February 21 - Births

Births

  • 1484 – Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg (d. 1535)
  • 1556 – Sethus Calvisius, German calendar reformer (d. 1615)
  • 1621 – Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials (d. 1692)
  • 1675 – Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (d. 1750)
  • 1703 – Shah Waliullah, Islamic Scholar and Reformer (d. 1762)
  • 1705 – Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1721 – John McKinly, American physician (d. 1796)
  • 1723 – Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (d. 1808)
  • 1728 – Tsar Peter III of Russia, husband of Catherine the Great (d. 1762)
  • 1783 – Princess Catharina of Württemberg, Queen consort of Westphalia (d. 1835)
  • 1791 – Carl Czerny, Austrian composer (d. 1857)
  • 1794 – Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mexican president (d. 1876)
  • 1801 – John Henry Newman, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1890)
  • 1817 – Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish dramatist (d. 1893)
  • 1821 – Charles Scribner I, American publisher (d. 1871)
  • 1836 – Léo Delibes, French composer (d. 1891)
  • 1844 – Charles-Marie Widor, French composer (d. 1937)
  • 1860 – Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (d. 1927)
  • 1860 – Goscombe John, Welsh sculptor (d. 1952)
  • 1865 – John Haden Badley, English school founder (d. 1967)
  • 1867 – Otto Hermann Kahn, German millionaire (d. 1934)
  • 1875 – Jeanne Calment, French super-centenarian (d. 1997)
  • 1876 – Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (d. 1956)
  • 1878 – Mirra Alfassa, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973)
  • 1880 – Waldemar Bonsels, German writer (d. 1952)
  • 1880 – Otto Christman, Canadian football player (d. 1963)
  • 1882 – William Jeremiah Tuttle, American freestyle swimmer and water polo player (d. 1930)
  • 1885 – Sacha Guitry, Russian dramatist (d. 1957)
  • 1888 – Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1893 – Celia Lovsky, Russian-born actress (d. 1979)
  • 1893 – Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)
  • 1895 – Henrik Dam Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1896 – Suryakant Tripathi, Indian Poet.(d.1961)
  • 1900 – Madeleine Renaud, French theater actress (d. 1994)
  • 1903 – Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • 1903 – Anaïs Nin, French diarist (d. 1977)
  • 1903 – Raymond Queneau, French poet and novelist (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Scrapper Blackwell, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1962)
  • 1907 – W. H. Auden, English poet (d. 1973)
  • 1909 – Hans Erni, Swiss painter
  • 1910 – Douglas Bader, British pilot (d. 1982)
  • 1910 – Carmine Galante, American gangster (d. 1979)
  • 1910 – Eddie Waring, British sports commentator (d. 1986)
  • 1912 – Marjorie Lane, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1912 – Nikita Magaloff, Russian pianist (d. 1992)
  • 1913 – Roger Laurent, Belgian race car driver (d. 1997)
  • 1914 – Ilmari Juutilainen, Finnish pilot (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Ann Sheridan, American actress (d. 1967)
  • 1917 – Lucille Bremer, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1919 – Kehat Shorr, Israeli shooting coach (d. 1972)
  • 1921 – John Rawls, American philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1921 – Peter Whalley, Canadian cartoonist and sculptor (d. 2007)
  • 1924 – Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe 1987–present
  • 1925 – Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
  • 1927 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
  • 1927 – Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion designer
  • 1927 – Pierre Mercure, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1966)
  • 1929 – James Beck, English actor (d. 1973)
  • 1929 – Roberto "Chespirito" Gómez Bolaños, Mexican actor
  • 1930 – Pedro R. Dean, Filipino Metropolitan Archbishop-emeritus of Palo
  • 1933 – Nina Simone, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1934 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1935 – Mark McManus, Scottish actor (d. 1994)
  • 1935 – Jean Pelletier, Canadian political operative
  • 1936 – Barbara Jordan, American politician (d. 1996)
  • 1937 – King Harald V of Norway
  • 1937 – Gary Lockwood, American actor
  • 1938 – Bobby Charles, American singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1940 – Peter Gethin, British racing driver (d. 2011)
  • 1940 – John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist
  • 1940 – Wong Jim, Hong Kong composer (d. 2004)
  • 1942 – Margarethe von Trotta, German actress and film director
  • 1943 – David Geffen, American record producer
  • 1945 – D'Anna Fortunato, American mezzo-soprano
  • 1945 – Walter Momper, German politician
  • 1945 – Paul Newton, British musician (Uriah Heep)
  • 1946 – Tyne Daly, American actress
  • 1946 – Anthony Daniels, British actor
  • 1946 – Alan Rickman, English actor
  • 1946 – Bob Ryan, American sports columnist
  • 1946 – Vito Rizzuto, Sicilian-born Canadian head of Rizzuto crime family
  • 1947 – Johnny Echols, American musician (Love)
  • 1947 – Olympia Snowe, American politician
  • 1947 – Victor Sokolov, Russian journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1949 – Jerry Harrison, American musician (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers)
  • 1949 – Ronnie Hellström, Swedish footballer
  • 1951 – Wolfgang Frank, German footballer
  • 1951 – Vince Welnick, American musician (The Grateful Dead and The Tubes) (d. 2006)
  • 1952 – Jean Jacques Burnel, British musician (The Stranglers)
  • 1952 – Jeffrey Shaara, American novelist
  • 1953 – Christine Ebersole, American actress
  • 1953 – William Petersen, American actor
  • 1954 – Mike Pickering, English disc jockey and musician (Quando Quango and M People)
  • 1954 – Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (d. 1976)
  • 1955 – Kelsey Grammer, American actor
  • 1958 – Jake Burns, Irish singer (Stiff Little Fingers)
  • 1958 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer
  • 1958 – Jack Coleman, American actor
  • 1958 – Alan Trammell, American baseball player and manager
  • 1959 – José María Cano, Spanish musician (Mecano)
  • 1959 – Emmett McAuliffe, American radio show host and lawyer
  • 1960 – Laurent Petitguillaume, French radio and television host
  • 1960 – Steve Wynn, American singer/songwriter (Dream Syndicate)
  • 1961 – Christopher Atkins, American actor
  • 1961 – Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • 1961 – Martha Hackett, American actress
  • 1962 – Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 1962 – Chuck Palahniuk, American writer
  • 1962 – David Foster Wallace, American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1963 – William Baldwin, American actor
  • 1964 – Huw Higginson, British actor
  • 1964 – Mark Kelly, American astronaut
  • 1964 – Scott Kelly, American astronaut
  • 1964 – Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • 1967 – Leroy Burrell, American runner
  • 1967 – Silke-Beate Knoll, German athlete
  • 1969 – James Dean Bradfield, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 1969 – Aunjanue Ellis, American actress
  • 1969 – Corey Harris, American musician
  • 1969 – Tony Meola, American footballer
  • 1969 – Chen Wei, Chinese dissident
  • 1970 – Michael Slater, Australian cricketer
  • 1970 – Eric Wilson, American bass player (Sublime, Sublime with Rome and Long Beach Dub Allstars)
  • 1971 – Randy Blythe, American musician (Lamb of God)
  • 1972 – Seo Taiji, Korean musician (Sinawe)
  • 1973 – Jacob M. Appel, American bioethicist
  • 1973 – Heri Joensen, Faroese musician (Týr)
  • 1973 – Brian Rolston, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 – Justin Sane, American musician (Anti-Flag)
  • 1973 – Marina Stets, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1973 – Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer and TV host
  • 1974 – Iván Campo, Spanish footballer
  • 1974 – Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist
  • 1975 – Wish Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • 1975 – Troy Slaten, American actor
  • 1976 – Michael McIntyre English Comedian
  • 1976 – Ryan Smyth, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 – Steve Francis, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • 1977 – Owen King, American writer and journalist
  • 1977 – Kevin Rose, American businessman and television host, founded Digg
  • 1978 – Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
  • 1978 – Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
  • 1978 – Nicole Parker, American actress
  • 1979 – Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
  • 1979 – Carly Colón, Puerto Rican wrestler
  • 1979 – Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • 1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress
  • 1980 – Brodus Clay, American wrestler
  • 1980 – Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Tiziano Ferro, Italian singer
  • 1980 – Yannick Lupien, Canadian freestyle swimmer
  • 1980 – Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • 1980 – Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 5th king of Bhutan
  • 1981 – Jun Kaname, Japanese actor
  • 1982 – Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • 1982 – Andre Barrett, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Chantal Claret, American singer (Morningwood)
  • 1982 –Tebogo Jacko Magubane, South African DJ and Radio Producer
  • 1983 – Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • 1983 – Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 – Mélanie Laurent, French actress and director
  • 1984 – Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1984 – David Odonkor, German footballer
  • 1984 – Marco Paoloni, Italian footballer
  • 1984 – Karina, Japanese model and actress
  • 1984 – James Wisniewski, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Jarrod Atkinson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1985 – Bob Burton, American speedcuber
  • 1985 – Simon Cusden, English cricketer
  • 1985 – Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer
  • 1985 – Jamaal Westerman, Canadian football player
  • 1986 – Charlotte Church, Welsh singer
  • 1986 – Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1987 – Ellen Page, Canadian actress
  • 1987 – Ashley Greene, American model and actress
  • 1987 – Enrique David Mateo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988 – Matthias de Zordo, German javelin thrower
  • 1989 – Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer
  • 1989 – Kristin Herrera, American actress
  • 1989 – Jem Karacan, English-born Turkish footballer
  • 1989 – Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress
  • 1989 – Josh Walker, English footballer
  • 1990 – Mattias Tedenby, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1990 – David Addy, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1992 – Phil Jones, English footballer
  • 1993 – Steve Leo Beleck, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1996 – Sophie Turner, English actress
  • 2001 – Isabella Acres, American actress

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