Birthdays in History on February 22

  • 1040 Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105)
  • 1403 Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461)
  • 1440 Ladislaus V ("the Posthumus"), Árpád dynasty and King of Bohemia (1453-57), King of Hungary and Croatia (1440-44), and Duke of Austria (1440-57), born in Komárom, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1457)
  • 1500 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
  • 1514 Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)
  • 1612 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
  • 1634 Petrus "Pieter" van Schooten, fortress architect
  • 1684 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • 1705 Peter Arctedius [Artedi], Swedish biologist
  • 1714 Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)

George WashingtonGeorge Washington (1732-1799)

American Founding Father, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during War for Independence and 1st President of the United States (1789-97), born in Westmoreland, Virginia

  • 1756 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (d. 1821)
  • 1773 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter
  • 1778 Rembrandt Peale, American portrait and historical painter (Margaret Irvine Miller ,1805; Court of Death, 1820), and museum keeper (Baltimore), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1785 Jean Charles Athanase Peltier, Ham, French Physicist (Peltier effect 1834)
  • 1788 Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (Great Pessimist)
  • 1796 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1796 Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
  • 1797 William I, King of Prussia (1861-88) and the 1st German Emperor (1871-88), born in Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1888)
  • 1798 Charles Mynn Thruston, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • 1806 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)
  • 1817 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • 1819 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat/abolitionist
  • 1822 Adolf Kuszmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease)
  • 1824 Pierre Janssen, French astronomer, discovered helium, born in Paris, France (d. 1907)
  • 1825 Jean Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe, born in Saint-Maurice de Pionsat, France (d. 1898)
  • 1827 James Barnet Fry, American historian and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Carrollton, Illinois (d. 1894)
  • 1828 Robert Alexander Cameron, American soldier and newspaper publisher (Union Army), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1894)
  • 1839 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (The New York Sun - "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1906)
  • 1840 F August Bebel, German social-democrat
  • 1842 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor (Ukkel)
  • 1843 Affonso de Escragnolle Taunay, France/Brazil writer (Inocencia)
  • 1849 Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Isaac L Rice, German (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • 1852 Pieter K Pel, internist (Pel-Ebstein fever)
  • 1857 Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves, born in Hamburg, German Confederation (d. 1894)

Robert Baden-PowellRobert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)

British officer and founder of the modern scouting movement, born in Paddington, London

  • 1862 Karen Hulda Garborg[-Bergersen], Norwegian playwright (Mot Solen/Eli)
  • 1864 Jules Renard, French writer (Poil de Carotte)
  • 1865 Otto Modersohn, German painter
  • 1868 Henri Polak, union leader/politician (soc-dem)
  • 1873 Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch East Indies lawyer/poet/philosopher
  • 1877 Yme C Schuitmaker, Dutch potato salesman/dramatist
  • 1878 Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
  • 1879 Norman Lindsay, Australian artist and novelist (The Magic Pudding), born in Creswick Victoria (d. 1969) [1]
  • 1880 Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
  • 1881 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Eric Gill, England, sculptor/engraver/typographer (Perpetua)
  • 1883 Alfred Wikenhauser, German RC exegetist (John-Apokalyps)
  • 1886 Hugo Ball, German playwright/co-founder Flametti
  • 1887 Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
  • 1888 Owen Brewster, American politician (d. 1961)
  • 1889 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977)
  • 1889 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • 1891 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • 1891 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • 1892 David Dubinsky, labor leader (Freedom Award, 1969 Medal of Freedom)
  • 1892 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet, dramatist and feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), born in Rockland, Maine (d. 1950)
  • 1895 Victor RaulHaya de la Torre, founder (Peruvian Aprista Party)
  • 1896 Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • 1897 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • 1898 Anton de Kom, Surinam/Dutch worker's union leader/resistance fighter
  • 1899 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Giorgos Seferis [Georgios Seferiades], Greek poet (Nobel 1963), born in Urla, Ottoman Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk), born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • 1903 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • 1904 Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
  • 1908 Romulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (Acción Democrática: 1945-48, 1959-64) known as "The Father of Venezuelan Democracy", born in Guatire, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • 1910 Muriel Monkhouse, Red Cross worker
  • 1914 Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate
  • 1917 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1917 Jane Bowles, American writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)

Al GrossAl Gross (1918-2000)

American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1918 Robert Wadlow, American who was tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1"), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1921 David Greene, British television director, born in Manchester, England (d. 2003)

Jean-Bédel BokassaJean-Bédel Bokassa (1921-1996)

President (1966-76) and later Emperor (1976-79) of the Central African Republic, born in Bobangui, then French Equatorial Guinea

  • 1921 Wayne Booth, American literary critic, born in American Fork, Utah (d. 2005)
  • 1922 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), born in South Bronx, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Edward Gorey, American author & artist (Curious Sofa), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Gerald Stern, American poet, (The One Thing in Life), essayist (Some Secrets), and educator, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1925 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect (d. 1995)
  • 1930 James McGarrell, American painter, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1930 Jules van Neerven, Dutch economist & editor (Limbourg Daily), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy (1932-2009)

American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1933 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL /high speed internet technology), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Katharine Lucy Mary Worsley, Duchess of Kent, born in Hovingham, United Kingdom
  • 1935 Ineke Haas-Berger, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Abcoude-Baambrugge, Netherlands
  • 1936 J. Michael Bishop, American immunologist & microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1989), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Joanna Russ, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Female Man, Alyx), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer & multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Ishmael Reed, American author (Last Days of Louisiana Red), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938 Pierre Vallières, French Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Billy Name [William Linich Jr.], American photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1941 Hipólito Mejía, Dominican politician, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • 1943 David Skaggs, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1943 Horst Köhler, German politician, born in Skierbieszów, Poland
  • 1944 Robert Kardashian, American lawyer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1947 John Bryant, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983- ), born in Lake Jackson, Texas
  • 1951 Harley O. Staggers Jr., American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983-93), born in Washington, D.C
  • 1952 Bill Frist, American politician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952 James Philip Bagian, American physician and NASA astronaut (STS 29, STS 40), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Jean-Philippe Vassal, French architect (Lacaton & Vassal, Pritzker Prize 2021), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1958 Kais Saied, Tunisian politician, President of Tunisia (2019-), born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1959 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician, born in Zlín, Czechia
  • 1962 Lenda Murray, American body builder (4X Ms Olympia), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963 Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • 1966 Brian Greig, Australian politician, born in Fremantle, Australia
  • 1966 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • 1968 Shawn Graham, Canadian politician, born in Rexton, Canada
  • 1969 Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist, born in Purmerend, Netherlands
  • 1972 Ben Sasse, American politician (Senator-R-Nebraska 2015-), born in Plainview, Nebraska
  • 1974 Chris Moyles, English DJ, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1985 Sean Garballey, American politician, born in Arlington, Massachusetts
  • 1989 Alia Sabur, American college educator, born in NYC, New York