Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February 19 Birthdays

1473 - Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
1526 - Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)
1552 - Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
1630 - Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire (d. 1680)
1660 - Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)
1717 - David Garrick, British actor (d. 1779)
1722 - Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
1743 - Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (d. 1805)
1780 - Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
1802 - Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
1804 - Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
1804 - David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
1821 - August Schleicher, German linguist (d. 1868)
1833 - Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1906)
1859 - Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
1865 - Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (d. 1952)
1876 - Constantin Brancusi, Romanian sculptor (d. 1957)
1877 - Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
1880 - Alvaro Obregon, Mexican president (d. 1928)
1888 - José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (d. 1928)
1893 - Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
1895 - Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)
1896 - André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
1897 - Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
1899 - Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
1902 - Kay Boyle, American writer (d. 1992)
1904 - Havank, Dutch writer (d. 1964)
1911 - Merle Oberon, British actress (d. 1979)
1912 - Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
1913 - Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne (d. 2007)
1914 - Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
1916 - Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (d. 1997)
1917 - Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
1920 - C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
1920 - Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
1920 - George Rose, British music hall entertainer (d. 1988)
1924 - David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
1924 - Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)
1924 - Bruce Norris, American ice hockey executive (d. 1986)
1929 - Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
1930 - John Frankenheimer, American film director (d. 2002)
1934 - Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
1936 - Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
1936 - Marin Sorescu, Romanian writer and novelist (d. 1997)
1937 - Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr., American blues guitarist
1939 - Gwen Taylor, English actress
1940 - Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
1940 - Smokey Robinson, American singer
1941 - David Gross, American physicist, Nobel laureate
1942 - Paul Krause, American football player
1943 - Lou Christie, American singer
1943 - Homer Hickam, American author and retired NASA engineer
1943 - Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
1945 - Michael Nader, American actor
1946 - Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
1946 - Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
1946 - Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
1947 - Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
1948 - Mark Andes, American musician
1948 - Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
1948 - Tony Iommi, British musician (Black Sabbath)
1948 - Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
1949 - Dan Bunten, American software developer (d. 1998)
1950 - Andy Powell, British musician
1951 - Stephen Nichols, American actor
1951 - Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic scholar
1952 - Amy Tan, American novelist
1952 - Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexican astronaut
1953 - Massimo Troisi, Italian actor (d. 1994)
1953 - Cristina Elisabet Fernández - Argentinian politician
1954 - Socrates, Brazilian footballer
1955 - Jeff Daniels, American actor
1956 - Kathleen Beller, American actress
1956 - Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
1957 - Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
1957 - Ray Winstone, British actor
1958 - Helen Fielding, English writer
1960 - Andrew, Duke of York
1960 - Leslie Ash, English actress
1961 - Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
1961 - Andy Wallace, English race car driver
1962 - Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
1962 - John Laroche, American orchid poacher
1963 - Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
1963 - Seal, English singer
1964 - Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
1964 - Sonu Walia, Indian actress
1964 - Jim Sheridan, American lawyer
1966 - Justine Bateman, American actress
1966 - Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis player
1966 - Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
1967 - Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
1969 - Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
1971 - Miguel Batista, Dominican baseball player
1971 - Gil Shaham, Israeli/American violinist
1972 - Francine, American professional wrestler
1974 - Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
1975 - Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
1975 - Katja Schuurman, Dutch actress and singer
1975 - Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
1977 - Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
1977 - Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
1978 - Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
1978 - Immortal Technique, American rapper
1979 - Mariska, Finnish rapper
1979 - Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
1979 - Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
1979 - Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
1980 - Neleh Dennis, American Survivor contestant
1980 - Mike Miller, American basketball player
1980 - Ma Lin, Chinese table tennis player
1981 - Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
1981 - Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
1981 - Gil Reyes, American boxer
1981 - Nicky Shorey, English footballer
1981 - Vitas, Russian singer
1983 - Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
1983 - Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
1984 - Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
1985 - Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
1985 - Arielle Kebbel, American actress
1986 - Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
1986 - Reon Kadena, Japanese model/actress
1986 - Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
1986 - Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
1986 - Marta, Brazilian footballer
1993 - Victoria Justice, American actress and model

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