Birthdays in History on December 2

  • 1678 Nicolaas S Cruquius, Dutch hydraulic engineer (drained Haarlemmermeer)
  • 1694 William Shirley, Colonial Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1771)
  • 1703 Ferdinand Konscak, Croatian explorer (d. 1759)
  • 1728 Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat
  • 1738 Richard Montgomery, Irish-born soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1754 William Cooper, American judge (d. 1809)
  • 1760 John Breckinridge, American politician (d. 1806)
  • 1777 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • 1802 Melancthon Smith Wade, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1811 Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • 1817 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • 1821 Rufus Barringer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Pedro II van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89)
  • 1837 Charles Garrison Harker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1846 Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau, French Min of Foreign affairs/premier

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1859 Georges Seurat, post-impressionist painter (Grande Jatte), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • 1863 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (d. 1926)
  • 1868 Francis Jammes, French poet/writer (Jammisme)
  • 1869 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Theory of the Dialects)
  • 1884 Ruth Draper, US, lecture artist [or 1989]
  • 1885 George Minot, US, physician, worked on anemia (Nobel 1934)
  • 1891 Charles H. Wesley, author writer and Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Julius Bissier, German painter
  • 1895 Klaas Voskuil, journalist
  • 1897 Rewi Alley, NZ, writer (Americans in China)
  • 1897 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Marshall of the Soviet Union (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Indra Lal Roy, Indian pilot (d. 1918)
  • 1902 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49)
  • 1906 Peter Carl Goldmark, developed color TV & LP records
  • 1910 Russell Lynes, American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher
  • 1923 Meshulam Riklis, husband of Pia Zadora
  • 1924 Alexander Haig Jr, Bala-Cynwyd Pa, US Secretary of State (1981-82)/General
  • 1929 Jaap Boersma, Dutch minister for Social Affairs (ARP)
  • 1930 Gary Becker, American economist, recipient of the Bank of Sweden Prize, (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Edwin Meese III, US attorney General (1985-88), born in Oakland, California
  • 1931 Hatsumi Masaaki, Founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
  • 1933 K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist
  • 1935 David Hackett Fischer, American historian
  • 1937 Brian Lumley, England, sci-fi author (Compleat Crow, Psychomech)
  • 1939 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician
  • 1939 Harry Reid, American politician
  • 1939 Francis Fox, Canadian politician, member of the Senate
  • 1941 Paul C W Chu, China, physicist (superconductivity)
  • 1943 Wayne Allard, American politician
  • 1944 Roger Omond, journalist
  • 1944 Ibrahim Rugova, first President of Kosovo (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Botho Strauß, German author
  • 1944 Inger Davidson, Swedish politician

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1946 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), born in Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1997)

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • 1947 Michael Green, English TV/video producer
  • 1947 Ivan Atanassov Petrov, Bulgarian neurologist
  • 1948 T. Coraghessan Boyle, American writer
  • 1950 Merrill Ashley, ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1950 Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
  • 1952 Carol Shea-Porter, American Congresswoman
  • 1953 Meg Griffin, DJ (WNEW-FM, WPLJ-FM, WKRK-FM)/VJ (V-1)
  • 1957 Dagfinn Høybråten, Norwegian politician
  • 1958 George Saunders, American short story writer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1962 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1963 Ann Patchett, American novelist
  • 1965 Karrie Mitchell, Arvada Colorado, Miss Colorado-America (1991-top 10)
  • 1968 Mark Harding, Bath England, keeper of Internet biographies
  • 1976 Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, (1996 Canadian Champ)
  • 1988 Edward EMG baron Downpatrick, grandson of English prince Edward