Birthdays in History on February 2

  • 1208 James I of Aragon (d. 1276)
  • 1455 King John of Denmark (d. 1513)
  • 1494 Bona Sforza, queen of Sigismund I of Poland (d. 1557)
  • 1502 Damião de Góis, Portuguese philosopher (d. 1574)
  • 1506 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (d. 1583)
  • 1522 Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (d. 1565)
  • 1583 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess
  • 1595 Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (New Church, Amsterdam)
  • 1600 Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
  • 1613 Noël Chabanel, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1621 Johannes Schefferus, Alsatian-born humanist (d. 1679)
  • 1649 Benedict XIII, [Pierfrancesco Orsini], Italy, 245th pope (1724-30)
  • 1695 William Borlase, English naturalist (d. 1772)
  • 1695 François de Chevert, French general (d. 1769)
  • 1711 Wenzel Anton von Kaunitz, Austrian diplomat (d. 1794)
  • 1717 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
  • 1780 Johannes van den Bosch, gov-gen (Neth East Indies)
  • 1786 Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (d. 1856)
  • 1802 Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist
  • 1803 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1815 Nathaniel Collins McLean, Brig Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1817 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid)
  • 1820 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • 1827 Abner Monroe Perrin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter
  • 1829 Alfred Brehm, German zoologist (d. 1884)
  • 1835 Luigi Manzotti, Milano, ballet choreographer
  • 1841 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (d. 1912)
  • 1842 Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (d. 1927)
  • 1849 Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet (d. 1921)
  • 1850 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • 1851 José Guadalupe Posada, Mexican artist (d. 1913)
  • 1857 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/art collector
  • 1859 Havelock Ellis, US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
  • 1860 Curtis Guild, Jr., 43rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • 1861 Mehmed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
  • 1861 Solomon R Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC)
  • 1873 Freiherr Konstantin von Neurath, German secretary of State (1932-38)
  • 1873 Johan P earl van Limburg Stirum, Dutch diplomat
  • 1875 Annette Kolb, German/French author (Small Fanfare)
  • 1878 Christian Gauss, educator/writer (Phi Beta Kappa award namesake)

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1882 James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet (Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnigan's Wake), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1941)

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1882 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
  • 1884 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/General Spanish rep army
  • 1885 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • 1886 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
  • 1890 Jean J M de Lattre de Tassigny, French gen (Indo-China)
  • 1891 Antonio Segni, premier/president (Italy)
  • 1893 Cornelius Lanczos, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1974)
  • 1896 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • 1897 Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • 1900 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Jascha Heifetz, Vilna Lithuania, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall)
  • 1902 Newbold Morris, American politician (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • 1905 Ayn Rand, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, writer and philosopher (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead)
  • 1905 Jean-Pierre Guerlain, French cosmetics pioneer
  • 1907 Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
  • 1910 Charlotte Auerbach, British geneticist and zoologist, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Hendrik H K Beernink, Dutch politician (CHU)
  • 1912 Millvina Dean, last living survivour of the RMS Titanic.
  • 1914 Eric Kierans, Canadian politician and economist (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool)
  • 1915 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Hella [S Lelyveld-]Haasse, Dutch author (Cider for Poor People)
  • 1920 An Wang, founder (Wang Labs, Wang Computers)
  • 1923 Peter Fowler, physicist
  • 1925 David Abell Wood, priest
  • 1926 Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, 1st Cent American cardinal (Nicaragua)
  • 1926 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, French politician
  • 1927 Friedrich K Flick, German industrialist
  • 1927 Richard Ray, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- ) [or Jan 2]
  • 1928 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, PM of Italy (1988-89)
  • 1931 Dries van Agt, Dutch Prime Minister (CDA, 1977-82), born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1931 Judith Viorst, American author
  • 1933 Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • 1939 Rachel English, author (My 1st 500), born in London, England
  • 1939 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist, father of electronics in Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1939 Dale T. Mortensen, Enterprise, Oregon, economist (Nobel, 2010), (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • 1942 Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
  • 1946 Alpha Oumar Konaré, ex-president of Mali
  • 1952 Park Geun-hye, 1st female President of South Korea (2013-), born in Jung-gu, Taegu
  • 1953 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • 1953 Duane Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1957 Laurie Mann, current DPS curator/geek
  • 1962 Andy Fordham, English darts player
  • 1963 Philip Laats, Belgian judoka
  • 1967 Laurent Nkunda, Congolese general
  • 1983 Will South, Thirteen Senses frontman
  • 1992 Rebop Rundgren, son of Michelle Gray & Todd