Monday, February 18, 2008

February 18 Birthdays

1374 - Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399)
1486 - Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, bhakti yoga developer
1516 - Queen Mary I of England (d. 1558)
1530 - Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578)
1543 - Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
1559 - Isaac Casaubon, French classical scholar (d. 1614)
1602 - Per Brahe (the younger), Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
1609 - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian (d. 1674)
1635 - Johan Göransson Gyllenstierna, Swedish statesman (d. 1680)
1642 - Marie Champmeslé, French actress (d. 1698)
1658 - Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
1745 - Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (d. 1827)
1814 - Samuel Fenton Cary, U. S. Congressman (d. 1900)
1836 - Sri Ramakrishna, Bengali saint, guru of Swami Vivekananda (d. 1886)
1838 - Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist (d. 1916)
1846 - Wilson Barrett, English playwright (d. 1904)
1848 - Louis Comfort Tiffany, American glass artist (d. 1933)
1849 - Alexander Kielland, Norwegian author (d. 1906)
1859 - Sholom Aleichem, Russian Yiddish humorist (d. 1916)
1870 - William Laurel Harris, American mural painter, writer (d. 1924)
1871 - Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
1883 - Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek author (d. 1957)
1884 - Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
1888 - George Papandreou, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1968)
1890 - Edward Arnold, American actor (d. 1956)
1890 - Adolphe Menjou, American actor (d. 1963)
1892 - Wendell Willkie, American politician (d. 1944)
1896 - Andre Breton, French writer (d. 1966)
1897 - Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 5 times (d.2005)
1898 - Enzo Ferrari, Italian race car driver (d. 1988)
1898 - Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
1901 - Reginald Sheffield, British actor (d. 1957)
1901 - Wayne King, saxophonist, bandleader (d. 1985)
1902 - Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
1903 - Nikolai Podgorny, President of the Soviet Union (d. 1983)
1906 - Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980)
1907 - Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (d. 2008)
1909 - Wallace Stegner, American writer (d. 1993)
1914 - Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (d. 2000)
1915 - Phyllis Calvert, British actress (d. 2002)
1916 - Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1999)
1918 - Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008).
1919 - Jack Palance, American actor (d. 2006)
1920 - Bill Cullen, American game show host (d. 1990)
1920 - Eric Gairy, Grenadan politician (d. 1997)
1922 - Helen Gurley Brown, American editor
1922 - Allan Melvin, American actor (d. 2008)
1922 - Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (d. 1971)
1924 - Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
1924 - Louis Laberge, Quebec labour union leader (d. 2002)
1925 - George Kennedy, American actor
1925 - Marcel Barbeau, Quebec artist
1927 - John Warner, American politician
1927 - Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
1928 - Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
1929 - Len Deighton, British author
1929 - André Mathieu, Quebec composer (d. 1968)
1930 - Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
1931 - Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
1931 - Toni Morrison, American writer, Nobel laureate
1931 - Bob St. Clair, American football player
1932 - Miloš Forman, Czech film director
1933 - Yoko Ono, Japanese-born singer
1933 - Sir Bobby Robson, English football manager
1933 - Mary Ure, Scottish actress (d. 1975)
1935 - Michel Aoun, Lebanese prime minister
1936 - Jean Auel, American writer
1936 - Dick Duff, Canadian ice hockey player
1938 - István Szabó, Hungarian film director
1938 - Manny Mota, Dominican baseball player
1939 - Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
1939 - Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
1939 - Claude Ake, Nigerian political scientist
1941 - Irma Thomas, American singer
1943 - Graeme Garden, Scottish writer
1944 - Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos
1945 - Judy Rankin, American golfer
1946 - Michael Buerk, British newsreader
1946 - Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
1947 - Dennis DeYoung, American musician (STYX)
1947 - Princess Christina of the Netherlands
1947 - Carlos Lopes, Portuguese athlete
1947 - Eliot Lance Engel, American politician
1948 - Sinéad Cusack, Irish actress
1948 - Keith Knudsen, American drummer and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers) (d. 2005)
1949 - Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
1950 - John Hughes, American director
1950 - Cybill Shepherd, American actress
1950 - Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
1951 - Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
1952 - Maurice Lucas, American basketball player
1952 - Juice Newton, American singer
1953 - Robbie Bachman, Canadian drummer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
1954 - John Travolta, American actor
1955 - Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
1955 - Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler
1956 - Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
1957 - Marita Koch, German athlete
1957 - Vanna White, American game show presenter
1958 - Giovanni Lavaggi, Italian racing driver
1958 - Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
1960 - Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
1960 - Greta Scacchi, Australian actress
1960 - Andy Moog, Canadian ice hockey player
1962 - Julie Strain, American actress
1963 - Martin Treanor, Irish Writer
1963 - Henry Winter, English football journalist
1964 - Matt Dillon, American actor
1964 - Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
1965 - Dr. Dre, American rapper
1965 - Gregory Scott Johnson, American murderer (d. 2005)
1966 - Guy Ferland, American television director
1967 - Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer
1967 - Tracey Edmonds, American film and television producer
1968 - Molly Ringwald, American actress
1968 - Tommy Scott, British musician (Space)
1969 - Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player
1969 - Jason Sutter, American drummer (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi)
1970 - Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
1970 - Susan Egan, American actress
1971 - Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
1973 - Claude Makélélé, French footballer
1974 - Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
1974 - Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
1974 - Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player
1975 - Sarah Brown, American actress
1975 - Keith Gillespie, Irish footballer
1975 - Gary Neville, English footballer
1976 - Leilani Munter, American race car driver
1977 - Kátia, Brazilian footballer
1977 - Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter
1977 - Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
1978 - Josip Simunic, Croatian footballer
1980 - Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
1980 - Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
1981 - Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
1981 - Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
1981 - Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
1981 - Alex Rios, American baseball player
1983 - Juelz Santana, American rapper
1983 - Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
1983 - Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
1984 - Buddy Nielsen, American singer (Senses Fail)
1985 - Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer
1985 - Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
1986 - Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
1988 - Maiara Walsh, American actress

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