On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 29

  • 1468 Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49)
  • 1692 Edward Cave, English printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • 1692 John Byrom, English poet and the inventor of shorthand, born in Manchester, England (d. 1763)
  • 1696 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, born in Pernes (d. 1770)
  • 1724 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, born in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1822)
  • 1728 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

Person of interestAnn Lee

1736 Ann Lee, American Founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • 1784 Leo von Klenze, German architect (New Hermitage), born in Buchladen (d. 1864)

Person of interestGioachino Rossini

1792 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1839)

  • 1792 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russian naturalist (discovered human ovum)
  • 1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
  • 1812 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
  • 1820 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • 1828 Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Military leader, diplomat and politician, President of Venezuela (1870-77, 1879-84, 1886-87), born in Caracas, Great Colombia (d. 1899)
  • 1836 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1908)

Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

1840 John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)


  • 1840 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)
  • 1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Herman Hollerith, American inventor (1st electric tabulating machine), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1929)
  • 1884 Alfred Sendrey, American composer and musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Augusta Savage (Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (1962)
  • 1896 Omer Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • 1896 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)
  • 1896 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • 1896 William A. Wellman, American film director (Star is Born 1937), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Swiss composer, born in Zurich (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Alan Richardson, Scottish composer and pianist, born in Edinbugh, Scotland (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, American orchestra leader (Stage Show), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 John "Pepper" Martin, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Temple, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1904 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest ever personal name, born in Bergedorf, Germany (d. 1997) disputed date
  • 1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Alf Gover, English cricket fast bowler (4 Tests) and coach (Frank Tyson, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Ian Bishop; Surrey), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter (Valerie), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), born in Wyaconda, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1920 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)

  • 1920 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • 1920 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1924 David Beattie, New Zealand judge, Governor-General of NZ (1980-85), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Otto Hutter, British physiologist, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1924 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Joss Ackland, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer, born in Tennille, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • 1928 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • 1932 Gavin Stevens, Australian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in Glenelg, South Australia
  • 1932 Jaguar [Sérgio Jaguaribe], Brazilian cartoonist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1932 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
  • 1936 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

Person of interestHenri Richard

1936 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1936 Jack R Lousma, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1940 Gretchen Christopher, American singer (The Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1940 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1991- ), born in Zeytinliköy, Imbros, Turkey
  • 1940 Billy Turner Jr., American Thoroughbred flat racing trainer (US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing 1977, Seattle Slew), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1944 David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • 1944 Phyllis Frelich, American actor (Love is Never Silent), born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota
  • 1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • 1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • 1944 Dennis Farina, American actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1944 John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Nikolai Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, American sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • 1948 Yuri Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1948 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1952 Bart Stupak, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan 1993-2011), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Raisa Smetanina, Soviet cross country skier (Olympic gold 10k & 4x5k relay 1976; 10k 1980; 4x5k relay 1992), born in Mokhcha, Russia
  • 1952 Raúl González, Mexican racewalker (Olympic gold 50k 1984; WR 1978 3:45:52 & 3:41:20), born in China, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • 1952 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Susan Sennett, American actress (Big Bad Mama), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
  • 1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • 1956 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer whose life portrayed in film "Monsters", born in Troy, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • 1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
  • 1960 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • 1960 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1964 Henrik Sundström, Swedish tennis player (rank #6 1984), born in Lund, Sweden
  • 1964 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • 1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • 1964 Guy Leech, Australian iron man (World Ironman C'ship 1986; World Ocean Paddling C'ship 1994; 7 x Uncle Toby's Super Series; 2 x Coolangatta Gold), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1968 Bryce Paup, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1994–97; Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings), born in Jefferson, Iowa
  • 1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • 1968 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
  • 1968 Eugene Volokh, American law professor
  • 1968 Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
  • 1972 Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)
  • 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
  • 1972 Pedro Sánchez, Spanish economist and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (2018-), born in Madrid, Spain

Person of interestJa Rule

1976 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • 1976 Katalin Kovács, Hungarian canoeist (Olympic gold K-2 500m 2004, 2008; K-4 500m 2012; 30 x gold ICF Canoe Sprint World C'ships), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1980 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Winter Olympics gold 2002; World Cup gold 2004; NHL All Star 2001, 07; Philadelphia Flyers), born in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada
  • 1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer forward (30 caps; New England Revolution), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1980 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • 1980 Chris Conley, American musician
  • 1984 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Stanley Cup 2006, Carolina Hurricanes; Conn Smythe Trophy 2006; NHL All Star 2011; World C'ship gold 2007), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1984 Cullen Jones, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle 2008; 4x100m medley relay 2012), born in NYC, New York