Commemoratives of Famous Women for 21 February 2012

A list of famous women whose birthday or death occurred on this date. The information is drawn from the FemBio Database and is updated daily. If you would like to learn more about the individual women or about future commemoratives, please consult the Database.


22 birthdays and 24 days of death are related to today's date.

birthdays 21 February 2012

175. birthday: Rosalia de Castro
Spanish poet
* 21 February 1837 in Santiago de Compostela
† 15 July 1885 in Padrón (Prov. La Coruña)

70. birthday: Margarethe von Trotta
German director; actress
* 21 February 1942 in Berlin

115. birthday: FRANZISKA KINZ
Austrian actress
* 21 February 1897 in Kufstein/Tirol
† 25 April 1980 in Meran

85. birthday: Erma Bombeck
American writer, humorist
* 21 February 1927 in Dayton, OH
† 22 April 1996 in San Francisco, CA


Fembiography of Erma Bombeck (German)

257. birthday: Anne Grant

* 21 February 1755 in Glasgow
† 7 April 1838 in Edinburgh

253. birthday: Ludovika Simanowitz
German painter
* 21 February 1759 in Schorndorf
† 2 September 1827 in Ludwigsburg

191. birthday: Elizabeth Rowell Thompson
American
* 21 February 1821 in Lyndon, VT
† 20 July 1899 in Littleton, NH

188. birthday: Eliza Maria (Mother Angela) Gillespie
American
* 21 February 1824 in West Brownsville
† 4 March 1887 in Notre Dame, IN

161. birthday: Mariana Schuyler Van Rensselaer
American
* 21 February 1851 in New York
† 20 January 1934 in ebd.

157. birthday: Alice Freeman Palmer
American
* 21 February 1855 in Colesville
† 6 December 1902 in Paris

152. birthday: Dora (eig. Theodora) Hohlfeld, geb. Tenge, verw. Baronin v. Reitzenstein
German writer
* 21 February 1860 in Gut Niederbarkhausen, Lippe
† 11 February 1931 in Salzburg

132. birthday: Hedwig Reiling
German
* 21 February 1880 in Frankfurt/M.
† 1942 in Piaski, Lublin?

112. birthday: Madeleine Renaud
French actress
* 21 February 1900 in Paris
† 23 September 1994 in Paris - Neuilly-sur-Seine

111. birthday: Margarete Blank
German
* 21 February 1901 in Kiew
† 8 February 1945 in Dresden

109. birthday: Dorothea Neff
Austrian actress
* 21 February 1903 in München
† 27 July 1986 in Wien

109. birthday: Anaïs Nin
American writer
* 21 February 1903 in Neuilly-sur-Seine
† 14 January 1977 in Los Angeles, CA


Fembiography of Anaïs Nin (German)

103. birthday: ELSIE ATTENHOFER, verh. SCHMID
Swiss actress, comedian, author
* 21 February 1909 in Lugano
† 16 June 1999 in Bassersdorf, Kt. Zürich

99. birthday: France Bloch-Sérazin
French resistance fighter
* 21 February 1913 in Paris
† 12 February 1943 in Hamburg

98. birthday: Rut Hillarp
Swedish poet
* 21 February 1914 in Lund
† 2003

97. birthday: Ann Sheridan
American
* 21 February 1915 in Denton, TX
† 21 January 1967

79. birthday: Nina Simone
American singer
* 21 February 1933 in Tyron /Tryon, NC
† 21 April 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet bei Marseille, Frankreich

76. birthday: Barbara Jordan
American politician; lawyer
* 21 February 1936 in Houston, TX
† 17 January 1996 in Austin, TX

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days of death 21.02.2012

460. day of death: Sibylle von Sachsen
German electress
* 17 July 1512 in Düsseldorf
† 21 February 1554 in Weimar

80. day of death: Selma O. El. von Lengefeld
German suffragist
* 8 July 1863 in Pyritz
† 21 February 1934 in Weimar

95. day of death: Mary Edwards Walker
American physician, social worker
* 26 November 1832 in Oswego Town, NY
† 21 February 1919 in Oswego Town, NY

85. day of death: Therese Dahn
German writer
* 28 May 1845 in Münster
† 21 February 1929 in Breslau

35. day of death: Reine Gianoli
French pianist
* 13 March 1915 in Paris
† 21 February 1979 in ebd.

15. day of death: Gertrude Belle Elion
US-American pharmacologist, biochemist, Nobel laureate (1988, medicine)
* 23 January 1918 in New York City
† 21 February 1999 in  


Fembiography of Gertrude Belle Elion (German)

439. day of death: Maria Maria von Jever
German sovereign
* 5 September 1500 in Jever
† 21 February 1575 in Jever

163. day of death: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
English writer
* 30 August 1797 in Somerstown
† 21 February 1851 in London

106. day of death: Harriet Hosmer
American sculptor
* 9 October 1830 in Watertown, MA
† 21 February 1908 in Watertown, MA


Fembiography of Harriet Hosmer (German)

101. day of death: Elise Goebeler
German
* 6 May 1847 in Freienwalde a.O.
† 21 February 1913 in Berlin

96. day of death: Hedwig Lachmann
German
* 29 August 1865 in Stolp (Pommern)
† 21 February 1918 in Krumbach, Schwaben

96. day of death: Neltje (Nellie) Blanchan De Graff Doubleday
US-American writer and educator
* 23 October 1865 in Chicago
† 21 February 1918 in Canton/China

78. day of death: Emily Clara Jordan Folger
American literary scholar
* 15 May 1858 in Ironton, Oh.
† 21 February 1936 in Glen Cove

71. day of death: Adah B. Samuels Thoms
American
* December 1863?01 in Virginia
† 21 February 1943 in Harlem

69. day of death: Margaret Dreier Robins
American economist, trade unionist
* 6 September 1868 in Brooklyn
† 21 February 1945 in Chinsegut Hill

66. day of death: Bertha Helene Eckstein-Diener (Ps. Sir Galahad)
Swiss writer
* 18 March 1874 in Wien/Vienna
† 21 February 1948 in Genf/Geneva

52. day of death: Mabel Louise Robinson
American writer
* 19 July 1874 in Waltham, MA
† 21 February 1962

43. day of death: Tilla Durieux
Austrian actress
* 18 August 1880 in Wien
† 21 February 1971 in Berlin

42. day of death: Bronislawa Nijinska
Russian
* 8 January 1891 in Minsk
† 21 February 1972 in Pacific Palisades, CA

42. day of death: Jessie Daniel Ames
American
* 2 November 1883 in Palestine, TX
† 21 February 1972 in Austin

36. day of death: Hagar Olsson
writer
* 16 September 1893 in Kustavi
† 21 February 1978 in Helsinki

29. day of death: Ina Claire
American actress
* 15 October 1892 in Washington, DC
† 21 February 1985 in San Francisco

23. day of death: Dame Margot Fonteyn
English dancer
* 18 May 1919 in Reigate, Surrey
† 21 February 1991 in Panama-City

14. day of death: Violet Balestreri Archer
Canadian composer, pianist, music teacher
* 24 April 1913 in Montreal
† 21 February 2000

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