25 February: today's birthdays

  • William Astbury - English physicist and molecular biologist. He was a pioneer in X-ray and DNA studies
  • José Maria Aznar - Spanish politician, born José María Alfredo Aznar López. He served as the Prime Minister of Spain
  • Anthony Burgess - English writer, literary critic and composer, born John Burgess Wilson. He wrote A Clockwork Orange, which was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick
  • Enrico Caruso - Italian tenor, one of the most acclaimed worldwide
  • Paul Bert Elvstrøm - Danish sailor
  • Carlo Goldoni - Italian dramatist, writer, librettist and lawyer. He wrote The Mistress of the Inn and The Boors
  • George Harrison - English guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was the lead guitarist and singer of rock band The Beatles. He composed Here Comes the Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Something
  • Neil Jordan - Irish film director and screenwriter
  • Néstor Kirchner - Former Argentine president
  • Téa Leoni - American actress
  • Frank Oz - English-born American film director and actor
  • Flavia Pennetta - Italian tennis player. She won the 2015 US Open
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir - French painter
  • Rafael Enrique Romo Pérez - Venezuelan soccer player
  • Marc Sautet - French philosopher, writer and translator
  • Lesya Ukrainka - Lesya Ukrainka was a Ukrainian writer, feminist and political activist. Ukrainka is considered one of the most important figures in Ukrainian literature. As a writer she is most known for her poems and plays proclaiming freedom and independence for Ukraine.
    Her real name was Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka, but she used the pseudonym Lesya Ukrainka because at the time, in the Russian Empire, Ukrainian language publications were forbidden. Ukrainka literally means Ukrainian woman in the Ukrainian language.
    The correct pronunciation of Lesya Ukrainka is Leh-see-ya oo-krah-yin-kah.
  • Erich Moritz von Hornbostel - Austrian ethnomusicologist
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