Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15 Birthdays

* 1458 – Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (d. 1490)
* 1471 – Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)
* 1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
* 1571 – Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
* 1620 – François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
* 1705 – Charles-André van Loo, French painter (d. 1765)
* 1710 – King Louis XV of France (d. 1774)
* 1725 – Abraham Clark, American founding father (d. 1794)
* 1734 – William Stacy, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1802)
* 1739 – Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect (d. 1813)
* 1748 – Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (d. 1832)
* 1759 – Friedrich August Wolf, German archaeologist (d. 1824)
* 1792 – Floride Calhoun, Second Lady of the United States (d. 1866)
* 1809 – André Dumont, Belgian geologist (d. 1857)
* 1809 – Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (d. 1884)
* 1812 – Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
* 1820 – Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist (d. 1906)
* 1825 – Carter Harrison, Sr., American politician (d. 1893)
* 1835 – Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author (d. 1908)
* 1840 – Titu Maiorescu, Romanian Prime Minister (d. 1917)
* 1841 – Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, Brazilian politician (d. 1913)
* 1845 – Elihu Root, American statesman, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1937)
* 1847 – Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (d. 1927)
* 1849 – Sir Rickman Godlee, English surgeon (d. 1925)
* 1856 – Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist (d. 1926)
* 1861 – Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1938)
* 1861 – Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1947)
* 1873 – Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1964)
* 1874 – Sir Ernest Shackleton, Irish Antarctic explorer (d. 1922)
* 1877 – Louis Renault, French automobile executive (d. 1944)
* 1882 – John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
* 1883 – Sax Rohmer, English author (d. 1959)
* 1890 – Robert Ley, Nazi official (d. 1945)
* 1891 – Dino Borgioli, Italian lyric tenor (d. 1960)
* 1892 – James Forrestal, American civil servant, 47th United States Secretary of the Navy and 1st United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
* 1893 – Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (d. 1947)
* 1895 – Earl Thompson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
* 1896 – Arthur Shields, Irish actor (d. 1970)
* 1898 – Totò, Italian actor and composer (d. 1967)
* 1898 – Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
* 1899 – Georges Auric, French composer (d. 1983)
* 1899 – Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
* 1904 – Antonin Magne, French cyclist (d. 1983)
* 1905 – Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
* 1907 – Jean Langlais, French composer and organist (d. 1991)
* 1907 – Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
* 1908 – Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
* 1909 – Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank (d. 2010)
* 1909 – Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes, Spanish footballer (d. 1966)
* 1910 – Irena Sendler, Polish social worker (d. 2008)
* 1911 – Leonard Woodcock, American labor union official and diplomat (d. 2001)
* 1912 – George Mikes, Hungarian-born British author (d. 1987)
* 1913 – Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
* 1914 – Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
* 1914 – Kevin McCarthy, American actor (d. 2010)
* 1916 – Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
* 1918 – Allan Arbus, American actor
* 1918 – Hank Locklin, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2009)
* 1920 – Endicott Peabody, American politician and 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1997)
* 1921 – Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (d. 1985)
* 1922 – John B. Anderson, American politician
* 1923 – Yelena Bonner, Russian human rights activist, widow of Andrei Sakharov
* 1927 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
* 1928 – Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist
* 1929 – Graham Hill, English race car driver (d. 1975)
* 1929 – James Schlesinger, American politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense, 9th Director of Central Intelligence, and 1st Secretary of Energy
* 1930 – Nico Minardos, American actor
* 1931 – Claire Bloom, British actress
* 1931 – Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
* 1932 – Troy Kennedy Martin, Scottish film and television screenwriter (d. 2009)
* 1934 – Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
* 1934 – Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer scientist
* 1935 – Susan Brownmiller, American feminist writer
* 1935 – Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
* 1935 – Gene Hickerson, American football player (d. 2008)
* 1937 – Gregory Mcdonald, American author (d. 2008)
* 1939 – Gerd Bohnsack, German football manager
* 1939 – Ole Ellefsæter, Norwegian cross-country skier
* 1939 – Robert Hansen, American serial killer
* 1940 – John Hadl, American football player
* 1940 – Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
* 1941 – Florinda Bolkan, Brazilian actress
* 1941 – Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
* 1943 – Griselda Blanco, Colombian drug queen, Medellín Cartel
* 1944 – Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks)
* 1945 – John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
* 1945 – Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
* 1946 – Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
* 1947 – John Coolidge Adams, American composer
* 1947 – Marisa Berenson, American actress
* 1947 – David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000)
* 1947 – Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990)
* 1947 – Ádám Nádasdy, Hungarian linguist and poet
* 1948 – Ron Cey, American baseball player
* 1948 – Tino Insana, American voice actor
* 1948 – Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
* 1949 – Ken Anderson, American football player
* 1949 – Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
* 1950 – Hark Tsui, Hong Kong film director
* 1951 – Melissa Manchester, American singer
* 1951 – Jane Seymour, British actress
* 1953 – Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
* 1954 – Matt Groening, American cartoonist
* 1954 – Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
* 1955 – Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
* 1955 – Christopher McDonald, American actor
* 1956 – Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
* 1957 – Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
* 1957 – Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
* 1957 – Gul Mohammed, shortest mature human ever, at 22.5 in. (d. 1997)
* 1958 – Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
* 1958 – Matthew Ward, American singer, (Second Chapter of Acts), songwriter and author
* 1959 – Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40)
* 1959 – Brian Propp, Canadian hockey player
* 1959 – Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
* 1960 – Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club)
* 1960 – Darrell Green, American football player
* 1960 – Roman Kostrzewski, Polish heavy metal musician
* 1961 – Cheam Channy, Cambodian politician
* 1964 – Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
* 1964 – Leland D. Melvin, NASA astronaut
* 1964 – Mark Price, American basketball player
* 1967 – Jane Child, Canadian musician
* 1967 – Kelley Menighan Hensley, American actress
* 1967 – Craig Simpson, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1968 – Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter
* 1968 – Mieke Suys, Belgian triathlete
* 1969 – Josh Marshall, American journalist
* 1969 – Bryan Williams, American record executive and rapper
* 1971 – Alex Borstein, American actress
* 1971 – Renée O'Connor, American actress and director
* 1971 – Ray Sefo, New Zealand kickboxer
* 1972 – Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
* 1973 – Kateřina Neumannová, Czech cross country skier
* 1973 – Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
* 1973 – Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
* 1974 – Miranda July, American performance artist
* 1974 – Gina Lynn, American porn actress
* 1974 – Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)
* 1974 – Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
* 1974 – Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
* 1975 – Serge Aubin, Canadian hockey player
* 1975 – Brendon Small, American comedian and animator
* 1976 – Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)
* 1976 – Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
* 1976 – Giorgos Karagoutis, Greek basketball player
* 1976 – Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
* 1977 – Brooks Wackerman, American musician
* 1978 – Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
* 1978 – Tuan Le, American poker player
* 1978 – Yiruma, Internationally known pianist
* 1979 – Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
* 1979 – Josh Low, English footballer
* 1979 – Scott Severin, Scottish footballer
* 1979 – Gordon Shedden, Scottish race car driver
* 1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
* 1980 – Josh Sole, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
* 1981 – Heurelho Gomes, Brazilian footballer
* 1981 – Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
* 1981 – Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
* 1981 – Jenna Morasca, American model
* 1981 – Olivia, American singer
* 1982 – Shameka Christon, American basketball player
* 1982 – Alex Nodari, Italian footballer
* 1983 – Don Cowie, Scottish footballer
* 1983 – Philipp Degen, Swiss footballer
* 1983 – Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player
* 1983 – Ashley Tesoro, American actress and singer
* 1984 – Doda, Polish singer (Virgin)
* 1986 – Valeri Bojinov, Bulgarian footballer
* 1986 – Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer
* 1987 – Jarrod Sammut, Australian rugby league player
* 1988 – Jarryd Hayne, Australian rugby league player
* 1988 – Daniel Spedding, English musician (Dutch Uncles)
* 1988 – Hironori Kusano, Japanese singer
* 1988 – Tim Mannah, Australian rugby league player
* 1990 – Erwin Sak, Polish footballer
* 1998 – Zachary Gordon, American actor

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