Friday, February 15, 2008

February 15 Birthdays

1458 - Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (d. 1490)
1471 - Piero di Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1503)
1564 - Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)
1571 - Michael Praetorius, German composer (d. 1621)
1620 - François Charpentier, French archaeologist (d. 1702)
1705 - Charles-André van Loo, French painter (d. 1765)
1710 - King Louis XV of France (d. 1774)
1725 - Abraham Clark, American founding father (d. 1794)
1734 - William Stacy, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1802)
1739 - Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect (d. 1813)
1759 - Friedrich August Wolf, German archaeologist (d. 1824)
1809 - Cyrus McCormick, American inventor (d. 1884)
1809 - André Dumont, Belgian geologist (d. 1857)
1812 - Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (d. 1902)
1820 - Susan B. Anthony, American feminist and suffragist (d. 1906)
1825 - Carter Harrison, Sr., Mayor of Chicago (d. 1893)
1835 - Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (d. 1908)
1841 - Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles, President of Brazil (d. 1913)
1845 - Elihu Root, American statesman and diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1937)
1847 - Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (d. 1927)
1856 - Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist (d. 1926)
1861 - Charles Edouard Guillaume, French physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1938)
1861 - Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1947)
1873 - Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1964)
1874 - Sir Ernest Shackleton, British polar explorer (d. 1922)
1877 - Louis Renault, French automobile pioneer (d. 1944)
1882 - John Barrymore, American actor (d. 1942)
1883 - Sax Rohmer, English author (d. 1959)
1890 - Robert Ley, head of the Nazi German Labour Front (d. 1945)
1892 - James Forrestal, United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1949)
1893 - Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (d. 1947)
1895 - Earl Thomson, Canadian athlete (d. 1971)
1896 - Arthur Shields, Irish actor (d. 1970)
1898 - Totò, Italian actor, writer, and composer (d. 1967)
1898 - Allen Woodring, American runner (d. 1982)
1899 - Georges Auric, French composer (d. 1983)
1899 - Gale Sondergaard, American actress (d. 1985)
1904 - Antonin Magne, French cyclist (d. 1983)
1905 - Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)
1907 - Jean Langlais, French composer and organist (d. 1991)
1907 - Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)
1908 - Sarto Fournier, Quebec politician (d. 1980)
1909 - Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
1909 - Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes, Spanish footballer (d. 1966)
1910 - Irena Sendler, aided Jewish children during the Holocaust
1911 - Leonard Woodcock, labor union official, ambassador to China (d. 2001)
1913 - Erich Eliskases, Austrian-born chess player (d. 1997)
1914 - Hale Boggs, American politician (d. 1972)
1914 - Kevin McCarthy, American actor
1916 - Mary Jane Croft, American actress (d. 1999)
1918 - Allan Arbus, American actor
1918 - Hank Locklin, American country music singer and songwriter
1921 - Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian, thinker and writer (d. 1985)
1922 - John Bayard Anderson, American politician
1923 - Yelena Bonner, Russian human rights activist, widow of physicist Andrei Sakharov
1927 - Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian
1929 - Graham Hill, English two-time F1 World Champion (d. 1975)
1929 - James Schlesinger, American politician
1930 - Nico Minardos, American actor
1931 - Claire Bloom, British actress
1931 - Geoff Edwards, American television game show host
1934 - Graham Kennedy, Australian actor (d. 2005)
1934 - Niklaus Wirth, Swiss computer scientist
1935 - Susan Brownmiller, American feminist and writer
1935 - Roger Chaffee, astronaut (d. 1967)
1935 - Gene Hickerson, American football player
1937 - Gregory Mcdonald, American author
1939 - Ole Ellefsæter, Norwegian cross-country skier
1940 - John Hadl, American football player
1940 - Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
1941 - Florinda Bolkan, Brazilian actress
1941 - Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer
1944 - Mick Avory, British drummer (The Kinks)
1945 - John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
1945 - Douglas Hofstadter, American academic and writer
1946 - Esko Seppänen, Finnish politician
1947 - John Coolidge Adams, American composer
1947 - Marisa Berenson, American actress
1947 - David Brown, American musician (Santana) (d. 2000)
1947 - Rusty Hamer, American actor (d. 1990)
1948 - Ron Cey, baseball player
1948 - Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist
1949 - Ken Anderson, American football player
1949 - Hans Graf, Austrian conductor
1950 - Hark Tsui, Hong Kong film director
1951 - Melissa Manchester, American singer
1951 - Jane Seymour, British actress
1953 - Tony Adams, Irish film producer (d. 2005)
1954 - Matt Groening, American cartoonist
1955 - Christopher McDonald, American actor
1955 - Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
1956 - Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
1957 - Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
1958 - Chrystine Brouillet, Quebec novelist
1959 - Ali Campbell, British singer and songwriter (UB40)
1959 - Brian Propp, Canadian hockey player
1959 - Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler
1960 - Mikey Craig, British musician (Culture Club)
1964 - Chris Farley, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)
1967 - Jane Child, Canadian musician
1968 - Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter
1969 - Josh Marshall, American journalist
1969 - Bryan Williams, founder of Cash Money Records
1970 - Craig Gass, American impressionist/comedian
1971 - Renée O'Connor, American actress and director
1971 - Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer
1972 - Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
1973 - Kateřina Neumannová, Czech cross country skier
1973 - Amy Van Dyken, American swimmer
1973 - Sarah Wynter, Australian actress
1973 - Alex Borstein, American actress and animator
1974 - Miranda July, American performance artist, film director, musician and writer
1974 - Gina Lynn, American porn actress
1974 - Tomi Putaansuu, Finnish singer (Lordi)
1974 - Seattle Slew, American racehorse (d. 2002)
1974 - Ugueth Urbina, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
1974 - Alexander Wurz, Austrian race car driver
1975 - Serge Aubin, National Hockey League player
1975 - Brendon Small, American comedian and creator of the cartoons Home Movies and Metalocalypse
1976 - Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus)
1976 - Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist
1976 - Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
1977 - Brooks Wackerman, American drummer
1978 - Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
1978 - Tuan Le, American poker player
1979 - Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
1979 - Josh Low, English footballer
1979 - Gordon Shedden, Scottish Race Car Driver
1980 - Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes)
1981 - Matt Hoopes, American musician (Relient K)
1981 - Olivia Longott, American singer
1981 - Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer
1981 - Jenna Morasca, American model
1983 - Russell Martin, Canadian born baseball player
1984 - Meera Jasmine, Indian actress
1984 - Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer (Virgin)
1988 - Hironori Kusano, Japanese Idol

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