On This Day

Birthdays in History on February 29

  • 1468 Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49)
  • 1692 Edward Cave, English printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
  • 1692 John Byrom, English poet and the inventor of shorthand, born in Manchester, England (d. 1763)
  • 1728 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

Person of interestAnn Lee

1736 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, born in Manchester, England (d. 1784)

Founder of the Shakers Ann Lee
Founder of the Shakers
Ann Lee
  • 1784 Leo von Klenze, German architect (New Hermitage), born in Buchladen (d. 1864)
  • 1792 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russian naturalist (discovered human ovum)
  • 1812 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
  • 1828 Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Military leader, diplomat and politician, President of Venezuela (1870-77, 1879-84, 1886-87), born in Caracas, Great Colombia (d. 1899)

Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

1840 John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)

  • 1840 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)
  • 1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Herman Hollerith, American inventor (1st electric tabulating machine), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1929)
  • 1892 Augusta Savage (Fells), African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate, born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (1962)
  • 1896 Omer Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • 1896 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)

  • 1896 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • 1904 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest ever personal name, born in Bergedorf, Germany (d. 1997) disputed date
  • 1908 Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter (Valerie), born in Paris, France (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
  • 1924 David Beattie, New Zealand judge, Governor-General of NZ (1980-85), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Otto Hutter, British physiologist, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1928 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • 1928 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • 1932 Jaguar [Sérgio Jaguaribe ], Brazilian cartoonist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1932 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Jack R Lousma, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1940 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1991- ), born in Zeytinliköy, Imbros, Turkey
  • 1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • 1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • 1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, American sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
  • 1948 Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist (Ghost Train), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1952 Bart Stupak, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan 1993-2011), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Tim[othy] Powers, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
  • 1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
  • 1960 Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
  • 1960 Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
  • 1964 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
  • 1964 Guy Leech, Australian iron man (World Ironman C'ship 1986; World Ocean Paddling C'ship 1994; 7 x Uncle Toby's Super Series; 2 x Coolangatta Gold), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • 1968 Eugene Volokh, American law professor
  • 1972 Pedro Sánchez, Spanish economist and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (2018-), born in Madrid, Spain