Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell Michael Dell
Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell
Michael Dell
  • 1965 Robert "Bob" Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1966 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1966 Marc Price, American actor and comedian (Skippy-Family Ties), born in New Jersey, United States
  • 1966 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • 1967 Gord Murphy, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1967 Pam Blundell, British fashion designer
  • 1967 Steve Stricker, PGA golfer (1994 Northern Telecom-2nd), born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Tamsin Greig, English actress, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Stephanie Seymour, American actress/model (Sunny Side Up), born in San Diego, California
  • 1969 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1970 Niecy Nash [Carol Denise Ensley], American actress and comedian, born in Compton, California
  • 1971 Carin Hjalmarsson Koch, Swedish golfer (1995 Pinewild-7th), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • 1971 Jason Keller, American actor (Jason-Out of the Blue), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1971 Shane Keller, American actor (Shane-Out of the Blue), born in Scarsdale, New York