Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 19 Birthdays

* 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
* 1526 – Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)
* 1552 – Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
* 1630 – Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)
* 1660 – Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)
* 1671 – Charles-Hubert Gervais, French composer (d. 1744)
* 1717 – David Garrick, British actor (d. 1779)
* 1722 – Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
* 1743 – Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (d. 1805)
* 1780 – Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
* 1802 – Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
* 1804 – Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
* 1804 – David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
* 1821 – August Schleicher, German linguist (d. 1868)
* 1833 – Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1906)
* 1843 – Adelina Patti, Italian opera singer (d. 1919)
* 1855 – Nishinoumi Kajirō I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Yokozuna (d. 1908)
* 1859 – Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
* 1865 – Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (d. 1952)
* 1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
* 1876 – Constantin Brâncuşi, Romanian sculptor (d. 1957)
* 1877 – Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
* 1880 – Alvaro Obregon, Mexican president (d. 1928)
* 1886 – José Abad Santos, Filipino jurist and lawyer (d. 1942)
* 1888 – José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (d. 1928)
* 1888 – Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
* 1893 – Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
* 1895 – Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)
* 1895 – Diego Mazquiarán, Spanish matador ( d. 1940 )
* 1896 – André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
* 1897 – Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
* 1899 – Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
* 1899 – Lucio Fontana, Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)
* 1902 – Kay Boyle, American writer (d. 1992)
* 1904 – Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, Irish writer (d. 1950)
* 1904 – Havank, Dutch writer (d. 1964)
* 1906 – Eugene Eisenmann, Panamanian-American ornithologist (d. 1981)
* 1910 – Dorothy Janis, American silent film actress (d. 2010)
* 1911 – Merle Oberon, British actress (d. 1979)
* 1912 – Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
* 1913 – Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne (d. 2007)
* 1914 – Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
* 1916 – Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (d. 1997)
* 1917 – Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
* 1920 – C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
* 1920 – Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
* 1920 – George Rose, British music hall entertainer (d. 1988)
* 1924 – David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
* 1924 – Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)
* 1924 – Bruce Norris, American ice hockey executive (d. 1986)
* 1924 – František Vláčil, Czech film director, painter, and graphic artist (d. 1999)
* 1929 – Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
* 1930 – John Frankenheimer, American film director (d. 2002)
* 1930 – K Viswanath, South Indian film director
* 1932 – Joseph P. Kerwin, NASA astronaut
* 1934 – Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
* 1935 – Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (d. 2010)
* 1936 – Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
* 1936 – Marin Sorescu, Romanian writer and novelist (d. 1997)
* 1937 – Robert Walker Jr., American blues guitarist
* 1938 – René Muñoz, Cuban-born Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)
* 1938 – Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, Tibetan religious figure (d. 1989)
* 1939 – Gwen Taylor, English actress
* 1940 – Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
* 1940 – Smokey Robinson, American singer
* 1941 – David Gross, American physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1942 – Paul Krause, American football player
* 1943 – Lou Christie, American singer
* 1943 – Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
* 1943 – Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
* 1945 – Michael Nader, American actor
* 1945 – Jürgen Rumor, German footballer
* 1945 – Yuri Antonov, Soviet-Russian rock musician
* 1946 – Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
* 1946 – Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
* 1946 – Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
* 1946 – Hiroshi Fujioka, Japanese actor
* 1947 – Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
* 1948 – Mark Andes, American musician
* 1948 – Tony Iommi, English guitarist (Black Sabbath)
* 1948 – Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
* 1948 – Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
* 1949 – Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (d. 1998)
* 1949 – William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
* 1950 – Juice Leskinen, Finnish songwriter
* 1950 – Andy Powell, British musician
* 1951 – Stephen Nichols, American actor
* 1951 – Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
* 1952 – Amy Tan, American novelist
* 1952 – Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexican astronaut
* 1953 – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
* 1953 – Bill Kirchenbauer American comedian and actor
* 1953 – Massimo Troisi, Italian actor (d. 1994)
* 1954 – Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
* 1955 – Jeff Daniels, American actor
* 1956 – Kathleen Beller, American actress
* 1956 – Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
* 1956 – Dave Wakeling, English musician (The (English) Beat, General Public)
* 1957 – Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
* 1957 – Lorianne Crook, Television Personality
* 1957 – Ray Winstone, British actor
* 1958 – Helen Fielding, English writer
* 1960 – Prince Andrew, Duke of York
* 1960 – Leslie Ash, English actress
* 1961 – Benoît Chamoux, French mountaineer (d. 1995)
* 1961 – Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
* 1961 – Andy Wallace, English race car driver
* 1962 – John Laroche, American orchid poacher
* 1962 – Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
* 1963 – Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
* 1963 – Seal, English singer
* 1963 – Jessica Tuck, American actress
* 1964 –Doug Aldrich, American musician (Whitesnake)
* 1964 – Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
* 1964 – Sonu Walia, Indian actress
* 1965 – Jon Fishman, American musician (Phish)
* 1965 – Cathy Lane, English Swimmer
* 1965 – Leroy, American musician (Smash Mouth)
* 1966 – Justine Bateman, American actress
* 1966 – Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis player
* 1966 – Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
* 1967 – Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
* 1969 – Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
* 1970 – Joacim Cans, Swedish singer (HammerFall)
* 1971 – Miguel Batista, Dominican baseball player
* 1971 – Lisa McCune, Australian actress
* 1971 – Gil Shaham, Israeli-born American violinist
* 1972 – Francine, American professional wrestler
* 1973 – Eric Lange, Nickelodeon's Victorious Mr. Sikowitz
* 1974 – Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
* 1975 – Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback)
* 1975 – Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
* 1975 – Katja Schuurman, Dutch actress and singer
* 1975 – Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
* 1976 – Jahidi White, American basketball player
* 1977 – Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
* 1977 – Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
* 1978 – Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-born Cypriot footballer
* 1978 – Immortal Technique, Peruvian-born American rapper
* 1979 – Bassnectar, American Dubstep/Electronica musician
* 1979 – Andrew Buchan, English Actor
* 1979 – Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
* 1979 – Mariska, Finnish rapper
* 1979 – Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
* 1980 – Neleh Dennis, American reality show contestant
* 1980 – Dwight Freeney, American football player
* 1980 – David Gandy, British model
* 1980 – Ma Lin, Chinese table tennis player
* 1980 – Mike Miller, American basketball player
* 1981 – Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
* 1981 – Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
* 1981 – Daniel Letterle, American actor and singer
* 1981 – Kyle Martino, American soccer player
* 1981 – Gil Reyes, American boxer
* 1981 – Nicky Shorey, English footballer
* 1981 – Vitas, Russian singer
* 1982 – Camelia Potec, Romanian swimmer
* 1983 – Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
* 1983 – Kotoōshū Katsunori, Bulgarian sumo wrestler
* 1983 – Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
* 1983 – Ryan Whitney, American ice hockey player
* 1984 – Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
* 1985 – Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
* 1985 – Arielle Kebbel, American actress
* 1986 – Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1986 – Björn Gustafsson, Swedish comedian
* 1986 – Reon Kadena, Japanese model and actress
* 1986 – Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
* 1986 – Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
* 1986 – Jayde Nicole, Canadian model
* 1986 – Michael Schwimer, American baseball player
* 1986 – Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian footballer
* 1988 – Miyu Irino, Japanese voice actor
* 1990 – Luke Pasqualino, English actor
* 1991 – Trevor Bayne, American race car Driver
* 1993 – Victoria Justice, American actress
* 1993 – Empress Schuck, Filipina actress

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