Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 26 Birthdays

* 1361 – Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia (d. 1419)
* 1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist (d. 1593)
* 1587 – Stefano Landi, Italian composer (d. 1639)
* 1671 – Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)
* 1672 – Antoine Augustine Calmet, French theologian (d. 1757)
* 1677 – Nicola Fago, Italian Baroque composer and teacher (d. 1745)
* 1714 – James Hervey, English clergyman and writer (d. 1758)
* 1715 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher (d. 1771)
* 1720 – Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1803)
* 1732 – Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War officer (d. 1795)
* 1740 – Giambattista Bodoni, Italian publisher and engraver (d. 1813)
* 1746 – Archduchess Marie Amalie of Austria, duchess of Piacenza (d. 1806)
* 1786 – François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (d. 1853)
* 1799 – Émile Clapeyron, French engineer and physicist (d. 1864)
* 1802 – Victor Hugo, French writer (d. 1885)
* 1808 – Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
* 1808 – Nathan Kelley,American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
* 1814 – Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (d. 1876)
* 1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born clothing designer (d. 1902)
* 1846 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
* 1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, advocate of dietary reform (d. 1943)
* 1857 – Émile Coué, French psychologist (d. 1926)
* 1858 – Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
* 1861 – King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (d. 1948)
* 1861 – Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary, widow of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1939)
* 1866 – Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (d. 1930)
* 1879 – Frank Bridge, English composer (d. 1941)
* 1882 – Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (d. 1968)
* 1885 – Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
* 1887 – Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (d. 1950)
* 1887 – William Frawley, American actor (d. 1966)
* 1887 – Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
* 1893 – I. A. Richards, English literary critic (d. 1979)
* 1896 – Andrei Alexandrovich Zhdanov, Soviet politician and art ideologist (d. 1948)
* 1899 – Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
* 1900 – Fritz Wiessner, American mountaineer of German descent (d. 1988)
* 1901 – Dwight Wilson, Canadian Soldier (d. 2007)
* 1902 – Jean Bruller, alias Vercors, French writer and illustrator (d. 1991)
* 1903 – Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
* 1903 – Orde Charles Wingate, British Major-General, prominent Zionist, eccentric (d. 1944)
* 1906 – Madeleine Carroll, English actress (d. 1987)
* 1907 – Dub Taylor, American actor (d. 1994)
* 1908 – Tex Avery, American cartoonist (d. 1980)
* 1908 – Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (d. 2007)
* 1908 – Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
* 1909 – Fanny Cradock, English food writer and broadcaster (d. 1994)
* 1909 – King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
* 1911 – Tarō Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist (d. 1996)
* 1912 – Dane Clark, American actor (d. 1998)
* 1913 – George Barker, English poet (d. 1991)
* 1914 – Robert Alda, American actor (d. 1986)
* 1916 – Jackie Gleason, American actor, writer, composer, and comedian (d. 1987)
* 1918 – Otis Ray Bowen, American physician & politician, 44th Governor of Indiana, and 16th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
* 1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, American writer (d. 1985)
* 1919 – Mason Adams, American actor (d. 2005)
* 1919 – Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (d. 2003)
* 1920 – Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
* 1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (d. 2004)
* 1920 – Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
* 1921 – Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
* 1922 – Margaret Leighton, British actress (d. 1976)
* 1922 – Karl Aage Præst, Danish football player
* 1924 – Noboru Takeshita, Japanese politician (d. 2000)
* 1926 – Verne Gagne, American wrestler
* 1926 – Miroslava, Mexican actress (d. 1955)
* 1926 – H.M., Henry Gustav Molaison, the amnesiac patient (d. 2008)
* 1926 – Doris Belack, American actress (d. 2011)
* 1927 – Tom Kennedy, American game show host
* 1928 – Fats Domino, American musician
* 1928 – Anatoly Filipchenko, Soviet cosmonaut
* 1928 – Monique Leyrac, Canadian singer and actress
* 1928 – Ariel Sharon, 11th Prime Minister of Israel (2001–2006)
* 1930 – Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (d. 2005)
* 1931 – Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
* 1931 – Robert Novak, American political columnist (d. 2009)
* 1932 – Johnny Cash, American musician (d. 2003)
* 1933 – James Goldsmith, Anglo-French businessman (d. 1997)
* 1936 – Adem Demaçi, Albanian politician
* 1937 – Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
* 1937 – Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (d. 2011)
* 1938 – Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot guerilla (d. 1957)
* 1939 – Josephine Tewson, English actress
* 1941 – Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
* 1943 – Bill Duke, American actor and director
* 1943 – Dante Ferretti, Italian art director and costume designer
* 1944 – Ronald Lauder, American philanthropist and president of the World Jewish Congress
* 1945 – Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
* 1945 – Bob Hite, American singer and harmonicist (Canned Heat) (d. 1981)
* 1945 – Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
* 1945 – Marta Kristen, Norwegian actress
* 1945 – Mitch Ryder, American musician (The Detroit Wheels)
* 1946 – Ahmed H. Zewail, Egyptian chemist, Nobel laureate
* 1947 – Sandie Shaw, English singer
* 1948 – Sharyn McCrumb, American writer
* 1949 – Elizabeth George, American novelist
* 1949 – Emma Kirkby, British singer
* 1950 – Jonathan Cain, American musician (Journey, Bad English, The Babys)
* 1950 – Helen Clark, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (1999–2008)
* 1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer
* 1954 – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish politician, Prime Minister (2003–present)
* 1954 – Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, heir to the deposed Kingdom of Hanover and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco
* 1955 – Andreas Maislinger, founder of Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service
* 1956 – Kevin Dunn, American actor
* 1956 – Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
* 1957 – David Muldrow Beasley, American politician and 113th Governor of South Carolina
* 1957 – Joe Mullen, American ice hockey player
* 1958 – Karen Berger, American comic book editor
* 1958 – Greg Germann, American actor
* 1958 – Susan J. Helms, American astronaut
* 1958 – Michel Houellebecq, French novelist
* 1958 – Tim Kaine, American politician, 70th Governor of Virginia
* 1959 – Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
* 1960 – Jaz Coleman, British musician
* 1960 – Robert Jaspert, German football manager
* 1962 – Kelly Gruber, American baseball player
* 1963 – Chase Masterson, American actress and singer
* 1964 – Mark Dacascos, American actor and martial artist
* 1966 – Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
* 1967 – James Allodi, Canadian actor, writer and director
* 1967 – Currie Graham, Canadian actor
* 1968 – Tim Commerford, American bassist (Rage Against the Machine)
* 1968 – Ed Quinn, American actor
* 1968 – J. T. Snow, American baseball player
* 1969 – Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
* 1971 – Erykah Badu, American singer
* 1971 – Max Martin, Swedish composer and producer
* 1971 – Hélène Ségara, French singer
* 1972 – Jonny Quinn, Northern Irish drummer (Snow Patrol)
* 1973 – Erinn Bartlett, American actress
* 1973 – Marshall Faulk, American football player
* 1973 – Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian footballer
* 1973 – Jenny Thompson, American swimmer
* 1974 – Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver
* 1976 – Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
* 1976 – Chad Urmston, American musician
* 1977 – Marty Reasoner, American ice hockey player
* 1977 – Greg Rikaart, American actor
* 1977 – Tim Thomas, American basketball player
* 1977 – Josh Towers, American baseball player
* 1977 – Shane Williams, Welsh rugby player
* 1978 – Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
* 1978 – Marc Hynes, British racing driver
* 1979 – Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
* 1979 – Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
* 1979 – Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
* 1979 – Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer and actor
* 1980 – Steve Blake, American basketball player
* 1980 – Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
* 1980 – Gary Majewski, baseball pitcher
* 1981 – Kertus Davis, American racing driver
* 1981 – Johnathan Wendel, American video gamer
* 1982 – Li Na (tennis), Chinese tennis player
* 1982 – Song Hye Kyo, South Korean model and actress
* 1983 – Jerome Harrison, American football player
* 1983 – Kara Monaco, American glamor model
* 1983 – Pepe, Brazilian born Portuguese football player
* 1984 – Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
* 1984 – Alex de Angelis, San Marino motorcycle racer
* 1984 – Natalia Lafourcade, Mexican singer
* 1984 – Beren Saat, Turkish actress
* 1985 – Gee Atherton, British cyclist
* 1985 – Miki Fujimoto, Japanese singer
* 1985 – Alexandria Hilfiger, American actress
* 1985 – Fernando Llorente, Spanish footballer
* 1985 – Carolin Nytra, German athlete
* 1985 – Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
* 1986 – Leandro dos Santos de Jesus, Brazilian footballer
* 1986 – Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
* 1986 – Hannah Kearney, American freestyle skier
* 1986 – Teresa Palmer, Australian model and actress
* 1986 – Juliet Simms, guitarist and singer (Automatic Loveletter)
* 1988 – Matteo Ciofani, Italian footballer
* 1990 – Kateřina Cachová, Czech heptathlete
* 1991 – CL (singer), South Korean singer/rapper (2NE1)
* 1992 – Mikael Granlund, Finnish ice hockey player
* 1993 – Taylor Dooley, American actress

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