Birthdays in History on May 2

  • 1360 Yongle, Emperor of China (d. 1424)
  • 1451 René II, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1508)
  • 1458 Leonor of Viseu, queen of Portugal (d. 1525)
  • 1551 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales)
  • 1601 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit/inventor (magic lantern)
  • 1695 Giovanni Niccolo Servandoni, Italian-born architect (d. 1766)
  • 1702 Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (d. 1782)

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1729 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German Empress of Russia (1762-96), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1796)

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great

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1737 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1805)

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1740 Elias Boudinot, lawyer/patriot, found American Biblical Society
  • 1750 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1768 Jean-Louis M Alibert, French dermatologist
  • 1772 Novalis [Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg], German romantic writer ('Heinrich von Ofterdingen), born in Oberwiederstedt, Saxony (d. 1801)
  • 1773 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
  • 1779 John Galt, Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)

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1797 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1810 Leo XIII, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1878-1903)
  • 1821 Abram Sanders Piatt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1908)
  • 1828 Désiré Charnay, French archaeologist (d. 1915)
  • 1837 Henry Martyn Robert, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order)

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1844 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor of African descent, notable for his 57 US patents (lubrication of steam engines), born in Colchester, Ontario (d. 1929)

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • 1859 Jerome Klapka Jerome, English writer (d. 1927)
  • 1860 D'Arcy Thompson, zoologist/classicist (On Growth & Form)
  • 1860 Theodor Herzl, Austria, journalist/founder (Zionist movement)
  • 1865 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (d. 1909)
  • 1872 G G van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)

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1879 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1884 Francois de Vries, Dutch economist
  • 1885 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Gottfried Benn, writer
  • 1890 E[dward] E[lmer] "Doc" Smith, US, sci-fi author (Triplanetary), (d. 1965)

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1892 Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], German World War I fighter ace, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1918)

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron
World War I Fighter Ace
The Red Baron
  • 1895 Alfred Kurella, writer
  • 1895 Peggy Bacon, Ridgefield Ct, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads)
  • 1896 Helen of Greece and Denmark, queen of Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Jef [Josephus C F] Last, Dutch poet/politician (The Spark)
  • 1901 Lev N Lunts, Russia, writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth)
  • 1901 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)

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1903 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1906 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Pinky Lee, children's show host (Pinky Lee Show)
  • 1910 Alexander Bonnyman, U.S. Marine (d. 1943)
  • 1912 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate
  • 1912 Marten Toonder, writer/cartoonist (Mr Bommel)
  • 1918 Frederick Archibauld Warner, diplomat
  • 1920 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Satyajit Ray, Calcutta India, director (Goddess, Adversary)
  • 1922 Abraham Rosenthal, editor (NY Times)
  • 1924 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist
  • 1935 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I
  • 1935 Hussain ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952- )
  • 1937 Gisela Elsner, German writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1992)
  • 1938 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • 1939 Sumio Iijima, Japanese physicist
  • 1940 Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1941 Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
  • 1944 Franz Innerhofer, Austrian writer (Beautiful Days), born in Krimml, Salzberg
  • 1944 John Verity, rocker (Argent)
  • 1945 Sarah Weddington, American attorney
  • 1947 Bill Lowery, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- )
  • 1949 Joey Phillips, percussionist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • 1954 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1955 Donatella Versace, Reggio Italy, Italian fashion designer
  • 1957 Domonic L Pudwill Gorie, Lake Charles LA, USN/astronaut (sk: STS-91)
  • 1961 Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef
  • 1962 Jimmy White, English snooker player
  • 1966 Belinda Stronach, Canadian politician
  • 1977 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician
  • 2015 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, daughter of Prince William, born in London