Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 28 Birthdays

* 1155 – Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)
* 1261 – Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
* 1533 – Michel de Montaigne, French writer (d. 1592)
* 1552 – Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker (d. 1632)
* 1573 – Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
* 1612 – John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
* 1616 – Kaspar Förster, German singer and composer (d. 1673)
* 1619 – Giuseppe Felice Tosi, singer, organist and composer (d. 1693)
* 1670 – Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
* 1675 – Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)
* 1683 – René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur, French scientist (d. 1757)
* 1704 – Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
* 1712 – Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
* 1724 – George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
* 1812 – Berthold Auerbach, German poet and author (d. 1882)
* 1820 – John Tenniel, English illustrator (d. 1914)
* 1823 – Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
* 1824 – Blondin, French tightrope walker (d. 1897)
* 1833 – Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal (d. 1913)
* 1838 – Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)
* 1840 – Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)
* 1841 – Adrien Albert Marie de Mun, French politician (d. 1914)
* 1851 – Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
* 1865 – Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary (d. 1940)
* 1878 – Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
* 1878 – Artur Kapp, Estonian composer (d. 1952)
* 1882 – Pádraic Ó Conaire, Irish writer (d. 1928)
* 1882 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
* 1882 – José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer (d. 1959)
* 1893 – Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1979)
* 1894 – Ben Hecht, American playwright (d. 1964)
* 1895 – Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and film director (d. 1974)
* 1896 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
* 1900 – Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)
* 1901 – Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
* 1903 – Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
* 1906 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)
* 1907 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (d. 1988)
* 1908 – Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
* 1908 – Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
* 1909 – Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
* 1911 – Otakar Vávra, Czech film director
* 1912 – Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)
* 1915 – Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
* 1915 – Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
* 1915 – Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)
* 1916 – Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist
* 1916 – Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (d. 1984)
* 1917 – Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director, cinematographer, and producer (d. 2007)
* 1918 – Alfred Burke, British actor (d. 2011)
* 1921 – Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
* 1922 – Joyce Howard, British film actress (d. 2010)
* 1923 – Charles Durning, American actor
* 1926 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
* 1925 – Harry H Corbett, English actor (d. 1982)
* 1929 – Hayden Fry, American football coach
* 1929 – Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
* 1929 – John Montague, Irish poet
* 1929 – Joseph Rouleau, Canadian bass opera singer
* 1930 – Leon Neil Cooper, American physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1930 – Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
* 1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor
* 1931 – Dean Smith, American basketball coach
* 1932 – Don Francks, Canadian actor
* 1933 – Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
* 1933 – Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
* 1933 – Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
* 1938 – Foge Fazio, American college football coach (d. 2009)
* 1939 – Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor (d. 1987)
* 1939 – Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1939 – Tommy Tune, American dancer
* 1940 – Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
* 1940 – Joe South, American singer
* 1942 – Frank Bonner, American actor
* 1942 – Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
* 1942 – Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
* 1943 – Barbara Acklin, American soul singer (d. 1998)
* 1943 – Charles Bernstein, American composer
* 1943 – Archbishop Jovan VI of Ohrid, Macedonian cleric
* 1944 – Win Aung, Burmese politician
* 1944 – Kelly Bishop, American actress
* 1944 – Sepp Maier, German footballer
* 1945 – Mimsy Farmer, American actress
* 1945 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
* 1946 – Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
* 1946 – Don Francisco, American singer, songwriter, and musician, specializing in the field of contemporary Christian music
* 1947 – Stephanie Beacham, English actress
* 1948 – Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1948 – Mike Figgis, English director
* 1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
* 1948 – Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
* 1949 – Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
* 1951 – Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)
* 1951 – Jim Wohlford, American baseball player
* 1952 – William Finn, American composer
* 1953 – Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
* 1953 – Paul Krugman, American economist, Nobel laureate
* 1953 – Ricky Steamboat, American professional wrestler
* 1954 – Brian Billick, American football coach
* 1955 – Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian
* 1956 – Adrian Dantley, American basketball player
* 1956 – Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer
* 1956 – Mike Tenay, American wrestling commentator
* 1956 – Guy Maddin, Canadian film director
* 1957 – Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
* 1957 – Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
* 1957 – John Turturro, American actor
* 1957 – Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52's)
* 1958 – Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
* 1958 – Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
* 1958 – Ginette Harrison, British mountaineer (d. 1999)
* 1958 – Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
* 1958 – David R. Ross, Scottish historian and writer (d. 2010)
* 1960 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress (d. 1980)
* 1961 – Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
* 1961 – Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
* 1961 – Mark Latham, Australian politician
* 1961 – Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer
* 1961 – René Simard, Canadian singer and TV host
* 1963 – Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
* 1964 – Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
* 1964 – Fernando del Valle, American tenor
* 1964 – Lotta Lotass, Swedish writer
* 1965 – Park Gok-ji, South Korean film editor
* 1966 – Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
* 1967 – Colin Cooper, English footballer
* 1968 – Stéphan Lebeau, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1969 – Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
* 1969 – Robert Sean Leonard, American actor
* 1969 – Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)
* 1969 – Tor Øivind Ødegård, Norwegian middle distance runner
* 1970 – Daniel Handler, American writer
* 1970 – Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
* 1971 – Maxine Bahns, American actress
* 1971 – Tristan Louis, American writer
* 1971 – Junya Nakano, Japanese composer
* 1971 – Peter Stebbings, Canadian actor
* 1972 – Rory Cochrane, American actor
* 1973 – Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1973 – Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
* 1973 – Masato Tanaka, Japanese professional wrestler
* 1974 – Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
* 1974 – Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician
* 1974 – Tangi Miller, American actress
* 1975 – Mike Rucker, American football player
* 1976 – Ali Larter, American actress and model
* 1976 – Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
* 1976 – Adam Pine, Australian swimmer
* 1977 – Jason Aldean, American country singer
* 1978 – Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter
* 1978 – Yasir Hameed, Pakistani cricketer
* 1978 – Benjamin Raich, Austrian skier
* 1978 – Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
* 1978 – Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
* 1979 – Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
* 1979 – Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
* 1979 – Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
* 1979 – Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
* 1980 – Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
* 1980 – Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Canadian boxer
* 1980 – Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
* 1980 – Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
* 1980 – Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
* 1980 – Esquerdinha, Brazilian footballer
* 1981 – Brian Bannister, American baseball player
* 1981 – Florent Serra, French tennis player
* 1982 – Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel
* 1984 – Ben Fagan, American musician and reality show contestant
* 1984 – Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel
* 1984 – Christian Müller, German footballer
* 1985 – Tim Bresnan, British cricketer
* 1985 – Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
* 1985 – Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
* 1985 – Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
* 1986 – Mark Sztyndera, German rugby player
* 1987 – Antonio Candreva, Italian footballer
* 1988 – Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
* 1988 – Steeve Gerard Fankà, Cameroonian footballer
* 1988 – Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
* 1988 – Maikol Negro, Italian footballer
* 1989 – Charles Jenkins, American basketball player
* 1991 – Sarah Bolger, Irish actress
* 2007 – Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

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