21 February: today's birthdays

  • Louis-Pierre Anquetil - French historian
  • Wystan Hugh Auden - English poet and writer, best known as W. H. Auden. He wrote The Age of Anxiety
  • W. H. Auden - English poet and writer, born Wystan Hugh Auden. He wrote The Age of Anxiety
  • William Baldwin - American actor, brother of Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin
  • Abhijit Banerjee - Indian-born American economist, born Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee. He was awarded the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences along with her wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer
  • Leroy Burrell - American athlete
  • Carlos Emilio Carmona Tello - Chilean soccer player
  • Chespirito - Stage name of Mexican actor, comedian, screenwriter and film director Roberto Gómez Bolaños.
  • Carl Czerny - Austrian pianist and composer
  • Hubert de Givenchy - French fashion designer, born Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy 
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  • Tiziano Ferro - Italian singer-songwriter
  • Jonathan Safran Foer - American writer. He wrote Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He is married to author Nicole Krauss
  • Roberto Gómez Bolaños - Mexican actor, comedian, screenwriter and film director, best known as Chespirito
  • Sacha Guitry - Russian-born French playwright, film director and actor
  • Henri Meilhac - French dramatist
  • Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier - French artist famous for his painting depicting battle scenes
  • Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwean politician, born Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He was the President of Zimbabwe from 1987 to 2017
  • Anaïs Nin - Anaïs Nin was a French-born American writer of Cuban descent. In the first half of her life she lived in France, Cuba and Spain, before spending the second half of her life living in the United States, where she then obtained citizenship. She is particularly known for her journals and erotic writing, where she detailed many of her personal relationships and affairs. With the development of the feminist movement in the 1960s Anaïs Nin gained widespread popularity, notwithstanding the fact that she disassociated from the political activism of feminism.
    The correct pronunciation of Anaïs Nin is Ah-nah-eess Neen. The name Anaïs can be particularly confusing to pronounce because of the "i" that contains a diaeresis: "ï". This letter indicates that the vowel, in this case "i" must be pronounced as a separate syllable from the preceding vowel "a". In Anaïs, this separates "Ana", which is pronounced as it is phonetically read from "ïs", which is pronounced as -eess, so with a long "e", meaning a double "ee". Additionally, the final "s" in Anaïs contains a sustained "s" sound, like in the word "less". Her surname, Nin, is pronounced with a long "e" sound as well, so it sounds like -neen.
  • Ellen Page - Canadian actress
  • Chuck Palahniuk - American writer, author of best-selling books Fight Club and Choke
  • Raymond Queneau - French poet and dramatist
  • John Rawls - American philosopher. He wrote the essays A Theory of Justice and Justice as Fairness
  • Alan Rickman - English screen and stage actor. He is best known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series
  • Andreas Seppi - Italian professional tennis player. He was ranked as the world number 18 by the Association of Tennis Professionals
  • Nina Simone - American singer, songwriter and pianist
  • David Foster Wallace - American writer. He wrote the novels Infinite Jest and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
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