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)

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1480 Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, born in Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

  • 1655 Francois Fagel, Dutch fieldmarshal, baptized
  • 1677 Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect (d. 1723)
  • 1690 Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
  • 1721 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, born in Kalkar, Germany l (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

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1807 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), born in Farmville, Virginia (d. 1891)

American Military Officer Joseph E. Johnston
American Military Officer
Joseph E. Johnston
  • 1811 Horace Greeley, editor ("Go west, young man")
  • 1817 Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (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, American Brigadier-General (Confederate States Army), born in Marion County, South Carolina (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, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts (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, American 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)
  • 1906 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), born in Etawah, India (d. 1989)
  • 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 (WWII), 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)

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1914 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), born in Blairstown, Iowa (d. 2010)

Inventor and Gymnast George Nissen
Inventor and Gymnast
George Nissen
  • 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, Russian 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)
  • 1944 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), born in Boston, Massachusetts, (d. 2017)
  • 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, American write, producer, son of Kathie Lee & Frank Gifford, born in NYC, New York
  • 1994 Tallulah Belle Willis, 3rd daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore