Saturday, February 18, 2012

February 18 Birthdays

* 1374 – Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399)
* 1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian painter and philosopher (d. 1472)
* 1486 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali yogi (d. 1534)
* 1516 – Queen Mary I of England (d. 1558)
* 1530 – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578)
* 1543 – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
* 1559 – Isaac Casaubon, French classical scholar (d. 1614)
* 1602 – Per Brahe, Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
* 1609 – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian (d. 1674)
* 1632 – Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian composer and violinist (d. 1692)
* 1635 – Johan Göransson Gyllenstierna, Swedish statesman (d. 1680)
* 1642 – Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)
* 1658 – Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
* 1745 – Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (d. 1827)
* 1814 – Samuel Fenton Cary, American-born U. S. Congressman (d. 1900)
* 1817 – Lewis A. Armistead, American Confederate general (d. 1863)
* 1818 – Pedro Figueredo, Cuban poet, musician, revolutionary (d. 1870)
* 1836 – Sri Ramakrishna, Indian Bengali guru of Swami Vivekananda (d. 1886)
* 1838 – Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist (d. 1916)
* 1841 – Gergely Luthár, Hungarian Slovene writer (d. 1925)
* 1846 – Wilson Barrett, English playwright (d. 1904)
* 1848 – Louis Comfort Tiffany, American glass artist (d. 1933)
* 1849 – Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (d. 1906)
* 1850 – George Henschel, German-British baritone, conductor, composer (d. 1934)
* 1859 – Sholom Aleichem, Russian Yiddish humorist (d. 1916)
* 1862 – Charles M. Schwab, American steel magnate (d. 1939)
* 1870 – William Laurel Harris, American mural painter and writer (d. 1924)
* 1871 – Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
* 1878 – Harriet Bosse, Swedish–Norwegian actress (d. 1961)
* 1883 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek author (d. 1957)
* 1883 – Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary (d. 1909)
* 1884 – Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
* 1890 – Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
* 1890 – Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
* 1892 – Wendell Willkie, American politician (d. 1944)
* 1897 – Charles Kuentz, German-born French WW1 veteran and centenarian (d. 2005)
* 1898 – Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari (d. 1988)
* 1898 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
* 1901 – Reginald Sheffield, British actor (d. 1957)
* 1902 – Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
* 1903 – Nikolai Podgorny, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (d. 1983)
* 1905 – Queenie Leonard, American actress (d. 2002)
* 1906 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)
* 1907 – Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (d. 2008)
* 1909 – Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer and English rugby union player (d. 1990)
* 1909 – Wallace Stegner, American writer (d. 1993)
* 1914 – Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (d. 2000)
* 1915 – Phyllis Calvert, British actress (d. 2002)
* 1916 – Jean Drapeau, Canadian politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)
* 1918 – Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008)
* 1919 – Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)
* 1920 – Bill Cullen, American game show host (d. 1990)
* 1920 – Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician (d. 1997)
* 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, American editor
* 1922 – Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
* 1922 – Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (d. 1971)
* 1922 – Joe Tipton, American baseball player (d. 1994)
* 1922 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (d. 1995)
* 1924 – Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
* 1924 – Louis Laberge, Canadian labour union leader (d. 2002)
* 1924 – Nicolo Rizzuto, Sicilian-born Canadian organized crime figure (d. 2010)
* 1925 – Marcel Barbeau, Canadian artist
* 1925 – George Kennedy, American actor
* 1926 – Wallace Berman, American artist
* 1926 – Nalini Jaywant, Indian actress (d. 2010)
* 1927 – Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
* 1927 – Peter Fryer English Marxist writer and journalist (d. 2006)
* 1927 – John Warner, American politician, 61st United States Secretary of the Navy and American politician
* 1928 – Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
* 1929 – Len Deighton, British author
* 1929 – André Mathieu, Canadian composer (d. 1968)
* 1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
* 1931 – Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
* 1931 – Toni Morrison, American writer, Nobel laureate
* 1931 – Bob St. Clair, American football player
* 1932 – Miloš Forman, Czech film director
* 1933 – Yoko Ono, Japanese-born American singer and performance artist
* 1933 – Sir Bobby Robson, English football player and manager (d. 2009)
* 1933 – Mary Ure, Scottish actress (d. 1975)
* 1934 – Audre Lorde, Caribbean poet and activist (d. 1992)
* 1935 – Michel Aoun, Lebanese prime minister
* 1935 – Janette Oke, Canadian writer
* 1936 – Jean Auel, American writer
* 1936 – Dick Duff, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1938 – Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player
* 1938 – Sadanoyama Shinmatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 50th Yokozuna
* 1938 – István Szabó, Hungarian film director
* 1939 – Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist
* 1939 – Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
* 1939 – Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
* 1940 – Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1999)
* 1941 – Irma Thomas, American singer
* 1943 – Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
* 1944 – Pat Bowlen, American sports team owner (Denver Broncos)
* 1945 – Judy Rankin, American golfer
* 1946 – Michael Buerk, British newsreader
* 1946 – Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
* 1947 – Dennis DeYoung, American musician (Styx)
* 1947 – Princess Christina of the Netherlands
* 1947 – Carlos Lopes, Portuguese athlete
* 1947 – Eliot Lance Engel, American politician
* 1948 – Georg Brunnhuber, German politician
* 1948 – Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
* 1948 – Keith Knudsen, American drummer and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2005)
* 1949 – Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
* 1950 – Michel Gauthier, Canadian politician
* 1950 – John Hughes, American film director (d. 2009)
* 1950 – Cybill Shepherd, American actress
* 1951 – Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
* 1952 – Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (d. 2010)
* 1952 – Juice Newton, American singer
* 1953 – Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)
* 1954 – Charlie Fowler, American mountaineer (d. 2006)
* 1954 – John Travolta, American actor
* 1955 – Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
* 1955 – Raymond Rougeau, Canadian wrestler
* 1956 – Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
* 1956 – Paul Reed Smith, American luthier
* 1957 – Marita Koch, German athlete
* 1957 – Vanna White, American game show presenter
* 1958 – Giovanni Lavaggi, Italian racing driver
* 1958 – Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
* 1958 – Lucie Visser, Dutch actress and model
* 1960 – Tony Anselmo, American animator
* 1960 – Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
* 1960 – Andy Moog, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1960 – Greta Scacchi, Australian actress
* 1961 – Hironobu Kageyama, Japanese singer
* 1961 – Cosmo Wilson, American concert lighting designer
* 1962 – Moe Lemay, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1962 – Julie Strain, American actress
* 1963 – Henry Winter, English football journalist
* 1964 – Matt Dillon, American actor
* 1964 – Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
* 1965 – Dr. Dre, American record producer and rapper
* 1965 – Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (d. 2005)
* 1966 – Guy Ferland, American television director
* 1967 – Marco Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
* 1967 – Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
* 1967 – Tracey Edmonds, American film and television producer
* 1967 – Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka
* 1967 – Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Thai film director and producer
* 1968 – Molly Ringwald, American actress
* 1969 – Tomaž Humar, Slovenian mountaineer (d. 2009)
* 1969 – Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player
* 1969 – Jason Sutter, American drummer (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi)
* 1970 – Susan Egan, American actress
* 1970 – Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
* 1970 – Andy Williams, British musician (Doves)
* 1970 – Jez Williams, British musician (Doves)
* 1971 – Merritt Gant, American thrash metal guitarist
* 1971 – Constantin Popa, Romanian-born Israeli basketball player
* 1973 – Shawn Estes, American baseball player
* 1973 – Claude Makélélé, French footballer
* 1974 – Carrie Ann Baade, American painter
* 1974 – Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
* 1974 – Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
* 1974 – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist
* 1974 – Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player
* 1974 – Jillian Michaels, American fitness trainer
* 1975 – Sarah Brown, American actress
* 1975 – Keith Gillespie, Irish footballer
* 1975 – Simon Kvamm, Danish singer and comedian
* 1975 – Gary Neville, English footballer
* 1976 – Leilani Munter, American race car driver
* 1976 – Chanda Rubin, American tennis player
* 1977 – Ike Barinholtz, American actor
* 1977 – Kátia, Brazilian footballer
* 1977 – Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter
* 1977 – Chrissie Wellington, British tri-athlete
* 1978 – Oliver Pocher, German comedian
* 1978 – Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
* 1980 – Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
* 1980 – Regina Spektor, Russian/American singer and songwriter
* 1981 – Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
* 1981 – Alex Rios, American baseball player
* 1981 – Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
* 1981 – Larry Sweeney, American professional wrestler
* 1981 – Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
* 1982 – Juelz Santana, American rapper
* 1983 – Troy Bienemann, American football player
* 1983 – Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
* 1983 – Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
* 1984 – Ricardo Salampessy, Indonesian footballer
* 1984 – Kathrin Wörle, German tennis player
* 1984 – Idriss Carlos Kameni, Cameroonian footballer
* 1985 – Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
* 1985 – Chelsea Hobbs, American actress
* 1985 – Todd Lasance, Australian actor
* 1985 – Lee Boyd Malvo, Jamaican spree killer
* 1986 – Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
* 1987 – Vicente Guaita, Spanish footballer
* 1988 – Shane Lyons, American actor and chef
* 1988 – Maiara Walsh, American actress
* 1988 – Max, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
* 1989 – Vicente, Brazilian footballer
* 1990 – Cody Hodgson, Canadian hockey player
* 1990 – Park Shin-hye, South Korean actress
* 1991 – Malese Jow, American actress and singer
* 1991 – Sebastian Neumann, German footballer
* 1991 – Henry Surtees, English racing driver (d. 2009)
* 1992 – Logan Miller, American actor
* 1993 – Morgan York, American actress

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