Birthdays in History on August 2

  • 1455 Johan Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (1486-99), born in Ansbach (d. 1499)
  • 1533 Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (d. 1588)
  • 1627 Samuel Dircksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter
  • 1632 Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner)
  • 1672 Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
  • 1674 Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)
  • 1696 Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman (Turkey) (1730-54)/fought Austria & Russia
  • 1703 Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (d. 1775)
  • 1723 Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect
  • 1746 Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist/patriot

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1754 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1788 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1853)
  • 1802 Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster
  • 1815 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German writer (d. 1894)
  • 1818 [Willem] Alexander FCNM, prince of the Netherlands/general-major
  • 1820 John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • 1826 William Denison Whipple, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1902)
  • 1828 Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)
  • 1832 Henry Steel Olcott, co-founder (Theosophical Society)

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1834 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor and designer of the Statue of Liberty, born in Colmar, France (d. 1904)

  • 1834 Isaac Capadose, lawyer/evangelist
  • 1835 Elisha Grey, inventor (Telephone)
  • 1854 Francis Marion Crawford, British author
  • 1858 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands
  • 1858 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest)
  • 1865 Irving Babbitt, US writer (Rousseau & Romanticism)
  • 1865 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • 1867 Ernest C Dowson, British poet
  • 1867 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1868 Constantine I, king of Greece
  • 1871 John French Sloan, American artist (d. 1951)
  • 1872 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • 1875 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Aino J M Kallas, Finnish writer (White Ship, Estonian Tales)
  • 1878 Princess Ingeborg, of Sweden
  • 1881 Ethel Mary Dell, English author (Storm Drift)
  • 1882 Johannes Tralow, writer
  • 1882 Rik Wouters, Belgian painter/sculptor (Virgin Doll)
  • 1884 Rómulo Gallegos, President of Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1886 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian Aviator (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)
  • 1892 John Kieran, American columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • 1899 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist
  • 1906 Albert Goodwin, historian
  • 1907 Mary Hamman, American writer (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1910 Lawrence Josset, engraver
  • 1910 Lou Zara, American writer (Stump the Authors), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Roger MacDougall, writer (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist
  • 1912 Vladimir Zerjavic, Croatian statistician (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst/artist
  • 1915 Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter
  • 1916 Reginald Murley, surgeon
  • 1919 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor
  • 1920 Phyllis James, mystery writer
  • 1922 Lord Murray of Epping Forest [Lionel], Hadley, Telford, British labour politician and union leader (General Secretary TUC)
  • 1922 Paul Laxalt, (Sen-R-NV, 1974- )

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1923 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres

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1924 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • 1925 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite and fashion leader, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • 1928 Hugh Francis Lamprey, ecologist
  • 1929 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival)
  • 1929 John Hannam, British MP (C) (1970-1997)
  • 1929 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ron de Lugo, (Rep-D-Virgin Islands, 1973-79, 81- )
  • 1930 Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Pierre DuMaine, Catholic bishop
  • 1933 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader
  • 1934 Valery Bykovsky, cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
  • 1935 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Derek Anthony Enright, politician
  • 1936 Christopher Hogg, CEO (Courtaulds & Reuters)
  • 1937 Ronald Brierley, company chairman
  • 1938 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician
  • 1939 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist
  • 1942 Isabel Allende, Chilean author
  • 1943 Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1943 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration)
  • 1945 Jewell Jackson McCabe, American feminist and social and political activist who led the National Coalition of 100 Black Women movement in the 1970s, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 John Bowis, British MP (C), born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1945 Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer
  • 1947 Rose Tremain, novelist/playwright
  • 1949 Bertalan Farkas, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35)
  • 1949 James Fallows, American journalist
  • 1950 Lance Ito, judge (O.J. Simpson trial)
  • 1950 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician
  • 1952 Paul David Crews, SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1953 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1954 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • 1955 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • 1956 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • 1957 Anne Leuchars, TV journalist
  • 1963 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • 1970 Kevin Smith, director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks)
  • 1973 Brendan Dolan, Professional darts player (2011 - played perfect 9 dart game), born in Belcoo Northern Ireland
  • 1979 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • 1983 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter
  • 1986 Mathieu Razanakolona, Malagasy skier
  • 1991 Gabriel Anthony Cohen, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen
  • 1993 Cassidy Gifford, daughter of Frank & Kathy Lee