On This Day

Famous Birthdays on February 7

  • 574 Prince Shōtoku, Japanese regent and politician who promoted Buddhism (Hōryū-ji temple) (d. 622)
  • 1102 Empress Matilda, Princess of England and wife of Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1169)
  • 1478 Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d. 1535)
  • 1556 Maria van Nassau, Dutch countess of Buren
  • 1589 Jacob de Witt, Dutch politician (Mayor of Dordrecht), and mathematician (d. 1674)
  • 1612 Thomas Killigrew, English humorist/playwright/leader (King's Men)
  • 1655 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)

Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel

1688 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel [Marijke Meu], Princess of Orange and ancestor of all currently reigning monarchs in Europe, born in Kassel (d. 1765)

  • 1693 Anna Ivanova Romanova, Empress of Russia (1730-40) [NS]
  • 1700 Philippe Buache, French geographer/cartographer (Contourlijnen)
  • 1707 Carl August Thielo, composer
  • 1739 Joseph Pouteau, composer
  • 1740 Adam-Philippe Custine, French earl/general/MP
  • 1753 Rhijnvis Feith, Dutch mayor/writer (Zwolle/Thirsa)
  • 1758 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer
  • 1801 John Rylands, England, merchant/philanthropist

John Deere

1804 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

  • 1809 Frederik Paludan-Muller, Danish Romantic poet (Danserinden)

Charles Dickens

1812 Charles Dickens, English writer ("Oliver Twist"; "A Tale of Two Cities"; "A Christmas Carol"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

  • 1814 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, born in Georgia, Vermont
  • 1817 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1884)
  • 1822 Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer
  • 1823 Richard Genee, composer
  • 1824 William Higgins, discoverer (nature of spiral nebulae)
  • 1825 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer
  • 1833 Ricardo Palma, Peru, writer/poet (Tradiciones Peruanas)
  • 1837 James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and philologist (Oxford English Dictionary), born in Denholm, Scotland (d. 1915)
  • 1839 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • 1842 Alexandre Ribot, French statesman (d. 1923)
  • 1847 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • 1862 Bernard Maybeck, US architect (Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco)
  • 1863 Mieczyslaw Soltys, composer
  • 1864 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet)
  • 1864 Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
  • 1866 Raf[ael] Verhulst [Koen Ravestein], Flemish writer (Jesus of Nazarus)
  • 1867 Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (Little House on Prairie), born in Pepin, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • 1869 Jindrich S Baar, Czech pastor/writer (Jan Cimbura)
  • 1870 Alfred Adler, Austrian psychiatrist (Inferiority Complex)
  • 1871 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • 1872 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • 1875 Erkki Melartin, Finnish composer (Juhlamarssi; Summer Symphony; Fantasia Apocaliptica), born in Käkisalmi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1937)
  • 1875 Walter Courvoisier, composer
  • 1877 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, born in Wartenburg, East Prussia, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1877 G. H. Hardy, English mathematician (Hardy–Weinberg principle, A Mathematician's Apology), born in Cranleigh, England (d. 1947)
  • 1877 Julius Curtius, German minister of Foreign affairs (1929-..)
  • 1878 Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, born in Brunswick, Missouri (d. 1961) [1]
  • 1883 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist
  • 1885 [Harry] Sinclair Lewis, American writer and social critic (Nobel Prize in Literature 1930), born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota (d. 1951)
  • 1887 (James Hubert) "Eubie" Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist ("Memories of You"; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983) [1]
  • 1889 Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
  • 1891 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1891 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)
  • 1894 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1895 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, born in New York City (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1896 Jacob Paludan, Danish pharmacist/writer (Jorgen Stein)
  • 1897 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • 1901 Bob den Doolaard [Cornelis Spoelstra], Dutch writer (Grape Pickers)
  • 1902 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • 1904 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), born in Kensington, London (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (L'Humanité, La Conspiration)
  • 1905 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Henry P'u-i, last emperor of China, puppet emperor of Manchukuo
  • 1906 Oleg Antonov, Soviet aircraft designer (d. 1984)
  • 1907 Arthur George Bottomley, politician
  • 1907 Yevgeniy Abalakov, Soviet mountaineer (d. 1948)
  • 1907 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1908 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • 1909 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Derek Farr, British actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Russell Drysdale, Australian Artist {d. 1981}
  • 1912 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), born in Pontel, France (d. 1971)
  • 1914 David Ignatow, American poet (Tread the Dark, Rescue the Dead)
  • 1914 Jacques Mornard [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)
  • 1914 Ralph Whitlock, British farmer, conservationist, writer, and broadcaster, born in Pitton, Wiltshire,England (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Eddie Bracken, American actor (Summer Stock, Young & Willing), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Markey Robinson, Northern Irish painter (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • 1919 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor and stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge, born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1920 An Wang, Chinese-American computer engineer (Wang Labs, Wang Computers), born in Shanghai, China (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me A Laugh), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • 1921 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk
  • 1922 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • 1923 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Keefe Brasselle [John Brasselli], American actor (The Eddie Cantor Story, Be Our Guest), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Martha Holmes, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Cathy Long, (Rep-D-LA, 1985-86)
  • 1924 Dora Bryan [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), born in Southport England, (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1925 Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, born in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, born in Linz (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Marius Constant, Rumania, Dutch composer/conductor (Paradise Lost)
  • 1925 Romolo Valli, actor (Bobby Deerfield, Fistful of Dynamite, La Viaccia)
  • 1926 Konstantin Petrovich Feokistov, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1926 Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 - 1st to carry three members), born in Voronezh, Russia (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2016)
  • 1927 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • 1927 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, born in Montpellier, France (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1927 Laurence "Laurie" Johnson, British film and television score composer (Dr. Strangelove; The Avengers), born in Hampstead, England
  • 1928 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Gloria Talbott, American film and television actress, sometimes known as "the Scream Queen" for her work in B-movies, born in Glendale, California (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Alfred M. Worden, American Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (Apollo 15), born in Jackson, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Gay Talese, author (Honor Thy Father)
  • 1933 John Anderton, English footballer
  • 1934 Earl King [Solomon Johnson], American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Come On), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934 "King" Curtis [Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Piet Bukman, Dutch minister for Development Aid (CDA)
  • 1934 Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
  • 1935 Herb Kohl, (Sen-D Wisconsin)
  • 1938 Juan Pizarro, baseball player
  • 1938 Robert Frank Baksa, American contemporary classical composer, born in New York City
  • 1938 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • 1940 Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • 1941 Peter Foxhall, Australian evangelist
  • 1943 Gareth Hunt, English actor (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban) whose murder was featured on "Forensic Files", born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • 1944 Berend baron van Voorst tot Voorst, Dutch foreign state sect (CDA)
  • 1944 Michael A Andrews, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1945 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • 1945 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), born in Warrington, England (d. 2011)
  • 1945 Ian Jack, Scottish journalist
  • 1946 Héctor Babenco, film director (Kiss of the Spider Woman), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Lawrence Ascott, rocker (Isotope)
  • 1946 Sammy Johns, rocker (Politics, Religion & Her), (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Joe Shea, American journalist
  • 1948 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1948 David Campbell, Canadian composer (worked with Adele, Justin Timberlake), born in Toronto
  • 1949 Alan Lancaster, English bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85), born in London, England
  • 1949 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • 1949 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • 1950 Burt Hooton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star, World Series, NLCS MVP 1981; no-hitter 1972; Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers), born in Greenville, Texas
  • 1950 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1950 Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), born in Buonconvento, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • 1951 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • 1952 Vasco Rossi, Italian rocker (Buoni o cattivi (Good Or Bad)), born in Zocca, Modena
  • 1953 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • 1953 Bruce Gaitsch, American session guitarist, songwriter, and record producer (Chicago; Richard Marx; Peter Cetera; Madonna), born in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1954 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Dieter Bohlen, German pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and television personality, born in Berne, West Germany
  • 1954 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • 1955 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • 1955 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • 1955 Kathy Flores, American rugby union coach (United States women's team 2002-11; Brown University), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • 1956 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2007)
  • 1957 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • 1957 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), born in Moca, Dominican Republic (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • 1958 (Manuel) Mijares, Mexican Latin-pop, folk, and Mariachi vocalist (Maria Bonita), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1958 Michele Drake, playmate (May, 1979), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1958 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • 1959 Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 - "Red, Red Wine"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2021)
  • 1959 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 1960 James Spader, American actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Steve Bronski, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • 1960 Steve Bronski Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Garth Brooks

1962 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • 1962 Alan Sippy, cricketer (dashing Bombay lefty batsman of 1980's)
  • 1962 David Bryan [Rashbaum], American rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"), and theatrical composer (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1962 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • 1963 Heidemarie M Stefanyshyn-Piper, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1963 Roland Lefebvre, Dutch cricket all-rounder (11 ODIs, captain), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1964 Cynthia "Sippy" Woodhead, swimmer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • 1964 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • 1965 Jason Gedrick, actor (Heavenly Kid, Class of '96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Reginald Thal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1966 Chris Rock, American comedian (SNL, CB4, Everybody Hates Chris), born in Andrews, South Carolina
  • 1966 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • 1967 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (BDO World Darts Champion 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda, Wales
  • 1967 Sharla Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress (All For the Winner), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1968 Martin Sinner, Koblenz Germany, tennis star (1990 Pretoria)
  • 1968 Peter Bondra, Lutsk Ukr, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1968 Salvatore "Sully Erna", American heavy metal singer, and rhythm guitarist (Godsmack), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • 1969 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1970 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1972 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire right handed batsman 1996)
  • 1972 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • 1972 Essence Atkins, American actress
  • 1972 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • 1972 Robyn Lively, American actress
  • 1973 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1973 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • 1973 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • 1973 Tim Bowens, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)