Thursday, February 23, 2012

February 23 Birthdays

* 1417 – Pope Paul II (d. 1471)
* 1443 – Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, King of Hungary and Croatia (d. 1490)
* 1583 – Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)
* 1633 – Samuel Pepys, English naval administrator and man of letters, posthumously famous as a diarist (d. 1703)
* 1646 – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (d. 1709)
* 1648 – Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (d. 1730)
* 1664 – Georg Dietrich Leyding, German composer and organist (d. 1710)
* 1680 – Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, French colonizer and Governor of Louisiana (d. 1767)
* 1685 – George Frideric Handel, German/British Baroque composer (d. 1759)
* 1723 – Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
* 1729 – Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
* 1744 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German-born banker (d. 1812)
* 1809 – William Sprague, American minister and politician from Michigan (d. 1868)
* 1840 – Frederick Wicks, English author and inventor (d. 1910)
* 1842 – Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (d. 1906)
* 1850 – César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
* 1852 – Emperor Duc Duc (pronounced "dzup-duc"), the fifth emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty (d. 1883)
* 1868 – W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
* 1868 – Anna Hoffman-Uddgren, Swedish director and actress (d. 1947)
* 1873 – Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar (d. 1929)
* 1874 – Konstantin Päts, Estonian president (d. 1956)
* 1878 – Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)
* 1883 – Karl Jaspers, German philosopher (d. 1969)
* 1889 – Victor Fleming, American director (d. 1949)
* 1889 – Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
* 1889 – John Gilbert Winant, American politician (d. 1947)
* 1891 – Harold Horder, Australian rugby league player (d. 1978)
* 1899 – Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
* 1899 – Norman Taurog, American film director (d. 1981)
* 1901 – Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
* 1904 – Terence Fisher, English film director (d. 1980)
* 1904 – William L. Shirer, American historian (d. 1993)
* 1904 – Leopold Trepper, Soviet spy (d. 1982)
* 1908 – William McMahon, twentieth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1988)
* 1914 – Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
* 1915 – Jon Hall, American actor (d. 1979)
* 1915 – Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and pilot of B-29 "Enola Gay" over Hiroshima (d. 2007)
* 1918 – Richard G. Butler, founder of Aryan Nations (d. 2004)
* 1920 – Paul Gérin-Lajoie, Canadian politician
* 1923 – Miljenko Smoje, Dalmatian writer and journalist (d. 1995)
* 1923 – Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
* 1923 – Yiannis Grivas, Greek judge, 87th Prime Minister of Greece
* 1923 – Mary Francis Shura, American writer (d. 1991)
* 1924 – Allan McLeod Cormack, South-African born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
* 1924 – Claude Sautet, French film director (d. 2000)
* 1927 – Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (d. 2007)
* 1928 – Hans Herrmann, German race car driver
* 1928 – Vasili Lazarev, cosmonaut (d. 1990)
* 1929 – Elston Howard, American baseball player (d. 1980)
* 1931 – Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (d. 2004)
* 1932 – Majel Barrett, American actress (d. 2008)
* 1933 – Donna J. Stone, American poet (d. 1994)
* 1937 – Tom Osborne, American football coach and politician
* 1938 – Paul Morrissey, American film director
* 1938 – Diane Varsi, American actress (d. 1992)
* 1940 – Peter Fonda, American actor
* 1941 – Ron Hunt, baseball player
* 1943 – Fred Biletnikoff, American football player and coach
* 1944 – Bernard Cornwell, English historical novelist
* 1944 – John Sandford, American novelist
* 1944 – Johnny Winter, American musician
* 1945 – Allan Boesak, South African activist
* 1946 – Rusty Young, American country-rock guitarist (Poco)
* 1947 – Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
* 1947 – John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
* 1948 – Doug Moench, American comic book writer
* 1949 – Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut
* 1950 – Maxi, Irish singer and radio personality
* 1951 – Ed Jones, American football player
* 1951 – Patricia Richardson, American actress
* 1952 – Brad Whitford, American musician (Aerosmith)
* 1953 – Kenny Bee,Hong Kong actor,musician and singer
* 1953 – Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
* 1954 – Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
* 1955 – Tom Bodett, American voice actor, radio personality, and writer
* 1955 – Howard Jones, British pop singer
* 1955 – Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
* 1957 – Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (d. 2009)
* 1958 – Tony Barrell, English writer and journalist
* 1958 – David Sylvian, English musician (Japan, Nine Horses)
* 1959 – Clayton Anderson, American astronaut
* 1959 – Richard Dodds, British field hockey player
* 1960 – Ivan Vdović, also known as VD, Yugoslavian musician (Šarlo Akrobata) (d. 1992)
* 1960 – Alan Griffin, Australian politician
* 1960 – Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
* 1961 – Kelly Hansen, American drummer (Summer Lights)
* 1962 – Michael Wilton, American musician (Queensrÿche)
* 1962 – John David Brown, American illustrator, cartoonist
* 1963 – Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
* 1963 – Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician
* 1964 – David E. Clemmer, American ion mobility-mass spectrometrist, 2006 recipient of Biemann Medal
* 1965 – Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer
* 1965 – John Norum, Norwegian guitarist (Europe)
* 1965 – Helena Suková, Czech former tennis player
* 1966 – Neal McDonough, American actor
* 1967 – Tamsin Greig, English actress
* 1967 – Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker
* 1968 – Justin Bell, British racing driver
* 1969 – Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer
* 1969 – Daymond John, American fashion designer
* 1969 – Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist
* 1970 – Marie-Josée Croze, Canadian actress
* 1970 – Niecy Nash, American actress
* 1971 – Jeong Chan, South Korean actor
* 1971 – Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer
* 1971 – Melinda Messenger, English television presenter
* 1971 – Joe-Max Moore, American soccer player
* 1972 – Steve Holy, American country singer
* 1972 – Alessandro Sturba, Italian footballer
* 1972 – Rondell White, American baseball player
* 1973 – Jack Case, American artist
* 1973 – Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
* 1974 – Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer
* 1974 – Leko, American DJ
* 1975 – Michael Cornacchia, American actor
* 1975 – Robert Lopez, American composer
* 1975 – Natalia Verbeke, Argentine actress
* 1976 – Scott Elarton, American baseball player
* 1976 – Kelly Macdonald, British actress
* 1977 – Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Estonian cross-country skier
* 1978 – Jo Joyner, English actress
* 1978 – René Pérez, Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13)
* 1978 – Dan Snyder, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2003)
* 1979 – S.E. Cupp, American author and political commentator
* 1981 – Gareth Barry, English footballer
* 1981 – Charles Tillman, American football player
* 1982 – Adam Hann-Byrd, American actor
* 1982 – Karan Singh, Indian actor
* 1982 – Malia Metella, French swimmer
* 1983 – Aziz Ansari, Indian-American comedian
* 1983 – Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
* 1983 – Emily Blunt, British actress
* 1983 – Courtney Culkin, American Playboy Playmate
* 1983 – Mido, Egyptian footballer
* 1986 – Emerson da Conceição, Brazilian footballer
* 1986 – Skylar Grey, American musician
* 1986 – Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN)
* 1986 – Jerod Mayo, American football player
* 1986 – Ola Svensson, Swedish pop singer
* 1989 – Evan Bates, American ice dancer
* 1992 – Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
* 1994 – Dakota Fanning, American actress

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