Birthdays in History on February 3

  • 1338 Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (d. 1378)
  • 1368 Charles VI, King of France (1380-1422)
  • 1655 Francois Fagel, Dutch fieldmarshal, baptized
  • 1677 Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect (d. 1723)
  • 1690 Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
  • 1721 Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (d. 1773)
  • 1747 Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
  • 1763 Caroline von Wolzogen, [von Lengefeld], German author
  • 1795 Antonio José de Sucre, South American independence leader (d. 1830)
  • 1805 Otto T Freiherr von Manteuffel, premier Prussia
  • 1807 Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1811 Horace Greeley, editor ("Go west, young man")
  • 1817 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1866)
  • 1817 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • 1820 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)

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1821 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, born in Bristol, England (d. 1910)

  • 1823 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station)
  • 1824 George Thomas "Tige" Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1824 Nathan George "Shanks" Evans, Brig Gen (Confederacy), (d. 1868)
  • 1824 Ranald MacDonald, Canadian-born Scottish educator and interpreter (d. 1894)
  • 1826 Walter Bagehot, England, economist/sociologist

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1830 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), born in Hatfield, England (d. 1903)

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • 1831 Cyrus Ballou Comstock, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • 1833 Thomas T H Jorissen, Dutch historian
  • 1845 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Sedan)
  • 1851 Johannes B van Heutsz, lt-gen/gov-gen Dutch East Indies
  • 1857 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Copenhagen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory
  • 1859 Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
  • 1865 Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Will Power)
  • 1870 Ada Negri, Italian poet/author (Il Libro di Mara)
  • 1873 Ernest B Allo, French theologist
  • 1874 Gertrude Stein, Penn, author (Autobiography of Alice B Toklas)
  • 1878 Joseph Gordon Coates, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1925-28), born in Ruatuna (d. 1943)
  • 1880 Arnoldus JH Aerts, bishop of Neth-Guinea (1920-42)
  • 1882 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma; oldest person in the Netherlands
  • 1883 Clarence Mulford, Ill, western writer (Hopalong Cassidy)
  • 1887 Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely)
  • 1887 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore)
  • 1887 Juan Negrín, Spanish Prime Minister (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliography/founder (Boekengids)
  • 1889 Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'arc)
  • 1889 Risto Ryti, Finnish premier/president
  • 1891 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33)
  • 1893 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1894 Norman Rockwell, US, artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers)
  • 1895 Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, politician (APRA-Peru) [or Feb 22]
  • 1896 Johannes Urzidil, writer
  • 1898 Alvar Aalto, Finland, architect (Finlandia House)
  • 1898 Paul Urysohn, Russian mathematician
  • 1899 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • 1899 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • 1904 Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, gangster and FBI Most Wanted criminal
  • 1904 Roger Makins, diplomat
  • 1905 Arne Beurling, American mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1907 James A. Michner, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, American author (Tales of the South Pacific, Hawaii)
  • 1909 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • 1909 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WW II), born in Paris, France
  • 1912 Jacques Soustelle, French minister of information
  • 1914 Cornelis "Kees" Andrea, Dutch painter/graphic artist/carpet designer
  • 1914 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Jann Willem Holsbergen, author (Zakenmensen Fair as Gold)
  • 1916 Vivien Signy, nurse (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Joey Bishop, [Gottlieb], talk show host (Joey Bishop Show), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1920 Henry Heimlich, Surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2016)
  • 1920 George A. Miller, Charleston, West Virginia, cognitive psychologist (the magical number seven), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Bill Chappell Jr, (Rep-D-FL, 1969- )
  • 1925 Joop C Swart, Dutch publisher/founder (World Press Photo)
  • 1925 Leon Schlumpf, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1926 Glen Tetley, US choreographer
  • 1926 Hans-Jochen Vogel, leader of West Germany's Social Democrats (SPD)
  • 1926 J Roy Rowland, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- )
  • 1927 Joan Lowery Nixon, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Gillian Ayres, English painter
  • 1933 Paul S Sarbanes, (Sen-D-MD, 1977- )
  • 1938 Vladimir Grigoryevich Fartushny, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1939 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), (d. 2016) possible date only
  • 1941 Neil Bogart, American record executive (d. 1982)
  • 1948 Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, East Timor politician, Nobel Peace laureate
  • 1948 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), born in Stockholm (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • 1952 Jack Fields, (Rep-R-TX, 1981- )
  • 1953 Savvas Tsitouridis, Greek politician
  • 1955 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • 1955 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • 1958 Joe Frank Edwards Jr, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 89), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1958 N. Gregory Mankiw, American economist
  • 1965 Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • 1969 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2015)
  • 1971 Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • 1976 Karen Bradley, Miss Rhode Island USA (1996)
  • 1980 Sarah Lewitinn, American writer

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1984 Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos (youngest self-made female billionaire - Forbes 2014), born in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes
  • 1990 Cody Newton Gifford, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford
  • 1994 Tallulah Belle Willis, 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore