Birthdays in History on March 2

  • 1316 Robert II, the Steward, King of Scots (1371-90)
  • 1409 John II, French duke of Alencon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
  • 1459 Adrian VI, [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)
  • 1481 Franz von Sickingen, German knight
  • 1545 Thomas Bodley, England, diplomat/scholar
  • 1578 George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
  • 1705 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (d. 1793)
  • 1760 Camille Desmoulins, France, journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
  • 1769 DeWitt Clinton, (Gov/Sen-NY)
  • 1770 Louis Gabriel Suchet, French Marshal (d. 1826)
  • 1779 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • 1793 Sam[uel] Houston, 1st president of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44)

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1793 Sam Houston, American politician (brought Texas into the United States), born in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1800 Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (d. 1844)
  • 1810 Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)
  • 1816 Alexander H. Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1817 Janos Arany, Hungary, epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • 1820 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • 1824 Konstantin Ushinsky, Russian educationalist, credited as the founder of scientific pedagogy in Russia
  • 1824 Henry Beebee Carrington, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1912)
  • 1828 Jefferson Columbus Davis, Bvt Mjr General (Union Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1829 Carl Schurz, Major General (Union volunteers)journalist
  • 1836 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • 1842 Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy (d. 1911)
  • 1844 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, clergyman/Dutch politician
  • 1849 Robert Means Thompson, U.S. Naval Officer (d. 1930)
  • 1860 Susanna M. Salter, 1st American female mayor and temperance leader (d. 1961)
  • 1862 John Jay Chapman, US advocate/poet/writer (Learning & Other Essays)
  • 1862 Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist (d. 1916)
  • 1875 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian
  • 1876 Pius XII, [Euhenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope (1939-58)
  • 1878 Wander J de Haas, Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
  • 1878 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1944)
  • 1886 Willis O'Brien, American animator (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • 1901 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber-merchant
  • 1902 Edward Uhler Condon, atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)

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1904 Dr. Seuss, [Theodor Geisel], children's author (Horton Hears a Who!), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1908 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • 1908 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
  • 1908 Walter Bruch, German engineer (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • 1910 Hope Clara Chenhalls, food inspector
  • 1913 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission)
  • 1916 Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1917 David Goodis, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1923 Robert H Michel, (Rep-R-IL, 1957- )
  • 1924 Albert TLCA Vogel, Dutch elocutionist
  • 1926 Murray Rothbard, American economist (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Donald Gosling, English parkeerplaatsenmagnaat/multi-millionaire
  • 1930 Jan van Noor, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1931 Duane Graveline, doctor and astronaut, born in Newport Vermont (d. 2016)

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1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1931 Tom Wolfe, journalist/author (Right Stuff), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1932 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, born in Topeka Kansas (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  • 1938 Alan Lewis, English textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • 1940 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • 1941 David Satcher, 16th United States Surgeon General
  • 1942 John Irving, NH, short-story writer (World According to Garp)
  • 1942 Kwang Jo Choi, the founder of Choi Kwang- do and is one of the twelve original Masters of Taekwon-Do.
  • 1943 Gordon Black, English industrialist
  • 1943 Rosa DeLauro, (Rep-D-Connecticut)
  • 1943 Peter Straub, American author
  • 1946 Brian J Donnelly, (Rep-D-MA, 1979- )
  • 1948 Jeff Kennett, Australian politician
  • 1950 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
  • 1952 Mark Evanier, American writer
  • 1954 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • 1955 Shoko Asahara, [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
  • 1955 Ken Salazar, American politician
  • 1958 Peter Arnold, American architect
  • 1962 Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • 1962 Michael Salinger, American poet
  • 1963 Tuff Hedeman, American bull rider
  • 1965 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • 1970 Steve Holman, miler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1976 Glenn Rubenstein, American writer and journalist