Birthdays in History on February 10

  • 1499 Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1524 Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
  • 1606 Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • 1609 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1637 Henriette Catharina van Nassau, Dutch daughter of Frederick Henry
  • 1670 Norbert van Flowers [Cephalus], Flemish painter
  • 1670 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1685 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)
  • 1686 Johann F Gronovius, Dutch physician/botany
  • 1775 Charles Lamb, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), born in London, England (d. 1834)
  • 1785 Claude-Louis Navier, French engineer and physicist who specialized in mechanics (Navier–Stokes equations), born in Dijon, France (d. 1836)
  • 1795 Ary Scheffer, Dutch painter/etcher/sculptor
  • 1807 Abner Clark Harding, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in East Hampton, Connecticut (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1897)
  • 1821 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brigadier General, (d. 1864))
  • 1824 Samuel Plimsoll, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships), born in Bristol, England
  • 1827 Peter J Savelberg, Dutch Limburgs monastery founder
  • 1846 Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1846 Ira Remsen, American chemist (d. 1927)
  • 1846 Mildred Childe Lee, daughter of confederate General Robert E. Lee
  • 1859 Alexandre Millerand, French President (d. 1943)
  • 1866 Rafael Altamira Crevea, Spanish lawyer/historian
  • 1868 William Allen White, Emporia KS, editor (Pulitzer 1942)
  • 1870 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter
  • 1872 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • 1880 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1884 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1976)
  • 1887 [Fran J] Vital Celen, Flemish literary/author [or Feb 9]
  • 1888 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, born in Alexandria (d. 1970)
  • 1889 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak (1890-1960)

Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1890 Fanny Kaplan, failed assassin of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)
  • 1891 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan (1894-1986)

British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London

  • 1897 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), born in Augsburg, Bavaria

  • 1898 Joseph Kessel, French journalist/writer (Army of the Shadows)
  • 1902 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)

Walter Houser BrattainWalter Houser Brattain (1902-1987)

American physicist and Nobel laureate for his work on transistors, born in Amoy, China

  • 1903 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • 1905 Max Schubert, a pioneering Australian winemaker
  • 1906 Henry Phelps Brown, British historian and economist, born in Calne (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • 1907 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1909 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Dominique Pire, Belgian educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1912 Lord Orr-Ewing [Charles Ian], great-grandson of Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, Bt
  • 1913 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Edward R. Roybal, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-93), born in Pecos, New Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Gordon Pirie, English Group Captain and politician, born in Oxford (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • 1920 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1920 J Heslop-Harrison, botanist
  • 1922 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Harold Hughes, American politician, Governor of Iowa (D) and US Senator, born in Ida County, Iowa (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
  • 1927 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973-89), born in Sarcoxie, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Henk Heidweiler, Surinam ambassador (in Netherlands)
  • 1929 Jim Whittacker, mountain climber (1st American to climb Mt Everest)
  • 1931 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Donald Hilton, Moderator (General Assembly of United Reformed Church)
  • 1934 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1935 Conrad Klapheck, German painter (typewriters)
  • 1936 Olwyn Bowey, British artist, born in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham
  • 1936 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator
  • 1937 Lord Justice Rose, former judge on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • 1939 Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
  • 1940 Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • 1942 Michael Bishop, British CEO (British Midland Airways), born in Bowdon, Cheshire
  • 1944 Frank Keating, American politician
  • 1945 John Hayes, secretary-general (British Law Society)
  • 1947 Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
  • 1947 Nicholas Owen, English newsreader
  • 1948 Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • 1950 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • 1951 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer), born in Glendale, California
  • 1951 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)

Lee Hsien LoongLee Hsien Loong (70 years old)

1952 Prime Minister of Singapore (People's Action Party: 2004-present), born in Singapore

  • 1953 John Shirley, American sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1959 Lisa McPherson, former Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • 1961 George Stephanopoulos, American journalist, political commentator, and political advisor (Clinton), born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1964 Mir Aimal Kansi, Pakistani perpretrator of the 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters, born in Quetta, Pakistan (d. 2002)
  • 1969 Joe Mangrum, American artist, born in Florissant, Missouri
  • 1970 Åsne Seierstad, Norwegian journalist, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1970 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • 1974 Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1975 Amber Frey, American witness in the Scott Peterson case
  • 1978 Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer