Famous Birthdays on 2nd May

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  • 1360 Yongle, Emperor of China (d. 1424)
  • 1451 René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
  • 1458 Leonor of Viseu, queen of Portugal (d. 1525)
  • 1551 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales)
  • 1601 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit/inventor (magic lantern)
  • 1660 Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti, Palermo Italy, composer (Tigrane)
  • 1695 Giovanni Niccolo Servandoni, Italian-born architect (d. 1766)
  • 1702 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (d. 1782)

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1729 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German Empress of Russia (1762-96), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great
  • 1729 Florian Johann Deller, composer
  • 1737 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
  • 1740 Elias Boudinot, lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society
  • 1750 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1752 Ludwig August Lebrun, composer
  • 1754 Vicente Martin y Soler, composer
  • 1768 Jean-Louis M Alibert, French dermatologist
  • 1772 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • 1773 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
  • 1779 John Galt, Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)

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1797 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1810 Hans Christian Lumbye, composer
  • 1810 Leo XIII, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1878-1903)
  • 1817 Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky, composer
  • 1821 Abram Sanders Piatt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1908)
  • 1828 Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (d. 1915)
  • 1837 Henry Martyn Robert, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order)
  • 1843 Carl Michael Ziehrer, composer

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1844 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • 1846 Zygmunt Noskowski, composer
  • 1853 Marie Verstraete, actress (Louise-Frou Frou)
  • 1855 Theodore Moses Tobani, composer
  • 1857 Frederic Cliffe, composer
  • 1859 Eugene D'Harcourt, composer
  • 1859 Jerome Klapka Jerome, English writer (d. 1927)
  • 1860 D'Arcy Thompson, zoologist/classicist (On Growth & Form)
  • 1860 Theodor Herzl, Austria, journalist/founder (Zionist movement)
  • 1862 Marie F M Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine)
  • 1865 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
  • 1869 Tyrone Power Sr, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England
  • 1872 G G van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)
  • 1879 James F. Byrnes, American statesman, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1972)
  • 1884 Francois de Vries, Dutch economist
  • 1885 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Gottfried Benn, writer

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1887 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1887 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
  • 1890 E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith, US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), (d. 1965)

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1892 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1893 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien) [or May 13, 1912]
  • 1893 Assen Karastoyanov, composer
  • 1895 Alfred Kurella, writer
  • 1895 Peggy Bacon, Ridgefield Ct, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads)
  • 1895 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
  • 1896 Helen of Greece and Denmark, queen of Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1897 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Jef [Josephus C F] Last, Dutch poet/politician (The Spark)
  • 1900 Helen Morgan, singer/actress (Applause, Frankie & Johnny)
  • 1901 Lev N Lunts, Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth)
  • 1901 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Brian Aherne, Worcestershire England, actor (Juarez)
  • 1902 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Peyton Place, Our Little Girl), born in Los Angeles, California

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1903 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1903 Oivin Fjeldstad, composer
  • 1904 Georgi Dimitrov, composer
  • 1906 Aileen Riggin, Newport RI, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1920, 24)
  • 1906 Maurice Thiriet, composer
  • 1906 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Pinky Lee, children's show host (Pinky Lee Show)
  • 1908 William Bakewell, actor (Stage manager-Pinky Lee Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1910 Laurie Nash, cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia)
  • 1910 Alexander Bonnyman, U.S. Marine (d. 1943)
  • 1911 Lillian Rambach, teacher violinist
  • 1912 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate
  • 1912 Marten Toonder, writer/cartoonist (Mr Bommel)
  • 1913 Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), born in London, England
  • 1914 Dennis Dyer, cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947)
  • 1915 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Van Alexander, composer and orchestra leader (Gordon MacRae Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Doris Fisher, American songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Peggy Mount, English actress (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • 1918 Frederick Archibauld Warner, diplomat
  • 1919 Than Wyenn, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Jacob Gilboa, composer
  • 1920 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Satyajit Ray, Calcutta India, director (Goddess, Adversary)
  • 1922 Abraham Rosenthal, editor (NY Times)
  • 1923 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer
  • 1924 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer
  • 1924 Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming), born in Vienna (d.2015)
  • 1924 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (d. 2004)
  • 1925 David Ironside, cricketer (S Afr swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54)
  • 1925 Roscoe Lee Browne, Woodbury NJ, actor (McCoy, Saunders-Soap)
  • 1925 Svatopluk Havelka, composer
  • 1925 John Neville, English theatre and film actor
  • 1926 Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Ray Barrett, Australian actor
  • 1929 Edward Levy Irving, composer
  • 1929 Luc Ferrari, composer
  • 1929 Sydney Gedye, cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964)
  • 1929 Link Wray, American rock guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Bruce Glover, actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1932 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist
  • 1932 Malcolm Leyland Lipkin, composer
  • 1932 Maury Allen, American sportswriter
  • 1933 Bunk Gardner, musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • 1935 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I
  • 1935 Hussain ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952- )
  • 1935 Lance LeGault, American actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
  • 1936 Michael Rabin, violinist (In Memorium), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Quinn Redeker, Woodstock Ill, actor (Dan Raven, Young & Restless)
  • 1936 Engelbert Humperdinck, [Arnold George Dorsey], Madras India, singer (EH Show)
  • 1937 Gisela Elsner, writer
  • 1937 Lorenzo Music, American writer/actor/voice (Carlton-Rhoda, Garfield), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • 1939 Gates Brown, Crestline, OH, MLB player (Detroit Lions), (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Bryan Davis, cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965)
  • 1940 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1941 Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
  • 1941 Clay Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1942 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president
  • 1944 F Innerhofer, writer
  • 1944 John Verity, rocker (Argent)
  • 1945 Bianca Perez Morena de Macias Jagger, Nicaragua, model and socialite
  • 1945 Bob Henrit, English pop drummer (Kinks-Waterloo Sunset)
  • 1945 Goldy McJohn, rocker (Steppenwolf)
  • 1945 Randy Cain, US soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics)
  • 1945 Robert Henrit, England, rocker (Argent)
  • 1945 Sarah Weddington, American attorney
  • 1945 Judge Dread, English musician (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946 David Suchet, English actor
  • 1947 Bill Lowery, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- )
  • 1948 Larry Gatlin, Seminole Tx, country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady)
  • 1949 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Lou Gramm, rocker (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love Is), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1950 Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • 1952 Christine Baranski, actress (Maryann-Cybill, Birdcage), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1952 Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress
  • 1953 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • 1954 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1954 Roberta Pedon, American glamour model (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Ian Callen, cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets)
  • 1955 Jay Osmond, rocker (Osmond Brothers)
  • 1955 Jo Callis, English rocker (The Human League), born in Rotherham, Kent
  • 1955 Donatella Versace, Reggio Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • 1956 David Rhodes, English guitarist
  • 1957 Domonic L Pudwill Gorie, Lake Charles LA, USN/astronaut (sk: STS-91)
  • 1958 Kim Jones, Sonoma California, 5k runner
  • 1959 Alan Best, Canadian animation director and producer
  • 1960 Ravi Ratnayeke, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman)
  • 1961 Doctor Robert, [Bruce R Howard], rocker (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1961 Peter Doohan, Australia, tennis star
  • 1961 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef
  • 1962 Elizabeth Berridge, Westchester NY, actress (Amadeus, Funhouse)
  • 1962 Nancy Harvey, Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • 1962 Stephen Daldry, English film director
  • 1962 Ray Traylor, American professional wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1962 Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • 1963 Brian Tochi, actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1963 Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1964 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Belinda Stronach, Canadian politician
  • 1967 Kerryn McCann, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Reggie Slack, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1968 Will Furrer, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor
  • 1968 Jeff Agoos, American soccer player
  • 1968 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
  • 1969 Brian Lara, cricketer (WI left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994)
  • 1969 Glen Young, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Vania Thomas, Miss US Virgin Islands Universe (1997)
  • 1971 Greg Bishop, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1972 Jennifer Miriam, playmate (March, 1997), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Jill Savery, Fort Lauderdale Fl, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1972 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1972 Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, American professional wrestler and actor, born in Hayward, California

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 1972 Paul Adcock, English footballer
  • 1973 Rich Yurkiewicz, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)
  • 1973 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, German film director and screenwriter
  • 1974 Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor
  • 1974 Andy Johnson, Welsh footballer
  • 1975 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 David Beckham, Leytonstone, London, English footballer (Manchester United, England)
  • 1976 Ailleen Damiles, Miss Universe-Philippines/Miss Photogenic (1996)
  • 1976 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star
  • 1977 Amy D'Entremont, Stoneham Mass, figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ)
  • 1977 Jenna Von Oy, actress (Seven-Blossom)
  • 1977 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician
  • 1977 Luke Hudson, American baseball player