Birthdays in History on August 3

  • 1509 Étienne Dolet, French scholar (d. 1546)
  • 1692 John Henley, English clergyman (d. 1759)
  • 1770 Frederik Willem III, reactionary king of Prussia (1797-1840)
  • 1803 Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace), born in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire (d. 1865)
  • 1808 Hamilton Fish, American politician (d. 1893)

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1811 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, born in Halifax, Vermont (d. 1861)

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • 1816 John Eugene Smith, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1897)
  • 1817 Albrecht FR, arch duke of Austria (Battle at Custozza)
  • 1818 HM Jozef Schadde, Flemish architect (New Stock exchange Antwerp)
  • 1820 William Miller, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • 1823 Thomas Francis Meagher, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1867)
  • 1824 William Burnham Woods, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1833 Auguste Schmidt, German teacher/feminist
  • 1847 Jan de Louter, lawyer/tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina
  • 1850 Paul A Daum, Dutch writer/founder/editor (Batavian Newspaper)
  • 1850 Reginald Heber Roe, 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School (d. 1926)
  • 1851 Isabella Caroline Somerset, temperance leader
  • 1856 Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
  • 1860 W. K. Dickson, Scottish inventor (d. 1935)

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1867 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), born in Bewdley, England (d. 1947)

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • 1871 Vernon Louis Parrington, author (Romantic Revolution, Pulitzer 1928)
  • 1872 Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
  • 1873 Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgian ambassador to Tokyo (1921-39)
  • 1874 Eugene Baie, Belgian author (Sub rosa et sub umbra)
  • 1887 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (1914)
  • 1894 John H van Maarseveen, Dutch minister of Justice/Internal minister
  • 1898 Brother Adam [Kehrle], benedictine monk/beekeeper
  • 1899 Sally Benson, novelist
  • 1900 Arnoldus J N M Struycken, Dutch lawyer
  • 1900 Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II
  • 1900 John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
  • 1901 Stefan Wyszynski, Polish cardinal
  • 1902 Habib Bourguiba, 1st president of Tunisia (1957-87)
  • 1902 Regina Jonas, German first woman rabbi (d. 1944)
  • 1904 Clifford D[onald] Simak, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station)
  • 1905 Maggie Kuhn, activist/co-founder (Gray Panthers)
  • 1906 Leonard Huizinga, Dutch journalist/writer (Adriaan & Olivier)
  • 1907 Ernesto Geisel, politician
  • 1914 Rick Slabbinck, Flemish painter
  • 1915 Sal Santen, Dutch writer
  • 1918 James MacGregor Burns, political writer (The Lion & the Fox)
  • 1918 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (d. 1999)
  • 1920 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford
  • 1920 Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player (d. 1971)
  • 1920 Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect
  • 1921 Hayden Carruth, Waterbury Ct, novelist (Crow & Heart)
  • 1922 Robert Sumner, American evangelist and author
  • 1923 Anne Klein, fashion designer (Anne Klein II)
  • 1923 Roger Foulon, French/Belgian poet
  • 1923 Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope of the Coptic Christianity, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1924 Max van der Stoel, Dutch Foreign minister (PvdA)
  • 1929 Bethel Leslie, American entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Mario Montes de Oca, Mexican poet
  • 1933 The Tjong King, Dutch illustrator of children books (Miep Diekman)
  • 1935 Georgi Stepanovich Shonin, Odessa USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 6)
  • 1935 Richard D Lamm, (Gov-D-Colo)
  • 1937 Diane Wakoski, Whittier, California, American poet (Motorcycle Betrayal)
  • 1940 John W Carlin, (Gov-D-KS)
  • 1946 Jack Straw, British politician
  • 1948 Pierre Lacroix, National Hockey League executive
  • 1949 Reed Waller, American comic book author
  • 1950 John Landis, director (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller video), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Aleksandr A Volkov, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1952 Frank Schaeffer, American author
  • 1954 Denise Craig, WBL forward (Dayton Rockettes, NY Stars)
  • 1956 Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
  • 1959 Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1964 Joan E Higginbotham, astronaut, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Masahiro Sakurai, Japanese video game developer
  • 1973 Jay Cutler, American bodybuilder
  • 1986 Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco