Birthdays in History on March 3

  • 1455 King John II of Portugal (d. 1495)
  • 1500 Reginald Pole, English Cardinal/"heretic"
  • 1520 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (d. 1575)
  • 1583 Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher
  • 1589 Gisbertus Voetius, [Gijsbert Voet], Dutch reformed theologist
  • 1606 Edmund Waller, England, poet (Penshust)
  • 1652 Thomas Otway, England, playwright/poet (Venice Preserved)
  • 1678 Madeleine de Verchères, French Canadian heroine (d. 1747)
  • 1747 Kasamir Pulaski, US general (Revolutionary War)
  • 1756 William Godwin, philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
  • 1778 Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Hanover (d. 1841)
  • 1793 Charles Sealsfield [Carl Anton Postl], Austrian-American writer, born in Popice u Znojma, Moravia (d. 1864)
  • 1800 Heinrich Georg Bronn, German geologist (d. 1862)
  • 1805 Jonas Furrer, first President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 1861)
  • 1811 Vissarion Belinsky, Sveaborg Finland, Russian author (Literary Review)
  • 1823 Gyula Andrássy Sr, Prime Minister of Hungary (1867-71), born in Kassa, Austrian Empire (d. 1890)
  • 1831 George M Pullman, inventor (railway sleeping car)
  • 1838 George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon's orbit)
  • 1839 Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)
  • 1841 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Depths of the Ocean)
  • 1845 Georg Cantor, German mathematician (discover transfinite numbers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1847 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British-American inventor (telephone), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1922)

  • 1849 Jacques Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer
  • 1851 Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author (d. 1911)
  • 1863 Arthur Machen, Welsh-born author (d. 1947)
  • 1866 Fred A. Busse, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)
  • 1868 Alain, [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher/writer
  • 1873 William Green, president of American Federation of Labor (1924-52)
  • 1880 Anne C Veth, Dutch cartoonist/art critic
  • 1882 Floris H L Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp
  • 1882 Charles Ponzi, Italian con man (Ponzi scheme in the US), born in Lugo (d. 1949)
  • 1883 Cyril Burt, educational psychologist (d. 1971)
  • 1886 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Norman Bethune, Canada, Doctor in Spain & China
  • 1891 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice/president High Council
  • 1893 Beatrice Wood, potter/artist/author
  • 1895 Matthew B Ridgway, US gen (WW II/China/Nicaragua/Korea/NATO)
  • 1895 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (1st winner of the Nobel prize in economics-1969), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1899 Alfred M Gruenther, US, commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)
  • 1899 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, born in Jelisawetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer
  • 1903 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • 1906 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Swedish Academy (Agadir)
  • 1906 Krishnarao Shiva Shelvankar, journalist/diplomat
  • 1907 Aar van de Werfhorst, [Pieter G Jansen], Dutch writer
  • 1907 Joy Finzi, [Joyce A Black], British painter
  • 1909 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician
  • 1909 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Jean Harlow, [Harlean Carpentier], 30s' sex goddess (Dinner at 8), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1911 Hugues Lapointe, Canadian politician and Lieutenant governor of Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Roger Caillois, French writer (Les Jeux et les Hommes)
  • 1917 Bert van Aerschot, Flemish writer (Elevator, Women)
  • 1917 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • 1918 Arnold Newman, photographer (Faces USA)
  • 1918 Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)
  • 1924 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter (d. 1995)
  • 1926 James Ingram Merrill, US poet/author (Scripts for the Pageant)
  • 1926 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Catholic prelate (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Charles O Whitley, (Rep-D-NC, 1977- )
  • 1927 Frank Singleton, librarian
  • 1927 Pierre Aubert, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1928 Gudrun Pausewang, Eastern Bohemia, German writer
  • 1930 Heiner Geißler, German politician
  • 1930 Ion Iliescu, President of Romania
  • 1931 Henk Knol, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1931 Piet [van] Bambergen, Dutch cabaretier (Mounties, Sherlock Jones)
  • 1933 Lee Radziwell Ross, American princess (Jackie O's sister), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Zhelyu Zhelev, Veselinovo, Shumen Province, Bulgarian President (1990-97)
  • 1939 Hans Pieter Verhagen, Dutch poet (Hoepla/Holland's Hole)
  • 1940 Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
  • 1942 Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 29/31, T-4)
  • 1944 Janice Garfat, rocker (Dr Hook)
  • 1946 James C Adamson, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43), born in Warsaw, New York
  • 1946 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • 1947 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • 1948 Reed Hundt, FCC chairman
  • 1949 Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)
  • 1949 James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)
  • 1949 Jüri Allik, Estonian psychologist
  • 1951 Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1958 Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)
  • 1962 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • 1965 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopian politician and public health authority, born in Asmara, Eritrea
  • 1969 Simon Whitlock, Australian Darts Player
  • 1971 Tyler Florence, chef, Food Network personality, & cookbook author
  • 1976 Fraser Gehrig, Australian rules footballer