02 February: today's birthdays

  • Stan Getz - American  jazz saxophonist, famous for his best-known hit The Girl from Ipanema
  • ​Marcel Hirscher - Austrian alpine ski racer
  • James Joyce - Irish writer and poet. He wrote DublinersUlysses and Finnegans Wake
  • Filippo Magnini - Italian swimmer
  • Park Geun-hye -
    South Korean politician and 11th President of South Korea
  • Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu - Catalan footballer. He is in a relationship with Colombian singer and dancer Shakira
  • Laura Poitras - American director and producer of documentary films.
  • Ayn Rand - Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist and philosopher. Rand was born in Russia as Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum and received American citizenship in 1931. Around the age of 20 she began writing under the pen name Ayn Rand. Her best-known works are the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Through her novels and later non-fiction works, Rand developed her philosophical system that she named objectivism, which advocated ethical egoism, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism. While the work of Ayn Rand has strongly resonated throughout American conservatism and libertarianism, it has been either disregarded or rejected by academics, including most libertarian philosophers.
    The correct pronunciation of Ayn Rand is Eyen Rand. Her first name, Ayn, is not pronounced as you would pronounce the name "Ann". Rather, it begins with the letters "ay", which are pronounced like the word "eye", after which you must add an "n".
  • Harold Rosenberg - American art critic. He created the term Action Painting in 1952, which became synonym for Abstract Expressionism 
  • Shakira - Colombian singer, songwriter, and dancer, born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. She is in a relationship with Catalan football player Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu
  • Stephen Dedalus - Literary alter ego of Irish writer James Joyce
  • Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord - French prince, bishop, politician and diplomat. He was the 1st Prime Minister of France
  • Christiane Taubira - French politician born in Guyana
  • Erik ten Hag - Dutch professional football manager and former player
  • Michael T. Weiss - American actor
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