Birthdays in History on December 3

  • 1368 Charles VI, [the Well-Beloved], king of France (1380-1422)
  • 1483 Nicolaus von Amsdorf, German reformation theologist
  • 1560 Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (d. 1627)
  • 1684 Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder (Danish & Norwegian literature)
  • 1753 Samuel Crompton, English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine)
  • 1755 Gilbert Stuart, American portrait painter (painted Washington)
  • 1764 Mary Lamb, British author (Tales from Shakespeare), born in London, England (d. 1847)
  • 1776 Johann Spurzheim, German neuroscientist (d. 1832)
  • 1795 Rowland Hill, introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840)
  • 1797 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore
  • 1800 France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Krst pri Savici)
  • 1806 Henry Alexander Wise, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1809 Thomas Alfred Davies, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Black Lake, New York (d. 1899)
  • 1822 Charles Adam Heckman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Easton, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)

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1826 George McClellan, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1829 Green Berry Raum, American lawyer, politician, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Golconda, Illinois (d. 1909)
  • 1838 Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau)
  • 1838 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement, born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1842 Ellen Henrietta Richards, American chemist (Amer Home Economics Association-1st Pres)
  • 1842 Phoebe Hearst, American socialite (d. 1919)
  • 1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (d. 1899)

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1857 Joseph Conrad, Polish novelist (Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness), born in Berdychiv, Poland (d. 1924)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad
  • 1862 Jules Renkin, Belgian jurist/minister/premier (1931-32)
  • 1864 Herman Heijermans Jr, Dutch writer (Kamertjeszonde, Diamond City)
  • 1875 Bernhard Lichtenberg, German clergyman/antifascist
  • 1875 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (d. 1955)
  • 1880 Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Rajendra Prasad, first President of India (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Marchien Zwitsers, farmer in Lutten
  • 1886 Manne Siegbahn, Nobel laureate (d. 1978)
  • 1887 Naruhiko, Prince Higashikuni of Japan (d. 1990)
  • 1895 Anna Freud, Austrian/English psychoanalytist/daughter of Sigmund F
  • 1896 John Urzidil, Austria/US writer (Die erbeuteten Frauen)
  • 1897 Kate O'Brien, Irish writer (Without My Cloak)
  • 1899 Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1965)
  • 1900 Lester Matthews, Nottingham England, (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu)
  • 1900 Richard Kuhn, Austrian biochemist, worked with vitamins (Nobel 1938)
  • 1900 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (d. 2004)
  • 1904 Juan E Yrausquin, founder (Party of Patriot Arubans)/minister
  • 1907 Andrew Hutchings, teachers' leader
  • 1908 Nigel M Balchin, [Mark Spade], English author (Business for Pleasure)
  • 1910 Robert Arthur Hughes, missionary/surgeon
  • 1913 Omer Vanaudenhoven, Flemish industrial/resistance fighter
  • 1918 Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (known for the comic strip Eric de Noorman), born in the Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1924 John Backus, inventor (FORTRAN computer language)
  • 1924 Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
  • 1925 Kim Dae Jung, South Korean President, Nobel laureate
  • 1929 Clarence Ford, sax player
  • 1930 Jean-Luc Godard, French director (Alphaville, Hail Mary, Breathless)
  • 1931 Ellen Blazer [Esther Clara Blazer], Dutch TV director (Sonja), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German author
  • 1933 Paul J. Crutzen, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1934 Viktor Vassilyevich Gorbatko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 24, 37/36)
  • 1937 Stephen Rubin, English attorney/shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas)
  • 1937 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian linguist
  • 1938 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner
  • 1940 Jeffrey R. Holland, American religious leader
  • 1942 Alice Schwarzer, German journalist
  • 1949 Christopher John Seward, aid worker
  • 1950 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1952 Benny Hinn, American televangelist
  • 1954 Grace Andreacchi, American author
  • 1955 Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • 1963 Terri Schiavo, American right to die figure (d. 2005)
  • 1965 Andrew Stanton, American animator
  • 1971 Vernon White, American mixed martial artist
  • 1973 Sammy Leung, Hong Kong disc jockey
  • 2005 Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway