On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 5

  • 976 Sanjō, 67th Emperor of Japan (1011-16), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1017)
  • 1505 Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (d. 1572)
  • 1519 René of Châlon, (d. 1544)
  • 1534 Giovanni de' Bardi, Italian writer (d. 1612)
  • 1589 Honorat de Brueil seigneur de Racan, French playwright/poet
  • 1589 Esteban Manuel de Villegas, Spanish poet (d. 1669)
  • 1608 Gaspar Schott, German mathematician (d. 1666)
  • 1626 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • 1662 Giuseppi Vignola, composer
  • 1703 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
  • 1711 Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1762)

John Witherspoon

1723 John Witherspoon, Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, born in Gifford, Scotland (d. 1794)

  • 1725 James Otis, American lawyer and patriot, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts (d. 1783)
  • 1732 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer
  • 1744 John Jeffries, colonial physician and meteorologist
  • 1748 Christian Gottlob Neefe, German composer, conductor and tutor of Beethoven, born in Shimnitz, Saxony (d. 1798)
  • 1753 Court Lambertus van Beyma, Frisian regent and leader of the Frisian patriots (d. 1820)
  • 1770 Alexandre Brongniart, mineralogist/geologist (Tertiary), born in Paris, France
  • 1775 Margaretha J de Neufville, author (Small Pligten)
  • 1784 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, born in Hampshire County, West Virginia (d. 1818)
  • 1788 Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)

Robert Peel

1788 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and founder of the modern police force (Bobbies), born in Ramsbottom, England (d. 1850)

  • 1795 Wilhelm Karl Ritter von Haidinger, Austrian mineralogist (d. 1871)
  • 1799 John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)
  • 1804 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • 1808 Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • 1810 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist (d. 1880)
  • 1833 John Watkinson, founder of British Chess Magazine (oldest chess mag)
  • 1837 Dwight Lyman Moody, American evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • 1840 Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • 1840 John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • 1848 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley], US female outlaw (wild west)
  • 1848 Joris-Karl Huysmans, French writer (Against the Grain)
  • 1848 Ignacio Carrera Pinto, Chilean war hero (d. 1882)
  • 1856 Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
  • 1862 Felipe Villanueva y Gutierrez, Mexican composer
  • 1863 Armand Parent, composer
  • 1864 Carl Teike, German military composer, born in Stettin-Altdamm, Pomerania (d. 1922)
  • 1865 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1866 Arthur Keith, Persley Aberdeenshire, Scottish Anthropologist (human evolution)
  • 1866 Rossetter Gleason Cole, composer
  • 1868 Lodewijk Mortelmans, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1871 Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
  • 1878 André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1879 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
  • 1882 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), born at Caselle di Morimondo, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1962)
  • 1889 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • 1889 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score a hundred 100's), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1889 Ioan Dumitru Chirescu, composer
  • 1889 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever), born in Turnham Green, Middlesex (d. 1962)

Elizabeth Ryan

1891 Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

  • 1891 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • 1892 George Saiko, Austrian writer, born in Seestadtl, Bohemia (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)
  • 1897 Dirk Stikker, Dutch politician, diplomat (Ambassador to Great Britain, 1952-58; Secretary General of NATO, 1961-64), and CEO (Heineken), Born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1979)

Adlai Stevenson II

1900 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

  • 1902 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, born in Tabriz, Persia (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), born in NYC, NY (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1906 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), born in Greenwich Village, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Jan Klaasesz, Dutch governor Suriname (1949-56)
  • 1907 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Pierre E J Pflimlin, premier France
  • 1908 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, born in Brighton, England (d. 1969)
  • 1908 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1909 Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish violinist & composer, born in Łódź (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1910 Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer
  • 1910 Charles Leblond, Canadian Cell Biologist (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Willard Parker, American actor (Kiss Me Kate, What A Woman), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Zoltán Pongrácz, Hungarian avant-garde composer (Mariphonia), born in Diószeg (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • 1914 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)

William S. Burroughs

1914 William S. Burroughs, American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1997)

Robert Hofstadter

1915 Robert Hofstadter, American atomic physicist and Nobel laureate (electron scattering in atomic nuclei), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)

  • 1918 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), born in Baku (d. 1982)
  • 1919 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1921 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1921 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Bernard Kalb, American journalist, moderator, lecturer and author, one of the most respected broadcast journalists of his time (CBS News, NYT, Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1922 Alain de Changy, Belgian racing driver (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Claude King, American country music singer (Wolverton Mountain), born in Keithville, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Robert Lynn, anarchist
  • 1926 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, American publisher (NY Times), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Robert Brown, American actor (Here Come the Brides, Primus), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1927 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Ruth Fertel, American entrepreneur (d. 2002)
  • 1928 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • 1928 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Fred Sinowatz, Austrian politician
  • 1929 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • 1929 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), born in Turku, Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Cesare Maldini, Italian footballer and manager
  • 1933 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • 1933 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Ron Wilson, US percussionist (Joy of Cooking)

Hank Aaron

1934 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Don Cherry

1934 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

  • 1935 Alex Harvey, rocker (Just Visiting This Planet)
  • 1935 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1937 Cocky van Oost [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch ballet dancer (Sylphides)
  • 1937 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • 1937 Stuart Damon [Zonis], American stage and screen actor (General Hospital, 1977-2007 - "Dr. Alan Quartermaine"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Dick van Niehoff, Dutch vocalist (Fouryo)
  • 1939 Brian Luckhurst, cricketer (England opener of 60's & early 70's)
  • 1939 Jane Bryant Quinn, newscaster/financial writer (Everyone's Money Book), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1939 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1940 H. R. Giger, Swiss artist and special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Barrett Strong, vocalist (Money, That's What I Want), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1941 David Selby, Morganstown WV, actor (Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road)
  • 1941 Rick Laird, jazz musician (Gerry Niewood & Timepiece)
  • 1941 Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Kaspar Villiger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1942 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)
  • 1943 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1943 Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French-American composer of Russian and Chinese parentage (Le va et le vient), born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (d. 2003)
  • 1943 Larry Tamblyn, American rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Michael Mann, American actor & director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois

Nolan Bushnell

1943 Nolan Bushnell, American electrical engineer (founded Atari, created Pong), born in Clearfield, Utah

  • 1944 Al Kooper [Alan Peter Kuperschmidt], American rock musician, record producer and songwriter (Blood Sweat & Tears, Super Session), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1945 Sarah Weddington, American attorney, born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1946 Charlotte Rampling, English actress (Zardoz, Night Porter, Verdict), born in Sturmer, United Kingdom
  • 1947 George Underwood, British illustrator, and graphic designer for books and album cover art (Bowie; T. Rex; The Fixx), born in Bromley, England
  • 1947 David Ladd, American actor (Raymie, Catlow, Misty, Deathline), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Mary Louise Cleave, American engineer & NASA astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York

Darrell Waltrip

1947 Darrell Waltrip, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series 1981, 82, 85; Daytona 500 1989; winner 84 x NASCAR Cup Series races) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • 1948 Barbara Hershey [Herzstein], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948 Christopher Guest, American actor (SNL, Heartbeeps, This is Spinal Tap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 David Denny, American rock guitar player (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1948 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • 1948 Tom Wilkinson, English actor, born in West Yorkshire, England
  • 1948 Errol Morris, American documentary film director (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara), born in Hewlett, New York
  • 1949 David Sullivan, Welsh businessman & pornographer (Sunday Sport), born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1949 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolian scientist & cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup), born in Tsetserleg, Mongolia
  • 1950 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1951 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Daniel Balavoine, French singer -songwriter, born in Alençon, France (d. 1986)
  • 1953 John Beilein, American basketball head coach (Cleveland Cavaliers 2019; University of Michigan 2007-19), born in Burt, New York
  • 1953 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Roseanne Katan, American model, actress and Playboy playmate (Sep 1978), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Cliff Martinez, American musician, born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Debra Jo Fondren, American model & actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Mike Heath, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1956 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • 1956 Vincent "Vinnie" Colaiuta, American touring and session rock and jazz drummer (Frank Zappa; Joni Mitchell; Sting), born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Craig Wilson, American water polo goalkeeper (Olympic silver 1984, 88), born in Beeville, Texas
  • 1959 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1959 Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Jane Geddes

1960 Jane Geddes, American golfer (US Open 1986, LPGA 1987), born in Huntington, New York

  • 1960 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1961 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer & manager, born in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 1961 Tim Meadows, American actor & comedian, born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1962 Jennifer Jason Leigh [Morrow], American actress (Single White Female, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Tommy Skeoch, American guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • 1963 Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • 1964 Jim Pugh, American tennis star, born in Burbank, California
  • 1964 Alexia Vassiliou, Cypriot singer & film score composer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus
  • 1964 (Michael Andrew) "Duff" McKagan, American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1965 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1965 Tarik Benhabiles, Algerian tennis player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1965 Gheorghe Hagi, Romanian footballer, born in Săcele, Romania
  • 1966 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • 1966 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer, born in Greece
  • 1966 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1993)
  • 1967 Chris Parnell, American actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968 Chris Barron, American singer & songwriter (Spin Doctors), born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • 1968 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • 1968 Roberto Alomar, Puerto Rican infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1968 Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor, born in Iceland
  • 1968 Marcus Grönholm, Finnish rally driver, born in Kauniainen, Finland
  • 1969 Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative"), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Michael Sheen, Welsh actor (Frost/Nixon), born in Newport, Wales
  • 1970 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests @ 44.95, 5 x 100s; 117 ODIs) and coach (Australia 2013-18), born in Gawler, Australia
  • 1970 Forey Duckett, American football cornerback (Saints, Scot Claymores), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 Marcus Redman, American actor (Raymond-Doogie Howser)
  • 1971 Sara Evans, American singer, born in Boonville, Missouri
  • 1972 Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • 1972 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, born in Hobart, Australia
  • 1972 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1973 Diego Serrano, Ecuadorian-born American actor (Tomas Rivera-Another World), born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1973 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1973 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • 1973 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1973 Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands