Birthdays in History on May 3

  • 612 Constantine III, Byzantine Emperor (d. 641)
  • 1415 Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (d. 1495)
  • 1428 Pedro González de Mendoza, Spanish cardinal and statesman (d. 1495)
  • 1446 Margaret of York / Margaret of Burgendy, wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1503)

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1469 Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian politician and writer (Prince), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1527)

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • 1514 Bartholomaeus a Martyribus, [Fernandez], primate of Portugal
  • 1535 Alessandro "Agnolo" Allori, Italian painter/carpet designer
  • 1647 John A "Joannes" Antonides van der Goes, poet (Bellone aen bant)
  • 1662 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, German architect (d. 1736)
  • 1692 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51)
  • 1695 Henri Pitot, Italian-born French engineer (d. 1771)
  • 1713 Alexis Clairault, French mathematician (d. 1765)
  • 1761 August von Kotzebue, German dramatist (d. 1819)
  • 1764 Elisabeth PMH, princess of France/son of king Louis XVI
  • 1768 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (d. 1838)
  • 1773 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller/nature investigator/diplomat
  • 1815 Hermanus W Witteveen, Dutch theologist
  • 1816 Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1826 Charles XV Louis E, King of Sweden/Norway (1859-72)/poet
  • 1844 Edouard A Drumont, French anti-semitic journalist
  • 1849 Jacob Riis, Denmark, reporter (NY Tribune, NY Evening Sun)
  • 1849 Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1929)
  • 1859 Andy Adams, US writer (Log of a Cowboy)
  • 1860 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1861 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw (d. 1937)
  • 1870 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1948)
  • 1873 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll, Norwegian author (Kvinnen og Den)
  • 1873 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian general (d. 1945)
  • 1874 Francois Coty, Corsica, Corsican senator/perfume maker
  • 1874 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (d. 1950)
  • 1890 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • 1891 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet (d. 1969)
  • 1892 George Thomson, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)
  • 1893 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Earnest Kantorowicz, German/US historian (Laudes regiae)
  • 1895 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian/British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
  • 1895 Cornelius Van Til, philosopher and Christian apologist (d. 1987)
  • 1896 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (d. 1990)
  • 1896 Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
  • 1897 V K Krishna Menon, India, minister of defense
  • 1898 Golda Meir, [Meyerson], 4th Israeli PM (1969-74), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1898 Septima Poinsette Clark, civil rights activist/educator
  • 1902 Seton I Miller, Chehalis WA, writer (Pete's Dragon, Istanbul)
  • 1902 Alfred Kastler, Guebwiller France, French Physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (Hertzian resonances within atoms)
  • 1905 Albrecht Luitpold G Ferdinand Michael Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria
  • 1907 Earl Wilson, Rockford Ohio, columnist (Midnight Earl)
  • 1910 Norman Corwin, American radio pioneer
  • 1913 Earl Blackwell, author (Celebrity Register), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1913 William M Inge, US playwright (Picnic-Pulitzer 1953)
  • 1916 Henry Barbosa Gonzalez, (Rep-D-Tx, 1961-99 ), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Pierre Emmanuel, French poet (Sodome)
  • 1917 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • 1919 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Vasco dos Santos Goncalves, Portuguese leftist colonel
  • 1922 Marina Svetlova, ballerina/choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo)
  • 1923 Ralph M Hall, (Rep-D-TX, 1981- )
  • 1924 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Ken Tyrrell, English founder of eponymous F1 racing team (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • 1929 Jaharna Imam, Bangladeshi writer/political activist
  • 1930 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1931 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, born in Falkirk, Scotland (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Donald P Hodel, US Secretary of Interior (1985-89), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1935 Ron Popeil, American inventor
  • 1937 Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer
  • 1940 David Koch, American businesman and philanthropist (Koch Industries), - 6th= richest person in the world (2015), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1941 Nona Gaprindasvili, USSR, world women's chess champ (1962-78)
  • 1941 Edward "Monk" Malloy, American university president
  • 1942 Dave Marash, American journalist
  • 1942 C.L. Otter, American politician, governor of Idaho
  • 1943 John Costello, historian
  • 1944 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist
  • 1944 Peter Staples, rocker (Troggs-Wild Thing)
  • 1947 Doug Henning, Ft Garry Manitoba, magician (Broadway play-Magic)
  • 1949 Albert Sacco Jr, PhD/astronaut (STS 73), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Ron Wyden, (Rep-D-OR, 1981- )
  • 1951 Tatyana Tolstaya, Russian writer
  • 1956 Marc Bellemare, French Canadian lawyer and politician
  • 1959 Uma Bharati, Indian politician
  • 1961 Joe Murray, American cartoonist
  • 1961 David Vitter American politician
  • 1962 Anders Graneheim, Swedish bodybuilder
  • 1963 Jamie Reeves, British strongman
  • 1966 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player
  • 1969 Daryl F. Mallett, American writer/editor
  • 1971 Damon Dash, American label executive
  • 1972 Shonie Carter, American MMA fighter
  • 1974 Princess Haya bint Hussein of Jordan
  • 1977 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail
  • 1980 Marcel Vigneron, American chef (Top Chef)