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Famous Birthdays on February 26

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 242

  • 1361 Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400)
  • 1564 Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (Dr Faustus), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1593) baptism date
  • 1587 Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
  • 1588 Nicolaus Erich, German composer (d. 1631)
  • 1671 Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)
  • 1672 Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
  • 1675 Johann Philipp Treiber, composer
  • 1677 Nicola Fago, Italian baroque composer, born in Taranto (d. 1745)
  • 1714 James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)
  • 1717 John Randall, British composer (d. 1799)
  • 1720 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
  • 1725 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French inventor who designed and built 1st automobile, born in Void, France (d. 1804) [or born September 25]
  • 1746 Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
  • 1770 Antoine Reicha, composer
  • 1772 Caspar Furstenau, composer
  • 1799 Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)

Person of interestVictor Hugo

1802 Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), born in Besançon, France (d. 1885)

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • 1808 Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • 1808 Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • 1814 Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
  • 1824 Carlos Calvo, Argentine diplomat/people rights scholar (Calvo Clause)
  • 1825 Hans Balatka, composer

Person of interestLevi Strauss

1829 Levi Strauss, German-born American clothing designer, born in Buttenheim, Bavaria (d. 1902)

Fashion Designer Levi Strauss
Fashion Designer
Levi Strauss
  • 1831 Filippo Marchetti, composer
  • 1832 John George Nicolay, German-American author (Abe Lincoln's biographer), born in Essingen, Rhenish Bavaria (d. 1901)
  • 1834 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer
  • 1835 Richard Andree, German geography, etnologist (Andree's Handatlas)
  • 1837 Charles Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice
  • 1838 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer
  • 1841 Evelyn Baring earl Cromer, English consul-general (Egypt)
  • 1842 Camille Flammarion, French astronomer, Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy, born in Montigny-le-Roi, Haute-Marne, France (d. 1925)
  • 1845 Aleksander Rozycki, composer
  • 1845 Alexander III, St Petersburg, Russian tsar (1881-94) (3/10 NS)
  • 1846 William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Wild West hunter and showman (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), born in Davenport Iowa (d. 1917)
  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg, surgeon, inspired flaked cereal industry
  • 1857 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion)

  • 1858 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • 1861 Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestHerbert Henry Dow

1866 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1930)

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • 1867 Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon/So Afr/America)
  • 1868 Leonard Borwick, British(?) pianist
  • 1869 Nadezjda K Krupskaja, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin
  • 1873 Ewoud van Everdingen, Dutch meteorologist
  • 1874 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, born in Oberrohrdorf (d. 1958)
  • 1875 Emma Dunn, British actress (Dr Monica, Dr Kildare's Strange Case, Hideaway), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1875 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem Op. 50 in B minor), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia (d. 1935)
  • 1876 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, born in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Ríos (d. 1943)
  • 1876 Pauline Musters, smallest man (1'11.2" (58.9 cm))
  • 1877 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, Dutch poet/writer (socialism)
  • 1877 Russell Alexander, composer
  • 1879 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer/conductor/tutor of B Britten
  • 1880 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)
  • 1882 Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
  • 1883 Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetism)
  • 1884 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1884 Hildo Krop, Dutch modernistic sculptor
  • 1885 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • 1885 Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, President of UN Security Council (1950)
  • 1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1887 Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
  • 1891 Alan Bridge, PA, actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills)
  • 1893 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), born in Sandbach, England (d. 1979)
  • 1893 Ivor A "I A" Richards, English poet/critic (Meaning of Meaning) [NS]
  • 1893 William Frawley, American actor (I Love Lucy, My 3 Sons), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1966)
  • 1896 Andrei A Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
  • 1896 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer
  • 1898 Julien de Valckenaere, Flemish writer
  • 1899 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Jean Negulesco, Romanian-American film director (How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Craiova, Dolj (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rawa Mazowiecka, Russian Empire (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Rudolf Moralt, German conductor (Vienna Philharmonic)
  • 1902 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Le Silence de la Mer)
  • 1903 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Madeleine Carroll, British actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, born in Athens (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Dub Taylor [Walter Clarence Taylor Jr], American character actor (Gunsmoke), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
  • 1908 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • 1909 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock, TV Chef
  • 1909 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • 1911 Josef Smrkovsky, Czechoslovakia MP chairman
  • 1911 Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
  • 1913 George G Barker, English poet (Calamiterror, Anno Domini)
  • 1913 Hermann Lenz, German writer (Swabian Chronicle), born in Stuttgart (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Witold Rowicki, composer
  • 1915 Elisabeth Eybers, South Afr/Dutch poetess (That Woman & Other Verses)
  • 1915 Pran Nath Chhuttani, Indian physician and teacher, born in Leiah, Pakistan (d. 1996)

  • 1916 Jackie Gleason, American comedian (Jackie Gleason Show, Honeymooners), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Mordecai Seter, Israeli composer, born in Novorossiysk, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1917 Robert Taft Jr, (Sen-R-Oh)
  • 1918 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • 1918 Otis R Bowen, US Sec of Health & Human Services (1985-89)
  • 1918 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Beppie Nooij, Dutch actress and director (Red Sien, Zeemansvrouwen), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Luc-Andre Marcel, composer
  • 1919 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1920 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • 1920 Antony Kearey, TV producer
  • 1920 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (Felix-Odd Couple), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisian-born fashion designer, born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1921 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Bill Johnston, cricket pace bowler (mighty Australian lefty post-war)
  • 1922 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Mark Bucci, American composer (1959 Arts & Letters Award), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89)
  • 1925 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket player
  • 1925 Frank Henry Copplestone, TV executive
  • 1926 Arsene Souffriau, composer
  • 1926 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Konstantin P Feoktistov, Voronezh, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1)
  • 1927 Donald Gramm, bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927 Tom Kennedy, quiz host (You Don't Say, Name That Tune), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1928 Aldonis Kalnins, composer

  • 1928 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)

Person of interestFats Domino

1928 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • 1928 Everton Weekes, cricketer (one of the 3 W's)
  • 1928 Monique Leyrac, French Canadian singer and actress (Lights of My City, Act of the Heart), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1928 Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), born at Kfar Malal (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Lazar Berman, Leningrad Russia, pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956)
  • 1931 Francisco Kroepfl, composer
  • 1931 Robert D Novak, news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1931 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)

Person of interestJohnny Cash

1932 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 1933 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1933 James Goldsmith, corporate raider (Referendum Party), born in Paris, France
  • 1934 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • 1934 Robert Novak, American political columnist
  • 1936 Eduard Ivanovich Buinovski, cosmonaut
  • 1936 Manmohan Desai, Indian filmmaker (Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1937 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Jack Knight, Somerville Miss, actor (Mr Shamley-James at 15)
  • 1938 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter, born in Tsada, Cyprus (d. 1957)
  • 1939 Josephine Tewson, English actress, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Keith Thomson, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968), born in Methven, New Zealand
  • 1942 Adriaan van Dis, Dutch author (Nathan Sid, In Africa), born in Bergen aan Zee, Netherlands
  • 1943 Bill Duke, American actor (Bird on a Wire, Predator), born in Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 1943 Bob "Bear" Hite, American vocalist (Canned Heat-Going Up the Country), born in Torrance, California (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Bob van Reeth, Flemish architect, born in Temse, Belgium
  • 1943 Paul Cotton, American rocker (Poco), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Dante Ferretti, Italian art director & costume designer, born in Macerata, Italy
  • 1944 Marilyn Michaels, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour), born in New York City
  • 1945 Mitch Ryder, American rocker (& Detroit Wheels-Devil With the Blue Dress), born in Hamtramck, Michigan

  • 1945 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion, born in Richmond, Australia (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach & politician, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1946 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1946 Phyllis Eisenstein, American sci-fi author (Sorcerer's Son, Born to Exile), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist & Nobel laureate (1999), born in Damanhur, Egypt (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Sandie Shaw [Sandra Goodrich], English rocker (Girl Don't Come), born in Essex, England
  • 1948 Priscilla Lopez, American actress (In the Beginning, Kay O'Brien), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1949 Emma Kirkby, English soprano, born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Elizabeth George, American novelist, born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1950 Jonathan Cain, American rock guitarist & keyboardist (Journey, Babys), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestHelen Clark

1950 Helen Clark, New Zealand Prime Minister (Labour: 1999-2008) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009-17), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
Former New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark
  • 1953 Bree Walker, American news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV), born in Oakland, California
  • 1953 Michael Bolton, American rock vocalist (That's What Love Is All About), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1954 John Bolger, American actor (Capt Gabe McNamara-Another World), born in New York City
  • 1954 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey, born in Kasımpaşa, Istanbul
  • 1955 Rupert Keegan, English Formula One racing car driver, born in Essex, England
  • 1956 Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer, born in Chigasaki, Japan
  • 1957 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1957 David Muldrow Beasley, American politician, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • 1958 Jeff Fithian, American actor (Trevor Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1958 Joe Fithian, American actor (Tracey Nash-Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1958 Susan J. Helms, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1958 Karen Berger, American comic book editor, born in New York City
  • 1958 Michel Houellebecq, French novelist, born in Saint-Pierre, Réunion
  • 1958 Greg Germann, American actor, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Tim Kaine, US Senator (D-Vir) and 2016 Democratic nominee for Vice President, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1959 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1960 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Dave Palone, American harness racing trainer & driver (US Pacing Triple Crown 1996, 2005), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1962 Sheila Cornell, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Mark Dacascos, American actor & martial artist, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965 Alison Armitage, English actress (Acapulco HEAT), born in London, England
  • 1966 Jennifer Grant, American actress (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Burbank, California
  • 1966 Wesley Walls, American NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Batesville, Mississipi
  • 1966 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer, born in Zahlé, Lebanon
  • 1967 David Howard, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1967 Roman Fortin, American NFL center (Atlanta Falcons), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1967 Scott Service, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Currie Graham, Canadian actor, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1968 Chris Green, American NFL safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
  • 1968 J. T. Snow, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Leif Rohlin, Swedish NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vasteras, Sweden
  • 1968 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine), born in Irvine, California
  • 1969 Brandon Wilson, American baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Gaborone, Botswana
  • 1969 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970 Katie O'Neill, American actress (Together We Stand), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Meeno Peluce, Dutch actor (Bad News Bears), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1970 Sasha Danilovic, Serbian NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina