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Famous Birthdays on February 5

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 234

  • 976 Sanjō, Emperor of 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)

Person of interestJohn 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)

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 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 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Frisian regent/patriot
  • 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 (d. 1818)
  • 1788 Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)

Person of interestRobert 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)

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 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, composer
  • 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)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

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

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 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 U Stikker, director (Heineken)/Dutch foreign minister/NATO

Person of interestAdlai Stevenson II

1900 Adlai Stevenson II, American politician, US ambassador to UN (1961-65), Governor of Illinois (1949-53) and Democratic presidential candidate (1952, 56), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1965)

US Governor and Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson II
US Governor and Presidential Candidate
Adlai Stevenson II
  • 1902 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
  • 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 (d. 1969)
  • 1908 Peg Entwistle, Welsh actress, born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1909 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer
  • 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 NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Zoltan Pongracz, composer
  • 1913 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger
  • 1914 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), born in Banbury (d. 1998)

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

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

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs

Person of interestRobert 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 George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981-89, 1993-96), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian and actor (Sayonara, Five Weeks in a Balloon), 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 drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1934 Henry 'Hank' Aaron, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP), born in Mobile, Alabama

Person of interestDon Cherry

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

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • 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 dancer (Sylphides)
  • 1937 Gaston Roelants, Belgian world cross-country champion
  • 1937 Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Wang Xuan, Chinese scientist (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)
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1942 Susan Hill, English playwright (Magic Apple Tree)
  • 1943 Charles Winfield, Penn, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears-Spinning Wheel)
  • 1943 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1943 Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, composer
  • 1943 Larry Tamblyn, rock guitarist (Standells-Dirty Water)
  • 1943 Michael Mann, American actor & director (Sexpot, Close Friends), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestNolan Bushnell

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

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Nolan Bushnell
  • 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 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
  • 1947 Darrell Waltrip, American motorsport analyst & race car driver, 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
  • 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 & 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 coach, born in Burt, New York
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestJane Geddes

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

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 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 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], 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 (Houston Oilers, St Louis Rams), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1968 Eyþór Guðjónsson, Icelandic actor, born in Iceland
  • 1969 Bobby Brown, American singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative"), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts

  • 1969 Michael Sheen, Welsh actor, born in Newport, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricketer (SA & Vic LHB Australian ODI 1996), 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 Tony Johnson, American football tight end (New Orleans Saints), born in Como, Mississippi
  • 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
  • 1974 Adrienne Johnson, American basketball guard, administrator, broadcaster (WNBA Cleveland Rockers; Uni of Louisville), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1974 Omarosa Manigault Newman, American reality TV star & former political aide, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1975 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1975 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI), born in Ukiah, California