Like finding out you share a zodiac with someone you admire, sharing a birthday with someone cool links you in an intangible, cosmic way. February isn’t just a good month for love, but birthdays as well. Feel a little more connected to the people you admire by discovering which famous February birthdays align with yours.
Langston Hughes (February 1)
Where would poetry be without Langston Hughes's influence? A literary pioneer who championed the Harlem Renaissance, his work and activism should still be heralded today. And February babies can rejoice because he kickstarts the month with his February 1st birthday.
George Romero (February 4)
Without George Romero, you wouldn’t have star makers like The Last of Us and The Walking Dead. He’s the godfather of zombies, bringing the first ones to life in his directorial debut 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.
Nolan Bushnell (February 5)
Gamers know Bushnell’s name by heart because of his contributions to video game lore. If you don’t know his name, you probably recognize the company he founded and the game that made it famous — Atari’s Pong.
Charles Dickens (February 7)
Behind Shakespeare and Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens is probably the most well-known English author in history. And if he can write a story good enough for the Muppets to reenact, then he’s good enough for us.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12)
With good old honest Abe, what is there to say that hasn’t already been said? If the fact that he’s one of the only presidents that people remember his number in the presidential line for doesn’t speak volumes about his continued impact, we don’t know what will.
Charles Darwin (February 12)
Charles Darwin was a pioneer in his time, proposing a theory of evolution in his work “Origin of Species.” The stakes for “blasphemous” scientific discoveries were pretty high (looking at you Galileo), so we’d like to tip our hat to this brave February baby.
Rihanna (February 20)
Whether you remember her from her early career cameo in the Bring It On franchise or for her massively successful lingerie and beauty line, you can’t not know her name. Rihanna is up there with the likes of single-named stars like Prince for a reason. And you’re blessed to share a birthday with her if you were born on February 20th.
Jordan Peele (February 21)
Few modern directors have made the same cultural impact that Jordan Peele has. His debut film Get Out smashed open the horror genre and ushered in a new age for the oft-overlooked category. And, for you Pisces February babies, you’re lucky to share a birthday with him.
Drew Barrymore (February 22)
Drew Barrymore might be an entertainment legacy, but she’s carved her own path in Hollywood. From child acting to setting the stage for horror openings with Scream to launching a massively popular daytime talk show, she’s not even close to closing up shop yet.
George Washington (February 22)
George Washington, like many historical men from American history, is a complicated figure. But his instrumental presence in kick-starting the country makes him worth remembering.
Steve Irwin (February 22)
If you’re a 90s baby, your first introduction to the beauty of the natural world was probably The Crocodile Hunter. Steve Irwin’s infatuation and wonder over all of Earth’s little creatures was infectious, and we’d expect nothing less from a February Pisces.
Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" (February 23)
If you’re a February 23rd baby, then you share a birthday with Casablanca’s iconic tune “As Time Goes By.” Copyrighted on February 23rd, 1943, this song was written over a decade earlier for the Broadway musical Everybody’s Welcome. But today, it’s one of the best-known cinema songs in all of film history.
Charles Best (February 27)
One of the most important medical breakthroughs came in the last minutes of the fourth quarter of the 19th century, thanks to Charles Best, Sir Frederick Banting, and JJR Macleod. This paved the way for continued research and refinement on a product that would save millions of diabetics for generations to come aka insulin.
There’s Something Special About Sharing a Birthday
As a twin, I can confirm that there is something special about sharing a birthday. Knowing that you’re connected with someone over something inescapably significant as being born on the same day of the month — even with a chasm of years between you — can make all of us humans feel a little more connected than ever before.