Birthdays in History on April 2

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742 Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14), born in Liège, Frankish Kingdom (d. 814)

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor
Charlemagne
  • 1348 Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1385)
  • 1565 Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch explorer (d. 1599)
  • 1602 Maria de Jesus de Agreda, [Maria Coronel], Spanish franciscan
  • 1618 Francesco M Grimaldi, mathematician/physicist (light defraction)
  • 1653 Prince George of Denmark, prince consort of Anne of England (d. 1708)
  • 1713 Onno Zwier van Haren, Frisian poet (Fatherland)

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1725 Giacomo Casanova, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1798)

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • 1740 Armand-Gaston Camus, French CEO (Council of 500)
  • 1781 Bhagwan Swaminarayan, religious leader (d. 1830)
  • 1788 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (d. 1862)
  • 1798 H v Fallersleben, writer

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1805 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), born in Odense, Denmark (d. 1875)

  • 1806 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal/asst sec of state for Pius IX
  • 1812 Louise-Marie of France, queen of Belgium (d. 1850)
  • 1814 Henry Lewis "Old Rock" Benning, Brigadier General (Confederate Army
  • 1814 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor (d. 1879)
  • 1826 Philip Dale Roddey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1827 William Holman Hunt, Cheapside London, English painter (Light of the World), (d. 1910)
  • 1833 Thomas Howard Ruger, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, New York (d. 1907)
  • 1840 Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (J'accuse), born in Paris, France (d. 1902)
  • 1862 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1947)
  • 1863 Henry C Van de Velde, Flemish painter/architect (Art Nouveau)
  • 1867 Eugen Sandow, German bodybuilder and circus performer (d. 1925)

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1875 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, born in Wamego, Kansas (d. 1940)

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • 1878 Émilie Charmy, Saint-Etienne France, avant-garde artist
  • 1884 Sir John Squire, British poet, writer, and historian (d. 1958))
  • 1891 Max Ernst, German painter/sculptor (founded surrealism)
  • 1894 Rudolph P Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer
  • 1894 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air)
  • 1900 Roberto Arlt, Argentine writer (d. 1942)
  • 1902 Jan Tschichold, German typographer (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Edmond Jouhaud, general
  • 1905 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer
  • 1910 Irene Mayer Selznick, producer (Street Car Named Desire)
  • 1910 Joeri German, Russian writer
  • 1910 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Antony Dornhorst, professor of medicine
  • 1915 Arthur Ballard, artist
  • 1919 Antoon J Hubben, Dutch mayor (Maasbree)/trade union leader
  • 1919 Ian Hunter, impresario
  • 1922 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, born in Usman, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Hugh Overton, British diplomat
  • 1923 Jacob "Jaap" Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogisch Moment)
  • 1923 Clifford Scott Green, American Federal Judge (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Denis Rooke, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1925 George MacDonald Fraser, poet/author (Flashman at the Charge)
  • 1926 Michael Rizzello, sculpter/coin designer
  • 1928 Joseph "Cardinal" Bernardin, of Chicago
  • 1929 Catherine Gaskin, romantic novelist (Fiona, Coporation Wife)

  • 1929 Frans Andriessen, Dutch politician (KVP/CDA)
  • 1930 W Hambleden Smith, English newspaper magnate
  • 1934 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Department of Health)
  • 1934 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • 1934 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Paul E Kanjorski, (Rep-D-PA, 1985- )
  • 1938 John Larsson, 17th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1939 Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-governor of Quebec
  • 1940 Peter Haining, writer/editor (Anatomy of Witchcraft)
  • 1942 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major
  • 1942 Hiroyuki Sakai, Japanese chef
  • 1945 Lord Skelmersdale, British minister (C)
  • 1945 Anne Waldman, American poet
  • 1946 Kurt Winter, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Lynda Carr, educationist
  • 1947 Camille Paglia, author and social critic, born in Endicott, New York
  • 1948 Eleanor Margaret Burbridge, astronomer/educator
  • 1948 Joan [Carol] D[ennison] Vinge, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Dune)
  • 1949 Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • 1951 Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
  • 1953 Jim Allister, Northern Irish politician
  • 1955 Michael Stone, British terrorist
  • 1962 Pierre Carles, French documentarist
  • 1962 Mark Shulman, American children's author
  • 1963 Mike Gascoyne, British engineer

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1965 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, born in Sacramento, California (d. 2012)

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1971 Jenny Craig, Miss Georgia USA (1996)
  • 1971 ZEEBRA, Japanese hip hop artist
  • 1976 Evan McMullin, American independent candidate for President (2016), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1980 Adam Fleming, English news reporter
  • 1983 Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical executive (Pharma), born in Brooklyn, New York