Famous Leapers

Famous Leap Day Babies of History from 1468 to 1992
1468 Pope Paul III last Renaissance pope (1534-1549)
1692 John Byrom, English poet, hymnist, and inventor of a system of shorthand. (d. 1763)
1692 Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
1696 Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer
1712 General Montcalm - Hero of the French & Indian war
1728 Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)
1736 Ann Lee, Shaker movement, Manchester England, Founded the Shaker movement and brought it to America in 1776. (d. 1784)
1756 Christian F. Hansen - Danish architect
1784 Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)
1792 Karl Baer - Embryologist, found mammals develop from eggs
1792 Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer (The Barber of Seville, William Tell)  (d.1868).
1792 Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, Naturalist (discovered human ovum)
1796 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian Astronomer / Meteorology
1808 Charles Pritchard - British Astronomer
1812 Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
1820 Adolf Schimon, composer
1828 Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela
1828 John Phillip Holland, Ireland - Designed and built the first submarine for U.S. Navy (d.1914) Some lists show him born February 29 in 1828, others in 1840.
1844 French Ensor Chadwick - Naval officer at battle of Santiago de Cuba.
1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
1856 Sedley Brown - Twin brother of J. Edwin Brown, American playwright, author, stage director, actor
1856 J. Edwin Brown - Twin brother of Sedley Brown, USA, Actor
1860 Herman Hollerith - American statistician. Inventor of the 1st Electric Tabulating Machine. (d. 1929)
1864 Jan Svatopluk - Czech poet
1864 Albert Patry - Elbing, East Prussia, Germany [now Elblag, Poland], Actor
1864 Alice Davenport - USA, silent screen comedic actress
1884 Alfred Sendrey, composer
1876 John Harwood - UK, Actor
1888 John Costigan, American regionalist printmaker, and a cousin of the noted American showman,
George M. Cohan, whose parents brought the young Costigan to New York City and were
instrumental in starting him on a career in the visual arts. 
1892 Augusta Christine Savage - Augusta Christine Fells - American sculptor and educator who battled racism to secure a place for African American women in the art world. She became the first Black member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptures in 1934.
1896 Ranchhodji Mararji Desai - 6th Prime Minister of India from March 24, 1977 to July 15 1979. At 83,
he was the oldest Prime Minister of India. (d. 1995)
1896  Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
1896 Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
1896 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
1896 William A. Wellman - American Film Director, (first picture to win an Oscar (1928) "WINGS") (d. 1975)
1896 Archie Ricks - Actor, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director,  Director
1904 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd
Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William
Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., Germany; had a Christian
name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened it to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. The world's
longest name officially used by a person.
1904 John "Pepper" Martin - Feisty 3rd baseman for St. Louis 'Gashouse Gang'.
(NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36) (d. 1965)
1904 Alan Richardson, composer
1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
1904 Jimmy Dorsey (James Francis Dorsey) - Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer.
He formed an orchestra with his brother, Tommy Dorsey, lasting from 1933 to 1935, and then led his
own orchestra, rejoining Tommy's orchestra in 1953 and taking over the orchestra at Tommy's death.
(d. 1957)
1908 Alf Gover, English cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach) (d. 2001)
1908 Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) - French-Polish painter, considered one of the 20th century's greatest
realist painters. (d. 2001)
1908 Masahiro Makino - Japan - Film director
1908 Bernard C. Boyd - Glassmaker and Chemist. Founded Boyd Glass with his son.
1908 Dee Alexander Brown II - He became known to the larger public as a novelist and historian. His great novel "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is still perhaps the best historical portrayal of the violent relationship between Native Americans and the expansionist Americans with their roots in the Old World.
1908 Edward B. Taylor - Photographer - documented Dayton, Ohio's African American culture in photographs for nearly 40 years. He was Dayton's first Black commercial photographer.
1908 Renee Evans - Film actress and Mother of stage actress 'Diane Alban'
1912 Gaetano Amata - Italy - Film Writer, Director, Assistant Director, Production Manager, Producer
1912 Mary McAdoo - USA, She was named the "Most Outstanding Female Personality"
by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1955.
1916 Leonard S. Shoen - Entrepreneur, founded U-Haul Rental System.
1916 Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore) - USA, Actress, Singer, Talk Show Host.
Some sources list her birth date as March 1, 1917
1920 Kosti Klemela - Finland - Actor
1920 Don Ornitz - Photographer and Miscellaneous Crew
1920 Alberto Ribeiro - Portugal - Composer, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer, Director,
1920 Arthur Franz, USA, Actor, (That Champion Season, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions) 
1920 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
1920 James Mitchell, USA, Actor (Palmer-All My Children)
1920 Howard Nemerov, American poet (d. 1991)
1920 Michelle Morgan - French Actress ("Symphonie Pastorale") France
1924 William D. Hathaway - U.S. Senator (R) from Maine (1973-1979).
1924 Otto Hutter, Physiologist
1924 Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador
1924 David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
1924 Al Rosen - Ballplayer, slugging Cleveland 3rd baseman.
1928 Joss Ackland - British actor
1928 Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist
1928 McHenry Boatwright - Opera Singer, American baritone.
1928 Tempest Storm (born Annie Blanche Banks), American actress and star of burlesque. She took the
name Tempest Storm as her stage name around 1950, legally changing her name in 1957.
1932 Newel Kay Brown - Wrote the children's song, "I Hope They Call Me On A Mission," which every child in the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called Mormon) has sung since 1970.
1932 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
1932 Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
1932 Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver
1932 Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
1936 Erik Häkkinen - Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Actor, Cinematographer
1936 Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
1936 Alex Rocco, American Actor
1936 Jack Lousma - Astronaut; was a crew member of the Skylab 3 flight in 1973
and Columbia Space Shuttle in 1982.
1936 Henri "The Pocket Rocket" Richard - NHL Hall of Fame Center, Montreal Canadians.
1936 Sharon Webb - Science Fiction Novelist (Earthchild)
1940 Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
1940 Gretchen Christopher - Multi-Million-Seller Gold Record Artist, BMI "Million Airs" Songwriter (nearly 3 million US Radio broadcasts of "Come Softly To Me"), Female Lead Vocalist/Arranger, Dancer/Choreographer and Founder of "The Fleetwoods", first group in the history of Rock & Roll to have multiple #1 Records top Billboard's Hot 100 in a single year (1959). Inducted into (4) Halls of Fame (1988-2008).  Leap Year Autobiographical Solo CD, Gretchen's SWEET SIXTEEN (Suite 16) among Billboard Critics' Picks for 10 Best Albums of 2007, including "Sweet Sixteen" (Leap Year Love Song) at www.GretchenChristopher.com. Gretchen Christopher is Member #1004 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies.
1940 Billy Turner - Thoroughbred horse trainer, "Seattle Slew".
1940 Sanda Aronson - New York, USA - started the Disabled Artists' Network in April, 1985 - Sanda Aronson is sui generis as an artist in that she is both a romantic (she generates the astonishment evoked by the great collagists who marry the disparate to create a new language) and a fiercely political artist/activist.  She is fluent in many mediums but her underlying message is love of beauty and love of humanity. www.artistlightbox.com/sandaaronson
1944 David Briggs, record producer
1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian polotician
1944 Dennis Farina, USA, Actor (d. 2013)
1944 Phyllis Frelich - deaf American actress, Member of National Theatre of the Deaf, Devil's Lake ND, (Love is Never Silent)
1944 Sharon Hugueny - Actress
1944 John Niland - NFL guard for Dallas Cowboys.
1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
1948 Willi Smith - Fashion designer.
1948 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
1948 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 Gérard Darmon - Actor, France
1952 Bart Stupak, American polotician (Rep-D-Michigan)
1952 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
1952 Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
1952 Tim[othy] Powers, US, sci-fi author (Epitaph in Rust, Night Moves)
1952 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra - I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush - Born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She became America's first
African-American weather anchor when Detroit, Michigan's WGPR-TV hit the airwaves in 1975;
WGPR-TV was the nation's first black-owned and operated television station.
1956 Peter Brouwer (LDB # 1 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Honor
Society (in 1997) and merged with Raenell to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian radio and television personality
1956 Mike Compton, American mandolinist and former member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band
Neil Rosenthal (LDB # 57 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Poet published by The National
Library of Poetry.
1956 Bob Speller, Canadian politician - his father-in-law is also a Leap Day Baby
1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebritiy journalist
1960 Raenell Dawn (LDB # 39 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Founded Leap Year Babies Limited
(in 1987) and merged with Peter in 1997 to become the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
1960 Dan Daoust - NHL center for Toronto Maple Leafs.
1960 Heidi Henriksen - The 1st of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician and record producer
1960 Anthony Robbins - American Motivational Speaker 
1960 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
1964 James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, the only son of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
and the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. He is second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.
1964 Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
1964 Olav Henriksen - The 2nd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1964 James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
1964 Antonella Ponziani - Actress, Director, Italy
1964 Henrik Sundstrom, Sweden, tennis star
1964 Mervyn Warren - Five-time Grammy Award winner (as of 2004), original member of the vocal group "Take 6"
1964 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of (həd) p.e.
1968 Suanne Braun, South African-born actress
1968 Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
1968 Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
1968 Gareth Farr - Composer and Percussionist, born in Wellington, New Zealand
1968 Pete Fenson, American curler
1968 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
1968 Leif-Martin Henriksen - The 3rd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist and filmmaker
1968 Bryce Paup, American football player, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
1972 Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
1972 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chic Bears)
1972 Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
1972 Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
1972 Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Italian-born actor
1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1972 Saul Williams -  Rap Poet, Actor, USA - Member, Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies
1972 Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American AIDS activist (d. 1994)
1976 David Kendall Sr. - Actor, USA
1976 Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)
1976 Ja Rule - American Rapper and Actor
1980 Eric Benz - Actor, Germany
1980 Simon Gagne, Canadian Hockey player, NHL player (Philly Flyers) who has been an all-star
1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
1984 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
1984 Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player
1984 Adam Sinclair, Indian Hockey player
1988 Scott Golbourne, English footballer
1992 Caitlin E.J. Meyer - Actress