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 #1 Hit “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 The Billboard 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) is a Billboard Critics’ Pick for 10 Best Albums of 2007, including “Sweet Sixteen” (Leap Year Love Song); hear sound clips and order autographed CDs at   www.GoldCupMusic.com. Visit Gretchen's profile in the Honor Society of Leap Year 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  Member of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

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

 

 
Famous Leap Day Babies
 
 
1992 Jesse Usher, American actor
1992 Caitlin E.J. Meyer - Actress
1988 Scott Golbourne, English footballer
1984 Cullen Jones, Olympic medalist competiti0n swimmer
1984 Adam Sinclair, Indian Hockey player
1984 Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player
1984 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
1984 Mark Foster, musician
1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
1980 Simon Gagne, Canadian Hockey player, NHL player (Philly Flyers) who has been an all-star
1980 Peter Scanavino, American actor
1980 Eric Benz - Actor, Germany
1980 Christopher Lane "Chris" Conley is an American musician, songwriter, and composer.
1976 Terrence Long, former Major League Baseball, left handed.
1976 Sugar Sammy - Canadian Comedian
1976 Ja Rule - American Rapper and Actor
1976 Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)
1976 David Kendall Sr. - Actor, USA
1972 Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American AIDS activist (d. 1994)
1972 Saul Williams -  Rap Poet, Actor, USA - Member of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies
1972 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1972 Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Italian-born actor
1972 Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
1972 Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
1972 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chic Bears)
1972 Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
1968 Bryce Paup, American football player, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
1968 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist and filmmaker
1968 Leif-Martin Henriksen - The 3rd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1968 Naoko Iijima - Japanese actress
1968 Pete Fenson - American curler
1968 Gareth Farr - Composer and Percussionist, born in Wellington, New Zealand
1968 Cary Conklin - NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
1968 Chucky Brown - NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
1968 Suanne Braun, South African-born actress
1964 Jahred Shane - Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of (həd) p.e.
1964 Mervyn Warren - Five-time Grammy Award winner (as of 2004), original member of the vocal group "Take 6"
1964 Henrik Sundstrom - Sweden, tennis star
1964 Antonella Ponziani - Actress, Director, Italy
1964 Carlous Palmer - Fashion Designer and Wardrobe Stylist, the first African American designer to showcase in Honolulu Fashion Week as well as the first graduate from Baltimore School for the Arts to study fashion design. 
1964 James RB Ogilvy - son of English princess Alexandra
1964 Olav Henriksen - The 2nd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1964 Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
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.
1960 Julian Dashper - Auckland, New Zealand, d. 2009  He was regarded as one of New Zealands most well known contemporary artists.
1960 Khaled, Algerian raï musician
1960 Anthony Robbins - American Motivational Speaker
1960 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician and record producer
1960 Heidi Henriksen - The 1st of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.
1960 Dan Daoust - NHL center for Toronto Maple Leafs.
1960 Raenell Dawn - Founded Leap Year Babies Limited (in 1988) and merged with Peter Brouwer in 1997 to form the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies at leapyearday.com.
1956 Peter Brouwer  Founded Leap Year Babies Honor Society (in 1997) and combined efforts with Raenell Dawn to form the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebritiy journalist
1956 Bob Speller, Canadian politician - his father-in-law is also a Leap Day Baby
1956 Neil Rosenthal (LDB # 57 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Poet published by The National Library of Poetry.
1956 Mike Compton, American mandolinist and former member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band
1956 Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian radio and television personality
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.
1952 Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra - I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
1952 Tim[othy] Powers, US, sci-fi author (Epitaph in Rust, Night Moves)
1952 Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
1952 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
1952 Bart Stupak, American polotician (Rep-D-Michigan)
1948 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
1948 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 Willi Smith - Fashion designer.